GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM (Now Showing!)

TUNNEL TO THE UNDERGROUND & CRIMSON’S CORONER PRESENTS

GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM

Ladies and Gents, we present to you GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

Two drug addicts in search of their next fix unintentionally stumble upon a strange experimental liquid that alters reality and brings the EVIL out of people.

This movie was written and directed by Tunnel to the Underground’s very own Jay Crimson (noclassjay3x) who writes Crimson’s Coroner, and was edited by me (justinthomassquires).

Jay approached me at the beginning of the summer (2013) with a movie he had filmed back in 2006 and 2007. He had a very rough edit of the movie and wanted to re edit and reshape the entire thing. After review of his rough cut I gladly jumped on board.

I began heavy post production at the end of the summer and worked into late October. After we finished post production we had three local showings where the movie was received well (Special thanks to Bryan Keefe for being our projectionist). 

Now we are happy to share this movie with the entire world.

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TELL ALL YOUR FUCKING FRIENDS. ❤

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Tunnel Tips: Balancing Priority and Passion (Part 2)

So In my last post I talked a little bit about the balancing act between work and passion, and how using time management helped me face my fears and accomplish my goals.

In this post I am going to touch on some effective time management techniques I have been using lately. I will also talk a bit about keeping that brain of yours upbeat and healthy.

Okay so the very first step taken in my time management regimen was tackling the wake/sleep schedule demon.

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Being an insomniac most of my life, my most manic and creative moments came late at night when the rest of the world shut down. This was always frustrating, especially because of my desire to work with others on projects.

It also added to my fear of having a solid job. Waking up early for work sounded like a nightmare to me.

Changing this mentality was key to time management.

If you’re like me then you might like sleep a little too much. Staying up all night and sleeping 12 hours into the afternoon won’t get you anywhere. You wake up a slug and typically remain one until the night when you magically transform into a wise owl.

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The first thing you have to do is fall out of love with sleep.

Instead of smothering yourself with sleep you need to take only as much as you need to function. This can be anywhere from 6-8 hours.

You also have to try and get a solid sleep. So take some time at night and settle yourself down.

Take a shower. Put on some comfy clothes. Avoid things that make you active or anything that triggers critical thinking. Shut down.

Now personally I sought to do the whole 9-5 routine so that I could be productive during the day hours. So I hit the sack around midnight and wake around seven or eight.

Next step in time management is a simple yet effective tool called the calender.

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Tools like a calender help you visualize your day and helps you plan ahead. The calender has helped me immensely.

Make plans? Write it down. Want to set a goal? Write it down. Do something special on that day? Write it down so you can look back.

I save my calenders and put them into a time capsule. This way I can look back to figure out when I did certain things, or you can simply look back and reminisce.

It beats letting several non productive months pass you by. It sucks wondering what you did to pass the time.

You can take it up a level and get yourself a planner as well. Most of us have the tools right on our phones. Which is awesome because you always have your tool with you.

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When I write something on my calender I copy it to my phone and visa versa. So my desk calender serves as home base and my phone is my travel buddy.

Next crucial step to time management is planning ahead.

One thing that really messed my head up was waking up wondering what I should do with my day. It kind of stops you dead in your tracks. It also takes time to figure out an effective plan of action.

I solved this problem by keeping a daily log.

At the end of the night before I cool down for bed I write an entry in my log.

In this log I recap my achievements for the day. I write down any lessons I learned. And I list my goals for the following day so I can wake up with a plan of action.

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If I know what hour my event is taking place on the following day then I punch it into my phones planner.

Now you must keep in mind that nothing ever goes according to plan. So try and not to be too ocd about any of these tips. You have to be organic and bend with the wind. But it never hurts to have a little direction.

So I am going to wrap this blog up here. In my next blog I will touch on keeping that brain of yours up beat while you adventure through life’s challenges.

Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

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Hey everyone. I’m finally getting around to making my first post now that I am settled in at college and have something I feel is worth the coverage.

Just a few days ago my favorite unsigned band from the East Coast, Native Wildlife, released their first full-length LP, A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind. Let me say, I have been anticipating the release for a long time.

Before I get into talking too much about the album I should introduce you to the band. Native Wildlife are a five-piece post-hardcore outfit from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They are still a relatively new band with two EP releases and this new full length. They deliver what I can only describe as some pretty fucking raw Post-Hardcore with some elements of ambiance and delicate guitar. Their lyrics are translated beautifully through Steve, their vocalist’s, ever-improving and intensely emotive vocal performances. Their sound is really refreshing to me in a genre that very easily blurs together. Partially due to Steve’s vocal style and the rest attributed to the band’s instrumentation.

On with the album! The opener, “An Ending”, starts the album off with a beautifully chill acoustic melody accompanied by some ambiance in the background. The track fades into the first heavy track on the album, “Invocation”. This track doesn’t waste time, getting right into one of my favorite verses of the album lyrically. This track is one of the more straight forward tracks on the album. Though there are some pretty rad lead lines that start around the second verse and I like those a lot. Really great vibes on the track. The bridge to the last verse makes a really cool transition and I love how hard Steve goes for the end of the track.

The next track, “Obsession”, is immense. Rather short, but the track explodes after a single snare hit into some of the heaviest stuff on the record. Steve is going 150% on this track and it’s no wonder why they threw a live single version on the Heads Up Records compilation that was released in March of this year. Just an incredibly heavy track with heavy everything bringing it down heavy as fuck all of the time. It’s excellent. With a little feedback it ends going into another pretty short track that has some of my favorite guitar work. “Progeny” has some cool lead stuff going on and some great lyrics, especially the last verse. Check it outtt.

(I also realize I’m not being very descriptive. Just kinda running down the record. I’m no music reviewer yet.)

The next track, “Nomad”, is very chill with some delayed out guitar and then it crescendos with the drums coming in and leading seamlessly into the next track, “Legacy”. This track features Dave Vitola, the front man of the Boston Hardcore band Deathdealer. This track gives me feels. I like it a whole lot. They also released a very cool music video for these two songs before the album dropped. Erik Rojas put together an awesome video for them. Excellent live shots of the band and some eerily creepy footage of people cutouts and stuff. It’s neat.

Watch it!

The next track, “Unhallowing”, is currently my favorite. It’s got some really cool guitar tones, as does the whole album. Some super gnarly bass tones, especially this gnarly riff that is in the forefront of the track for a few seconds. Steve and John alternate vocals on this track and it sounds awesome. I dig them grooves, brah. The song fades and the next and final track starts…

“Most Times” wraps up the album with a hauntingly beautiful a poem by William James, a poet from Pittsburgh, introducing the longest track on the record. I really like this track. After uncle BillJim’s poem fades out with the melancholic guitar, the track shifts into a powerful song. Tremolo picked ambiance fills the space while everything else just slams down this epic half time beat for a bit. The track picks up before going into a very broken up and terribly heavy hitting riff. It’s almost menacingly uncomfortable. Just as the heaviness subsides, noise from oscillating delays and effect madness bring the record to an end.

Overall I think this record is brilliant and it has a lot going for it from an unsigned and mostly unheard band from the East Coast. The album was recorded and mixed on 2″ tape by Alex-Garcia Rivera at Mystic Valley Recording Studio in Medford, MA and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA. Knowing the amount of time and effort put into this record I highly recommend looking into it and giving it an appropriate listen through. Native Wildlife are some of the nicest guys I’ve had the opportunity to go chill with and see play and they are writing some rad music.

Check out Native Wildlife’s pages, download their records, buy some merch, like their pages, talk about them, support, and spread some love.

“That is a wrap… Start me at the beginning.” -John Snyder

CRIMSON’S CORONER: SCREAM QUEENS

ImageHello……Jay Crimson here with another horror blog.

I have always been infatuated with horror films and the best ones…in my opinion…were filmed and put out in the 80’s.A lot of the best 80’s horror films had a leading female role. This may be an instance where I am not referred to as such a misogynist 🙂 I absolutely LOVE the scream queens. Films like Halloween, The Fog, A Nightmare On Elm Street and many more had women like Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau and Heather Langenkamp as the antagonists.

Jamie Lee Curtis’s roles in horror films are a huge inspiration for me in the genre. You can’t be a horror buff and not put the movies she has been in on a pedestal. Let alone her mother (Janet Leigh) was the original scream queen as the woman who gets stabbed in the shower in 1960’s Psycho. I strongly suggest checking out her other horror films, as I’m sure most of you have seen the original Halloween.

My favorite scene from Jamie Lee would have to be when “Laurie” stabs Michael Myers in the neck with a knitting needle in Halloween.

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Adrienne Barbeau is one of my absolute favorite female actresses because she is stunningly beautiful (in my opinion) and plays great roles. I think her strong acting, eyes and crazy curls are a big factor in why I enjoy Adrienne so much. Oh, and you can’t forget that killer chest of hers!  From her parts in The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing and Creepshow she has shown that she can hang with the big dogs. My favorites of her roles would have to be “Stevie Wayne” in The Fog and “Maggie” in Escape From New York.

My top choice scene from Adrienne would have to be a tie between the scene where Stevie is chased on top of the lighthouse in The Fog and the scene in Escape From NY when Snake and Maggie escape from the Duke.

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How could anyone talk about “Scream Queens” without mentioning Nancy Thompson vs Freddy Krueger?!

Heather Langenkamp is one of the most known females in horror movie history because of her alluring “girl-next-door” demeanor and for battling the legendary horror movie villain, Fred Krueger. Heather made her presence known in the first of the ‘Nightmare’ series, but was also a main character in “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” as a dream doctor that helped suicidal teens being stalked by Krueger in a psychiatric ward. Heather also returned playing herself in metafilm “New Nightmare” in 1994. A metafilm is a style of filmmaking which presents the film as a story about its own production. Check it out someday, it will make more sense. Preferably after watching the first film.

In 2011, Heather released a documentary titled “I Am Nancy” all about what it was like playing Nancy Thompson.

My favorite ‘Heather’ moment is when she realizes she has to fight Freddy by setting up booby-traps around her house. The scene where Nancy’s mother disappears in a cloud of smoke in the bed and Freddy rises up from under the sheets is classic stuff. Of course, there’s the infamous bathtub scene too.

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CRIMSON’S CORONER: “GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM”

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This is Jay with a coroner’s report once again to tell you about my first upcoming short movie. “GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM” is a short film that dives back into the 80’s-style direction with , offbeat humor and grainy film. I also wanted something to resemble the old-school VCR cassette era of retro-horror; (Motel Hell -1980, The Toxic Avenger -1984) Only my movie would have some purposeful & actual classic VCR tape “malfunctions” like the wrinkled film effect, static shots, out of focus clips and what not. I figured it would be somewhat original and make fellow crazies want to give it a glimpse as well. I’ve always wanted to make movies ever since I was just a little shithead 🙂 Me and a circle of friends filmed the footage in the winter of 2007 and ever since early summer of 2013 started editing it. The reason for that is not having the proper equipment and multiple transition periods in life. I started the blogging right here in Tunnel To The Underground and was introduced to these blogs by Justin Thomas Squires, who is a main blogger in the Tunnel. He mentioned a short film he created titled, “Fear The Living” and I thought it was great. More chatting came about between us and he agreed to help me paste together the old scenes with a newfangled look & approach to my footage.

 

“GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM” will have a first showing FRIDAY OCT 25th @ 9pm and once again at 11pm. The showings will be at SEEKERS SHOW-BAR 3301 24th St in PORT HURON MI. Admission is just $1. You will have the option of getting face-painted if you feel the need to get in the Halloween spirit that night as well as free popcorn and refreshments. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

GREEN HELL FLYER

Why it’s okay to use multiple Net-Labels to host your free net release.

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This is a topic I have been pretty adamant about for many years now.

Today we are going to talk about why it is okay for you as an artist to use multiple net labels to host your free music download.

First, I want to make it clear that it is every Net Label’s right to want your release to be exclusive to their label. A Net Label with exclusive releases is one that stands out in a crowd.

However.

Just because a Net Label wants your release to be exclusive to their label doesn’t mean you have to, or that you even should. This is why.

Net Labels do not own the rights to your art. You do.

Normal Record Labels sign law binding contracts with artists and own the rights to most of their artist’s material. In return for this, they provide  the artist with royalties, a very large amount of outreach, hook their artists up with shows, alot of times they will help with expenses such as recording costs and travel costs (but not always) ect.

Point being, they have alot to offer in return. Which is why most artists sign away their rights to these bigger labels. Net Labels typically will not supply any of these benefits whatsoever.

Net Labels are ran by hobbyists and enthusiasts for the most part, for free. Alot of times they use a third party hosting service such as archive.org, bandcamp, or media fire, and put your music out there on the net for everyone to download freely. It’s a beautiful thing really.

Net Labels have a limited out reach. Their outreach usually depends on their networking skills and how much time they have put into their resources and contacts.

Alot of netlabels have a very small outreach, while others have a fairly large outreach. But none of these labels usually have an outreach that compare to a legitimate record label.

Now the outreach thing is key to this topic.

Each Net Label typically has it’s own unique outreach and fan base. Every label you host your release on is targeting a different group of people (for the most part).

This is not ALWAYS the case. There are certainly Net Labels out there that share alot of the same followers. But, there are countless Net Labels in the world, and most of them do in fact have an outreach that they uniquely created over time.

This is the main reason why you as an artist should host your music on as many labels as you see fit. IT FURTHERS YOUR OWN OUTREACH.

As a free artist, it is important for you to know that you always hold the power over your content unless you sign a legal contract stating otherwise.

If you release an album or song on a Net Label that requests exclusive releases and decide later on down the road that you would like to try another avenue THEN DO SO. It is your right. The Net Label has the right to belly ache and maybe even take your release out of it’s free catalog BUT THAT’S IT.

Don’t ever take flack from a Net Label owner who is mad at you for doing whatever you please with your own music.

I do recommend that you keep this in mind when you are shopping for labels to host your work though. I personally research and avoid labels that requests exclusive releases. Like I said before, even though it is an unrealistic expectation for any net label to have exclusive releases, it is still their right to try. It is their label after all.

Let me list the reasons why Net Labels do not deserve exclusive rights to your content.

  1. You own the rights to your music unless a legal agreement has been made.
  2. Net Labels do not supply you with the same benefits as a real Record Label.
  3. Net Labels have limited outreach

Here are the reasons why you SHOULD seek multiple Net Labels to host your release.

  1. It furthers your outreach and allows you to target a more diverse fan base.
  2. You worked hard on your music and are giving it out for free!
  3. It helps you meet and make friends with alot of cool Net Label owners.

I am not writing this to bash Net Label owners. I have a deep respect for people that volunteer their time to help underground artists gain outreach. I ran a net label for three years myself and I know what these guys go through for artists like you and I.

When I was running my Net Label, alot of the artists on my label would contact me and ask me if it was okay that they submit their release to another label. Even though I thought it was kind for them to consider me, I always told them that the best thing to do was to submit their music to as many Net Labels as they possibly could to gain a wider audience.

And that’s the bottom line.

Keep digging that fucking tunnel. ❤

TUNNEL VISION: The Gore Shift ( #horror #indie #gore )

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***Tunnel Vision is a column that takes a look at underground and indie films/video and film making.***

I would like to share an extra cool horror series I stumbled on today. They call it The Gore Shift, and it’s fucking awesome.

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The Gore Shift is a cool web series that is hosted on Youtube. I found it today while surfing through Indie Talk, and I am very happy I did.

I have been in horror mode for a few months now (not sure I am ever out of horror mode really) so I have been in search of cool indie horror films to talk about on Tunnel Vision. And as if to answer my prayers I stumble unto what can only be described as a twisted, more explicit take on popular anthology shows such as Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits.

From The Gore Shift’s own site

The Gore Shift rose from the ideas of three aspiring film makers who grew up on horror. Within a few short months of knowing each other scripts were planned and written. Filming began in early February on a shoe string budget and a yearning to make the best short horror films possible. The internet as a medium allows us to push the boundaries that theatrical or otherwise mainstream methods would impose upon them. Season One is only the start.

So what we have here is a very small group of underground filmmakers, who are very passionate about horror, going to work to create an awesome horror anthology series. What’s not to love about that?

Let’s talk about the episodes they already have out. Three in total.

First, let’s direct some attention on their awesome opening segment, that is found at the beginning of all the episodes.

We can already see that their cinematography is great, and their creativity is even greater. Nice, crisp, and creepy. Can we talk a little about those giant fly head things?! Very cool.

I started out by watching 30 seconds of episode 3. I liked it right away. I immediately stopped playing the video and went all the way to the beginning, episode one.

The first episode is called Idee’ Fixe, which pretty much means fixation.

I was already impressed by what I had seen, but when the first episode got started, I was super impressed. You could see just how talented the crew running this was. The lighting was awesome, sounds design was good, soundtrack was fitting, cinematography was great, and the acting was impressive.

Let’s not forget about the story. They got right into the subject matter, which was obviously about strange fixations on a topic I am all to familiar with. I will let you watch it so as not to spoil anything.

This entire episode was actually pretty original, and did not succumb to the many horror cliches out there, which was very refreshing to say the least.

And BTW. GORE! The show has it in the title, and they do it very well.

One thing I liked about this was that they posted behind the scenes footage for their episodes.

This is really important to me as a film maker. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, watching the innards of the production. I got to see the crew and some of the cool tricks they used. And as I predicted, the nice picture quality was due to the use of some kind of Canon DSLR. Although I am not sure the exact model.

It also came to my attention that they were using things like clamp lights. If that’s all they used for lighting then I give them huge PROPS! They did mention a shoe string budget. And I am all to familiar with that, because my entire lighting artillery is clamp lights, and I operate on ZERO budget (which is why I rarely operate at all)

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I actually had a hard time finding episode two. Why? Because of the title: The Making of the Gore Shift

I thought is was more behind the scenes footage. What I came to find out was that they decided to take a stab at the found footage/POV genre. I was down with that.

They also very cleverly tied it in with the show itself. Disguising the POV Horror short as behind the scenes footage was creative as fuck!

The acting is this episode was superb, and very believable. Thumbs up on that one guys.

That;s all I am going to touch on for this episode, don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

And Last But Not Least!

We come to the episode that started this madness for me. Episode Three: Good Boy.

What we have here is a B&W horror short. It is all around much more simple in design, and more intimate to boot.

The acting is once again great, especially for such an underground production. Not surprising that there was so much passion, since the lead was played by writer/director Andy Carillo, who also served  as writer/director or the first episode.

This one was dialog driven, it left you hanging for a bit (not in a bad way) while you tried to put the story together. And really, at the end you may still be trying to put the story together. It only hints at what could be going on. That is part of the magic with this episode.

The episode also cuts to intense and bizzare imagery from time to time, making the whole thing a little more artsy than the last two. This is not for the worse, in fact, I am having a hard to deciding if this episode is actually my favorite out of the bunch.

It’s hard to say, because these are all great pieces if work.

In the end, what I can tell you is this: The minds behind this underground gem are super creative and headed in the right direction. No, scratch that, they have already reached their destination

The Gore Shift is a great accomplishment, and is something I will be paying attention to for the rest of my internet days.

We will post new episode here on Tunnel Vision. Until then, go check these guys out: Main Website Facebook Twitter