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.

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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.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

MOST OF THE PRAYING MANTIS CAST LINEUP RELEASED FOR PREVIEW

The film all but in the can. In five weekends, the studios ever growing cast and crew are delivering what is turning out to be an ultra-low budget dramatic/SciFi with some fine acting and real life visual effects to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Over a month ahead of schedule, the studio has time to tighten up the colors, bring in the sound, and work on clearing away video debris which might catch the eye of the sternest local critics who might try to bring down this consistent patch of extraordinary work.

From the mind of D. R. Quintana comes another film adventure which is sure to stir the local Indie film market of San Antonio, Texas with the "how did they do all of that with so little time?" mindset. But the studio team doesn't plan to stop there with Praying Mantis as their trophy, they have a four film contract which has three other films planned for production by December 2017, making Praying Mantis just the tip of the spear as they plan for a release date in early May.

The most interesting push of the first film is the selection of a virtually untrained actress to lead the film. Where some veteran actors might wonder on the "train of thought" by the veteran director over the decision, Quintana made it clear that the script was written for a "fresh student of law" to sink her teeth into her first case, one that turns our to have a paranormal stretch to it. To have a a real feel to the part, he decided to cast a relatively unknown actress who would not only naturally act brash and stern [to present a professional appearance] but also react in a "real life" sense to the darker things happening to her in the movie.

Quintana's selection for the leading role was Brandy Wilson of Somerset, Texas; a small community just south of the city of San Antonio, but don't let that fool you. The studio learned right away that people in Somerset have large chips on their shoulders and that they are proud of all that they do and what happens in their town. Quintana said that Wilson's known shyness was going to come to it's end and that he felt that the role of FBI Detective Reese Moran just might be the bump to set the "inner Brandy" to set free. 

"Brandy is a beautiful young woman who is malleable as an actress that follows direction and instruction to a potential that benefits each scene" says Quintana. "She took all of her tactical training seriously and put a great effort to present what she learned on film. I am very proud to have worked with this little lady on this project. She has a bright future ahead of her in whatever field of acting she takes. She's funny and unique...and as an actress, that can be dangerous!"

Quintana met Bobby Osborn a little over two years ago and they call one another on an almost daily basis. They share personal stories and talk a ton about PTSD and their time in the military, as both served tours in the middle east at some point in their military careers. When it comes to making movies, the two share a unique insight into knowing a ton about movie making, but just never met the right group of people to produce a sturdy Independent film franchise until now. Quintana wanted veteran actors to help support Wilson in her first leading role and Osborn was at the top of his list.

"Bobby turns it up a notch each time he's in front of the camera and I love to see the switch he makes when it's time to play" said Quintana. "There's an intensity to his method acting and he's well aware of how things are supposed to look when the shit hits the fan. Yes, we are good friends...but during the shoot he is the second man making decisions to each scene and he knows that he's coming close to taking the reigns as director to his first film. He steps back when he knows he has to. Bobby is a perfectionist and sees details that some others [like me] may miss. But in the local area, he is one of the elite in town and I respect that in him."

Brett Wilson Sr. is unlike any actor that has ever crossed paths with Quintana on his sets; "He's been in only a few Indie films, but he acts a lot like a veteran when he's in front of the camera" says Quintana. "He has a great laugh and is a funny man to boot with tons of stories to share. There's a special gleam in his eyes when he tells ghost stories and his family and friends seem to sit on the floor, like boy scouts sitting around a fire, waiting to hear the next story he has to share." Brett is said to bring that same enthusiasm when he presents his acting performance to the camera.

As Second Unit Director, Brett's been able to capture some smaller details that the main camera might have missed, especially during critical scenes. He has an eye for detail and is not afraid to add his opinion on setting up a shot for the next scene. He admits freely that he is still learning, but his endeavor is to be a film maker and eventual director; even now he completed his first film, a comedy.

Emilce Goreti Ferreira was said to be "the needle in the haystack," who stepped in to the project with only a few hours to prepare. The important part of the City Coroner has a hard fill to maintain, having three actors not being able to commit to the role, Emilce stepped in and masterfully nailed the role to make it her own. She's a slender, professional model who has had several parts in Indie films, her delivery in Praying Mantis proved to Quintana and the cast, that she is more diverse in her training that most might want to admit to comprehend.

"When I first saw Emilce step out the car and walk up to me, I thought Morena Baccarin of Firefly was gracing our set with an appearance" laughs Quintana. "This young lady immediately took our hearts with her looks and then blew our minds with her magnificent performance on the set. I wasn't able to study up on her acting credentials until after we had wrapped for the weekend and I made that long trip back to Houston, but when I looked up her demo reels and her profile, I found that this beauty was no stranger to Indie films. Emilce has been around and she has a chameleon-type approach to all of her castings. She's a hidden jewel of talent that I hope to exploit it in a spy film [or two] later next year."

Mike Ettnie is a sharp, good looking man that also entered the films production at a moment's notice. It was said that Quintana chose the actor solely due to the intensity of his headshots which were featured on the actors Facebook page. Soon after, the director watched his demo reels and line of work, which hooked the actor to the film project.

"Mike has broad shoulders and a stern walk" recalls Quintana. "Confidence is the key to success in the acting field and this young man walked onto our location with the determination and confidence to get it done right, the first time. He's mild mannered and proved to have extensive training in front of the camera that gave me strength to know that there are huge possibilities to use this actor in other projects we have planned. He plays a small role in Praying Mantis, but his expertise cries out for something more. We placed a real gun in his hands and had him train for an hour...his adrenaline was pumping and he was stoke to be on the set with us. Mike has potential and I will make sure his decision to work with us was a good one."

A release date for the feature film has not been released by the studio.

K. Bleichner
Contributing Writer

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

STUDIO RELEASE SPECIAL "SPRING 2017 EDITION" OF THE QSE!

The studio proudly released the spring 2017 edition of the infamous award winning QUANTUM STORM E-MAGAZINE [QSE] after winning its second award in three years for presenting professional photography and revolutionary magazine layouts.

On the cover for the spring edition is Brandy Wilson, the leading actress to the studios new Independent full feature film, PRAYING MANTIS, which is now in the middle of production at several locations in San Antonio, Texas. The film also stars veteran actors Bobby Osborn and Brett Wilson Sr, also from San Antonio who assist Wilson in her initial performance as lead actress. Other actors to watch in this new production are the acting talents of Mike Ettnie and Stephanie Greenfield, who were brought to the film to add an enriched feel of talent throughout the films presentation. Film followers should expect the same cast lineup to show up in three future film releases planned by the studio this year.

Produced in a timeline of seven days, MANTIS is expected to hit a local San Antonio theater by the first week of May 2017 and soon after reach out to small theater premieres in three other major Texas cities by summer. The studio claims that the film is being produced as a dramatic/paranormal/SciFi PG-13 film that should run a little over an hour in full length with possible sequels to follow. The films director/producer David Quintana added that the film will include some horror sequences to give the film some "balance" in the paranormal department of the film.

The new issue of the QSE has a limited interview with Wilson, who admits that being a first time lead with a limited acting background has been tough, but that she's enjoying the ride and learning about performing in front of the camera with an experienced crew. Her photo shoot for the spring edition of the QSE was completed along a busy San Antonio Riverwalk and on one of the gloomiest overcast weekends the studio encountered during production.

But the production has not proceeded without its problems, during the first weekend of production the studio encountered a sound problem with microphones and gusty winds; but it was all figured out by the second weekend and production moved forward without a hit in any area of filming.

"These things happen all the time" said Aaron Lightsey, the studios Monster Maker and Key Grip. "One minute you think everything is set, the next everything goes to crap. But you have to move forward and do what you can. I expected the director to sort it out by the next shoot date and he did."

The biggest news so far has been the release of the Indie films trailer which has caught a lot of attention locally in San Antonio and was a welcomed sight throughout the state of Texas for its uncanny capture of night filming inside a darkly lit set. It is expected that Wilson will be presented in Quantum Storm Pictures fashion, as Quintana has often decided to place young actors in the lead of his films when he wants to get a "thrill scene" or two inserted at key moments of his projects, and he claims that big thrills is what the viewers will see on the big screen!
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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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