Meet The Cast of Opening Statement

Meet The Cast of Opening Statement

Welcome back! For once, I’m making good on my threat to follow up on my last post in a timely manner. This evening, I’d like to introduce you to the cast of Opening Statement, my upcoming mind control short film. If you’d like to catch up on what’s been discussed thus far, you can read my previous entries here.

I actually started casting the film almost four months ago; the first week of December. I knew that if I tried to rush casting, or wait till the last minute, I’d end up having to settle for what I got and, perfectionist that I am, I hate settling. So, I dedicated myself to finding the right people and that meant starting the search early.

Now, on the other side of the process, I’m very happy with how things have turned out and even happier to be working with the cast on bringing their characters, and our little drama, to life. And speaking of the cast, let’s meet them!

baily-linBailey Lin will be playing the part of Gillian. Bailey is an actress and model who exudes confidence and sensuality, exactly what the part demanded. The combination of her striking looks and I-dare-you-to-fuck-with-me attitude dovetailed perfectly into the character of Gillian, an Assistant D.A. who’s preparing a major indictment against someone who does majorly not want to get indicted.

poison-ivyOpposite her is the character of Mina, who will played by the evocative and erotic Poison Ivy. Ivy is an actress, model, and fetish performer by trade. She came into the audition process with an approach to this unique, dualistic character that was right on the money. Speaking with her about the acting choices she was making solidified the character in my mind and I knew I’d found the person I wanted to play this part.

So there they are, the cast of Opening Statement! Now, I’m sure some of you have questions at this point; several have already messaged me. While I’m hesitant to go into story specifics right now, I’d be happy to answer any general queries you all may have about the production itself. My next post will be an FAQ of sorts about the production, where things are and where they’re going, and the like.

I’ve already culled some specific things I’ll be addressing but if YOU have a question you’d like answered please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little sneak peak and I look forward to sharing a bit more with you next time!

Until then…

Mind Control Alert in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Mind Control Alert in Avengers: Age of Ultron

I think we all know, at this point, I’m something of comic geek. Thusly, the summer slate of silver-age cinema (why? because alliteration, that’s why!) is high on my list of must-sees this year. If you’ve checked out Trailer #3 for Avengers: Age of Ultron then you may have already spied this little gem from the 1 minute, 39 second mark:


Mmmmm. Whatever is that lady doing to Black Widow?

Well, I have my own theories about this (and some other things I’ve seen in the Age of Ultron promotional media) but it certainly seems like Wanda Maximoff will be spending some time in this movie getting into the heads of our heroes. Now, I’m the kind of person who avoids spoilers like plague (and/or plaque) so I’ve starved myself of any interviews or articles that might explain where this is headed. But, I have my hopes.

Mind control is a long-standing staple of comic mythos. Marvel brought it into their Cinematic Universe in the first Avengers film as well as early in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Further, Joss Whedon (who has directed both Avengers films) and his brother Jed (producer/writer on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) have used mind control numerous ways and times through their various outings over the years. Hell, one of Jed’s shows (Dollhouse) was based on the premise of a pretty women having her mind reprogrammed week after week.

So, what am I saying? I guess I’m saying I hope there’s something in Avengers: Age of Ultron for mind control fetishists to get excited about. Based on what I’m seeing thus far, I’d describe my outlook as cautiously optimistic.

An Update On Opening Statement

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An Update On Opening Statement

Hi all. Since a number of you have been getting in touch lately to ask what’s happening with the film, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to stop planning my next blog entry and actually start writing it. So lets talk about Opening Statement a bit shall we?

First up. We have not shot the picture yet. I know in my original message I indicated we were less than a month away but there were complications and by “complications” I mean there was ice and snow…and then more ice. If you weren’t fortunate enough to live in the Eastern or South Eastern part of the U.S. during the month of February then you might be blissfully unaware that we had a couple of weeks of something that rhymes with ‘severe winter storms.’

Our shoot days were sandwiched between the arrival of two storm fronts. Since several members of the cast and crew are traveling a bit for filming, it just didn’t seem wise to have them driving in that kind of weather. And, it ended up being the right call. Our roads were ice on top of snow on top of ice that weekend.

So, we’ve had to reschedule principal photography. Opening Statement is now set to go before the cameras the last weekend of April. The bad news is that I can’t share the film with everyone as quickly as I’d like. The good news is that we’ve had an extra two months to prepare which will, hopefully, make the movie that much better.

So that’s all for now. I’ve got more updates I’m writing (as soon as I post this) to introduce you all to the cast and answer some of your questions about the film.

See you soon. How soon? Very soon.

Coming Soon: Opening Statement

Coming Soon: Opening Statement

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your holiday seasons were as enjoyable as my own. As many of you have come to suspect, when I don’t post here, I’m usually working on something. When I don’t post for months at a time, I’m usually working on something big. I got a message on Tumblr last week from someone who was curious about what I might be up to.

infielders3 said:
Haven’t heard from you about what you are up to or seen any of your manips since your post in October. Have you been working on anything? A clip? A series? A lone GIF? I do enjoy the pictures you post, but they aren’t the reason I keep coming back. I look forward to your exquisite work!

Firstly, thank you for those kind words. Secondly, your note was exceedingly well-timed as things have just fallen in place for me to be able to tell you exactly what I’ve been working on: I’m directing a mind control fetish film!

I’ve been hinting about this in a couple of recent blog posts but what I wasn’t hinting at was how close I was to making it happen. I’ve had a script finished for months, have been organizing the production, and securing sets, props, etc.

However, this past week saw the biggest milestone (thus far) with the completion of casting. After interviewing and auditioning a number of actresses I am pleased to inform you that two lovely and talented ladies have signed on to the picture!

With that, pre-production on Opening Statement is winding down and we’re preparing to shoot the film in just a little less than a month. I don’t have a definite release date yet, but I’ll be keeping all of you informed of the picture’s progress over the coming months.

And, I’ll be posting more details (very) soon about the cast, the story, and what I have planned for the picture. For now, I’m just excited to finally share what’s been occupying my attention these last few months. More details are coming, stay tuned!

As always, your questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

Attention Artists: This Tool is Professional-Grade…and Free!

Attention Artists: This Tool is Professional-Grade…and Free!

A piece of software may seem an odd thing to get excited about but bear with me and I’ll make the case.

Although I currently use Adobe Photoshop and After FX for all my manip work, my preferred tool is a compositing application called Fusion. I got turned on to it in college, got an academic copy, and quickly fell in love with its powerful feature set. Unfortunately, Fusion is a Windows-only app so I had to say goodbye to it when I made the transition to Mac years ago. Every now and then, I’d check to see if there were any movement on the long-rumored Mac version, but there never was.

And then, earlier this year the company that makes Fusion was acquired by Blackmagic Design.

Several years ago, Blackmagic bought a company called Da Vinci Systems that made professional grade color correction systems for film and tv. We’re talking about software that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Today, Blackmagic sells the high-end product with its bespoke hardware for thirty-grand. But, the software alone now only costs $995 USD. They even give away an entry-level version of the application for free. And, they ported what was a Windows-only product to Mac and Linux.

So, the news Blackmagic had bought Fusion had the entire visual fx industry elated. A Mac version was finally a certainty as well as a lower price point (Fusion costs around five-thousand dollars per license). This week, to my joy, Blackmagic did exactly what we all hoped they would.

Fusion is, officially, on its way to Mac. No timeline on its release, but the work has begun. For me, knowing that someday in the not-too-distant future I’ll be able to return to the compositing tool that I used to create Orientation, and many other early animated manips, is really exciting. Every time I start a new animation in After FX, I miss Fusion a little bit; its a tool that was a very good fit for me.

So, why am I telling you all this?

Because, I know most of you are Windows users and that means that most of you can go and download Fusion right now…for free. Blackmagic has released two versions of the software. Fusion and Fusion Studio. The Studio version now runs just $995 and includes some high-end features most of us will never use (tools for stereoscopic 3D, network rendering, plugins, etc). Aside from those features, Fusion is now 100% free with no strings attached.

So, what’s the catch? The learning curve. Fusion is a professional tool that can be very intimidating for an entry-level user. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of tutorial videos on YouTube that can walk you through almost anything you need to know about what the software can do.

And, what this software can do is almost anything. It can replicate nearly all of the functionality I use in Photoshop when doing manips. It can also do animation, 3D objects and text, visual FX, 3D particles. This is a very powerful piece of software. If you’re willing to tackle the learning curve and teach yourself how it works, you could conceivably use this single application to do any of the manips in my catalog. That’s how deep its feature-set is.

I get emails from many of you asking about the software I use and what I’d recommend. Just recently, someone asked for advice on achieving an effect that they couldn’t accomplish in the photo-editor they’ve been using. So, I wanted to share with all of you the news that there is a professional-quality tool that is now available to you (on Windows) that is limited only by your imagination.

I hope that this will facilitate all the artists out there to make even more great manips with great animations, and fx, and (especially) imagination. You can download Fusion here and you can start on a great series of learning videos here.

I can’t wait to see what you create.

Lets Talk About My Next Video – Part 2

Lets Talk About My Next Video – Part 2

Welcome back all.

So last time, I spoke about how I had been thinking about making my own original erotic mind control films. But there had been three obstacles: personal stuff, legal stuff, and time.

I left off after explaining that the time problem recently sorted itself out. The personal stuff? Also got sorted recently.

Leaving the legal stuff. The situation is thus: I live in a very conservative state. It is illegal for me to produce and/or profit from pornographic material as a resident of this state. Now, there are lots of states that have these laws that are never enforced. However, a person in my state was prosecuted within the last twelve years or so for violating these laws.

Getting prosecuted is not an option.

So, I was back to square one. And then, an idea occurred to me: what if I made mind control films… that weren’t pornographic? What if I produced an ‘R-rated’ fetish film? I could do nudity, I could sexy, I could do erotic. I could do a whole lot with those things. I think my work has always leaned closer to ‘erotic’ than ‘explicit’ anyway. Stylistically, it wouldn’t be that different.

Shooting an R-rated movie would give me access to a larger pool of talent. Finding strong actors willing to do nudity would be easier than trying to find strong actors willing to have sex on camera. And, I would want strong actors for the kinds of films I’d hope to make.

Shooting R-rated also helps with a fundamental problem every production has: funding. A forward-thinking commenter made this recommendation:

April 17th, 2014 @ 9:29 am
Two words, crowd sourcing…

I’ve been closely studying crowd-funding for several years and I do think it would be a good fit for me. However, almost every crowd funding site has a policy that forbids pornography. Another problem solved if I don’t make pornography.

So, all happy news so far. Unfortunately, I’ve saved the worst bit for last. Because, as you may have heard, there’s no more sure way to get blacklisted by a credit card processor than to to sell anything associated with the words “hypnosis, mind control, or brainwashing.”

We’ll tackle this issue next time.

To be continued…

Lets Talk About My Next Video – Part 1

Lets Talk About My Next Video – Part 1

Wow, 2014 is turning out to be a productive year for me. At this point, I’ve created more material this year than in any other, except 2005. My creative output during those first twelve months was pretty abundant. Of course, I was only doing still images in those days and now I work almost exclusively with animation, and the occasional video.

Judging from some of your comments and emails, you’d like those videos to be more than “occasional.” Of all the work I’ve produced, the three things that people talk to me about more than anything else is Orientation, the accompanying Orientation Screen, and Decisive Results. People really seem to like those and they often ask me when I’ll be doing more.

And, that’s what I want to talk about over the next few blog entries.

I’ve thought a lot about doing more videos. They’re fun to do, the reactions are always fun to read, and I enjoy bringing my particular brand of erotic mind control to life. But, they are also very time consuming. Orientation took a few months to complete. Decisive Results was over a year.

That’s a lot of time. As much as I love working on them and sharing them with people, I don’t seem to be getting more free time as I get older; quite the opposite. I used to do manip requests with some regularity. These days, I have to politely tell people that I’m happy to work on commission but I just don’t have enough spare time to work on things, that aren’t fulfilling my own artistic impulse, without compensation.

But, I really want to do more videos. Which is quite a dilemma given the whole dwindling-free-time situation. I was ruminating on these things earlier in the year when someone left this comment:


April 12th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

You should think of making full movies and posting them for sale because your work is top notch and there is a huge market for your kind and quality of work people would pay for it it gladly!

I sat and read it over and over. Wondering if he were right. I’ve thought about doing exactly what he’s suggesting numerous times. But, there were always obstacles. Some were of personal nature, there were legal issues I could foresee being a problem, and there was always that problem of free time. I’m very busy and film making (good film making) takes time.

And then, circumstances went and changed on me. A few months ago, one of my long-running freelance jobs came to an end. That meant giving up a little money I was used to seeing each month. But, it also meant that I had more free time.

I began to think about what I would do with this spare time. Catching up on TV shows or video games sounds like a lot of fun, but we all know I’m a workaholic. I’m happiest when I’m doing something.

And so, I began to think about what I’d really like to be doing with my new-found time…

To be continued

Ridges – New Animation

Ridges – New Animation

Welcome back everyone. I’ve been working on a commission job this past week so I’m a bit late updating but I hope the wait will have been worth it. Read on for my Director’s Commentary but, for now, please go check out Ridges.

My original round of gas mask manips were really fun to work on. So much so that I promised myself I’d revisit the territory again when the right source material presented itself. Since I’ve been haunting Tumblr recently, I’ve mined a lot of great images that I’ve tucked away for future smutiness.

When I came across this image I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. The original photographer really paved the way by making sure the inside of the mask was lit so we could see the model’s eyes. I knew I wanted to see what was going on inside the mask. All of my previous manips hinted at the assault of light and sound inside the rubber but now I’d get a chance to show it off.

So, it was very fun to work on in that sense. Thanks for reading, stay tuned for some very big news in the coming weeks and, as always, your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

Escape – New Animation

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Escape – New Animation

Greetings once more dear reader. I’m trying not to pat myself on the back too much but I am quite pleased with the amount of work I’ve been able to put out this year. Tonight, I’m even more pleased because I can finally put a check mark in the ‘complete’ column for my longest-standing in-progress manip.

Read on for my director’s commentary but first please go enjoy Escape.

I’ve had this image saved since 2007 and have been actively working on it through various drafts since 2008. For whatever reason, I was never able to get the animation of the orbs into a place I was happy with them. In some respects I was probably trying to be too clever. At one point the orbs were making much larger orbits and going out of focus as they entered and exited the focus plane.

Neat effect, but it just didn’t work for this image.

So a little while ago, I drug it out and started from scratch. I think I had built it up in my mind to be some sort of apex-manip or something. The source material was so strong and I felt like if the manipulation wasn’t *perfect* it’d make the whole thing garbage. The down-side-schwartz to my perfectionism strikes again.

So this time around, I let go of all those expectations and just treated it like any other manip project. I got the animation where I was happy with it, played with some light effects and then sat down to write.

That part was quite painless as I’ve had six years to write and re-write the story in my head. I knew exactly what I wanted to craft with the narrative when I first saw the image. I’m finally glad to get that out of my head and in front of all of you.

As always, your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

Compromised – New Animation

Compromised – New Animation

Happy September everyone. Checking in with another update tonight, a new animation from some lovely source material featuring Daft Punk and Milla Jovovich. Read on for my director’s commentary but first, please check out Compromised.

These things start, as they so often do these days, stumbling across a low-res version of this image on Tumblr. I stared at this photo trying to imagine what else, beyond mind control, the original intent could have possibly been. Satisfied that there could be no other intent, I concluded that the original artist intended erotic mind control as the central theme and, therefore, I should help that person out by pushing their work where they already wanted it to go.

So, what I’m saying to the photographer in question is…you’re welcome. 😉

Anyhoo, this picture is the sort that just immediately inspires everything that will follow. The spiral light effect and the general direction of the story formed in my mind quite rapidly. Then, it was just a matter of putting those pieces together.

I must also mention my good friend Tabico because I was quite inspired by the capture sequence that occurs early in her infiltration epic Rogue. The gloves the boys from Daft Punk are wearing suggested a sci-fi angle to the narrative and Tabico’s tale immediately sprang to mind.

A big tip of the hat to her for inspiration throughout the creation of this piece. I hope you enjoyed this latest manip and, as always, your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.