The TIVA-DC Peer Awards

Every year, the Television, Internet, & Video Association of DC holds their Peer Awards Ceremony.  I’ve personally been attending since 2015 as part of DUO Media Productions.  We’ll be back again this year – already looking forward to it! – but we were asked what makes it special.  Why we submit our work?  Why do we make a special point to dress up and go to the annual evening event?

In this video, some of DUO’s team members – myself included – expound on our enthusiasm, and what makes being a media maker in the Washington, DC / Maryland / Virginia region.

Fingers crossed DUO takes home some 2018 Golds!


Awesome Con & West Chester Film Festival

I was planning on going to Awesome Con 2018, anyway, but this year is set to be even more exceptional. Star Wipe Films is headlining the Horror, Action, Sci-Fi Block with our short film, Apocalypse Rock!
But what is Apocalypse Rock about?

Tom Harper runs a radio station. By himself. At the end of the world. Surviving alone in an emergency radio station, he broadcasts rock and roll fueled show every day, hoping that someone out there might hear him.

This will be the first trip to Awesome Con to others on the Star Wipe team, so I’m stoked to be our guide. Showcasing Apocalypse Rock at this convention will definitely ‘level up’ the experience.
Apocalypse Rock will screen on Friday, March 30th, in the block starting at 5pm-6:30pm in Rm 101 – Screening Room. If you’re in the Washington DC area, come and see the film – and the Star Wipe Films team!

The Day As The Doctor

Last weekend, I joined photographer Jeff Stanford on a walk around Downtown Frederick, Maryland, dressed in full Doctor Who cosplay.  I’m continuing to explore what cosplay means to me and what it’s place is in my life.  I don’t really have firm answers for either of those questions/thoughts, but I thought a photo shoot on a sunny, slightly less brisk winter day (though admittedly not warmer by much) sounded like a good idea.

Here are the results.


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Year in Review

2015 was a whopper of a year, for reasons both good and bad.  ARock 1On the positive side, this past year included the start of working for DUO Media Productions, participating in the Baltimore 48 Film Festival with Star Wipe Films, who also debuted their short film Apocalypse Rock at the AFI Silver Theatre.  I was only briefly involved with the film (providing a voice-over towards the end of post production), but I’d be a big fan either way.  I joined the team at the TIVA Peer Awards Ceremony, at which film took home several awards, including the Gold for Best Independent Short, Editing, Acting on Camera (fiction), Silver for Production Design and Sound Design.  The Forge Studios (The Rangers, Outlawed Faith) has become a full-time production house, and I’m fortunate to continue to play as part of their extended team. I’m very excited to see what 2016 holds for all of us.

On the personal side, I took a trip to New York to see the fabulous Thrilling Adventure Hour shows; Beyond Belief and POW! Sparks Nevada Live.  I have continued to embrace my draw to cosplay, attending both Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Comic Con.  I’ve continued to finesse and expand my Tenth Doctor cosplay (which will probably always be my favorite) and I’ve delved into the brainstorming for future characters, including a genderbend take on one of the Miser Brothers and a crossover between Green Lantern and Star Wars based on fanart I saw at Awesome Con by artist ModHero.  Oh, and I finished the first draft of the Genre Wars novel this year, which is currently in the hands of some awesome beta readers.

That novel has been the primary focus and outlet for rather a large majority of my creative energy, and now, in its wake, I find myself at a bit of a loss.  I’m still connected to the project, but not able to actively work on it until the notes return in full and I can begin the next step: revision and rewrite.  Until then, I’m in unfamiliar territory: unable to continue, but also unable to begin something new, so as not to become too deeply involved in another project entirely.  And the truth is that my head is still far too wrapped up in Kabathan and its people to really embrace a new world or characters.  I can multi-task when necessary, but I prefer to work by completely enveloping my concentration into one endeavor.

So, as something of a new venture, I’ve joined forces with friend and colleague H.L. Shelper to start a podcast, which will be a review and discussion over what we consider classics, beloved by us and many audiences of varying demographics.  Release will be a long way off; we’ve only just begun the research and recording, but it’s a creative outlet of a kind I’ve never before explored and between it, working for DUO Media, Star Wipe Films, The Forge and cosplay, I believe I have enough on my plate to stay occupied until Genre Wars circles back into my sights again.

Happy New Year, y’all.  Bring on 2016!!!

… oh, and Star Wars happened.  That was awesome.

Taking Shape

It’s been a hundred years since I’ve given a legitimate update.  But here’s the thing: I’ve been fully engulfed in Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.


I want to start off by saying that it is my delight and privilege to be a part of this project.  From the start it’s been this intangible, but fascinating concept that we’ve been attempting to really grasp and bring into reality.  The process has been amazing for me, personally; the collaboration with Justin and everyone else has been tremendous fun.  The amazing part now is seeing it really start to pick up some traction.  I can see heads turning as the project gains speed and a whole new level of excitement begins as what we’ve been holding onto for so long, we are now really able to start sharing with others.

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of activity for us.  We put a small featurette together (Genre Wars: Resistance Rising FIRST LOOK), we’ve officially cast over half the characters, the sets are beginning to take shape and the scripts, as Justin has mentioned previously, have nearly reached completion.

But the real highlight was last Saturday.  Picture this:

A calm, quiet morning.
The sun drapes across the green, empty field in soft, golden sheets.
There’s a crunch of tires over gravel as the first car pulls into the driveway.
A Pirate emerges along with a 1920’s Mobster and a Mech warrior.

Here we go.

Even long after the Genre Wars concept had been introduced and developed, the possibilities seemed endless; how many different culture-clashes we could create and the fun we could have with the mismatches.  All great in theory of course, but on June 1st, we really got the chance to see how it would look in reality when we gathered a significant group of willing participants, all in full costume and lined them up next to each other.


As we had hoped and predicted, what we got was magical and transformative.  There is no feeling greater than the moment when something you’ve been brainstorming about, developing in your head and obsessing over suddenly takes real shape.  No matter how many projects I do, that transition from elusive concept to reality never gets old.  And I don’t think it ever will.

Our group consisted of Steampunks, Fantasarians, Mechs, Nenjin (or Kabathan-style ninjas), Mobsters, Pirates, modern-day Mercenaries and Vampians.

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It was an all-day affair, but, as the saying goes, time certainly flew by as we were having our fun. Everyone who came out to participate was enthusiastic and committed to being there.  The resulting photos and footage are excellent.  Our two photographers, KC White and Jenna Miller (of Jenna M. Miller Photography) really stepped up to the plate and produced some amazing work.  The photos really shine, and especially because of the make-up artistry of Jessica Mungeon and Felicia Douglas.


This photo/video shoot helped put into perspective what it is we’re trying to do.  Several times during the day, people said to me, “I didn’t realize this was going to be such a big deal,” and, “when is the next shoot going to be?” and, “can I read the scripts?”  This was all rewarding for me, personally, because it meant that what we’ve been working towards is becoming clear to others and the excitement, the interest that Justin and I have had in this story and these characters and this world is starting to rub off onto others.  They can see what we see now.  And it’s awesome.

So what’s next?

There will be more shoots, both conceptual ones like this, and of the full cast once the roles have all been officially filled.  There will be more interviews; second looks, third looks and a teaser trailer.  And a poster.  And a full-scale map of Kabathan.  And, eventually, t-shirts!

What are we doing?  We’re bringing something tangible into the world and we’re at the point now where we can finally start really sharing it with others.

It just doesn’t get better than that.

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Legren – Genre Wars: Resistance Rising

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Legren, one of the principal characters from the upcoming web series,
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.

“It starts with one. Will you join us?”
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising
Genre Wars on Facebook!
And check out the First Look at Genre Wars: Resistance Rising!

See the costume on (Legren – Genre Wars by unusualsidekick)
Along with the rest of the ensembles in the Genre Wars Collection.


Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”) has officially moved past my neck of the woods, which is northeastern Maryland.  Took some snapshots of some of the damage around my neighborhood.