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!

New ‘Do

HaircutIt has been a LONG time since I posted in my blog, but since I’ve been publishing my novel, Resistance Rising, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me! As a way to ring in the new year, as well as embrace a new phase of my life, I decided to make a MAJOR change by way of a haircut; parting with 12 inches of my hair, which I am delighted to donate. For years, I thought I was unable, since I dye my hair, but the salon I’ve been going to use non-synthetic dye and no bleach, so I am able to donate after all!

2017 was as much a whirlwind for me as it was for everyone else; I was a bridesmaid, I celebrated my one-year anniversary with DUO Media Productions (coming up on two years this month!), I pushed my cosplay limitations, and I’ve gotten a crash course into becoming my own, personal book-marketing team.

The process of publishing the book was an extremely enlightening process and pulled my priorities into sharp focus. I am giddy with pride over the finished product, but I also had to learn to let a lot of things go. One of my colleagues (over at DUO Media Productions) likes to say, “you’re never done, you just run out of time.”

I’ve had long, nearly-waist-length hair my entire life, so this was a significant metamorphosis. I’m adapting to this new hairdo far more quickly than I expected, and I find that it is, indeed, very reflective of who I am now.

Don’t you love it when everything falls into place?

2018 Reel

In addition to publishing Resistance Rising, I’m approaching my two-year anniversary with DUO Media Productions and Star Wipe Films and I wanted to showcase some of the great work we’ve been producing, and of which I get to contribute. It really is a blast to work with such a fantastic team.

Work included (in order of appearance):

  • Sophia – 72 Hour Film Fest Film (Star Wipe Films)
  • Choices – a short film
  • “After the Fact” : 2015 Gala Video for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes 
  • Game of CAD, Promo for SOLIDWORKS World – Winner of Gold TIVA Peer Award
  • DUO Pop: Montgomery Parks – Behind the scenes of DUO Media Productions
  • World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day Promo
  • Genre Wars: Resistance Rising – web series
  • DUO Pop: TIVA Peer Awards – Testimonial from DUO Media’s team
  • MCS Pro: Success Stories
  • Montgomery Parks, It’s All Here! Commercial Series
  • Dance For Change: UHS Dance Company
  • SOLIDWORKS Promotional Series
  • Sally Pacholok – Independent Feature Film
  • SOLIDWORKS Draftsight Training Videos
  • Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story – Independent Feature Film
  • Collective Church Promo
  • The Great American Wheat Harvest – Documentary Feature Film
  • School Of Creative And Performing Arts (SOCAPA) Virtual Tour
  • SOCAPA Actor Reel: “French Kiss”
  • The Stranger – Independent Short Film

More on DUO Media Productions and Star Wipe Films

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Polyvore.com (Legren – Genre Wars by unusualsidekick)
Along with the rest of the ensembles in the Genre Wars Collection.

Resistance Rising – We’re In Pre-production!

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Genre Wars was originally a short-film contest to which my friend and fellow filmmaker, Justin Moe, and I contributed last year.

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Our combined effort however, led us both to become incredibly invested in the storyline and context of the world created from the competition, however indirectly.

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Though we hadn’t intended to both become so fixated on these particular characters and plots, when the contest came to an official close back in December, we agreed that we both wanted to keep it going…but as our own series.

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So, all these months later, we are looking pre-production full in the face.  Most of the actual writing falls to me (which I am happy to do and am loving every minute of it!).  Our goal is to start shooting in June. But we have a lot to do then.  We’ve already got some sites going about it:

Genre Wars: Resistance Rising on MiddleEarthNetwork
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising on Facebook

There will be Tumblr and Twitter feeds coming soon as well.

Things to look for:

– A Map of the planet Kabathan, where our series takes place.
– A Map of Fantasarian Territory and the main camp in which the series will most often be set
– A History of Kabathan, focused mostly on the planet’s most revered artifact, The Onyium
– A “First Look” video that will include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

So yeah…lots to do, lots to look forward to.  Full steam ahead!

Catch up on the Genre Wars videos, starting here: