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Jun 4, 2015 7:40PM

Follow along as we see how Jake Jarvi engages the nearly 40,000 fans of his web series, PLATOON OF POWER SQUADRONYou can see all of Jake's work at:


This week’s video update includes travel to a mysterious location and a talk about overblown movie stakes in blockbusters while walking in the rain.



Well, here we are. We started shooting episode 9 on November 3rd and we had our final night of initial production on June 2nd. That seems like a long production period. The vast majority of the episode was shot in November and December and the rest of it was tiny, little, one-shot cut-aways or one-off scenes with brand new cast in new locations. But I now have it all. I’ve just got to find the time to put it together. Let’s recap the final two shoot days.


Saturday, May 30th. The Thursday night before, I had two of my friends meet me at Chicago Costume Co. to get fitted for some costumes. On the shoot day itself, it rained all day, as evidenced by the last video update. So, after calling my contact, Kyle, to get this facility opened after they’d already closed due to rain, he met us and we got prepped starting about twenty minutes late. We shot as fast as we could, trying to keep everything dry with umbrellas while we shot outside, and we did a pretty decent job of it. Afterward, we took everybody out for lunch at the Brat Stop in Wisconsin, as the facility was right on the border.


Tuesday, June 2nd. The final night of shooting. We were using a friend’s workshop as a location and I had it all planned to do this green screen compositing effect in the background of a shot. Then we found out it would be possible to actually hang one of our actors off of this real motorized hook and move him around. So we did it. He had to stick his arms through this big furniture strap hanging off of the hook, basically hanging from his armpits. We could only do it for a few seconds at a time because that thing actually hurt quite a bit. I took the ride myself to see what it was like. That footage will be coming to the episode donors as soon as the episode gets released. After the shoot, we took the cast and crew to Parson’s chicken and talked how awesome Mad Max: Fury Road is and how much we miss video store culture.


Yeah. Another episode in the external hard drive. I know we’ll have one evening of reshoots, but I’d like a full cut first. Hopefully, I’ll have one within the next couple weeks.


Thanks for reading.



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Semi-Finalists for 2015 Writing & Pitch Competition

May 28, 2015 6:03PM

CONGRATULATIONS to the SEMI-FINALISTS for the 2015 NexTV Writing & Pitch Competition.

It was another VERY competitive field.  We are proud to have so many extraordinary artists participating.

Talya Adams & Kareem Brown By the Bayou
Lior Aiden Elharar Euth
Jeffrey Allen Russel &
Lynda Lemberg
Steven Beach &
Marcus Harmon
Fire Priest
David Beshears The Black Tower
Noella Borie Faceless Neil
Darnell Brown The Good Book
Derek Brown The County
Derek Brown Task Force Raven
Nicolas Caicoya Hayena's Blood
Nicolas Caicoya Soul Hunters
Elodie Cammarata Killer Mom
Clint Carmichael Crash and Burn
Tom Cavanaugh Greetings from Garlic City
Matt Clifford Thrown Ups
Katie Cocquyt Dead Game
Dwayne Conyers Julie 2.0
Stuart Creque There is a Season
Cecil Davis Redemption
Darrell Reserve Judgment
Freya Doney Guns N Poses
Lauren Elaine Freedom Lovers
Imeh Esen The Black Inquisition
Anne Eston Sugartown
Sakina Fakhri NullSpace
David Fein  Urge
Kevin Fintland Work Sucks
Brooke Forbes
Natasha, Mail Order Bride
Kevin Garcia

The Uconstitutional Actions &
Adventures of the Dead Presidents
Gene Gordon Blood Gunn
Linda Grasso Jan of all Trades
Joanna Hall Stained
Yatouze Jalloh Celebrity
Edgardo Jimenez Project Phoenix: The Awakening
Theresa Julian Jackson and Jill: "The Science Fair"
Chandler Kauffman Karl Manhair: Postal Inspector
Rathan Krueger Lady Vincent's Journey
Alex Lane Thieves of Heart
David Levy Project Hero
Marc Lott The Cage
Lynne Lueders
Deanna Markoff
Seeing Stars
Gray Skies (Pilot & Trailer)
Chris Courtney Martin The Rose Cartel
Tom Nguyen Lucid
W. Garrett Oakley Olympus: "No Quarter"
Mitch Olson & Matthew Songer The Lost Boy
Travis Opgenorth Kingdom of God
Adam Palcher Dreambox
Luisa Parnes Extraneous
Andrew Pemberton-Fowler The Regal Family
Gordon Phipps P-51D Mustang
Noah Pohl The B-Side
Robert Potter The Tiny Man
Viveka Praba The Interpreter
Chris Rodriguez Prodigal Son
Joanne Rose Life of Groupies
Leigh Rudd Fashion Sharks
Daniel Ruebesam Helden Des Alltags
Justin Schoenfelder Unmanned: "Man's Best Friend"
Kevin Seefried Why Didn’t We Get a Gospel?
R. Ian Simpson Detroit Strong
Adam Slutsky Spy Q
Matthew Songer A Frontier Darke
E Andre Stanley PhD's
Jennifer Stukin Indigo
Christian Thomas Sardis the Merciful
Chris Tolley The Big Middle
Kimberly Tompkins Civil Rising
Jennifer Toto Becoming Loralie: "Into the Fire"
Mati­as Valenzuela Pilot Origin
Greg Wayne Ad Game
Greg Wayne Pioneer Village
Gary White Bitsy
Keaton Wooden The Red Line
Luke Yankee Egos & Cocktails: Good & Plenty
Frank Zanca Destiny Aurora

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May 22, 2015 9:14PM

Follow along as we see how Jake Jarvi engages the nearly 40,000 fans of his web series, PLATOON OF POWER SQUADRONYou can see all of Jake's work at:


The video below has me acting as carnival barker and pitchman in the first installment of “If You Like PoPS, You’ll Like…” And from the sounds of it, people have been digging my suggestions.



I’ve been cutting on episode 9 for many, many months now. Last weekend I had the first request from someone to see something. It was Derrick, the guy who plays our main villain, Damon. Out of the blue he just asked if he could see something. So he came over to take a look. It was awesome.


Things that I thought weren’t working worked like a charm. He was so invested in the scenes as they played, even without their proper sound mixing and a complete lack of music.


I was already deep into a “let’s get this thing done” mindset, but that was mostly out of a sense of obligation and a persistent mental pull that starts to happen when I realize I’m nearing the end of the rough cut. But watching him watch it re-lit my passion for the thing. This is a fun episode and it’s time to reel the sucker in.


Then, the actor who plays Precious, Tommy Martin, came out for an hour-long shoot with us, after which we had lunch and watched a large swath of the episode. He seemed more put off by the unfinished nature of the episode, but his reactions also fueled the fire, and cued me in to some subtle pacing issues.


On Tuesday, Carlyn, who plays Sebastian, and her boyfriend, Sean, came over for a night of eating pizza and watching The Lost Boys. –SIDE NOTE—


There’s this amazing video edit of the world’s buffest, oiliest saxophone player from The Lost Boys. Someone re-cut it to make it look like Michael is obsessed with him instead of with Star. And here, for all of our amusement, is the video:



Apparently they say the word “Michael” more than 180 times in The Lost Boys. There’s one scene where Keifer Sutherland only had two lines of dialogue; the first line he ended by saying “Michael” in a growly, creepy way, and the second line he began by saying “Michael” in a slightly condescending and creepy way. The Lost Boys, man. And watching it on Blu-ray you can see that the dried vampire blood on the Coreys sparkled like glitter in the sun.


Anyway, Carlyn and Sean watched pretty much everything I had edited so far and it was great. It definitely sealed in my mind the pieces that had pacing issues and we talked them out a bit.


Of course, Eliza watched it with everyone as well and it’s always nice to get her read on the episode progress. She settled me down about certain things that I was thinking needed to be reshot.


Last night I buckled down again and edited another big sequence, but then the program froze and kicked me out. I lost about an hour of work, but that’s the first time that’s happened this episode, so I count myself lucky.


We’re heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, but I’ve got a couple VFX shots on my laptop I can work on while we’re away. Obviously, I‘m going to prioritize having fun with Lize out in the real world and only spend a few hours a day working on stuff, but it’s nice that I’ll still get a little progress in over the weekend.


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Nextv's music blog - HAIL HAIL ROCK N' ROLL!

May 15, 2015 8:29PM


NexTV's music blog, written by DJ Shark, takes us on a ride through the history of an industry that is inextricably linked to Film and TV.  Listen to Shark's extraordinary show on 

Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll!

The following is a companion piece to my Rock n Roll Hall o' Fame radio special (link here). Listen while you read on... 

Here in a little more detail is why the following artists are way, way overdue to join the Hall o' Rock.

First things first, Congratulations to this years inductees... 
Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr and The "5" Royales.

Here following, may I remind you of some erroneous and in some cases down right embarrassing misses from artists still waiting for their invite... 

KISS were first eligible in 1999 and waited 15 years. Deep Purple are still waiting (after 22 years). And Abba got in before both of them!?! U2, and Nirvana were inducted the first year of eligibility. Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it is down right head puzzling. 

So now with Nirvana’s well deserved/no brainier, first year eligibility induction last year, we are now about to enter the Grunge era of the early 1990’s. So before we start ringing in Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam, etc. etc., let’s just take stock and let them all wait a few years, ‘cause the Rock and Roll Hall o' Fame has some long over due catching up to do. 

For your consideration...

Musical Excellence: Crazy Horse • The Mothers of Invention 

When Neil Young was inducted in 1995 he thanked Crazy Horse, saying... “Stand up you guys, I could never have made it without you guys that’s for sure… everybody knows that!” Since Springsteen's E Street Band were inducted in 2014, it's time. Let’s get to it! 

Frank Zappa was inducted in 1995, and he’s a musical genius, but let’s be honest, who the hell could/can play Frank Zappa’s music but one Mother of a band!!! The Hall can figure out who gets in with all the ex- members and permutations (including Zappa's "solo years"), but this list includes such steller talents as Ray Collins, Ike Willis, Don Preston, Ruth and Ian Underwood, George Duke, and the later solo years with Terry Bozzio, and Steve Vai. Outside of the Jazz world, these are hands down, the greatest, most innovative, ground breaking, experimental, and humorous musicians in Rock (period).

METAL: Deep Purple • Motörhead 

Heavy Metal was birthed in England in the late '60's, early 70's. And the undisputed triumvirate of the Heaviest of Rock ‘n’ Roll Gods were Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. They have been eligible for twenty years now and the only one of the three not in yet. Deep Purple were on the nominees short list only twice. N.W.A. have been nominated three times. It's time. But it better be Deep Purple before Soundgarden, etc. etc. (just sayin').

A long shot I know but, It’s frickin’ Lemmy! It’s frickin’ Motörhead! Who rocks!?! You know the answer.

1960’s: The Monkees • Sonny & Cher

The RnR Hall is done pretty good job with all the classic sixties acts, but The Monkees somehow have missed out and really should have been in a long time ago (eligible since 1991). Yes, they were actors cast in a TV Show, but they were also a great band, better than most so called “real bands”. They also had brilliant songs (written by Neil Diamond, Carol King/Louis Goffin among others) and more importantly made brilliant records; From the pure Pop of “I’m A Believer” to Garage-rock classics like “Not Your Steppin’ Stone” (covered by the Sex Pistols) to bubblegum like "A Little Bit Me", to the trippy Psychedlia of “The Porpoise Song” from their surrealistic counter culture movie HEAD. After atrting out being a take off of "Hard Days Night", they then subverted it into nothing less than the experimental roots of MTV! It’s just unfortunate that the RnR Hall didn’t get to this while Davy Jones was still alive, but they absolutely deserve to be there.

If Donna Summer and Madonna can get in, well... Cher is a lifer and let's be honest, has a much more credible and far reaching career then artists half her age. And it would be fitting to induct Sonny as well, as a producer, song- writer and the brains behind the act.

1970’s: Roxy Music • Joe Cocker 

One of the most influential and unique sounding bands ever. Plus, you also get to induct one of the most influential and unique vocalists ever with Mr. Bryan Ferry, but also one of the most influential and unique visionaries ever with Mr. Brian Eno. 

One note, one word, one syllable from his voice and instantly you know it’s Joe Frickin’ Cocker! I'm sure many of you thought he was already in.

1980's: NEW WAVE: Cheap Trick • The Cars • The Cure 

Power Pop at it’s finest and one of the best singers with one of the best live bands ever in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 

Their debut record now sounds like a greatest hits album! Not to mention all the MTV era hits as well. As soon as a Cars song starts you know it’s them, think about that. 

Along with Bauhaus, and Siouxsie & The Banshees, they invented an entire genre. And were truly subversive while also infiltrating popular culture and still sounding like no one else but themselves. With some of the weirdest, darkest and at the same time, fun, upbeat Top 40 hits ever.

ELECTRONICA: Kraftwerk • Depeche Mode • New Order/Joy Division 

The influence of Kraftwerk (eligible since 1995!) cannot be exaggerated. These guys were so far ahead of their time it is staggering. Their International electronic hit 45, "Autobahn" came out back in 1974!?! Not only inspiring an entire genre and every single EDM artist that has followed, their influence is felt with every Synth New Waver, Industrial band, Modern Rock (Coldplay and U2), to Hip-Hop's use of drum machines and synths, they all owe Kraftwerk a huge debt. This is beyond a joke that the Man-Machines are not in yet. Maybe Jann Wenner (Hall president) isn't hip to this thang, but it cannot be put off another year.

A synth band that sells out football stadiums around the world. And they did it more than once. And with some of the weirdest, darkest Top 40 hits ever. After Kraftwerk gets in but how about both in the same year?

The RnR Hall put Faces/Small Faces together (two different lead singers) so it would be appropriate to honour both these influential bands together. Would the original band perform together or pull an embarrassing Blondie ("I have my own bass player") scene? 

ALTERNATIVE: The Smiths • Pixies • The Replacements

Nominated this year, they deserve it for cutting out a unique part of the sonic landscape that belongs to them and only them. Plus, you know Morrissey won’t show up but will write a funny, sarcastic, bitter, dismissive note to his ex-bandmates and everyone else involved. But it better be The Smiths before Pearl Jam, etc. etc. (just sayin').

One of the most influential bands of the late 20th Century. Nirvana owned up to copping their style. Bowie tried to (and failed) with Tin Machine. No one does LOUD-quiet-LOUD like the Pixies. 

Out now by unpopular demand, rocking around America. Something thought impossible just sixteen months ago. Let them take a well deserved victory lap and give them all of The Goo Goo Dolls song writing royalties while we’re at it. 

COUNTRY & WESTERN: Willie Nelson • Dolly Parton • Patsy Cline

I'm sure you thought these Early Country rockers were already in...

He wrote “Crazy”, and “On The Road Again” and it’s Willie Frickin’ Nelson! 

She wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” and she has her own theme park DOLLYWOOD!  Oh yeah, and it’s Dolly Frickin’ Parton! 

One of the greatest singers of the 20th Century.



A Hugely important band, with Dr. Dre, one of the best producers of the last twenty years. But I will humbly suggest, they can wait a few years. A classic ground breaking debut LP and they followed up with a horrible misogynistic follow up (one "song" has them literally beating up a prostitute). I'm sure behind the scenes, RnR Hall members, Tom Morello and The Roots' Questlove are championing them, they have already been nominated three times!?! They will get in one day but, let's be honest, if Deep Purple and Kraftwerk can wait a decade or more, they sure as hell can too.

2 Pac: 

Eligible next year. Five albums released before his untimely passing and three times as many after. Very prolific, very influential. For his sheer body of work alone, I would rather see him in before NWA.

NON PERFORMER: Wolfman Jack • Tom Wilson • Van Dyke Parks

The legend, watch American Graffitti and know that all of it was true. Wolfman Jack was broadcasting from Mexico with a border busting signal from Midnight to 6AM. Ironically he had rented the dead of night air time from a Christian station that was not broadcasting after Midnight!

Produced Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, John Coltrane, The Velvet Underground. Signed Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, I could go on!! Read this instead...

Texas Monthley: The Greatest Producer You Have Never heard...

Producer, Arranger, Lyricist, Film Composer. Asked to join The Byrds, wrote the craziest lyrics ever for Brian Wilson. 

Also For your consideration (also still waiting):
Bad Company
The B-52's
Kate Bush
Nick Cave
Doobie Brothers
Joe Jackson
Jane's Addiction
Los Lobos
Sonny Boy Williamson
Ben E. King
Toots & The Maytels
The Moody Blues
Billy Idol
Iron Maiden
Rickie Lee Jones
Tom Jones
New York Dolls
Nine Inch Nails
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Steve Miller Band
Gram Parsons
Warren Zevon
Thin Lizzy
Todd Rungren
Paul Weller/The Jam
Lucinda Williams

And when it is said an done,

After all, It's only Rock 'n' Roll. 

Stay Free


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Being a Good Friend and Why It’s Bad for Your Web Series (Building a Successful Web Series)

May 15, 2015 8:01PM

Follow along as we see how Jake Jarvi engages the nearly 40,000 fans of his web series, PLATOON OF POWER SQUADRONYou can see all of Jake's work at:



The video update below features Eliza and I getting jazzed up to attend Austin Webfest.



Before getting into the detriments of friendship, I want to mention how happy I am whenever an ad for a show I love shows up as pre-roll on my YouTube videos. It makes me feel like somehow the algorithms equate our shows, like the audience crosses over. In reality, it probably just means they’re casting the widest possible net, but I don’t care, LET ME HAVE THIS! The last time I loaded up the “We’re Going to Webfest” update, the pre-roll ad was for True Detective season 2. I can’t wait. It just looks so dire and hopeless. I used to get little butterflies in my stomach whenever ads for LOST showed up next to our videos. Ah, the good times, before the LOST finale.


So, we went to a show that our friends were putting on last weekend and as our friend Kat gave us our tickets—and our swag feather’y pens—she said, “You guys have been really great at showing up to stuff lately.” I quickly played back the past few months in my head and thought—Damn it. She’s right. We’ve been really good at supporting our friends’ endeavors lately. Shows, album releases, birthday parties, dinners, movie nights. No wonder we’re so broke all the time. But what the whole thing really boiled down to was one perfectly crystalized panic package. This episode is never going to get finished if I don’t start staying home more.


Take a look at this video update from exactly four years ago. From :55 seconds in to the 2:07 mark is a two-angle time lapse of me sitting in our tiny home office on a weekend and working on episode 5 for 13 hours.



And that’s just a fraction of the time I need to spend if I want to get this doggone thing sewn up. Still, last night, instead of working on VFX for four hours, I worked on VFX for an hour and a half, shot part of a freelance video project, and went to Mad Max: Fury Road with my friend Craig. Tonight, I could prioritize episode 9 and get at least a solid two or three hours of VFX work done. Instead, it’s looking like I’m going to go to the gym and have some dinner before going to celebrate my friend David’s birthday at a bar and a midnight screening of The Room. So…


It’s easier to make a web series if you’re surrounded by a group of dedicated and like-minded friends. But socially engaging with that group of friends doesn’t make it easier to get that episode accomplished in a timely manner.


I hope you guys have a good weekend, and that I have a productive one.


Thanks for reading.



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