Sunday, September 10, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES SEPTEMBER EDITION OF THE QSE!

Preparing for the Autumn storm to fall upon the modeling field, the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] released a grand sized special edition for subscribers. Most of the fashionable clothing line was prepared and presented by BB1 Classic and the studios chief photographer, D. R. Quintana, was there to capture some amazing shots of studio models who presented quality and quantities of outstanding European fashions that are soon to hit the states.

On the cover of this months QSE is Amber Wallace of Houston, Texas, who has worked with the studio on more than one occasion both in front of the digital camera and movie cameras as well. She's the staple of true professionalism and has always persevered to present the best quality of being a model in representing her team.This is new issue not only presents Wallace, but also other new studio models in fabulous dresses, fall attire, and in some interestingly formatted, colorful full page spreads. 

The new issue also contains news and information concerning actors head shots, which are surely being procured by actors for their winter updates at a high cost to the actor. The September edition lists professional photographers in Texas and Louisiana who are not contracted with acting managers and talent agencies which might charge higher prices for updating head shots. Actors can save as much as $600 for professional head shots by independent photographers and get the same level of professional shots at almost a third the cost and with a better schedule to get them done. The best part of working with the listed photographers is that they all have a proven record for a fast turn around, presenting their finished works with no studio logo on the photo you choose as your new head shot.

A new part of the QSE presents a new section of the magazine that concerns a special "Do and Do Not" segment concerning the submission your photographs for auditions and what to expect from answering calls from talent agencies. An talent manager gives their professional opinion on making the right steps to promote yourself through proper planning and implementation of a solid resume. This new segment is planned to be a big part of the QSE for the following year and with changes to the auditioning and submission format currently being taken in the mainstream film production environment with SAG/AFTRA actors, staying in the know is highly recommended for 2018.

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The studio e-magazine is dedicated to largely representing actors and entertainment news for the entire state of Texas, their opinions, and their attributes to Indie film projects which have been produced in the state of Texas, produced by Quantum Storm Pictures, or critiqued and reviewed by the studio. Each page of the studio e-mag has dazzling photos of your favorite Indie actor, actress, and model; with liner notes from each individual taken during video production.

To become a subscriber for 2017 & 2018, just follow the advertisements presented at the offset of each studio release or simply click here to see more details about subscription terms. Issues are emailed to subscribers at the end of each month a full week before the official release notice is posted on the studios blog. Subscribers also receive bonus materials, Posters, tickets to movie premieres, and [on occasion] signed photos of the actor, actress, or model on the cover!


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Friday, August 25, 2017

NEW FIELDS OF ENDEAVOR TO BE PUT TO PRINT!

In the final phases of being set to print, David R. Quintana has put his heart and soul into a mini-series which will be released in novel format; five large books with three hefty parts in each. If you haven't guessed, the novel series will be entitled SAN SABA, which is  loosely based on fictional events within the confines of a small town in Texas with the same name, which has also christened itself as the "Pecan Capital of the World."

The series involves a new female sheriff, with a prior military background, that stumbles across crime, corruption, and murder in a small county that are sure to lead the entire state into a drug war between families loyal to the gold mine of the pecan industry and the drug laden world of the Mexican Cartel, who will stop at nothing to extract revenge on a rich and powerful family who seems to be beyond the grasp of Texas law. Book One introduces you to Samantha Milliqen, a single mother who struggled to find employment after being forced to leave the Army due to a nasty divorce and custody battle that left her penniless. Her only alternative to survive is to run for sheriff, do everything she can to uphold the law and maintain her office for two terms to help pay off all of her bills.

First prepared as a script for a 'chance' network or web series, the developed screenplay was churned out in a detailed set of chapters that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wish you were out in San Saba to help the sheriff lay down the law. The sheriff has to deal with drug runners, killers, illegal immigrants, and a covert group of land owners who constantly kill horses on private lands. This is Quintana's first attempt at writing a novel and he is sure to write many more as the series will run for at least five novels during the first printing. Many of his followers on Facebook were given a first glimpse at the novel during it's rough stage to help critique and review the intended version before final editing.

"I initially submitted the script to NBC for a series concept contest earlier this year" said an excited Quintana. "The series made it to the final round where it was eventually turned down for not having enough 'cultural diversity' within the leading characters of the final script."

However, the failure of NBC to secure the rights to the series left Quintana with a big decision to make; either produce the series on video himself or transfer the scripts into a novel for publishing, something that was suggested to him by a life long friend.

"I didn't want this series to be thrown into another novel that had some hot woman in the lead, that would prove to handle every situation perfectly and without any real damage to her psyche" explains Quintana. "I wanted the series and/or the novel to have a non-fictional feel to it, having the leading character make mistakes and also have to deal with the 'good ol' boy' networks which actually do thrive throughout the state of Texas."

Quintana explained that the idea for the series first came to life after several trips that he made driving through the heart of Texas, to see his mother who was failing in health. He had drove through San Saba so many times but had never stopped there before; as he never saw anything worth stopping for until one day when he got thirsty and made a stop at a small town gas station there. After his stop, he drove back to Montgomery, Texas and wrote the first book to the series in seven days; claiming that the ideas for the series script just kept pouring out of his fingers each time he touched his keyboard.

"It was hilarious" recalls Quintana. "The people in San Saba were nice, the weather was perfect, and I felt that the small town atmosphere would be perfect for producing a horror film I had in mind. But after spending more than three hours there, I saw the potential for a fictional story concerning a change in local politics when the long running sheriff is forced to retire due to health reasons and voting for a new sheriff has begun. The people in town openly shared some town drama with me concerning drug deals, illegal immigrants, and some crafty thefts within the town that put to question the sheriff's possible involvement. It was just hearsay, but I loved the fact that I could add to it and stir the pot."

Book One is said to be complete awaiting a winter release date for printing, and in the meantime, Quintana is currently working overtime on Book Two. But he admits that putting the idea of the series to video is still a possible endeavor he could pursue at a later time.

Jazz L.
[Contributing Writer]

Monday, June 26, 2017

BE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS...SERIOUSLY SERIOUS!

Too, too many times I have been approached on the web by local Indie filmmakers via email concerning my  "failure" to add my films on IMDB for IMDB credit. I've been told that if my films are not on IMDB, then it never happened. I've also been told that not having a page on IMDB will not get me noticed in the "real film world" and that all of my actors work will never be identified or taken seriously. I've always and often chuckled at those remarks made to me by "keyboard commandos" [thanks, Bobby] and I always retort to those people, "You do things your way and I'll do things my own way." Then I leave it to time to handle; why? because short films have a way of disappearing really fast and never being seen by the clique groups who created them.

Sure, I've filmed a little over 120 short films for web series and some film shorts, shot at at least seven feature films and have worked on some network shows as a Directors Assistant or "DA" if you need to hear the movie term. But knowing all of the movie terms in the world is NOT going to make you a legitimate filmmaker....getting the job done, is! And I'm proud to say that all of my work is uploaded somewhere on the Internet where anyone can search my name, the titles of my work, and actually see EVERY film I've ever directed and produced.
The smell of success isn't easy to emulate, but there is some self-satisfaction to your film career when you prove to be somewhere to work on a film, where no other people in your film scene have ever been to or could dream of going to when working on a real project or two. This is the way I see it, "There are people who wish they could be in the dream, making real movies and working hard to get to it through short 'local' indie films"....or, "There's the sort who have truly worked hard to get to the BIG GAME, worked in REAL feature films and network shows, know the ropes and the REAL contacts to get to it, but still have the mind to know that the ride is short and there's always another project to work on."

I know a lot of people who have worked hard on REAL Hollywood movies and won parts in REAL films and wound up on IMDB because the movie had a world wide release and those 'small town' actors had parts in them. Those people are proud of their work and their accomplishments, some work with me on my 'no budget' Indie films and we have fun putting it all together. Fun is what it's all about and I've never dabbled on the notion that 'this' project will land us a contract deal with a network or 'that' project has the right gusto to get us a full feature film deal with a studio out of Los Angeles [or LA].

Being real about the outcome of a short film...a nine to twelve minute gem...isn't anything to hold your breath about or claim that there's some BIG WIG in LA just waiting to see what your team is putting together for a pitch [or a 'trailer' as it's often wrongfully identified as] to present before a board of film studios just waiting for YOUR idea to come across their table. Quite honestly, I can't name a nine to twelve minute short that has EVER won an Oscar, even with a big name heading the lineup of the film....can you?

I think it's best to leave IMDB to the professionals and let them have their glory. Just because you have a few films as a director in the arena of "extremely short films" doesn't mean that anyone has to bow to you; the same goes for local actors in the local Indie film scene arena. Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if the film your in won a local Indie film award; like Worlds Fair, Horror World, or Houston's coveted Remi Award circuit...because in REAL Hollywood and in the real world of things, no one gives a fuck!

So, if you're preaching about having an IMDB credit for a film you presented to a small crowd at a pub, then you have a LOT of issues to deal with on your own. I am NOT the authority on films and I don't need to hear the grief of how your actors performances demand an IMDB credit if you're not willing to allow the open world to see your nine to twelve minute film. Put up or shut up and go away, that's my saying.

Ride Easy, My Friends!

D. R. Quintana
QSE Editor in Chief
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

STUDIO DELIVERS DRAMATICALLY WITH "PRAYING MANTIS"

The studio released news of the completion of it's newest Independent low budget film production, PRAYING MANTIS this past May. The film stars veteran actors, Bobby Osborn and Michael Ettnie, plus new comers Brandy Wilson, Brett Wilson Sr., and San Antonio's own, Emilce Ferreria, in this dark drama concerning a killer who takes on the psychological mentality of a insect to commit their crimes. The film has a run time of 71 minutes and is Rated R for strong language and mature situations.

Produced during the course of six weekends entirely in Somerset, Texas which is located a few miles south of San Antonio, the film is loosely considered a "San Antonio Independent Film" solely because it's the closest city with an identified Independent film industry and the majority of the cast is from San Antonio. Casting Director Laura Carretero brought in some San Antonio talent when the film needed them the most and Diana Wilson worked brilliantly as the Location Manager, providing some great set locations to keep things refreshing and dusty for the film. Makeup was provided by Cilla Rovito and Diana Wilson as required on the set.

The film show's great contrast being shot during some blistering hot days in the spring and some starkly dark nights that leave a lot to the imagination of dealing with "what's out there hiding in the dark?" The production team created some intense moments in the film, presenting what could be a paranormal female monster that has invaded the city of San Antonio which is creating strife by killing men, and presenting some horror filled moments with very little to no green screen CGI. The effects used in the film seemed real and delivered with a solid punch when it had to.


Even though a lot of the film presents some fantastic acting between Osborn and new comer, Wilson, a lot of the powerful moments came from Ferreria [pictured on right] who delivered brilliantly in her role as the County Coroner and showed a dark, psychopathic edge that keeps the movie churning in the right direction at the right time. The heavy original sound track by Mao Lora is sensational and projects the right feel for the scenes as required. The cinematography is crisp and clear throughout the production, presenting brilliant colors, crisp 1080 dpi, but the sound quality is low at times during dialog with Wilson; which is easily hinted on when the film jumps to the next scene. The pacing is outstanding and the camera work sells the film when it has to provide the best angels to tell the plots tale.

The films director, D. R. Quintana, took a little criticism during the production for not spending more time promoting the film locally nor presenting himself for interviews on the local media circuit in San Antonio.

"The film is great!" said Quintana. "It's an actor driven production, lead by an outstanding veteran team who deserve the credit for putting it all together. Their performances in the film made the entire project come to life and is a testament to their skills at putting a film together the right way, with the right drive and focus, and not waste anyone's effort with 13 hour days on the set."

When asked about his lack of self promotion after the film was completed, Quintana replied, "This film is not the usual run-around-the-mill, nine minute Indie film with four minutes of opening and closing credits. The actors put a lot of heart, sweat and tears into every minute of this film. And sure, we didn't get it all done the way we wanted, but there are some brilliant scenes in it that defy what local films claim can't be done on limited budgets. So, for anyone to think that I don't desire attention for this film, doesn't know the way I work. The way I see it, the moment an Independent film shifts focus from who acted in the film to who directed it, the film just lost it's biggest stars...the actors!"


PRAYING MANTIS was released on DVD this past weekend [actually on June 17, 2017] and the first shipments were mailed out after the studio posted a 'reserved sale' on Facebook. You can order your copy of the movie through the movies Facebook page this Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The studio is now shifting production for two summer movies. The first is called "CALL TO ASCENSION" which starts filming in July and then the horror thriller, "THE CAR - A TRIBUTE SEQUEL" begins production in August.






M. Morris
[Contributing Film Critic]

Monday, May 29, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES SUMMER SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE QSE

Subscribers are buzzing news about the new issue of the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE]that was released last Wednesday. The cover design says it all and there was absolutely too much information released for fans to grab at and take into consideration for being one of the most anticipated series within the SciFi format that was once the controlled universe of Gene Roddenberry's magnificent dream.

There are many subscribers and blog fans that have picked up on the recent "coincidental" similarities between MINOTAUR and the networks STAR TREK DISCOVERY [STD], both of which are planned for release later this year. The only difference between the show's seems to be the fact that a "New Order" Borg race will be introduced as "LEGION" in MINOTAUR and the questionable enemy of the Klingon Empire in STD. But other than those two differences, the shows are running neck-to-neck with several coincidences that are baffling fans, readers, and studio personnel at the same time. They are [1] The ever changing design of the lead ship, [2] heavy all female crews, [3] the introduction of another Vulcan first officer, [4] epic presentation of sets, and [5] similar uniform designs that have caught the entire studio in a fervor of utter shock that cannot be described into words.

Over the course of two weeks, studio CEO [D. R. Quintana] has been bombarded with emails and comments concerning the similarities that have been noted time and time again by both supporting Trekkies and the Trekkie troller's who continue to prescribe to the studio that MINOTAUR is a waste of time. However, the studio stands by the fact that the uniforms and ship's designs were settled on over four years ago and have nothing more to say about it. To prove his point, the shows producer/director released the ship's designs and a sneak view into the production of the series which is still an on going adventure for the cast and crew.

If you feel you are missing out on all of the excitement and news, you probably are. You can change that by being a subscriber to the hottest e-magazine in Texas. You must be a known Indie film director, producer, investor or actor to subscribe.

The studio e-magazine is dedicated to largely representing actors and entertainment news for the entire state of Texas, their opinions, and their attributes to Indie film projects which have been produced in the state of Texas, produced by Quantum Storm Pictures, or critiqued and reviewed by the studio. Each page of the studio e-mag has dazzling photos of your favorite Indie actor, actress, and model; with liner notes from each individual taken during video production.

To become a subscriber for 2017, just follow the advertisements presented at the offset of each studio release or simply click here to see more details about subscription terms. Issues are emailed to subscribers at the end of each month, a full week before the official release notice is posted on the studios blog. Subscribers also receive bonus materials, Posters, tickets to movie premieres, and [on occasion] signed photos of the actor, actress, or model on the cover!


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

QSE GETS HUGE NUMBERS FROM TREKKIES

The studio reports that 2016 was definitely the BIGGEST year for the QSE as viewer/Internet surfer numbers reached well over 8 million guests. The most visited and requested issue of the QSE was the December issue featuring the new hybrid Legion/Borg drone on the cover. That one issue garnered requests from as far as Japan to Europe and is still being sought for reading by Trekkies all over the place.

Studio CEO [D. R. Quintana] said that much of the excitement in the issue is over the amount of full color "visual candy" that was released for fans to review; photos of the future shows uniforms, weapons, ship's bridge, and some action scenes were released for preview.

"With the recent news that a new SciFi series being released on network television, loosely based on Star Trek as a comedy, the online searches for information on MINOTAUR have increased dramatically" says Quintana. "This 'fan production project' labling is a thing of the past now and we feel that we're onto hitting a new idealism when it comes to producing what Roddenberry's universe could look like in the far-far future."
 
MINOTAUR is still planned as a 'web series only' based instrument by the studio, but Quintana reassures future fans that the whole idea about just being a 'fan production' feels to have been completely eliminated after news surfaced that the studio removed all acknowledgements to Star Trek and removed the title from the entire series, leaving many to speculate how the series will be presented without many of the well-liked and known details that keep many of the other fan productions in line with the Roddenberry universe.
 
However, the studio claims to have changed everything about the series to separate itself from the glut of fan film productions and series on the net, even up to changing the design of the lead ship, the USS ISCANDAR, to something never seen or thought of before.
"U.S. Naval history has proven that bigger and badder doesn't necessarily mean better" added Quintana. "We changed ships designs so often, even I got sick of trying to figure out something new to appease the cast & crew to preview and the future fans to fall in love with. I wanted something big and ugly, something with angles and large machinery that would prescribe to the plot of the series, not to delve into another 'accident' that brought the crew to this new journey. This series is an insight to the intended, dire attempts by a future Alliance set out to save their homeworlds from certain doom, but do it in a scientific way."

Very recently, the studio leaked information on the MINOTAUR Facebook page at the ships captain, RADM Escher, a medically modified-to-human-looking Andorian, has been casted with actress Stephanie Greenfield from San Antonio, Texas, which seemed to start a new buzz around Star Trek fandom asking about the actresses previous works in SciFi films.

In an attempt to quell Trekkie worries, the studio has planned to release more information concerning the recent addition to the cast by interviewing the actress on the summer edition of the QSE. A photoshoot with the actress was completed recently and some snap shots of the actress in uniform will also be released for preview. Greenfield is very excited about the new role and plans only to impress the future fans of the series.

And on a side note that might bring up negative speculation concerning the shows release date, Quintana stated that the series production format has changed a bit that fans could see something this winter.

Shelly B.
[Contributing Writer]  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES "SENIOR PHOTOS" EDITION OF THE QSE!

It's that time again in Texas and families are spending between $60 and $1200 on Senior Photos; and we're not taking about the cap and gown shots, these are the prime pictures which parents look for when sending out invitations to Graduation Ceremonies. A lot of it is about bragging rights, but for many students, having the extra cash to pay for those so called "professional" photographers who know how to raise the price of photo sessions to keep only the paying returning each year.


Since 2010, the studio has produced a little over 149 senior pictures and charged NOTHING to those parents that wanted a professional touch to their child's senior picture, but without the hassle of paying big bucks for it. Instead, the studio opted for donations of canned food to resupply the local food banks to prepare needy families for Thanksgiving festivities each year. Some mothers who have sought out the studio for photos have received reduced prices and have challenged other photo studios to match the cost.

This year, four studio photographers volunteered their time for a good cause and many of the photo's that were captured proved to be glamorous, and at times, some of the best work seen in years. Photo styles have ranged from regular sports and Letterman portraits, to fantasy sports car shoots, to academic set up shots. The finished works provided a flair for the senior and sense of originality.  Most of the seniors posing for the camera put great thought in the set up of their photos and the reward for their efforts were seen by the parents right after the shoot; something unheard of by the parents who attended the event.


"We viewed each photo after the sessions and made selections for the shots we liked the best" said Casey Miller of Conroe, Texas. "And then they did the photo shop right there in front of us, removing blemishes and acne and giving us full access to our photos. It was a wonderful experience and I wished I had knew about these guys two years ago when I spend a little over nine hundred dollars on senior photos that I really wasn't happy about."

This issue of the QSE presents a little over forty female and male high school students from Conroe, Willis, Spring, The Woodlands, College Station, and Montgomery High Schools. The photos presented are proof positive of some great captures and splendid formats that gave an art to the Senior portraits, giving each one an original look and personal touch by the senior who helped develop his or her own taste in what they wanted for a senior photo.

If you feel you are missing out on all of the excitement and news, you probably are. You can change that by being a subscriber to the hottest e-magazine in Texas. You must be a known Indie film director, producer, investor or actor to subscribe.

The studio e-magazine is dedicated to largely representing actors and entertainment news for the entire state of Texas, their opinions, and their attributes to Indie film projects which have been produced in the state of Texas, produced by Quantum Storm Pictures, or critiqued and reviewed by the studio. Each page of the studio e-mag has dazzling photos of your favorite Indie actor, actress, and model; with liner notes from each individual taken during video production.

To become a subscriber for 2017, just follow the advertisements presented at the offset of each studio release or simply click here to see more details about subscription terms. Issues are emailed to subscribers at the end of each month, a full week before the official release notice is posted on the studios blog. Subscribers also receive bonus materials, Posters, tickets to movie premieres, and [on occasion] signed photos of the actor, actress, or model on the cover!


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