Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Oh my gosh, I'm behind on a couple of small, non-fancy projects but they're coming next month.
And I'm cooking up the practicals (the how, when, where, cost of forthcoming films and their respective storylines) regarding what will be coming up later this year so I've been distracted and unfocused over these last couple of weeks but......we all get that way sometimes.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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.
The Kickstarter for this project is HERE
The "Walls" graphic novel concept video is HERE
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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
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.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
- "October Sketches" (2016)
- "Second Star" (2010)
- "Danse Macabre" (2010)
- "Salome" (2010)
- "Go Ask Alice In Wonderland (Cliff Notes Edit)" (2009)
- Vault Projections (ongoing) so far:
"Danse Macabre" (2010)
"Second Star" (2010)
"October Sketches" (2016)
- "Forgive Me, Bianca" web miniseries (2011)
- The Baby Magic Projects (2009-2017)
- Addovolt Explorations (ongoing)
- "Always Be The One On Top: Spending Time with The Baby Magic" (2011)
- Addovolt Explorations (frequent, ongoing)
- "moments from Chances Dances: Summoning A New Queer Reality (MCA, 12-06-13)" documentary footage (2013)
- "Buckles and Bread Bowls" (2013)
- "The Spirits of Detroit" (2012)
- "Baptized In Weirdness: an unauthorized journey through The House On The Rock" (2010)
- "IShootrockStars: a look inside" (2010)
- Pale Horseman "Phantasmal Voice" (2018)
-The Baby Magic "Don't Mess With Me" (2017)
- Deepspacepilots "Nebulizer" (2016)
- The Baby Magic "Huts" (2015)
- Pale Horseman "Conquistador" (2015)
- The Baby Magic "Take It From Me" (2014)
- The Baby Magic "See Means Yes" (2012)
- Where The Embers Fall "Fleeting Moments" (2012)
- The Baby Magic "Rats!" (2010)
- The Baby Magic "It's Hard Pissing With A Boner" (2010)
- Alan Park performance footage (2010)
- "Scrapped Music Video/Five Minutes of Your Life That You Can Never Get Back" (2009)
- "Walls" graphic novel concept video (2018)
- "Remnants: Addovolt Productions early years, 1998-2004" (2009) [a montage of some early projects]
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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:
-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
What I do not and will not support:
-groupthink and mob behaviors
-groveling or ring-kissing
-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.
Friday, January 19, 2018
*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
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.....?.....
He really didn't think it through.
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 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?
from their album "The Fourth Seal"
Black Bow Records
music video by Derek Quint
coin devil...........Remy Osborne
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
Fontini Karakostas Makeup
Pequod's, St. Peter's, Bab's,
Mt. Olive, The HIP,
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.
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.