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!

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

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.

TUNNEL VISION: The Music of Erich Zann (Lovecraftian Fan Fiction.)

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

Tonight I wanted to sit back and watch a nice horror flick. I was surfing through Netflix and started watching a creature flick called storage 24. I was a good hour into it when I decided that I was watching the same old regurgitated bullshit and that the film was not even worth my time. Thus I hit youtube in search for something ripe and original from the underground.

This is what I found: The Music of Erich Zann

I am a huge Lovecraft fan. I am also a big “fan” of Fan Fiction when it is done right. There is nothing cooler then watching some one take an Idea and give it further justice.

The Music of Erich Zann is originally a H.P. Lovecraft short story. It happens to be one of his only stories I have not gotten around to reading. So I cannot really tell you for certain if they were loyal to the story, but I can tell you that they were loyal to Lovecraftian atmosphere. This short is pretty damn creepy.

Now when I say “they” I might as well say HE because there was a writer/director involved by the name of Jared Skolnick. So I guess he was in charge of continuity right? A group of people worked on this film, which I can only assume was a college project because the ending credits end with the Fairfield University insignia.

This is the synopsis from the youtube channel.

A young student of metaphysics is forced to take the only lodging he can afford, a crumbling and decrepit building in a strange part of the city. Every night, he hears strange and unusual music coming from the room above him, music he cannot describe and cannot ignore.
He finds that the music above is being played by Erich Zann; a mute and eccentric German man who plays at night in a local orchestra. Fascinated by the man’s genius, the student tries to befriend Zann and understand why such a great talent chooses to live in such squalor. Eventually, Howard learns of the secret behind Zann’s music, one too terrifying to imagine.

When I started watching this movie I assumed I was watching a story from Lovecraft’s own time period, the 1920s or the 1930s. For the most part, it seemed that way. I was thrown off balance a little ways in when I realized that the story actually took place during modern times. It was the subtle clues such as the tennis shoes and bic lighters. And later on the transit. I was kind of disappointed in this fact, mainly because they already successfully transported my brain there (In the 20s or 30s). But hey, this wasn’t enough to even come close to ruining it for me.

They did a great job with lighting, and camera angles for the most part. The “steady” cam style shots were not all that steady. But part of it may have been the image stabilizer in the camera itself. The motion shots looked like it was shot using a camera with a cmos sensor, which is notorious for not handling movement smoothly.

The sound design could have used a little bit of work. The music was great, but some times it didn’t blend well. BUT! I know how hard it is to create a movie with excellent sound design. It is no easy task. So it didn’t really take away a whole lot for me.

It may sound like I am complaining, but I am not. I actually enjoy these little “faults” because it gives the movie character. As far as I am concerned this movie is Youtube gold. It is exactly what I am looking for in underground films; something I can sit through and enjoy.

This movie’s running time was 38 mins. This is impressive. That is a lengthy amount of footage for such a small project, so I know these guys must have put alot of time into it. And it’s even more impressive that it was good enough to keep me watching for the whole 38 minutes.

The acting was pretty good too. The lead character didn’t always convince me, but he definately came off as a Lovecraft lead. The old man who played Erick Zann did an outstanding job at being creepy. And the old landlord was probably my favorite actor out of the bunch.

Over all, I really enjoyed this movie. It is underground gold, with a whopping 2 thousand youtube views.

It was dark, creeping, enjoyable, and worth my while. And, it carried the good ol macabre vibes from early Lovecraft classics. And even the cosmic hopelessness of his later classics.