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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES DECEMBER ISSUE OF THE QSE!



The studios Christmas Special Issue of the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] is filled with some spectacular photos and articles which will simply amaze you with the spirit of Christmas presented by local actors and models of south-east Texas. This new issue is dedicated to seven talented teen actors who have performed brilliantly in state-wide Independent films, some even earning nominations in local award ceremonies.



The articles in this issue cover teen actors and their direct IMPACT on the local acting community. The studio has always had the highest regard for teen actors and their talents by broadcasting movie projects and presenting some talented young actors in prime productions on the Internet. On the cover of this Christmas Special is Sara Mao, a young actress who is not only dazzling in appearance, but an actor who performs at a high standard in every project she selects to work on. She is managed by her mother and the word is out about how beautiful and talented this young woman is!



The photoshoot for this months cover was taken in Tomball, Texas, at a park near the center of town. Happily dressed in a Miss Santa suit, Sara cheerfully produced some fantastic work with a great smile, moving from shot to shot. This little actresses natural skin was so smooth that very little photoshop was required in editing the cover work. She is fun to talk with, energetic, and charismatic with her great smile. In a short time, she has worked with a myriad of directors and film team in the Houston area, plus she's worked on several professional films, one of which will be released nationally in the near future.



But don't worry, you will get your chance to see Sara up close and personal in 2018, when she performs brilliantly in a web series entitled SPECTRE ZERO, co-starring with Daniel Erik. The web series is the fifth series developed by the studio and it will concentrate story efforts on the paranormal side of plots and storylines.The studio will be releasing promotional material on Facebook in December.


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. The cost is affordable and holds a lot of information inside, including personal actors ads and agent contact information.

You must be a known Indie film director, producer, investor or SAG actor to subscribe. Actors, actresses and professional models are allowed to purchase a yearly subscription to the E-mag, but are denied any entry to studio contests or special offers which would be detrimental to the biased nature of the articles that are released for preview. 

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

To become a subscriber for 2018, 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!

As time begins to run out on this year, the subscription open-door policy will quickly run out and only the cover pictures for the e-magazine will be released on the studio blog. Don't miss out on your chance to be part of this magnificent team building, informational publication!

We hope that you and yours have a fantastic MERRY CHRISTMAS and an awesome HAPPY NEW YEAR! - God Bless you and stay safe out there!


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES NOVEMBER EDITION OF THE QSE!

If you're not part of the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE], then you will be out of the loop while reading this post that covers only a small insight to the studio claim that big Hollywood has stolen a few ideas from the studio again! The studio and fans of studio projects have been in an uproar over the recent release of Star Trek Discovery [STD] which apparently borrowed some ideas from Quantum Storm Pictures unreleased MINOTAUR. How the information and new technologies from MINOTAUR fell into the hands of STD is quite intriguing, but all of the supported documentation held by Quantum Storm Pictures surely proves that something did occur prior to the release of STD in their streaming service which is only now receiving marginal reviews from Star Trek fans.

One of the interesting "coincidental" tidbits taken  from MINOTAUR is the use of "Spore Tech", which in the case of STD, is used by the crew of the Discovery to instantly transport the entire ship from one side of the galaxy to the other. The MINOTAUR project had used the idea of Spore Tech and used the term openly on the internet, during small conventions, video internet interviews, and in the QSE

To take an idea from one Independent project, solely because Paramount demanded to view current video content from MINOTAUR before it was released, "so ideas won't cross over" which might "lead people to believe both projects are related in some way" is just fanning the flames of a brutal argument that theft has occurred; and the studios director/creator of MINOTAUR is not backing down from his allegations that STD has stolen more than a handful of ideas from MINOTAUR, in addition to the idea of initially having two crews on two different ships during the first two episodes of the series.

Even the design of the new uniforms, which were never previously released by the production teams of STD, only began to surface after the initial release of the MINOTAUR uniforms in early 2015. The design and colors of the uniforms are very close and are also proof that the makers of STD may have gathered ideas from the MINOTAUR production to use on their show. Far from a conspiracy theory, it's becoming quite apparent that Hollywood is taking ideas from the Independent fan productions and claiming them as their own for canon purposes.

This issue also examines the "requested" hold to the release of BIONICA; starring the Jennifer Aniston-look alike Dru Rovito, which sparked a little bit of controversy when a Hollywood studio began to claim that a new reboot to the BIONIC WOMAN was in the initial writing stages and that producers of the new show wanted "to see" what Quantum Storm's direction with BIONICA was all about; and see if it might cross the "writing barriers" that a network brainstorming team had submitted to a studio in November of 2016. To this date, Quantum Storm Pictures has refused to release any production insight and information concerning BIONICA until the still unnamed Hollywood studio signs a legal contract that protects the rights of BIONICA's conception with the studio and all of its technological creativity to bring the series alive. So far, the studios have not replied to the directors request; thus putting BIONICA on definite hold.

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. Actors, actresses and professional models are allowed to purchase a yearly subscription to the E-mag, but are denied any entry to studio contests or special offers which would be detrimental to the biased nature of the articles that are released for preview. The studio e-magazine is dedicated to largely representing actors 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. 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.

To become a subscriber for 2018, 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, October 3, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES OCTOBER EDITION OF THE QSE!

The studio is claiming success through several releases this year which have caught the eye of Independent film goers in 2017. Some good planning during pre-production is harvesting a new look for this winters selection of film projects which are currently seizing the opportunity to scare the crap out of viewers by bringing down some scary scenes that have been hugely contemplated but never put to film by the studio.

This past spring, the studio opted to produce PRAYING MANTIS and presented three scene which proved to be hair raising experience with the use of flash photography and, very recently, have been working on MAELORA and LA LLORONA to help bolster it's lineup of horror filled films which are sure to bring a new format to film making that the studio has passed over for eight years. The studios chief film maker said, "A lot of the ideas used in the new films were thought of a long time ago, the perception was that it would work, but the reality is that it DOES work".
 
Two films set for production were scrapped as the studio drives the cameras for capturing Maelora and La Llorna as feature films set for release this winter. Inside this grand issue of the QSE, you can read about the new projects and see some of the behind the scenes captures of works currently in progress. These films are slated to star Patrice Kentimenos, Bobby Osborn, Brett Wilson Sr., and new comer, Stephanie Greenfield.

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 and the tenure of your subscription is for one year only.

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

To become a subscriber for 2018, 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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Sunday, September 10, 2017

STUDIO RELEASES SEPTEMBER EDITION OF THE QSE!

Preparing for the Autumn storm to fall upon the modeling field, the Quantum Storm E-Magazine [QSE] released a grand sized special edition for subscribers. Most of the fashionable clothing line was prepared and presented by BB1 Classic and the studios chief photographer, D. R. Quintana, was there to capture some amazing shots of studio models who presented quality and quantities of outstanding European fashions that are soon to hit the states.

On the cover of this months QSE is Amber Wallace of Houston, Texas, who has worked with the studio on more than one occasion both in front of the digital camera and movie cameras as well. She's the staple of true professionalism and has always persevered to present the best quality of being a model in representing her team.This is new issue not only presents Wallace, but also other new studio models in fabulous dresses, fall attire, and in some interestingly formatted, colorful full page spreads. 

The new issue also contains news and information concerning actors head shots, which are surely being procured by actors for their winter updates at a high cost to the actor. The September edition lists professional photographers in Texas and Louisiana who are not contracted with acting managers and talent agencies which might charge higher prices for updating head shots. Actors can save as much as $600 for professional head shots by independent photographers and get the same level of professional shots at almost a third the cost and with a better schedule to get them done. The best part of working with the listed photographers is that they all have a proven record for a fast turn around, presenting their finished works with no studio logo on the photo you choose as your new head shot.

A new part of the QSE presents a new section of the magazine that concerns a special "Do and Do Not" segment concerning the submission your photographs for auditions and what to expect from answering calls from talent agencies. An talent manager gives their professional opinion on making the right steps to promote yourself through proper planning and implementation of a solid resume. This new segment is planned to be a big part of the QSE for the following year and with changes to the auditioning and submission format currently being taken in the mainstream film production environment with SAG/AFTRA actors, staying in the know is highly recommended for 2018.

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.

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

To become a subscriber for 2017 & 2018, 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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Friday, August 25, 2017

NEW FIELDS OF ENDEAVOR TO BE PUT TO PRINT!

In the final phases of being set to print, David R. Quintana has put his heart and soul into a mini-series which will be released in novel format; five large books with three hefty parts in each. If you haven't guessed, the novel series will be entitled SAN SABA, which is  loosely based on fictional events within the confines of a small town in Texas with the same name, which has also christened itself as the "Pecan Capital of the World."

The series involves a new female sheriff, with a prior military background, that stumbles across crime, corruption, and murder in a small county that are sure to lead the entire state into a drug war between families loyal to the gold mine of the pecan industry and the drug laden world of the Mexican Cartel, who will stop at nothing to extract revenge on a rich and powerful family who seems to be beyond the grasp of Texas law. Book One introduces you to Samantha Milliqen, a single mother who struggled to find employment after being forced to leave the Army due to a nasty divorce and custody battle that left her penniless. Her only alternative to survive is to run for sheriff, do everything she can to uphold the law and maintain her office for two terms to help pay off all of her bills.

First prepared as a script for a 'chance' network or web series, the developed screenplay was churned out in a detailed set of chapters that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wish you were out in San Saba to help the sheriff lay down the law. The sheriff has to deal with drug runners, killers, illegal immigrants, and a covert group of land owners who constantly kill horses on private lands. This is Quintana's first attempt at writing a novel and he is sure to write many more as the series will run for at least five novels during the first printing. Many of his followers on Facebook were given a first glimpse at the novel during it's rough stage to help critique and review the intended version before final editing.

"I initially submitted the script to NBC for a series concept contest earlier this year" said an excited Quintana. "The series made it to the final round where it was eventually turned down for not having enough 'cultural diversity' within the leading characters of the final script."

However, the failure of NBC to secure the rights to the series left Quintana with a big decision to make; either produce the series on video himself or transfer the scripts into a novel for publishing, something that was suggested to him by a life long friend.

"I didn't want this series to be thrown into another novel that had some hot woman in the lead, that would prove to handle every situation perfectly and without any real damage to her psyche" explains Quintana. "I wanted the series and/or the novel to have a non-fictional feel to it, having the leading character make mistakes and also have to deal with the 'good ol' boy' networks which actually do thrive throughout the state of Texas."

Quintana explained that the idea for the series first came to life after several trips that he made driving through the heart of Texas, to see his mother who was failing in health. He had drove through San Saba so many times but had never stopped there before; as he never saw anything worth stopping for until one day when he got thirsty and made a stop at a small town gas station there. After his stop, he drove back to Montgomery, Texas and wrote the first book to the series in seven days; claiming that the ideas for the series script just kept pouring out of his fingers each time he touched his keyboard.

"It was hilarious" recalls Quintana. "The people in San Saba were nice, the weather was perfect, and I felt that the small town atmosphere would be perfect for producing a horror film I had in mind. But after spending more than three hours there, I saw the potential for a fictional story concerning a change in local politics when the long running sheriff is forced to retire due to health reasons and voting for a new sheriff has begun. The people in town openly shared some town drama with me concerning drug deals, illegal immigrants, and some crafty thefts within the town that put to question the sheriff's possible involvement. It was just hearsay, but I loved the fact that I could add to it and stir the pot."

Book One is said to be complete awaiting a winter release date for printing, and in the meantime, Quintana is currently working overtime on Book Two. But he admits that putting the idea of the series to video is still a possible endeavor he could pursue at a later time.

Jazz L.
[Contributing Writer]

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

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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]