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Nishi Kawaguchi – 西川口

Alan Godshaw

All Star Cast
Takeshi Yamamoto – Toru Matsumura
Bozu – Alan Godshaw
Patrick McPheron – Director of Photography
Lok Hwa – P.A. & D.A.
Chris Dowske – Sound
Becca Hunter – Script Supervisor
Toru Matsumura – Script Supervisor (Japanese)

A story about an American living in Japan who gets mixed up with a crooked loan-shark. Martial Arts with some humor but I also want some drama!

The title image above was created from the official Kawaguchi City crest as the background.

Nishi-Kawaguchi is the city Becca and I lived in while we were teaching English in Japan, it’s in Saitama Prefecture. It really is a wonderful place that literally had anything and everything we ever dreamed of. It is ironic that I am exploiting one of the more popularized, although over-hyped perspectives of Nishi-Kawaguchi, because I felt right at home there. Everyone was friendly to us and the food was delicious. Delicious food is a top priority.

Toru really was amazing on this project, he helped me with the Japanese speaking parts of the script, let me punch on him and drove an hour just to help with the shoot. His acting really is spot on, I couldn’t be happier with his performance.

Lok is the Lead Lighting Artist for DreamWorks Animation and is in high demand these days. We were lucky to have him work on this project. He was instrumental on set.

This was my first attempt at a web-series and I am happy with the first episode. The second episode is in the works and should be released within the next couple of months.

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Karate · 空手道

Today I found an old video of myself doing Karate. Oh yeah, I’m a martial artist.

I have been doing Martial arts my whole life.   Although I personally have no specific style, I’m a 5th Dan in Shotokan Karate, and equally enjoy all of the other interpretations of Karate-do.  I also love training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, and Muay Thai. When I was living in Japan, I also trained in Judo.  Below are some pictures from different publications, and with friends.

For the Karate section in the above menu, I have compiled all of the research I have explored thus far. Primarily concerning myself with Kata, I have only included submissions that I have either in actual book form, or PDF files of the original Japanese document (with the exception of the Uchaya-udun demonstration in 1867).  Please enjoy this information and use it as you see fit.

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Copyright © 2014-2015 by Alan Godshaw


Blood Portrait

*Ring Ring (actual phone sounds)
Patrick: “Hey, bring your sword over here and some of that fake blood, I have an idea.”
Alan: “<3″

Patrick McPheron did his magic with the camera, he really is the best.  Just some character type things that may or may not be used in any future projects.  I really love these.  Fun with swords? Yes, please.  If I ever do finish writing some scripts, this character will most likely go to a Joseph Gordon-Levitt type, you know, a skinny not bald person.

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It's Spooky

In The Street

Patrick McPheron made this beautiful yet eerie gem featuring our wonderful friend Jacquelyn Grissom.  It’s real spooky, child.  I helped out with the music, but I just had to make a post of it so it can get more exposure.  Oohh Child.  Alternatively, this could be a really great commercial for ‘Swans Down.’ (It’s on the ground near the end) Make up by was done by the talented Obi Martinez. Please Enjoy, Alan

Reel Splash

Acting Reel

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Where Lover's meet

Companion Center

This Guy is Carl Wather Jr. He’s just a guy searching for love, is all.

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The Leonardo of the group

Cuban Punch Up

My mom and I

On this glorious day, I would like to share with you something of an intimate nature.  My mother was born in Matanzas Cuba and successfully escaped to America.  I feel as hard as that may have been for her, the really hard part was that she was without her parents for a whole year before they reunited.  I really can’t imagine how difficult that must have been for her.  Despite everything she went through, there is no other person more full of life and love than my mother.  Undoubtedly, she is equally strong as she is compassionate.  It must have taken incredible resolve to get through it all.  She teaches Karate for a living, I know, right? Recently, I stumbled across a wonderful BBC documentary following the journey of the Havana City Boxing Club’s national team.  It is really amazing to see how skilled these children are at their craft.  The kids are aiming at an Olympic medal, which could literally change their whole world.  I watched this documentary partly as a metaphor for my mom overcoming adversity and partly because I love Boxing.

Watch this documentary!

I don’t want to give away any of the film, but it does showcase a Havana and Mantanzas Boxing rivalry, the state of modern day Cuba and how resilient these kids are to put up with so much hierarchic bullshit.  Even if you don’t have a mom that escaped from Cuba, you can enjoy this documentary, if only to change your perception of how fortunate we are.  I am inspired by one of the kids, Cristian, whose father was a Boxing Olympic gold medalist.  I’m sure there is no pressure on him to be an overachiever, right?  In any event, watching him shadow box is poetry in motion.

This kid is a baller, no doubt.

The Leonardo of the group

Please enjoy, Alan