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August 25, 2009

EOY 2009 DVDs ship today!!

Bianca Nicole - National Entertainer of the Year, 2009

Bianca Nicole - National Entertainer of the Year, 2009

Hey pageant fans,

It’s finally over (LOL).  The EOY DVDs are finished, the covers and labels made and the packages put together.  Almost all of the packages went in the mail today via USPS priority mail (2 to 3 days from Miami depending on what part of the country you are in).  If you had a mixed order (you ordered EOY and another pageant like International Week 2009) – your order has been completed and will go in the mail tomorrow.

I want to thank everyone for their patience while we put this year’s DVD together.  If you came by Click Click Expose TV to watch the live editing session, I hope you had fun and got to see a sneak peak of the video and some of the time it takes to put together a multi-camera DVD.  I hope to have more of that in the future.

If you have any questions, comments or questions about your DVD – we will be closed tomorrow and Thursday but I will answer any emails I get later on in the day.  If you are in Atlanta this coming weekend, stop by Club 708 and say hi – we will be  filming the Miss Utopia pageant.

Congrats Bianca and Xavier – have a fantastic year and everyone, I hope you enjoy your DVDs.

Thomas

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August 15, 2009

EOY Update #5 – 8/15/09 with estimated shipping schedule

Here is the latest update on the production schedule for Entertainer of the Year DVD:

1)  Sunday and Saturday’s editing is completed. I just have to include one contestant’s talent video into Sunday’s edit and then I will be prepare to create the DVD. I won’t do the actual DVD authoring until I have completed the other two nights.

2)  Today 8/15 – I am uploading the raw footage for Friday night for both cameras – that is about 10 hours of footage. I should be completed around 8pm tonight. Then on Sunday (8/16), I will begin the first draft edit – combining the two cameras together. On Monday (8/17), I will complete the 2nd and 3rd drafts and finish up the editing – taking out all of the down time, putting in graphics, lower thirds (names) and other graphic work.

3)  Tuesday (8/18) – I will upload the raw footage for Thursday night for both cameras – that is about 8 hours of footage. My goal is to have that completed around 4pm in the afternoon. Then on Tuesday around 9pm – I will begin the first draft edit (combining the two cameras together). I will do that for about 3 hours or so. On Wednesday (8/19) – I will finish up the 1st draft and knock out the 2nd and 3rd draft. With any luck – I will finish Thursday night’s video on Wednesday.

4)  Thursday (8/20) will be the DVD authoring day where I build all 6 DVDs (Part 1 and Part 2 for each day). That will take the better part of 12 hours.

5)  Friday & Saturday (8/21 & 8/22) will be the duplication day where I will duplicate more than 700 disks to get ready to be mailed.

6)  Sunday (8/23) will be the day I package all orders and MONDAY 8/24 (hopefully) will be the day that orders beginning shipping. All orders placed before Aug 15th will ship no later than Tuesday Aug. 25th. Everything else will be filled in the order they were received.

Keep in mind this is a tentative schedule based on where I am at right now – but I think it is a doable schedule. If there are any changes, I will let you know. Have a great weekend.

Thomas

August 8, 2009

Miami International Closetball DVD Ready

Lashawn Chanel as a boy in the closetball

Lashawn Chanel as a boy in the closetball

 

Pageant folks in the south know all about the closetballs – where you come out as a man in the presentation category and then return a hour later as a woman in evening gown and talent.  The transformations are exciting to watch and you really get to appreciate what drag is all about.  Well the 1st Annual Miami Closetball was held last month in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Lashawn Denne Chanel was crown the winner.  Mercedes Monroe was 1st runner up and Jazzlyln Sanchez was 2nd runner up.

I have finish the editing of this video which comes in at just over 2 hours and 5 minutes.  I am authoring the DVD as I write this (this pageant will be on 2 disks) and the entire process will be finished in the next couple of hours.  You can order the dvd via our Shopping Web Page.  I am also going to put up a video of one of the entertainers that was at the pageant – Tiona Love and interpersed through that video you will see the contestants that competed.  The video will be up on our video sharing website: Planet Q TV.

Enjoy the dvd, the preview trailer and this year’s closetball from Miami.

Thomas

Lashawn as a women in this year's closetball

Lashawn as a women in this year's closetball

August 7, 2009

EOY Update #2 – 8/7/09 – 10pm

Update News for EOY

Update News for EOY

Hey pageant fans…time to call it a night – wanted to give a quick update on what was accomplished today.

1) Miami International Closetball – 3 hours of video content was uploaded to the editing workstation. Will begin editing video tomorrow (Saturday).

2) EOY 2009 – 4 hours of video content (Sunday Night Camera 1) was uploaded to the editing workstation. Will upoload 4 hours of camera 2 tomorrow after I finish editing Miami Intl Closetball – but if the editing takes me longer than 5 hours – I may defer to Sunday.

3) I replaced the two EOY preview videos on Planet Q TV. I noticed the older videos were showing some signs of playback issues (slight stuttering issue) so I replaced it with a higher quality .flv file. Plays back beautiful now.

4) I updated the shopping page on Click Click Expose. Retail price changes go into effect tomorrow for all EOY 2009 products.

I think that’s it. Have a great weekend everyone.

Thomas

EOY Update #1 – 8/7/09

Sorry to all of our readers of this blog – the next few weeks are going to be full of pageant news and Entertainer of the Year news but I will try to mix it up.

Bianca Nicole - Entertainer of the Year, FI 2009 Winner

Bianca Nicole - Entertainer of the Year, FI 2009 Winner

1.  First I want to say congratulations to Bianca Nicole and Xavier Valentino Litter for winning this year’s EOY competition.  It was another fun year and fun pageant to watch.  Eric took pictures at Finals Night and I will have some of them up in a couple of days.

2.  Before I can start working on the EOY pageant DVD, I have to complete some projects that are on my desk prior to EOY.  Miami International Closetball fans – we haven’t forgotten about you.  I am capturing that video right now as I write this.  My goal is to finish that pageant by Saturday.  Congratulations to Lashawn Denne Chanel for winning this 1st annual pageant held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

3.  We are also in the process of completing a major duplication request (500 DVDs) along with a redesign of our corporate website: www.empirevideoproductions.com and some changes have to be made to the International Week 2009 DVD.  Needless to say, this week has been hectic.

4.  We had a great time meeting our fans and friends at EOY this year.  Thanks to all those who came to say hi and chat with us.  It is great talking to all of our supporters as we are always striving to make things better.

5.  Some people have asked if I am going to do a preview trailer for Saturday and Sunday nite.  The answer is yes – as soon as I have captured all of the video – I will knock out a couple of trailers to watch.  All preview trailers will only be on our video sharing website: www.planetq.tv.  I will not have it up on You Tube until much later on this month.  Head to our website:  www.clickclickexpose.com and click on the button that says Planet Q TV – its our own video sharing website designed specifically for the gay and lesbian community.

6.  I have not taken down the pre-order special that is on our website.  Prices will go back up by $10 to $15 so if you haven’t order yet, do it now.  When I get a free moment, I will update the website and prices will go back up to our normal retail level.

7. CONTESTANTS – If you want your presentation video in the DVD – you must mail it to me this week.  When I start the editing next week, if I don’t have the DVD – it will not be included in the final product.

8.  WE HAVE WON OUR 3RD PRESENTATION VIDEO CATEGORY.  As you know (or may not know) – we have done presentation videos for contestants who desire our service.  Shae Shae LaReese and DeeRanged have used our presentation videos and they have won their respective pageants and/or categories.  We are proud that we did Xavier Cole’s video this year and while he was 1st runner up – he did win the presentation category.  We are 3 for 3 – woohoo – way to go Xavier – good job.

9.  That’s it for now.  Look for a new update in a couple of days.  I won’t be starting on EOY until probably Monday.  Any questions, just let us know – shoot me an email: ccevideo@empirevideoproductions.com or give us a call: 305-695-0095.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and thanks for your continued support.

Thomas

June 26, 2009

International Week 2009 – Pre-Order your DVD Today!!

International Week 2009 - Pre-Order Your DVD Today

International Week 2009 - Pre-Order Your DVD Today

Come join us as our cameras head to Wilmington, Deleware to film International Week 2009 at the Deleware Theatre Company. If you saw the DVD last year, you saw a fantastic competition at the gorgeous Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore, MD. Well for 2009, we head northeast to Deleware to film this year’s pageant. We have the pre-order sales up on our website where you can save up to $10.00 from the original price if you pre-order today. Come say hi as I will be filming this year. Missed last year’s DVD, I will have a couple availble to sell at rock bottom prices (hehe). Good luck to all of the contestants this year – it should be another fun year for the system. I will see you all tomorrow.

Thomas

June 5, 2009

Wow…what a night at J’s Bar

So much talent up there in Ft. Lauderdale – if you did not come in person or did not see the live broadcast, you missed a night of some fabulous live singing – as we broadcasted live the finals of Karaoke Idol at J’s Bar in Ft. Lauderdale.  I really enjoyed myself, the staff was great and the contestants were absolutely wonderful.  Since I didn’t know what to expect tonight, our broadcast was strictly a live event – I did not drop it to tape but the bar wants to do it again in 3 months and we will be there. 

A special shout out to Manager Christina and Shannon for all of their help tonight, to my pageant friends who came by to say hi (Kennedy you never cease to amaze me!!), to the emcee (sorry..its late and for the life of me I can’t remember your name) and to the judges who had a tough time tonight choosing a winner – you guys and gals were great.  The crowd was super friendly and I definitely see why J’s Bar is a great place to have a drink, sit down with friends and have fun.  We hope to do more things with them in the future.

Time to call it night but I had to get on here and tell everyone how wonderful the night was.  Congrats to everyone who participated and congrats to the winner.  Until next time…sing your heart out….

Thomas

June 4, 2009

Karaoke Idol – Live Tonight on Click Click Expose TV

Come join us as we broadcast live from J’s Bar in Ft. Lauderdale for the finals of Karaoke Idol.  12 finalist will hit the stage to give it their all (or look incredibly foolish) as they sing and belt their way to your favorite or not so favorite songs.  It should be a lot of fun.  We will be broadcasting live and the chat room will be open so you can weigh in on who is your favorite.  Come join the fun…we will see you there.

Karaoke Idol Live Tonight on Click Click Expose TV

Karaoke Idol Live Tonight on Click Click Expose TV

Thomas

June 3, 2009

Tonight – June 3 – on Click Click Expose TV

Tonight on Click Click Expose TV – we merge politics and religion together in the fight for gay civil rights.  At 8pm EST, we present the Town Hall Meeting – Celebration of Faith and Diversity – sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida.  Filmed at the UCC Church in St. Petersburg, Florida – the town hall meeting brings together some of nation’s top religious activists in the fight for gay and lesbian civil rights:

Harry Knox – Human Rights Campaign, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite – President of the Chicago Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson and Rev. Manish Mishra.  For all of you non-church people – don’t let all of the “rev” fool you.  This will be a fantastic and engaging discussion on how religion, faith and gay and lesbian civil rights go hand and hand.

Join us at 8pm EST on Click Click Expose TV.  Click on the “Live Internet TV” button to watch.  Enjoy and happy watching!!

Thomas

May 20, 2009

British Film wins Miami Film Award

 

"Shank" - Written by Christian Martin, Directed by Simon Pearce

"Shank" - Written by Christian Martin, Directed by Simon Pearce

I don’t often write about what is going on in the LGBT film world (why that is, I don’t know) but hey I guess its time to start.  What better way to start than in our own backyard of Miami, Florida.  The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival just wrapped up another successful year a couple of weeks ago with actors, filmmakers and fans joining in the parade of hopping all over the city to watch LGBT films.  One film I wanted to highlight today is directed by 21 year old newcomer Simon Pearce called “Shank.”  It won the Roger Walker-Dack Award for Emerging Talents in Queer Cinema.  Who says you have to be an old geriatric case to make a fresh and compelling film.

 

Shank follows the life of a teenage gang member who hides his secret sex life from his fellow gang members, hustles for sex and deals drugs to get by (okay…maybe that part is not so original).  Cal (played by Wayne Virgo) rescues a university student who is in the middle of a queer-bashing and their worlds collide as they fall in love together.  On the surface, it seems like the same shelp we see in gay film but the film has an unique treatment of gang culture coupled with unrelenting drama that fuses sex, violence and fast pace action in an attempt to turn upside down the usual coming-out story that we have all seen before.

"Shank" premieres at Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

"Shank" premieres at Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

 

 

The film has made a splash in the gay festival circuit and is due for a theatrical release in September of this year.  Writer, Producer Christian Martin told the Miami Press…”It was a risk working with a young, inexperienced cast and first-time director but this award, along with the international audience support for the film validates the courage of our conviction to push the gay genre in a new direction….”

Expect in on DVD by winter courtesy of gay friendly distributor TLA Releasing.  

 

And there you have it, my first attempt at talking about queer cinema.   More to follow…..

May 13, 2009

Miss California – How pointless your views are!!

I was debating whether or not to chime in on the whole Miss California debacle.  Instead of debating on how good or bad she is as a person, I wanted to weigh in on how she is being the poster child for how stupid the arguments are against gay marriage.  While she has not come out and told the public per se why “she feels gay marriage is wrong,” she is really showing how pointless the arguments are against basic civil rights, the right to equal protection, the right to equal estate planning, the right to equal hospital visitation and end of life care, etc etc.  So I was trying to figure out the best way to show how her views are pointless.

Enter Lisa Nova – comedian, writer and You Tube Guru.  Adrian saw the video below on You Tube and told me I had to get it on our blog.  Lisa hits it on the head perfectly – by doing a parody of Miss California’s press conference she held.  Listen carefully and you will see why I think Miss California is actually helping us with gay marriage rather than huring us.  Lisa – great job with the video and everybody enjoy!!

May 12, 2009

Gays are in the gaming world – WTF Bioware!!

It’s 2009 and the gaming industry is still having a hard time dealing with the concept of gay and lesbian characters in their games.  While the industry can’t possible be blinded to the fact that gay folks are gamers and we have contributed to the success of the industry; publishers, designers and others involved have chosen for decades to sweep us under the carpet.

This notion could not have been brought more to life than the recent conundrum that occurred on the Bioware’s game forum for the new highly anticipated MMO on Star Wars: The Old Republic.    Eurogamer reported that a forum mod on BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic banned users from discussing potential gay character relationships in the upcoming game.  Not only did they ban users from discussing potential gay characters, they closed the threads, banned any use of the word gay, homosexual, lesbian and basically censored the forums.

The community manager went so far as to write (and I quote):  “As I have stated before, these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed.”

Forum User Elikal's Avatar

Forum User Elikal's Avatar

Now to Bioware’s credit, they have since reopened the thread which has turned into (as of today) over 107 pages on the topic.  (Click here to get to thread) The person who started this thread (Forum user Eikal) is quoted in the forum as saying: “…..I am grateful Bioware has opened the thread again, and allowed the words gay and lesbian now. Though I can’t hide that I am quite disappointed. Bioware games had always been about complex ethical questions, about vast, diverse realities, and as such I had never expect Bioware of all companies to be so… narrow in this question. I was a Bioware fan so long… it was really a shock to see the thread closed. Thanks to all the supporters, and even those who in civilized words disagreed, since debating things is what makes a modern society work…”

If you guys remember way way back some time ago, I talked about a gay character in the Star Wars Old Republic named Juhani.  There are others like Goran Beviin (Human male Mandalorian commando, bounty hunter and a contract killer active under the New Republic – around 24ABY – 24 years after the battle of Yavin) and his partner who was a blacksmith named Medrit Vasur.  So yes they are there – not many, not openly obvious – but they exist.

Bioware – you just can’t pretend that the whole “gay thing” doesn’t exist and I think that community manager owes the gay gaming community an apology.    It may be easier to just ignore such things and pretend they don’t exist.  I would challenge everyone to simply assume that the Star Wars universe is rich in diversity and characters and it would just make sense that in that vast universe where all kinds of characters exist, there are some that are gay.  I like Bioware as a company – they make fantastic games but this whole censorship episode bothers me and it should bother you too.

Thomas

April 23, 2009

Congratulations Angelica Sanchez

Wow!! – What a night of pageantry.   The Florida USofA Pageantry System finished up its 2009 season with the At-Large Division Pageant held at the Parliament House in Orlando, Florida.  6 girls competed for the title – Angelica Sanchez walked away with the crown.  Angelica, along with 1st runner up Jocelyn Summers, 2nd runner up Roxxxy Andrews and 3rd runner up Mizery all get to go on and compete in the national competition later on this year.  We wish everyone good luck at nationals.  The DVD is AVAILABLE NOW for $15.00 + S/H & Tax.  Get your copy today.  Digital Downloads and Pay Per View available in about a week.  Below are some pictures of the competition along with links to the trailers.  Watch and ENJOY!!

Florida USofA At-Large Trailer – Click Here

Darcel Stevens performs at Pageant – Click Here

Tiffany McCray performs at Pageant – Click Here

Erica Andrews performs at Pageant – Click Here

2009 At-Large Contestants

2009 At-Large Contestants

Emcees Alesha Markstone & Darcel Stevens

Emcees Alesha Markstone & Darcel Stevens

2009 Miss Florida USofA At Large Winner - Angelica Sanchez

2009 Miss Florida USofA At Large Winner - Angelica Sanchez

Hospitality Award to Chantel Rashae - surprise!!

Hospitality Award to Chantel Rashae - surprise!!

Celebrating 20th Anniversary - Lorrie DelMar

Celebrating 20th Anniversary - Lorrie DelMar

Sharde Ross performs at pageant

Sharde Ross performs at pageant

Tajma Hall performs at Florida USofA At Large Pageant

Tajma Hall performs at Florida USofA At Large Pageant

I had a great time at the pageant and while I only got a moment to say hi to a couple of people – it seemed like everyone had a fantastic time.  This is a pageant many won’t forget for some time.  Until next year….

Thomas

April 16, 2009

Congratulations to Tatiana Kresha & Roman Black

I had a fun time in Birmingham, AL this past week and a half for the 2009 Miss Venus International and the 2009 Mr. Southeastern Newcomer.  The pageant was held at a small quaint club called S-Class where 4 boys and 4 girls competed for the title.  I want to say congratulations to the winners Tatiana Kresha and Roman Black.  The DVD is ready for purchase, the preview trailer is online for you to watch and the video will be on pay per view in a couple of weeks.  Here are some pictures and video for you to watch.

Roman Black - Mr. Southeastern Newcomer 2009

Roman Black - Mr. Southeastern Newcomer 2009

 

Tatiana Kresha - Miss Venus International 2009

Tatiana Kresha - Miss Venus International 2009

Thanks Taye for a great pageant and it was a pleasure meeting the fans in Birmingham, Al.

Thomas

April 11, 2009

What Every Office Needs – Part 2

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Okay guys and gals…I was trying to think of what our office needs every time I get one of these difficult clients, customers who just drive me crazy or someone asking me if I will film a wedding for $200. So I have started a new series – called “What every office needs.” Here is another idea of what my office needs!!

What Every Office Needs - Part 2

What Every Office Needs - Part 2

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