Crew

When we began making "Supe" it wasn't our intent to involve celebrities. It just sort of happened. Director, Dave Teubner and Producer, Vern Dietsche, Jr. had meet character actor, Alvy Moore while attending a conference on independent filmmaking (Alvy was also a producer, known most for the sci-fi classic, A Boy and His Dog).

From the beginning Alvy was both affable and informative. This gave us the guts to ask him to play Perry Blight, editor-in-chief of the Daily Comet. To our delight he not only agreed, but provided advice on different aspects of filmmaking. Buoyed by this, we started asking other celebrities we had met at various science fiction and fantasy conventions. This was back in the day when the conventions were smaller and more intimate. Then it was easier to meet a celebrity after a panel or some other event. For that matter, it wasn't all that uncommon to bump into one as he or she strolled the convention floor or hotel hallway.

When it was all said and done, we had an amazing group of seasoned professional rounding out our cast. Their performances helped to raise the quality of our production and bring awareness to the public when it was completed. All of them were wonderful to work with; tireless and uncomplaining, often working in the middle of the night. Oh, and they all worked gratis.



Dave Teubner

Director

A man of many talents, Dave Tuebner served not only as director, but as production designer, Cinematographer and Editor, too.

As Production Designer he was responsible for set design and graphics. Two of his most unique designs were the "Space Can" space ship, which brought baby "Supe" to earth, and the sewer matte painting for the entrance to Rex Ruther's Lair. As editor, he spent over nine months cutting picture, dialogue and music with many of the cutting sessions lasting through the night. Over and above these duties, Dave also portrayed the spunky young news reporter, Jiminy Olson.

Dave became interested in filmmaking during High School and made his first 16 mm film in 1974 for Avco Financial Services. While attending Orange Coast College, he was the Writer-Producer of There is a Place, a campus promotional film.

An avid architecture buff, his other interests include classical music, miniatures, and comic book collecting.

Currently, Dave is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach, having earned a BS degree in Industrial Design from CSULB and an MA degree in Graphic Design from CSUF.



John Ginn

Writer

Every screenplay begins with an idea. For Superbman, the idea was borne in the fertile imagination of John Ginn. After writing the treament, John brought the idea to the group, which immediately accepted the idea. During the course of writing the script, John worked closely with the director, Dave Teubner and FX supervisor, Drex Reed to flesh-out the storyline, polish the jokes and determine what EFX were feesible to produce.

In addition to scripting, John provided the intial captial required for the project to begin and assisted in the capacity of 2nd Assistant Director. Also, in the film he can be seen as one of the Kraptonian elders.

Influenced and inspired by literary luminaries such as Robert Henlien, Mark Twain and Harlan Ellison, John pursued his education at Orange Coast College in the Film and English Departments. There he eventually meet and teamed-up with Dave, Drex and Vern.

For nearly a dozens years John covered the arts and entertainment in Oregon for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald. Now a freelance writer, his most recent interview was with legenday filmmaker, Ray Harryhausen.



Mike Twitty

Production Assitant

As important as obtaining equipment is the job of maintaining the equipment, this was Mikes responsibilities. When it comes to computers, electronics and mechanical gadgetry, he was called upon more than once to pull rabbits from thin air.

When a special mini-crane/dolly was needed to shoot the Krapton miniature, Mike designed and constructed the Twittyflex; a simple but effective system of bolts and two-by-fours. He also designed and programmed all of the computer graphics for the film and acted as Key Grip, Gaffer, Soundman, and assistant Production Designer.

Becoming a computer "Guru", Mike lived in Oregon, until his death in 2014.

Vern Dietsche, Jr.

Producer

Under Vern's guidance, a cast and crew of many diverse talents was brought together to collaborate on this most ambitious project. Armed with a bit of Chutzpah, he was not only able to obtain the expertise of many industry professional, but he secured all of the locations and property on a gratis basis as well.

Next, armed with only a glib tongue, he acquired the necessary investors to finance the project and organize a promotional campaign that toured the science fiction convention circuit with a preview reel and behind-the-scenes slide presentation. His other responsibilities included assistant director, camera operator, assistant editor and storyboard co-conceptualization.

Vern's earned his BA in Film & Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach, but his interest in films began in 1962 with his first 8 mm film Dr. Frankenstien. Since then has produced hunders of short subject and promotional films, including, Clock, which received the Rosebud Award for Best Narrative at the 7th Annual Media Arts Festival Film & Video Competition, a CSU state-wide competition. Clock featured Dan Sanchez, who portrays Rex Ruthor in Superbman.

A photographer / filmaker, Vern owns and operates Studio Cyborlite, providing services world-wide. One of his clients was famed filmaker, Ray Harryhausen. He is also creative director for Eyesight Entertainment, a new social medial platform for content creators.

Plus, he writes, produces and performs in the YouTube series, UFO Bob.



Rex Reed

Special Effects

Ever since he can remember Drex has been interested in the area of Special Effects. Inspired by the work of Ray Harryhausen and George Pal, he produced his first effects film, The Miraculous Man Made Movie Machine, when he was 16 years old.

In 1975 he entered Orange Coast College and made a series of ingenious effects films including; Space Patrol and Future Gold. As a result, he was destined to create and supervise Superbman's many diverse effects.

In addition to creating the special effects he accepted the responsiblites of location sound engineer, camera operator, stunt co-odinator, and sound effects editor, which in itself required him to cut over 1,000 separate sound effects into the film. A man whose talents are not confined to the technical aspects of filmmaking, he also appears in the film as the evil Kraptonian criminal, General Zit.

Today, Drex works professionaly creating special effects. Some of the films he's worked on include, Team America: World Police (special effects assistant: additional miniatures) and Screamers (stop-motion gaffer: Chiodo Bros. Productions Inc.).



Steve Hubbert

CSULB Production Advisory

As member of the Film and Electronic Arts faculty at California state University, Long Beach, Steve was the production teams mentor.

Thanks to his assistance the production team gained access to equipment and production facilities that allowed them to complete this monumental project.


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