TUNNEL VISION VOL.1 NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

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!OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

***Please read this entire post carefully so that you do not miss any important information***

Tunnel To The Underground Presents: TUNNEL VISION VOL.1!

Tunnel Vision Vol.1 will be a DVD compilation showcasing underground video of all kinds!

This will be the first Video entry to the Tunnel to the Underground compilation series. It will be produced as a DVD-R and distributed by Dark Forest Media. Tunnel to the Underground will also collaborate to set up screenings of this DVD.

It’s going to be like a mini film fest on a DVD, only much more organic.

Visit the official Facebook Event Page HERE!

RULES FOR ENTRY
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  • – MUST BE ORIGINAL. Meaning that you or some one you collaborated with is the soul owner of the video’s content.
  • -Must not exceed 20 mins (Although shorter videos are preferred)
  • -Can not be a lyric video (unless animated).
  • -Will except works of fiction, non-fiction, documentary, music videos, or pretty much anything as long as it pertains to underground video.
  • -If you worked with a collaborator, you must have permission from said collaborator.
  • -No entry fee, but you must purchase your own copy of the DVD ($2.50+Shipping)
  • -DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st. (Subject to change)
  • -Send video using file host such as Mediafire, Dropbox, or any other 3rd party file host. Or mail me a DVD or Data Disc.
  • -Will not rip your videos from Youtube or Vimeo, but you can link me to them for consideration.
  • -Two Submissions Per Artist.


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EMAIL SUBMISSION INQUIRIES TO: Darkforestmedia101@gmail.com

Include “Tunnel Vision” in the Email’s subject.

Info to be included:
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Your Name:

Name of Video:

Genre:

Year:

Run Time:

Format:

Credits:

That’s it for now. Email me if you have any questions. This entire compilation is subject to change.

LET’S DIG THIS FUCKING TUNNEL!

Current Submissions
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Crimson Videos
Justin Thomas Squires

GREEN HELL: THE ONLINE PREMIERE!

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Tunnel to the Underground and CRIMSON’S CORONER will be hosting the online premiere of GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

So what the fuck is GREEN HELL anyway?

Well, it’s a drugged out horror flick made to play like a damaged VHS tape.

Jay Crimson (who writes a column on this blog called Crimson’s Coroner) contacted me early this summer and asked me if I wanted to edit this horror film he had been sitting on since 2006-07. Upon review of his rough cut I hopped on board. We wrapped up post production by Halloween and had our first local premiere, followed by two others.

We now would like to share this thing with the world (for a moment in time at least)

Thus we will be hosting the video on youtube and letting it stream for a week.

You will be finding the main page here on the blog November 24th, and the movie will stream until the 30th.

You can join the official facebook event page HERE to keep updated. Or just keep checking back at the blog.

In the mean time. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER!

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

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)

NEXT UP: EPISODE TWO

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

Tools of the Trade: Accessibility is my inner child’s best friend. ( #art )

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When I was a kid, I used to dream of making media. Be it comics, stories, movies, you name it. I wanted nothing more than to mimic all the wonderful pieces of media that I was surrounded by.

I would dream of having access to the tools used to create such awesome pieces of work. And I would try my hardest to make use of the tools that I did have access too.

Back then, in the early and mid 90’s, it was an old video camera, a home alone talk boy audio cassette recorder, and pen and paper.

Comic books was a big one for me. I always had my own comic “company”, and would draw violent comics all day. I was heavily inspired by my favorite series Spawn, and it’s creator Todd McFarlane. Usually I would get my younger brothers to make comics with me in our company, and once I even convinced a group of kids at school to join my comic company, in which I paid for their labors with a handful of pennies.

I just wanted to create, and I dreamed big. Really big. I day dreamed and reenacted  what my hollywood block buster movies were going to be like, and I planned and schemed my concepts for video games. Once, I mentally created a series of video games for over eight years, that had a total of nine different games in it’s saga.

And the entire time, from the age of five until I was a young adult, I just dreamed of what I would do with the proper tools to create such things.

As I grew older, things started to change.

The internet and computer technologies were progressing at rapid rates.

Now, in 2013, any tool I desire to create my art is easily accessible.

The computer has made most of this possible.

Recording and editing software of all kinds are within a few mouse clicks of reach.

Now a days, it’s like this. You wanna make a movie? You wanna make a comic? You want to make a video game? You want to write a book? You want to record a record?

THEN DO IT.

Some time’s I can see myself as a child, looking forward to all the things I have access to now. I can see the young and excited youth with sparkles in his eyes, drooling in excitement. Some times, it’s remembering the passion I had as a kid that keeps me going still today. I do it for him, I do it for me.

This passion is also what drives me to inspire and help others. That’s what this whole Tunnel to the Underground concept has always been about. I can almost see the inner child in all my fellow artists, just trying to create the things that give them inspiration.

One goal of mine with the Tunnel is to make sure people understand just how accessible the tools are. If you look toward the top of this blog, you will see a tab on the site directory that says FREE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS. It is a slow going list, but I am trying to fill it up with free programs, open source programs, inspirational articles and videos, and anything else that can be used to further creativity.

Please, take a look at the list, and comment on this article if there is a resource you think should be added to the list.

I will end this article with a cool video that always gives me inspiration, from our good friend John Carpenter.

KEEP DIGGING THAT FUCKING TUNNEL EVERYONE. ❤

TUNNEL VISION: Bash Nova – Re Volution (( #ambient #trippy ))

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

I saw that Bash Nova put out a cool new video and I wanted to help share it.

Bash Nova is an awesome ambient sounds project that hails out of Scotland.

In a nut shell: Bash Nova captures the imagery of nature and sifts it through a really awesome kaleidoscope effect. This mixed with the ambient sounds makes for a really enjoyable experience for multiple senses. (Especially if you are smoking weed like I am now.) The song is titled Re Volution and is a track off the new album Contact of Flesh.

So anyway, check out Bash Nova HERE, Download Contact of Flesh for Free HERE, and watch this awesome video below. 

TUNNEL VISION: Mitch Massie Should Make a Movie. ( #mitchmassie #horror #gore )

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Mitch Massie has been a busy man in the past two years. The one man music video making machine has directed the infamous Cattle Decapitation videos, and has also crafted two amazing videos for The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Now, neither of these bands fit the criteria for our strict KEEP IT UNDERGROUND rule, BUT, the man responsible for these glorious music videos is pretty underground.

I’m not sure why, but the bands themselves get more praise for the videos than the man who created them. So Mr. Massie is still Underground in terms of fan exposure. I am sure this will not always be the case, but for now, I consider him underground and independent.

NOW TO THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION.

When you watch such videos as THESE (article continues after videos)

CATTLE DECAPITATION Forced Gender Reassignment video – Videos on Demand – Metal Injection from Chris Brown on Vimeo.

Then you may have come to the same conclusion as I have. Massie if fucking good at GORE.

But not JUST gore. There is so much symbolism in his videos that it could make your head spin for days.

So I will make this short and sweet. Mitch Massie. You sir, should make or work on a horror/psychological film.

The End.