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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The VHS Life

Like most people that have an interest in VHS Tapes I grew up going to the mom and pop movie shops which lead to the Video Watch/Hollywood Video that I frequented often in my pre/early teens. Fast forward to the age of 31 when I caught wind that there was an Auction house in my hometown in which you could sell anything, after I sold off everything I wanted to get rid of I found myself needing more stuff to sell so I began Junk Picking.

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Conversation with Strangers – A Docu-Series

One day, I came across a term online that struck my imagination.

Sonder.

In my own words, it means something like this:

You’re the John Wayne, Daenerys Targaryen, Han Solo, etc, of your life story. You are the main character. Your friends, your family, the circles of people directly involved in your life, those are your supporting cast. You know their names, their faces, birthdays, etc. Everyone else, we are the nobodies. We are the faces in the crowd. We don’t stand out. You pass us in traffic and pay no mind and give almost no thought to our lives unless something about us makes us a little different – like say a few lip rings. 🙂

However, for the other people that you pass by, the opposite is true for them. They are the Harry Potters, Dana Scully, and Rick Grimes of their own worlds. Their friends are their supporting cast, and YOU are the nobody. Continue reading “Conversation with Strangers – A Docu-Series”

Hell’s Half Mile 2017

Hello CinemaSlicers!

My name is Mark Kelly and I am going to be attending the 12th annual Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in the lovely City by the Bay (Bay City, MI). Throughout the weekend I will be providing reviews and reactions to the sights and sounds that I experience and share them with you at CinemaSlice.com.

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Slice the Bump Fest

A Bump in the Night Film Fest 2017 Review

Transmission Error;

As I sit in the grass and look around me I see people and the comforts of community strewn throughout the lawn chairs that sit side by side, eager to watch the externalized dreams of a collection of artists in cinema, sound, and event production.

The screen is blank,
But the machine starts,
And with an eruption from the crowd.

Transmission Begins:
“Terminal B”
by Cinema Slice

An Intergalactic Serial Killer space /explorer who lures in victims with distress signals. The song galaxy Gary was just as good as the film. The audience gives way to a much deserved applause.

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Hello, This is QuEsT

Hello people of the Slice,

People of the sun,

People of the arts.

My name is Michael Gonzalez, owner operator of Crowded Couch, which is an art music and networking platform. Our motto is art, comfort, community.I am from bay city, Michigan, where I still reside, but my heart is with all causes that relate to my own dream for MORE ART, MORE EVENTS, MORE PARTICIPATION, MORE LOVE and APPRECIATION FOR ARTS.

I consider myself a jack of all arts, with the intent to incubate, network, and accent art comfort and community. I use art to shock the beauty out of people. Poetry. Photography, music, sculpture, mixed media painting and collage, etc.

Cinema slice is naturally an extension of all if this by virtue of it’s existence, and so being invited to contribute to the Creative Soup is a true blessing.

  • Why do we art?
  • And what is the purpose of a collective?

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The Gem and I

by David M. Waldman
Every now and then I come across a morsel of online media that grabs me in lower frontal lobes and makes me wonder where I’ve been and why I haven’t heard this gem of creativity before. I recently had such an experience. As a great fan of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and of more parodists than I care to mention, I was excited to hear for the first time, and have subsequently returned on other occasions to listen to, “I GOT YOU (and you got me)” by Ferran Snotra (Rev. Spike Beasley). With prominent bass, drumset and a faint piano, it’s a sound to which you could lindy hop . But don’t! Instead, just kick back an enjoy “Ferran Snotra”, a.k.a. Thomas Ferranti’s send up of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Move over Swoonatra! Say welcome to the new Chairperson of the Board!


As is often the case, when one finds such gems, a greater exploration of Ferranti’s talents are not far away. Indeed, it turns out that he is multi-talented, as may be seen in this video of his voice acting skills, entitled “Thomas Ferranti: 16 Voices (out of 100+) and short acting demo reel.” Independent filmmakers should keep this guy in mind for challenging projects.

And finally, I LOVE this video that by Ferranti, entirely because it is ANNOYING!!

Submitted on Labor Day, 2017
About the Writer: David Waldman is a cinematographer, composer/arranger/performer, writer, and sometimes critic living on the back of his right hand where the 4 fingers meet the thumb. Michiganders will understand this. 

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I Know What You Did Last Quick Search

 

No, this isn’t news on the newest installment that you don’t want of a old film favorite. You know, the ones that have six sequals, two presequals and the revamp we never wanted. In this day and age it would be easy to think otherwise with a title like that though ^. It seems every time we log in there is another cult classic being sent to reboot slaughter that should have went out on a high note. Maybe you keep getting the same style of movie over and over again when you search the horror genre in your favorite streaming service. Which leaves us with this question, why?  The answer is simple. WE are the reason this keeps happening.

Ever wonder why it seems like Facebook ads always seem to know exactly what you want? I hear at least once a month a friend say, “man, were we not just talking about this?” or “I swear my phone is listening to me!”. Well, that’s because it is in a way and that my readers is the power of data science. Every time you make a search in that little browser bar up there, it is logged. Every time you say, “hey Cortana, show me the latest horror movie trailers” she takes a note. It might not be “Big Brother” watching you, but there are a bunch of data scientists out there using your data to sway the market and to keep you buying. We keep getting the same thing because we constantly make it a trending question until its a reality. With a market like ours that is so unpredictable they had to nail down a way to hold your interest and make money. All of our searches are put in to graph format and used for marketing. Netflix for example uses all of your search results and watches to curate a list just for you. They have this amazing algorithm that your data is put in to that calculates out other shows like the ones you already watched. This either keeps us hooked on Netflix and we become one with the couch, or we start getting frustrated that we are not seeing anything we want. One little slip up can set your curated list off in the wrong direction though.

My Netflix account is 7 years old now, has been with me through a lot and is practically like my kid now. It has been learning and growing for some time and that is kind of creepy to think about, so don’t. The one thing you want to make sure to do is to keep your account yours. If you have multiple people using your subscription make sure to make them their own accounts as well. We all have that one friend that’s like, “bro, let me get your account login so me and my girl can chill later”. You give him the password and BoOm! His girl picks the worst rom coms known to man, they are forever checked as viewed in your system and now your most suggested movie at 95% is 13 Going on 30. Your years of finding the coolest most obscure horror movies and having new ones suggested to you is now gone. Yes this is from experience and no you don’t want it to happen to you. Luckily around year four I took a small break in subscribing to Netflix and most suggestions were set back to basic when I came back.

How can you change anything you ask? Well it is very simple and requires little effort. It’s called free thought. Give that new director or actor or anything for that matter a chance! You might just find something you like. We keep getting the same big budget garbage movies because we show the industry that it is still in demand. I make it a goal to watch movies that no one is talking about. It’s how I end up finding some of my favorite flicks! Which is why I thought it would be fun for one of my first horror movie review articles to be about horror movies suggested to me by Netflix with the highest percentages. So stick around for my next article and find out if the Netflix algorithm has me figured out by key words and tags alone.

 

-Nate

Voidwalker Entertainment