MOMHEART premiere @ The Big Fancy

The MOMHEART short film directed by The Joes and produced by Artificial Ink Creative LLC premieres at The Big Fancy event hosted by Sly Grog Lounge in Asheville, NC on Saturday, July 6th. The festival is one night only with a $10 cover, and fancy dress code, however best interpreted, for a night to be remembered.

Posted by The Joes on Friday, June 21, 2019

The Big Fancy will also feature additional short films including another recent Artificial Ink Creative project THE REPLICA RAID II, and multiple album releases by local Asheville-based bands, some of whom contributed to the MOMHEART soundtrack such as Battery Powered Hooker Boots and Mike Anderson. Other musical acts will include Half-State, Lil’ Loswer and GLitch SLap, among others.

Flier.

Posted by Battery Powered Hooker Boots on Sunday, June 23, 2019

Additional shenanigans on site at Sly Grog Lounge will include breweries, CBD farmers from Clover who will set up a Dab Tent, retailers from Griftown Screen Printing, burlesque performances from Erin Trixi and Theresa Coggiola, live record cutting by American Vinyl, and “Live Food From Scratch” by La La Diabla.

Artificial Ink @ Asheville 48HFP 2019

Artificial Ink participated in the 2019 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which marks the fourth year that I’ve competed, but the first year as a branded team. Artificial Ink received the genres “Sci-Fi / Road Movie”. Although the official rules say that teams only need to choose one of the genres, we decided to try both, and I think it turned out pretty darn decent given the parameters of the 48 Hour Film Project.

The images above are screenshots from the 48HFP entry entitled PHOBOS CON. The short film will be online within the next few weeks as the Director’s Cut is ultimately finalized. Personally, I am of the mind that the 48HFP reaps whatever it sows as a project, but there were a few credits snafus and edits needed before the film inevitably lands on the internet. Team Artificial Ink also had the pleasure of being featured on the local news, ABC 13 WLOS, owed primarily to Garin Wilson, the Director of Photography, who works for the broadcasting company.

Roughly twenty different films screened together for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which was hosted at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Avenue. Team Artificial Ink played on Tuesday 6/25 at 10pm and Wednesday 6/26 at 7pm, which all screenings sold out per usual for the 48HFP. There was plenty of steep local competition, but I think we held our own, though the point of the event is always to gauge progress in the production process from the previous year.

Most of the team was able to attend the premiere screening, as depicted above, from the left to right: Timothy McCarthy, Lyle Henry, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, Ted Kendrick, Jeffery Ray, Whitely Albury, Zach Echols, Garin Wilson, and Joe Kendrick. The behind the scenes photographs below were all captured by Jeffrey DeCristofaro who had a minor acting role in the film as the designated character Grant MacDonald, window washer. The other elements included a line of dialogue, “This isn’t what I signed up for” and prop of “a kite”. Overall, it was another challenging but educational experience in passionate guerrilla filmmaking.

MOMHEART production wrap

MOMHEART short film directed by The Joes (Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino) wrapped production on Saturday, February 16th. We filmed a few pick-up scenes left from the previous production last December 1st to 3rd, starting at an apartment complex before moving to a park location in West Asheville for a gory grilling sequence. Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS, and POP-POP IS DEAD) is Gavin, a childlike man who turns to a shady family rental service to fill the void in his heart left from never knowing real family.

The second shoot crew had The Joes as co-directors, Madeleine Richardson as 1st AD, Aaron Shirley as Director of Photography, Ted Kendrick as Producer, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as Sound, John Morse as PA, with Jeffrey DeCristofaro and Herbert Ellis as the two Goons, and introduces and features George Romero as Francisco. MOMHEART has wrapped principal photography, and now enters post-production.

MOMHEART production

The MOMHEART short film went into production from December 1st to 3rd in Asheville, North Carolina. Artificial Ink Creative produced the dark comedy with The Joes directing duo of Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino. Our three days of filming passed by quickly and ultimately went unfinished. Another pick-up day has been scheduled for February to complete the project, and capture the final scenes.

The film stars Gunner Willis (actor native to Greenville, SC with credits in Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS, and POP-POP IS DEAD) as Gavin, a childlike and impressionable man, who moves into his first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his longing heart.

Additional cast included Asheville acting staples such as Jennifer Trudrung, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, Franklin Lovingood and Lauren Davis, as well as newcomers Delroy Hartley, George Romero, and Herbert Ellis. Our crew was led by Madeleine Richardson as 1st AD, and an excellent camera department including Aaron Shirley and Rome Widenhouse. We were also joined by Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Mark Sundara (Stunt Coordinator), John Lauterbach (Makeup/Effects), Colston Byrd of Battery Powered Hooker Boots (Art Director), John Elder (Grip), with Rebekah Babelay and Nick Belvin as Production Assistants, among others.

Expect more news and information pertaining to the MOMHEART short film in the coming months throughout 2019, and for now, enjoy all of the behind-the-scenes photography captured by Marisa Muldoon during the initial days of production.

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, 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

ARTIFICIAL INK on Vimeo

Artificial Ink began as a clever domain name that was too expensive to maintain and way ahead of its time (http://artificial.ink). It soon turned into my business identity which I’d write on my invoices to look cool. Later it became the title of my blog. Now it is the brand of my Vimeo channel. The name has stuck around.

BEATERS and THE REPLICA RAID are both available for streaming via Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/artificialink

Digital content from a quality quill.

THE REPLICA RAID poster

THE REPLICA RAID has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it in the meantime before it screens at the Cat Fly Indie Film Fest on March 31st, programmed by Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk, who also worked on this short, per the credits on the poster.

Image by Ted Kendrick

I created the poster design above for festival use, and may submit the short to other appropriate festivals later in the year. THE REPLICA RAID will also be online and available for view later this month, so be on the lookout for a link soon enough.

Greetings & Introductions

Hello and welcome to my corner of the internet! I’m Ted Kendrick, a content creator based in Asheville, North Carolina. You may know me from my work in writing, film, and music. Though I’ve dipped my toes into many creative ponds over the years, I never had a central location to keep everyone informed on what I’m currently up to. My hope is that this personal website and blog— Artificial Ink— will become that outlet.

Artificial Ink began as a concept nearly two years ago when I was selecting interesting domain names for a personal website. I purchased www.artificial.ink thinking I was ahead of the curve by ditching the traditional .com or .net ending. While that may have been true, here we are anyway at www.tedkendrick.com. Go figure. I’ve kept Artificial Ink as a pseudonym for my freelancing work because I like how it inspires thoughts of digital art, both created through computer-based software as well as online collaboration, which I personally believe is the future of media and entertainment.

Not only will I keep this site updated as a place to share my ongoing work, but as a platform to develop my voice and hone my writing skills. I’ve felt more confident and passionate about my work lately than ever before, slowly chipping away at a wall of artistic anxiety. This has appeared in the form of filtering my voice out of fear I may accidentally offend someone or be laughed at for my efforts, as well as simply keeping things close to the chest.

In the past, I’ve attempted to hold onto my creative work until I was absolutely certain it was perfect, but I’ve come to realize that approach is both unhealthy and unrealistic. My final products would usually just get cast aside to gather dust and never see the light of day. Creation in all forms is an intensely personal experience, but I believe once the piece is released, it’s no longer a fragment of my own self but a new entity to be judged individually on its own merit. This requires me to take a step back, acknowledge that I have done everything I can, and relinquish any further urge for control.

I’ve found there’s a beauty in artistic spontaneity and embracing mistakes as part of the process. Ultimately I had to ask myself, what’s the point in making any art if I’m too afraid to share it with the world? My hope is that people will respond positively to my material, but I cannot take things as a personal jab to my character if they don’t. This train of thought is the only way I’ve been able to arrive at this junction, now prepared for absolute transparency in my creative life, ultimately the underlying purpose behind Artificial Ink.

One of my favorite writers, Warren Ellis, has a newsletter called Orbital Operations which has greatly inspired the creation of my blog. He uses funny codenames to discuss projects that haven’t been officially announced yet. I plan to take a similar approach, though I have signed a few contracts that prevent me from mentioning proprietary materials. It’s a case by case basis, but I have enough on my plate like Project Voltage, Project Pyramid, and Project Scrambled Eggs to keep things interesting for awhile.

A few projects are already listed under the Creativity page, and you’ll learn more about the above work sooner than later. I invite you to drop in from time to time and check up on the blog. I’ll share each and every new post on my various social media profiles with Facebook and Instagram being the primary channels. Please find links on the sidebar and follow me so you don’t miss out on any updates.

If you’ve read down to this point, that means you care. Thank you for that. I hope you’ll find as much to love and enjoy in my upcoming artistic endeavors.