City In Your Eyes Music Video with Chris Connelly

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Howdy folks! I have a bit of cool news. Citizen in the Temple, is now on Amazon Video Direct
It’s a great new platform for content creators. Here’s what it means:

– Rent: $1.99
– Buy: $4.99
– Prime Members: FREE!

Yup. It’s totally free for all you Primers. And now a favor, I must ask. Stream it! We get a small amount per minute streamed and it helps with our overall ranking. Comments are big for us too so if you see the movie or have seen it in the past and you’re so inclined, please leave us a positive comment. Your influence can have a big impact on Amazon in terms of how successful the movie is and how many other people discover it. Of course if you simply must have a DVD with extras we have them in our store

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An additional cool thing: Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks / Ministry / Sons of the Silent Age) sang the final song for Citizen in the Temple. It’s called “City in Your Eyes.” The music was skillfully crafted by my friend Petter Wahlback. I cut together studio footage with movie clips. Enjoy!

If you’re a content creator and you have questions about the new Amazon Video Direct service, feel free to comment here or drop me a line at contact@tenwingmedia.com. Thanks for reading this!

J

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Thrill Me: Chicago Comic Con 2013

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Last weekend 10,000 fans descended upon the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, for The Chicago Comic Con a.k.a Wizard World 2013. For the first time, I was one of them. In the past few months, I’ve gotten back into comics. I’ve been reading Saga and East of West but I also just picked up Chew, Trillium and The Wake. I like the weird ones.

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I’m used to going to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, which is actually much bigger but at NAB there is a plan of attack. There are a lot of things to look at that pertain to my video job and clearly some that don’t. At the CCC, I pretty much wanted to look at everything. My main mission was accomplished quickly. I wanted to secure some business cards from indie comic artists for future commissions. With hundreds of artists on hand, it wasn’t very difficult. 

My wife and I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont on Friday evening. Thanks to my sister-in-law’s employment with Hyatt, we had a room Friday and Sunday. Saturday we were booked at the Crowne Plaza, which is right across the street from the con. By the time we’d arrived, my cohort Chad Burns had already walked the floor for 7 hours collecting business cards. Between he and I, we have 4 or 5 properties we’d like to adapt into graphic novels. A major goal of mine is to expand the Eolan universe. What is the Eolan universe, you ask? It’s the sci-fi/steampunk setting in which my forthcoming films The Drone and Citizen in the Temple are set. Both movies belong to a shared universe and mythology on the planet Eolan. Once the movies come out, I plan on expanding the world through graphic novels and ebooks. More movies are in the pipe but I’ve been working on Citizen in the Temple for over 2 years. A change of pace is in order. I’m currently working on an anthology of short stories and I’d like to have a comic book cover type image to open each story. We have also done some research into releasing a role playing game but that idea has to cook a little longer. Plus, the more widespread content we have and the more people are familiar with the world, the more likely the game is to succeed.

A classic DVD I nabbed at the show was Night of the Creeps, a favorite from our recent 24 Hour B-Movie Marathon. When Tom Atkins answers the phone by saying “Thrill me,” it takes me places. I also picked up Rolling Vengeance because hey, I NEED to own the definitive monster truck revenge film! 

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Our nights were taken up by Beatlesfest, which is mostly why my wife and sister-in-law were there. This is a tradition for them but I’d never been to that either. I wouldn’t call myself an avid Beatles fan by any means but I had a lot of fun. We caught the tail end of a couple main acts when they stopped checking for bracelets (we didn’t have any). Every night a gaggle of musicians gathered beneath a specific stairway in the Hyatt for a concert jam session that lasted for hours. Daytime comics, nighttime Beatles. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. 

What’s up next? There is a smaller comic convention called Dan Con coming up September 21st in Orland Park. It’s a one day event but I think it’ll be a good chance to make contacts with more artists, pick up a few indie books to supplement my current reading list and talk about the ideas we have cooking. I’ll also probably want to have a Night of the Creeps / Rolling Vengeance movie night soon too. You want in? You want in.

That’s all for now. I’m working on a little video of us walking around on the con floor but it’s taking forever to process so I’ll post it later. Thanks for reading this. 

Jason

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REVIEW: The Drone at Chicon 7

The Drone at Chicon 7 Q&A from Ten Wing Films on Vimeo.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at this convention. There were some big events and big names on the slate. My mission was to attend the con Saturday to promote and have a look around and Sunday for The Drone screening and a Q&A. I took Chad Burns (Citizen in the Temple) with me because he is a swiss army knife of con knowledge and promotional strategery. Chad and I peppered the Hyatt Regency with flyers and talked to as many people as possible about The Drone and our developing transmedia projects.

It was a very literary convention. A lot of authors promoting indie novels. A lot of steampunk gear, vintage video games and hard to find books. It wasn’t until the end of the con that we saw another filmmaker who was there to promote work. I heard of a third but we didn’t cross paths. I was a little surprised by that. It would have been nice to meet other producers. We did run into two actor/ producer/ hard working hosts of Filming ‘Round Midtown, Heather Dorff and Deann Baker. They were kind enough to shoot an interview with me for their show. I’ll post that when it comes out.

One service on the vendor floor I liked was Bookbaby, which converts your short story or novel into several ebook formats and pushes it out to distributors such as Amazon, Nook and Apple, among others. The prices are very reasonable and there is a palate of other services you can choose from to enhance your ebook. Very cool stuff!

Sunday, 3:06 p.m. – The Drone screening was great. I was very pleased by the amount of participation by the crowd. Everyone seemed really engaged in the story. We caught it all on video!

One thing this con did was fuel my desire to attend more cons. I wasn’t able to hit Wizard World last month, even though my wife did! Next year I want to take The Drone, Citizen in the Temple and any associated transmedia elements to Gen Con, Convergence, Wizard World, C2E2 and Comic Con. Hopefully a few others too. Yes, I’m already saving my nickels. I’d like to say thanks again to Nat Saenz for inviting us to Chicon and providing such a welcoming experience!

Other cool notes:

– I bought an old Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser comic. Sweet.
– I didn’t think Neil Gaiman was there but he accepted a Hugo award for an episode he wrote for Dr. Who.
– My friend, Chris, scared George R.R. Martin at the top of an escalator as he power-walked toward him for a handshake.
– I got a picture of George at the bar. Surprising how everyone more or less kept their distance. I didn’t hear one “Finish the book, George!”

Until next time, my pets!

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