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NEW Stormy Tempest: Fight for the Future!

10 Mar 2012 05:44 - 03 Jun 2012 05:06 #26486 by accomics
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Howdy folks!

We've just released our second episode of Stormy Tempest Season 2 which introduces our new Supergirl-esque character, Lacey Slater. We first mentioned her here way back in 2010 and the wait is almost over. Lacey doesn't get her powers until the next episode, but in THIS episode (Prisoner in the Present) we establish her place in the Stormy Tempest universe and set the stage. We are working on the special effects for the next episode right now, so it won't be long before Lacey takes to the skies and wipes out an army of bad guys. Super-strength, speed, invulnerability, enhanced senses, heat vision... the whole shebang! Plus.... Stormy Tempest herself! It's going to be awesome!

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Stormy Tempest Season 2 continues! In the aftermath of Stormy Tempest: Torment in Time our heroine struggles to escape a psychedelic mental prison. She is trapped in an endless void with no hope of escape and taunted by an unseen foe. Her courage, her strength of will and her memories are violated. Her innermost fears rise up to consume her. Stormy is assaulted without warning and finds herself stripped of her defenses, her weapons... and her entire costume. Meanwhile the invading horde of evil Gorla Monks canvass the 21st century suburbs in search of their prey. And Lacey Slater, a beautiful and innocent young woman, begins an adventure that will give rise to one of the most powerful superheroines the world has ever known.

Nicola Rae returns as Stormy Tempest in a daring, unforgettable, sexy, provocative and nuanced performance that adds depth and dimension to Bill Black's sci-fi superheroine. Pierce Knightley expands the personality of reluctant hero Eddie "The Chill" Karbunkle. Chris Casteel sets aside the gorilla suit and adds a touch of comic relief. And Aliya Hayes debuts as Lacey Slater, a character destined to become a "super" fan favorite. Watch it now!

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10 Mar 2012 19:30 #26490 by Markiehoe
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Cult Retro turns out a great product for guys who like a mix of peril and Ubergirl action. This episode is sexy and real fun to watch and the teaser trailer at the end wets your appetite for the Supergirl action coming next.

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10 Mar 2012 20:37 #26492 by lfan
SWM's Unofficial Review:

I'll be the first to confess that I haven't been a HUGE fan of the Cult Retro productions to date, primarily cause of their lack of "ubergirl elements" in their films. That said, the previous films (mostly Stormy Tempest) stuff has been entertaining and well-done, mixing action with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek comedy that gives them a lighter fill than a lot of other genre stuff.

Stormy Tempest Season 2 piqued my interest (obviously) with the introduction of "Lacey Slater", their oft-promised and currently 'unnamed' supergirl-esque character that they have been promising (more like teasing) for a while. As mentioned by their producers, the wait is over with Aliya Hayes in the role.

I was curious to see how everything was gonna translate to "film" from the stills that we'd only been privy to. Often, the translation from model to actress isn't always convincing, and in some cases, often painful. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised -- and now deeply in love -- with Aliya's character Lacey. Her uber-cutesy portrayal of Lacey and her radiating confidence at becoming a "comic book nerd's fantasy girl" stole the show, in my opinion, even without ANY super feats in this installment. Looking at the stills previously, I was concerned -- and not too excited -- with her "costume" that looked like, quite honestly, a cheap halloween version of Evil Kneviel. However, it does look better on screen and is used for a specific reason. However, I still hope they change it later to an outfit more worthy of her exceptional shape!

Speaking of exception shapes, I would be remiss if I did not mention the beautiful Nicola Rae in the lead role as Stormy Tempest, since the movie DOES center around her. Nicola Rae has always done a great job portraying the inter-galactic space officer. While Aliya is a diminutive little hardbody, Nicola is a statusesque beauty that conveys an imposing authority when she is on screen with any of the male cast. Her overall look gives me a striking flashback to Heather Lei Guezetta, who starred as the "Ms Richards" in The Awakening.

Regardless of physical looks, one thing that is apparent through the film and conveyed in the outtakes is the fun that everyone seems to be having in the production. One thing in my experience is that no matter how good the actresses look, if they don't embrace the role or have fun, it comes out like crap. No CRAP here!

As Markiehoe mentioned before, there is a teaser at the end for the next installments, including some "super moments" for Aliya. I really enjoyed those, but they were unnecessary...she had me when she zipped up her white boots! :)

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10 Mar 2012 21:30 #26494 by Sarge395
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Thank you for the review. I'll be buying it as soon as I get stateside.

Angel Avengers look promising. Probably buy one of those and review it.

Aliya has some serious potential it appears. A more form fitting costume would be a welcome change.

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10 Mar 2012 22:32 #26495 by accomics
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Wow! Thanks for the great review, ElF!

As you mentioned, Lacey's costume is deliberately amateurish. She's not supposed to be wearing a "real" costume yet because she is not yet a superheroine. At this stage we were simply trying to make her a fun, unique and interesting personality. Our hope is to spin Lacey out of Stormy Tempest Season 2 and into her own ongoing series of clips. If that works out, Lacey will definitely get a costume upgrade.

As for "peril"... we use that term in the traditional pulp/comicbook sense of the word... referring to danger and adversity for our heroines to overcome. The modern definition of peril seems to imply rape fantasies and sexual abuse, which is not at all what we are about. The only reason we put our heroines "in peril" is to see how they get themselves out of it.

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10 Mar 2012 23:22 #26497 by lfan
Thx for weighing in, AC....no problem on the review, as I did enjoy watching it. Great news to hear about the possibility of a spinoff with Aliya's character. If she was a tad bit taller, I'd say she would be worthy of portraying Ms V or Jennifer Burke. Regardless, I hope she sticks around and her character is embraced (read: purchased) by the community (read: buy it)

Good to hear about the costume as well...when I first saw the stills, I was a little concerned, but your motives/reasoning was apparent when it was laid out in the film...

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accomics wrote: Wow! Thanks for the great review, ElF!

As you mentioned, Lacey's costume is deliberately amateurish. She's not supposed to be wearing a "real" costume yet because she is not yet a superheroine. At this stage we were simply trying to make her a fun, unique and interesting personality. Our hope is to spin Lacey out of Stormy Tempest Season 2 and into her own ongoing series of clips. If that works out, Lacey will definitely get a costume upgrade.

As for "peril"... we use that term in the traditional pulp/comicbook sense of the word... referring to danger and adversity for our heroines to overcome. The modern definition of peril seems to imply rape fantasies and sexual abuse, which is not at all what we are about. The only reason we put our heroines "in peril" is to see how they get themselves out of it.

Thanks for lookin!
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11 Mar 2012 06:21 #26501 by djitters19
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Great to hear AC Comics! I'm looking forward to the Stormy Tempest spin-off and the new Stormy herself!

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12 Mar 2012 04:54 #26514 by lfan
You know, we bitch and moan here often about how Hollywood and mainstream TV doesn't cater to our desires in terms of ubergirls. When "new" producers such as AC Comics and Madigan Films and others offer to test the waters and try to solicit feedback, we should jump at the opportunity and tell them what we like and dislike as well as what we'd like to see more of.

I think we take it for granted with established producers like Bully Pup and Random, but if others are willing to try and give us what they want, the least we can do is support them, right? Or maybe I'm not....
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12 Mar 2012 05:42 #26515 by Markiehoe
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lfan is right on here! If we don't support producers like Cult Retro we only to blame ourselves for lack of quality based new product.

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12 Mar 2012 06:07 #26516 by AlbertC
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There's a special point in all of this. Those productions are more flexible to fullfill the expectations of their costumers, and this is very positive.
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12 Mar 2012 06:14 #26517 by lfan

jpk2008 wrote: There's a special point in all of this. Those productions are more flexible to fullfill the expectations of their costumers, and this is very positive.


But what are YOUR expectations, JPK? As someone once told me, no feedback is still feedback (and "bad" feedback to boot)

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12 Mar 2012 07:11 #26519 by AlbertC
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Well, my expectations usually I report to the websites where I buy, depends a lot of factors and it's not only one isolated. The point that is necessary To remember is give this feedback To them and support productions we think that are good, according to our personal tastes.

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12 Mar 2012 07:43 #26520 by accomics
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Thanks jpk!

It is EXTREMELY helpful to hear what customers want to see. We don't make "custom" films, but we HAVE been known to include a specific scene or shot in our films just to satisfy the requests of one loyal and vocal customer. If we hear the SAME request from MULTIPLE customers it's nearly a guarantee that we will incorporate that suggestion into future projects.

Our new character Lacey, for example, was created specifically to appeal to ubergirl fans and we are very hopeful that you guys will enjoy her character and abilities. We'd love to hear what you think of her so far, and what you'd like to see from her in the future... and so would Aliya Hayes! Some of our AngelAvenger actresses are also interested in being ubergirls.

I can GUARANTEE that I will get emails and requests from multiple customers asking me to see Lacey tied up (if not worse). I am curious to find out if I will receive an equal or greater number of requests from SWM asking us NOT to do that. I am hopeful that we can drum up enough support for an ongoing CultRetro ubergirl series, so that we can finally make a set of films that do NOT require large amounts of rope. :)

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12 Mar 2012 08:56 #26521 by inactive
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My 2 cents:

It was fun, but I was left wanting more action, more power, and less of Stormy Tempest being held prisoner in her own mind. The actress who plays Lacey has a nice "hands on hips" power pose, and I am looking forward to seeing her have the abilities to go along with it. Call me corny, but I actually preferred her costume to Stormy Tempest's; it's good when she twirls.

The monks are suitably evil (even if a little hard to understand in their first scene). I just wanna see our heroines knocking them around instead of hiding.

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12 Mar 2012 09:03 - 12 Mar 2012 09:10 #26522 by eromacque
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This is exceptionally exciting! The genre is choked with peril videos and obviously they have their place, but I firmly believe that the Empowered Ubergirl audience is waiting for good product on which to spend their money. I know I am.

Don't be too ambitious. Rely on practical effects that a team of dedicated amateurs can perform. Think gun bends, bar bends, door smashes, car stops.....all the things that you can do with a camera that can showcase a mighty heroine without having to learn a ton on Adobe After Effects or similar software.

Use throatlifts judiciously. They're an easy way to showcase superstrength. Aaaaand that's why everyone uses them to excess. One's enough.

Story is great. Romance is great. Acting MATTERS. If the actress is really "into" the role, it's apparent from the very first frame. Seek out/audition people with talent in front of the camera. Even amateurs who believe in the movie and enjoy the material can work. A gorgeous girl in a great costume who phones it in isn't much fun. Remember: Your goal is to engross your audience for the entire film, not just your set pieces, and to make them crave the next installment.

Think like filmmakers. Think about blocking, lighting, sound, and shot set-ups. Make them interesting. Don't rely on a medium two-shot for all dialogue. Think about using a dolly. Call a local film school and cultivate friends in the student body....people with access to lights and the knowledge to be good gaffers or cinematographers. No one's expecting "Minority Report" but quality matters. When you have a crew of ONE, that shows. When you have a crew of FIVE who know what they're doing...when you have a comprehensive script and shot list....this stuff will be apparent to your viewers.

Be smart with props and set decoration. If a girl's bending a spraypainted pool worm in lieu of a large steel beam, that'll be apparent. There are ubergirl movies out there that depict this stuff done RIGHT. Seek them out. Use what they have. Bring your ideas and resources to the mix and make something terrific.

If you do, I promise you, I'll be an exceptionally loyal customer. I double-super-ultra promise.

Good luck!

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12 Mar 2012 10:15 #26523 by oogber
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I tend not to buy any of these videos besides Random's, because from Random, I know I won't get 5% action and 95% peril.

If AC comics does something with an empowered supergirl instead of a depowered one, I would definitely give it a purchase.

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12 Mar 2012 13:10 #26526 by Markiehoe
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I also don't care for the 95% peril videos. The 95% ubergirl videos don't do it for me either.
To each his own.
I personally have no desire to see a super powered woman lord it over common folk. In order to showcase a superwoman you have to have super opponents equal to or superior to her in order for her to overcome and triumph in the end.
Basic story telling 101
I enjoy back and forth battles where the main character is basically a good person trying to do the right thing.

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12 Mar 2012 16:08 #26527 by Sarge395
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What I would like to see:

A gorgeous woman being the victor. Prefer bad girls but I'll take what I can get. Ursa/Conceptfan are my standards. Any SFX that show her strength and powers. Throatlift once a clip, but then throw in a crushing handshake or hand to the shoulder that brings the man to his knees in pain. Some back and forth with the antagonist but basically I want an Ubergirl that is going to come out on top. Some flying! Even some floating/levitating is better than nothing. Superbreath. Get a leaf blower, blast the guy, add in some sound effects. Good girl goes bad. Bad girl gets worse :evil:

I'll watch a peril video if the girl(s) and costumes are hot enough but it takes a lot of that before I'll pry open my wallet. I've seen a lot of the 'Giga' type Japanese superheroine peril videos that were converted into short YouTube videos that edit out a lot of the peril stuff and love those.

Understand you need to get feedback in order to even think about doing less peril and more female dominant.

Chime in fans.

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12 Mar 2012 17:13 #26528 by accomics
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Thanks for supporting the film DietSnapple71!

The action is definitely coming. This is our 8th Stormy Tempest release and one of the few that does not have heavy action. In this particular episode Stormy is recovering from injuries received in earlier episodes, which gives us an opportunity to explore her character and personality for a change. The action kicks in next episode, most of which revolves around Lacey Slater.

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12 Mar 2012 17:26 #26529 by accomics
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@goobers

The first Stormy Tempest film is probably right up your alley, though the effects are now dated. You might like AngelAvengers also. Generally we try to have a powerful and empowered heroine up against an equally powerful villain, though the heroine is pretty much always going to win in the long run.

The next two episodes of Stormy have no depowering whatsoever. Quite the opposite. Since the peril-fans are going to hate it, we're hoping that people like yourself will jump in and give it a shot. :)

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