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 That interview went unpublished, but I have updated my answers and added a couple new questions so you may best get to know me.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”→
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.