The Making Of “Predaborg” and Robowar Commentary

The Spoony One | Sep 12 2009 | more notation(s) | 

Ed Glaser of Dark Maze Studios has made a behind-the-scenes video showing the making of the Robowar spoof video, Predaborg!

Also, I’ve posted a creator’s commentary of my Robowar video here. Enjoy!

  • Neon Black

    Dear lord…

  • Neon Black

    Dear lord…

  • Kvb

    That was pretty interesting, though a bit short.

    Knowing that it wasn’t Spoony’s idea makes the SWAT joke all the more funny.

  • Kvb

    That was pretty interesting, though a bit short.

    Knowing that it wasn’t Spoony’s idea makes the SWAT joke all the more funny.

  • godofplague

    Video is running really slow. Oh well Ed Glaser is the coolest guy ever to rock an amish beard!
    I liked seeing Peter Davis and the crew of press start back for this review. Peter is haillarious.
    ANy way spoony and Ed this was awesome. I hope there is another press start movie someday

  • godofplague

    Video is running really slow. Oh well Ed Glaser is the coolest guy ever to rock an amish beard!
    I liked seeing Peter Davis and the crew of press start back for this review. Peter is haillarious.
    ANy way spoony and Ed this was awesome. I hope there is another press start movie someday

  • Dan Deibler

    This was definitely one of your best reviews, and the spoof scenes were fantastic!

  • Dan Deibler

    This was definitely one of your best reviews, and the spoof scenes were fantastic!

  • Seth

    I just busted out laughing at the “Your in my way sir.” part.

    You probably should put more cinema snob up on this website too.

  • Seth

    I just busted out laughing at the “Your in my way sir.” part.

    You probably should put more cinema snob up on this website too.

  • Anonymous

    For the record, I actually love the Dark Maze stuff that was in the review. I mean there’s the actual movie itself, Spoony talking about it, and then Dark Maze with the play-by-play sarcasm. It really works for me.

  • Ashenge

    For the record, I actually love the Dark Maze stuff that was in the review. I mean there’s the actual movie itself, Spoony talking about it, and then Dark Maze with the play-by-play sarcasm. It really works for me.

  • RunningGag

    Agreed. This review is one of the best in a LONG time. Probably since phantasmagoria (!!!!).

    Its got so much funny, I’ve watched it like 3-4 times!

  • RunningGag

    Agreed. This review is one of the best in a LONG time. Probably since phantasmagoria (!!!!).

    Its got so much funny, I’ve watched it like 3-4 times!

  • RUNFORCOVER

    To Ed Glaser and everyone at Dark Maze Studios: Stay awesome.

  • RUNFORCOVER

    To Ed Glaser and everyone at Dark Maze Studios: Stay awesome.

  • SeriouslyNow

    For the love of god.. STOP PAUSING WITH ‘ahm’.. it’s bloody annoying.

    /cringe

  • SeriouslyNow

    For the love of god.. STOP PAUSING WITH ‘ahm’.. it’s bloody annoying.

    /cringe

  • jnywest

    Did you say watch more of my videos, watch phantasmagoria 2 again you say?

    Well, if you insist, if you demand..lol

  • jnywest

    Did you say watch more of my videos, watch phantasmagoria 2 again you say?

    Well, if you insist, if you demand..lol

  • diggerjohn111

    I agree with the above; kudos to Ed and the gang! They did an amazing job with a budget probably only slightly larger than Bruno’s.

  • diggerjohn111

    I agree with the above; kudos to Ed and the gang! They did an amazing job with a budget probably only slightly larger than Bruno’s.

  • Dinodain

    Thumbs Up! : D You Guys Rock!

  • Dinodain

    Thumbs Up! : D You Guys Rock!

  • http://www.boredomsedge.com ObieWanCoyote

    I hope Ed and company gets a chance to see some glowing comments here and know that their effort was appreciated by the community. And Spoony you’re always number one. I’d just like to borrow Burton to scare the piss out of my kids for a couple of minutes… does that make me a bad parent =?

    Regardless keep up the good work and feel free to reach out for help, unless you’ve written off your old school acquaintances. Then it’s salt the earth nuclear winter =P… Nah, I can’t get mad at Spoony, I keep remembering the scrawny kid who came up with all sorts of witty commentary to fend off the most annoying kids at school from our round table games.

    Yet again, best wishes -ObieWanCoyote

  • http://www.boredomsedge.com ObieWanCoyote

    I hope Ed and company gets a chance to see some glowing comments here and know that their effort was appreciated by the community. And Spoony you’re always number one. I’d just like to borrow Burton to scare the piss out of my kids for a couple of minutes… does that make me a bad parent =?

    Regardless keep up the good work and feel free to reach out for help, unless you’ve written off your old school acquaintances. Then it’s salt the earth nuclear winter =P… Nah, I can’t get mad at Spoony, I keep remembering the scrawny kid who came up with all sorts of witty commentary to fend off the most annoying kids at school from our round table games.

    Yet again, best wishes -ObieWanCoyote

  • adam_grif

    Just an FYI, it’s not called a “clip”, it’s called a “magazine”.

    Magazines and Clips aren’t interchangeable terms, they’re a completely distinct entity. Clips are small pieces of metal that hold bullets together (like you see in revolvers or M1 Garands), sometimes they have little grooves on them so you can load them into magazines (stripper clips).

    Magazines are spring loaded, and feed rounds into a chamber.

    The more you know.

  • adam_grif

    Just an FYI, it’s not called a “clip”, it’s called a “magazine”.

    Magazines and Clips aren’t interchangeable terms, they’re a completely distinct entity. Clips are small pieces of metal that hold bullets together (like you see in revolvers or M1 Garands), sometimes they have little grooves on them so you can load them into magazines (stripper clips).

    Magazines are spring loaded, and feed rounds into a chamber.

    The more you know.

  • ScreamingDoom

    Cool.

    I have to say, I really liked Davis’ acting in the scene with the non-briefing. And Glasser’s wife was just ridiculously cute in the giant strawberry costume.

  • ScreamingDoom

    Cool.

    I have to say, I really liked Davis’ acting in the scene with the non-briefing. And Glasser’s wife was just ridiculously cute in the giant strawberry costume.

  • PublicEnemy

    Dont worry Spoony, I knew what Running Man was. I saw the last 20 min of it, thot it was kinda dumb, but I know what it is!

    Also, have you really never heard the expression “Big-ass (whatever)” before? Cause it is an expression used in english

  • PublicEnemy

    Dont worry Spoony, I knew what Running Man was. I saw the last 20 min of it, thot it was kinda dumb, but I know what it is!

    Also, have you really never heard the expression “Big-ass (whatever)” before? Cause it is an expression used in english

  • Assiman

    Yes! I was really waiting for commentary, but wow, I got even a making of! Great stuff!

  • Assiman

    Yes! I was really waiting for commentary, but wow, I got even a making of! Great stuff!

  • Odin the small

    That was really great guys, thank you so much for putting in all that effort and it looked like you were having so much fun making it.

    very weldone :]

  • Odin the small

    That was really great guys, thank you so much for putting in all that effort and it looked like you were having so much fun making it.

    very weldone :]

  • Tom

    I have to admit.Ed Glaser can really get shit done cheap and efficient.

  • Tom

    I have to admit.Ed Glaser can really get shit done cheap and efficient.

  • Karash

    Fun to watch and I think you got most of the ideas done pretty well, except the blue shirt maybe, I didn’t notice the reference here, I think because the shirt your guy wore could be considere something you might actually wear.

  • Karash

    Fun to watch and I think you got most of the ideas done pretty well, except the blue shirt maybe, I didn’t notice the reference here, I think because the shirt your guy wore could be considere something you might actually wear.

  • http://www.tmm.cx/ Hein-Pieter van Braam

    It’s great how the commentary give you a reason to watch basically the same movie again… AND still entertain to the point where I don’t want to scream “GIVE ME MY 15 MINUTES BACK!” :)

    Once again, awesome stuff! :D

  • http://www.tmm.cx/ Hein-Pieter van Braam

    It’s great how the commentary give you a reason to watch basically the same movie again… AND still entertain to the point where I don’t want to scream “GIVE ME MY 15 MINUTES BACK!” :)

    Once again, awesome stuff! :D

  • jessica

    be a fun idea to have you and the cinema snob do a review together. if you cant meet im sure you can find a way through the power of SCIENCE

  • jessica

    be a fun idea to have you and the cinema snob do a review together. if you cant meet im sure you can find a way through the power of SCIENCE

  • Ollie

    Ah, Ed, such a reliable and great guy, I have to agree with RUNFORCOVER: Stay Awesome!

  • Ollie

    Ah, Ed, such a reliable and great guy, I have to agree with RUNFORCOVER: Stay Awesome!

  • Harakiron

    You mentioned that you probably should have done Burton’s vision in blue color instead of red, but I think it suits him when he’s hostile and about to attack someone. Maybe when Burton is just hanging around and sitting in a corner his vision is blue.

  • Harakiron

    You mentioned that you probably should have done Burton’s vision in blue color instead of red, but I think it suits him when he’s hostile and about to attack someone. Maybe when Burton is just hanging around and sitting in a corner his vision is blue.

  • Merk

    Wow, this was actually unwatchable!
    Despite how much I love behind the scenes features like these, Ed says “UH” every four words.
    Seriously, it’s really distracting. I debating making a drinking game out of if, but I realized that my liver would give out after about five minutes in to this clip!

    Ed’s a smart guy, and he has a lot of interesting things to say but his “uhs” actually ruined what otherwise would have been a fantastic addition to this site!

  • Merk

    Wow, this was actually unwatchable!
    Despite how much I love behind the scenes features like these, Ed says “UH” every four words.
    Seriously, it’s really distracting. I debating making a drinking game out of if, but I realized that my liver would give out after about five minutes in to this clip!

    Ed’s a smart guy, and he has a lot of interesting things to say but his “uhs” actually ruined what otherwise would have been a fantastic addition to this site!

  • Bumkin

    is it just me or does the guy who plays the colonel who did the non-briefing remind anyone of Col. Trautman from rambo with his preformance. the way he talks sounds almost perfect

  • Bumkin

    is it just me or does the guy who plays the colonel who did the non-briefing remind anyone of Col. Trautman from rambo with his preformance. the way he talks sounds almost perfect

  • Anonymous

    Great, I love behind-the-scenes stuff!
    And yeah, add me to those who really liked the new sequences in the review, they came out looking really good. Again, not something I’d like in every review, but for this one it fit very well. Big thanks to Ed Glaser and Dark maze Studios for doing a terrific job!

  • PontifexPrimus

    Great, I love behind-the-scenes stuff!
    And yeah, add me to those who really liked the new sequences in the review, they came out looking really good. Again, not something I’d like in every review, but for this one it fit very well. Big thanks to Ed Glaser and Dark maze Studios for doing a terrific job!

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or is Ed wearing his shirt inside-out at 3:23?

  • Doktor Sleepless

    Is it just me, or is Ed wearing his shirt inside-out at 3:23?

  • Ryuk

    Good stuff.

  • Ryuk

    Good stuff.

  • Ryuk

    Oh, and you guys are overacting. Just go little natural. I see potential.

  • Ryuk

    Oh, and you guys are overacting. Just go little natural. I see potential.

  • shion_kun

    I actually watched your Phantasmagoria 2 review the other day… Loved it, of course! :D

    Personally, I think your Robowar review is one of your best movie reviews yet. :3

  • shion_kun

    I actually watched your Phantasmagoria 2 review the other day… Loved it, of course! :D

    Personally, I think your Robowar review is one of your best movie reviews yet. :3

  • http://www.darkmaze.com/ Ed Glaser

    Thanks folks! And yeah, my tendency to say “um” a lot is why most of my on-camera stuff is generally rehearsed rather than completely off-the-cuff. This one was obviously the latter. ;-)

    Adam, thanks for clearing up the between clips and magazines!

  • http://www.darkmaze.com Ed Glaser

    Thanks folks! And yeah, my tendency to say “um” a lot is why most of my on-camera stuff is generally rehearsed rather than completely off-the-cuff. This one was obviously the latter. ;-)

    Adam, thanks for clearing up the between clips and magazines!

  • http://edubois.wordpress.com/ AngryEd

    The thing about the clips/magazines debate is that popular usage pretty much supplanted magazines so usually what should be called a magazine is instead referred to as a clip. Although yes, magazine is the correct term.

  • http://edubois.wordpress.com AngryEd

    The thing about the clips/magazines debate is that popular usage pretty much supplanted magazines so usually what should be called a magazine is instead referred to as a clip. Although yes, magazine is the correct term.

  • Yeah

    Spoony, loved the sketches.

  • Yeah

    Spoony, loved the sketches.

  • MaliciDWildman

    Since Ed’s commander was more realistic in uniform and performance, it makes you wonder how a studio (yes, low budget) can make a movie. Did they just say: “Hey everyone, were filming somewhere, just show up in whatever your wearing.” Goes to show what someone can do with a low budget and open mind, who cares about what their doing.

  • MaliciDWildman

    Since Ed’s commander was more realistic in uniform and performance, it makes you wonder how a studio (yes, low budget) can make a movie. Did they just say: “Hey everyone, were filming somewhere, just show up in whatever your wearing.” Goes to show what someone can do with a low budget and open mind, who cares about what their doing.

  • http://www.neosouthisland.com/ Kurosan

    Hey Ed, just in case you see this comment and feel like commenting again, I have a couple of questions. I’ve been considering making a couple of videos for a good while now, but there’s two things really holding me back. Although ideas regularly come through my head and pretty much only need arranging and polishing, I lack experience in the field of making and editing videos; do you have any suggestions and pro-tips? I’m also not used to used to talking in front of a camera and will probably required a lot of takes and practice, but I do tend to go “uhm” pretty often, which was made way too obvious when I hosted a podcast some time ago; I understand that this video was made on the spot, but how do you usually break that habit in your other videos?

  • http://www.neosouthisland.com Kurosan

    Hey Ed, just in case you see this comment and feel like commenting again, I have a couple of questions. I’ve been considering making a couple of videos for a good while now, but there’s two things really holding me back. Although ideas regularly come through my head and pretty much only need arranging and polishing, I lack experience in the field of making and editing videos; do you have any suggestions and pro-tips? I’m also not used to used to talking in front of a camera and will probably required a lot of takes and practice, but I do tend to go “uhm” pretty often, which was made way too obvious when I hosted a podcast some time ago; I understand that this video was made on the spot, but how do you usually break that habit in your other videos?

  • http://www.vikinghats.com/ Delthayre

    I am impressed at the quality that Mister Glaser managed to supply with so limited a budget and I loved that he included the SWAT reference of his own volition.

    Whilst watching your commentary upon the video I noticed that the boat that they travel on in the beginning in the African Queen 2. I suppose that they couldn’t spring for Bogart and Hepburn.

  • http://www.vikinghats.com Delthayre

    I am impressed at the quality that Mister Glaser managed to supply with so limited a budget and I loved that he included the SWAT reference of his own volition.

    Whilst watching your commentary upon the video I noticed that the boat that they travel on in the beginning in the African Queen 2. I suppose that they couldn’t spring for Bogart and Hepburn.

  • http://www.twitter.com/LucasChad Lucas

    Hope to see more from you and Dark Maze in the near future. Plus we need more SWAT 4 and Ripper!

  • http://www.twitter.com/LucasChad Lucas

    Hope to see more from you and Dark Maze in the near future. Plus we need more SWAT 4 and Ripper!

  • http://www.darkmaze.com/ Meagan Glaser

    The predaborg video was a ton of fun to shoot…although I think some of the cast’s favorite part was when the sorority girls kept jogging past us (perky gals, very bouncy personalities). But I think seeing the comments here is almost as good.

    I’m just glad I got to add another notch in my “times I’ve died in a Dark Maze production” belt. Thanks Spoony! And tell Burton to behave, or no more cherry-flavored RAM chips.

  • http://www.darkmaze.com Meagan Glaser

    The predaborg video was a ton of fun to shoot…although I think some of the cast’s favorite part was when the sorority girls kept jogging past us (perky gals, very bouncy personalities). But I think seeing the comments here is almost as good.

    I’m just glad I got to add another notch in my “times I’ve died in a Dark Maze production” belt. Thanks Spoony! And tell Burton to behave, or no more cherry-flavored RAM chips.

  • a douche-a-bag

    WHY isn’t this a full-length movie?!?!?!

  • a douche-a-bag

    WHY isn’t this a full-length movie?!?!?!

  • Scott

    The shoulder thingies on the shirt are called epaulettes.

    Good watch, gonna hunt some Dark Maze stuff down.

  • Scott

    The shoulder thingies on the shirt are called epaulettes.

    Good watch, gonna hunt some Dark Maze stuff down.

  • P4INKiller

    Seriously? A “behind the scenes” feature for this?
    It was fine as a spoof, but this is getting silly.

    It’s hard to believe these guys are filmmakers when they can’t even do the simplest post production tasks correctly.
    Ugly visual effects taken from ‘detonation films’ = bad production values.
    Bad production values = no point for a “behind the scenes.”

    I’m sorry, but get a hold of people who actually know what they’re doing next time you hire people for a sketch.

    • KaizerKilborn

      This wasn’t just random people hired for a sketch, and I found this highly entertaining.  They copied the movie from the review perfectly with little money to work off of.  Calm down and enjoy life a little more.

  • P4INKiller

    Seriously? A “behind the scenes” feature for this?
    It was fine as a spoof, but this is getting silly.

    It’s hard to believe these guys are filmmakers when they can’t even do the simplest post production tasks correctly.
    Ugly visual effects taken from ‘detonation films’ = bad production values.
    Bad production values = no point for a “behind the scenes.”

    I’m sorry, but get a hold of people who actually know what they’re doing next time you hire people for a sketch.

  • http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com/ TimTE01

    Just an FYI for everyone: the film Strike Commando is on DVD as part of a new set. This is the one Spoony mentions in the commentary that stars Reb and was directed by Bruno. It’s part of a four-movie set that is built around the so-called “Inglorious Bastards 2″ film. It is also available for rent. Guess what I’m going to get…

  • http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com TimTE01

    Just an FYI for everyone: the film Strike Commando is on DVD as part of a new set. This is the one Spoony mentions in the commentary that stars Reb and was directed by Bruno. It’s part of a four-movie set that is built around the so-called “Inglorious Bastards 2″ film. It is also available for rent. Guess what I’m going to get…

  • http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com TimTE01

    Slight correction first: It’s actually part of a different 4-pack of movies done under the ‘Grindhouse Presents’ set. It’s called ‘Grindhouse Mercs.’

    The movie is, if you actually get a chance to read this Spoony, quite silly. Easily one of the dumbest action movies ever made and so oddly put together. It has three separate acts that are vaguely tied together, but could easily be viewed as separate short films. FYI- Reb never uses that gun on the cover, although the ones he does use are silly as hell.

    Like most Mattei films, the title is a rip-off one (obviously going for ‘Commando’) that gets the subject wrong. This movie is really ripping off the Rambo films (not one in particular). It has the headband, the jungle setting and the ‘popping out of the water while shooting’ bit from Part III. As a bonus, they include Russians, even though it is about the Vietnam War.

    Oh yeah, Reb yells a lot and poses. Good stuff for those curious enough to track it down.

  • http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com/ TimTE01

    Slight correction first: It’s actually part of a different 4-pack of movies done under the ‘Grindhouse Presents’ set. It’s called ‘Grindhouse Mercs.’

    The movie is, if you actually get a chance to read this Spoony, quite silly. Easily one of the dumbest action movies ever made and so oddly put together. It has three separate acts that are vaguely tied together, but could easily be viewed as separate short films. FYI- Reb never uses that gun on the cover, although the ones he does use are silly as hell.

    Like most Mattei films, the title is a rip-off one (obviously going for ‘Commando’) that gets the subject wrong. This movie is really ripping off the Rambo films (not one in particular). It has the headband, the jungle setting and the ‘popping out of the water while shooting’ bit from Part III. As a bonus, they include Russians, even though it is about the Vietnam War.

    Oh yeah, Reb yells a lot and poses. Good stuff for those curious enough to track it down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wagnerpaivafernandes Wagner Paiva Fernandes

    Amazing work. These actors were in one of my favorite movies, PRESS START

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