S: Operation: Red Retrieval . cast and crew book . mark cheng
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1: To me, G.I. Joe has always been about how a team of heroes never give up, stay until the fight's won, and stick together. | G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly trained special mission force.
2: It started off as a project to learn how to use Final Cut Pro and a digital SLR camera to make films... but then it took on a life of its own. -mark cheng
9: I suspect Mack's portrayal of Zartan to be the standard against which all other portrayals will be compared from now to eternity. Sick, twisted, masochistic. I wanted- and Mack delivered- a Zartan with a lust for administering pain. An assassin who found refuge in an organization like Cobra because it gave him so many opportunities to kill. I remember talking with Mack when we were filming his final scene about how Zartan didn't fear dying because he was too busy enjoying the pain he was going through. | ZARTAN If this was a Hollywood movie, Flint, you'd hear my plans and live long enough to alert the other heroes, and then stop the evil mastermind... It's not.
11: "...so this is beginning of Beach Head's goodbye. music should underscore this dramatic point and a soldier's sacrifice for the team; i'd like the music to come up here and really lead the audience into his dramatic exit. We discussed using vocals here as the voice of angels calling him home..." - from the director's notes to the soundtrack composer | Joe Barbagallo always surprises me. His portrayal of Beach Head in the film was the largest deviation of what I originally wrote in the script. Joe took this macho, light hearted character and gave him depth and commitment. It was this emotional weight that grounded the film and ended up defining the essence of what GI Joe means to me- duty to the cause, devotion to his fellow man. The challenge of playing Beach Head is that for most of the film, you only see his eyes. It's not until his final chapter that we see Joe's full face. Interestingly, even when we do see his face, it's really Joe's eyes that draw you in. They draw you into Beach Head's soul. And it's awesome.
13: What I loved the most about Alex Jones' portrayal as Road Block was not his dominating physique but his eyes. In the script, a tough soldier like Road Block didn't have the dialogue to express his character's devotion to his team mates. He didn't need it. In all the key scenes, his eyes told us everything we needed to know. This wasn't the cheerful, rhyming Road Block we saw in the cartoons. This was a Road Block pushed to his limits, seeing his brothers-in-arms falling around him.
14: Chris' character, Bofficles, is the only one in the main cast whom I completely made up. I wanted a meek computer programmer under cover agent to provide some comic relief early in the film in a disarming way to make the turn of events in the second half of the film even more dramatic and surprising. Chris is a really funny guy and comedy seems to be his default, but I found in him the ability to convey a wide range of emotions with really impressive ease.
15: Poor Matt! His character Flint starts the movie off in a bad state and it just gets worse and worse as the movie progresses. Matt's challenge was to portray a team leader who's trying to keep his men focused and the mission while his body is mortally wounded. One unexpected contribution to the production value: during filming, some of fake blood applied to Matt's face got into his eye and under his contact lens. Matt shrugged it off and for most of the film, Matt has different colored eyes.
18: The seed of the story came from these two characters. "What would happen if, in a scene, everything leads you to believe it's Zartan kicking ass and then all of a sudden - BOOM - it's the damn Predator?" Everything else - premise, plot points, the final scene was constructed around this idea.
19: The script was written in Spring of 2010 while on the train to work in the morning. Small details were tweaked through pre-production but the vast majority of the final story reflects what was written in that one hour sitting.
28: Another driving force for me in creating this film was the desire to recapture that feeling we felt when we were 8 years old, lying on the floor, and playing with our assortment of different action figures. It didn't matter what 'universe' the figures were from or that they were made by different companies. The only thing
29: that mattered was that good was about to fight evil... and that it was going to be SOOO AWESOMEEE. A studio film would have tons of cross licensing and creative issues with each brand trying to ensure their property got maximum screen time and an optimal portrayal. But a fan film doesn't have such constraints
37: Operation: Red Retrieval was an amazing project for me. One of the things I enjoy most about the process of making films is that for a short time, passionate, talented individuals come together to create something out of nothing. And in that time, a shared experience emerges- one that we will always look back on fondly. The flip side of this is experiencing an audience of people watching your finished product- cheering at all the right spots and altogether emotionally responding to material we've all worked so hard to create. Knowing that your creation and your passion is resonating with others is incredible. It's half the battle even. And it's what keeps us all going, never giving up and staying 'til the fight's won. - Mark Cheng, director