Saturday, January 24, 2015

EFFECTIVE WRITING PROWESS FOR MINOTAUR

Recently asked if the new Star Trek Web Series was in good hands, more especially in the writing department that David, a man who never comes off softly, said that the series has always been in good hands, with the right production team, the right actors, the right plot line and story arc which will sate the thirst of even the newest and youngest of Star Trek fan.

David said that the strength of MINOTAUR will come from the Gene Roddenberry Star Trek canon universe and stories that are written within his genre of history and culture, which a large majority of Trekkies feel have been squashed through recent reboot's of Roddenberry's known and accepted universe.

"It's not my job to correct the damage set forth by Paramount or to detour the idea that the series can be re-written to preserve Roddenberry's creative dream" David said in a recent interview with StarTrek.org, "This is just another fan web series with some good storytelling, a vibrant attempt do something fun for a change, and a solid look at doing something different vice making another Star Trek production with people pretending to play legendary roles from the original series."

The most important principles of the new series was to make the show technologically sound by giving time to explain some of the new technologies without going over the head of the viewer and trying to be too detailed. With that, the story arc has to prove to be smart with solid character development and deliver instant likeable characters which viewers will give a care about.

"I've been in the web series development business for over ten years." David added, "Filmmakers have to write and develop characters which will be liked in the long term, characters with faults and in some case, hard truths that will determine their decision making during the critical times in their missions."

David also said that he knew he was on the right path for selling the new series to Star Trek fans the moment hecklers began to show up on the studio blogs and information pages throughout the web. The studio claims that for several months, they have been bombarded with trash talk, with negative comments or non-supportive posts, and have constantly been approached to present series CGI and stage sets to see how "different" this web series will be against other fan productions on the web.

"It's been an unending trend by outsiders who just don't get that this series promises only to entertain the Trekkies" says David. "We don't have any plans to under or over write anyone or hope to have some Hollywood studio see our work and cry out to have our ideas go public in the  network sector. I did that long ago and lost a lot of good friends because of it."
With this in mind, David says that late last year he was approached by several ST fan productions looking to make contact and eventually take the required steps to work together on a "cross-over" web series-type production after MINOTAUR launches later this year. And as excited as some fans may become  thinking that such an approach could bolster much needed fan numbers to keep things alive, the idea passed on the way side and David never made it clear whether the studio would consider any of the propositions.

"We are months away from launching" David added. "The studio has other projects to produce and launch out to the populace before we can start honing our talents to get Minotaur launched in the fall. Be we will be there and then all of the hecklers can restart their campaigns to shut us down with bad critiques and commentary."

The series is just a few months away from launching its first trailer for review by Trekkies.

D. Henline
[Contributing Writer]

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW HOLLYWOOD EDITORS HITTING ALL TIME LOW

It's true that Hollywood studios are churning out film after film, especially since the need for good editors have diminished after good editing software is now available over-the-counter or online; giving anyone the ability to become a talented scene "hacker-upper". But that's also a huge problem for big time studios.  With so many editors now editing big films, studios haven't assumed that these first time editors haven't learned to shake out the smallest issues with being consistent.

An editor will make or break a film; whether its a feature or a short film. I have witnessed some really bad editing in recent film releases, even on some of Hollywood's most recent big feature films. Most people won't notice the bad cuts or the bad alignments from one scene to another, but I do, and I am sure that the film guilds see it too.
Here's an example of bad editing, bad directing, and bad over all flow from the same sequence, cutting back and forth between actors - and a hint that only one camera was used in the scene instead of two. The movie "Wolverine Origins" has a LOT of flaws in the editing department and, beleive it or not, Red Cameras were only used in scenes concerning CGI or some type of animated CGI arrangement. The rest were shot with a Cannon 7D...you're choice of lenses; and I will explain how I know in a bit.

But first, from cut to cut in this emotional scene, check out the location of the actors hand placement on Wolverines claws; as you will now see this more clearly in the movie and spot it now forever [thanks to me] - but one actors hand placement was important in one cut, but on High Jackman's cut, the director didn't want the hand to be in the way of Hugh's handsome face, so the hand stayed low on his cut; meaning during the re-positioning of the camera between their scenes, the director made a bad choice and the editor should have been on the set to let the director know of the continuity flaw in the scene. This is a solid reason that I believe that this film was edited not on the set, but later at someones home using editing software and the colors adjusted in the same way.

Having a small crew at a location may have sped up the films production, but it cost the film's quality a lot. The blue lighting method looks great, but was obviously moved around in the scene to help shift the focus of emotion. In one cut Hugh's face has blue lighting on the left side of his face, then it magically disappears on his close up; meaning the blue lighting was switched around when the one camera was repositioned.


And how do I know this scene was shot with a Cannon 7D?...Its easy, the focusing angle on the claws in retrospect to the actor in each scene. Red Camera's are notorious for having the "faded" or the slightly "out-of-focus" look in a scene when the camera is positioned between a "focus point" between an actor and an object. Cannon 7Ds have a better chance of capturing both perspectives with a smaller lens, but have same focusing effect with a larger lens.

A good editor, who was on the set, would have caught these little differences and asked for a re-shoot to correct the problem. But since this Wolverine movie was a rushed project between Hugh's busy film schedules, it was shot our of sequence and out of the control of a good editors call. There are nine sequences in the Wolverine movie where bad edits...or non-edits were made. Check them out yourself and comment on this blog if you find them.

DRQ

Friday, January 9, 2015

STUDIO RELEASES 2015 E-MAGAZINE - JANUARY EDITION MAKES RECORD!

 The FIRST Studio Issue to go straight to print sold out in days!
The studio is proud to announce that the word is out and the fandom is quickly starting to spread - 300 printed copies of this studio magazine were quickly sold out! 

Who is this sexy vampire killer and why does she look familiar? Well, inside the January special release of the studios vaunted E-Magazine, a special 9 page layout gives you a deep, inside look at the production and "behind the scenes" spectacular on the new studio film, EVANGELINE - Steampunk Vampire Killer.

Set not too far in the future, a young woman is transformed into a semi-vampire slayer of sorts after she is given a second chance to save humanity after a brief meeting with...well, you're going to have to watch the movie to find out. The film has an array of talent in its cast stretching from Dallas, to Austin, to San Antonio, to Del Rio, to Houston.

Evangeline is filled with tons of slippery action, mayhem, and of course, sexy steampunk ladies! A solid story and plot, plus fantastic views from multi-angled action sequences is sure to raise an eyebrow or two in theaters. The studio is planning to present a trailer in the spring and a release date in the summer to quell parched throats!

This new issue also includes updates for other studio projects slated for release in 2015; some behind the scene photos for BIONICA, ST-MINOTAUR, and a marvelous write up for the new studio feature film, LORELEI.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

FIRST LOOK AT 2015 STUDIO FEATURE!

The studio is aiming high in 2015 with the spring release of the comedy, "LORELEI", currently in production. Starring the award winning stage theater actress, Ellen Falterman, in what is expected to be a humorous studio masterpiece and the first feature film purposely in production for the film festival genre in May.

This is not Falterman's first leap into a leading role. In 2014, she has been an acting monster in Central Texas, performing in several award winning theater presentations and two as the leading lady. In 2014, she was the lead in Mousetrap, which garnered great reviews from the theater society in Killeen, Texas [see news article]. Her work with the studio has garnered roles in "The Secret of Angelika5" in 2013 and a more exciting role in "Star Trek Minotaur" which is set for release later this year, taking on the role as the eccentric, Sin'Jin [Jade Kussar Pirate] in the series.

Lorelei is a short story and screenplay developed by David Quintana in 2011, loosely based on several tracks of the Styx Greatest Hits CD, which was originally set for production late spring of that year. The film was shelved due to the loss of the original leading actress and a decision to produce "Ghosties". The script was still active for changes and submission to the screenwriters guild.


In late 2014, the script surfaced again after a script for "Steam Punk Elvis - Vampire Killer" surfaced during the studios pitch for a feature film support for 2015 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. However, the producers weren't looking for a horror-comedy, but were searching for something more family oriented. David said that the "Lorelei" script surfaced after a producer claimed to be a huge Styx fan, something the Lorelei script was loosely based on.

In December 2014, David approached Falternman about working on the feature film and Falterman accepted after reading 3/4's of the script. Outside of Falterman's ambition to continue to work on theater projects, some web short films and her college courses, she's agreed to step into the lead role of Lorelei.

David added that the film will have a splendid, talented cast to support Falterman in her debut as a leading lady in a full-feature film. The film is tentatively set fro release on May 15, 2015.

Kelly B.
Studio Contributing Writer