Wednesday, September 28, 2016

STUDIO RELEASES OCTOBER ISSUE - THE PILOT PREMIERE OF ZOMBIE REIGN!

This Blog entry also has an editorial by David Quintana & is to be considered as "liner notes" for future reference; for openly sharing his opinion to the subscribers of this e-magazine. His opinion is not the opinion of the cast and crew who work with him on his film projects.

As promised, the October issue was released for preview to everyone on the web. But the open release was only intended for the first 15 days of the month to help bring in new subscribers. Subscribers will still receive two extra issues of the QSE this year to make up for this free issue release on the blog.  Amended as of: 10/17/2016

- D. R. Quintana

This issue received a ton of hits on our blog and was linked to many Facebook pages, blogs, and posts on the internet giving the listed pilot a strong promotional push; all due to the first ever free preview of the entire E-magazine during the first fifteen days of October. I had the privilege of following this team of filmmakers through their journey to get the finished pilot episode to it's premiere. And through thick and thin, the members of this project jumped hurdles to reach the point where their work would be seen on the big screen for anyone in the San Antonio area to see. 

They have kept to the goal of completing their work and there is news that the pilot's director, Ramiro Avendano, is making statements about continuing work on the show should things land their way to get more done. With the exception of some production costs being covered by a few of the cast members, now considered as "producers" who helped finance the project, the rest of the project was an all collaborative, all volunteer production with no verified investors that assisted them in getting the job done.

I would never recommend for any group of actors or studio to go into an "all volunteer project" unless you were promised to be immediately reimbursed for any out-of-the-pocket expenses which you may have endured in helping out. Some projects are kind enough to cover gas for travel or meals between breaks. Some studios put together small contracts which provide a "deferred clause" to help pay you back IF the project makes any money...but keep in mind that a large majority of projects with deferred contracts rarely pay out at all, and most of the time, lose out more than their share on smaller Independent film gigs. Deferred contracts usually leads to a lot drama and power struggles within a group who sticks it through to the end...That's just a fair warning to all.

How Zombie Reign [ZR] continued to make it to it's premiere with the core of it's actors and it's director still intact is a guessing game that defies explanation. The pilot certainly penned itself as a dream project that "just wouldn't die" and stunned many of the San Antonio area acting teams by actually admitting to and presenting a completed project to it's cast, crew, family and friends.

The project has a lot of strong actors assigned to it: some of who have accredited and extensive acting experience with a long list of projects under their belts. This part of the cast are "veteran level" actors, filled with on-set maturity and have had their share of national exposure in local commercials, national television, and some movie time. It's a large array of talent on a project that would have certainly died an early death if any of them were missing their participation in the production and all of them volunteered their services to help the first time director complete his pilot episode.

This being Avendano's first film, he was lucky that he had a great team to work with and not have to worry about their performances during action and dramatic scenes. But I do have concerns about this production; i.e. for some of the production/actor members this was their first time as a production team and there were signs that they were thinking far too ahead of themselves by claiming larger appraisal from outside sources before the pilot or any real pitch material was ever complete. This was a huge problem for the team in the recent past which caused a lot of drama, as I am sure it will continue until reasonable thinking takes over. There will be problems with ZR's future unless certain leading figures in the production team learn to let go of big dreams and just reach the projects mission first; complete the series.

"Flash" certainly isn't a problem for this pilot; pre-promotion releases were full of it. Presenting dark photos and character bios to give viewers a small glimpse of what to expect in each character before the pilot was ever released. There was no "Promotions Director" for this project, as most of the dished ads and promo shots were prepared and released by it's director in good faith. But in my opinion, over promoting a slew of characters for a one hour premiere seemed a little dire to give character development through promo ads. 

In the past, I have seen that these type of flash ads from "first time" amateur film makers that don't do any good in getting new fans in to see the project. When flash ads are done too early, most of those projects rarely get to see the time of day; primarily because the finished product fails to completely deliver telling the full story or they suffer because the finished project just doesn't get in-depth enough with all of the required character development to bring it all in. Flash promo ads are often manufactured to keep actors happy on film projects that are taking way too long to complete; it's usually an unwarranted practice done while a project is still in post editing, but usually happens when someone thinks everyone is capable of running away to do something else. Actors are allowed to work on other projects after the current project has wrapped, that's just the way of things in the field of making movies...that's just how I see it.

And make no mistake, I have not seen the pilot, however I saw plenty of footage to let me know that there is a pilot to present. All of the actors should get copies of the DVD in the near future to burn demo reels out of it, which should be impressive for the actors next projects. There are many cast members who are happy to see this project actually [and finally] get released. This one pilot has been in post editing for over a year now and through all of the diversity it's honed over time, I hope only best success to the team that helped get this project reach the goal of being released for preview!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

INDEPENDENT MOVIE REVIEW

So, I had the privilege of staying up late last night and previewing one of San Antonio's best Indie films, "THE WALKING DECEASED" released in 2015 and filmed entirely in San Antonio, TX. This film was a satirical look a Zombie films through the direction of Scott Dow and the writing of Tim Ogletree. And unlike San Antonio's 'The Current' movie review sleuth, Kiko Martinez who gave the film low marks and a bad review in 2015, I actually WATCHED this film to write the best review possible.

First off, the directing and screenplay were excellent! Each actor performed well and brought their characters to life through a zany mix of story arcs that could mirror movies like, Warm Bodies, The Walking Dead, and Zombieland, but delivered in its own original way. Being a dark comedy, the director made room for the actors to sometimes over-act and present the funnier sides of some dark scenes in the film. I felt the delivery was clever and well thought out for a full feature film. I have not seen anything in Houston or Dallas that has had this kind of solid, sharp production for a local film.

Second, the cinematography was above excellent throughout the entire film. The lighting and control of what was viewed was key to presenting the Rule of Thirds, to present each scene with a balanced look. The director and writer did a superb job moving scenes from daylight to night, indoor to outdoor, and an impressive look at flashbacks to keep the audience informed throughout all of the dialog and changes from scene to scene. The camera kept things close, showing tons of details and using a blurring cut to move you from scene to scene.

The editing and sound was also top notch. There were some moments where I thought the sound could have been sharper or louder, but it was a great mix with an inventive array of new musical tracks which kept the movie well balanced and didn't sway me from the objective of the scene. The tone kept the movie definitely dark when needed and cued in nicely when the funnier parts of the scripts mandated a shift in musical delivery.

However, the top notch part of the film came from the actors. Mostly all local unknown actors, their part was crucial in delivering to the audience when it counted and they surely did. Top kudos go out to Dave Sheridan and Sophia Ali who kept things real and zany at the same time. This was a large cast, and I am sure I missed some of the best moments from other actors, but the focus on Sheridan and Ali kept the darker moments of the film in line with the main story, and it kept me focused throughout the film. There absolutely were no bad acting parts seen in this film!

The movie is at best rated a strong PG-13, but there are some minor "R" rated moments due to nudity and strong language. I feel that the movie could have done without some of the bad language and naughty descriptions that were a little out of character for such a great undertaking.

Overall, the movie is solid entertainment and something worth watching if your into schlock horror films with an edge of dark comedy in the mix. The ending was well delivered and kept in line with an appropriate story arc which jokingly launches into a possible sequel, but with a twist in delivering a new plot.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

BIG NEWS FOR READERS!

That's right!...Blog followers will be given an exclusive "inside look" into the release of ZOMBIE REIGN: REVELATION on October 1st, 2016 prior to the show's premiere in San Antonio, Texas!

Mr. Ramiro Avendano has granted QSE the privilege of presenting a grand look into years of hard work and determination to get the show's pilot previewed by outside eyes in Film Scene San Antonio. This special issue has cast members bios, new head shots, liner notes, and screen captures from the pilot episode, never before released to prying eyes outside of the cast and crew!

This entire issue will be made available to blog followers and the general public for FREE without obligation of any kind. This issue of the QSE will be presented on this blog in it's entirety without a special logon requirement. You will be free to comment on the blog and give us your thoughts of this amazing event. During the October 1st post and before the pilots premeire, one lucky person who posts a positive or negative comment on the special blog will win two free tickets for the second showing of the pilot, courtesy of QSE! - All reader comments will be continued to be screened for good taste and foul language.

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The studio e-magazine is dedicated to largely representing actor 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.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

SUBMISSIONS AND NEW SUBSCRIBERS WANTED!

The Independent Film Scene (IFS) is growing in Texas and we plan to expand our reach outward to new subscribers throughout the state and spread the news on new projects and actors working hard to produce local films in your neighborhood. This is a great time to spread the news of the local talents within your community that are breaking out and making a mark in the IFS industry.

How can you help? Let us know about a project that you might think needs a little more attention from outside of your film community. The Quantum Storm E-Magazine has made strong contacts throughout the State of Texas and beyond, reaching out as far as Europe and Russia with an intense distribution method that is second to none. We will send out reporters to make contact with your team or associates and produce some of the best media news to support the production through out it's release. Interviews and publicity are free! If you post your finished project on a Youtube channel or any other medium, we will provide your link to our subscribers which are sure to boost viewing traffic of your project to a world wide audience!


How do we work? Most of the original contact networks were based on military contacts who spread the word from base to base, stretched out to several different countries. But over a short period of time, the network has grown and we are continuing to spread out into vast areas of circulation. So, you send us the insight and we will produce most of the work in the e-magazine!

Can you be on our cover? Most the time, the cover work presents the monthly release of a project, but under special circumstances your project can be selected for "elite cover media" for issues both state side and around the world!...all at no cost to you. With our reporters, your team could be selected for a free professional photo shoot with one of our best photographers to help bring out the best look of your team in a four page spread! You can provide production stills and "liner notes" which will be added to your story coverage to maximize your interaction with your future fans. Better yet, if you have a break out actor, let us know and we will give them the "star treatment" by selecting them for our special "Actors Corner" segment of the magazine.

How do you get started? Contact us here. Tell us about your project, give us contact phone numbers, and send us a few pictures of your team at work. If your team is chosen for an article, your entire team will receive a free copy of the issue which presents your studio project...it's that easy! We will follo your project, giving readers monthly updates on your studios progress until the project is ready for release. You can also choose to advertise your studio through each page of your teams articles.

But remember...No one is going to KNOW about your project unless you take direction action to get the word out! Our e-magazine has producers, directors, investors, actors, and sponsors who receive new issues at the beginning of every month. Don't miss out on your chance to be seen by potential collaborators who can assist you in making your dream film project a complete success.

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