Monday, January 22, 2018

QSE LOOKS BACK AT 2017

The Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] has gone through a ton of phases in the last four years. The layouts, the articles, and the covers have all had tremendous growth in presenting a top quality and professional presentation which has received the highest praises and reviews from both our strong league of subscribers and blog readers world-wide. We can only hope that 2018 will be the same as we begin to slowly pass through the month of January and step towards the release date of our next big issue.

2017 was all about "the actor". We dove into great lengths to find new actors that are breaking out throughout vast Independent film world of Texas to bring out young actors who are cutting their teeth in front of the camera. Some articles took us to the far corners of the state and even to some rural areas where people might not know where Indie film teams exist. Weather studios used the big Red cameras or Apple iPhones to complete the film was not the issue to present to reader, it was the attempt to actually complete a film and get it out for people to see that were the bigger news articles to read.

The QSE spent a little less time on controversies in 2017. The previous year before that, it seemed that the studio couldn't get enough of actor and studio disputes to disrupt local film communities over the tasteless management of films and how their produced. So, the QSE took vast steps to keep away from making the E-Magazine feel like a tabloid with all of the drama which was beginning to surface through it's reporters who were constantly out in the field. Articles remained true to only what could be proven, dropping all gossip and drama from the articles.

And speaking about QSE reporters, the studio welcomed three new college oriented staff members in 2017 from West-Texas who helped the E-Magazine present stories from north-west Texas, an area that was seldom covered in previous years. Two stories presented noteworthy reviews for sharing the concern of filming without permits in abandoned state owned areas; the article received tremendous accolades from private land owners and local law enforcement officials who were aware of the problem which was reported.

With the E-Magazine staff growing in size, the local staff in the Houston area could take some personal time off to work on personal activities which they neglected to help bring in new articles for the next issue. Keep in mind that a monthly publication is very tough to fill when you're only covering one area of the state! The idea then was to ensure that the QSE was doing it's best to cover the Indie film scene throughout the state and give new studio teams and actors a voice in saying, "Hey, don't forget about us!"

It is now the intention of the QSE for 2018 to focus it's efforts for film and web series projects within the state of Texas. Directors, producers, and screen writers will get their chance to put their projects on the limelight of QSE cover stories and present their projects to a larger 'online' audience. QSE reporters and the Editor in Chief himself will look into every Indie project which wants more attention, more coverage, and pass out more information about their film project and where to watch it's premiere or it's online release.

This should be a fun year for everyone. If you're not a subscriber of the QSE, remember that we will do our best to post some of the articles and cover updates on this blog. If you believe you might have a story or film project for us to follow, feel free send us some information about it, here

Please stick around, the best is yet to come!

QSE Staff

Thursday, January 18, 2018

YOU’RE A BREAK OUT INDIE ACTOR/MODEL AND...



Will 2018 prove to be the year that you make a dent in the local Indie film scene? Well, if you know how the local film cliques work, you attend the film scene parties and social gatherings, you provide the tasty looks that local male directors and photographers look for, than yes, you’ll get some attention in no time.

The pleasures of working with great looking actors/models is always at the top of the concentrated list of any director/producer/photographer. Anyone who denies that type of need or requirement is a downright liar. Projects that have been produced without the need of good looking cast members are usually directed by the lead actor himself. If you take a look around Houston, you’ll see many Indie film projects that have directors that are also the lead actors in their films. Some are smart enough to ask why, others look past that because they are dying to be cast in anything, so long as they are a star in the indie film in question; and yeah, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Is this really a really big deal in the local Indie film scene? – Well, it depends on who you ask. A ton of local Indie films never wind up being completed for one reason or another. Most all start off with official auditions, contract signings with ‘deferred’ status written clearly in them, IMDB credits are applied, a creative Facebook page is produced, great actor photoshoots and trailers to help build up steam for fund raising purposes. But where all of the ingredients are on the table to help bake that ‘great cake’ of success, things suddenly fall flat and nothing is ever brought up again about the production or the seeds were over-watered and the plant just never took root.

After that, no one ever talks about the project again. There’s nothing to present to anyone, except maybe a few scenes that could be used in a demo reel or that dreadful trailer that doesn’t mean squat in the real world. The IMDB page eventually becomes stigma of ‘what could have been’, then quickly fades into the dark hole of ‘oh, that was a good idea’. You will hear things like, “we just couldn’t build interest” or “there wasn’t any funding” in justifying why the project never launched.

You have to think about all of the money that was lost by the actors, the time invested that went nowhere, the people that feel that got burned over the whole deal, etc.-etc.-etc. If you were part of the now ‘infamous’ project, you have some questions to answer that perhaps the director and his film team should have answered long ago or made a clear open statement to keep the masses informed. Of course, who wants to inform their friends of another failure, right?
How can one prevent being part of a potential bad Indie film project? – First of all, if you’re attending indie film network meetings at a local pub or some kind of Indie film Gala event to present your goods to those in attendance; in an attempt to earn the prestige of being in a film project, you’re going about it all wrong. Sure, it’s worked for other actors and actresses to mingle with filmmakers to get a spot in a film, but as an actor it’s what you do to promote yourself professionally that earns you the ability to make money doing what you do best.

Consider finding a reasonable acting agent within your community and get a solid series of professional headshots; not headshots taken from your iPhone, but by someone who knows what they’re doing; especially when it comes to editing the photos. As a female actor, never get too extreme with your initial photographs until you’ve established what you’re all about in the local community. You don’t ever want to give anyone the impression that you’re open to roles that you’re definitely not ready for; especially in the heavily romantic, sassy and sexy world of Indie film making.

Work closely with your agent, they will know your talents and the limits of what you will be able to accept in any role. Remember that agents cost money and they always want a percentage of anything that you make. Being in video commercials can be fun, but not rewarding when you’re trying to build up your acting prowess. Always try to put a strong effort in performing in front of groups of people; take classes in theater to help you develop emotions, be creative in character development, and help you grow from one play to another. 

But if you are a looker; an actor or actress that has the looks, the sexiness, and the diligence to impress a room with just your appearance, be very wary of those “instant photographers” and artists that want to help you “build your portfolio”. These idiots are not regulated and many are not certified to be labeled as professional photographers. Always ask for full copies of all of the photos taken prior to leaving their studio or the places you’ve agreed to producing your portfolio works; when you check the picture files, be sure to count all of the sequential numbers and make sure all of the pictures are there; especially if you took risqué pictures with one of these idiots!

DRQ
[This post is the opinion of D. R. Quintana and not the opinion of the actors or staff who worth with Quantum Storm Pictures or the Quantum Storm E-Magazine.]

Saturday, January 6, 2018

BRINGING "SCARY" BACK THRU THE INTERNET, IS IT THE NEXT BEST THING?

The latest studio project, SPECTRE ZERO [starring Daniel Erik, Sara Mao, & Bishop Asher] has brought in an unexpected line of followers on Facebook, a Chinese and Korean following that would make any Independent film making project nervous about its premiere. But that isn't holding the flowing current of the studio team at work, to them it's all about getting things done right, to present the best of what the studio has to offer in a style all their own. Their efforts have produced startling results which has caught views off guard and now some new fans are expecting a very scary, scary series.

In as little as a month, the SPECTRE ZERO trailers effect on the Internet has been tremendous. It's being seen in four different countries and the incoming emails concerning a release date and more information on the cast has taken the studio by storm within the last week. The trailer was deliberately kept short and presented only twelve seconds of raw footage from Episodes 01 and 02, with an outstanding musical score by Lora Mao that sets the skin afire with bone chilling goosebumps that anyone would enjoy after seeing the trailer for the first time.

"We wanted to punch everyone in the mouth with the first preview" says David Quintana, the director and executive producer of the show. "The best part is, the scenes we released aren't the scariest part of the first two episodes".

The journey for this new series can be traced all the way back to March of 2017, after the studio started production on the studio film, Praying Mantis, in San Antonio, TX. Where the crew were on the set in a hotel room, messing with lighting effects that caught the eye of A. J. Lightsey, the studios Visual Effects Coordinator. 

"We were reflecting shadows up on a wall and ceiling during a scene and it got me thinking about the way water projects a flowing shadow when light it reflects off of it at night. I talked to the Director afterwards and brought up a new visual effect we could use later" recalls Lightsey. "After going into discussions about creating an atmosphere of darkness for Spectre, it resurfaced and we put our idea together for this series without the use of green screen effects".

The usage of the new lightning format has been the forte for this new series. The studio knows that it's nothing ground shattering in the special effects department, but they know that locally, no one is using it. With that and the tone of darkness that is being projected throughout the planned series, the presentation is darker than anything anyone has produced in the local Independent film circuit, and its scaring the crap out of most people who watch the trailer with earnest ambiguity.

Prior to rolling film in the production, everything is laid out to the actors about how the scenes will be produced. There are no secrets, nothing to indulge in except the fact that they will shoot over and over until they hit the mark that the director expects. Their efforts have proven to be the strength that will provide the best experience for future fans; all of the actors review what has been shot for guidance and reference pointing.

"We want the series to be a bone chilling experience for anyone who watches the show" says Quintana. "We won't always be able to scare everyone or give a shocking presentation in each episode, but what we can do is constantly entertain and deliver what we have with a passionate punch to the face."

Lissa M.
[Contributing Writer]

Sunday, December 24, 2017

THE JANUARY 2018 QSE ISSUE NOT ONLY LOOKS EPIC - INSIDE THE ISSUE IS AWESOMETACULAR!

The January issue of the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] is filled full of studio project updates and state-wide news concerning Indie film scene productions and the institution of new actor academy's which are beginning to bloom all over the state of Texas in a bold attempt to properly train new, younger actors into the realm of movie productions and start a new business franchise for older, veteran actors and Indie movie producers.

This new issue also takes an impressive step towards the release of news concerning Quantum Storm Pictures ambitious new web series; SPECTRE ZERO, with an behind-the-scenes look with the actors and the show's director. Starring local Houston area acting talent Daniel Erik, Sara Mao, and Bishop Asher, who partake in roles which present a paranormal SciFi web series sure to leave a sensational impression on future followers and viewers. The new series also introduces new actress/model, Gwendolyn Chang, who is also featured in this issue.

This issue also presents some great behind-the-scene articles about how this new brainchild from D. R. Quintana initially took root, with ideas from both Erik and Asher. Quintana says that the series began taking form last July after he and Aaron [A.J.] Lightsey [studio Visual Effects Coordinator] began collaborating special effects ideas for a sequel to Praying Mantis, called "LA LLORONA" [Lah' Yor-onna] - a film based on a Mexican Urban Legend known in American language as "The Crying Woman".

"A.J. had discussed some of the best X-File episodes that we had seen" recalls Quintana. "More especially, the episodes that left viewers perplexed on cases which were never solved and left open to interpretation. That is where the ideas to Spectre Zero truly surfaced. I wanted to make something eerie and a little funny to watch."

Spectre Zero will center around three twenty-something's who stumble on the idea of investigating and certifying some of the most terrifying Urban Legends as either "true" or debunking them all together. Most of the horror will come to the show when the team of investigators peek into ghosts mentioned in the dark Urban Legend underworld, which include; The Slender Man, The Man in the Closet, The Lady Under the Bed; just to mention a few.

Lightsey entered the idea of tying this series within the same universe of Ghosties: The Witches Spell, a successful children's horror film produced by the studio in 2011; starring Fabritzia Faustinella and Tanner Fontana. The suggestion has brought up casting recalls from Ghosties to return to the studio for additional production requirements to future episodes. The idea of tying the studio universe has also created cross-overs for the Secret of Angelika5, Star Trek Beyond, and Praying Mantis.
An original sound track is being developed by Mao Lora, who also created some magnificent musical work for Praying Mantis in 2017. Lora is said to be covering some eerie tunes for the entire series, plus adding an ominous opening track for the series credits. Quintana said that he was more than excited to be working closely with Lora on another project together.

This series will also open casting calls from the local Indie film scene to help cover extras and additional roles that have to be cast in each new episode.

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful, warm, and AWESOMETACULAR Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

God Bless you all. Be safe. And please remember to enjoy this special time of year with the people you love and care for the most!

Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

ACTING ACADEMY'S ON THE RISE AGAIN IN TEXAS



"Sometimes I feel like I'm often repeating blogs and E-Magazine articles on the same issues that occur in the Indie film and acting scene. This blog entry is strictly for your reading enjoyment. If you already have your child enrolled in local acting courses, don't use this write up as an excuse to bail out and ask for your money back...it won't work! Next time, think things through and be sure to check on the authenticity of the people you do business with." - D. R. Quintana.

So, you have a talented child/teen that can stand up in front of your family and friends and act out scenes from a movie so perfectly, that you've decided to get him/her trained up to be a real actor. Now, where do you begin? Most will do a quick Facebook search or surf-search on Google for listings of local acting schools; which in some cases claim to be rewarding for taking those 'important steps' to get the new actor started on the right foot with the right contact[s], some will even guide you or your child to audition in a local Indie film or two. However you start, every good parent or new aspiring actor wants to be progressive in their training and set the right impression. Starting off isn't easy and making contacts in your local Indie film scene can prove to be a chore at times.

Within the last year, a group of senior actors and Indie film producers have come up with an idea to help train young actors through semi-vigorous acting classes and help bring a little cash into their own pocket books, working a part time job they've created out of thin air. Some of these groups have developed an 'academy', some even pushed out a verified LLC to make things seem completely legit. Just remember, these academy's will present a lot of training, some meetings with interesting people; like local "big" actors and directors you've never heard of, but will it all be worth you or your child's time and efforts? Well, not really. The proof is in the pudding and with the Indie world in your community being so large and diverse, a lot of directors and actors hardly ever cross paths; and unfortunately, that's the real truth.


The idea for creating an acting academy sounds like a strong venue to certify training for actors, and there is always a creative mind with a great idea, a few local veteran actors to help persuade the locals, and some room to hold classes. The problem is, most of the training within these 'courses' are biased and the opinion of a very few minds in the local film scene that have produced very little work in the last few years. Whenever any of these teachers are questioned about another directors credentials, the term of IMDV credit is tossed out like it's the written law of the land; which it is not. Always remember that Indie films are more than a dime a dozen and there have been directors and producers out there who have made tons of films, have had some great runs, solid productions, but most of the time it's a fun hobby, and better yet, you can actually find all of their work on the Internet or they're more than willing to give you a free copy of their work.


Anyone who hides behind the stigma that they have "tons of accredited work on IMDB", will often also have very little to present to you to see. In truth, there's very little for anyone to gain from having an impressive Demo Reel, while they still live in your town, work a nine to five job, and have only won a few dozen roles as an extra in films that have them presenting walking down a street or sitting in the background in a restaurant. Sure, some people are instantly impressed that this instructor had two seconds in last years mega-hit movie, but what is that going to teach you or your child; that its okay to have a ton of extra parts in films?


Remember that these Academy's are just like used car dealers. They talk, they charm, and they wheel and deal to bring in students; and it all looks genuine and I am sure that some have good intentions, but usually the academy's fall short of training the real type of talent that Hollywood [and LA] is looking for. And of course, again the primary target for these academy's are young and aspiring teen [and mostly pre-teen] actors whose parents are looking for a gravy train of short cuts to get their child into the limelight of Indie acting roles to help bolster their portfolio of acting jobs on their resumés. It's unfortunate, but unless you or your child is super talented, looks come into play with most submissions to Hollywood studio projects. If your child doesn't have a degree of charm over their looks, a large majority of the time they won't be accepted to audition in a real movie production.

The truth is these new acting academy's are certified by no one special; no one in the real business, no movie producers or directors of real value, save a few actors who had acting parts as glorified extra's in big films who also have a glorified [and self made] IMDB page; throw in the name of a good agent and the whirl wind around these 'professionals' begins to suck in anyone who is interested in knowing about how to break into Hollywood. It's a standard that most in the local cliques know that "Indie films can be a 'serious business' where dreams can come true"...seriously people, if that's the mindset that you have, then you have no business trying to get anywhere near Hollywood or 'LA' for that matter.


I'm not trying to bash anyone's 'great idea' or drown the dreams of local kids by tearing down the infrastructure of these acting academies. If you feel like your child needs the experience, then very much go out and spend the money required to attend the classes. Expect to hear Hollywood terms like 'professional headshots' - where, of course, the academy will know of a professional photographer who will take a myriad of photos for a special price; which initially seems like a good deal, then the association of having to work on SAG projects to earn your license with the SAG/AFTRA crowd; which isn't actually required in the Indie film circuit nor is it a requirement to keep you license in the union, but it all sounds important and truly limits the projects your child may participate in, as the projects claimed to have 'true' union status are few and many of the real parts are taken up by a special group within the clique of local actors who know the gig all too well.


It is guaranteed that before acting classes start, the academy will be digging well into your wallets with very little being learned, save that your child will make new friends who have attended 'this' academy who have had a photo session with 'that' studio photographer, has been an extra in 'that' film, and that the acting classes are far between being boring that nothing is truly learned each time your child attends a new session. Keep in mind that acting academy's are businesses that need your money, and there is no warranty, no guarantee that your child will be seen by the right acting manager or film project that can launch their career.


- Will it be a total waste of time? - Of course not.


- Will you and you child make good contacts" - Of course you will.


- Will your child taste real success? - It depends on what you consider what success is.


- Will your child make good money? - If you think your child's efforts will cover the cost of the academy, the photo sessions, and the cost of being a SAG actor, no.

So, what would I recommend for your child's acting career? - Funny you should ask. I have an answer and it isn't going to cost you a dime. Enroll your child in theater. That's right; send your child to acting school which is taught by stage theater actors who know their stuff. Your child will learn the real value in learning how to audition for a role, actually see live auditions all the time and learn from other actor's strengths and weaknesses. Better yet, theater is taught in local schools, high school, and in the local communities.


Always remember that Houston, Texas has one of the largest stage theater oriented venues in the United States! Each major city has theaters and always requires parts for younger thespians [actors] who desire to present their talents in front of a live audience. There are proven actors that have moved up the chains of acting through theater and received a broadened respect from Hollywood elites for mastering their talents through a time oriented skill, instead of attending an academy that claims to show the young actors 'the ropes' to help jump start their careers; there is no proven 'jump start' or short cut to anyone actually having an acting career in Hollywood. Need proof?...just look around at all of the 'talented' Indie film actors who are working on their next BIG local film, who also have a few years of working on local short film, have tons of head shots, an agent in every major city, and a resumé that looks impressive, but reads like everyone else's around you.


Plus, theater has some advantages in exposing young actors to 'behind the scenes' production efforts; makeup, head shots, stage building, acting preparations, etc. All of these little assets in theater are the fundamentals in building a firm foundation for future growth. There are special theaters for teens that actually exist and all of the training and experience aren't hidden behind closed doors. The child actor, the parents, and even family will be able to witness the step-by-step develop of an acting career. The best part is, if the child actor loses interest in the field of acting, you [the parent] will be out nothing in out of pocket costs.


There is a proven fact about Indie actors; a large percentage cannot perform successfully in theater, primarily because none of them have the experience of performing in front of a live crowd. It's an entirely different format where acting is forced into a higher level of performance; hence, you have very little room to make mistakes. I learned long ago about the attributes learned by 'cutting your teeth' on the stage, than that of being an Indie film actor with no acting training at all, the differences are obvious and I would quickly turn to a stage actor to fill a role than that of a new child actor trying to 'wing their part' in an audition.


But if you ARE one of those die hard believers who thinks that there IS a short cut to fame, I suggest you or your child attend these academy's, pay the fees, take part in as many 'accredited' Indie films and commercials that you can, then move to 'LA' so you can show everyone there your vast Demo Reel and see what happens.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

STUDIO PUTS FREEZE ON ACCEPTING SUBSCRIBERS FOR 2018

If you are not currently a subscriber, you may have just missed the last chance to be part of the studios awesome clientele. The studio reports that subscriptions for the 2018 Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] have reached maximum capacity, as it was only formatted for world distribution with the current manpower maintained to produce it; which is roughly around 1500 subscriptions per year.

The studio CEO, D. R. Quintana, also mandated that updates for the QSE will also be limited to only releasing monthly QSE articles to maintain a fluid run on the studios infamous online blog. The studio is currently contemplating a Facebook page or other website to release blog covers and information for a possible increase to subscription notices in the near future.

Fans that are turned down for subscriptions are being sent special items via snail mail; recently, VIP Printing has released paper copies of the QSE for one time distribution to anyone not allowed to subscribe with the studio for the online magazine. There have been other short contests for fans that are aware of certain projects that have been released and still on hold for other reasons; each one giving out prizes to keep fans happy with the studios long array of projects set for release in 2018.

Indie film producers, directors, SAG Actors, and studio fans are excited about 2018 and the prospects of Indie film and web series being released by various studios in Texas. Be sure to pass the word of studio projects that require good press coverage and reviews to our E-Mag cover team at quantumstormemagazine@gmail.com.