To the Tao Bums Community:My name is Terry Dunn and as the most experienced and I believe the only active instructor in Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations ("Fei Feng Sunn Gung"), or "Flying Phoenix Qigong" for short (a sub-system of the Bok Fu Pai Kung Fu tradition), I have been regularly contributing my knowledge and experience in answering questions posted on the very successful and lively "Flying Phoenix Chi Kung" discussion thread started by Lloyd McClelland ("Fu_doggie") in Nov. of 2009, that has close to 309,000 views to date.
This posting is not about Flying Phoenix Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Chinese holistic health or meditative practice, or Kung Fu per se, but an explanation of--and CALL FOR HELP with--a most important legal matter that has affected my life and productivity for the past 12 years, and has almost completely consumed my energies over the past 3 full years: the best creative work of my life as an author, screenwriter and artist/animation designer that I made as a vehicle to teach the best of Chinese martial arts, philosophy, culture, spirituality and Taoist and Chan Buddhist spiritualism to the West--a children's animation franchise called "The Adventures of Zen-Bear"-- that I developed starting in 1993 but was unfortunately plundered in 2001 and 2002 by Dreamworks (as I testified to at trial) and turned into the first "Kung Fu Panda" movie and basis for five announced sequel films. A timeline summarizing all my work on "Zen-Bear" since 1992 is seen on my website, http://kungfupandala...ne-hotspots.htm
I need all your help--by way of social networking and dissemination skills--and your prayers and positive energy to help make a brand-new Youtube channel GO VIRAL:
Last Wednesday, November 20, was the 12-year anniversary of pitching my "Adventures of Zen-Bear®" story and fully developed animation characters to Lance Young of Dreamworks. Undeniably, this was the biggest mistake of my life, for it led to me filing a lawsuit against Dreamworks in June 2010 over its alleged use of my story ideas in its movie, "Kung Fu Panda"--a case that did not go well for me in 2011, and which I have had to appeal all the way to the United States Supreme Court on November 12 of this year.
So I thought it most fitting to celebrate Dreamworks' alleged "independent creation" of their Kung Fu Panda idea by publishing the videotaped deposition testimony of their star witness and professed creator of Kung Fu Panda, a former Dreamworks executive named Michael Lachance, via a new Youtube Channel named: "EAT YOUR PANDA". Most interesting and watchable are the 12 short (2 to 5 minute) video clips (numbered on the channel) that highlight how the Dreamworks Animation development department consisting of Lachance and his boss, Lance Young, operated from 2000 through 2004.
For starters, please view this one 2-minute clip:
--where Lachance says "Umm, I believe so" in answer to my lawyer’s question of whether he is the creator of idea for the "Kung Fu Panda"; states he doesn’t know the date of creation; and says the creation date is "sometime in 2000 or 2001." (Notice the number and frequency of his facial and bodily gestures during the half-minute of silence following his last answer.)
And if you don't shake your head in disbelief and roll your eyes in amazement at this deponent's peculiar choice of words and inability to put a date on his alleged brilliant creation of a multi-billion dollar film franchise, and if you still believe that Dreamworks originated the story of KF Panda on its own internally, please proceed to watch the complete video transcript of the Lachance deposition posted on the Youtube channel or these short highlight clips:
• Lachance answers question of whether he had told anyone that his Kung Fu Panda idea was to be made into a film.
•Lachance states that he had no special interest or expertise in China or Chinese culture and that his interest in martial arts was only limited to taking karate as a kid--admittedly something that he was “not very good at.”
•Lachance states that he had no personal interest in pandas.
• Lachance explains that the inspiration for creating his Kung Fu Panda idea originated most likely in one of many "lists" used in the Dreamworks development dept. that contained various locations and animals.
• Lachance ties Beck's doc to his creation of KF Panda, but then says his creation preceded Beck's.
• Michael Lachance says: "I don't know"-- to whether he created Kung Fu Panda when he saw Rafe Beck's September 11, 2000 treatment.
• Lachance describes his Kung Fu Panda idea.
(6D) https://www.youtube...._id=jV-sBJ9Tn9s• Lachance revises "I don't know (my creation date of KF Panda)" to before seeing Beck's story.(7) https://www.youtube....h?v=BvQ1suUahAk
• Lachance testifies that his boss Lance Young (Sr.V.P. Business Development & Creative Affairs at Dreamworks) frequently took credit for his work. (Young was the person who took my Zen-Bear pitch, per my trial testimony.)
Lachance says he lobbied Katzenberg to make Kung Fu Panda but can't recall any of the statements he made.
•Lachance testifies that Dreamworks had an idea to do a film set in China using indigenous animals prior to his alleged creation of his Kung Fu Panda idea and within 4 minutes contradicts that statement.
• Michael Lachance can't estimate his % contribution to Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda film. At one point puts it at .25% or 1/400.
• Michael Lachance's reactions to lawyer's suggestion to use term,"Your Kung Fu Panda idea".
This Youtube channel launch is in sync with and in support of my U.S. Supreme Court filing. For if the most questionable, brow-raising, and controversial--if not amusing--of these video clips go viral, the news of the Supreme Court filing and the story of my litigation might get coverage from network and cable TV news shows, and get print coverage by WSJ, NY Times, Huff Post, BBC, etc. --as well as get treated by TV tabloid shows like TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, etc. Thus, you can keep the torch of justice lit and champion this extreme underdog, yours truly, by visiting my EAT YOUR PANDA Channel on Youtube, viewing the short 2-4 minute clips (about 12 of them), clicking Like or Dislike for each, commenting on them as you see fit, and then sharing them with all your friends--and especially with web-savvy young folks and movie fans who you think might be outraged over the kind of testimony seen on these videos--and find it laughable.
Yes, Dreamworks and Dreamworks Animation have long maintained the facade of doing good business (Dreamworks (theatrical films) and DW Animation were one and the same company in 2001 and 2002 when Young and Lachance stole my well-documented Kung Fu Panda story (as I alleged in my and at trial), and I've enjoyed many Dreamworks films as much as most people. But now it's time for what I contend is the TRUTH about their theft of my Kung Fu Panda story to finally be put into the public light--that in my opinion is revealed by Lachance's choice of words, evasive answers, contradictory answers, body language, and rapidly changing countenances before and after giving so many of his answers to my lawyer's questions on these videos.
So please step up and spread some light and truth--lux and veritas--and help make this first clip of 14 go viral for starters:
Thank you all very much, all you Tao Bums, for whatever help and support you can lend at this stage of my long and arduous battle.
Sifu Terry Dunn
Edited by zen-bear, 08 February 2014 - 03:54 AM.