New York Film Academy Filmmaking alumnus Marcelo Mayen delivered an impressive thesis film that premiered at the Manhattan Film Festival at the Cinema Village in New York City. His film, “Bullock the Bruiser,” is an action-thriller with elements of comedy that surround Wilson “The Bruiser” Bullock, who gains his superhero persona after hospitalizing the most hated man in the city, Richard Tucker. However, in order for Wilson to win back the love of his ex-girlfriend, he’s going to have to prove that he’s done indulging his petty superhero identity.
“The main theme I explore in this film is wanting a fresh start in life,” said Mayen. “Whether we’ve wanted to explore a new career, leave a toxic relationship, or move to a new city, we’ve all been at a point where we’ve wanted a clean slate. But we also know there’s always something — or someone — that tries to keep us from getting that clean slate we need in order to achieve happiness, whatever that means for us. That’s the main theme I explore, and it was inspired by my own decision to move to New York City three years ago to pursue my passion for filmmaking and telling stories.”
Mayen admits that while Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” certainly had an influence on his approach to Bullock, his inspiration comes from an eclectic mix of directors from other genres. “I wanted to find inspiration in films that balanced the perfect amount of comedy, action, and drama while keeping the pacing of the film entertaining and fun for the audience,” said Mayen.
Perhaps the most challenging part of the project was the post-production phase. Being a meticulous director, Mayen says, “I never like to rush art. I am so glad to have met my wonderful post-production team, Jay Rothman, Jose Venutolo, and Nate Seymour because they shared my same passion and determination to make sure this was a film worth showing.”
Speaking on his time at NYFA, Mayen says it was an extremely fast-paced learning environment that introduced him to many techniques including the importance of editing, sound, color-grading, lighting, cinematography, and all the elements that make up a great film.
Mayen is currently working on two projects. One is a feature length action-comedy screenplay that he plans to pitch to studios and enter into The Blacklist. The other is a short film that will involve a Latino lead and will deal with issues of racism and the struggles of being an illegal immigrant in the era of Trump.
“Bullock the Bruiser” will be screening next at the NewFilmmakers Festival at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.