Rileah is happy to announce that she has joined the cast of CONMAN, a web series created by Alan Tudyk. CONMAN tells the story of a actor who once starred on a popular science fiction television show that was cancelled too soon and now lives off of convention appearances.
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones is an epic one and there will be tears when we discuss the SPOILER events of episode 10, “The Mountain and The Viper.”
This we week Tiffany Smith (@TiffanysTweets) is joined by book readers and “Game of Thrones” super fans Rileah Vanderbilt (@Rileah) from Team Unicorn as well as Chadd Smith (@MaddChadd) from Step Up and LXD.
In an epic follow-up to the series that Rileah produces with her partner, Clare Grant, Nerdist presents Saber III: Revenge of the Threesome! Brace yourself for a next level 80′s Star Wars lightsaber duel between Clare, Rileah and Alison Haislip. Directed by Joe Lynch & Written by Adam Green.
As most of you know, I recently got to work on an epic Wonder Woman project with Rainfall Films! If any of you are a nerd like me, you know all the controversy surrounding this character and why Hollywood hasn’t made a decent movie or TV show. Joss Whedon tried to make it work, but the studios weren’t having it. Then there was that awful David E. Kelly pilot, where Diana sat around, ate ice cream and cried the entire time. Did I mention the utterly terrible costume? Yeah, I’m pretty sure you can find a replica in a stripper store on Hollywood Blvd. Now, we hear rumors that there’s a new script for the CW, AMAZON that execs have shelved for the time being to focus on The Flash…seriously, The Flash?! Not that I have anything against Barry Allen is his fantastic red spandex suit, but why can’t we figure out how to make Wonder Woman work?? That’s the question that Rainfall Films has set out to answer with this short concept piece created to get Hollywood thinking differently about this iconic character.
Luckily for me, they were so kind and generous to offer me the part of Diana in this web project! Seriously guys, I can’t begin to tell you what a dream come true this was for me. As a geek, as well as an actor, this role is the kind you can only hope for. No, it’s not on network T.V. and It’s not a major motion picture, It’s just a small labor of love by fans done on a minuscule budget, but I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had working in this industry. I mean how many people can actually say that they get to portray a superhero for awhile?? ZOMG!
I felt it was really important to depict Diana as accurately as possible…well, as accurately as we imagine her to be anyway:) For the ten weeks leading up to the shoot, all I did was train and diet. I even blogged about the process, which some of you actually followed! Hopefully, I helped a couple of you to reach your fitness goals as well. I’m a fairly in shape person, but I felt like I lacked the “amazonian” presence that Wonder Woman is supposed to have so I sought out to put some muscle on. I wish I had had a couple more months to really define the look, but I must say I was pretty pleased with the results overall with the time I had. Also, got to do all my own stunts which was so much fun!! Our stunt coordinator, Surawit Sae Kang and his guys did an outstanding job making me look like I could kick some ass! Definitely one of the highlights of being an actor for me is kicking ass on screen and looking good doing it, haha!
Another thing that was really important for me in doing this role, was that the costume was correct. In the case of Wonder Woman, I feel like the costume is just as iconic as the character. You can’t have one without the other as we’ve seen in other incarnations of this hero. Sure, the spandex bodysuit works well in the comics, but how does that translate to live action? Well, it really doesn’t. So, Heather Greene our wonderfully talented costume designer designed a functional costume that still kept true to the feel of it’s predecessors. Not only did she create an updated realistic version of the costume, but she kept in mind the balance between Diana in Themyscira and Wonder Woman in our world. I may be bias, but I really feel like this is probably the best costume I’ve ever seen for Wonder Woman, and I am so humbled and proud that I get to wear it!!!!!!! I think back to my final fitting before the shoot, where I put on the full costume for the first time, and seeing myself in it, actually made me tear up a bit! Haha! I don’t even think I teared up when I found my wedding dress! It was just such an emotional experience for me, as a fan to see this costume come to life and be the most perfect version of it possible. I can only describe it as a very out-of-body experience:)
This entire process has been so surreal for me. I watch this as a fan and sometimes forget that it’s me that I’m watching…I just geek out and have to remind myself that i’m actually in the costume. SO FREAKIN’ COOL! I have to thank our director Sam Balcomb for putting all his resources and his faith behind doing this. He’s an avid Wonder Woman fan and has done such an amazing job with every detail in trying to give us all a feel for what a live action Wonder Woman movie or television show could look like. Also, a big thank you to all you fans out there who have gotten behind the stills and pictures that we’ve been posting since San Diego Comic Con. The response has been so positive, and we’re delighted that for the most part, you guys are really excited to see what our version of Wonder Woman is! I really hope you guys like this project as much as I do!!
Again, I just want to say that this is a CONCEPT piece. It’s not a film with a thru narrative. That may be disappointing for some of you, but for being a self funded project, there’s only so much Rainfall could do and still give you this quality. So no tears or geek angst, kay?? FOR A BETTER VIEWING EXPERIENCE PLEASE WATCH IT FULL SCREEN AND FULL RESOLUTION. It’s even more amazeballz, trust me;)
Give a Unicorn Jameson, and what does she become?? A tipsy Unicorn! I joined my fellow Teammates to celebrate Table Top Day by playing Cards Against Humanity…the most disturbing despicable game you can probably play:) Got to thank Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton for starting this awesome holiday! Watch the tom foolery below!
You’ve waited a long time for this haven’t you? We know. Us too. Team Unicorn waiting to bring you something special, and by golly, we’ve done it. This music video is special to us because it’s our first original song, and in it, we sing about all the geektastic stuff that brought us together at the most geektastic place on Earth:San Diego Comic Con.
We feel like it’s a song everyone can get behind, regardless of their geekery, because it’s a song about people putting aside whatever damage they have acquired in their life’s quest, and coming together to have fun and win at life as equals. For the Win. Watch it. Share it. Download the song.
So excited when Team Unicorn and I got asked to do a promo for SyFy’s new reality show, ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE! The show features amazing giant machines that battle one another. It’s basically REEL STEEL come to life! We got to visit Spectral Motion, the shop responsible for the creation of these robot and meet their creator Mark Setrakian. See our promo below and watch ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE on SyFy!
The great thing about working on Team Unicorn projects is that I get to do the most creative awesome stuff on a regular basis:) Below are some still photos from our latest music video shoot, “For the Win”. Any day you get to dress up like a post-apocalyptic bad ass and play with weapons is a good day:)
Look for another sneak peek tomorrow Feb 12 with a teaser video!!