City 7, The Future and Ghost Stories


About two and a half years ago I began writing a screenplay.  Over the the next 8 months it was turned into the 14 minute long Action/Horror movie: City 7.

It was a blast to make, and takes place in the world I began writing in several years ago when I still owned and ran Ravenhorde Studios.  As we went into filming we planned to continue the story line with other short films, and web series releases.  I had written the majority of the story that followed another HAVOC.  However during filming we kept getting asked the same questions by our cast and crew, and the idea behind “Ghost Stories: The Package” was born.

Over the last 3 months I have written a new story arc and screenplay based on the same world.  This time we have a personal story, no longer focused on a team, but a single highly trained man, and his trials and tribulations in the wasteland that America has become.  The focus now is to reveal more of the setting of City 7, exposing bits of the world and getting into the uncomfortable questions of “who, when and why”.

With a finalized script, we are officially moving into pre-production.  Gears shift and I become a Producer and organizer.  Responsible for raising money, designing props, costumes, and figuring out make-up direction.  Peter, our Director, and I are also looking at filming locations and contacting the community to raise awareness about our project.  We have taken a different path this time, and will be making a 12 and 14 episodes web series.  Be sure to follow our progress on our Facebook page, as well as visiting out Indiegogo Campaign to look over our awesome perks.

I also started a production blog via Tumblr, and will be updating Worldcrafter with the art/development side of the project.

-TheGrav

 

Mason’s Monument to Washington, Photoblog


Free Mason‘s Monument to George Washington..

 

Full view, I admit in these few photos… you gotta wonder if Dan Brown knows something.  Very imposing and totalitarian architecture.

 

 

 

Totally had a Kung-Fu Panda Moment..

 

During this DC trip, I somehow started catching all sorts of Orbs.

 

FRONT DOOR!  It was made for Giants!

 

Washington Accepting a surrender in a mural.

 

OMG A CEILING!

 

Room built to look like an original Mason Lodge, the chair in the background was Washington’s at one point.

 

 

 

More pictures and items from that same original Mason hall.

 

Dentist and surgeon… had a set of twin dueling pistols.  Apparently “do no harm” was not part of the code back in the day.

 

Cool crest in the museum part…

 

The Desk Washington took to war, the other side of the desk would have been used by his adjunct.

 

 

 

 

Relics from the Washington household…

 

Old brick buildings in Alexandria 🙂

 

View from the top of the tower, into Old Alexandria.

 

View into the Capital Mall from the top of the Tower in Alexandria.

 

Masonic symbol seen from the tower…

-TheGrav

Georgetown… a Dad guided tour…


A hundred years ago, exactly one year before I was born(according to my sister…), my Dad went to Georgetown.  In fact I think he may have been there, or still in the area when a certain set of steps became famous worldwide.  Hint: That is a reference to a Horror movie, and a priest…

What better person to give you a guided tour… here is what Georgetown looks like:

Old brick buildings…

This house was for sale… 6.5 Million, IIRC

Between The Exorcist stairs and the old trolley station, HUGE house…

Graffiti at the top of The Exorcist stairs, reminded me of Operation: Mindcrime and Max Payne.

The Infamous stairs… Apparently no one that goes to Georgetown likes them, cause they are a bitch to use, not because some dude flew down them at the end of a movie..

Steps up the to the Main Campus…

No clue why I took this one…

Awesome, Crazy, Building…

Founding crest mosaic…

Washington gave one of his speeches form this porch, just across from the Jesuit living quarters…  You can Taste the history in some of these places.

The new and the Old, the Building on the right was not as big when my Dad and Mom attended Georgetown.

These are the buildings where my parents learned how to do SCIENCE!

Dad and Little sis..

So much brick…

Yep, This is in fact DC Cupcake.. but wait till you see the line…

And I couldn’t get the entire thing…

Awesome window… and this was pretty common for some of the more swanky places…and yes it is done on purpose 🙂

One of the oldest banks in the area…

The Canal… the path on the right is where mules would walk to pull the barges…

Same Canal, Facing DC Proper…

 

More to come from the area soon.

-TheGrav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the hell did I go?


Life has a tendency to force us to grow when we need it rather than when it is comfortable or when we are ready for it.  That is where I found myself 3 weeks ago when I returned from Washington D.C.  Uncomfortable and faced with some massive personal changes.

I don’t ever try to look at events in life from a negative point of view.  So I have embraced the changes I have been faced with and begun to make some positive improvements myself.  I am notorious for starting an art project, working pretty hard on it and then not finishing.  This is one of the goals I have set for myself.

I have returned to my Serial Experiments Lain painting with the goal of finishing it by the end of this week.  I have also decided it is time to start taking a more active role in weight loss and exercise, no longer am I going to be happy with just dieting and more walking alone.  I am currently on my third week of almost daily 3 mile runs.

Finally I have decided to finish my AA programs at the local community college, this might be the most significant change I have made, as it will impact my art and my growth as an artist the most.

In other news, I have a STACK of Sketches I promise to get around to posting, and a few other projects I have also brought into the “needs to be finished” basket.

-TheGrav

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.


Top of the third floor staircase.

Ben Franklin as a Roman Caesar, third floor entry hall.

Entry hall third floor, east wall.

Here comes some art…

Skylight outside of “To Build a Better Mouse Trap.”

Third floor Balcony…

Center Courtyard, with it’s neat water things, and my little Sister.

More Art…

What’s it look like on the outside?  Some Pictures of the building.

Never contributed a f*cking thing…


My thoughts on the 99%

“..never contributed a f*cking thing to the country they love to criticize..”

“..so how does it feel to know that someones kid in the heart of america has blood in his hands, fighting to defend your rights so you can lead a lifestyle that insults his families very existence..”

F*ck you pricks, spend less to protesting and more time finding a job like the rest of us you claim to be protesting for.

This country was built on the fact that we can work to make it better, not protest and stand behind some facade of righteousness rather than going to work.  My taxes are being wasted on these protesters.  How the f*ck does that help or even make sense?

-TheGrav

The Secret War, WWII


Awhile ago I posted a few images on “The Secret War” and mentioned that I had played around with the idea that it has always raged just underneath out feet.

Well this weekend I was inspired(as I tore through a few dozen sheets of paper coming up with the movie posters thumbnails I have decided on..) and took a second to sketch this little dude up.

Illustration, Mouse, Cute, World War IIThis guy is supposed to be a World War II special forces Mouse.  The idea here being that the Nazi’s were in league with the Grey Ones, in order to find the Object through their rumored Occult Services.

I enjoy little side stuff like this!

Anyway soon I will have the first steps of the movie poster up!  As a disclaimer I am guessing Sketch a Day is gonna fall by the wayside as I work through this project.

-TheGrav

 

City 7


So, as I have mentioned more than once in the past myself and a friend put together a little production company here in Sunny San Diego so we could make dark and moody horror/action films!

<sarcasm>Apparently we get to much sun and just long for storm clouds and rain and darkness! </sarcasm>

Our first film, up until now code named: HAVOC, will be City 7 and it will follow a group of soldiers as they move through the decaying city fighting ZOMBIES! More about the world can be found on my Fictional Blog: HAVOC.

We have begun to work on a series of Webcasts that will follow our work and feature the technology we plan to use as well as snip-bits of the story and future release.  Our YouTube channel is Digital Raven, and you can find us on Facebook as Digital Raven as well.

As this is a complex world and big project a few of my past and future #sketchaday ‘s willillustration, Concept design deal with the HAVOC world.  In fact here is today’s sketch!

Enjoy!

More to come

-TheGrav