Decisve Results: New Video

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Its not every day that I get to say that in a blog title: “New Video.” After more than a year of work, I am very happy to announce a new entry in the Videos section. You can read on for my director’s commentary, but first, on behalf of Tabico and myself, we are very pleased to unveil: Decisive Results.

This manip, like most of them, starts with me saving something to my enormous ‘manip material’ folder and then forgetting about it. It was probably May of last year when I came across it again and had that little voice in my head whisper ‘Do something with this, now!” So, I started doing some editing with the footage and cut together a scene that I thought played quite convincingly as erotic mind control. I knew with some visual-fx kung fu I could turn it into full-on hypno-fetish fodder (three times fast), but I wanted more than just a hot scene with EMC, I wanted a story.

At the time, Tabico and I had already been working together for months on a different project (in fact it was the ‘big collaboration’ I mentioned in the post for Nickelodeon). I had gotten burned out and needed to move on to something else or I was just going to stall creatively. Tabico completely understood and very patiently went along as I proposed shelving what we’d been doing and starting fresh with this video.

So we began brainstorming ideas and ironing out the plot and the characters. That went on for months while I was quietly laying the ground work for all the animation and visual fx work that would need to be done. Around the end of last year we had our initial work print assembled and began several rounds of critique and refinement as we slowly crafted all the details into coalescence.

Then we entered the beta-test with our group of volunteers, discussed and implemented some of their feedback and whadda you know? Thirteen months after we started we’ve got ourselves a video manip!

This project was a very demanding one in terms of endurance. While the work involved was not terribly difficult in most cases, there was plenty of it. Everything connected to the animation of scenes 1 and 3 was very tedious and cumbersome; especially making changes for mistakes or tweaks. If I ever venture into these waters again, I think I’ll just record my computer screen instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

By contrast, scene 2 was pure joy to work on. Bringing that situation to life; implementing all sorts of aesthetic cues that I’ve developed and used in photos and animations…that was really fun.

In terms of writing, I really enjoyed what we were able to accomplish and, especially, the characters that were born out of all this. As I’ve already told a couple of email correspondents, I hope this isn’t the last we see of Ms. R or her friend Sark.

Lastly, I’d like to thank a few people. First, to our group of beta testers who gave such detailed and helpful feedback. Thank you all very much for taking the time to record your thoughts and share them with us, it really was helpful to get your input and I think you’ll see that reflected in the final version of the video.

Of course, I cannot sign off without saying something highly complimentary of Tabico. She is one of the greatest talents in our community and I feel so very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her again. She and I are on nearly the same wavelength in terms of what pushes our buttons and our casual approach to collaboration makes these ventures not only artistically fulfilling, but ridiculously fun.

Thank you Tabs. Thank you so very much for going on this road-trip with me.

Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank you, my dear reader. I know I don’t update that often, that I’m very sporadic with releasing new work, and that I’m sometimes very, very slow to respond to email. Thank you for checking back here, thank you for your comments here on the site, and thank you for your emails. Knowing that someone out there is connecting with the things I create is incredibly satisfying and I appreciate each and every one of you who have taken the time to let me know that you’ve enjoyed something I’ve created.

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

24 Responses to “Decisve Results: New Video”

  1. avatar

    Haywaine

    Beyond stunning work… utterly fantastic!!!

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  2. avatar

    Uzobono

    So *so* good, I’m amazed at the quality and work you’ve put into this Callidus!

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  3. avatar

    Hertoy

    Bloody brilliant! Absolutely wonderful.

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  4. avatar

    Julia

    Dear lord…

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  5. avatar

    Rodimus

    This video is stupid hot. Absolutely amazing work man. You and Tabico should be proud

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  6. avatar

    Mesmeri

    Finally got a chance to watch, and was blown away.

    You always deliver a scorching piece, and this one was no different.

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  7. avatar

    Kivik

    I happily stayed up to download this, and it did not disappoint!!

    I’ve always seen perfectionism as your game and you never disappoint even when working with something this grand in scale!

    Big shoutout to Tabico too, we miss your visual work!

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  8. avatar

    Vanderbilt

    Looking forward to it once I get it downloaded over my useless network connection.

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  9. avatar

    cassandra

    Wooowww, this is scorching hot! Can’t stop watching it! excellent work by both of you!

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  10. avatar

    alphax

    You could try mega-stream.me Basically allows you take a video file from mega.co.nz and stream it to your browser via the vlc plugin

    For example, this
    [code]

    [/code]

    Allows you to play this video you would normally download at this location: https://mega.co.nz/#!XsgGRAaL!Fm6ylQBp7Hpt6e8NYrpERTTOcDFTacljY-2QEV3lnII

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  11. avatar

    alphax

    Hmm, the standard bbcode code tags didn’t protect the embed I was trying to paste.

    Okay, fix the embed tags in the following by making the obvious substitutions of for [ and ] and hopefully it should work as it did inside my test html file:

    [embed type='application/x-vlc-plugin'
    pluginspage='http://www.videolan.org'
    width='100%'
    height='515'
    id='vlc'
    autoplay='yes'
    target='http://mega-stream.me/stream.php?ph=XsgGRAaL&key=Fm6ylQBp7Hpt6e8NYrpERTTOcDFTacljY-2QEV3lnII']
    [/embed]

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  12. avatar

    SeanFlynn

    Watching this is actually a little discouraging… How can any of us compete?

    Absolutely amazing. Great visuals. Great story.

    Perfect manip in every sense of both words.

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  13. avatar

    Aether

    Incredible! When you check a blog you love and see no update, you feel a bit sad.

    When you check Callidus’ blog and see no update, you know they’re up to something.

    Something amazing.

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  14. avatar

    Dhampy

    Never commented on your blog before. I really enjoyed the video, outstanding work.

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  15. avatar

    Slyspeaker

    Loved every minute of it!

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  16. avatar

    Mike the Manager

    What a superb technical triumph. An overnight download was time well-spent. This is my first comment on your blog. Technically this is bloody brilliant. Well done all concerned. It has reminded me to visit the MCstories archive.

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  17. avatar

    Jason

    I really don’t have words for how amazing this is. The level of detail is just stunning.

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  18. avatar

    Ozymandias

    Just ditto-ing the crowd–a really really impressive work. Congratulations, and thank you!

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  19. avatar

    Monarth

    Utterly amazing. Your attention to detail, both on the part of the visual, and the story itself is fantastic! Great work, both of you. Sorry it took me so long to watch it. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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  20. avatar

    Lex

    Awesome!

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  21. avatar

    M

    Wow. Just – wow. Totally blown away.

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  22. avatar

    Blackarmor

    For me is the best Erotic brainwashing vidéo i have seen !!!

    No words about casting…

    Who are these hypnotic actresses ?

    Sorry for my bad english…i’m french

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  23. avatar

    callidus

    @Blackarmor: That would be Holly Heart and Maitresse Madeline

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  24. avatar

    Michael B

    So delightful. So creative. Thank you.

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