Dip into the ARTIFICIAL INK

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC is a limited liability company for creative services, specializing in the development and production of trans-media entertainment and intellectual properties, as well as an ever-evolving, experimental project hub to track the visionary endeavors of Asheville, NC based storyteller Ted Kendrick.

Artificial works are produced by people, rather than occurring organically in nature. When breaking away from blueprints, mankind acts as little gods; sometimes in the collaborative spirit of the Greek Pantheon, else-when in the efforts of Artifice, where the fabric of reality can warp in the act of sublime craft. Never strictly Official, always Art, or better; Artificial.

Ink is the liquid used to flow ideas to fruition through writing, drawing, and printing, as well as the verb that solidifies a business contract, and the abbreviation for Incorporated. Artificial Ink Creative merges the worlds of Ink and Inc., and creates Something out of Nothing with digital content from a quality Quill, whether that pen is formed by feather, porcupine, hedgehog, or toothpick.

Ted Kendrick has served as a Creative Executive at Social Construct Films, Marketing Coordinator for Cat Fly Film Festival, and Marketing Director for Escapist Comix. He was an Associate Producer on feature film THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE, and Producer on short film GOOD HAIR with Coki Productions. He contributes to the Watchtower Database as a host on the 12th Level Intellects podcast, and writer on webcomic LEGACIES of the DC Animated Universe. Ted holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Contact for questions, comments, or services: artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com

THE REPLICA RAID II // production

THE REPLICA RAID II short film went into production on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, and everything was going on schedule until the infamous WNC summer rain interrupted the afternoon. Despite the setback, the sequel to my 2017 experimental project THE REPLICA RAID took some big steps towards actualization. We have a second day of production set for July where we will create the final elements.

The day would not have been a success without my excellent crew, particularly Thomas Goddard (Dir. of Photography), Cat Wityk (Line Producer), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Ethan Saut (Stunt Driver), Haley Martin (Location Manager), Betsabe Fregoso Lee and Joey Lee with Peak of the Mountain Productions (Drone Operators), and Production Assistants: Daniel Ballard, Erich Reinhard, and Garin Wilson of Wilson’s Productions who captured the amazing behind-the-scenes photos below.

Be on the lookout for more about THE REPLICA RAID II over the next few months, and you never know…maybe we’ll see THE REPLICA RAID III sometime in 2019.

(+5) Trivia Tuesdays

In the latest batch of Trivia Tuesday videos hosted by the Watchtower Database, I provide narration and reveal a few more facts about little known topics within the DC Animated Universe. The goal is to transition between episodes with the next subject loosely connected to the previous. Research is provided by James Strecker.

These episodes look at voice actors who worked on both BATMAN and SUPERMAN animation, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.’s character career, Zorro’s inspiration for DC’s western hero El Diablo, who had a namesake in the SUICIDE SQUAD feature film but not the censored group in JLU, and a list of SUPER-FRIENDS nods in the DCAU.

12th Level Intellects: April & May ’18

James Strecker and I finally started reading the same monthly comic book series, so we can chat about them on the 12th Level Intellects podcast. We have enjoyed discussing METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, the now classic team behind BATMAN comics over the last 5 years (starting in The New initiative with the acclimated “Court of Owls” storyline). METAL isn’t for the casual comics fan, but with many fun cameos by obscure characters, and easter eggs on a cosmic CRISIS Multiversal scale, the series is a joy for anyone familiar with such stuff. No, the thumbnail image is not a Batman Joker, but in fact a Joker Batman.

Steven Spielberg recently announced he will be directing a film about the Golden Age hero BLACKHAWK in a new DC Universe feature. The Blackhawks were a squadron of fighter pilots during World War II. This is not the first time Spielberg has attempted a film based on this character. An attempt in the 1980s with Dan Aykroyd eventually became the comedy classic 1941. In the world of animation, James Strecker and I review the latest DC animated movie SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY, written by Alan Burnett, who we interviewed in a previous episode.

Of course we saw the new AVENGERS movie and had to talk about it. I thought it was everything you’d want in a comic book crossover event, now in a film format. Josh Brolin’s Thanos was a captivating villain, and the visual effects were not nearly as disorienting as last year’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with its poorly rendered villain Steppenwolf. Sure, we’ve seen SPIDER-MAN and IRONMAN in movies about a half dozen times now, but we’ve never seen them like this, pushed to the limits of their abilities, joined by all their Avenging allies. James and I also answer a questions pertaining to BATMAN BEYOND, and how Terry McGinnis’ Batman operates differently from the original Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne. Also TOY STORY puns.

BATMAN NINJA was hilarious. Truly a train wreck, but what I will recall as a fascinating chapter in the history of the Dark Knight. Almost no other character in comics is as adaptable for storytelling possibilities than Batman, so maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a Voltron robot constructed of Joker, Harley, Penguin, and other Gotham villains fighting off against a golden monkey mecha fused with psychic bats. It makes a little more sense in the movie, but not really.

STEAMPUNK EDDIE character profile

STEAMPUNK EDDIE is coming to life! The upcoming time travel / adventure comic book series for an all-ages audience is co-written by myself and Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art. Check out the character profile for Eddie, the main character of the book. You will note his watch-making skills, thirst for Grape Pow, and trusty (not handy dandy) notebook, where Eddie tracks ideas both good and bad.

Although the profile notes Eddie’s hat has his favorite gear design, the emblem isn’t conveyed in this artwork, though the gear logo can be seen in the background of Oscar the dog’s character profile, which I will share as soon as it’s released publicly online by Escapist Comix. A few designs are available via Patreon for subscribers.

The star of the forthcoming STEAMPUNK EDDIE, ages 7 & up

Posted by Escapist Comix on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE REPLICA RAID II // pre-production

I am currently in pre-production on my first sequel film. When all is said and done, THE REPLICA RAID II short will be written, directed, and produced by yours truly. If you recall the first installment, THE REPLICA RAID involves an art thief wrapped up in a time loop situation. The shorts serve as filmmaking experiments, especially with their lack of diegetic sound, all created artificially through foley recording.

Jeff Alexander will be reprising his role as the prime thief. My crew will consist of Thomas Goddard as Director of Photography, with additional cinematography by Joey Lee and Betsabe Fregoso Lee. Madeleine Richardson will serve as Editor, Daniel Henry with the stunt car and body double, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as boom op, and an original soundtrack composed by Robert Gowan of Wasted Wine.

cul-de-sac of nothin’ #culdesac #deadend #nowhere #tiremarks #thereplicaraid

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I have found a beautiful, dead end cul-de-sac as a shooting location in Candler, NC. Production is set for Sunday, May 20th, with post-production over the summer.

STEAMPUNK EDDIE cover reveal

Escapist Comix unveiled the cover to the STEAMPUNK EDDIE comic series that I’m co-writing with Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art duties. We’ve been developing this book for a little over a year now while Jarrett was deep in the creation of his ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS series. STEAMPUNK EDDIE will run for an initial 5 issues with further story possibilities down the road if the readers are there.

On the cover, you will notice Eddie and his dog Oscar, front and foremost, with a tire garden bed and water-tower in the background, as well as the blue streak of what might be a comet. You’ll have to read the issue to find out what it is for sure. The cover art is framed by two lampposts on the sides, one light on and the other off, as well as traffic lights below bracketing the credits, one on go and the other on stop. The Escapist Comix logo of a key can be seen in the bottom right corner.

Cover art for forthcoming STEAMPUNK EDDIE, new from Escapist ⚙🏭⏱🗝

Posted by Escapist Comix on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cat Fly Film Fest 2018

Cat Fly Indie Film Festival returned for its 2nd annual event over the weekend of April 6th to 8th where short films from across the Southeast were showcased in a non-competitive, networking atmosphere in some of Asheville’s best venues.

Opening night was a red carpet affair at the Asheville Masonic Temple with catered hors d’oeuvres, photos by the step and repeat, and a selected program of dramatic narrative shorts including SIDES by Trust Fall Productions, FAKE EMMA by All Around Artsy, SHOWER by dUMB, and the 48 Hour Film Project favorite CUDDLED.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Sunday, April 15, 2018

 

Community night was hosted at The Mothlight in West Asheville where Cat Fly played works focused on experimental elements, in addition to traditional genres like horror shorts and music videos. UNBEARING by Jennifer Trudrung and Aiden Weaver was a highlight. DALLAS music video by dUMB won the audience choice award, but CROAK by Matt Barrett of Calamity Effects won the crowd reaction.

Day 2 of our weekend festival!
Photography by Joe Pellegrino and Joe Naylor

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Closing night of Cat Fly was held at Grail Moviehouse with a focus on documentary storytelling. The audience choice award was received by Michael Arcos for THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL. I was personally lucky enough to win a gift certificate for studio space at the Asheville School of Film, one of Cat Fly’s amazing sponsors.

Photography by Joe Pellegrino

Posted by Cat Fly Film Fest on Thursday, April 19, 2018

 

While the main events were incredible, Cat Fly also featured two workshops, one examining the relationship between music and film, while the other reflected on failure in art, and the steps necessary keep sets safe. Sunday morning also had Andie Morgenlander, filmmaker behind POLISHED, lead a session of Cat Fly yoga. Festival founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk outdid themselves in what I hope becomes a tradition for the Asheville film community.

The828.com // freelance writing

I recently joined The828.com as a freelance writer for local news pertaining to all things eat, drink, and play, which works for me since I know my way around those Asheville scenes. The opportunity presented itself since I’ve been working in Event and Promotions for the Asheville Radio Group, who host The828 as their online presence, as well as program live radio stations 105.9 The Mountain and Mix 96.5.

Find my first few articles from March and April 2018 embedded and linked below.

You’re in luck – St. Patty’s at Claddagh Restaurant and Pub – Asheville, NC starts with rugby and Irish coffee.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

=The new Fractals Coffee Shop and Cafe comes equipped with a time machine.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

COMING ATTRACTIONS: Find out about the Cat Fly Film Fest, coming to The Mothlight, Grail Moviehouse & The Asheville Masonic Temple.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Don’t cook 4/26! Join Western North Carolina AIDS Project during “Dining Out For Life”.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Come play with Mario – and try a new beer to support Asheville City Soccer Club – at Hi-Wire Brewing.

Posted by The 828 on Monday, April 9, 2018

12th Level Intellects: February & March ’18

The 12th Level Intellects keep on keepin’ on through February and March with new episodes of the podcast every other week, available on both iTunes and YouTube. James Strecker and myself are the usual hosts, but were joined by a few other folks in some of the segments this round, who you’ll be introduced to shortly.

Comics writer Matthew Manning joined us on the podcast to discuss his work on last year’s BATMAN / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES series, and some various stand-alone issues for DC Comics such as JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES, THE BATMAN STRIKES, and BEWARE THE BATMAN, as well as his sole artist credit drawing a necklace on Mera in on a random 1990s AQUAMAN comic. Manning is a local to Asheville, so I was able to visit his home, record in the living room, and check out his amazing collection of Batman memorabilia.

For episode #11, James and I go back to the roots of the Watchtower Database channel and discuss something specific to the DC Animated Universe. Particularly, we take a look at the Flash, and whether Barry Allen existed in this world when all we ever saw was Wally West in the superhero role. Personally, I lean towards no.

Nothing more notable for the 12th Level Intellects than its twelfth episode. Mattie Washburn was our guest on this one while he and James were at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately, my audio recording glitched, so James and Mattie navigate the main conversation themselves of what events happened ‘for sure’ between animated series JLU and BATMAN BEYOND. This episode goes out to all the fans who know the Plasma Rifle was invented in 2005.

While at ECCC, James and Mattie had the opportunity to chat with Phil Lamarr, the voice actor behind major DCAU characters Static from STATIC SHOCK and Green Lantern, John Stewart from JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, as well as many other familiar voices in animation like SAMURAI JACK and FUTURAMA. While I missed the meet and greet with Mr. Lamarr, you can still hear me talk about upcoming movies and comics in the News and Comic Relief segments of the podcast episode.