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September 4, 2008

New videos uploaded on Planet Q TV – new website look coming soon!!

Now that I am done editing two of our biggest pageants for the year, it is now time to settle down on the other portions of our family of multi-media websites. 

Planet Q TV

Planet Q TV

I uploaded 12 new videos on Planet Q TV – representing Mr. EOY, Miss EOY and Mr and Miss International and International Plus.  When you get a chance, take a look at Skyler Styles (contestant – presentation category – Mr. EOY), Tasha Cole (Entertainer for EOY 08 – Finals Night), Sabin (talent category – prelim night – EOY 08), Octavius Rashad (Finalist – talent category – Mr. International), Mya Douglas (Entertainer for EOY 08), Marsean Devine (Finalist – talent category – Mr. International), The Lady Angelica and Anatasia Beaverhausen (Entertainers for Mr/Miss International), Kitty Litter (Entertainer for Mr/Miss International), Dashe Desmond Rose (talent category – prelim night – EOY 08), Chasity St Cartier (contestant – talent category – Miss International Plus), Adonis Diamond (Finalist – talent category – Mr. International) and Camille Simpson (talent category – prelim night – EOY 08)…  woa…yeah I was on a roll so I thought I would throw some videos out there.

Also, for those of you who have been with us for years – it’s coming – yes another website design change

Click Click Expose - Our New Company Logo

Click Click Expose "New Logo"

 for Click Click Expose.  I know what you are thinking – NOT AGAIN.  This time however will be different, a more simplified website with a much better polished look – many people have told us they like our website but many have told us that it is extremely overwhelming and has so much information that it is hard to navigate and sometimes confusing.  So we are going to simplify things and polish things up.  We think of Click Click Expose as a “brand” especially as it relates to the pageantry community – but we are more than just pageants and pageant videos.  We want to be one of your gay multi-media destination sites of choice.  So rather its gay videos on our video sharing website “Planet Q TV,” whether its the nation’s only online digital download pageant pay per view service, internet radio, blogging or podcasting – we hope you will find something of interest that will keep you coming back for more.  So with any brand, their needs to be a “logo” that signifies the brand.  We really haven’t had that in the past but now we do thanks to our graphics and animation artist Eric who is working with us on the new website look.  The new website look should be up in about a couple of weeks.  We are excited about it and think you will be surprise – it will be our best look ever.

If you are look for Entertainer of the Year on pay per view (the miss division) – it will be up in about 1 week.  The Mr. EOY and all of the International pageants are up now online.

That’s it for now.  More coming soon.

Thomas

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August 28, 2008

DVD Update #8 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans,

It’s going on midnight again and here is the latest update from the DVD front:

1)  Sunday night of EOY is finished including DVD authoring and Encoding so all 3 nights are completed.  I wanted to thank Nina West, Dominique Shappelle & Dominique Polo for letting me use their original videos for the DVD.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints and some mpg2 issues, I was unable to pull your videos for the DVD.  Contact me via email and I have some other options for you if you want to explore them;

2)  I must now begin the duplication process for Friday and Saturday night (400 actual disks).  I am going to work on those duplications tonight.  I have only gotten through about 120 or so, so tomorrow I will work on the rest (about 480 more disks ugghh).  Tomorrow I will also create the DVD covers (about 100 of them).  Once the duplications and DVD covers are created and done, I will begin the process of packaging each combo set together and assigning them to a buyer.  All of the mailing labels for all buyers have already been created and are ready to go.

3)  The pageant pay per view (our online pageant digital download and rental service) has been updated with the following videos: a)  2006 Mr. Duval, b) 2004 Mr. and Miss Black America, c) 2008 Miss International Plus, d) 2008 Mr. EOY and e) Part 1 of the Mr/Miss International 2008 – which I am uploading now.  Enjoy the videos as we give you another alternative to those who can’t afford to buy every DVD that comes out.  After some feedback, we have improved the descriptions and title fields of all videos that are available online – so you will have a better idea what each video contains so you can rent or buy exactly what you are looking for.

That’s it for now.  Time to call it a night.

Thomas

August 20, 2008

DVD Editing Update #5 – EOY and International Week 2008

Okay pageant fans,

Its late but I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are at as of today – Wednesday at 11:30pm.

1)  Mr. and Miss International and Miss International Plus 2008 is finished.  If you preordered a copy – your DVD is in the mail on the way to you.  Three camera edits are always difficult and time consuming to do but we are finished and we think you will be happy with the results.  To my knowledge, the International Pageantry system is the first system to have a 3 camera filming of a pageant.  Couple that with a gorgeous theatre and you have a pretty nice pageant (in my humble opinion) to watch.  We hope you enjoy the DVD.

2)  EOY fans…I know you guys are chomping at the bit finding out when the DVDs will be finished.  Well Tropical Fay put us behind by a day with local power outages but never fear – after a couple cans of Monster energy drink (a sponsor of EOY hehe) – anyway – lots of energy to do a power edit today.  Luckily, I already had 8 hours of video uploaded to our workstation thanks to Adrian so that actually put me ahead of the ball game.  So for those of you who have not been following the blog – we start with a all video, then combing and editing the two camera shots, then dropping in the graphics and names, then applying color corrections and audio corrections where necessary, then creating the first draft files to be put together for the final edits.

3)  Thursday night of Mr. EOY is done.  The only thing I have left to do is to create an intro to the video.  The first hour of Friday night is done through Sashay Lorez (contestant number 11).  Tomorrow  I will finish the rest of Friday and then I have to upload Adrian’s Saturday camera so that will take about 4 hours.  Thursday is also the day I update the Podcast Network and we do the live Pageant Soup Podcast Show (Thursday’s show will have Simba R Hall as our guest) so I will have to stop editing after about 8 hours or so.  So that is where we are at.

4)  I have everybody’s pre-order all set up and ready to go – there are a couple of you that I still have to charge but I have your info so you are okay.  Other than that, it looks like we are back on schedule despite some delays. 

5)  The good thing is that the wedding I had prior to EOY and International Week, I am still waiting on the bride to get me some pictures to finish her video so I have only had to stop once from editing the pageants to work on their video – so pageant fans caught a break which is good.

More news to come soon.  Thanks everybody for your patience.  It’s coming….I promise.

Thomas

August 16, 2008

DVD Editing Update #4 – EOY and International Week 2008

You ever have that feeling when you just want to throw your computer out a 5 story building?  There is nothing like pushing the limits of your computer and I have definitely done that with finishing up with International Week.  For those of you who was at the International Week pageant on Saturday, you know that was a lonnnggg night because the Plus competition was also with the prelim competition of the Mr and Miss.  Well I had over 5 1/2 hours on the timeline with 3 cameras and tons of color correction that eats up more hard drive space than termites eat wood.  I never thought I would be saying that 600gb of hard drive space is not enough but I think I would be happy with a couple of terrabytes – but I digress. 

For the news you want to hear….I am one day ahead of schedule and I should be finished with the DVD encoding for Plus competition within a couple of hours today (Saturday).  I have finished prelim of Mr. and Miss so the entire Mr. and Miss competition is now completed.  Later on this evening I will prepare everyone’s order who pre-ordered a copy and it will go in the mail on Monday (sorry no mail delivery on Sunday).  Everything will go by USPS priority mail so you should get it in 2 to 3 days.  We are happy with the look of the video – The Center Stage Theatre is a BEAUTIFUL place to film so the quality of the video in our opinion is excellent – we also are doing some new things with DVD menus and DVD packaging that we think you will like – nothing major but its the little things that we hope make a difference.

EOY is still on schedule for next week so EOY fans hang in there – you are next.

More news to come soon.

Thomas

August 11, 2008

DVD Editing update #3 – EOY and International Week 2008

Here is the latest update on EOY and International Week 08. 

1)  DVD authoring and encoding is done for the Finals Night of International Week 2008 and for Friday Prelim Disk 1.  There is a first play issue that I have to correct on the Finals Night Disk 1 but other than that, I just have to create and print the DVD covers and we are all set.

2)  I am currently uploading the last day (Sat) to complete for International Week.  The rest of the prelim for the Mr/Miss and the entire Plus competition.  I have 18 hours of video (3 cameras) I have to ingest so I won’t be able to start editing until Late Wednesday or early Thursday.  I should be finished with the editing by Saturday and finish with the DVD encoding on Sunday.

3)  Based on my current editing schedule (I still have a wedding I need to finish) – EOY ingesting should start on the 18th.  While I don’t have 3 cameras to deal with, I do have an extra 2 days of filming with the Mr. contest so there is more than 25 hours of video that needs to be transferred before I can begin editing.  So I am thinking 18th thru 20th (ingesting) – 20th thru 23rd (editing) – 24th (DVD authoring and encoding) – 25th thru 27th (shipping of DVD orders).  That is my current estimate.

4)  Based on my current schedule, I do not think I will be putting up a preview video for International Week finals competition.  I will use another workstation to put up a couple of videos of entertainers or contestants in a couple of days.

That’s it for now.  More coming soon.

Thomas

August 7, 2008

Podcast Show Network is back this week

Many of you know that we have been hard at work filming and editing International Week 2008 and the Entertainer Of The Year pageant.  For many of our international fans, local fans (and those who don’t give 3 shits about pageants- LOL), we took a few weeks off as our video production schedule had been to intensive to keep the podcast shows going.  While relief is not here yet, the podcast shows are back with 5 brand new shows this week.

The Drag Queen Posse Podcast Show - Number 3

The Drag Queen Posse Podcast Show - Number 3

Our Ft. Lauderdale friends over at the Drag Queen Posse show are at it again with an all new show talking missing money, lawsuits and undercover bathroom investigations.

Don’t forget to check out our resident DJ from New York – DJ Carlos Dali as he spins new house music this week called “Wild Pitched Pussy – Part 1” (don’t ask – I don’t know where he gets the names from) along with our weekly queer history facts and gay news for this week.  And of course, pageant fans don’t forget our live show every Thursday at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time called the Pageant Soup Podcast Show.  This week (or rather today Aug 7th), we talk EOY with the current reigning Mr. EOY for 2008 Savion Simpson Black.

Happy listening everyone.  Enjoy the shows….

Thomas

August 6, 2008

DVD Editing Update #2 – EOY and International Week 2008

Here is some updated information as of Wednesday Aug. 6th.

1)  Mr. and Miss International Finals night is done.  DVD prep and duplication will occur this weekend.  If you ordered finals night only, it will go in the mail on Monday August 11th.

2)  I am currently uploading all cameras for Friday and Saturday night (Mr/Miss Prelim and Plus competition).  I will work on the Plus competition next and then the prelim for Mr/Miss.

3)  Trailer for Finals night of Mr/Miss International should be up by next week.  Sorry for the delay.

4)  EOY editing begins next week.  If you were a constestant and you have the actual video for your presentation and/or talent and you want that original footage included in the final DVD, please email us at: ccevideo@empirevideoproductions.com or give us a call at: 305-695-0095 so I can give you instructions on where to send the video.

5)  If you attempted to get on Planet Q TV within the last couple of hours, the database server was down.  That is why you did not see the home page.  The server has been restarted and all is well now.  Make sure you check out the trailers for EOY and International Week – also check out the new videos uploaded by one of our content producers – Drag Queen Posse.

6)  There are 3 customers out there who still need to call our office to confirm their order they placed with us at the night of EOY.  I have emailed each of you.  Please give us a call or email us or we can not process your order.

That’s it for now pageant fans.  More coming soon.

Thomas

July 31, 2008

DVD Editing update #1 – EOY and International Week 2008

Hey everyone,

Here is a quick update on a variety of things concerning our most recent filming productions.  Things are pretty hectic around here as I am trying to update the new pageant pay per view site, upload hours upon hours of video clips, modify the website, put together orders and process orders.  It’s crazy…..but here we go:

1)  The pre-order special has ended for EOY videotapes.  It ran longer than expected as I did not have a chance to update the website – so for all of you people who ordered in the last 3 days – Merry Christmas (LOL – just kidding)  – glad you were able to take advantage of the pre-order.  I still have 4 people who ordered at EOY this year with Blossom – your orders have not been processed for various reasons – you will still get the pre-order special as soon as we clear up your payment questions;

2)  I am about 3 hours away from the first draft of Finals night Mr. and Miss International Week.  This was a 3 camera shoot so uploading 15 hours of video for one night took some time.  Then I have to sync all cameras together from all tapes (so many tapes) and then sit through the first viewing of the pageant.  I am almost done with that.  Then I will go through and edit the tape down, add in the names and effects, put some special backgrouds in, color correct some camera shots and put the 2nd draft together.  I hope to have that done by Sunday.  Saturday I am filming a wedding so I won’t be editing all day Saturday.

3)  I have started uploading and capturing Thursday night and Friday night of EOY.  Adrian will be editing parts of EOY starting with the Mr. Competition.  I still have to drop the 2nd camera down but the 1st camera is almost complete.  I will have that done within the hour.

4)  Many of you have already seen the preview clips of International Week and EOY.  But if you haven’t, you can check them out at our all gay video sharing website called Planet Q TV.  We hope you enjoy them!!

5)  The Pageant Soup Podcast Show was cancelled today as well as the other updates to the Podcast network as I am too swamped to do the show today.  The network will resume its normal programming next week.  We are looking forward to inviting Nina West & Savion Simpson Black on the show.  Be sure to check out episode #41 of the Pageant Soup Podcast Show as we talked to Danille Revlon who won the Miss International Plus competition.

6)  If you ordered DVDs from us in the last couple of days not related to EOY, your order will go in the mail tomorrow.  Sorry for the delay.

That’s it for now.  I am off to finish the first draft of International Week.  Everyone have a great day and thanks for your continued support.

July 29, 2008

Congrats Nina West – EOY 2008 – Some Notes and News

Nina West

Nina West

Wow…what a contest….I have to first say congratulations to Nina West and Savion Simpson Black for an outstanding job winning Entertainer of the Year 2008 and to all of the contestants who competed this year.   This was an outstanding year for pageant entertainment.

After 17 lonnnggg hours of driving, we finally made it back to sunny Miami, FL.  While I enjoy filming this year, man driving that long is crazy – but we had a crew of 4 this year and plane tickets are way to high (LOL).  And to make matter worse, when we got back, I had to go sit in meetings for 3 hours about how we are going to tackle the next 3 weeks of video productions.  I am whipped.

Now,  Adrian and I will begin the long long process of editing and putting together this year’s EOY videotape.  First off, many of you took advantage of our pre-order special.  THANK YOU.  I will fire off a confirmation email to you Wednesday or Thursday.  I just finished printing all of the pre-orders in the order they were received – so you are all set.  Second, International Week 2008 was filmed by us the weekend before EOY.  Sorry EOY fans – I have to do International Week first and get it done before starting on EOY.  Third, I have a wedding I did weeks before both pageants that I have to finished and I have two weddings coming up in the next two weekends in August.  The next 4 weeks are going to be a real challenge for us as we try to quickly put together these DVDs while still giving you a great presentation.  BUT WE ARE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.  I will be keeping everyone up to date on this blog on the progress of the DVD, let you know what I am working on and some of the effort needed to put together these DVDs.  I did this last year and people seemed to like it so I will do it again this year.

I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of our fans and supporters.  Those who came by to say hi (in Baltimore or Louisville), those who

Thank you!

Thank you!

have thanked us in threads, forums or in person and those who have supported us over the years.  Many of you knew us back in our Houston days when we were Black Stylez Entertainment.  A lot has changed since 1999 and we have gotten much bigger and and I hope much better.  It is because of your support and commitment that Adrian, Tara, Blossom, Eric, Ailyn and myself continue to do what we do and love bringing you all great LGBT entertainment – whether its pageants, podcasting, videos, whatever.  So I just want to personally say thank you for your support – PLEASE always share with us and let us know how we can do things better for you.

Until the next blog, tomorrow – LET THE EDITING BEGIN.  But first – my bed is callling me.  Oh, watch the preview videos of International Week 2008 and EOY 2008 on Planet Q TV – our own video sharing website just for our community.
Thomas

July 21, 2008

Thanks Baltimore for a warm reception!!

Well we have return from Baltimore MD from filming the Mr, Miss and Miss Plus pageant for International Week 2008.  We had a lot of fun and enjoyed meeting many of you.  The pageant was great (especially the plus division – those girls worked it).  Look for the preview videos on Planet Q TV.  And the theatre – The Center Stage Theatre – was fantastic.  It is so nice to work in a beautiful theatre and work with a talented group of staff members – they were fantastic in making sure we had everything we needed to have a great looking video.  Congratulations to all of the winners – Dainelle Revlon (Miss International Plus), Simba R Hall (Mr. International Plus) and Takiyah Valentino (Miss International).

We will have the video finished soon.  In two days, we are off to film Entertainer of the Year.  We hope to meet and see many of you there.  Take care.

July 16, 2008

International Week 2008 in Baltimore MD & EOY 2008 in Louisville, KY

Hey pageant fans,

International Week 2008

International Week 2008

 

Our team of videographers will be in Baltimore, MD at the Center Stage Theatre for the 2008 International Week pageant.  This will be our first ever 3-camera filming of a pageant in the beautiful Center Stage Theatre so we are excited to be the official videographers for this year’s event.  If you are attending the pageant, make sure you come by and say hi to us. 

Two days later, we hit the road and drive up to Louisville, KY for Entertainer of the Year where we will be taping the Mr. and Miss pageant. 

Needles to say it is going to be a long and difficult next couple of weeks.  As promise when we do major pageants, I will be keeping everyone updated on our progress in filming, editing and releasing the DVD so everyone has an idea of some of the work involved in preparing these DVDs.  We did it last year for EOY and turn out to be a hit so I will do it again this year.

Today I am wrapping up a wedding video and waiting for the client to send me her pictures so I am going to be finishing up a wedding video in the middle of getting these 2 pageants done in 2 weeks each.  Man have I set a goal for myself – we will see if I can stick to it.

So check out the blog daily as we tell you what’s going on in pageantry for the next two weeks.  We will update from the hotel and pageant event, put up some preview videos and pictures and give you the low down on what’s going on this year.  Should be a lot of fun.  We hope you enjoy it.

Thomas

June 25, 2008

Where have all the guys gone? – Pageant Soup Podcast Show #37

Pageant Soup Podcast Show - Episode Number 37

It’s almost the middle of the year and we have some exciting shows in the future. We know a lot of you are talking about Miss Duval and Sweetheart Newcomer and we will touch on those topics in the coming weeks, BUT this week on the Pageant Soup Podcast Show we welcome guest host Marlowe Rainbow as we tackle “Where have all the guys gone? – Male Pageantry in 2008.” It appears that male pageantry may be on a slow start this year, we talk about the challenges, successes and opportunities that face male pageantry in 2008. We invite all current and former male title holders to get in on the discussion and share with us your opionions and thoughts.

The show airs live tomorrow June 25th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. Visit our website to listen live or simply subscribe via iTunes and have all of the shows downloaded to you every week for free.

Live call in with 5 phone lines and chat room & email will be open so you can make your comments and ask your questions. Happy listening and thanks for your continued support. We will see you all tomorrow at 7 pm EST. It will be a fun 30 minutes!!

Thomas (Show Producer)

June 16, 2008

Prayers to our Podcast Show Host Vicki Valentino

The entire team at the Pageant Soup Podcast Show and Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media) extend our heartful prayers and love to show host Vicki Valentino as she endures the lost of her sister.  She had told us the funeral times and location for those in the area who wish to attend.  Our prayers are with Vicki has she gets through this difficult time in her life.
Vicki’s sister is , LORETTA TUCKER.  She passed away on Wed, June 11, 2008 . The exact date and time as her MOTHER …. 2 years prior .   Services are :

Visitation – Friday, June 20, 2008
4pm –
Ronald L. Jones Funeral Chapels
2161 E. Fair Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63107

Funeral – Saturday, June 21, 2008
11 am
Ronald L. Jones Funeral Chapels
2161 E. Fair Ave
St. Louis, MO 63107

Thomas

June 13, 2008

Gay Florida America on Pageant Pay Per View

I just added the 2008 Miss Gay Florida America Pageant featuring Crystle Chambers on the Pageant Pay Per View site.  It is in 3 parts – Opening/Evening Gown/Entertainment – Solo Talent/Entertainment – Talent/Entertainment/Crowning.  $4.99 to buy each segment or $2.99 to rent for 7 days.

2008 Miss Gay Florida America

I will be adding the 2008 Miss Duval Plus pageant featuring India Damore late late tonight or mid afternoon tomorrow (Saturday) before I am off to go film a wedding (joy!!).  Miss Duval Plus will be in 2 parts – Opening/Talent/Entertainment – Evening Gown/Sportswear/Entertainment/Q&A/Crowning. $5.99 to buy each part, $3.99 to rent for 7 days.

2008 Miss Duval Plus

Enjoy the videos.  Watch previews on Planet Q TV or to see the trailer for either video.

Thomas

May 21, 2008

Congratulations Shae Shae

Presentation Video Picture of Shae Shae Lareese

We send how a hearty congratulations to Shae Shae for winning the Miss USofA classic pageant.  Click Click Expose was helpful in putting together her presentation video and we hoped to showcased that on Planet Q TV soon.  Shae Shae has also been invited on the podcast show to talk about her win and how she prepared for the pageant.  We will keep you posted!!

CONGRATS SHAE SHAE…enjoy  your win…

Thomas

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