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.

04/24/2020
HEMI

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM HEMI & RAVENSFILM!

‪🎥NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE!🎥‬

‪We are proud to announce our latest music video release in collaboration with RavensFilm Productions! A supercut live video of the track “Ashes to Ashes” from the 2014 Undivided Intentions album!‬

Listen now, like and subscribe! ⬇️

‪HEMI - Ashes to Ashes (Official Live Music Video) https://youtu.be/OCZMoLiU92Y‬

HEMI
04/23/2020
HEMI

HEMI

TOMORROW! We will be premiering an ALL NEW MUSIC VIDEO of a classic HEMI track courtesy of RavensFilm Productions!

A special supercut live video of the song Ashes to Ashes will be debuting on our official YouTube channel at noon.

If you aren’t subscribed yet, do it now and hit the notification bell to know when it’s live!

www.youtube.com/hemimusic

Best of heavy metal friends.  We’ve got something special coming your way this Friday with HEMI!#bestfriends #heavymetal...
04/23/2020

Best of heavy metal friends. We’ve got something special coming your way this Friday with HEMI!

#bestfriends #heavymetal #heavymetalmusic

04/21/2020
RavensFilm Productions

There was a copyright claim in my latest video after I published it, but it’s all cleared up now! Enjoy!

My latest Forever Cinematic video is now up on YouTube! I do a deep exploration into the world of John Constantine & Hellblazer looking back at the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie as well as the comic book origins and later TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan!

04/21/2020
In Search of Tomorrow: The Definitive 80's Sci-Fi Documentary - KICKSTARTER NOW LIVE!

We are PROUD to announce the KICKSTARTER LAUNCH of the In Search of Tomorrow documentary! From the producers of In Search of the Last Action Heroes & In Search of Darkness, this will take you on 4+ hour journey through the 1980s sci-fi genre with interviews from over 40 of the filmmakers who brought you classics like Back To The Future, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

Backers will join a community on Discord with a program of activities throughout the lifecycle of the production featuring Watch Parties, Special Guest Q&A's! Join up today!

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creatorvc/in-search-of-tomorrow-80s-sci-fi-documentary?ref=cpdqxh In Search of Tomorrow will take view...

04/21/2020
Constantine (2005) - Forever Cinematic Movie Review

My latest Forever Cinematic video is now up on YouTube! I do a deep exploration into the world of John Constantine & Hellblazer looking back at the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie as well as the comic book origins and later TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan!

Constantine (2005) - Movie Review Support RavensFilm & Gain Early Access to New Videos at http://www.patreon.com/RavensFilm Starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Wei...

04/21/2020
C'mon

Steve's 2013 podcast returns with his buddy Dewis, now in Zoom-powered video chat format! Subscribe to their YouTube Channel to keep up-to-date with them!

WHAT!?!?

Starting tomorrow, RavensFilm will be involved in the promotion and marketing of this NEW documentary - IN SEARCH OF TOM...
04/20/2020

Starting tomorrow, RavensFilm will be involved in the promotion and marketing of this NEW documentary - IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW - from the producers of IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS & IN SEARCH OF THE LAST ACTION HEROES! We're glad to be involved!

Join Us 🚀🔥 #InSearchOfTomorrow #posterart #80s #SciFi

I’m about to start shooting a new channel update which will include some special segments from @elginfilmguy and @vanill...
04/20/2020

I’m about to start shooting a new channel update which will include some special segments from @elginfilmguy and @vanillajoke! Stay posted!

#youtube #youtubechannel @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

Tonight’s viewing!  My video on another Keanu Reeves film, Constantine, will be finished tomorrow, but until then, I nee...
04/19/2020

Tonight’s viewing! My video on another Keanu Reeves film, Constantine, will be finished tomorrow, but until then, I needed The Matrix!

#thematrix #keanureeves #90sscifi #scifimovies #bluray #whatisthematrix #sciencefiction

Forever Cinematic
04/19/2020

Forever Cinematic

The Hellblazer / Constantine video will be up on Patreon tomorrow. This sucker has been a BEAST to put together. Weeks of research into the comics, film, and TV series along with LOTS of work refining and improving the video. It's a long one, but it won't disappoint.

I should also have a video update posted on Sunday or Monday. Steve has shot a little segment for it, and I'm awaiting one from Trent as well. We want to let you know how we're doing, and we hope you're doing well.

I decided to put my Superman movie poster back up tonight.  We could all use a symbol of hope these days.#superman #chri...
04/14/2020

I decided to put my Superman movie poster back up tonight. We could all use a symbol of hope these days.

#superman #christopherreeve #movieposters #movieposter #manofsteel #supermanthemovie #superman1978 #dccomics #smallville

New Blu-Ray arrivals from Bull Moose, who I really wanted to support over other bigger retailers.  Always efficient and ...
04/13/2020

New Blu-Ray arrivals from Bull Moose, who I really wanted to support over other bigger retailers. Always efficient and reliable! I got the Shout! Factory release of Shakedown starring Peter Weller & Sam Elliott as well as the newly released Underwater, which I quite enjoyed back in January! I already have a standard review of the latter on my channel. I hope to do one on Shakedown soon!

#80sactionmovies #samelliott #peterweller #shoutfactory #underwatermovie #kristenstewart #scifihorror #scifimovies #bluraycollection @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

Happy birthday to TV’s own Hellblazer, Matt Ryan!  Look for me talking all things John Constantine in my next Forever Ci...
04/11/2020

Happy birthday to TV’s own Hellblazer, Matt Ryan! Look for me talking all things John Constantine in my next Forever Cinematic Review video!

#hellblazer #johnconstantine #constantine #mattryan #arrowverse

The next Forever Cinematic Review will cover the film and TV adaptations of the DC/Vertigo Comics character of the Hellb...
04/04/2020

The next Forever Cinematic Review will cover the film and TV adaptations of the DC/Vertigo Comics character of the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine!

#hellblazer #johnconstantine #dccomics #vertigocomics #keanureeves #mattryan #comicbookmovies #constantine

04/03/2020
Back to the Future (1985) - Forever Cinematic Commentary

From The Archives: Indulge in our Back To the Future commentary with Trent, Steve, & I on this Friday! We hope you’re all doing all right!

An Audio-Only Commentary on the 1985 film BACK TO THE FUTURE by Nick Michalak, Trent Zuberi, & Steve Frazier. Starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Cris...

Just sitting on my balcony enjoying the warm weather away from others.  I hope to get my next video project started toda...
04/03/2020

Just sitting on my balcony enjoying the warm weather away from others. I hope to get my next video project started today. I also hope you’re all doing well and taking care of your overall physical and emotional health. Stay well!

Here's a public Patreon post with a quick update on what's happening for the foreseeable future with us!
04/02/2020
RavensFilm Update: April, 2020 | Nick Michalak on Patreon

Here's a public Patreon post with a quick update on what's happening for the foreseeable future with us!

Official Post from Nick Michalak: Hey, everyone! I hope you're doing well and staying healthy, genuinely. I am continuing to look ahead at producing more videos for the channel. While I am still working my regular job I do need something to do outside of that. Sitting around all the time isn't good....

Forever Cinematic
03/29/2020

Forever Cinematic

NEW VIDEO! The review of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is now available on Patreon at www.patreon.com/RavensFilm

Some Marvel mini-posters I recently put up to brighten up this corner of the room.  Needed some inspiration in more ways...
03/29/2020

Some Marvel mini-posters I recently put up to brighten up this corner of the room. Needed some inspiration in more ways than one!

#avengers #avengersendgame #avengersinfinitywar #jessicajones #mcu #marvel #movieposters #theavengers @ Glendale Heights, Illinois

03/27/2020
The Fixer (2019)

RavensFilm Productions is pleased to announce that our feature film The Fixer is now FREE TO WATCH on Vimeo! It will be available until at least the end of April of this year.

While it's not the bright and sunny uplifting film that these times might call for, we hope that you find some value in this emotional and dramatic neo noir story that was a labor of love over the course of many years to create and complete! You can watch this via Vimeo's Roku TV app as well! Thanks so much for your support of RavensFilm, and we hope you're all staying safe and well!

This is the final cut of the dramatic thriller The Fixer. Private investigator Vic Simmons is a man who helps people in desperate situations where the law is unable…

I’m still chipping away at this Star Trek V review.  Might be up on Patreon this Saturday night.  I hope everyone is han...
03/27/2020

I’m still chipping away at this Star Trek V review. Might be up on Patreon this Saturday night. I hope everyone is hanging in there well! 🖖

#livelongandprosper #startrek #videoedits #videoediting #finalcutpro #80sscifi

I just shot my first video movie review in weeks.  Felt good to focus on something familiar and comforting such as Star ...
03/23/2020

I just shot my first video movie review in weeks. Felt good to focus on something familiar and comforting such as Star Trek, even if it’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier!

#startrek #thefinalfrontier #trekkie #trekker #scifimovies #80sscifi #80sscifimovies

The cast & crew of The Fixer hope everyone is holding up well.  If so inclined, you can watch the neo noir thriller on A...
03/21/2020

The cast & crew of The Fixer hope everyone is holding up well. If so inclined, you can watch the neo noir thriller on Amazon Prime Video now. Stay well!

#bts #behindthescenes #indiefilmmaking #indiefilmmaker #thriller #indiefilm #filmcrew #thefixer #amazonprimevideo #supportindiefilm

03/19/2020
Forever Cinematic

Forever Cinematic

Join Steve and I for our commentary track on LEATHERFACE: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Now up on YouTube. We hope everyone is doing well! Thanks for supporting us! https://youtu.be/9PJb_RF29Rw

03/19/2020
Quick Video Update!

I figured I would show my face with a short video update about RavensFilm Productions!

03/17/2020

FYI, we do have a pair of Forever Cinematic Commentaries to release over the next few weeks. Everything beyond that is being assessed as time goes on. We just hope everyone is staying safe in these difficult times, and if we can help ease you through it one commentary or video at a time, we're grateful for that. Be good!

Need some binge watching suggestions?  Here are my TV Show Blu-Rays that I would highly recommend, and are readily avail...
03/15/2020

Need some binge watching suggestions? Here are my TV Show Blu-Rays that I would highly recommend, and are readily available on streaming services.

#tvonbluray #scifitv #bingewatching #marvelnetflix #startrektng #startrekthenextgeneration #quantumleap #miamivice #tvshows #hanniballecter #bluraycollection

03/13/2020

Things are wild right now, but try to breathe and focus moving forward. We are, at RavensFilm, still proceeding with creating reviews and commentaries. I know some people say these have helped them get through their work days, and that’s marvelous stuff to hear.

Steve & I already recorded our next batch of horror commentaries early this week, and I hope to stay on track to record some fresh surprises later this month. We have fun doing these, and we hope it brings some levity to heavy times.

Thanks for the support! Stay safe and clean out there!

I needed some comfort tonight.  So, some Dream Warriors & Scream felt right for me.  This is my little A Nightmare On El...
03/12/2020

I needed some comfort tonight. So, some Dream Warriors & Scream felt right for me. This is my little A Nightmare On Elm Street corner as well with my Lisa Wilcox autographed 8x10 and Dream Warriors Dokken cassette single!

#dreamwarriors #wescraven #anightmareonelmstreet #anightmareonelmstreet3 #horrormovies #horrorfan #slashermovies #horrorbluray #freddykrueger

03/11/2020
HEMI

Two years ago today, the HEMI music video for "Re/Vengeance" was shot at the band's Chicago rehearsal studio. Their album AVALON has been a major success for them, and is available on all major digital music platforms!

The official music video for the song "Re/Vengeance" from HEMI's 2018 album Avalon. The album is now available on streaming music platforms, digital download, and CD.

Shot, Edited, & Directed by Nick Michalak, RavensFilm Productions

©2018 Leash Records / HEMI Music Productions / RavensFilm Productions (SM)

For the next movie review I am covering the 2005 adaptation of the DC / Vertigo Comic Hellblazer known as Constantine!  ...
03/09/2020

For the next movie review I am covering the 2005 adaptation of the DC / Vertigo Comic Hellblazer known as Constantine! I will also be including the Matt Ryan led TV series from 2014 in this deconstruction.

#hellblazer #constantine #johnconstantine #vertigocomics #dccomics #keanureeves

Today’s audio commentary recording agenda with Steve Frazier!#texaschainsawmassacre #leatherface #petsematary #petsemata...
03/08/2020

Today’s audio commentary recording agenda with Steve Frazier!

#texaschainsawmassacre #leatherface #petsematary #petsematary2 #horrormovies #horrorfan #texaschainsawmassacre3 #dvdhorror #horrordvd

Forever Cinematic
03/08/2020

Forever Cinematic

Here's a selection of stills Steve took on his recent travels to Maine where he visited the filming locations of 1989's PET SEMATARY. Check out the commentary on the channel now!

03/08/2020
Forever Cinematic

Forever Cinematic

Steve & I don’t want to be buried in a Pet Sematary, but you can enjoy our commentary for the 1989 Stephen King film classic!

Daredevil Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray just arrived today!  Brilliant series!#daredevil #marvelsdaredevil #marvelcomics #mcu...
03/02/2020

Daredevil Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray just arrived today! Brilliant series!

#daredevil #marvelsdaredevil #marvelcomics #mcu #marvelnetflix #bluraycollector #bluraycollection #favoritetvshow

I bought season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones Netflix series on Blu-Ray.  I am of the feeling that if I really love a se...
03/01/2020

I bought season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones Netflix series on Blu-Ray. I am of the feeling that if I really love a series, and will probably revisit it multiple times it’s a good investment to buy the physical media release. For Star Trek TNG, I paid a monthly Hulu subscription for years just to watch that series until I realized I’d save myself money in the longer run by just buying the actual Blu-Rays. Not to mention, the quality is superior on disc than on streaming. The only stumbling block here is that Marvel / Netflix stopped releasing these on disc after a certain point. Only season one of Jessica Jones and the first two of Daredevil are out along with the first seasons of Luke Cage and Iron First, and there’s no word on a continued rollout for them. Still, I’m fatigued by monthly subscriptions, and maybe the rights issues will loosen up between the two companies or a manufacture-on-demand service will come into being. Anyway, this goes well with my iTunes soundtracks of seasons one and two.

#jessicajones #marvel #netflix #krystenritter #marvelstudios #mcu #marvelnetflix #soundtracks #bluraycollection #bluraycollector #favoritetvshow

I went to see The Invisible Man for my birthday today! It was EXCELLENT!  Real old school slow burn, SMART thriller!  Lo...
02/29/2020

I went to see The Invisible Man for my birthday today! It was EXCELLENT! Real old school slow burn, SMART thriller! Loved it!

#atthecinema #regaltheater #regalcinemas #horrormovies #theinvisibleman #leighwhannell #elisabethmoss @ Regal Cinemas Cantera 17 & RPX

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I, Nick Michalak, created RavensFilm Productions in Spring of 2004 as a serious statement that filmmaking would be my life's passion. What began as a focus on comedic shorts eventually veered toward more dramatic and noir style narratives born from my evolving fandom of the work of Chicago born filmmaker Michael Mann. RavensFilm has collaborated with many film and video professionals over the years to great success. The Chicago metal band HEMI has been one of the most lively of them with music videos produced, live performances captured on video, and website design and management as well as graphic design work done for the band’s various promotional purposes. The band has contributed tracks to previous film projects including the independent feature The Fixer.

As of 2014, I have been in an on-going collaboration with Wisconsin-based Josh Hadley of 12:01 Beyond Productions where we produced a semi-regular video magazine of unique films, music videos, and other fascinating, entertaining pieces of interest. We also began working with Xcess Entertainment in producing featurettes for their Blu-Ray releases of cult films. The first of which was released in 2018 for The Rabid (aka Beast With A Gun, Mad Dog Killer).

In 2019, a friendship came into being with Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter AMES to where social media banners were designed to promote her indie pop EP titled My Name is AMES, released by Mateo Sound, as well as helping to manage her Official Artist YouTube Channel. Since 2012, RavensFilm Productions has released multiple projects on Amazon Prime Video and home media formats including Special Edition DVD releases of short film Dead of Night, the HEMI concert video of The Chosen Ones: Live in the Fire in 2014, and the triumphant 2019 release of its first feature film The Fixer. The year of 2013 brought about the addition of Forever Cinematic Movie Reviews to the Official RFP YouTube Channel, which evolved from the 200+ written reviews on the Forever Cinematic WordPress blog. Over three years later, my friends Steve Frazier and Trent Zuberi joined me to begin an on-going series of audio commentary tracks for popular films under the Forever Cinematic banner. It has helped grow the RavensFilm brand by earning thousands of new subscribers and followers to the entertaining and analytical exploration of films of various genres.

Brand new projects continue to develop for RavensFilm Productions in filmmaking, music videos, and YouTube video content.

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Finally!! Ben Tramer gets his moment to shine