DOUBLE AGENT short film

Jim Tackman is kidnapped by gangsters who suspect him to be a DOUBLE AGENT. The action comedy short film featured Erich Reinhard, Zach Echols, and Tyler Buckner, and was written, directed, and produced by myself Ted Kendrick. Garin Wilson was Director of Photography, Rome Widenhouse was editor, and original soundtrack was composed by Tony Mozz. The short was made for Aputure Tech’s #LightThisLocation international film challenge. Unfortunately the entry was not selected as a finalist, but I still greatly enjoyed the production process alongside Wilson’s Productions, Absolute Grip Co., and the rest of the cast and crew.

The challenge required that the short film be no more than 5 minutes in length, occur in a single location, and include the secret word “accent”, with bonus points awarded if the film used plenty of brand sponsored gear and equipment, and we certainly did as you will find in the behind-the-scenes video embedded below, edited by Garin Wilson with footage captured by videographer Steve Howard.

The Lighting Floor Plan was another final deliverable required by the competition. Erik Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. was the Gaffer in charge of light design, and drew a rough lighting floor plan on the back of a script. The floor plan was recreated by Ted Kendrick in Adobe Photoshop with a consistent and intelligible color palette, naturally accomplished in the familiar Artificial Ink font style.

With DOUBLE AGENT now out of competition and already released online, Artificial Ink Creative will submit and send the film through the independent film festival circuit. The official poster is embedded below, designed by Ted Kendrick, and guaranteed to look even better after flaunting a few film festival laurels.

COMPASSION poster

COMPASSION short film anthology by Corpening Media released its official poster. Ted Kendrick collaborated closely with Jeff Corpening and Betsy Cardwell to produce “Part 1: Knowledge,” and assisted in the production of the other chapters. COMPASSION celebrates its local premiere on Saturday, December 14th at 10am at Asheville Fine Arts Theater. Admission is free, but you must RSVP in advance.

12TH LEVEL INTELLECTS and beyond

The 12TH LEVEL INTELLECTS podcast reached the landmark of 52 episodes, and at its consistent biweekly release schedule, that means a complete full two year anniversary! However, the podcast will soon be taking a break after the finale episode in order to reexamine our approach, format, and technology. For this last batch of episodes, we comment on a funny fan-made “Exposed” video focused on the WATCHTOWER DATABASE, the host YouTube channel for podcast, review the latest MCU film SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, recap all the relevant news that came out of 2019 San Diego Comic Con, discuss the drama behind Spider-Man’s in-and-out relationship with Disney and Sony, and review Jim Henson’s original cult-classic fantasy film THE DARK CRYSTAL with podcast guest Rome Widenhouse.

The 50th episode was a discussion on the final story arc in YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS as well as the induction of Mattie Washburn as an official 12th Level Intellect, though he had been making regular appearances on the podcast for some time. Now a total of three geeky incels (that’s a joke), we review the JOKER film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, and consider whether the upcoming action figure line “Batman: The Adventure Continues” will be considered in DCAU continuity as the package bios by Paul Dini seem to suggest. Look for a bold new direction from the 12th Level Intellects in early 2020 and beyond!

DOUBLE AGENT production

DOUBLE AGENT is a short comedy film that was written, directed, and produced by myself, Ted Kendrick, for an upcoming lighting contest by lightthislocation.com. Garin Wilson was the Director of Photography, and Eric Kitchens of Absolute Grip Co. facilitated the lighting plan as the Gaffer. Additional crew included Johan Taljaard as 1st AC, Micah Parsons as 2nd AC, Dalton Stout as Grip, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as Sound Recordist, Tony Mozz as Sound Mixer and Soundtrack, Rome Widenhouse as Editor, and Steve Howard on Behind the Scenes Videography.

The cast showcases Erich Reinhard as protagonist Jim Tackman with Zach Echols and Tyler Buckner as the antagonist gangsters Pat and Bob. The contest deadline is Monday, November 11th before DOUBLE AGENT is uploaded online for a round of voting. Afterwards, the plan is to share the short around to various film festivals before ultimately uploading it online to the Artificial Ink Creative YouTube channel. Check out some screenshots embedded below via Instagram in the meantime.

MY FATHER’S SHADOW short film

MY FATHER’S SHADOW is a short film written and directed by Will Osigian of Trust Fall Productions, starring Jeff Alexander. I assisted in script edits and feedback early on in the development process. During the Asheville based production, I also hooked up the crew with donated catering from Takeout Central and Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. The short drama film is now available to view online, though a trigger warning is due for its heavy subject matter regarding alcoholism and abuse.

GRAPHIC CONTENT catch up

My GRAPHIC CONTENT comic book review show has continued steadily with its biweekly schedule, consistently earning between 1k to 5k views on the Watchtower Database YouTube channel. Plans are underway to wrap up and reformat either by the end of the year or around February 2020 which would mark the one year anniversary. The following episodes cover DC Comics’ 2019 crossover events such as “Year of the Villain” which touched nearly every book in the DCU and “Event Leviathan” which primarily occurred within the Superman books. I also fell deep into the “Black Hammer” universe crafted by Jeff Lemire for Dark Horse Comics.

The next few episodes took a look at the “Batman: Kings of Fear” mini-series which reunited the 90s Batman comics team of writer Scott Peterson and artist Kelley Jones. I had the pleasure of interviewing Peterson at a separate occasion for his work as an editor on “The Batman Adventures”. I also reviewed the popular new “Once and Future” book by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Dan Mora for BOOM! Studios, and lastly the DC: Rebirth iteration of “Batman Beyond” by Dan Jurgens.

REPLICA RAID II @ Geek Short Film Fest

THE REPLICA RAID II sci-fi short film was selected to screen at the 2019 Greek Short Film Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Geek Gala event. The theme this year is Tiki Slumber Party-o-Rama. Don’t ask me what that means because I don’t know yet. The film festival runs throughout the day from 10am to 4pm as part of the Muggle Market at Noah’s Event Venue which is free to attend.

I’ve added laurels for the Geek Short Film Festival to the film poster, next to the ones from Cat Fly Indie Film Festival which is where RR2 premiered in March 2019. THE REPLICA RAID III, the final installment of the unanticipated series, is in development with a finished first draft underway in edits. More on that to come.

BUSTER BUSINESS short film

BUSTER BUSINESS was a comedy short film written and directed by Gunner Willis, starring Corey Wavle, with cinematography by John Carrington. I participated as a Script Supervisor during its production in September 2017 at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is where I was first introduced to Gunner Willis, who would later star in the MOMHEART short film and POP-POP IS DEAD web-series which I both produced. Watch the full short film embedded below.

BUSTER BUSINESS originally premiered at Cat Fly Film Festival in March 2019 before it eventually dropped online in October 2019. The film ended up being a huge springboard for local networking in the area. Check out a behind-the-scenes photo below taken by Diana Valerie of MoXie Makeup and Hair with (from left to right) myself Ted Kendrick, director Gunner Willis, actor Corey Wavle, Art Director Clayton Tilley, and 1st AD MJ Slide all gathered around the video village monitor during the opening black and white “Big Business” commercial sequence.

FashMob XIII // New Beginnings

FashMob is a public event for fashion models and photographers to connect and create original spontaneous works in Asheville, North Carolina. I had heard about the event for years before I finally decided to attend and participate in the XIII (or thirteenth) event, with the “New Beginnings” theme. FashMov XIII occurred in September 2019 at Sugar Britches clothing boutique in the River Arts District.

I had the pleasure of capturing various models on camera, some of whom I already knew such as Lauren Rivas (from the DEATHYARD short film of which I was an Associate Producer), Allison Price Bergh (who was in a competing team in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project), Tammy Mattox (who had a cameo in COMPASSION Part II), and Aubrey Welch (who I believe made her modeling debut at this event) along with a few miscellaneous models. It was a wonderful experience where I had the chance to stretch my muscles and exercise my skills at portrait photography.

DEATHYARD Film Festival Strategy

The DEATHYARD short horror film served as the 2019 promotional video for The Haunted Farm popular attraction in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which was primarily spearheaded by Co-Directors Taylor Hellhake and Daniel Ballard. DEATHYARD turned out too great not to share with the world, so I was hired on as an Associate Producer to assist with film festival strategy and submission process. I was happy to help since the film’s crew included friends of mine such as Braethun Bharathae-Lane as the Sound Recordist and Lauren Rivas as the leading actress.

As of this writing, DEATHYARD has been selected to play at multiple film festival events including DreadFest Horror Film Festival outside of Seattle, Washington on October 12th, HorrorHaus Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 26th, Buried Alive Horror Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia from November 13th to 17th, Stranger Days Independent Film Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 16th, and New York City Horror Film Festival on December 6th. Check out the teaser trailer for the LA based HorrorHaus event in the video embedded below.

DEATHYARD first premiered to a local screening with the cast and crew at the Carolina Cinemark in Asheville, NC while simultaneously going online via YouTube. You may watch the full short film below. Rumors are circulating regarding its expansion into a full feature, but that sort of info is above my current pay grade.