Planet Nerd Rage is a full-service action movie syndicate. 

Our mission is to create compelling, thrilling, visceral cinematic stories. 




Long form, short form, transform! We're writers, producers, directors and dreamers. Where imagination meets execution- we're there. Come meet us.

Visual effects & props

We're visual effects artists that can create what doesn't exist in real life. We design props and oversee the fabrication process. 



Hand-to-hand combat. Kung fu street brawls. Mexican stand offs. Samurai show downs... with guns. We done it and have the scars to prove it.

Everything blows up. Except our budgets.


At Planet Nerd Rage, we maximize production values on screen by a detailed understanding of the filmmaking process- what works, what looks great, what audiences will enjoy... Our creativity and innovation is our greatest asset. 



Below is a list of our current and recent work


feature film.
distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Ghost Source Zero tells the story of Division 9, the cyber-crime unit tasked with dismantling an illegal android manufacturing crime lord. Co-written and co-produced by Larry Hama (GI Joe ,Call of Duty).


a GI Joe comic book fan boy meets its maker...

the Larry Hama story...


Operation: Red Retrieval was designed to be the quintessential fan film for anybody who grew up in the 80s playing with action figures. The GI Joe homage impressed not only die hard fans - the creator of the GI Joe comic books and 80s Marvel Comics editor, Larry Hama, was also a fan. With over 500,000 Youtube views, the film brought Hama and Planet Nerd Rage together as team who would go on to co-write and co-produce Ghost Source Zero (see above!)



Planet Nerd Rage teamed up with the Machinima Network to create an original short entitled, PROTOCOL DEVIATION. The story is told as a reality show from the future- an embedded camera crew follows the exploits of an underfunded security team sent to investigate a possible outbreak of a disease that plagues the synthetic tissue androids wear. Protocol Deviation (originally titled Red Rash/Ghost Source Zero) premiered on the Machinima network and rapidly amassed over 80,000 views.

Red Rash ended up being a concept piece for what would ultimately become the genesis for Ghost Source Zero. 

Deployment Strategy (2005)

digital distribution before it was it was cool


Deployment Strategy, a short film about hackers hired by rogue military contractors, won numerous film festival awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Visual Effects. The film was ultimately distributed by IndiePix Films.



Who and what is Planet Nerd Rage?

In the parlance of our time, "nerd rage" is known as anger directed at overlooked, vital details that undermine everything.

PLANET NERD RAGE is passion hyper-focused on vital details that mean everything.

This is who we are.


joe barbagallo . producer . actor . cofounder

Joe Barbagallo is a producer seasoned in extracting the greatest value of the specialists he surrounds himself with. He's accustomed to operating on several different altitudes from leading cast & crew for Rolling Stone Magazine to nurturing direct relationships with partners from Google. His career started in front of the camera where he gradually worked his way around the set. 


mark cheng . director . visual effects artist . cofounder

Mark Cheng studied film at Cornell University and earned his MBA from Rutgers Business School in High Tech Growth. He has made films since it was done using a shoulder-mounted VHS recorder or a 16mm Bolex. He has been working in the media space for over a decade. His last 10 has been spent at MTV/Nickelodeon. His films have played at festivals, won awards, and have invoked nerdgasms throughout the metaverse.