Saturday, November 26, 2016

STUDIO RELEASES DECEMBER ISSUE - A MINOTAUR PREVIEW!

The new and last issue of 2016 gives great insight into next years prime web series which has garnered a whole new line of fans since the studio decided to press on with production, completely distancing itself from a set of guidelines set forth by Paramount earlier this year. MINOTAUR is a highly anticipated series which has gotten more positive reviews than expected, making it a target for Internet trolls, scam artists, and ridiculous film critiques before the first episode has ever been released to audiences.
Recently, the Internet has been filled with information concerning the series and indicating that the entire project is a planned spoof, very much identifying it as a half-assed offspring of Galaxy Quest, and that is where the studio believes the project has been given it's own strength towards waiting audiences; that MINOTAUR is proving to be a huge mystery to almost everyone out on the web, forcing just about anyone to guess what the show's all about, bringing a dark cloud to the minds of those wanting to see the show even more.

"When we first began to script the series in 2011, we weren't sure about how to market the series during it's initial production period." said shows creator, D. R. Quintana. "We had several re-writes, many casting changes and location adjustments before we even started production and everything was becoming an unnerving new decision to make. Suddenly, the old bad guys were turned into new bad guys with a different approach to how they are presented without damaging what fans used to know about them."

Quintana continued on to state that the series started to breath a life on it's own just a few years ago. "We felt that [in theory] we had to completely separate ourselves from all of the 'fan production crap' that was floating out there in the web. Indie fan films were aiming more towards the nostalgia of the more known Star Trek Universe which was originally produced in the 1960s than trying to do some thing completely original to take SciFi fans to the next level. So at first, we started to change the way things were described, then changed a little of this and that, and before we knew it, we were immediately on a different path. Then we realized that this was a new level in the game, something immediately different that brought fresh air to old ideas."
"Unfortunately, we also learned that there were groups and individuals who wanted a piece of the pie and become part of the production" continues Quintana. "Of course their insistence to helping out came when we were already done with most of the production efforts to the first three episodes. When the outside help was turned down, the trolling began...mostly in an attempt to push an early release. But it was an unsuccessful attempt at bullying progress."

So in professional fashion, the primary focus of the series has been prepped for the young leading actress who will have to fill heavy shoes in the new universe; that is Dru Marie Rovito, who takes on the role as LT Jadrian Quest, formally occupied by Bernice Tremblay in Star Trek Beyond.

"The script was a challenge" says Rovito. "I was never a fan of Star Trek and only started to study William Shatner's 'Captain Kirk' for a stage play in Pasadena, Texas, when I had my first real exposure to the Star Trek culture. I've seen STB and enjoyed the voyages of Captain Quest taking part in stories which tie up to this series. I've done my best in hopes that future fans will enjoy these new adventures and carry on the SciFi tradition of keeping the spirit alive."

And with keeping the series spirit alive, this new E-mag issue presents the entire cast to subscribers! A view of the coolest original bridge set constructed to appease future fans, actors liner notes, and of course, production stills of the first episode.

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. 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.

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.

To become a subscriber for 2017, you will have to wait until mid-December to sign up. Just follow the advertisements presented at the offset of each studio release or simply click here to see more details about subscription terms.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2,228,131 INDIE FILM FANS FOLLOW STUDIO BLOG!

The power of Internet networking and targeting the indie film culture in Texas alone has proven to be a milestone which was easily attainable by the studios investigative news teams through an informative, ground breaking blog which has continuously provided area readers with updates on upcoming film projects, movie reviews, upcoming actor/actress performances, area investigative reporting, and editorials which seem to strike a nerve with readers; who just happen to help pass-the-word about the blog and it's attractiveness to keep readers coming back for more.

The studios Quantum Storm E-Magazine has out lived every of the Texas Independent Film magazine formats, now entering it's sixth year with an online entertainment magazine which is not only ground breaking in it's presentation, but a fundamental success due to the colorful professional photography from three photographers [two in other states] and a staff of six writers who have dove deep into the Texas film industry to provide the best inside information to keep area filmmakers, producers and investors informed about the temperament of the locally established film community.

However, the studio started as just another film studio, producing low budget films and rebooted web series which has gained a strong following on the web with over six web series and a handful of short films that have done nothing but entertain and enlighten film buffs to the professional presentation and never ending plethora of story/plot ideas which have assisted local actors into that next phase of breaking into serious network productions and fashion magazines. All of these traits delivered in a studio team effort which seems to defy the odds but deliver with a sharp punch when needed.

As the studio steps into the Thanksgiving Holiday, the studio would like to thank all of the subscribers and blog readers who have helped the blog to reach massive numbers on the web. This new level of success is sure to bring in some special surprises for the readers of this blog by the end of the year. The studio hopes to never to let you down when you stop by.

Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"HER CRY" FAILS TO IMPRESS...AT ALL

Houston has had it's long-ass-list of Indie film flops, many of which I wouldn't even dare review on this blog to contaminate your lives, and unfortunately this mega-mega flop is right down there with them. 

HER CRY [(2013) from Dark Lightning Films] is no doubt another slap in the face to real filmmakers in the local area. This hour long schlep of crap won a couple of awards, one being a Houston REMI for best "mystery" and "thriller"... REMI's are the prime example of "participation awards" given to anyone who submits a home video as an indie film.

Directed by Damir Catic, HER CRY tries to tell the Urban Legend of La LLorona, a Mexican story concerning a female spirit who appears during rain storms and thunder claps and tries to drown people who hear her cries out in the wind. The story is brought out through "found footage" and is not brilliant in it's adaptation of the legend, nor in it's screenplay. This is definitely a "hold a camera in you hand" type of film; don't expect anything else out of it.

I'm not sure what it is about having shaky camera footage and bad sound dubbing that was supposed to make this amateur film scary, but I wasted a little over an hour of my life [89 minutes] just trying to get through to the end credits. The acting is atrocious and definitely not what I expected to see from one of Houston's "brightest award winners" for that year...or any other year for that matter.
The absolute worst part of this film was the lighting; many segments just in the opening scenes which were poorly shot on camera without any attempt at bringing light to scene...a dire attempt to use darkness as a scary tool, I'm sure. There was use of an infrared night camera [of sorts] for some shots, but the techniques used with it were very poor and not thought out well at all. Some child actors were brought into the film who seemed to have no training or concept of working on film, seemed to give the film an amateur feel that brought no charisma to any scene at any time. These big failures make me wonder who accepts a film for preview by the awards team in Houston.
Again, the blame for this crap film goes directly to the production staff and it's director. Editing was inconsistent and the sound jumped from static to clear sound; to muffling; to garbling; leaving me with the impression that two to three people were involved in the final editing, and just trying to put something together to complete a film.

In the end, the film had a clever idea in a story but it was delivered with an overall feel of "an awkward kindergarten play that deserved an award for participating in a localized event where the production team were lucky that all of the actors just happened to showed up at the last minute."

I would honestly warn you not to waste your time on this little indie "train that couldn't." If you decide to want to watch it, you'll have to pay to see it.



[2 of 5 Stars]



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Monday, November 14, 2016

OVERSEAS VIEWERS RESEARCH SAPPHIRE SOUL!

The studio is proud to announce that many-many viewers from overseas are anxious to see production updates on the studio Independent film; SAPPHIRE SOUL, starring Nanae Volle, Bing Paulson, and Eddie Enriquez. The planned studio project is expected to be entirely produced in Chinese for the local Houston-Chinese community which has never had an Independent film compromised of Chinese actors; so the excitement is brewing..

Resources for the film are plentiful and there are investors willing to assist to get the feature underway in production. The film is not expected to break any new barriers, but does promised to bring good entertainment and suspense to the audiences who watch it. The SciFi is expected to run over an hour and a half and introduced a few surprises with its planned special effects.

Under the direction of D. R. Quintana, the acting team will be in good hands and the screenplay should be more than above average of anything produced in Houston's Indie Film Scene the recent years. The production team is also hoping to enter the feature in several of next years festivals throughout Texas and the nation as well.
There has not been a date set for starting production, but the studio is hoping to have most of the filming completed before Christmas. "I really want to have the first look at the feature before New Years" said the confident director. "The first audience screening for Soul will have a remarkable influence on whether we will add a change in the features ending or perhaps a change on it's initial start." Quintana added that many of the intended special effects and visual angles in the film were learned from previous studio projects, which have proven to make certain scenes memorable.

However, the studio is still planning on not providing American ears or eyes to captions or voice overs. "At least not for the first six to eight months after it's premiere" added Quintana. "We want this feature to be exclusive to the Chinese communities first before we begin to consider an Americanized version of the film. But it will take time to see whether our decision is good or bad. We haven't even reached a point where the cameras have started to roll."

Kellie B.
Contributing Writer
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

STUDIO NEWS - "SAPPHIRE SOUL" ENTERS PRE-PRODUCTION!

The studio released news that pre-production steps have been taken to start casting for the next Independent full feature film by the studio. The movie is currently entitled "SAPPHIRE SOUL" and is planned to be shot in Houston, Texas this winter. The movie loosely stars Chinese actors; Nanae Volle and Bing Paulson, who were both presented in this past Novembers issue of the QSE. The film will also star Houston Local actor & veteran Eddie Enriquez and a cameo by Mao Lora, who pulls double duty as the music coordinator.

SAPPHIRE SOUL will be produced as a SciFi/mystery, is planned to be produced & directed by D. R. Quintana and will be shot in five days starting in December. A release date for the production is being targeted for just before the new year. Sapphire will mark the studios fourth full feature film and the directors second international film production.

This will be the first time for all of the cast and crew to work together on this project, leaving plenty of room for extra's and assistant crew members to help get production started. The movies director has stated that Sapphire will be produced completely in Chinese and currently does not have any plans to produce subtitles for an American release. The reasoning behind not having English subtitles for the films premiere is the studios attempt to target the local Chinese community which has been devoid of Chinese Indie films in Houston, Texas.
"We have a cast who is willing to step up and face the challenge" said Quintana. "A lot of time was spent on the script, parts were written in to make the actors feel right at home with their roles in the film, and everyone is more than ready to make the complete production a huge success during it's premiere." The writer/director did say that the plot to the film concerns a change in application technology in the near future which puts a lead character's life in danger.

The studio is planning to release at least two trailers to promote the film to Chinese audiences prior to it's premiere date. We will give you updates to the production schedule and the finalized release dates when it becomes available.

[Kellie B., Contributing Writer]


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

UPDATE! - ZOMBIE REIGN DIRECTOR & PRODUCERS FAIL TO SUPPORT ACTORS CONCERNS

It seems that in a short period of time that cracks within the actors team of Zombie Reign Revelation [ZRR] are starting to form, weakening a once strong union of cast and crew who worked on a project that went under fire by the San Antonio Current, one of it's notorious movie critics, and two Internet trolls.

Very recently, it has come to the attention of the Quantum Storm E-Mag [QSE] that several actors have come under fire by the ZRR director, Ramiro Avendano and three of it's inside production team members, for openly voicing some dissatisfaction and major concerns regarding the failed film premiere on October 16, 2016 in San Antonio, TX; which presented an unfinished, unedited, and lack luster pilot to the cast & crew's friends, fans, and some news affiliates who attended.

Evidence has also started to appear from various actors that the ZRR production at Holy Knight Productions LLC [headed by Avendano] actually had signed contracts with some actors and crew after all; keep in mind that Holy Knight Productions has no actual studio or establishment for its team, its just a name. These contracts clearly stated that actors would be paid for their services under a "deferred" status and after the pilot episodes production was complete. One member of the crew, who maintained a professional courtesy to help Avendano with special effects makeup, was paid large sums of money through one line producer only after complaining to Ramiro that he had to cover the cost of materials, while other local actors weren't paid for for their work at all after providing services and working on their own time without pay or assistance of any kind.

Actors have resorted to threaten to, or have filed, "Cease and Desist" letters to Avendano to come clean about the status of the production, where their copies of the pilot episode are [which were promised], and for Avendano to present records of any money raised during the post production which he used for travel, lodging, meals and such for a recent trip to Los Angeles, CA; apparently taken at the last minute to meet with who he claimed were "big people" to help "fix" the monstrosity that was presented on October 16, 2016 - and of course, Avendano made the trip alone! 

- Cease & Desist Orders - The first step is to make contact with the people involved in an attempt to settle the use of someone's image amicalby. The second step is taking someone to civil court and letting a judge figure it out

Avendano was given five days to respond to the first step "Cease and Desist Letter" and chose not to explain himself to the cast member(s) that wanted answers. This lack to communicate is currently sending some actors into minor panic. Some are starting to claim that this is the start of Avendano preparing "to run" as he is still accountable for paying back actors who lent him money in the past to make other trips to Las Vegas, NV; all of these lending and promises to pay back could be identified as a film budget. Some actors claimed that Avendano has a niche for making people sorry for his lack of funding and help him by pitching in [$100 here, $300 there], which can also be considered a form of income. What remains to be seen is if Avendano plans to share any of this information openly to his cast at all.

One actor has well established contacts in the local San Antonio Latin community and feels that a modeling career could be in jeopardy, should the uncompleted film be released with their image in a "half-assed produced" film. I am sure that no one wants that kind of reputation while trying to build up an acting career through the local Independent film scene. But when Avendano was approached by QSE about the claims of the initial processes of the "cease and desist" request, he claims to have passed it off to his lawyers instead of just making a simple phone call to the worried actor to explain what was actually going on.

I am force to ask myself, "Why didn't Avendano just make a simple phone call to an actors that had questions about ZRR's production?" - I thought this guy supported all of his actors and crew; that the project wasn't a scam. And "Why is there now a rippling effect that is bringing down the cast and crew to point fingers at one another and now claiming that they did have contracts with Avendano, after most of the production staff stated, during a video interview with QSE, that contracts never existed?" I'm forced to ponder if Tim Miller's accusations of 2015 may now have some weight; but that he just pushed the allegations too far by creating false evidence of his discovery[?]. It seems that part of the Miller's truth is starting to surface concerning the existence of contracts and unkept promises.

As a poignant sign of true immaturity throughout the inner ZRR production team [and it's director/creator] several actors have been removed from Facebook pages and/or blocked...for what reasons, I am sure I can't even begin to comprehend. So, is Avendano now firing ZRR actors through cowardly silence? "How can you fire someone on contract that you promised to pay?" and the best question of all, "Does removing someone as a Facebook friend mean that he plans to removal ALL of their scenes from ZRR?" - The lunacy of Avendano's silent ignorance is starting to show, folks! Cease and Desist Requests are part of the respected acting forte' in Independent films; I've received a few in my tenure as director and professional photographer, always adhereing to the actors request before production ended.

Even after I was asked to help bring reason to Avendano's inaction of their requests, Avendano considered to put blame on me for getting involved in a matter that was considered "internal", but he still continues not to accept blame for his failure in ZRR's premiere event, nor taking sixty seconds in his day to contact an actor about some minor concerns. Shoot, even I was removed from several ZRR production team member Facebook pages and Avendano himself...all due to recent blog posts where the QSE presented only the truth to it's readers...but I promise that I haven't lost ANY sleep over it.

And remember that Avendano has created this tumbling effect all on his own. Not supporting the actors who devoted their time and talents by providing a simple phone call to everyone, having production meetings without spreading the news to actors who couldn't attend - due to some inner cast squabbling, and again promising to have a completed project after his return from Los Angeles, CA, that still isn't complete...but needing a few things here and there.

I have promised to re-critique ZRR and release a more comprehensive review of the pilot when it is finally complete; that means, when all of the missing pieces are put in place and the desired "legal use" music is added to the pilot. But until then, the QSE Review stays up and presents only the truth to the viewers and the E-mag's subscribers.

The QSE's involvement into this new post is a clear attempt to protect the right of the actors and ANY future actors who plan to work on questionable studio projects. It is our opinion that Avendano has failed to stay true to his word, keep his entire team involved, and do the right thing when Avendano is questioned on his motifs...communicate!

Avendano posted on his Facebook page - "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore" - Christopher Columbus

Cute...and I retort with, "This could have all been prevented if you had the courage to make a sixty second phone call...a mature man faces his mistakes with a vengeance." - D. R. Quintana

Ride Easy, My Friends

D. R. Quintana


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