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Cloverman and the Catalyst Festival

Hi friends, it’s Cloverman Joe Carlson.  This has been an intense week for 8-Leafer Studios, probably its most important week so far since I started it in 2014.  I was recently lucky enough to represent 8-Leafer Studios at the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival.  It was an amazing ride.  I saw tons of pilots and panels, secured a few business relationships, and was able to put the work belonging to my team and I in front of the eyes of several potential new contacts from all over the US, as well as representing some other locals who were unable to attend.  It was a real dream come true for me no matter how you look at it.  There were VIP parties that broke local records, and I met Nancy Cartwright after she gave an amazingly compelling speech, all in my city, at a yearly festival just for creators.  It was awesome to see some new friends win their awards, I saw a lot of dreams come true.  We at 8-Leafer studios will be working towards a submission for next year, so wish us luck!

Here’s an inside look at the festival!

The Catalyst Symbol projected onto Glensheen Mansion for the second VIP Party.

Cloverman Joe Carlson running around Glensheen.

Cloverman Joe Carlson Catching the exhibits at Glensheen.

Cloverman Joe Carlson meets Actress Dana Weddell from “Inpatient” at the Glensheen VIP Party.

Nancy Cartwright accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nancy Cartwright with Cloverman Joe Carlson.

The Catalyst symbols projected next to the doors of the Duluth Depot for the third VIP Party.

Cloverman Joe Carlson on his way into the Depot VIP Party.

The Swing Band at the Depot VIP Party.

A friend I went to school with wandered in off the street past the checkpoint with no idea what was going on. Highlight of the evening.

The Red Carpet from the Catalyst Award Ceremony at Greysolon Plaza.

Cloverman Joe Carlson takes a Bathroom-Selfy before attending the Awards Ceremony.

The reception area of the Moorish Room at Greysolon Plaza before the Ceremony.

The Catalyst Festival Award Ceremony in the Greysolon Ballroom

There is a red carpet photo of me in someones camera at Getty Images but I’m not sure how to get a copy of it 😦  But I was so happy to be there and hope to go again with a submission next year!

8-Leafer Studios Lands Childrens Book Trailer For Local Talent, Erika Adams *UPDATE BELOW

Good evening, and welcome back to the 8-Leafer Studios Blog!  I’m Cloverman Joe Carlson, and a lot has happened in the past weeks concerning my team and I.  As you may know, our last film project had a digital disaster and we had to cancel it until we all had the time.  One of our new team members, Erika Adams, would have been playing the role of a space-farer named Nixie.  Although she is still scheduled to appear in another project, she’s been so on board I consider her a part of 8-Leafer Studios already.  She is a local radio talent here in Duluth, and recently she had her 50th episode of her show as champion to the art of storytelling, and recently wrote a wonderful children’s book, called “New Moon’s Family.”  She came to me with some wonderful illustrations by Eric Soderstrom, and asked me to animate them into a trailer and whip up a music track to accompany them.  I felt really connected to this project, I have some scheduled to reach the moon next year on the Moon Arts Ark, so you can imagine how I like the recurring theme here.  You will find the final trailer below. It went through a last second re-rendering because I wasn’t available to fix something properly but I don’t think it lost enough resolution to matter. It was a really fun project and I hope she writes many more books!  Find copies on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and Itasca, and check out her site at elatales.com!

SEE UPDATE BELOW!

*** UPDATE ***

The “New Moon’s Family” Book Trailer has been moved!   

Here’s it’s new location: https://www.elatales.com/new-moons-family.html

 

8-Leafer Studios to Begin Filming Another Sci-Fi Comedy Piece This Spring *UPDATE AT BOTTOM

Hi potential fans, we’ve missed you!  It’s a cold winter here at 8-Leafer Studios, and it’s been a while since we last brought you into the world of Captain Tombstone, the depth of Cloverman, and longer since we first heard the golden writings of Eric Blair.  Well, life is complicated, but a few months ago, we got the ball rolling to bring you an all-star installment wrapping this whole world together.  We bought some new equipment, stepped up our costumes, got a local guest star, and are even aiming for a longer product.  Let’s get the sum of things:

First, I want to go ahead and announce our joy to be working with Duluth local radio personality, Erika Adams, who agreed to star as our first female character, “Nixie.”  Erika is a local author and radio host here in Duluth, Minnesota. Erika’s radio show on 99.5 KTWH, titled “The Tale Collector,” acts as a shining tribute to storytelling in all of it’s wonderful and unexpected forms, and we’re honored that she steps out of the mic booth and front of our camera to help us tell a tall tale about goofballs in space.  You can find her youtube channel here.

Our next project will be our biggest yet, with the biggest sets, longest scripts, biggest cast, and most complicated shots and effects yet.  You could say that the only real difference that matters is the bigger budget.  Eric, Jack and I all went in on a 16×20 ft. Bluescreen (I love those guys), and since this is all pretty much my baby I went and bought some more accessories for our familiar characters, so you have those aesthetic upgrades to look forward to, but my greatest and most unique challenge for this project (also most expensive) was designing and costuming a space pixie (designing and costuming are different lol).  Erika and I worked together to come up with a great character and we’re all excited to have Erika bring it life when we try again.

Yes, again.  We actually started filming in Deceber 2017, at an almost astronomical alignment of our schedules, and we got most of it filmed until somebody slept through a critical shoot (Jack lol), and on top of that, we had some formatting errors that we blame on 2 years of inactivity (all me), but the kinks are ironed out and come spring we hope for smooth sailing.  We’ve never had to start over before, and it was humbling, so we can at least promise no repeat mistakes, as long as everybody shows up, knock on wood.

In our next video, we will be bringing out some old characters from the 8-Leafer Universe, like Captain Tombstone, Cloverman, and Dane Kirschnott, cramming them together into one of the most unlikely places.  What possible circumstances could bring these minds together in one video?  And what role could Erika Adams’ Nixie play in the 8-Leafer Universe?   We hope to show you later this year, in “Pilot Away!”

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*UPDATE:  This project became our first cancellation due to a catastrophic data failure.  A reshoot is probable, but it would need significant changes to be an entry at the Catalyst Content Festival next year, but that is the plan, for now.

Thesis Film Complete! Joseph Carlson Presents “Cap and the Giant”

Captain Tombstone returns in this all new adventure, starring Jack Schmidt and Eric Blair.  Having only 2 months to make this huge project, it is rough around the edges, but I think you will enjoy it.  This is Captain Tombstone’s 3rd adventure, and we hope to see many more in the future.

(coming soon in 1080p!)

Gathering Mats for a New Batch!

Hey everyone!  I have been shopping for materials to start my next batch of 4-Leaf Clover Pendants, and this batch should be significantly bigger than my first batch of 45.  I am expanding my horizons a little, so I have some surprise clover-type items coming, and I’m really excited to see them done, but I think I still have some shopping to do before I get started.  I am still looking for an alternative adhesive, but as that would make this experimental, I will still be using my old adhesive on most of my new pendants, and those will take a little over a year to sufficiently set and dry.  I’ll let you know when I get started, and maybe I’ll be able to take you along through the process!

Behind the Scenes

 

Behind the Scenes 1 1 on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Behind the Scenes 1 1 on Vimeo.

Here we have some raw footage and blooper highlights from several of my video projects.  You can see how we look without a different background keyed in, and maybe somebody might find that interesting.  I brought in a little of my work with miniatures in film to show the scale of these tiny worlds I have had the pleasure to run around in.  The footage also shows a little of how Jack Schmidt can lighten up a set.  That’s me in the werewolf mask, having a dance between takes.  I would be in more of these, but I usually film all the parts I can film by myself after everybody else goes home.  We also get a snippet of my mother in my hypothetical movie Trailer, “The Knutcracker,” and a shot of my honorary Key Grip, showcasing my Boom, made of parts from his hardware store.  In the final string of shots, we can see “Evie,” in one of the most adorable yet frustrating shoots I’ve ever done, for a hypothetical commercial, “Jell-O Daze.”  Her father was incredibly patient with her over the several hours we tried to get her to say she doesn’t like green-beans, and then throw them in the next scene: She didn’t want to, because she did, in fact, like green beans, and didn’t want to throw them, but eat them.  It took pudding, patience, and a “Frozen” doll, but that was my first actual shoot with a child subject, and I learned a lot.