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Friday, December 22, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool Podcast - Episode 70: Space Fonzie Meets the Care Bears!

It’s Jedi to Jedi as Laree and Jim discuss Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi!
Available now on iTunes!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Candyland with Q & A this Sunday in Buffalo!

This weekend, writer Lisa Wisely and director James Felix McKenney will be attending Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2017 where our short, Candyland, will be showing ahead of the feature film, The Harrowing, on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:45pm! A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool Podcast - Episode 68: Aaroooooh!

The World’s Worst Podcast’s Halloween “celebration” continues as Laree and Jim talk about werewolves and stuff!
Available now on iTunes!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sea-Borg Mutations in Fall Colors!

A new batch of Sea-Borg Mutation figures in autumn colors now available in the Etsy shop!

Candyland's Buffalo Screening Information Announced!

Our short film, Candyland, will be screening at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival on November 5 at 2:45pm before the horror feature, The Harrowing.

From the Buffalo Dreams Facebook page:

"Sun 11/5 at 2:45 pm Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is proud to present the NYS premiere of The Harrowing (Horror/Thriller, US, 125m), a superior and adult horror film in which a troubled cop goes undercover in a mental institution to prove the existence of demons. Co-starring the great Michael Ironside (Scanners) and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy). Q&A with writer-director Jon Keeyes, who last visited us to screen Nightmare Box, and producer/star Matthew Tompkins.

We are also proud to precede The Harrowing with the short film
Candyland (Drama, US, 11 mins): Mean girls, designer jeans, lessons learned on the schoolyard field in 1983. This is not a horror film. It may seem like an odd film to pair with our feature, but there is a theme: the director, James Felix McKenney (The Off Season, Automatons) is an indie artist who cannot be pigeonholed, just like Jon Keeyes. We're delighted to have both filmmakers in the same block, as well as writer/co-producer Lisa Wisely."

See you there!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Animals World Premiere!

Jason Moore’s short film, Animals, will have its World Premiere at the Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales.

The festival runs from October 27-29 and will be host to a select group of international feature and short films. Animals is in competition in the short film category.

Animals was written by Jason and Jason Moore, produced by the Moores and James Felix McKenney, with cinematography by Eric Branco.

Visit the official website here and Like Animals on Facebook.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Up now! Before Geeks Were Cool Podcast - Episode 67: Mummies on Fire!

It’s Halloween time! After a bit of a hiatus, the World’s Worst Podcast returns to talk about the undead from Egypt — Mummies! Plus, the usual off-topic ramblings.

Available now on iTunes!

Candyland to Screen in Buffalo this November!

We are happy to announce that our short film, Candyland, has been selected to screen at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival this fall! The festival runs from Thursday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 12th. Showtimes and venue information to come at the BDFFF website.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trailer for Candyland Now Online!

The trailer for Candyland, a short film written by Lisa Wisely and directed and edited by James Felix McKenney, is up on YouTube. Please watch it and share!

Candyland will be premiering at the New York State International Film Festival on September 12, 2017.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Candyland to Premiere in Albany September 12!

We’re thrilled to announce that our short film, Candyland, will have its premiere screening at the New York State International Film Festival!

Candyland will be screening on September 12th at the Madison Theater in Albany, NY as part of the festival’s Drama Shorts program.

Festival doors open at 5:30pm, screening starts at 6:00pm.

For tickets and more information, please visit the festival website.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CanniBallistic! The Prime Cut

James has finally completed his work on the remastered Prime Cut edition of our first feature film, CanniBallistic! Details to come on when and where the film will be available to view.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool - Episode 66: Termination!

The World’s Worst Podcast is back again, as Laree and Jim talk about the Terminator film series. Also discussed are the Terminator TV show and video games, Twin Peaks, Wonder Woman, Mifune: The Last Samurai, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Elstree 1976 and David Lynch: The Art Life.

Available now on iTunes!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Recreating the sounds of CanniBallistic!

This past weekend was all about recreating the lost audio elements from CanniBallistic! for the new remastered Prime Cut edition of the film.

Original composer Noah Defilippis had the thankless task of playing and re-recording all of his music and other audio cues, while Amy Teh returned to once again record her screams heard coming from the mouth of Laura Sweeney in the film.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool - Episode 65: Three-Way Face Hug!

Special guest Noah joins Laree and Jim to argue about the Alien film franchise including the latest, Alien: Covenant.

Grab it on iTunes.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chumley Likes Toys!

Chumley and Sea-Borg Claw!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Work in Progress...

Remastering our first feature film, CanniBallistic!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chumley Likes Toys!

Chumley and Sea-Borg King!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool Episode 64: Laree in New York!

Laree and Jim recap Laree’s visit to the East Coast! Topics discussed include Free Comic Book Day at the Secret Comix Cave, The Frank Frazetta Museum, The Hudson Valley Comic Con, comic book shopping, movies and stuff watched: The Void, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Over the Garden Wall, Atomik Circus and Ghost in the Shell, and strange dining experiences.

Catch up on iTunes!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday Comics!

Hmmm… Seems a tad over-priced. If you want to save a few bucks, you can always get the whole set for $5 in the Studio Midnight online shop. Thanks to Gary Bedenharn for the auction tip!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017!

Thanks to everyone who came out and to the Secret Comix Cave in Oneonta, NY for hosting! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#TBT - Satan Hates You Hotel Shoot

#tbt End of day beers with Don Wood and the super-cool Michael Berryman while shooting Satan Hates You.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Comic - "The Chip"

Originally presented in *PPFSZT! #37.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Stickers!

The new stickers are here for the World's Worst Podcast!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Film Friday! Death to the Automatons!

Film Friday! Death to the Automatons! A 60-minute look back to the summer of 2005 and the making of our low-fi sci-fi feature film, AUTOMATONS. Watch it here!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Automatons Robot on the Loose!

One of our Automatons Soldier Bots has settled into its new home at Secret Comix Cave in Oneonta, NY!

New Comics Page on the Studio Midnight Site

An update to the old Studio Midnight website has just been added listing some of the non-MonsterPants comics work by James Felix McKenney. Have a look right here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Free Comic Book Day Appearance in Oneonta, NY!

James Felix McKenney will be appearing at Secret Comix Cave in Oneonta, NY on May 6th for Free Comic Book Day! Accompanying him will be Laree Love who is visiting from Los Angeles. The two of them will be recording a special episode of the Before Geeks Were Cool podcast in the store. James will also have comics, DVDs, Sea-Borgs and other toys on hand to sign and sell. And since it’s Free Comic Book Day, the Secret Comix Cave will have a selection of more than fifty free comics for you to choose from. Come by and say hi!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to Michael Rooker!

photo by Graham Reznick

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Before Geeks Were Cool Podcast 63: Giant-Size Man-Thing!

Well, this is embarrassing. The World’s Worst Podcast returns to talk about Marvel during the Bronze Age of Comics, completely forgetting that these senile old idiots already covered this very same topic back in April 2015! Oh well, hopefully Laree and Jim had something new to say on the topic, but you know how the elderly tend to repeat themselves as they ramble on and on… Topics discussed include the death of Bill Paxton (well, that’s new at least), Spider-man, Conan the Barbarian, Howard the Duck, Red Sonja, Jack Kirby, The Defenders, Power Man and Iron Fist, Captain America, The Avengers and other Marvel favorites.

Available on iTunes.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Low-fi Sci-fi for Film Friday

Film Friday! Trailer for CHAPTER FOUR, our 2013 low-fi sci-fi short film experiment starring Voltaire (ABCs of Death 2), Mizuo Peck (The Night at the Museum series), Matt Huffman (Tales from Beyond the Pale) and The Sucklord (Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

John Levene in CanniBallistic!

 #tbt Shooting CanniBallistic! with John Levene in Los Angeles during the summer of 2000.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Film Friday: It's cold out there!
Film Friday! Embrace the winter chill! Watch our retro creature feature HYPOTHERMIA, starring Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) on SHUDDER!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Angus and Don

#tbt Angus Scrimm and Don Wood in our first film with Angus, The Off Season.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Adventure Dice Hard Candy from MonsterPants!

There’s a new product in the Studio Midnight Etsy shop, Adventure Dice Hard Candy from MonsterPants!

The sweetest gift for the tabletop roleplaying game enthusiast! These treats come in a variety of dice shapes including d4, d6, d8. d10, d12 and d20, all handmade in the Studio Midnight kitchen by artist and filmmaker James Felix McKenney. Each cotton drawstring pouch contains an assortment of approximately 12 pieces inside a plastic bag. Available in a variety of different flavors!

Get yours today on Etsy!