This disk contains *both* acclaimed short films "Agent 12" and "The Return of Agent 12," along with special behind-the-scenes footage!
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
SPARKS FLY IN TEEN'S LOW-TECH SPY FLICK
By Dana Bartholomew
For 13-year-old Angus Forward, the five days he spent studying stars and rockets at a NASA space camp was way cool.
But nothing could be more cool for Angus and his karate-kicking friends than hanging out in the garage with dad all summer -- lighting firecrackers, igniting gunpowder and setting off rockets to create the explosive effects of his homegrown film "Agent 12," by Detonation Films.
The 12-minute martial arts sci-fi thriller, about a 12-year-old superspy who battles a 12-year-old supervillain and his monster robot, drew rave reviews from viewers who tapped in to see its internet debut last month.
"This tops it," said Angus, who was 12 when he starred as Agent 12 -- the suave counterpart to 007 and savior of the modern world.
Behind the scenes, Bob Forward, 45, starred as dynamite dad and director.
The action, filmed almost entirely inside the garage of their neo-Victorian house in Chatsworth, opens with the robot colossus towering over a Mojave Desert landscape, making mincemeat out of an army of F-14 fighters and M1-Abrams battle tanks.
But the sparks really fly when the Converse-clad Agent 12 -- who prefers his chocolate milk shaken, not stirred -- comes out of "retirement" to take on his old nemesis, Dr. Vengeance.
The excitement, underscored by brassy music by Frank Becker, was shot using dime-store planes, remote-controlled tanks, discounted Toys 'R' Us villain robots, an F-14 model jet and a $400 modified go-cart now parked in the back of the garage.
The flick, and its comical outtakes, have been well-received in cyberspace.
"You must be the coolest dad to make this video with your family," said one online reviewer who gave it top marks. "Dang, do you need another son?"
"This one's a winner," said another. "Agent 12 is a terrific Bond spoof. Move over Austin Powers, these guys have taken your crown."
John Angus, Brian Silverman, Josh Elion, Gina Grob, Taylor Johnson
Thousand Oaks Videomakers First Place Award
Streaming video trailer