Tuesday, June 12, 2018


My films aren't dark for the sake of being dark.

I have my beliefs.

There's a sliver in modern culture that pushes us to deny or ignore the shadow part of nature--human and otherwise--so that we can supposedly coast along on some kind of light/blissful/sugary river of perception.

If you turn away from acknowledging/accepting death and wickedness (everyone/thing has these grains surging through their cells, some more/less than others.....), you're somehow supposedly safe.


If anything, I think that's the most dangerous way to look at things.

Only angels have halos.

You and I?  Not so much.  Don't kid yourself, don't believe the hype.

Everyone should have at least a little bit of playful familiarity with the evil side of things.

It helps us, strangely, to be the best that we can be, to be able to recognize the poisons within ourselves and others.  None of us are ever completely good.  Complete goodness is for the angels, not for you and I.

But we can improve ourselves and still be good and know how to be so without tiptoeing towards destruction in the process.  But I'm no martyr and certainly no saint.  I'll leave that role for others to try if they choose so.  It's not for me.

And probably not for you either.  Just a wild guess.

Everyone needs to have at least some kind of general understanding of shadows and shadow nature--some kind of flimsy, scribbled, frustratingly undetailed map is better than no guide at all--so that we're not constantly stumbling.  We all need to be able to play around, without being shocked and terrified, when the sun sets.  

It's simply a matter of self-preservation.  If you're into that sort of thing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Closing In

I'm going to hold off on posting anything brand new for a few days until the "Walls" graphic novel Kickstarter has concluded its run.

The link to that is HERE.

Conceived and written by Zachary Anderson, featuring art by Joshua Mitchell-Taylor, the story takes us into the dark heart of plague-riddled England.  The illustrations are terrific and the storyline is pure nightmare fuel!  Very cool, original project.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Featured Project

The featured project for right now is the concept video for Zachary Anderson's and Joshua Mitchell-Taylor's upcoming graphic novel "Walls".

Watch it and read about it HERE.  The Kickstarter for this project is HERE.

"Walls" graphic novel concept video

A sinister glimpse at medieval England, shrouded in smoke, grief, and superstition......

In an upcoming graphic novel project created by writer Zachary Anderson and artist Joshua Mitchell-Taylor, a monk must fight for his soul during the Black Plague.

This video, commissioned by Anderson and Mitchell-Taylor, quickly tells us a little bit about the tone and narrative of the graphic novel.  It's sort of like a live-action preview commercial in a sense; I've seen a few of these for other books recently on TV and it's fun that I've now ended up doing one as well.  Although I didn't want to give away too much about the plot--I'm one of very few people who knows the storyline and, let me tell you, it's good, very original, and deeply intriguing--it's clear that the main character is going to be dealing with some shadowy circumstances and unexpected visitors......

That's all that I'm going to say. 

To get the full scoop, we'll all have to get the "Walls" graphic novel once it becomes available for purchase.

The Kickstarter for this project is HERE

The "Walls" graphic novel concept video is HERE

The narration was written by Zachary Anderson.  Actor Michael Moody portrays the tormented monk and Christine Thompson provides the closing v.o. work at the end of the video.  The music featured is by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.  All photographs from this video were done by me (Derek Quint, Addovolt Productions) and the wonderful illustrations here are from the "Walls" graphic novel, done by Joshua Mitchell-Taylor.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Addovolt Explorations: Galactic

the super-sized telescope at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin

This addition to Addovolt Explorations is for history nerds and space cadets.

The newest video, "Galactic", is right HERE

the trippy, vintage Atwood Sphere in Chicago

narrator Michael Moody outside of the Yerkes Observatory

Narrated by actor Michael Moody, we explore a little bit about how the first journeys away from Earth weren't quick, cheap, or easy.

a beautifully designed way to star-gaze at Adler Planetarium  

And there are some other Addovolt Explorations HERE if you're feeling ambitious.  Addovolt Explorations is a series of quick, casual mini-documentaries focusing on creators, locations, science, and history.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

bits and pieces here and there

Februaries aren't supposed to be busy but this one was.

Working on a few fun, very interesting, short projects that will be rolling out in March.  Nothing was put online this month (because I've shooting the material over these last few weeks) but there will be an abbreviated flood of things in March and April.  A thaw, so to speak.

This spring and summer will be all about quick, casual pieces and then things will be getting fancier and more complicated--which seems to be a pattern!--once autumn rolls in; I'll talk about that stuff later on......

Friday, January 26, 2018


I just spent about 2 months building a new website for Addovolt films and, to be honest with you.......

....I actually like this blog better.

It's simple to use.  It gets the job done.  So I'm just going to go ahead and kill Addovolt.com or whatever it was.

This Addovolt blog works as is.  No one really gives a shit about elaborate website situations when it comes to what I do.  As long as the information is there--and the films are easily accessible--we're good to go.  When people want to see some of my work, they just pop over to this blog or to my YouTube page.  They explore the Addovolt stuff to watch my projects as films, not to be shunted over to some other website.

There will be some updates on here; I'm going to clean up the design somewhat and that'll be just fine.  What's the point of making things more complicated?  No one needs that.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

company policies

These days, it's difficult to escape politics.  Lines have been drawn in the sand and everybody asks everyone else questions on record.  I'm tired of it too (I think that I can hear your eyes rolling just reading this page and mine were rolling while I was writing it so I can completely sympathize).

Projects created by Addovolt Productions often explore the darker corners of human experience and imagination.  The types of films that we make--the ideas that we explore (dreams, realities, and nightmares, essentially)--exist on their own wavelength.  The ways in which we operate, as creators and craftspeople, exist on a separate, very different, wavelength.

Addovolt Productions is my company and I work very hard to keep things running.  I love clear, straightforward approaches and I'm comfortable with making statements. 

I draw my own lines in the sand and I'm not particularly interested in following contours appointed by others.

What I, and my work, stand for:

-savage individualism

-absolute equality, inclusion, and diversity from A to Z

-total empowerment for all children, women, and men and those who reject gender binaries


-unexclusive humor and satire


-civil, challenging, and nuanced discussions and debates





-forward progression

What I do not and will not support:

-groupthink and mob behaviors


-groveling or ring-kissing

-"cancel" culture



-harassment or abuse of any kind


-fear, intolerance, or cruelty towards those of other races, philosophies, political beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds, and/or religions

I don't think that I could be any more direct than that.  Questions, comments, concerns?  Contact me.

--Derek Quint

Friday, January 19, 2018

Upcoming Projects

*feature length indie film--our first product (in the traditional sense of the word) for sale to the public as a production company--will start shooting at the end of 2018 for a 2019 release

*there will be small, easy, little projects--some short documentaries and, possibly a short animated film--coming up in 2018 but, truthfully, the focus (i.e. $) all throughout this year will be on that feature film

*yes, there are more films that I'm thinking about--stuff that goes beyond 2019--but which projects will come in what order is a big question mark

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pale Horseman's music video for "Phantasmal Voice"

Now it's time for metal band Pale Horseman's pulp horror-show of a music video, "Phantasmal Voice".

The video is HERE.  It premiered on No Clean Singing on January 10th, 2018.  This project has also been featured on Metal Underground, Shoot Me Again, Rockness.EU, and Daily Heavy Metal News.

Bouncing and zipping around like an infernal pinball machine, this project takes us into a rough episode for a coin devil (he's one of many devils, no one special) who tried to buy love and it doesn't go as well as he had intended. 

His was a bad idea to begin with, a ridiculous little wish that didn't work out.  He thought that his cheri would be help him out, perhaps she'd even begin to enjoy tasking.....?.....

Well, no.

He really didn't think it through. 

So he has to go back to work as usual, making money for, and of, the people of the world who spend their coins as they please on goods, food, company, chemicals, charity, remembrance, etc., etc., and all the other nonsense that people spend money on. 

None of them suspect a thing.  People--not too many, just a few here and there in order to retain the value of scarcity--vanish all the time.

He uses a specific concoction made from beast fat (you liquidize it) plus juice from dirgefruit growing in the backyard.  No big deal if you know the recipe but! once it's injested by humans, that's when the porridge becomes useful.  Extract it, shape it, allow it to dry.  Good stuff, solid, rare, alchemical.  Currency for the people and of the people.

This coin devil doesn't have a big, beautiful throne or a majestic tower; he has a chair that he took from a shuttered theater and lives in a corroded, abandoned train station.  His "crown" is made of pitch, not platinum.  Much of his physical manifestation resembles black leather and steel, nothing too fancy.  Just a little bit of decoration on his face, he'll polish his talons if he gets a minute, and he's ready to go.  Low-maintenance.

He's just a simple worker.  He has a very important job but he's underappreciated considering he's been a pro since Egypt's early days, into the time of the Templars, and onward.  Many other devils have jobs too.

This coin devil enjoys music though (he likes a diverse range in case you're wondering).  He can treat himself to live entertainment in order to soothe his moods so that's nice.  As long as the bands keep things private.  They can assume that their client is just an eccentric human with a taste for darkness, they'll never know; they play their music for a while and then they leave.  If they feel that something seems "off" about this youthfully bizarre gentleman in this nasty, crumbling place, it doesn't really matter.  Perhaps they're consumed by their own inner concerns.

At the end of the story, the coin devil lets cheri run away.  No curse, no revenge, he never sees her again, and never learns anything more about her.  It's one of the few decent things that he's done in about 6000 years.  A moment of self-restraint.  He listens to his music and then tomorrow, I'm sure, he'll go back to being horrible.

No one on Earth, in Heaven, or in Hell is perfect.  We're all possessed by awful secrets, frustrations, and disappointments so have a little bit of sympathy, will you?

Pale Horseman, "Phantastmal Voice"
from their album "The Fourth Seal"
Black Bow Records

music video by Derek Quint
Addovolt Productions

coin devil...........Remy Osborne
cheri...................Courtney Beals
stepmother........Lisa Curtis

people of the world.......
Steve Bernstein, Melanie Deprest, Lauren Hearter, Daniel Hochberg, Eva Karakostas, Dr. Roberto Marquez, Edwin Nieves, Jazmine Osborne, Belinda Stamps, Jack Syron

Special Thanks to:

The City of Gary, IN
The City of Chicago, IL
The City of Highland Park, IL
Ben Clement
Fontini Karakostas Makeup
Pequod's, St. Peter's, Bab's,
Mt. Olive, The HIP,
Bone666138, Carroll27,
Espectral, and MarkedIt

The inspirations for the "Phantasmal Voice" video are meant to be clear.  I believe that it's best to get specific--to honor your inspirations because anyone who makes anything is inspired--rather than to be coy and vague about it. 

I wanted people to be able to see the "Hellraiser" influence in the coin devil character's design.  He's a red-eyed ghoul but he's not 100% wretched looking.  I wanted there to be a slight sliver of a chance that cheri's beauty could possibly find something to gravitate towards when it came to the coin devil's beastliness.  As far as monsters go, the coin devil has a savage, subversive charm to him and that's the point.  Could cheri maybe, possibly, grow to like her awful bridegroom as something of a guilty pleasure?  Stranger things have happened in fairytales like this; opposites attract, as they say.  But when she finds out about one of the ingredients in his work recipe, all granular chances of enchantment are erased.

"Let's combine 70's grime horror with urban legends and 90's mall culture", I said to myself--as everyone does--when project preplanning.  "Pop culture games and gothic fright stories" (they go together like peanut butter and jelly).

Money makes the world go 'round + "Soylent Green" + the medieval concept of the Ship of Fools

But not green, purple.  Purple is different; it can be sinister but there's a sense of humor to it.

"Nosferatu" didn't dissolve in sunlight, he just turned into a "School House Rock" cartoon.

Part of the deadly $ idea comes from an ancient legend about mellified men.  Healthy.

"Texas Chainsaw" ugliness.  There's gotta be some grossness.....offset by some pleasant aesthetics.  You never know what's going to come up next.

The main storyline came from Charles Perrault's and Angela Carter's iterations of "Bluebeard" plus an added scoop of "Rumplestiltskin".

The cheri character is a take on the damsel archetype who goes from one distressing scenario to the next, a Cinderella whose fairy godmother never shows up.  She's a more of a Hole person than a whole person, like she escaped out of Courtney Love's violet era and wasn't able to find her way back.  Her stepmother comes from "The Grapes of Wrath" (notice the grape vines on the wall behind her in the beginning of the video); she's a makeshift saleswoman dealing with a tragic economy.

For this project, let's say that our narrative and visual flavor anchor is somewhere in the ballpark of 1985 ("Texas Chainsaw" was the main aesthetic influence on this project but I kept thinking about 80's horror films a lot too where everything feels viscerally real and over-the-top/absurd at the same time; I love how they are able to do that) but dates don't matter.  It's in the past and it's now too.

The structure of the video is meant to be like a kind of 19th century penny dreadful, a quick, fun freakout, a "morality fable" that makes you feel like you need to take a hot shower afterwards.  Scrub extra hard.  A self-contained, heavy metal horror adventure story that you can run through in 8 1/2 minutes.  In, out, done.

Making this project was a trip; a long, filthy process.  Lots of goo made of unexpected stuff (for example the coin-ready entrails soup was paint mixed with olive oil mixed with marshmallow fluff), complicated costumes, makeup mayhem, odd environments, weather doing what it does, delays.

Pale Horseman, the band, are always a delight to work with (good guys, terrific musicians) and all the actors that pulled through to work on this were saints that I look forward to working with again on upcoming films.  Remy Osborne and Courtney Beals--the two leads--are champs who put up with a lot of crazy weather/locations/costumes/makeup in order to move this project to completion.  A great big extra Thank You to everybody who participated.