PayDay For You and Me is a 2014 film directed by CosimoValuta, and distributed by The Mafia Films Incorporation. It was co-written by CosimoValuta and Popsfootloose949, with Harry131291 providing the story. The film was co-produced with Vexant Inc. It is based on the short story of the same name written by Harry131291.
An older man listens to Simon Viklund as he describes working at Blox News Channel, and how he claims they really control the stories. One day, Simon is hired at Blox News and becomes a reporter under his news director. The stories become increasingly violent. Soon Simon is covering the biggest news story of his career: The Robbery of the First World Bank. What does that man know that Simon doesn't?
The original short story to PayDay For You and Me was created by Harry131291 posting a fanfic of the PayDay and PayDay 2 video games on the Movies/TV/Books forum. On September 28, 2013, CosimoValuta secured the rights to create a film based off of the original short story. On January 26, 2014, at the premiere for AOJI, CosimoValuta announced the film, which then went into official pre-production. On the same day, Vexant Inc. confirmed their co-production status with The Mafia Films. On January 27, KingJonas42 was confirmed to act as the main character Simon Viklund.
On January 25, 2014, CosimoValuta got permission from BenzBot to use the name and likeness of the actual Blox News Channel, which is owned by his rTV Networks group. On January 28, after reading the plot for the film, BenzBot wanted to assure potential future viewers of the actual channel that "this movie does not depict how the real Blox News Channel works". BenzBot stated he hopes that the film will interest more people in the Robloxian television industry, as well as garner publicity for the channel and his rTV Networks as a whole.
Initial scriptwriting lasted from September to October of 2013. On December 3, CosimoValuta held out a writing contest which would award the winner a co-writer status on the film if they submitted the best crime story or situation. Popsfootloose949 won the contest on December 31. The script was finished on January 28. On February 9, Principal Photography began on the film. The official character posters were released on March 14. Filming concluded March 17, and the editing of the film was completed the same day. The official premiere was held on March 17, 2014.
The film is notable for being the final acting performance of Coollegodude1 before his decision to quit at some point during filming. Coollegodude1 showed up for one day of filming, and while putting together the movie, DonValuta decided to reuse the same shot of him sitting in the chair until the last scene, in order to pay respect to him. Cool later returned to the industry following the film's release.
|TEDOG1232||News Director, Hoxton|
|TheFallen123||The Mayor, Mother, Dallas|
|Simon Viklund||A new employee at BLOX News, who will soon discover the truth behind the stories.|
|Harrietta||A co-anchor at BLOX News, who keeps up the moral spirit of the network.|
|News Director||A news director at BLOX News who controls and subjugates his employees with his strong Conservative connections.|
|The Man||A mysterious figure who listens to Simon, hiding a truth to the story.|
|Nelson Meedleson||A cameraman and interviewer at BLOX News.|
Awards and Nominations
|Best Actor in a Leading Role||KingJonas42 as Simon Viklund||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Leading Role||OriginalLSummerS as Harrietta||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role||TEDOG1232 as News Director||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||CosimoValuta||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||CosimoValuta||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||CosimoValuta||Nominated|
- The film uses a number of scenes taken from the actual rTV Networks HQ where Blox News Channel is located, such as the outdoor shot of the "HQ and Studios" sign.
- During filming, a conceptual video was released and due to negative responses from the black and white cinematography, a majority of the footage was reshot, however, the beginning of the film still features some of that original footage.
- Nelson Meedleson, a character from The Rohemian Club, was licenced by The Mafia Films to appear in the movie.
- In the credits, the character Hoxton is incorrectly named Foxton.
- Digitally restored in 4K high definition on October 19, 2015.