1 Year in the Books!

On Aug 1st, 2017 we committed to releasing a minimum of 6 pieces of content per week for a year.

One year later (Aug 1st, 2018) and we’re proud to announce that we annihilated  our goal!

For 12 months straight we’ve consistently released 6-12 films, videos, articles, graphics, posters, music compilations, and promos per week. That’s over 500 releases within the last 12 months–WOAH! 

Just think of the vast ocean of creativity and the countless HOURS of labor that went into constantly creating entertaining content for the Slicers who regularly enjoy CinemaSlice.com!

Before going any further, I need to take a moment to THANK everyone who has contributed content over the last 12 months:

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Schlock du Jour: Cat Sick Blues (2016)

directed by Dave Jackson
runtime: 101 mins
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
There has never really been a moment in my life that I didn’t at least live with a cat. When I was born, my parents already had a half-persian named Yo-Yo. I moved in with my cousins and they had Simba and Dinkers. Then there was Sabrina, Koko, Maxx, London, Cosmo, Eevee, Yuna, Bowser, and finally Bowie and Raimi. I think it’s safe to say I like cats. Still with me?
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This is Bowie. Note how handsome he is.
Dog people tend to be more extroverted and have more friends. Cat people are more likely to be introverts. I’m generalizing, and also pulling this 100% out of my ass, but it sounds good! So I’m definitely lacking in the friends department because of my affinity for cats, and not because I invite people over to watch a movie where a man dresses up as a cat, uses a litterbox, and wears a giant, barbed, cat cock dildo while he murders women.
Ted is a catperson. One word.
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Rage Against the ‘Indy’ Machine

What makes us “Independent” cinema? What is so “Indy” about us?

That’s the question I hope to not answer in this article. Instead, I’d like to rage against the machine. The real question is “WHY are we labeled as “Independent” cinema?” “WHY CALL US INDY?

What does it even mean to be INDY? The Machine says, “My definition of independent: without any sort of financial backing.”

Do we need to constantly remind the audience that we aren’t being given money by a movie studio?

Everyone likes an underdog story, but only when the underdog comes out on top.

Either the underdog succeeds and earns respect thus shaking off the underdog label or they fail and remain an underdog. They don’t then go around bragging about being the underdog.

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Collaborating on Art

Art can be an extremely personal thing– the manifestation of an idea that originated inside of the deepest part of your psyche.

I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working on on film and video projects for the past 20 years, and I understand the importance of collaboration. As much as I want to write, shoot, direct, and edit (and I have on several projects)– it’s just not practical to think one person can be successful in all of these roles (Although we can all find an example to prove me wrong: Charlie Chaplin, etc). And at the end of the day, it’s just not necessary.

If you surround yourself with competent contributors who you trust to pull their own weight on a project, you have more energy to hone-in and focus on specific portions of the project. More importantly, when you lean on others to help produce a piece of art, the end result is an amalgamation of ideas and input from various perspectives.

Tom Cox, Nic White, Vicky Cox, Michael Welborn at 2018 Indy Cinema Sunday Event

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Meet the Slicers: John Sklba

John Sklba is an actor writer, filmmaker, vlogger, producer and writer– And has been contributing to the CinemaSlice collective  before it even had a name. Sklba has produced multiple series, as well as short films; has written scripts, and produced projects for the Slice; Sklba has acted and edited short films as well! Currently, Sklba dedicates his time to researching the emerging technology of 360 video (See Sklba’s 360 series HERE) and producing film reviews (“Shorter-than-the-Trailer-Reviews).

Working tirelessly to pursue a life in the creative arts, he’s still trying to figure it all out.

His work has likely been seen by over a million people at this point, but few will admit watching it nor does he take much credit in it. Que Sera, Sera.

John Sklba ran from his life behind the lens for many years before he embraced it.

He’s currently more interested in 360° video and photography than anything else– Which is an awesome and fully immersive technology!

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this Slicer!

 

Meet the Slicers: Ken Leinaar

CinemaSlice is proud to introduce you to our resident illustrator, Ken Leinaar!

We are lucky to work with such a talented and dedicated artists! Anytime CinemaSlice finds a need for a sketch, or custom illustration, we go straight to Ken– and Ken always delivers– shattering our expectations to create something even more interesting!

See below a few of Ken’s CinemaSlice contributions:

Ken has worked with CinemaSlice to develop Poster art, Mixtape Covers, Animated promo videos, and rumor has it he’s current collaborating to develop a top-secret animated series….

Stay tuned for more great art from Ken!

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Feature Length Script in 4 Months!

I wrote a feature length script in four months and it was terrifying …but I loved it.

I’ve put off writing my first feature for a long time. So much that I was worried I would stop growing as a writer if I didn’t do it soon. Five years of writing scripts that are fifteen pages or less gave me a lot of experience in the fundamentals, but little in way of setting up a larger story. I knew that this had to change.
So, I signed up for a class centered around writing a feature script in a single semester. It was a small class, less than ten of us after some people dropped. When the professor began the first day, he started by telling us two things:

  1. This will be your most time-consuming class of the semester by a longshot
  2. Don’t expect to finish this class with a perfect script that’s ready to be sold and/or shot.

In hindsight this was the best possible introduction we could have had for what was to come.

The first three weeks of class were dedicated to preparation. When you’re aiming to write 120 pages in such a short amount of time, your story structure needs to be solid. Mine wasn’t. I wasn’t used to doing weeks of prep before opening final draft. We focused on character driven stories as well which, again, I wasn’t the strongest with. Continue reading “Feature Length Script in 4 Months!”

3rd Annual CinemaSlice Black Friday Shoot!

Being a part of the annual CinemaSlice Black Friday film shoot is becoming a tradition for me! I’ve only been involved in two of them so far, but plan to be a part of as many as I can be in the future. However Nic and Michael come up with these ideas is working for them: each year has its own style and factor of cheesiness that I love.

This year’s trailer is for a zombie baseball film.

I met up with my fellow slicers at a baseball field in Bay City’s south end. Stepping out of my car two things immediately became clear: there were a lot of new faces this year, and none of us had a great understanding of the rules of baseball. That didn’t stop us from having fun though.

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Meet the Slicers: Waldman

Sup Slicers?!

We wanted to take a moment and introduce one of our contributors: David Waldman. David’s CinemaSlice credits include: original soundtrack compositions, both cast and crew positions, and an upcoming music compilation series– and if we’re lucky, we’ll see a lot more projects coming from this extremely talented Slicer!

David Waldman is a film writer, cinematographer, director, producer, actor, editor and composer. In addition, he is an unsigned singer/songwriter/arranger/performer with numerous original songs filed with US Copyright Office. He was born in New York City, NY.

Musical Education: Waldman studied piano with Leopold Mittman at the Long Island Institute of Music in New York City, NY.

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The VHS Review Show – Michael Edition

Hello ‘Slicers. It’s Michael Welborn here. I’m addicted to VHS tapes. It’s something about the way the it feels in my hand as I slide the sleeve from the tape— It’s the way an old tape smells– It’s the vintage design style of the campiest films and videos I can find– and most importantly, it’s the nostalgia of the electricity in the air and the bleeding desaturated colors, flickering with distortion.

There’s just something about the VHS aesthetic that I can’t resist.

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