Sketches to My Future Self

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In recent years, I’ve started using “sketches” like this to quickly save an image and get my ideas down while the inspiration is fresh.

I’m going to talk about this a bit more in the next episode of The Black Room podcast, but I wanted to share a quick note teasing a new piece I’ve started work on. I have a serious backlog of “potential material.” Now, the pessimists among you would call that “having a huge collection of porn,” but its not the same…seriously.

I’ve spoken before about how I will often look at image and get an instant surge of inspiration for what I could do to transform it into a new piece of EMC erotica. Normally, that works out great…provided I strike will the iron is hot. More than a few times I’ve saved images to my “In Progress” folder to remind myself to get started only to promptly forget about them.

Years later, I’ll stare blankly at a photo that I know I had some grand design for…but have completely forgotten about. So, I started making quick notes in text files or in the metadata of a jpg to remind myself. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as descriptive as my future-self would like. Here’s an actual note to myself from about seven years ago “Green light on left. Female shadow in BG. The maid?”

I have no clue what I meant by any that. I’ve looked at the image I think the text file was referring to but…no idea.

So, a few years ago, I got smart and started creating “sketches” where I would explain (to future me) exactly why I saved an image, what I intended to do with it, and any bits of story I might have thought up. I’ve since been using a great tool from the folks at Evernote called Skitch that makes this process quick and enjoyable. You drag in an image and can easily create shapes, draw on top of the photo, and add text notes. I’ve found it has really become a great tool in my workflow to get my ideas down quickly and in form that I’ll still understand years from now.

So, I thought I’d pass along this little bit of kit in the hopes it might be useful to others out there. Its not really a photo-editor per se, but if you were just captioning an image, its a perfectly adequate tool for the job. If you happen to also be an Evernote user, it syncs there and you can organize it within your existing mega-collection of porn…er…I mean “potential material.”

The Black Room – Episode 003

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On this episode: a new gynoid-riffic tale from Jukebox, the latest addition to my Animation gallery, a terrific spin-off of the Impero mythos from Sleepless Doktor and thrall enters The Black Room in an epic two-part interview that you don’t want to miss!

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Episode Links

Jukebox – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Answer Uzobono’s Survey and get CORE #9 early

New Animation – Defeat

Kia and Kaa – Now Mobile-Compatible

Tumult Hype 3

Sleepless Doktor tumblr

The Black Room – Episode 002

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This week: a reading recommendation for author connie k, updates on callidus-mc.com, spoiler-filled reaction to Uzobono & Tabico’s CORE #8, and hypno-rrific videos from Mind Control Theater and TrancePrincess.com. Plus, The Black Room is now on iTunes!

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Show Notes:
Single Sight by connie k
Orientation and Orientation Screen
CORE #8 Reflections by Uzobono & Tabico (Deviant Art link)
Mind Control Theater
Hypno-Domme Hierarchy by TrancePrincess.com
The Black Room on iTunes

The Black Room Podcast Episode 1

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UPDATED: With an mp3 link for all those who have asked. Thanks for listening!
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Greetings once again.

I have something quite different for you today. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast. I wanted to do a show where I could talk about things that have caught my eye in the erotic mind control community: erotica, hypnopics, videos and the like. I thought it would be fun to talk about the mind control popping up in film and tv these days. And, of course, keep you updated on what’s going on with my site, my art, and my films!

In episode #1 of The Black Room, I discuss the terrific Poser comic work of Uzobono, talk about the mind control tropes appearing in Marvel’s latest films and series, and, as many of you have been asking for it, bring you an update on my first mind control fetish film: Opening Statement!

I hope you all enjoy the show and please let me know if you have suggestions for future episodes: topics you’d want to hear discussed, artwork you’d like me to share, or maybe a guest you’d like to hear interviewed.


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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:

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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

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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!

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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.