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Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival

September 2, 2011

The crazy summer is transforming fast into a crazy autumn. Season 1 of OverAnalyzers is live on both Cinevore.com and Cinemassacre.com, wrapped up with a hilarious outtake video of all the stuff we couldn’t use. We’ve done some tweaks for Season 2, but it’ll be the same show everybody is growing to love from Season 1. New episodes are likely to air sometime in November.

We also just got back from our trip to PAX Prime in Seattle, where we were filming coverage of Cinemassacre‘s panel and signing, as well as some publicity stunts for Screenwave Media, who will also be helping revamp Cinevore’s website and make it easier for everybody to view our videos.

Meanwhile, Cinevore is once again a Presenting Sponsor of Project Twenty1‘s Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, which this year will be welcoming nearly 150 short and feature-length films to the Philadelphia area from all corners of the globe. Also, the typical workshops, parties, etc. All-access passes are now available at ProjectTwenty1.com. Remember to dress to the nines for Sunday’s Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, the highlight of last year’s festival.

Cinevore’s key personnel will all be there, as will James Rolfe (AVGN) from Cinemassacre, as well as the Quentin Tarantinos and Ridley Scotts of tomorrow. And as we all know, the best people to get drunk and party with are creative people, right? Hope to see you there!

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Matt Conant featured on Geekadelphia

July 14, 2011

Cinevore’s creative director Matt Conant was the featured Geek of the Week on the awesome web site Geekadelphia.

Check out the full interview and learn more about the making of OverAnalyzers and working with James Rolfe HERE.

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OA, BTTF, and other abbreviations

June 25, 2011

Thanks to all our fans and site visitors. It has been a crazy month for Cinevore, with the release of 4 new episodes of our new series OverAnalyzers (bringing the total to 7) covering Dracula’s Cape, Ernest P. Worrell, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They will be featured on this site soon, but for now, check ’em out on Cinemassacre.com. There is a new dropdown heading under “Movie Reviews” for OverAnalyzers. If you like ’em, leave a comment! The comments¬†section is almost as entertaining as the videos themselves. And as a tease, the next episode is the staff favorite. So look forward to that sometime in the next week.

Equally exciting, some of you may recall our work on the short film Choose, by Good to be Seen Films, last summer. Cinevore’s Stephanie Yuhas was co-producer of the film, and Matt Conant did his usual behind-the-scenes videography. Well, the film has gotten into the LA Shorts Fest, an Academy-Award nominating festival! Meaning if people like it, hey, we might actually be up for an Oscar. Pretty sweet. We are now trying to find ways to cover the cost of the 5-day trip to L.A. for the festival during this era of perpetually high gas prices/airfare. The festival is the end of July, so hopefully we’ll solve that dilemma soon.

Meanwhile, Matt Conant has also been involved in the documenting of James Rolfe’s adventures at the Too Many Games convention in Oaks, PA, filming a review of the Back to the Future game series by Telltale Games, and posting a quickie review of the new J. J. Abrams film, Super 8.

Also, any filmmakers out there who have not yet signed up to be a team in this year’s 21-Day Filmmaking Competition, the Late Deadline has been extended until July 1st! Hurry up and get onboard now. If you enter and the fest isn’t everything you hoped, Matt Conant is one of the organizers, so he gives you permission to personally punch him in the balls. But trust us, you’ll have fun.

Exciting stuff ahead this summer, including a new revamp of this website to allow for easier access to the videos. Stay tuned…

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New Series – OverAnalyzers

February 27, 2011

With a new year comes new projects, and great news. Those of you who read our prior blog know that Project Twenty1 has been a driving force in the lives of Cinevore’s creatives in recent years.

But the other driving force always at our core, propelling everything we do: narrative fiction.

We are proud to say that in the past few months, we’ve had a number of chances to work on awesome projects with our friends at Cinemassacre. Our collaborations began with Piece of Meat in 2008, where James Rolfe was a key member of the cast and did our hilarious special blood effects.

In the last 12 months, we’ve lent a hand with many Cinemassacre videos, including Blob Town, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead location tours, interviews with Tom Savini, George “The Animal” Steele, and Rifftrax’s Mike Nelson, videos from this January’s MagFest 9, some other stuff currently in post, and a few other projects in development that we can’t even speak of yet.

But as awesome as the documentary projects have been, March will bring a return to fiction (kind of)! Matt Conant and Stephanie Yuhas, the brains behind Cinevore, are co-creators of Cinemassacre’s upcoming web series… (drum roll)… OverAnalyzers.

In collaboration with James Rolfe and Mike Matei, and Lee Rosenfeldt, the Cinevore team has been hard at work writing new material since November. The first half-season of the show is now wrapped and in editing. It’s hard to call the series “fiction,” hard to call it even “scripted”, but it’s also hard to call it anything else. You’ll kind of have to see it to understand, but we’re excited at the direction it’s taken, and every brain at the table brings something new and important to the project.

If you are a fan of nostalgia, pop-culture, or pop-nostalgia, there’s no way you won’t love OverAnalyzers. Expect posters, stills, and trailers coming very soon, and complete episodes starting next month on Cinemassacre.com.

With frequent updates here, of course.

To make sure you stay in the loop, subscribe to our newsletter at www.cinevore.com or “like” Cinevore Studios on Facebook!

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Where is Cinevore?

October 15, 2010

Cinevore Studios was a Presenting Sponsor at the 5th Annual Project Twenty1 Film & Animation Festival last weekend, October 1st-3rd in Philadelphia.

What does this mean? For one thing, we got to put our logo up on the snazzy sponsor wall you see behind all those happy people in the picture. But that logo wall comes with a hefty price tag.

Yes, those of you who know us well know that the brains behind Cinevore are also the brains behind Project Twenty1. Project Twenty1 is also a large part of the reason Cinevore has not been as prolific with its film output as many other indie film groups in Philly.

But if you were at the event, you saw why it is so important to us. Yes, at our hearts, we are filmmakers. But we are also cinephiles, people with a genuine love for film, for filmmaking, and for the passion and connection to other people that film can evoke. That is why presenting Project Twenty1 every year is so important to us. This year, P21 presented nearly 100 films, most of them World Premieres, and received major press coverage across all forms of media – web, print, radio, and TV. And the electricity at the events was palpable, above and beyond any prior year.

Is Project Twenty1’s growth directly related to Cinevore’s contributions? Well, let’s look at it this way. In 2006, the year Project Twenty1 began, Cinevore founder Matt Conant’s gross income (that’s GROSS, people… more than half of it went towards paying crew and equipment) came in just under $80,000. Each year since, the festival grew slightly, adding programming, events, and services, for the benefit of our community, and each year took up even more of his time. In 2010, Matt’s gross income? $9,142.50. Again, that’s gross, not net (and also gross, because it causes him to wretch when he thinks about it). To say that he is poor now is a drastic understatement. It’s tough to make films with $2,000 in the bank and a $1,500 mortgage every month, even WITH roommates.

One day, perhaps, a larger company will come along to take some of the financial and temporal burden of the festival off Cinevore’s shoulders (hint hint, large companies), and with such sponsorship will come the ability for P21 to pay modest salaries for some administrative positions (which are YEAR ROUND tasks, by the way) and for god’s sake, HEALTHCARE. This would also allow Cinevore to put a little more time back into its own filmmaking projects, and produce perhaps more than one short film every year, as we seem to be averaging.

Until the day that mythical Presenting Sponsor or Sponsors come along, we feel it is our solemn duty to keep this festival and organization running, out of our own sweat, tears, and yes, sometimes actual blood. And of course, all our money that would otherwise go to our own films. Yet there is an intense pride that the festival also gives us, that sort of underdog spirit that comes from doing anything so huge on such a grass-roots level. We are intensely proud of this festival we’ve built from scratch in five years with little to no financial support, and the fact that we have one of the strongest festivals in the city – in terms of programming, quality, and most of all, community – feels like our own little indie coup. Just check out the Red Carpet pictures and see! We’ve seen organizations with far more substantial resources throw crappy parties, judiciously crop their pictures to make their crowds look larger than they are, and brag about their awesome events to no end. And they can get away with it, because often, nobody was actually there to prove them wrong.

This year, thanks to a ton of donated time and resources on our part, some incredible volunteers, and all our filmmakers and supporters, Project Twenty1 had no excuses, and all the comments we’ve gotten across the board were that we hit one out of the park.

As for doing more film work of our own, this is already in the planning stages. We have one short slated for production in one day this fall, and we intend to be fundraising for the feature-length neo-noir thriller “Controls” through the fall and winter with the intent to enter production in the next year.

Whether we are still carrying the weight of the festival on our shoulders or not.

For those wondering “where Cinevore is,” we never left. We’re buried in paperwork, we’re tired, and we’re hungry, but we’re stubborn as all hell and as devoted as ever to bringing you some of the most original and entertaining films you’ll ever see.

This can only really go one of two ways; this will be an against-all-odds Cinderella story or a cautionary tale of a few starry-eyed filmmakers completely crashing and burning for their art. Either way, we thank our core group of supporters and welcome you along for the ride.

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Classic Zombie Locations

July 16, 2010

So, we mentioned we’ve been working a bunch with Cinemassacre.

James Rolfe has posted not only The Dragon in my Dreams, but also footage from our location tour of the Night of the Living Dead cemetery, and the Dawn of the Dead mall, both available for viewing on Cinemassacre’s site. It was pretty cool to be standing on the places where such classics were shot. We even enjoyed geeking out spending literally HOURS trying to find the EXACT spot where Tom Savini’s character dies in DOTD, to no avail.

Next up: interviews with George “The Animal” Steele, several cast and crew members of NOTLD, Burt I. Gordon, and Tom Savini himself! So keep your eyes open. In the meantime, having now seen “Inception,” we’re able to finish the final touches on our feature-length “Controls” script, without worry that it will be the exact same film. A collective sigh of relief over here, that’s for sure.

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The Dragon in my Dreams

June 22, 2010

James Rolfe has uploaded his latest film, a retrospective on his inspiration to become a filmmaker, aptly titled The Dragon in My Dreams. It also happens to be James’ 300th Film, and it lands just as he turns 30. For those counting, that’s as though he made 10 films a year starting the day he was born. Feel unproductive yet? We sure do.

Anyway, it is an extremely touching and personal film, and Cinevore’s Matt Conant did some camerawork for it. So that’s two reasons to enjoy.