I thought it about time to feature myself in this edition of “Meet the Slicers“!
At age 7, my parents asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up. I told them, “I want to be an actor, like Bugs Bunny.” Little did I know, several decade later, I’d be an animator.
I realized I was a filmmaker at 8 yrs old. I got my hands on an aunt’s VHS-camcorder, and almost immediately started shooting footage of my toys. I was eager to record elaborate scenarios for my TMNT and Master of the Universe action figures. I quickly learned the art of claymation, and stop-motion. I still remember fondly my ‘Robot Chicken’-eque cartoons about my various action figures: Transformers, GI Joes, and The Toxic Crusaders.
As soon as my family bought a Hi-8 camcorder, I was off to work. I went to the library and read countless books on filmmaking, and actively wrote (terrible) scripts. I shot short films, dragging friends and family to ‘act’ in my movies.
It’s my pleasure the introduce the immensely entertaining, ReelRat, in Omaha, NE.
If you’ve not yet read any articles from his CinemaSlice series, Schlock Du Jour, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!GO NOW
ReelRat is a hard-working and dedicated dude who immerses himself into the world of Schlock Cinema!
*Hallelujah chorus plays*
ReelRat was born Elliot Ian Ross to a rockstar and a stripper, so it’s no surprise that is forté is trash. His vampiric tendencies of avoiding the sunlight have led to his mind being poisoned by the stacks of schlock cinema in his home.
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a driven filmmaker, and co-owner of CinemaSlice.com, Michael Welborn! Michael has produced numerous films and videos for the ‘Slice since the very begining os the Slicer-verse. Michael is motivated to create new content that is both cutting-edge and socially relevant– and is an all-around bad ass.
Each project Michael releases further solidifies his foundation as an auteur, and CinemaSlice would not be around without him!
I’ll let Welborn introduce himself… take it away!
“I’m from LA.” That’s what I tell people to sound cool. It’s true! But I was moved to Michigan when I turned two years old so I’m not as cool as I lead on. Now fast forward to the important part, myself and movies.
I don’t recall being overly fond of movies as a child. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t watch or like them:
I just guess I’d expect someone like myself to be in that movie nerd group, but I never have been. Ask me if I’ve ever seen your 5 favorite movies and chances are likely that I’ve only seen 2. I’ve always enjoyed movies but my overall love for them is based on one simple aspect: Storytelling.
It took me most of my childhood to come to the realization that I wanted to tell stories in video form. First possible occupation I remember being enthralled with was Paleontology. I loved the shit out of dinosaurs when I was a kid. I read books on fossils and dug adult human-sized holes in my backyard. Continue reading “Meet the Slicer: Michael Welborn”→
Kevin Hosey is an author, editor and cartoonist. His short stories have appeared in several publications, including the “Star Trek Strange New Worlds” anthologies (Simon and Schuster), “Hint Fiction” (W.W. Norton), “Bigfoot Tales” (Open Casket Press), the sci-fi magazine “Beyond Centauri“, and the retro sci-fi adventure site 365Tomorrows.com.
Austin is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with– and I’ve worked with MANY insanely talented musicians!
Austin is from Essexville, MI, and has been contributing original scores to CinemaSlice films and videos since… well, since before CinemaSlice had a name! For me to create a list of all of the projects which Austin has contributed is to create a list of (nearly) all CinemaSlice releases from 2015-current.
Austin-Michael Riley uses keyboards, synths, guitars and other live instrumentation to help sell the tone of any given scene or film he’s contributing to.
This month, it’s my pleasure to introduce an incredibly talented actor and writer, Dr. Ray Clark. Dr Clark has been involved with CinemaSlice since the very first Black Friday event in 2015 (if you don’t know, Black Friday is our annual filmmaking event)– And we are thrilled that he’s put up with us for this long! Any project Ray is involved with is sure to be quality– because, he’s not only motivated and accomplished– he’s also the most happy-go-lucky guy I’ve had the pleasure of working with. He’s the kind of guy who’s positive energy makes any shoot fun to be on (even the ones that start EARLY in the morning, and shoot outside in the rain)!
Ray has written multiple episodes of our horror anthology series, A Slice of Fright-The Confession, The Driver, Encouragement, and more! – and has starred in MANY CinemaSlice productions:
Hello, all! My name is ReelRat, or just simply “Rat”, and I’m thrilled to be the newest contributor to CINEMASLICE.
I will be your resident schlock and extreme horror expert, and I will provide your eyes with reviews of the sort you have likely never seen before in an all new column entitled “Schlock Du Jour!” I was asked to introduce myself to you all, so I asked myself, “What is the most ‘Rat’ way to do this?” And I came up with a solution…
See, last year I interviewed myself in some sorta self-servicing bullshit, with the hopes that it would fend off a midlife crisis as I turned 30. I figured I’d pry inward to find out if introspection was the best medicine. That interview went unpublished, but I have updated my answers and added a couple new questions so you may best get to know me. I offer that to you now in the hopes that you will accept me.
Rat on Rat:
To begin, let’s start at the end. By that I mean let’s talk about your sign-off. You end each review the same way. “Stay slime, and be rad at all times.” What exactly does that mean?
So, my sign-off is both a motto and an aesthetic. It’s basically like that famous line from Bill & Ted: “Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!” It’s a beacon of positivity. Stay slime = stay cool. Radness goes beyond coolness in my definition as it encompasses much more, including an emphasis on kindness.
Why do you go by “Rat”
This actually goes back to the last question. Rat is a simplified version of the acronym for “rad at all times”. I’ve adopted that name within many circles as a reminder to be the embodiment of my motto. I want to make an impression, but also spread positivity. In addition, it’s a nice scummy, sleazy name. Across the internet you’ll find things authored by me under the names Rat, Reel Rat, Rat Ross, Elliot Ross, Elliot Ian Ross, and even Elliot “Reel Rat” Ross. I’ve been thinking of dropping the whole “Rat” moniker, but I don’t know yet.
Aww, but I like it! Your weekly column for The Basement on a Hill is “Schlock & Gore”, which you’ve been writing now for over 40 weeks. Could you tell us a bit about that?
45 weeks, actually! Schlock & Gore is my baby. When I was asked to write for The Basement, my mind immediately went to a review column. But with all of the review columns out there, why would anyone give one, let alone two shits about mine? The wheels spun a hair longer and I decided that I would lean hard into my niche specialty of weird, obscure, low-budget, and extreme films. I am thrilled to now be writing for CINEMASLICE as well. My column here will be called Schlock Du Jour!
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!
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….
CinemaSlice.com would like to wish a happy birth month to COLTON HAYWARD!
Colton has been involved from varying degrees (almost) since the conception of CinemaSlice! We’re grateful to work with this creative, ambitious contributor! Colton has directed two CinemaSlice Mixtapes, acted in several skits and videos, and has been a cast member in the the 2016 and 2017 Black Friday filmmaking events!
Colton is a writer, producer, and director originally from Munger, Michigan. He currently is living in Chicago where he attends Columbia College. He enjoys hiking, video games, and story-based adventures like dungeons and dragons. Continue reading “Meet the Slicer: Colton Hayward”→