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Friday, May 06, 2005



May 6, 2005 — HOBOKEN, N.J. — SILENT BUT DEADLY, the short, Silent Era-inspired comedic film about a pair of Imperial Storm Troopers enforcing George Lucas’s plan to rid the world of STAR WARS fan websites, will be screened for an international audience at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in May.

Representatives of Cannes’ Short Film Corner program selected SILENT BUT DEADLY along with a handful of other shorts that have been finalists in the Lucasfilm/Atomfilms Star Wars Fan Film Awards since the contest’s launch in 2002. SILENT BUT DEADLY, written, produced and directed by Northern New Jersey natives Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone, received an honorable mention in the Spirit of Fandom category and was the runner-up in the Audience Choice category in 2002’s inaugural competition. The following year Cioletti and Tambone’s sequel, SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 won the award in the Spirit of Fandom category. The filmmakers completed the final film of the trilogy, SILENT BUT DEADLY 3, last year.

“The Cannes announcement came out of left field,” notes an ecstatic Cioletti. “It’s a completely unexpected honor for a pair of Jersey boys who, with zero budget and only a 12-hour window to shoot on an unbearably frigid day in early 2002, managed to put together a film that not only has made hundreds of thousands laugh on the Web, but now gets to screen at Cannes.”

Tambone was astounded when he heard the news. “To say we were excited and very proud to learn about the screening of SILENT BUT DEADLY at Cannes the same year that REVENGE OF THE SITH is making its debut would be a massive understatement,” a thrilled Tambone says. “It's a grand honor, and one we won’t ever forget.”

SILENT BUT DEADLY and other Star Wars parodies will be shown the week STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH premieres at Cannes. To screen SILENT BUT DEADLY and SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 online, go to http://starwars.atomfilms.com. To view the third installment, SILENT BUT DEADLY 3, go to the official SILENT BUT DEADLY Web site, http://www.fadproductions.com/sbd. A DVD screener of the complete trilogy is available upon request by e-mailing Jeff Cioletti at jcioletti@fadproductions.com.

Contact: Jeff Cioletti
(732) 310-3328

Lou Tambone
(973) 930-3981


Loads of SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 Goodness
Sunday, August 15, 2004

It's been a long time since we've updated the site and there are a few reasons for that but instead of boring you - let's just get to some SBD goodness, shall we? Lots has happened since we released SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 so for those who want to play catch up, here are some of the more recent newsbytes.

- We're sorry to announce that Lucasfilm/Atom Films found SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 unworthy of their contest this year. I don't have a reason for you (we weren't really given one). While Jeff and Lou were greatly disappointed, we have to respect their decision and congratulate this year's winners who all did a great job.

- On Sunday July 25th 2004, Jeff and Lou were interviewed live on a Star Wars web-based radio show called Star Wars En Direct. The show is now available for download on their site. You can click HERE to be directed to their show archives. Just look for Episode #22.

- Jeff and Lou are currently talking about making a SILENT BUT DEADLY TRILOGY DVD. They're not sure what will be on it or how it will come together yet but there is talk and it most likely will happen so stay tuned for more on that. In the meantime you can see the films here on the site.

- FilmThreat.com gave us a very nice review of SBD3 recently. You can check it out HERE. Special thanks to Rory Aronsky for his reviews. Filmthreat has always been good to us. You can read the reviews for SBD1 and SBD2 there as well.

- Here are a few more SBD-related links:


After you view the film, head over to the message boards to discuss the entire SILENT BUT DEADLY series!

Sunday, April 25, 2004

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 is here and waiting for you to see it. Jeff and Lou debuted the film at EmpireFanFest in Secaucus, NJ and everyone had a great time. Many of the cast and crew were on hand for the debut and panel. The film was so well received that the convention asked them to screen it again the next day. For a 10am screening, it went really well and people who came to the screening the night before came back the next day to see it again.

Jeff and Lou screened all three films in a row at each screening and also played the films at their booth. Many special guests came to visit including C.C. Banana, who makes a cameo in the film as the Crazed Fan's alter ego. The convention was a trip, everyone had a great time and the films did very well. Jeff and Lou are beside themselves with happiness and hope you all enjoy the new film.

After you view the film, head over to the message boards to discuss the entire SILENT BUT DEADLY series!


SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 Production Stills
Friday, April 2, 2004

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 is coming along quite nicely. As promised, here are some new production stills from the film. The last two are specially made for a 1024x768 desktop! Hope you like them and be sure to check back soon for more stills and news about the film.

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 Nearing Completion
Monday, March 29, 2004

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 is racing to completion. Jeff and Lou have been working very hard to edit the film and tighten it up as much as possible. It’s definitely the longest, weirdest, raunchiest, and funniest of the three films to date. This final installment should not disappoint anyone who liked the first two. Warning: Those of you who were offended by film one’s “toilet scene” better steer clear of this one. However, fans of toilet humor (literally) will be very pleased.

Since we don’t have any stills to share with you today, here’s a quick synopsis of the film, for those who want to know what it’s about. Many have been asking for this and we haven’t provided one yet, mostly because we didn’t have time and to keep the film a little mysterious. However, the time has come, with the debut a mere three weeks away at Empire Fan Fest. Check it out:

Picking up immediately after the events of SILENT BUT DEADLY 1 and 2, SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 begins with an unholy alliance of the three webmasters from the first film and the “Crazed Fan” from the second. The four friends are now on a mission of revenge against their enemies, George Lucas’ two favorite justice-dealing Stormtroopers.

They come together with a wild plan to take care of the troopers once and for all, fulfilling their need for revenge after being captured, humiliated and somewhat tortured. The troopers are, of course, ready as ever for them, albeit slightly surprised. They are not ready to give up that easily, however, especially to a few Star Wars geeks.

Who will win out in the end? Will it be the four intelligent but bumbling Star Wars fans or two of George Lucas’ elite troopers? You’ll have to check out the film to find out.

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 has something for everyone. It’s full of crazy humor, wild imagery, hilarious situations, and a few other surprises – all done in the style of the Silent Films of the 20’s and 30’s.

That’s about all we can say right now without giving too much away. The film isn’t fully assembled yet but Jeff and Lou are going to try to keep it under 10 minutes, which is much longer than they originally planned. They are going to really try to shoot for eight minutes or less but it’s hard to tell without the film completely edited. This week should see some more work and hopefully a better time estimate can be posted. Don’t forget to check out www.empirefanfest.com for details on the debut and if you’re in the NY/NJ area, please come to the convention and attend our panel presentation on the making of the films. Many of the cast and crew will be on the panel taking questions and we’ll be showing all of the films throughout the weekend. Jeff and Lou look forward to the show and hopefully meeting some of you there.


Monday, February 2, 2004

Secaucus, N.J., February 2, 2004 - Independent filmmakers Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone, the team responsible for the SILENT BUT DEADLY series of short film parodies have announced that SILENT BUT DEADLY 3, the last in the series, will make its debut at the Empire Fan Fest sci-fi convention in Secaucus, NJ. The convention will take place April 17-18, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus.

“We’re really excited to debut the final installment here in New Jersey since we’re both Jersey boys through and through,” explains Lou Tambone. “We were looking for a good convention where we could debut the film. The Empire Fan Fest just seemed to be the right place to do it.”

The first in the series, SILENT BUT DEADLY, was entered into the very first Lucasfilm-sponsored fan film awards in 2002 hosted by AtomFilms.com. It came away with an honorary mention and was a runner-up in for audience choice award. SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 was entered in the 2003 contest and came away with the “Spirit of Fandom” award giving Cioletti and Tambone a pleasant surprise. SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 will debut at the convention but will also be entered into the 2004 contest two months later.

"The fans who have been following the Silent But Deadly saga are in for a treat," says Jeff Cioletti. "Everyone will finally get to see the story come full circle and hopefully laugh their butts off along the way. It's been quite a ride."

“We really went all out on this one,” says Tambone. “We worked hard for the laughs and did some things we didn’t think we could pull off, and that’s without special effects or fancy equipment. Everyone who makes an appearance really gave their best and I hope people get a few laughs.”

Other guests of the convention include Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, Star Wars alumni Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb), artist Jan Duursema (Dark Horse, Marvel) and many more. For more information on the convention, go to www.empirefanfest.com.


SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 Nearing Completion
Friday, November 07, 2003

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 is getting closer to completion with every shoot and it's starting to shape up nicely. There only two or three scenes left to shoot, plus a few quick pick-ups and the film will be ready for the editing (read: my living) room. Until then, here are a few more stills from the famous (to us, anyhow) BBQ shoot courtesy of C.C.Banana. Hopefully we'll have more pics soon.

Oh, and don't worry about the the "Bananakin Skywalker" pic below. That's just a promo still that A.J. took for Metal Sludge magazine and has nothing to do with the film. You won't see any lightsaber-wielding fruit in this film. You will, however, see a turtle named Otis. Enjoy.

Monday, September 29, 2003

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3 had its first official shoot on Saturday, September 20, 2003. It was a fantastic turnout with plenty of extras from the NY/NJ area showing up alert and on time. Jeff and Lou are very pleased with what they've seen so far and are ready to tackle the final few shoots so they can get into the editing room and put the film together.

Jeff and Lou would like to sincerely thank everyone involved with the shoot on the 20th. It was a crazy day full of challenges but everyone gave their best and the directors appreciate it very much.

We'll start releasing pictures on a regular basis very soon but for now, here's a nice group shot taken by crewmember Craige Moore. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more SBD fun.
Monday, August 25, 2003

SILENT BUT DEADLY 3, the final installment of the never-intended-to-be-but-somehow-became-a trilogy is officially well underway and currently in the pre-production phase. Plot and story are all in place and just about every cast member from the previous two films will be reprising their roles.


The first shoot will take place in Northern NJ. We are currently seeking extras for an outdoor (small) crowd scene. What we need are people who have stormtrooper costumes (any variation is fine) or people who have some kind of Star Wars costume/mask that covers their features, like a cantina alien or something to that effect. Even if you don't have a mask or costume and would like to wear one that we will supply you with, we can still use you. If you live in or are going to be in the Northern NJ area on September 20th and want to be in the film or help out somehow, just let us know.

Here are some details on the shoot:
There's an 8am call to be on set for a 9am shoot on September 20th. If you meet the above criteria and would like to be an extra in the film - and can make it on time - please contact Lou right away to confirm and he will add you to the already growing list. We hope to see you there.

To contact Lou for more details, Click Here.


Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Co-Director Lou Tambone decided that today he wanted to share some more "behind the scenes" material with everyone so he scanned in some of the storyboards that Jeff used on the day he shot the scenes in SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 that took place at a convention. The storyboards are annotated with commentary by Lou so be sure to head over to the Behind the Scenes section or click on the graphic to your right. Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2003

SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 received the honor of reaching #5 on ATOM FILMS comedy list last week. It's always nice to be recognized and to make the top 5 of any list so many thanks to ATOM FILMS for giving us this second opportunity to be involved and all the people who continue to view the film and send in great feedback. We really appreciate it.


Friday, July 18, 2003

Well, the results are in from the 2003 ATOM FILMS awards and SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 came away with the award for the 'Spirit of Fandom.' Jeff and Lou could not be happier about this and feel it's a great honor. They would like to take time out to thank our cast and crew for helping make this film a success. Congratulations to you are also in order for without you there would be no film.

To all the people who voted for the film, gave us those good reviews, linked to us from their websites, passed on the news via word of mouth, and supported us in every other way, we humbly thank you.

Thanks to everyone at STARWARS.COM, LUCASFILM and ATOM FILMS for giving us this second opportunity to be involved in this great contest.

But most of all, we'd like to thank and congratulate ALL of this year's winners who each did an excellent job and made some great, entertaining films. Here are the complete list of 2003 winners:

  • George Lucas Selects Award- PINK FIVE (Trey Stokes)
  • Skywalker Sound Award - CARBONITE (Mark Rusciano)
  • Audience Choice Award - THE JEDI HUNTER (John E. Hudgens)
  • Spirit of Fandom Award - SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 (Jeff & Lou)
  • Best Animation Award - TROOPER CLERKS (Jeff Allen)
  • Best Commercial Parody - DARKSIDE SWITCH CAMPAIGN (Dan Johnson)
  • Pioneer Award - HARDWARE WARS (Ernie Fosselius)

This year's batch of films was one tough crowd. Jeff and Lou were certainly not expecting to win anything this year. However, they are very proud to be included among such talented filmmakers. Congrats to everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Voting at ATOM FILMS has begun! Please cast your vote for SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 by clicking HERE and following the directions. We appreciate your support and want to thank you for all the great e-mails and feedback we're getting.

Remember, a vote and a review is not the same thing! Feel free to leave a positive review for the film, but make sure you VOTE at the link provided above or just follow the voting links at ATOM FILMS.


Saturday, June 21, 2003

SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 was recently featured on the pay-only HYPERSPACE section of STARWARS.COM. This week, it was moved over to the free section for everyone to see, not just members. The film was not only featured in the regular news section, but a still from the film was used on the front page of Starwars.com, which is very cool.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • SBD2 can be seen at HERE at ATOM FILMS.
  • You can view the original (first) film HERE.
  • If you liked the films, please be sure to leave a "thumbs up" review.
  • Online voting begins on June 24th. Please remember to head over to ATOM FILMS and caast your vote for SBD2.
  • You can find the IMDB listings for the films HERE and HERE. You can also leave reviews, vote, and leave other messages there as well. Their voting has nothing to do with Atom Films, however. If you're going to vote for us, please remember to do it at ATOM starting on the 24th. The IMDB voting is just for that site.
  • On July 17th, the ATOM winners will be announced so wish us luck.

Thanks for your support and here are some stills from Starwars.com's pages featuring SBD2. For some SBD1 deja vu, head to the REVIEWS & PRESS page and you'll see that the film was featured in the same way last year.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Here's the latest on SILENT BUT DEADLY 2. The film is technically slated for an online release date of June 17, 2003. However, if you're cool enough to visit this website, you'll see that the film has been up for a few days now over at ATOM FILMS. STARWARS.COM's new members-only section called HYPERSPACE gave members a sneak preview for the weekend. They only featured four films and somehow SBD2 was one of them.

You can now view the film at: http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/content/silent_deadly2

Voting starts on June 24th so please remember to come back and vote for us. Leave us a nice thumbs up review too! Thanks for your support.

Here are, as usual, some more production stills. Enjoy!


Friday, June 06, 2003

Well, it's official. SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 has made it into the finals at the 2003 ATOM FILMS contest! Jeff and Lou received the official e-mail yesterday and are sending in the final sets of paperwork. Everything's looking good so far. Remember, on June 24 all finalists will be posted and online voting begins so get ready to support the film with your votes. The winners will be announced on July 17. Jeff and Lou thank you for your support and help in spreading the word!

Since we're in such a good mood, here are are some new production stills. Enjoy!


Thursday, May 29, 2003

Jeff and Lou are proud to announce that SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 is now complete. Music was added, scenes were trimmed, title cards were selected and added and the film has been sent in to ATOM FILMS for consideration to be included in this year's contest. We sure hope to be accepted since the previous film was a big hit last year with the fans. Please wish everyone luck with the film and if you haven't seen the first film, you can click HERE to check it out and leave a positive review if you dig it. After that, check out the new IMDB listing HERE and give us a vote too.

Here are some new production stills to hold you over until the release which should be in a matter of weeks.


Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Hey, we're in a good mood again today so we're going to post a few more production stills from SBD2. Tonight, Jeff and Lou take on the painstaking process of adding the music to the film. We've got some great royalty-free silent film music to use which I think you'll enjoy. The film has to be in by June 3rd so wish us luck. Enjoy the stills...


Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Post Production on SBD2 moves along. Today we're posting a few new production stills as well as a new graphic for people to use on their websites to help promote the new film. If you have a website and would like to help us spread the word, please feel free to use this little banner below or any graphic you like from this site by saving it to your server and linking to this page. We appreciate the help!


Monday, May 19, 2003

Jeff and Lou had a marathon weekend of editing and have a very tight version of the film completed. Everything's assembled and in sequence. Now it's just a matter of a little more trimming here and there, adding title cards and music and the film is officially "in the can."

In the meantime, here are a few more production stills taken by one of our extra actors, Galo. Don't forget to leave a good review of the first SBD film at ATOM FILMS! Thanks.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

First up, Happy Birthday George Lucas! Just wanted to get that out of the way. SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 is now moving into post production, we're pleased to announce. There are a few pickup shots taking place on Saturday but for the most part the film is all shot and ready to be edited. The deadline for submissions is June 3rd so you should be seeing a finished product in a matter of a few weeks.

Before you check out the new stills, here are a few small notes concerning SBD1. Both films are now listed on IMDB.COM. SBD1 is located HERE and SBD2 is located HERE. We'll be updating the details on the films soon so keep checking back. In the meantime, if you liked the first film, please head over to IMDB and give us a good review and a vote as well. Don't forget to leave a good review at ATOM FILMS as well! Thanks.

Now, here are a few production stills from last Monday's shoot which went very well.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Wallpaper! Get your SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 wallpaper here! 1024x768 resolution, ready for your desktop! Nothing could be finer than a sexy beachtrooper sitting on your desktop. Your co-workers will crowd around your desk. Your family will start to really wonder about you. Your significant other will run out the door and you'll never hear from them again. Your dog will run away. It'll be great!

Click the image to download your SBD2 wallpaper. It'll open in another window and you can just do that right-click thing to save it to your drive. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 27, 2003

April 2003 (FAD Productions) -- FAD Productions, created and run by filmmaker Jeff Cioletti, is proud to announce that the sequel to SILENT BUT DEADLY tentatively titled SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 is currently in production.

Creators Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone hope to enter SILENT BUT DEADLY 2 into the 2003 Fan Film Awards.

SBD2 began production on Sunday, April 20th on a New Jersey beach. The final shoot will happen on Monday, May 12.

If you happen to live in the New York/New Jersey area and would like to be an extra on May 12th, please contact Lou Tambone via e-mail.


Monday, May 13, 2002

The Pizza TroopersThe SCI-FI CHANNEL's special featuring the winners (and apparently the runners-up) of the OFFICIAL FAN FILM AWARDS showed a clip of SILENT BUT DEADLY, with introduction by one of Jeff and Lou's favorite filmmakers, KEVIN SMITH, the host of the 1-hour special.

SILENT BUT DEADLY did not win a top award in the contest, but did get 2 mentions. This special was like a mini-awards show that listed the runners-up in each category, therefore we got a clip and mention. They showed Lou opening the door to the Pizza troopers and then they cut to the toilet scene, which always gets good laughs from the audience.

The boys and Lucas share the screen on the Sci-Fi ChannelOn the whole, Jeff and Lou are VERY pleased to have been included at all. They couldn't be happier with the contest as a whole and the results. Once again, congrats to all the winners and congrats to all those included on the TV special. If you haven't seen it yet, you can catch the rerun times at the SCI-FI CHANNEL.


Tuesday, April 16, 2002
SILENT BUT DEADLY, the new short film by Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone has now been officially released and is available at ATOM FILMS. Please head over and check it out. Leave some comments for Jeff and Lou!