Tom’s Youtube Video Game Experiment

Can you make an experience on youtube feel like a video game? I don’t know but I did try an experiment. Using several annotations and links to other videos I tried to create a video game within Youtube it’s self. I put the backgrounds and characters together in Photoshop and used Premiere and After Effects to make the “animations” if you want t call them that. This may have been done before I’m not sure. I only know of the “You are in a dark room video” which is awesome but it does make me wonder if someone tries hard enough, could they make a game just using youtube? No programming, no computer languages, no flash? Well I’m not sure but this was fun to try in any case. Navigate King Arthur through the dangerous pathways to get to the Red Knight! Make sure your annotation are turned on or the game won’t work. Mobile users may have to use a desktop version on your browser. Enjoy.

 

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High is one of the best films of the year!” -New York Cine Radio

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High is one of the best films of the year!” -New York Cine Radio

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VHS Transfers

I’ve been working on the cut of the  VHS Massacre documentary (A doc about cult films and the decline of physical media).  It’s getting to a point where I can see where the rough edges are. It will take some months before I can cut out the fat, get the b-role in place and add in a few last movie clips. So some of VHS tapes that we’ve scavenged NYC to find needed to be transferred and digitized. I had to transfer from VHS, to this old Mini DV camera and then capture via firewire, with a 400 to 800 firewire adapter on an old iMac so I can edit on a new iMac. There are many years of technology represented in this transfer to get this horrible VHS footage but it was worth it? I mean, it was worth it! It was kind of fun actually. I think the doc will come out well. I get a bit of a sinking feeling when I think of doing the deliverables once we distribute the film (Master Copies, Dialogue lists, paper work, M & E mix and so on). I’ve done this on several films throughout the years and it is a horrible process but is is required to put the film out there. First things first, I have to finish the film.

10382243_310907562404005_2084730408580688108_oNot much recent news on my last film Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast but I did stumble across an article on which Phil Hall star of Mark of the Beast speaks briefly on what is was like to be on the set of Best. Read Here.

 

Random rantings and updates…and also Vampire Hookers.

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     It has been very challenging at my job the last few months. I used to like that fact that I didn’t take too much home with me, mental baggage I mean. I could leave work and not think about it but it’s wearing on me lately very heavy. In any case I’m able to take a few days off and in that time I’ll be shooting some close-ups of some VHS tapes that my friend and fellow artist Bruce Brooks gave to me to have more B-role for my documentary VHS Massacre that I’m working on with Ken Powell and Dave Leute.  Cool titles like Satan’s Cheerleaders and Vampire Hookers. I always knew the doc would be a heavy commitment. Shooting the doc was simple, easy, it’s the editing that has taken up the most time. I just have to push through and finish this thing. Eh, New York has been getting to me lately, my rent keeps going up, work has been difficult and there is never quite enough money. Some days I wake up and wonder what the hell I’m doing here in NYC but then I visit CT (where I’m from) and it’s fun for a day or two but pretty much after that I want to get back to New York. The podcast New York Cine Radio is going strong with over 40,000 listens a month.

     Some days I just don’t feel like I’m making progress. I watched Rocky I-V over the last week or so and I hope one day I’ll get some kind of great opportunity like Rocky did in the first film when he got the chance to fight Apollo. I’ve never really believed in luck and I don’t feel like I’ve had an abundance of it per say however lately as I look at things, some kind of huge thing would have to happen for me get to the success that I dream of and I’m not getting any younger. My biggest fear is that I’ll be like Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland Opus. I’ve always tried to work hard and push through and finish things. VHS Massacre is my 9th feature film. I’ll try my best to make some magic happen with it. I don’t know why I’m so cynical, almost every song I hear I dislike, almost every TV show or commercial wears on me. Facebook has become this thing that I do as a ritual without out any joy in it. I heard a tune by a band called The Information and I was amazed that I actually felt something emotionally when I heard the song “I Lose Control” and then I realized the song was 9 years old and I honestly wondered if a song that has come out in the last ten years has really effected my life. Maybe the time off will clear my mind. Maybe that should be my mission this week, to find new music that I actually connect with. Grand National is one the only bands I’m not sick of but lately I’m even getting tired of them. But really in general things are good. I just really felt the need to write something today even though I don’t have any real news. Onward and upward. Thanks for listening to my rants.  

VHS Massacre Documentary hits rough cut phase!

So I just now I plunked the last scene into what is a completed rough-cut of the Documentary VHS Massacre. I need to add a lot of B-role and some movie clips but the film is there at a running time of 98 minutes without credits. My hope is to map out the doc, scene by scene and see what can be boiled down, chopped off or reduced in order to get it to 90 minutes and to have a clearer story. I already have a feeling I’m going to be combining some scenes as well. In general I think the doc will be very much of interest to lovers of cult films. We have folks from Troll 2, The Room, Birdemic, Toxic Avenger, Samurai Cop, Monstervision, Galactic Gigolo, Bikini Bloodbath and many others. There is so much work to do to bring a film from rough-cut to a “fine cut” but I think it’s safe to say this should be a fun watch. It will probably be about 6 months before I have a fine cut but I’m happy in the sense that I believe the doc is fun to watch, relevant and has a good story to tell. Below is a list of folks featured in the doc. Thanks to those involved!

 

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Joe Bob Briggs (Monster Vision)
Greg Sestero (The Room)
Deborah Reed (Troll2)
Mark Frazer (Samurai Cop)
Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore (Birdemic)
Lloyd Kaufman (Film Legend)
Nick Prueher (Found Footage Film Festival)
Debbie Rochon (Film Legend)
James Nguyen (Director of Birdemic)
Juliette Danielle (Lisa from The Room)
Ron Bonk (Owner of SRS Video)
Carmine Capobiano (Psychos in Love, Galactic Gigolo)
Jason West (Vultra entertainment)
Phil Hall (Writer/Film Critic)
Jon Gorman (director of Bikini Bloodbath 1-3)
Josh Schafer (VHS Lunchmeat Magazine)
Dr. James Richardson (New Media Technology Expert)
Bruce Seymour (Owner of the Fun Stuff Video Store Chain)
Ken Powell (filmmaker)
Thomas Edward Seymour (Filmmaker)
Greg Kissner (Filmmaker)
Aaron Syler (Filmmaker)
Dave Leute (Owner of Mamas Place studio, producer of New York Cine Radio)
Chris Ferry (Credits include Story Pirates on Sirius Radio and Salvage a selection at Sundance FF)

Jon Gorman and Thomas Edward Seymour (Me!) win The Platinum Remi Award ( the highest honor) at Worldfest Houston!

THIS IS SO COOL! A feature film that I directed with Jonathan Gorman “Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast” won the Platinum Remi Award, the festivals highest honor for “Best Independent Video”. Worldfest Houston is one of the largest and oldest film festivals in the world! I’m so excited about this. Below is a picture of when Ang Lee won his first Remi Award. Here’s a link to an article about when Steven Spielberg first won a Remi and Worldfest for “Amblin”. This is so cool!
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/04/worldfest_discovered_steven_sp.php

 

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It has truly been an honor to be included in the Worldfest Houston Legacy. To have won a Platinum award and to be named as a winner alongside giants like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and the Coen Brothers has been a highlight in my career and I will be forever thankful. Thanks very much to Hunter Todd and the Worldfest Crew! I will work even harder in my film career to live up to this honor.

Mark of the Beast Wins at Worldfest Houston!

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After he received the WorldFest Remi Award, Ridley Scott commented “WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!”

This Saturday Worldfest Houston will make the announcement that Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast, a  feature film that I directed with Jon Gorman will receive a Remi award from Worldfest Houston. For me personally this is a sea change for me as a filmmaker. Many of you may feel like I’m being dramatic but you have to understand where I’m coming from. After years of entering film festivals like Sundance, Slamdance, Tribeca, Worldfest, New York Horror and other large festivals, I finally have cracked it. Don’t get me wrong over the past 15 years I’ve  I accrued 16 film festivals wins, from places like Silk City, Bare Bones International, Connecticut Screening Room, New York B-movie FF, New Haven Underground and other places and I’ve been an official selection at California Indie Fest, New York International, Boston Underground, Hoboken International FF and probably 20 others festivals. However the Remi is important to me mainly because Worldfest Houston is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and it’s alumni is incredible. For instance Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee and David Lynch all won there first awards at Worldfest Houston.

The festival has been around since the 1960’s and I would call it the Roger Corman of film festivals. It’s not Sundance but they can spot talent like no other festival out there. Now I realize just because I won a Remi doesn’t mean that suddenly I’m a big deal or something but to be a part of this legacy means so much to me at this point in my career. Most of those famous filmmakers were probably ten years younger than I am now when they won their awards at Worldfest, but to be honest I don’t care. I realize I’ll never be Ridley Scott but I know now that I am good enough at what I do to be celebrated by one of the longest running film festivals in history that has a tremendous ability for spotting talent.

This win allows me to say fare well to Mark of Beast and lay it to rest knowing that I did everything in my power to push the film. I submitted the film in Blu-ray format and it occurred to me that the folks at Worldfest Houston are the only ones that ever saw my film at the resolution and quality that it was meant to be seen in. Thanks to everyone involved in the making of Mark of the Beast, for anyone who has ever edited and released a film they probably know that the film shoot is the easiest part and it’s not easy at all. It’s good to know it was worth it at least for me.