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.

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.

PBR Easy promo entry

Early in January 2019, Artificial Ink Creative participated in a promotional video contest for the classic Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The competition asked for a 30 second character driven video highlighting the new low calorie PBR Easy beer and the lifestyle to go with it. It wasn’t always easy, but we made the promo happen.

The promo video was produced by myself, and featured Josh Weinert on skateboard, an old friend of mine that I’ve known since my days as a whitewater raft guide. Cinematography was captured by Thomas Goddard, and sound engineering by Braethun Bharathae-Lane. We didn’t win the contest, but our local PBR rep Alex Pean provided plenty of free pizza and beer to fuel the endeavor. Between that and the high quality of the piece, I think it was worth the effort.

2 MASKS // green screen production

2 MASKS is an experimental short film by Ezekiel Victor, featuring his original streetwear designs in a movie trailer style fashion statement where local legends, the Pilot and the Silkman, battle it out in small town America. I produced a day of pickup shots featuring media types such as news corresponders, podcasters, and a late night show. Bethany Rolland was the Art Director, Rome Widenhouse worked the camera and lighting, and Braethun Bharathae-Lane was sound design. We had the pleasure of working with actors like Daniel Ballard, Gracie Fulghum, Bruce Green, Ben Patterson, Jeffery Ray, Brewier Welch, and Brenna Williams.

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.

12th Level Intellects: Aug-Nov. ’18

The 12th Level Intellects biweekly geekly podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself, Ted Kendrick, continued its 2018 schedule from August to November, which was actually a bit of a feat considering that the Watchtower Database took an extended break during the month of November. However, James and I still found some time to get an episode recorded whenever necessary though.


This batch of episodes sees the podcast’s first anniversary with episode #26, an exciting landmark, and partly why we pushed ahead to maintain the schedule. We also started recording at nights rather than in the morning, which I think has created a more energized air around the show. The Watchtower Database has since grown to include 27k subscribers, and each episode of 12th Level Intellects receives a few thousand views with each episode. It’s great to see the show grow.


In these episode, we discussed everything from the DEATH OF SUPERMAN animated feature film, live action blockbusters like MANDY and VENOM, THE TITANS both animated and live action, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES nostalgia, MISTER MIRACLE comic series review, as well as interviewed the music composers behind DCAU cartoons, and answered some questions from our followers and fans.

POP-POP IS DEAD premieres!

POP-POP IS DEAD is a southern comedy feature film by Coki Productions, starring Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde as millennial couple, Layla and Desi, who return to Layla’s hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina to mourn the loss of family patriarch “Pop Pop.” As the couple struggles to survive three days with Layla’s dysfunctional Southern family, they quickly come to learn that funerals ain’t fun.

The film premiered to a sold out audience of over 600 attendees at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on August 29th. The event included film, stand-up comedy, improv, and music acts from a diverse selection of Atlanta’s top creative artists like comedians Hank Denson, Lace Larrabee, and Jarod Harris, and musical acts The High Divers and Babe Club by the film’s composer Corey Campbell.

I previously had the pleasure of working with Coki Productions on the GOOD HAIR short film which went on to be selected by Kevin Hart to play at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. I joined POP-POP IS DEAD as an Associate Producer where I’m handling the film festival strategy and submission process. Any festival where the film is screened feels like a personal victory.

POP-POP IS DEAD enjoyed its west coast premiere on November 16th at the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival, which was perfect since Kat and Fray had recently moved to LA for work opportunities, and GOOD HAIR had screened there in 2017, making Coki Productions festival alumni. I was proud they could attend so soon after the move, and get their feet wet with the LA film and comedy communities.

The828.com // recent articles

I’ve continued writing articles for The828.com throughout the summer and covered a variety of local news and events pertaining to all things eat, drink, and play. Find my most recent writing from May to September 2018 embedded below.

Creative minds of screen, stage, and beyond are in Asheville this weekend to connect and inspire at Connect: Beyond The…

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bakery? Bar? Coffee Shop? The Waterbird Asheville takes flight with all of the above – and more.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Watch for lots of moviemaking around the828. Time for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Enjoy beautiful views from North Carolina’s newest winery siting at nearly 3000 feet high on Point Lookout Mountain. Check out the delicious wines that Point Lookout Vineyards has to offer at the828.com.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

When you think that The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has come up with every flavor of ice cream known to man they break the mold….

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don’t miss the one night showing of the Asheville produced feature length film Luke & Jo at the Fine Arts Theatre this Thursday.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

See what’s brewing at the new location of One World Brewing, One World Brewing West.

Posted by The 828 on Monday, July 2, 2018

Try Bad Luck Bakery. What’s the worst that could happen? 🙂

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Find out about tomorrow’s new release at Urban Orchard Cider Company and Bar, plus what’s coming soon to the new South Slope location.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

This week’s Sunday Spotlight shines on Woodfin’s first brewery, Zillicoah Beer Company.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Come try flavors from a world away at The Scarlet Bee in North Asheville. Get your HALF PRICE Asheville MEGa Deal while they last.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, July 13, 2018

Get ready for the rhythm. Kaleta & his Super Yamba Band come to The Mothlight in West Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thanks for sharing the news about my Patreon, The 828!

Posted by All Around Artsy on Thursday, July 26, 2018

A free event at Sly Grog Lounge Monday will set the stage for a week of laughs with the Asheville Comedy Festival.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 3, 2018

Cat Fly Film Fest invites you to Cat Fly Presents: Films on Tap at Wedge Brewery.

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Great way for local filmmakers to network. Asheville Studio – Asheville Camera Grip & Lighting Rental, Cat Fly Film Fest & AVLFilm.com invite you to Asheville Filmmaker Mixer: August.

Posted by The 828 on Saturday, August 18, 2018

Jeff Thompson & Off With Your Radiohead – returning to Asheville Music Hall.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Say so-long to summer with a new beer from UpCountry Brewing Company.

Posted by The 828 on Friday, August 31, 2018

What makes a perfect ‘Nerd Sanctuary’? West Avl’s Morgan’s Comics answers in a week of events leading up to its grand opening.

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, September 2, 2018

Get set for ASHEVILLE BARNAROO with Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats and their many musical friends. Come to Franny’s Farm & mark the festival’s 10th anniversary!

Posted by The 828 on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

BIGFOOT CALLING: Join Bigfoot 911 and McDowell Chamber of Commerce for the 1st ever 2018 WNC Bigfoot Festival!

Posted by The 828 on Sunday, August 5, 2018

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC with Critiqr – a new film app developed in Asheville.

Posted by The 828 on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrate RADfest at the The Grey Eagle & support Our VOICE.

Posted by The 828 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Also a few articles that were written, but not shared over social media:
– “All Go West: Festival Fun on Haywood Road” (6/14/2018)
– “Trade and Lore Goes to the Movies!” (6/27/2018)
– “Homegrown Concert Series at Homegrown West” (6/28/2018)
– “FurEver Friends and Petco recruit Foster Families” (6/29/2018)
– “Pop Up Music Co Op plays UpCountry Brewing” (6/29/2018)
– “Lake Julian Park displays 4th of July Fireworks” (6/30/2018)

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.