RavensFilm Productions

RavensFilm Productions RavensFilm Productions℠ specializes in independently produced films, music videos, and Forever Cinematic Reviews & Commentaries. Low cost, high quality web design & video production services are available as well.

RavensFilm Productions was created in 2004 with the initial focus on independently produced films. Over the coruse of the next several years attempts were both successful and unsuccessful in achieving these goals. Collaborating with great artists throughout Chicago created a great environment for artistry and exploration of the gritty dramatic stories I was compelled to tell. In 2011, I launched the Forever Cinematic movie reviews blog as I wanted to rekindle my passion for writing in-depth movie reviews. Ultimately producing over 200 such written reviews, I decided to lay that avenue to rest by early 2014 after having begun producing video based reviews for the past year. Now, Forever Cinematic Reviews have cultivated an ever-growing following that went from 500 subscribers to over 1,000 in 2015. The focus on creating very in-depth and analytical, but also passionate and enjoyable reviews has evolved in the last three years. Covering both newly released and classic films of various genres, I keep myself plenty busy. RavensFilm Productions also continues on with collaborations on various video production and web design services, especially alongside Chicago metal band HEMI. In the future, it is hoped that increased exposure and support will allow more collaborations to be made possible, and have a wider and more varied output of video content to be enjoyed via the official YouTube Channel of RavensFilm Productions.

I LOVE these movies!  Since the first one came out I have been floored by the quality of action, the amazing world build...
05/17/2019

I LOVE these movies! Since the first one came out I have been floored by the quality of action, the amazing world building, and the bad assery of Keanu all over again! I saw #JohnWick3 last night, and while it didn’t fully pay off the expanding storyline it was just KILLER! There’s absolutely more Wick coming our way! Even better was the @bush track “Bullet Holes,” which just dropped today along with a wicked music video! In the last film they had Jerry Cantrell do a song for it, and now another great Alternative Rock band from the 90s kicks ass on this one! I would definitely see this one again!

#johnwick #keanureeves #actionmovies #bushband #gavinrossdale #alternativerock #soundtrack #moviereview #bluray

05/15/2019
Forever Cinematic

Forever Cinematic

Steve & I RETURN to the Final Destination franchise for a commentary on the fourth installment!

RavensFilm Productions's cover photo
05/15/2019

RavensFilm Productions's cover photo

05/14/2019
HEMI - Avalon Averted (The Fixer Remix) NOW AVAILABLE!

We, along with our eternal friends at HEMI, are pleased to announce that the "Avalon Averted (Remix)" that was specifically crafted and mixed for use in THE FIXER is now available for purchase at their BandCamp page! Much thanks to guitarist Tim Wilkens & producer AJ Kolar from TAG Music Studios for assembling this track which allowed the film to finally be released!

https://hemimusic.bandcamp.com/track/avalon-averted-the-fixer-remix-single

I now have the Big 3 of the slasher genre in HD - Halloween, Friday The 13th, & A Nightmare On Elm Street!#anightmareone...
05/13/2019

I now have the Big 3 of the slasher genre in HD - Halloween, Friday The 13th, & A Nightmare On Elm Street!

#anightmareonelmstreet #fridaythe13th #halloween #slasherfilm #jasonvoorhees #freddykrueger #michaelmyers #johncarpenter #wescraven #horrormovies #bluray #bluraycollection

05/09/2019
Forever Cinematic

Forever Cinematic

NEW REVIEW! I take a retrospective look at the James Bond 007 film GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan in his debut as the dashing secret agent!

The detective noir thriller The Fixer is now available on Amazon Prime Video & DVD from RavensFilm Productions!  www.rav...
05/09/2019

The detective noir thriller The Fixer is now available on Amazon Prime Video & DVD from RavensFilm Productions! www.ravensfilm.com/fixer

This is still one of the greatest horror films of all time!  Watched this again tonight, and it’s definitely inspiring...
05/09/2019

This is still one of the greatest horror films of all time! Watched this again tonight, and it’s definitely inspiring in its pure brilliance of subtlety and music. Helps to fuel my filmmaking ambitions!

#johncarpenter #halloween1978 #filmmaking #filmmaker #horrormovies #bluray #michaelmyers #slashermovies #instahorror

05/07/2019
HEMI - Avalon Averted (The Fixer Remix)

We are VERY pleased to present a special new music release tied into The Fixer! HEMI's own Tim Wilkens composed this track with production work by TAG Music Studios for the film itself. It previously was released on the band's AVALON album last year with a more full-on metal edge to it. This version is more akin to the 80s flavor of The Fixer, but still with Tim's amazing musicianship on display!

A proper commercial release is being planned for the very near future from the band. Details to come shortly!

This version of AVALON AVERTED was remixed and crafted for the RavensFilm Productions feature film THE FIXER, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video & ...

I’m so elated to FINALLY have gotten a new movie review produced for my YouTube Channel!  It’s been two long months ...
05/07/2019

I’m so elated to FINALLY have gotten a new movie review produced for my YouTube Channel! It’s been two long months since the last due to my Mac Pro dying and then adapting to new editing software. Again, my buddy Oliver made it all possible, or I would still be ending my nights in frustration. My review of GoldenEye is now up on Patreon for my $3+ backers, of which Ollie is one of them! Thanks for your eternal patience in these trying times. You’re the BEST subscriber base around!

#youtuber #youtubechannel #moviereview #patreon #videoeditor #goldeneye #jamesbond @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

05/06/2019
The Fixer

The Fixer

TOMORROW we've got something special debuting for everything alongside our awesome pals in HEMI! Stay posted for more!

Going smoothly through the editing of my next movie review which is on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye!  Much thanks ...
05/05/2019

Going smoothly through the editing of my next movie review which is on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye! Much thanks to @oliverharper1982 for helping me adjust to the new software! A preview clip is available at the link in bio.

#finalcutprox #fcpx #goldeneye #jamesbond #jamesbond007 #007 #videoediting #moviereview #youtuber @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

May The Fourth Be With You on VHS, Laserdisc, CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray!#maythe4thbewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou #starwars #...
05/04/2019

May The Fourth Be With You on VHS, Laserdisc, CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray!

#maythe4thbewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou #starwars #johnwilliams

Forever Cinematic
05/04/2019
Forever Cinematic

Forever Cinematic

Since it's been such a long wait for the next Forever Cinematic Movie Review, I put short preview up for all Patreon backers as I edit the video for the James Bond feature GOLDENEYE!

“You want to be making moves on the street?  Have no attachments, allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot wal...
05/03/2019

“You want to be making moves on the street? Have no attachments, allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the HEAT around the corner.”

Probably my favorite film of all time now, Michael Mann’s 1995 Los Angeles crime saga is unmatched in its perfectly interwoven characters and stories as well as it’s matured neo noir style and direction. It went completely ignored by the Oscars, but its legacy remains far more influential and powerful than any gold statue could represent. Whenever I need to refresh my love of cinema and my motivations for being a filmmaker it’s this film that I return to.

#michaelmann #cinematographer #cinematography #dantespinotti #alpacino #robertdeniro #valkilmer #crimethriller #heat1995 #myfavoritemovie #losangeles #filmmaker #filmmaking #director #neonoir #cinema

All the thanks in the world to the amazing crew members who have helped me to produce my films in the past!#filmcrew #fi...
05/02/2019

All the thanks in the world to the amazing crew members who have helped me to produce my films in the past!

#filmcrew #filmproduction #filmmaker #filmmaking #director #filmproducer #indiefilm #indiefilmmaking

Michael Mann’s Collateral changed my entire filmmaking outlook in 2004.  The nocturnal energy of it all melded with To...
04/30/2019

Michael Mann’s Collateral changed my entire filmmaking outlook in 2004. The nocturnal energy of it all melded with Tom Cruise’s razor sharp performance just forged a new creative direction for me. The cinematography of the movie was shot primarily on HD video with select sequences shot on 35mm film by Paul Cameron and Dion Beebe.

#cinematography #cinematographer #collateral #michaelmann #tomcruise #jamiefoxx #markruffalo #losangelesatnight #crimethriller #director #directorofphotography #filmmaker #filmmaking

To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, “I swear to you I’m not finished yet.”  Just ...
04/29/2019

To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, “I swear to you I’m not finished yet.” Just been trying to get my energy back amidst some crappy days to get new videos, new scripts assembled. Just hasn’t been easy to get it all together lately.

When I’ve gotten lost with my creative inspiration going back to the films of Michael Mann always focuses me back to c...
04/29/2019

When I’ve gotten lost with my creative inspiration going back to the films of Michael Mann always focuses me back to center. Tonight, I feature some of the finest moments of cinematography from his 1986 film Manhunter, adapted from the novel Red Dragon. Cinematography by Dantè Spinotti.

#michaelmann #manhunter #hanniballecter #reddragon #cinematography #cinematographer #dantespinotti #thriller #director #directorofphotography #filmmaker #filmmaking

Today @elginfilmguy and I unleashed our commentary for Jason Goes To Hell on YouTube!  We thought we were done after Jas...
04/28/2019

Today @elginfilmguy and I unleashed our commentary for Jason Goes To Hell on YouTube! We thought we were done after Jason Takes Manhattan over a year ago, but we’re back with a whole new level of horror sequel nonsense. Link in bio to the YT Channel!

#fridaythe13th #jasonvoorhees #horrormovies #youtuber #jasongoestohell #kanehodder #horrorsequel #campcrystallake #horrorfilm

RavensFilm & HEMI will always be linked by this film, and all the great things that came from it!  Soon, we’ll be prou...
04/26/2019

RavensFilm & HEMI will always be linked by this film, and all the great things that came from it! Soon, we’ll be proud to announce a special music release tied in with The Fixer! Stay posted for the news!

#moviesoundtrack #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #thefixer #thriller #musician #heavymetal #hemimusic #soundtrack #chicagoartist #chicagomusic #director #filmproducer

04/26/2019

Did you know that there's a YouTube tab right here on this page to view our ENTIRE video feed? No need to click between apps to see what's NEW on the channel! Check it out sometime!

Let the Endgame begin!  #AvengersEndgame Regal
04/25/2019

Let the Endgame begin! #AvengersEndgame Regal

Watching some Lethal Weapon tonight!  Some Gary Busey, some Tom Atkins, some crazy Mel Gibson!#lethalweapon #tomatkins #...
04/25/2019

Watching some Lethal Weapon tonight! Some Gary Busey, some Tom Atkins, some crazy Mel Gibson!

#lethalweapon #tomatkins #garybusey #melgibson #dannyglover #richarddonner #actionmovie #shaneblack #martinriggs #80sactionmovies

Point Break is one of my all time favorite films, and has my favorite ending to any film ever!  It’s a rare film that ...
04/24/2019

Point Break is one of my all time favorite films, and has my favorite ending to any film ever! It’s a rare film that grips you into the protagonist and antagonist so equally that it makes for such a satisfying conclusion where Johnny lets Bodhi ride out into the 50 Year Storm knowing he’s not coming back from it. Punctuating that with a killer track from RATT is cinematic awesomeness! I love “Nobody Rides For Free!” I had to track down their 81-91 compilation CD like 18 years ago. Then, I finally produced a review on the movie two years ago, and found the full soundtrack the day I released that video! Just fantastic! Kathryn Bigelow made one of the best action films ever, in my opinion!

#pointbreak #johnnyutah #bodhi #patrickswayze #keanureeves #kathrynbigelow #actionmovie #garybusey #soundtrack #bluray #rattnroll #ratt #nobodyridesforfree #favoritefilms #favoritemovies

My full Terminator home video collection including Laserdisc, DVD, & Blu-Ray!  I have seven different releases of Termin...
04/23/2019

My full Terminator home video collection including Laserdisc, DVD, & Blu-Ray! I have seven different releases of Terminator 2 alone because it’s just that awesome! I did a video last year detailing the entire history of T2 on home video from VHS to 4K Ultra HD.

#theterminator #terminator2 #arnoldschwarzenegger #jamescameron #laserdisc #dvd #bluray #homevideo #actionmovies #sarahconnor #scifi

Celebrating today the cinematography work of @eric.woltman from various RavensFilm Productions!#cinematography #cinemato...
04/22/2019

Celebrating today the cinematography work of @eric.woltman from various RavensFilm Productions!

#cinematography #cinematographer #indiefilm #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #thefixer #deadofnight #blackandwhite #instablackandwhite #filmnoir #neonoir

I can’t thank @scratchnshred and @aj.kolar enough for the incredible work they did on the final piece of music for my ...
04/22/2019

I can’t thank @scratchnshred and @aj.kolar enough for the incredible work they did on the final piece of music for my film The Fixer. The independent feature had been held up for years because I couldn’t get a track to replace “In The Air Tonight,” but these two created something original and infused with their own energy! The track was first released in a more aggressive heavy metal form on the @hemimusic album AVALON as “Avalon Averted.” The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video & DVD now!

#bts #inthestudio #musicproducer #soundtrack #heavymetal #rockmusic #filmmaking #filmmaker #guitarist #musician @ Lombard, Illinois

Getting some well needed sun today, and trying to forget the negativity of why I’m so tired.  Too much to get done tha...
04/21/2019

Getting some well needed sun today, and trying to forget the negativity of why I’m so tired. Too much to get done that makes me happy and passionate! I hope everyone else has a really positive day!

#positivevibes #sunlight #denimjacket #motivation

There are A LOT of Friday The 13th movies on Amazon Prime Video right now!  You should get up to speed with the commenta...
04/21/2019

There are A LOT of Friday The 13th movies on Amazon Prime Video right now! You should get up to speed with the commentaries from Steve and I very soon! We have something special coming up soon on the channel! www.youtube.com/RavensFIlm

#amazonprimevideo #fridaythe13th #jasonvoorhees #slashermovies #horrormovies #youtubechannel #instahorror #instamovies #campcrystallake

Spotlight today on the incomparable CJ Koenig who was always a fun and enthusiastic actor to work with on multiple proje...
04/17/2019

Spotlight today on the incomparable CJ Koenig who was always a fun and enthusiastic actor to work with on multiple projects!

#actor #filmmaker #filmmaking #instafilm #director #indiefilm #acting #chicagoactor

I hadn’t shot a Forever Cinematic Movie Review in about a month and a half.  I started out feeling rocky, stumbling a ...
04/16/2019

I hadn’t shot a Forever Cinematic Movie Review in about a month and a half. I started out feeling rocky, stumbling a bit with my words. So, I took a dinner break, threw on an energizing song or two, and got it done! This makes me so happy! It’s taken a bit more effort to get everything going again after the computer switchover and an external hard drive almost dying on me, but I’M BACK! Look for my GoldenEye review on YouTube next week!

#motivation #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #videoproducer #instamovies #movielover

Starting production on my latest Forever Cinematic Review!  Tackling my first retrospective look at a James Bond movie! ...
04/15/2019

Starting production on my latest Forever Cinematic Review! Tackling my first retrospective look at a James Bond movie! @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

Watching the Blu-Ray special features on GoldenEye ahead of producing my review.#jamesbond #goldeneye #laserdisc #bluray...
04/15/2019

Watching the Blu-Ray special features on GoldenEye ahead of producing my review.

#jamesbond #goldeneye #laserdisc #bluray #007 #jamesbond007 #piercebrosnan

I finished the first scene of my new detective noir screenplay tonight!  I focused some main characters, shook out the d...
04/15/2019

I finished the first scene of my new detective noir screenplay tonight! I focused some main characters, shook out the details of the plot setup, and got a lot built in order to move forward on it. Feels GREAT!

#writersofinstagram #screenwriting #screenwriter #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #creative #writerslife #hipstamatic

I was very pleased to create header graphics for Ames Music to help promote her new EP on social media! The 6-track rele...
04/12/2019

I was very pleased to create header graphics for Ames Music to help promote her new EP on social media! The 6-track release is absolutely beautiful being rich with heart, emotion, and talent! It’s available on all digital music platforms now!
www.mynameisames.com

I also created custom graphics for her newly launched Patreon, which I am a patron for!
www.patreon.com/mynameisames

#tbt to my Con experiences meeting Derek Mears, Kane Hodder, Chris Sarandon, Andrew Robinson, Demolition, and @thecinema...
04/11/2019

#tbt to my Con experiences meeting Derek Mears, Kane Hodder, Chris Sarandon, Andrew Robinson, Demolition, and @thecinemasnob over the years!

#c2e2 #daysofthedeadchicago #photoop #derekmears #chrissarandon #kanehodder #demolitionax #demolitionsmash #thecinemasnob #throwbackthursday #horrormovies #andrewrobinson

Shooting a new RavensFilm Video Update shortly!  I’m being quite productive today.  Got a good night’s sleep, got so...
04/08/2019

Shooting a new RavensFilm Video Update shortly! I’m being quite productive today. Got a good night’s sleep, got some sun, and already recorded audio for the Blu-Ray News video! Special stuff to talk about today!

#videoproduction #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #director #youtube #behindthescenes #bts

Available now to my $3+ Patrons is the RavensFilm Archive featuring behind the scenes information on our 2009 production...
04/07/2019

Available now to my $3+ Patrons is the RavensFilm Archive featuring behind the scenes information on our 2009 production of P.I. DANGEROUS along with a complete scene from the action crime thriller. Link in bio.

#patreon #indiefilm #indiefilmmaker #indiefilmmaking #bts #behindthescenes #director #filmproduction

Good friends will always tell it to you like it is.  Vic Simmons is lucky to have a few of those in The Fixer while grap...
04/07/2019

Good friends will always tell it to you like it is. Vic Simmons is lucky to have a few of those in The Fixer while grappling with a lot of problems including a menace known as Luther Resnick. The film is now available on Amazon Prime Video & DVD!

#indiefilm #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #instafilm thefixer #director #filmproduction #thriller #actors

It’s been a long couple of days, probably weeks actually.  Time to decompress and move forward again with my passions ...
04/07/2019

It’s been a long couple of days, probably weeks actually. Time to decompress and move forward again with my passions and creative inspiration. Forever Cinematic Reviews return very soon with my in-depth look at Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 007 in GoldenEye. It’s also overdue for me to get my screenwriting back on track! Here’s to striving for productivity!

#youtuber #videocreator #goldeneye #jamesbond #007 #moviereviews #forevercinematic #filmmaker #filmmaking #contentcreator #imac #videoproduction

Just arrived today from the @bullmoosestores sale on @arrowvideo titles!  I haven’t watched Donnie Darko in so many ye...
04/06/2019

Just arrived today from the @bullmoosestores sale on @arrowvideo titles! I haven’t watched Donnie Darko in so many years, and have never watched the Director’s Cut! I definitely need to revisit this!

#donniedarko #arrowvideo #bluray #bluraycollection #jakegyllenhaal #instamovies

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