Tales of Light & Dark Season 2: Full Moon Rising Part 1 is now online

Mike Lane (THE BLOOD SHED, FAIRVIEW FALLS) stars as Jimmy Wayne Garrick, a man who becomes obsessed with the idea that he is changing into a werewolf after being bitten by a wild animal.

Co-starring Frank Catalanotto and featuring special makeup FX by award winning makeup FX team, Gerner and Spears FX Co.(I SELL THE DEAD, STAKE LAND)

This is a new 10th anniversary director’s cut enhanced in high definition wide screen. The story was first presented in the award winning movie THE TENEMENT. This new version features a new ending that ties to the events and Jimmy’s return in the season 1 episodes “OPEN CALL” and “GEOKILLING”.

Tales of Light & Dark Season 2: Full Moon Rising Teaser

FULL MOON RISING tells the origin story of Jimmy Wayne Garrick who believes he is turning into a werewolf after being bitten by a wild animal.

Starring Mike Lane (THE BLOOD SHED, FAIRVIEW FALLS) and featuring special makeup FX by award winning makeup artist, Brian Spears (STAKE LAND, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE) .

FULL MOON RISING, originally featured in the award winning movie THE TENEMENT, is available for free for the first time as a three-part web series that will be launching Halloween 2014. This new presentation has been re-edited and remastered in high definition. It also features a new ending tying it to the season one TALES OF LIGHT & DARK episodes OPEN CALL and GEOKILLING.

Shinobi Ninja takes Light & Dark by Storm

I just finished listening to Shinobi Ninja’s new album, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and it rocks!! I’m also proud to announce that their new single GLOOM DOOM will be featured in the upcoming season 2 of TALES OF LIGHT & DARK. Stay tune for more info!


In the meantime, go to iTunes and buy their new album. You will not be disappointed. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/escape-from-new-york/id878752763

If you don’t believe me check out the video for GLOOM DOOM.  These guys kick ass!

Red Giant Universe Review

There are hundreds of plug-ins on the market today to accomplish pretty much anything that you need to do.  Faster processors and GPUs have given consumers near unbridled flexibility and power rivaling capabilities of big production houses.

I’m not a saavy After effects user at all so to have this kind of power at my fingertips not only saves me time but money because I don’t have to hire someone to create sophisticated effects for me.

The problem is that many of these plugins can be just as hard to use as the software they plug into.  Sure it’s a time saver but if you struggle to use them or to find the right one to use then what’s the point of having them at all? Red Giant Universe tackles this issue head-on by placing the power of some of the industry’s most effective and useful plug-ins within easy operational and economical reach.

The Universe concept is consistent with a growing community-oriented model these days, whereby users are encouraged to offer suggestions and provide meaningful feedback. Once you register for free you have access to a wide range of no-cost and paid FX tools. The free tools include many popular blurs, glows, and transitions, so this is a good introduction to Universe for most users.

The paid premium content allows you access to a much larger range of tools with notable offerings like Knoll Light Factory.  Not every tool is offered at this point however.  I’m a huge fan of Magic Bullet which is currently not offered inside Universe.  That shouldn’t stop you though because this is still a terrific collection and as of version 1.1 which was released today, Red Giant Universe has already added more premium content.

A paid subscription is only $10 per month or at a discounted price of $99 for an annual subscription. It’s definitely well worth the price. For a full list of what’s included visit www.redgiant.com/store/universe/pricing.

Red Giant Universe Unveiled

Software company, Red Giant, just unveiled their public beta today for Red Giant Universe.  I have been a long-time fan and user of their products.  Their latest technology is sure to make a big impact for editors.

Red Giant will be offering two levels of membership:

  1. Free membership that will allow users access a free collection of plugins
  2. Premium membership at $10 per month, $99 per year or $399 for a lifetime membership.

Check out the official press release below:


March 12, 2014 – Today, Red Giant, makers of Magic Bullet, Trapcode and PluralEyes, announced Red Giant Universe (public beta) – a community that gives members access to fast and powerful tools for editing, filmmaking, visual effects and motion design.

Red Giant Universe from Red Giant on Vimeo.

“It’s rare we get to introduce technology that is entirely new,” said Sean Safreed, Red Giant’s co-founder and CTO who has been working with his team, behind the scenes, on Universe for the last year and a half. “Universe is an entirely new foundation for tools. It marries the simplicity of Javascript with the power of the GPU to deliver speedy renders and pixel-perfect results. Users are going to love how quickly we offer new plug-ins.”

In total, Red Giant is releasing an unprecedented 50 new plug-ins at once – with more already in development. Every tool in the Universe library of effects and transitions is GPU-accelerated, both Mac and Windows compatible, and works across multiple host applications including: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion. The Universe library of tools is continuously growing – new effects and transitions are added regularly, and existing tools are updated often, based on user feedback.

In addition to the expanding library of plug-ins, Universe also offers Premium membership, which gives users access to even more tools – including new effects and transitions, as well as existing Red Giant favorites ported over to the new Universe platform (such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, Retrograde and ToonIt). Premium membership is available through monthly and yearly subscription, as well as a one-time lifetime membership fee.

“I’m a motion graphics and visual effects artist, and definitely not a coder,” said Aharon Rabinowitz, Red Giant’s director of content and communities. “Even so, along with the Universe development team, folks like motion designer Harry Frank and I have been secretly cranking out plug-ins for the last few months. Our new development tools have made it surprisingly easy. I’m super excited that we can finally share the stuff we’ve been making.”

What truly makes Universe unique, however, is its community aspects. Through Universe Labs, members get to help choose what effects and transitions Red Giant builds next, and premium members are eligible for invitations to early betas of new products, allowing users to give early feedback and actively help shape Universe’s expansion over time.

Pricing & Availability
Red Giant Universe free membership is available starting today, with the Premium membership available for purchase in March. Premium pricing will be $10 (monthly), $99 (yearly) and $399 (lifetime).

Sign up for a Red Giant Universe account today at http://redgiant.com/universe.

The Red Pledge
Red Pledge is Red Giant’s commitment to customer happiness, with no purchasing hassles. Learn about the Red Pledge guarantee at http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/redpledge/.

About Red Giant
Founded in 2002, Red Giant creates an ever-expanding universe of effects tools ranging from plug-in suites, applications and mobile apps to Guru Presets, complimentary products and sharing communities. We provide software for motion design, photography and color correction that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production. Red Giant offers the industry-leading Trapcode tools for broadcast design; Magic Bullet Suite for color correction; and over 60 products that run in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Avid, Vegas, Nuke, and Avid Studio. Our effects have enhanced dozens of feature films such as Angels & Demons and The Social Network, and added sparkle to networks like NBC Universal, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, and TNT. Join us on Facebook (RedGiantSoftware), follow us on Twitter (@RedGiantNews) and get no-charge content at Redgiantpeople.com.

Universe at a Glance:
Red Giant Universe is a community with access to an ever-expanding library of new tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists and motion designers. Universe includes:

  • Tons of New GPU-Accelerated effects and transitions.
  • 31 No-Charge Tools (22 Effects and 9 Transitions)
  • 19 Premium Tools (12 Effects and 7 Transitions)
  • Regularly updated (using our development tool, Supernova)
  • Porting of some existing Red Giant products to Universe (Premium)
  • Voting on new tools to decide what gets made next
  • Invitations to private betas for new tools (Premium)

OS Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5
  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.0 and later
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • Windows 8 and 8.1

Host App Compatibility:

  • Adobe After Effects CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, CC
  • Apple FCPX
  • Apple Motion 5

Hardware Requirements:

  • GPU-accelerated graphics card

Pricing & Availability:
Red Giant Universe is available starting today, with Premium membership available for purchase in the next few weeks.

  • Basic Membership: Free
  • Premium Monthly: $10
  • Premium Yearly: $99
  • Premium Lifetime: $399