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.

Headshots by The Joes

The Joes directing duo of Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino promised me some professional headshots as part of my payment for producing the MOMHEART short film. We captured these photos in late July 2019 at various places in Asheville, North Carolina. I knew that I wanted highly detailed black and white textured photos in a controlled interior space, which occurred at the Grey Eagle venue in the immediate photos below. Afterwards, we walked throughout downtown to collect candid shots. I was very impressed with the Joes’ work, and always grateful for updated headshots, which are critical for the freelance creative arena.

POP-POP IS DEAD Web-Series

POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which began as a 60 minute dramatic comedy feature film, is now available to stream online with Vimeo in an updated web-series format that chops the feature into four episodes running about 15 minutes each. The film premiered in August 2018 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, and enjoyed a successful festival run over the year with screenings at LA Comedy Film Festival, Winter Film Awards in New York City, and a special encore event at Cat Fly Film Festival 2019. Binge watch the entire web-series now!

COMPASSION completion

COMPASSION, the short film anthology written and directed by Jeff Corpening from Corpening Media, completed principal photography on the final of the three parts in mid-August 2019. Pre-production had begun over a year prior in February 2018, when I began to guide production on the first installment, which starred Victor Hough with cinematography by David Craig in a setting that challenged a land developer to look past the present. Betsy Cardwell was another Producer on the project, and the glue that kept consistency and continuity in all three parts.

Part III underwent production in November 2018, and starred Emily McDaniel and Camila Escobar in which a WWII stageplay strangely turns into reality. Part II was filmed last, and featured Lavin Cuddihee and Melanie Stauss in an fairy tale trial which looked to establish empathy between man and beast. Both parts II and III were helmed by cinematographer Brad Hoover, head instructor at the Asheville School of Film. Check out the teaser trailer for Parts I and III below!

com·pas·sion Teaser 1

We can not wait to show you footage from Part 2 — which we will be filming in August. Until then, enjoy this just-released footage from our upcoming short movie, com·pas·sion.

Posted by Corpening Media on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Artificial Ink T-Shirts!

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC has produced its first batch of official t-shirts which were given as gifts to key cast and crew who have been important assets over the years. Lightning Bolt Ink screen-printed the shirts out of their shop in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. They approached the white font and grey streak in the logo design with two separate screens to create the desired texture effect.

The shirts were modeled by Braethun Bharathae-Lane and Whitley Albury who now rep the Artificial Ink brand both online and out in the world. Another batch of t-shirts will be ordered from Lightning Bolt Ink before the end of the 2019 year, and will be available for purchase at $15 per shirt in sizes S, M, L and XL. Shirts in XXL and up available upon request for $17. Email artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com to reserve your shirt today and ensure you don’t miss the second round!

Graphic Content (Cont’d)

Graphic Content is the comic book and graphic novel review show hosted by myself, Ted Kendrick. New episodes are released on the Watchtower Database over a consistent biweekly schedule every other Wednesday. Although I’m still feeling out the format and my comfortability behind camera, I’ve truly enjoyed sharing the books and series that I’m reading with the near 40,000 channel subscribers at the time of this writing. The following few episodes were all released over the last four months, and primarily feature DC Comics’ characters such as Batman, the Flash, and Young Justice, with the occasional focus on more original characters.

The above episodes take an introspective on the recent Batman and Flash crossover “The Price” which tied-in with the HEROES IN CRISIS mini-series. YOUNG JUSTICE was rebooted with the original team by writer Brian Michael Bendis, the Arkham Knight character spun out of the video game into the pages of Detective Comics #1000, and Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt received a WATCHMEN inspired reimagining by Dynamite Entertainment. The below episodes focus on DC Comics’ zombie horror event DCEASED, the beautifully painted MARVELS by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, and two Vertigo Comics classics in Frank Miller’s seminal early work RONIN and Grant Morrison’s counter culture cult hit THE INVISIBLES.

PHOBOS CON // 48HFP 2019

Team Artificial Ink has created a Director’s Cut for our 48 Hour Film Project entry PHOBOS CON, now available to watch online via YouTube. This version is only slighted edited from the submission copy entered into the competition. The director’s cut includes filters to distinguish the diegetic camcorder elements, twenty seconds of additional comedic footage, and corrected scrolling credits.

PHOBOS CON screened at the Best Of 2019 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project event on Thursday, July 18th at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. The film was awarded Best Makeup, rightly earned by Co-Producer Zach Echols, as well as nominations for Best Use of Prop (a kite) and Line of Dialogue (“This isn’t what I signed up for”).

12th Level Intellects: Mar-June ’19

12th Level Intellects— the geek news podcast co-hosted by myself, Ted Kendrick, and James Strecker– is continuing steadily forward on its bi-weekly schedule with the Watchtower Database, available for listen on Apple, YouTube, and several other podcast platforms. Ironically for this batch of episodes, we lived in a world where superhero cinema received two Captain Marvel movies in one month; the Marvel Studios entry with Brie Larson and DC Entertainment’s SHAZAM!, though the character stopped using the name Captain Marvel within the last decade.

We took a swerve in topic to discuss the launch of GAME OF THRONES season 8 with my friend and GOT expert John Morse, which ended up getting one of the lowest listening counts in the podcast’s history. I suppose the audience didn’t transfer into wanting to hear us talk about GAME OF THRONES. The rest of the world didn’t seem satisfied with how season 8 ultimately played out either. After that flop of an episode, we stuck to discussing AVENGERS: ENDGAME and going through THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES episodes like the fanbase truly wants.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX was the final chapter in FOX’s X-MEN franchise after its acquisition by Disney, the film landed with a more expensive flop after an attempt to recreate the same storyline from X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, regarded by many to be the worst installment of the series. On a more positive note, 12th Level Intellects tried its first livestream video podcast, which went pretty well after about 15 minutes of technical difficulties, to chat about the release of the latest LEGACIES OF THE DCAU webcomic issue, “Anno Domini: Prebirth”, the first installment of stories set specifically in the canonical year of 2019 in the DCAU.