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.

 

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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.

New York Cine Radio: Batman Arkham Knight, Captain Phillips and The Teacher #109

New York Cine: Batman Arkham Knight, Captain Phillips and The Teacher #109

The week the gang talks about Batman Arkham Knight, Captain Phillips and The Teacher. With hosts Ken Powell, Thomas Edward Seymour and Dave Leute.

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Tune in for our VHS Massacre Saturday at 1pm LIVE on our youtube channel!

Tune in for our VHS Massacre Saturday at 1pm LIVE on our youtube channel! it will be a contest for the ages. Who gathered the worst VHS videos from around New York City, Ken Powell or Tom Seymour? Only our B-movie celebrity judges have the answer! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCodoAvf6pZBnFulBNqvsQNg

John Bloom aka Joe Bob Briggs Radio Interview!

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New York Cine Radio: Special Guest John Bloom aka Joe Bob Briggs #103

This week we got to sit down with B-Movie hero John Bloom (Joe Bob Briggs) host of TMC’s Drive-in Theater and TNT’s Monstervision. This goes to show that you can meet your heroes and not be disappointed. Special thanks to Debbie Rochon and John Bloom. With hosts Thomas Edward Seymour, Ken Powell and Dave Leute.

And help support student filmmaker, Jose Ramirez’s new film by donating HERE!


“The Room” Movie Extravaganza!

New York Cine Radio “The Room” Movie Extravaganza, Interviews with the creators of “The Room Rap” also (Lisa) Juliette Danielle and (Mark) Greg Sestero #SPL

 

It’s “The Room” Movie Extravaganza!  The gang talks hard with Greg DeLiso and Peter Litvin creators of “The Room Rap” and also they interview (Lisa) Juliette Danielle and (Mark) Greg Sestero stars of The Room. Happy New Year from Ken Powell, Tom Seymour and David Leute of New York Cine Radio. Thank you all for making this our most successful year at New York Cine Radio!

The Room Movie Rap Video!

Kung Fury Trailer: Soon to be the best film of 2014!

Maverick Movie Awards! Mark of the Beast gets one win and two nominations!

MMAThis just in from the Maverick Movie Awards! Our film Mark of the Beast gets one win and two nominations! Leigh Radziwon (LeighFX) wins BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP, Debbie Rochon picks up a BEST ACTRESS nomination and Jon Gorman and I (Thomas Edward Seymour) get a BEST DIRECTOR NOMINATION!  Thanks so much to the cast and crew for helping to make a great little horror flick and thanks to the Maverick Movie Awards for recognizing all of us! If you get a chance have a look at the Maverick Movie Awards Alumni List. From Chris Gore to Philip Glass to Moby, it’s a pretty amazing group to be among.

“…The Maverick Movie Awards puts credibility and intrigue back into the word ‘maverick.’”
– Les Claypool, Frontman of Primus, Music Producer, Film Director, Novelist, Winemaker, and Fisherman
“The MMA is the real deal. When you all say ‘it’s a level playing field…from a maverick point-of-view,’ I believe it.”
– Anthony E. Griffin, Moviemaker and Co-Founder of Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival