Seems that I have two VHS copies of the “Gentleman’s Agreement” Shadowrun movie. I found the better of the two, but I still played with the brightness settings a bit in iMovie to make Jerry’s Toaster work show up better. The initial team meetup scene remains dark as heck, though.
This is Part One…
and this is Part Two.
Considering the timeframe of 1994 and a micro budget, Jerry and I are still kind of proud of this work. Sure, I’d write a rather different script now, and the luxury of time for reshoots and some dialogue re-recording wouldn’t have hurt anything, but I’ve seen a lot of fan videos from that era, and I feel like this holds up.
Trivia: rhaps and shrewlet were supposed to perform the roles played by Kim and myself, but were unavoidably delayed the night of filming. Happily, Kim was there to watch the proceedings and learned her lines in record time, and I of course had written mine. Rhaps still managed to make an appearance in Part Two. Jonny Miller’s part was supposed to be a cameo for me: he also jumped in at the last minute, nailing his scene in a single take. Some of the icons in the decking sequence may be familiar to USS Yeager folk, including Grin Kriet’s TARDIS and Recognizer sentinels from Tron (the “antique code”).
For my money, trenn‘s performance is the best in the movie. He managed to be extremely expressive even from behind wraparound sunglasses, and all his lines came naturally and just as I’d imagined them when writing. Of course, the part was written with his real-life personality in mind, so I expect that helped. My own acting is much better (IMHO) in Space Rogues.