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December 26, 2009

Drag pageantry will come alive in California January 12th – Don’t miss it!!

California EOY - Jan 12 - House of Blues, Hollywood, CA

California EOY - Jan 12 - House of Blues, Hollywood, CA

Forget what you think you know about drag because honey, it’s quite different from your perception.  Often when we refer to drag in the gay community, we refer to camp and burly men dressed in women’s clothes with makeup from hell and mother’s 1950’s dress.  If this is your perception of drag in our community, I invite you to take a look at the world of gay drag pageantry.  This art form of female illusion and male lead is a highly established, highly stylized and fierce competition between men and women in a variety of local, regional and national contests.  While “drag” has been a cornerstone of cabarets and live theatre since the Middle Ages, drag pageantry is said to have been established in the LGBT community in the 1970s in the post Stonewall era.

When you travel across the United States in search of drag pageantry, you think of such hot bed markets as Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas & the east coast.  These markets have been engaged in the world of pageant competition since the beginning.  California, on the other hand, has always been known for “camp and comedic,” according to Erin White, Executive Director of California Entertainer of the Year.  “Thankfully, California has moved into a new era with some of the most jaw dropping illusionist and formidable talents.”

The Entertainer of the Year pageantry system is one of the major “four” pageantry systems in the United States.  It is a system that prides itself on creativity and talent.  And because of this emphasis, dozens upon dozens of entertainers (since EOY’s inception in 1990) have coveted the title of Entertainer of the Year, FI and Mr. Entertainer of the Year.  California joins a list of more than 15 preliminary contests whose goal is to send the winner and first runner-up to the national contest in Louisville, KY.  Executive Director Erin White is excited to add California  to the system and feels with the huge pool of viable competitors in California, that his system has “a shot at taking the national title this coming year.”

Not only will the contest be exciting for both contestants and spectators, but this year’s preliminary pageant is also a major fund-raising event.  The “Heel Hate” silent auction is designed to raise money for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  Starting on January 4th, people from all over the world will be able to bid on autographed high heels from celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Shania Twain, Cyndi Lauper, Shakira, Paula Dean, Salma Hayek, Lauren Conrad and Lea Michele (from “Glee”).  If you want to bid on these items, head to the website “charitybuzz.com” or you can bid at the night of the pageant.  Another charity that the folks at California EOY are working on is the NOH8 Campaign who has been raising awareness on the issue of gay marriage through a year-long photo “silent protest.”  All of the contestants will have a NOH8 photo in the program and there will be a souvenir NOH8 poster of the contestants.

And if that wasn’t enough to entice you to come see the pageant (January 12, House of Blues-Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California), maybe the star-studded judges panel will.  Judges this year include: 2008 EOY winner Nina West, National Title Holder Alyssa Edwards, Actress, Author and 1999 Tennessee EOY winner Calpernia Addams, Singer, Dancer & Actress Aubrey O’Day, American model and television personality Holly Madison, Co-Director of Miss California USA Shanna Moakler and the producer of Logo TV’s Rupaul’s Drag Race Matthew Rose.

Needless to say, Click Click Expose is excited to be chosen as the official videographer of this year’s inaugural contest.  As you know, we have been filming gay pageants since the days of us getting our start in Houston, TX in 1996 – so our cameras have been around the block a few times – but never have we been more excited than coming into a new market with new ideas and a fresh outlook on the pageantry community.  Look out everyone, California EOY is looking to make its mark in the world of pageantry.

So details you say…details:  buy your tickets at: www.ticketmaster.com or the California EOY website at: www.californiaeoy.com.  Ticket prices are: general admission $18.00,  reserved seating $25.00 and VIP Platinum seating $45.00.  Never seen an EOY contest before, check out this preview trailer we created of this year’s 2009 National contest or more than a dozen EOY preview videos on our very own video sharing website Planet Q TV (Just click on the button that says Planet Q TV).  This year’s contest will be held at the world-famous House of Blues – Sunset Strip on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Showtime is at 7:00pm.  See you there…

–Thomas

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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

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 10, 2009

EOY Update #4 – 8/10/09 – New videos uploaded

Bianca Nicole at EOY 2009 - Talent Competition

Bianca Nicole at EOY 2009 - Talent Competition

Hey pageant fans,

Well after about 8 hours, I have finished with EOY DVD for Sunday night only.  I finished the first draft yesterday combining the two cameras together into one video (some of you saw the process yesterday as I broadcasted live on our internet TV channel).  Today, I went through the 4 hour video and took out all of the down time, talking in between categories etc.  Then I had to put in the names for all of the contestants for both Evening Gown and Talent and then create boards for all of the guest entertainers.  After that, I had to fix some audio anomalies (so annoying) and then I created the intro video montage before the actual pageant started.

I am pretty much done.  I haven’t created the DVD yet – I am still debating whether I am going to put in CG names for each contestant as they were announced at the beginning of the pageant (I am still waiting for a list of the contestant names and spellings) but other than that, I am finish.

Tomorrow, I will upload 10 hours worth of video (2 cameras for Saturday’s show) and then start that editing on Wednesday.  Unfortunately, since it takes 10 hours to move video to the computer – that will take up all of my day so I can’t really edit until Wed.

I posted 4 new videos on Planet Q TV all around what happened on Sunday night + I posted the presentation video we created for Xavier Cole for the men’s competition.  We hope you like the videos.  Well I am calling it a day.  Enjoy…until tomorrow…have a great week.

Thomas

August 9, 2009

EOY Update #3 – 8/9/09

Now that I have uploaded all 8 hours (2 cameras) of Sunday nights EOY pageant, it is time to edit.  I decided to edit live on our internet TV channel that you can get to from our website.  At 12:30pm – I did the first 2 hours of the pageant and right now I am doing the last 2 hours – which is talent, entertainment, farewell and crowning.  So if you read this blog now (its about 6:53pm EST on Sunday Aug 9th, go click on the live internet TV button from our home page and chat with your friends and enjoy the editing of the pageant.  After I finish this first draft of the edit, tomorrow I will go through all 4 hours, cut out the down time, add graphics, text and etc and finish up Sunday night’s video – hopefully, if all goes well I will be done tomorrow.

Thomas

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

May 9, 2009

Now Playing on Click Click Expose TV – 4pm – May 9 – EOY 2008

Now Playing on Click Click Expose as of May 9th at 4pm EST – Entertainer of the Year, FI 2008 featuring the amazing talents of Nina West.  Enjoy this surprise performance.

Thomas

September 29, 2008

Congrats Summer Breeze & Zavier Simpson Litter

I had a fun time in St. Louis this weekend filming the first preliminary to the National Entertainer of the Year pageant – Missouri Entertainer of the Year.  I love going to St. Louis to talk to the EOY fans and meet all of our friends and supporters and this year’s contests had a lot of contestants.  In the end, the talents of Summer Breeze and Zavier Simpson Litter prevail as they were announced winners and will move on to the National competition to be held in 2009 in Louisville, KY.  Thanks Vicki Valentino for your kind words & support all weekend and thanks Anthony Watson (the owner of the pageant) for your hospitality and thanks to everyone I met at the brunch.  Thomas will be editing the video this week and should have the DVD done by next week and also have it up on the Pageant Pay Per View system.  Pictures coming soon and if you haven’t seen the  preview videos – head over to our all gay video sharing website at Planet Q TV to check out the preview videos.

Adrian

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 24, 2008

DVD Update #7 – Entertainer of the Year

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Okay…I’m mad – more like annoyed right about now.  Why do you ask?  I çan’t tell you how many times I have explained to pageant owners, bar owners and theatre managers about the necessity of good lighting when you are videotaping.  It’s really simple – bad light=bad video, good light=good video, excellent lighting=fantastic video.  There is a reason why TV news room have tons of light on their sets – it’s because they want the best possible TV picture.  Now I know pageants are different and harsh heavy lights can wear on a contestant or call attention to heavy make up application – BUT COME ON – disco lighting, mood lighting and changing colors every 1/2 sec just doesn’t work – and I have rarely come across a place where a follow spot was bright enough to give off a good video presentation.  It burns me up when I sit down to preview a video after working hard to edit only to find out that the quality suffers from crappy lighting.

Okay…I’m through venting (Kudos…Kudos…Kudos…to the Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore – you guys got it right with the lighting).  The Mr. DVD is finished and the DVD authoring and encoding is done.  Other than creating the DVD cover and label, the Mr. EOY DVD is finished.  The Friday night prelim of the Miss Division is done and by midnight I will have finished with the DVD authoring and encoding.  Other than the creating the DVD cover, Friday Prelim (which consists of Opening Number, Creative Presentation and the first part of Talent and Q&A) is finished.  Tomorrow (Monday) I will author and encode Saturday Prelim and create the DVD covers for all nights.  Tomorrow I will also upload all of the video from finals night (which is about 10 hours of video) so I can start editing on Tuesday.

That’s it for now…short and sweet.  More to follow soon.

Thomas

August 22, 2008

DVD Update #6 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans – this post is long – grab a drink, a cup of coffee and away we go,

About to call it for a day tonight but wanted to let you know where we stand.  The Mr. portion of the DVD is 80% complete.  All of the Thursday competition is done, the Creative Formal Wear from Friday night is done.  I just have to add swimwear and crowning that was done on Saturday and do an intro for the video then the Mr. DVD will be complete.  As many of you are aware, the Mr. portion of the competition ran almost day and date as the Miss portion of the contest.  So for Friday and Saturday, I will have to pull those portions out of the Miss and compile them as disk 2 for the Mr. EOY DVD.

Friday is done for the Miss portion which covered Creative Presentation for all contestants and Talent & Question and Answer.  Talent was for contestants #1 (Daphne Ferraro) thru contestants #13 (Amber Stone).  Question and Answer was for contestants #14 (Rachael Erikks) thru contestants #27 (Feleasha Savage).  What I am doing before I end tonight (it’s already almost 9pm) is to build the individual files (from the edited timeline) that will be used to compile the Final Friday DVD for the Miss.  So it looks like Disk 1 for Friday will be the opening number and Creative Presentation.  Disk 2 for Friday will be Question & Answer and Talent. 

Why do we spread it out over 2 disks?  Our DVDs are produced on DVD-5 type disk – these disks only hold roughly 2 hours of compressed video.  However, we try not to push to close to the 2 hour mark as the more you put on a disk, the higher the compression, the less detail in the quality.  While most people probably could not tell that much difference between 1 hour and 45 minutes on a DVD vs 2 hours – I can tell so I don’t do it.  Plus, for some reason this year – the guys on the lights at Club Connection thought it was Disco Night circuit 1970 and was killing me with the lighting (sorry guys but this year was a tad disappointing) so I would rather compressed for better quality than content.  Unfortunately, to put pageants on DVD-9 type disk at 3+ hours is just not cost effective and you would be paying a much higher price to purchase your DVDs.  While I know it is more convenient for you to not have to swap disk after disk – we have always felt that price was more important.  I don’t believe in selling pageant videos more than $60 (not including taxes and shipping & handling) so I am committed to keeping our prices affordable.  Gas prices are up – our prices are not!!!

So what’s on tap for tomorrow?  I already have one camera capture for Saturday’s filming.  I have to capture (ingest) the other camera – so that’s 5 hours I have to move to the workstation.  Once that’s done, I will sync both camera shots and then watch all 5 hours to edit the raw footage in a two-camera shot.  I will start on the 2-camera edit tomorrow but probably won’t finish.  Sunday I will wrap up the 2-camera edit, do audio adjustments, drop in the graphics & titles and prepare the files for the final DVD.  If all goes well, Saturday’s filming and editing should be done Sunday night.  Wash, rinse and repeat for the Finals night which will take place on Monday and Tuesday (although instead of capturing 5 hours – I have to capture 10 hours of video – 2 cameras).  So let’s see – Wednesday – Video intros, Finalize final files, DVD author and encode – Thursday – put orders together, print DVD covers, make 100 copies of all three nights (that’s printing 100 DVD covers, duplicating 600 Disks and labeling 600 disks) – creating over 85 mailing labels and drag it all to the post office – and since everyone else is working on other projects – I have to do all of this BY MYSELF.  Hmmmm…I think I was telling you guys Wednesday I was going to mail the DVDs – NOPE…ain’t goin happen (LOL – sorry) – more like Friday & Saturday & Monday.

So, if everything goes as plan – Friday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed before June 30th, 2008.  Saturday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed between July 1 and July 31st.  Monday’s deliveries will consist of all regular priced orders from Aug. 1 through the present.

Okay that’s it for now…more later.  Have a great night.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thomas

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