We're back with another episode! This makes half a dozen. We love making this show and we're glad we have the chance to highlight great work from a lot of people. If you enjoy what you see and you want the play-by-play you should consider liking The Con Men on facebook. We've evolved the show a lot since we began last November and we will continue to do so. The best way to evolve is with your help. We try to make this all about the fans so if you have any feedback for us, feel free to comment. Interaction makes us mightier. Until next time, rock over London, rock on Anime Midwest!
It happened again. We woke up at a convention with a bag of camera gear and the uncontrollable urge to shoot a web show. This time we found ourselves at Anime Central. We got great interviews. We shot a whole lot of awesome, creative cosplay stuffffff. Like Fallout? Venture Brothers? The Warriors? You will LOVE what's inside.
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We're starting a new segment on the show called "Ask The Con Men." You, yes YOU, can send us any question you want and we'll select a few to answer in the next show. Maybe it's convention related, maybe not. Keep in mind we are not medical professionals. Send your questions to email@example.com, find us on twitter or hit us up on our Facebook page. Have you joined us on Facebook yet? Just click here and we'll love you forever.
As always, we hope you enjoy the show and we thank you for your support. You are why we do this.
-Jason & Chad
Hey yall! In case you haven't heard, we released two of our films for FREE online.
Without Charity is the hard-hitting, directorial debut from Paul Lyzun about a triple homicide that occurred in Indiana. Coming off of an emotional premiere in South Bend, Without Charity also recently screened at the River Bend Film Festival. Click the image below to watch the film or check out the facebook page here.
Beyond the Basement Door is an H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horor film that recently won "Best Independent Film or Short" over at ThreeIfBySpace.net! It made the rounds to a few different festivals, including the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. The time has come to let the secret out. Find out what exactly is beyond the basement door below! Just click the image.
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I'm a fan of urban exploration. Citizen in the Temple gave me the chance to crawl around some righteously weird places and I decided to take the scouting footage and make little urbex videos from it. Specifically, I made videos on The Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago and the old Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, IL...you know, that mall from the Blues Brothers? Ziggy Chicano, a very talented friend from film school, is currently living in South Korea. She had the opportunity to test out her Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera at an old psychiatric hospital. I edited her footage, gave it a first grade-level color polish and asked her to write something about the experience. And so we have the following story...
Most people call me Ziggy. I am a life-long filmmaker and student of the craft. Always lots to know, never enough to keep me happy so I am on an adventure in South Korea as an English teacher. While I am here I express my love for film by shooting shorts and videos with my students using English. Adventures aren't fun if you can't test yourself and this adventure at a hospital gave me many memories.
The place is called Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital in the small city of Gwangju, South Korea. It has been abandoned for almost 20 years. When I was invited to go on a photo outing I was told it was an abandoned hospital. The night before my friends clarified that it used to be a mental hospital. The doors shut in 1996 after patients mysteriously died and the head doctor fled to the states. Gonjiam was dubbed one of the most haunted places in South Korea and CNN claims it was one of the freakiest places in the world... If you believe in that folklore.
Who invited me on this adventure? Two good friends of mine: Jason So and Kevin Young. You can find Jason's photographs at his blog, sojason.com. He is the strong, unafraid type so I felt comfortable that I would be safe. Bloggers and adventurers who visited Gonjiam in the past provided easy to follow directions. 37.362433, 127.33474 . Just type these coordinates into Google maps and it'll lead you right there. We found our way using public transit. The entire trek took us about two hours including the walk to the hospital from the bus stop.
Upon arriving at the gates, you have to walk through someone's backyard, up a hill, across a tiny river and follow what used to be an uphill driveway. Then you are at the steps of the hospital. That is where the adventure begins. The place is really "tore up." There is a lot of broken furniture, random items on the floor, debris, dirt ..let's just say it's in really bad shape. Although I was scared, I really enjoyed the aesthetics of the place. If you were to see this in a movie, I'd say great job to the set designer. Since this is not a set, nerves and the fight-or-flight response kick in. However looking back, after leaving the building unscathed, it was a great adventure...although no amount of money could make me stay in that place overnight.
Our coverage of Walker Stalker has predators, zombies and a startling confession...
Hey hey! Fresh off the Final Cut Pro. It's the latest episode of The Con Men. Chad Burns and I, Jason Huls, went to Capricon 34 and lived to tell about it! Among the interviews are members of Zombie Squad, an artist who uses a particle accelerator and a bronze sculptor who will amaze you. Thanks for watching and we hope you enjoy!
Hey folks! Jason here. After some technical gymnastics, the Ten Wing Media store is now open for business. This page is where we will peddle our films and ebooks. Right off the bat, we're offering four of our films as digital downloads. They are: Without Charity, The Drone, Beyond the Basement Door and The Seashell. In the upcoming phase 2, we will offer physical products for those interested. Take a look around. Anything we receive from these are turned right back around for future projects, so you're really doing us a solid.
Other news? VFX is still underway for Citizen in the Temple. There are just a lot of shots. The sound design has begun and the score is complete! I'm working on some other really cool stuff related to the film but I can't give out the details right now. Soon...soon... :)
I don't know if you saw my previous posts about participating in NaNoWriMo last November but I got that done and I'm moving into the revision phase. I've already spent one entire weekend hidden away at a Red Roof Inn, slaving over the insane stream of consciousness first draft. My project was transferring The Drone and teasing it out into a full length novel. It's been great fun so far, expanding the world and solidifying details about the planet Eolan. If you want a taste of the movie and hints to what the book is about, check out the trailer here.
We're keeping busy and there will be a lot more to discuss soon. Chad has a very promising ebook on the horizon and Paul is getting ready to his the festival circuit with his doc. I'll get comments on their adventures and be back before you know it. Thanks for reading!
If you read this and you're convinced you'd like to check out the film, you can direct download or rent it on Indiereign.com right here. If you do, we'll take that cold cash and turn it right back around for more projects. We're also working on the TenWingMedia.com store and soon our products will be available right here too.
Hope everyone is having a good 2014 so far and thanks for reading!
Howdy con goers! Last weekend I, Jason Huls and Chad Burns hit up Con Alt Delete in Lisle, IL for our second episode of The Con Men. We'd like to say thanks again to everyone we interviewed and to the con staff who let us film there. We had an absolute blast and we're already looking forward to next year! Enjoy!
We are excited by the response we've gotten from our debut episode of The Con Men. We reached 1,000 views in just under two weeks. We are very pleased that people seem to get the tone that we are going for. Now we're excited to announce we're shooting our second episode at the first year of Con Alt Delete in Lisle, IL this weekend! If you'll be there, come say hi to us and if you'd like to be interviewed about your fandom experiences, we can hook you up. Here's the official site for the con.
We'll probably be dressed in something like this. The new gear my wife, Erin, hooked us up with!
Thanks for reading!
A recent endeavor that has kept us busy is a new web series called The Con Men. We attend conventions, we record interviews and present it to you for the low low price of free. The series explores fandom at conventions from the inside along with some personal reflections. Below is our first episode, recorded at Windy Con 40 in Lombard, IL. We've got plans to attend a couple more cons in the upcoming months and we're continuously refining our process. Take a look. We'd love to hear what you think. If you do watch, thanks for it.
Chad Burns of Ten Wing Media was selected to be a top 10 contestant in a nationwide search for Adam Savage's new intern. They want an inventor. They want an intern. They call it The Inventern. Now while Chad did not crack the top 3, I encourage you to take a look at what he built out of cardboard, a sharpie, tape...and a whole lotta love...
Back in September Adam Savage (yeah, that guy from Mythbusters) went looking for an assistant is the usual way. He opened an online contest. They are calling it the Inventern. Ten Wing Media's very own Action Wrangler, Chad Burns, sent an audition tape...and got selected as one of the top ten Semi-finalists! Chad is currently completing the Home Challenge, and hoping to move into the final 3 at the start of November.
Stay tuned for updates!!
Do you like horror movies? How about booze? Great! Jason Huls' film, Beyond the Basement Door, is screening at the 13th annual Drunken Zombie Horror Film Festival on November 2nd. The fest takes place at Landmark Cinemas in Peoria, IL so all you central IL folk...we're looking at you. If you head over to the DZFF site or Facebook page, you'll see that the lineup looks really fun. Beyond the Basement Door is scheduled to screen at the very precise time of 6:16 p.m. Shamble on in!