Saturday, January 27, 2007

X-ILE PICTURES New Film Release

Currently I am aboard overseas again on travels for business (I will blog about the trip when I get back to the states) but I have not forgotten about you guys and the neglect to my blog entries. So with that said I will post some new stuff for you.

I have been holding off to release this latest new film we completed, as I was hoping to post other news about it. But time catches up to me and I wanted to share the new film with you all and hopefully have your enjoy what we did again for so little as well as little time. Hopefully you will post and share it around and get some entertainment out of it.

I was approached some months back to make a music video for a young artist Margot MacDonald and the band Op-Critical.

It would have been my first paid gig for making film and I was excited by the challenge, so I agreed to do it. I then produced, directed and created the story idea for the music video you are about to see. It took two days to shoot the video up in the schizle of Baltimore, and you may notice familiar faces in the film such as Frank Hernandez, Holland Gedney, Mike Menez, Gina Hernandez, and others from my past films.

When a film project comes in you work with your friends and I have made a great deal while doing "Revelations" "Pitching Lucas" and others. Everyone on the project from cast and crew were part of the teams I used to make all my films and as always it was great to work with them again. I am fortunate to have a great many talented people around me.

So here is my latest film release of a music video called "Liberty" the entire thing was edited by myself and though the music and song may not be the greatest, I hope you like what we were able to do with the visuals, creating a semblance of a story and my quest to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. It was not easy, but I do like a challenge and I am very pleased with the results. I hope you do as well.

That is the latest and something to hopefully to keep your interest till the next post. Some of you have been writing "so what is this news of a new film project coming up Shane you keep hinting at!?"

Ok I will tell you this, I am in a development deal in creating a new original scifi short which will be distributed by a new division of Disney. The studio saw my past work, approached me and we have been talking since I was shooting "Pitching Lucas" in Feb '06. Now if all goes well and the green light goes up from the studio we plan to start shooting in late April '07 and releasing the film in the fall of '07. It's still a very small budget film, but this time it will not be my own money and a great stepping stone with studio backing to have it seen by a very large audience. If the film or idea is received well and there is interest it could have the potential of going to a TV series and possible feature film. Though I do not hold my breath for such things as you guys know and hope to only do the best possible film with this first task as I can.

That said, I will be giving more detailed news about this adventure soon, and posting requests for talent of all natures who want to help and be a part of the production. I am going to need as many talented individuals on this one as I can find. I will keep you posted. This is our shot and the door has been opened with what we have worked so hard to do with our past films. We are hoping to capitalize on it. We shall see. Till then enjoy the new music video.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Updates and welcome '07

Well, the holidays are finally past us and the new year rolls in. I hope everyone had a good one and ready for the excitment of the new year. I have big news to share about our new film project we are looking to do this year, but I am going to hold off for a bit and tease you .. let you simmer.

I can tell you it's a good oppertunity for us and pretty soon I will be blasting the new and everywhere looking for people. So if you missed your chance to work with us in the past and have written in saying " Man Shane if I had known you were doing another film I so would have been there!" Well, you are going to get your chance again and pretty soon we will be calling for you and as many more.

In the meantime here is something fun. I was banging around on YouTube watching some stuff and I came across a music video someone did using footage from "Revelations"
Now when people start taking your films and making their own fan films or Vids that is a great compliment. So go check out what this guy did.


His editing is a bit weak and off but it's the thought that counts, and his credit to us is wrong.. "Revelations" was done by Panic Struck Productions, not panic Struck Studios. Just spell my name right on a check and we will get along fine :) Thanks Dark Den Productions for the tip of the hat.. we are flattered.

If you do not know what a vid is .. it's when you take a subject like a movie and cut your own music video to it. It's fun and way back in the day I made a few myself when I was playing with editing software.

So as a sort of contest I challenge you to take anyone of my films and cut a music Vid to it. If enough of you enter and send something in (all 5 of you out there) then I will pick the very best one and post it here on my Director's blog for the whole world to see (all 5 of you) and even perhaps send the winner a signed "Revelations" poster and the 2 disk DVD set of "Revelations"
Wow! how can your refuse that prize.. so valued and coveted .. well you can have that or I will send you $5.

In the spirit of Vids and sharing here is a very old one I did from back in the day
"Interview with a Vampire"
(but we all know you like it that way)

So this was something I did when I was just a little baby editor learning learing his first keystrokes, and I calle dmyself Red Rogue Productions (my wife still teases me about my name, and I still like it) . Anyway, chack out the VAMPIRE VID .. ah the good ol days!