Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Day in the Wrestling-Doing Life: Friday, May 18

In honor of my blog revival, here is a second post for 2018!  Today I will take a moment to relay a particular wrestle-doing filled day I just had, a "Day in the Life Of...", if you will.  This day was both typical and atypical!

Today is Sunday.  Let me tell you about Friday.  Friday was the day I wrote my "blog revival" entry.

The day started out with me riding my bike across town, to set up camp in a cafe located near our Big Studio.

Friday morning was spent chatting variously online with Lana Luxor, Ursa, and Hanz, as I worked on getting our video store catalogue caught up with recent releases.  Up came the topic of blogging, and, to put my money where my mouth was, I jumped in, now inspired, and a wrote a blog entry about writing blog entries.

Then I headed off to the Big Studio to meet with Ursa for some mini-filming.  Ursa has been collecting a few nifty leotards for her own wrestling adventures, and she decided to put on a fashion show of her own to show them off.  So, we filmed a Fashion Show video!



Sporting her shiny tights throughout, Ursa displayed 3 different leotards, plus a 4th outfit that excited her greatly.    (Ursa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ursafierce)

Following Ursa's attire adventures, Sweetie Dreams arrived at the studio with a training partner, and I coached them through reviews of triangle chokes from a variety of directions.  Sweetie proved to be quite apt at wrapping her legs around her training partner's neck from the front, back, side, underneath, and then some.

Feeling pumped, Sweetie also requested a competitive match against our wily male wrestler Rizzo.  So, we'll work to get that one set up and see what happens.  (Sweetie Dreams on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweetiedreamsbb)


After the practice session, I jumped back on the bike and rode across town as fast as I could to meet Orlandoe at the Small Studio, where she was having a session. 


And, indeed, folks, Orlandoe is back and is wrestling.  She's been training harder than ever and is excited to be doing mixed matches.  However, she is not doing videos at this time, FYI.

Orlandoe and I chatted for a bit, and she was in very good spirits.  But that catching-up couldn't last long, because I had to go *back* to the Big Studio, ASAP, to meet Hanz and Taylor for a video shoot.

When I arrived at the Big Studio, Hanz and Taylor were steeling themselves for their "Iron Match" aka their continuous 60-minute long competitive mixed wrestling match.  This was a match I would be filming for Hanz's studio: Hanz Vanderkill's Mixed Battle Theatre.

We set up the timer, and off they went.  Taylor has *much* less wrestling experience than Hanz, but she is very athletic, and she made it through the whole hour-long match without taking any prolonged rest periods.  There would be only a brief pause here or there to fix hair, reset after a submission, etc.

The studio had no windows and no air conditioning, so, needless to say, it was a sweaty time for these two.  Here's a photo of them from after the match:


And while I'm at it, here are links to Hanz and Taylor on Twitter, respectively:  https://twitter.com/hanzvanderkill  and https://twitter.com/Taylor_DM_

Once that filming was done, I headed home, where I then chatted online with Lana Luxor and Sweetie Dreams, as we set up for a competitive match for them.  I also confirmed competitive matches with Aralia vs Taylor as well as a Lana vs Taylor (a rematch).  All 3 of these matches are slated to take place on the same day: Monday, May 28.  And I anticipate all 3 of them to be very competitive, indeed!

 

And since I hadn't mentioned it yet, if you are looking for either Lana or Aralia on Twitter, they are here respectively:   https://twitter.com/LanaxLuxor  and  https://twitter.com/araliadm

Whew, ok, and I think that was it!  It was a big wrestle-doing day, and I myself hadn't done any wrestling at all!  (that will be for tomorrow morning, when I get up to go to early morning training)

So, I will leave it all at that for now.  I'd say that day was typical in that it was pretty wrestle-doing-filled.  But it was atypical because my days are always fairly varied in their specifics!  For instance, I didn't do any filming for the Doom Maidens studio, nor did I release any videos, or....? 

But anyway, anyway.  Enough from me for now!  Time to post!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Blog Revival! New wrestlers, 2018 updates, a webcast panel?

Hello Blog!  Hello Readers!  It has been WAY too long!

I see here that my last update was regarding our November 2017 Live Filming Event.  And here, now, today, it is mid-May 2018.  That is too long a stretch without a blog entry.  And yet there are many reasons for this absence from the blog-o-sphere:

I have been buried under unending tons of video footage, I moved to a new house, I have been slammed with home renovations for the past 5 months, I've been playing catch up with making video release pages for the Doom Maidens website, I've been making a further commute to our big studio, and I've been working a good bit with the newcomer wrestlers.  And, so, my attentions have been elsewhere!  Alas, the poor blog had been utterly forgotten.

Until now!

A blog revival?  For real?  I mean, for real?  Why now?  Well, I'll tell you why now.  It has to do with our newcomer wrestlers.

We have a lovely group of new local wrestlers in our crew here in New York City.  Two of our rookies, in particular, who have been very active and energetic and dedicated have been Lana Luxor and Ursa Fierce.  Both of these ladies went from 0 to 60 with the wrestling-doings, jumping into the deep end "officially" only about a year ago, and quickly developing as they find their footing in the wrestling realm.

Ursa & Lana (on bottom), being hazed during our Christmas celebration.


They inspired my blog revival because I was hoping to inspire them to start blogging on their own.

 Lana has been able to travel and tour a bit in the last year's time, and so she's been able to meet new people around the country: producers, fans, other wrestlers.

A relatively quick intro to the realm.  And, consequently, a great way to start getting to know people and to be known in turn.  She's gotten quite a crash course, and she's handling it very well!  But is there a good way for her to share her thoughts and experiences from this first, formative year?



Ursa, however, has not been able to travel at all, and she's only been able to work with us here locally in NYC.  I've had the chance to observe her develop as a wrestler, but, due to my current workload (everything), I haven't been able to document this development as much as I would like, or as much as I had been able to do with other newcomers in the past.

Ursa's got a great attitude and is making much progress, but how, I wondered, could she become more known to people?

Oh, right: blogging!

Or vlogging, or podcasting, or webcasting.  But more on that in a bit.

When I first started blogging, it was like blogging was the thing to do.  VeVe maintained a blog, Hanz maintained a blog, Amazon Annie had one, and other ladies did as well.  I had this blog and then my bondage wrestling blog, among others beforehand. Web journaling was a thing for a while.

But blogging does require a lot of time and dedication.  Composing blog entries can be time consuming.  You don't realize this much when it's just something you do.  BUT when you add Twitter into the mix, the blog starts to move toward the back burner.  The wonderful "micro-blog" of Twitter lets you make quickie updates on the fly, which frees up more time for doing other things.  Time that might be otherwise consumed by composing a more standard blog entry.

So, as micro blogs like Twitter free up time -- people can shoot out quick updates and then move on -- that time quickly gets consumed with more doings.  More filming, more image-making work, more real-time conversing.  Less time composing a "static" long-form blog entry.  Less time, less, and less, and then the blog is totally, yet innocently, forgotten.

My blogging colleagues don't maintain their blogs.  They are just too busy.  But when they DID maintain their blogs, they wrote quite a lot.  And people liked to read those blogs.

But maybe our newcomers would like to give blogging a try.  Long-form blogging is a great chance to get to know a person a bit more personally than short-form "micro-blog" Twitter status updates.  Tweets alone are so short, brief, sometimes vague.  Even with the increased character limit on Twitter, a Tweet cannot compare to a long-form journal entry when it comes to familiarizing oneself with a person.

Don't get me wrong, I love Twitter.  Love, love, love it.  But I think Twitter really works best for people who are already known in some way.  People who have a body of work somewhere else, besides Twitter.  A newcomer with only a Twitter presence as fan-outreach -- I'm not sure that will do it when it comes to the "getting to know you" aspect.

So, to blog?!

Or webcast / podcast / vlog?

Frankly, I personally think blogging is the "easiest" and most accessible.  However, granted, if you are not a natural writer, composing a journal entry can be daunting.  If you prefer to speak, rather than write, a vlog (video blog) might be the way.  Or a podcast (audio only, like a radio show).  But, due to the current nature of the internet, I think audiences have an easier time accessing text content, compared with video or audio.  Also, creating text blogs doesn't require equipment other than the computer; meanwhile, vlogs and podcasts require additional video and audio recording equipment.

Granted, I know a lot of people use their phones to record video and audio, but then that video and audio needs to be uploaded somewhere, stored, and distributed.  And I still think text is easier to share, at this current time.

ANYWAY.

I'd love it if the rookie ladies could blog a bit!

That said, we are also talking about having them come on for a podcast, since it seems they may prefer to speak rather than type.  The podcast would be audio only, and then I would like to transcribe it to text form afterwards.

And Hanz is interested in reviving his blog too, as we speak of all of this.  He is a big fan of podcasting, and he's experienced in that arena.  So, maybe he blogs, maybe he podcasts.   But something will happen.

Mark my words, readers, I will keep on it!  ... and as for me, I will keep up my blog revival as well.  Time management, let's do it!  And now, off I go, to go back to real-time chatting for scheduling and coordinating and planning.  Here's to more long-form storytelling to come...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 2017 Live Filming Event Follow-Up

This past Saturday was our Live Filming Event for November 2017, and I think it went very well!  The ladies were all full of competitive spirit, and they gave us all some fantastic displays of rough and tumble submission wrestling!

We had our 8-wrestler competitive tournament, where competitors fought to progress through the bracket, in hopes of making it to 1st place.  We also had 3 competitive heavy-weight matches, including a surprise last-minute addition.

I'm seriously pressed for time right now, but this post will include a list of matches and will show how our Tournament matches have been numbered.

Heavy-weight Stand-Alone Matches:
- Sweetie Dreams vs Kari
- Ursa vs Kari
- Sweetie Dreams vs Amazon Annie

Tournament Matches:
1. Aralia vs Lydia Vengeance
2. Lana Luxor vs Kim Chi
3. Taylor vs Ilarija
4. Lea Hart vs Rachel DD

5. Kim Chi vs Lydia Vengeance
6. Lea Hart vs Ilarija

7. Aralia vs Rachel DD (Rematch)
8. Taylor vs Lana Luxor

9. Taylor vs Rachel DD (Rematch)
10. Aralia vs Lana Luxor (Rematch)

At the very bottom of this post is the Tournament Bracket Sheet, for a visual.

All match footage has been processed, and all match videos are ready to go, both in usual 1280x720 (4 mbps) resolution and Full HD 1920x1080 resolution (6 mbps), for those who like larger files.

We are in the process of releasing matches to our store.  Some have already been released as I write this (whew, what a day).  If you would like to get any in advance of their release, you can reach us here to inquire:  orders@doommaidens.com

















Friday, October 27, 2017

Live Streaming Matches? Thoughts and Possibilities

Happy October!

There's so much going on this season, my goodness.  There's also so much I want to talk about.  Between all of the regular filming, and the meeting and training of new & upcoming local wrestlers, and preparations for the big November 18 live filming event, and... I'll just stop now before I run off course before I've even begun.  But these things are all related to the idea of this post.

As some of you know, last year we had started doing periodic live streaming webcasts for our Doom Menagerie youtube channel (for interviews and chat, link here: Doom Menagerie youtube).  The discovery of youtube's basic Live Streaming feature led us to having some live streaming talk shows, often involving guests who were either on set in person or tele-commuting in from other parts of the world.

As a result of doing that, we acquired a reasonably good quality webcam and microphone.  However, over the course of the year, we never really did much with these items, aside from the simple, relatively infrequent, and often-impromptu talk shows.

Until recently.

Enter the Live Streaming Match Possibility.

A recent custom request for a live streaming competitive match brought this possibility into reality.

I'd pondered the idea of live streaming matches before, but I'd never quite had the impetus to really put serious go-power into it.  We once tried a crude live stream of a match, just because.  But it was ad hoc, we hadn't meant it as a serious thing, and the stream only showed a stationary behind-the-scenes view of a regular filming session (so, I, as "real" camera operator, was blocking a lot of what the webcam saw).  So the concept went onto the back burner.

But an actual request for a live stream match changed things.

For this, we took care to set up the webcam at the best angle for viewing the action.  We did not have a separate camera operator on the mats.  Everything was set up specifically for the webcam live viewing experience.  It was a live show.  No stops, no need for editing or piecing together, all in the moment.

And it worked out really well!

I'd definitely love to do this again.  (note, the match was also recorded for the client on a separate camera, which was also stationary and provided a similar view, though with a slightly different angle)

More Live Streaming Matches?

I'd really be down for doing more live streaming matches.  VeVe and Hanz are also keen on the idea as well.  In fact, they were kind enough to do a vlog entry about it yesterday (linked below).

We've even been discussing live streaming possibilities for our upcoming November 18 Live Filming Event, which is full of competitive F/F matches (here "Live" means with live audience of viewers present in the studio).  Of course, there are things to be considered there:

1. What does the webcam see?

We'll definitely be recording the matches with a moving, on-mat camera operator (myself), who will be running the usual video camera.  Assuming the webcam remains stationary, for least disturbance, it will see the camera operator as well as the action, and webcam views of the action might possibly become obstructed at times.

Nonetheless, the webcam would be positioned for best view of the mats, but I still think stationary is the best way for that thing, for now.

2. Run webcam between cuts.

The webcam would essentially get the experience that the in-studio audience would be getting.  So, when the regular recording camera cuts off as competitors are shifting around, moving from interview position to fight position, getting ready, etc, the webcam would still be running.

Hanz mentioned that he liked that behind-the-scenes aspect.  The "fly on the wall" experience, as he said.  But, really, it is a virtual in-studio audience experience.  Except you can't see what is outside of the camera's frame, unless someone turns the thing for you.

3. Interactivity?

Wouldn't it be neat if webcam viewing audiences could interact during the course of the event?  Or would it?  They could comment on the action during breaks, ask questions to each other, or possibly to the webcam system operator?  I'm not imagining comments during the action, really, lest something be missed.  But, say, during the breaks between rounds: "Did you see that last submission?  What was that move called?"  "I can't believe she actually pulled that off." "Has anyone seen her do that move before? Did that come out of nowhere?"

4. Live, in real time

It's like going to a show together, even when you live somewhere far away.  Is this a cool aspect?  Do people like that aspect of "live" in real time?  It's exciting, but can also be a little nerve-wrecking.  There's no way of knowing for sure what will happen.

5. Platform?

It remains to be seen what the best platform for broadcasting this sort of endeavor may be.  We also don't want to have issues with losing the stream, technical difficulties.  I'm not extremely high-tech, and we are often operating over wireless networks, so it's no high-end stream production like they may do with a UFC broadcast!

Hanz seems full of thoughts and ideas of the tech end, so I am inclined to defer to him in this area.

6. And more?

What more?  Does this sort of thing interest people?  It is certainly easy to do on a small scale, especially for a single viewer or small web audience. It's easy to coordinate a small audience or single viewer, to make sure everyone arrives on time.

Anyway, ok, just putting this out there.  Again, this would not replace the regular filming, but rather would be a potentially fun supplement.  I'm curious as to whether anyone feels strongly about this or has thoughts on the matter.

As always, you can e-mail us here:  orders@doommaidens.com

Or find us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/doommaidens

And now, as promised, here is the mini vlog of little thoughts from VeVe and Hanz on the subject:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FetCon 2017 Filming Report and Round-up!

UPDATED Aug 26: Reformatting and updating of list.

UPDATED Aug 22: Any videos in the list that have been released have been noted.  Any that are processed and ready but not yet released have also been noted.  To get any processed videos in advance of release, e-mail us here: orders@doommaidens.com
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Well, after 5 days of filming at FetCon this year with many great models and wrestlers for many hours, back-to-back, we are finally doing our video recounting round-up!

Below is a list of videos we filmed with plans for general release.  Several other custom request videos were also filmed, but they are not included in the below list.  This list will also help us with grouping videos for release in multi-match sets (you all know I love releasing sets when possible!).

And now, in chronological order of filming, The List of upcoming releases from FetCon 2017:

1. VeVe Lane vs Sarah Brooke: Competitive Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release Page Link

2. VeVe and Vika: Woman to Woman Rematch (bed fight)
    Style: Fantasy
    Status: Processed

3. Asia Perez and Regan vs VeVe Lane: 2-on-1 Bondage Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released!

4. Aralia vs Regan: Competitive Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release Page Link

5. 8-Way Bondage Wrestling Free-for-All 2017: VeVe, Aralia, Regan, Lea Hart, Gia Love, Terra Mizu, Sunshine, Misty Lovelace
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release Page Link

6. VeVe vs Bella Ink: Bondage Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release page link

7. VeVe vs Bella Ink: Competitive F/F Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release Page Link

8. Aralia vs Sarah Brooke: Rematch 2017. Competitive Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release Page Link

9. Python and Prey: VeVe and Sunshine (1 scene)
    Style: Fantasy
    Status: Processed

10. Python and Prey: VeVe and Terra Mizu (3 scenes)
    Style: Fantasy
    Status: Processed

11. Villainess Triumph: Asia Perez dominates Super Diablo
    Style: Fantasy
    Status: Released! (as "Krypto-Ropes!")

12. Asia Perez and Lea Hart vs VeVe: 2-on-1 Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release page link

13. VeVe vs Lea Hart: Bondage Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released!

14. VeVe vs Gia Love: Competitive Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released! Release page link

15. VeVe vs Gia Love: Bondage Wrestling
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released!

16. Krypto-Ropes: Evil VeVe Dominates Super Diablo
    Style: Fantasy
    Status: Released! (as "Krypto-Ropes!")

17. VeVe's FetCon 2017 Armwrestling Compilation
    Style: Competitive
    Status: Released!

Wow.  That's a lot of competitive wrestling going on!  And all of the submission wrestling matches had Punishment Rounds for the losers.

I return to my NYC studio tomorrow, and then I can begin work on this footage.  Releases will come along as quickly as I can manage.  I anticipate releasing multi-match sets first, since those are fastest to assemble.  The difficult part will be deciding exactly which to group together, since putting, say, all 1-on-1 bondage wrestling matches together or all submission wrestling matches together would result in files that are too large.  But I'll figure it out.

I know I'll put both of Aralia's matches together.  That's an easy combo to think of.  The Python & Prey videos can go together, as can the Villainess Triumphs.

Also note that VeVe arm wrestled most of her guests as well.  Brief little bouts, about 3 rounds each.  She's looking to create a little arm wrestling compilation.

If you've been following us on Twitter (@DoomMaidens), you may have seen pictures we've been posting with our guests as we met with them for filming.  Be sure to check those out too, if you didn't get to see them as they were posting up.

Anyway, that's all for now!  If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me here:  orders@doommaidens.com    ... cheers and stay tuned... more to come!

Sunshine, Aralia, Misty, VeVe, Regan, Terra, Lea, Gia. The ladies posing just before jumping in for the 8-Way Bondage Free-for-All for FetCon 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sponsor Pool Update #1: Sarah Brooke Catfight

Hey, Everyone,

So THANK YOU to everyone that has written in regarding the sponsor pool idea!  We've been quiet about it for a little while as we've continued to ponder the best way to coordinate all the different suggestions, but the pool idea is still very much alive!

At first I thought I would gather up a bunch of suggestions and make a massive blog post about all of them...  But now I'm thinking that pitching these ideas out one by one will be the way to make sure they get out as quickly and directly as possible.

So without further ado, here's our first, most solid and most time-bound sponsor pool opportunity.









Catfight

Sarah Brooke vs. Me (VeVe)









Sarah Brooke and I are already scheduled to shoot together at FetCon on August 9th.  We've gotten a request from two different guys to do a fully competitive, hard, rough catfight.  Finally!

But, understandably, the rate for real catfighting is a good deal higher than for straight wrestling or other modeling.  We need to raise $1000 total, and the two original requesters have pledged $600 between them.  $400 more to go.

This would be a 20-minute bikini fight (unless even more people want to contribute extra to make it longer).

If you are interested in pitching in on this effort, Email:  orders@doommaidens.com
And Use the subject line:  Sponsor Pool Sarah Brooke Catfight

Thanks!  Hopefully, we can kick off this sponsor pool thing by making this happen!

Customs Call for FetCon August 2017

Hey all.  FetCon 2017 is coming up, and that means we'll have a chance to meet and reunited with wrestlers and models we don't often get to see during the normal course of the year.

VeVe put together this great graphic to show the ladies we have confirmed shoots with.  All are also available for custom video requests:


They are:

Regan (aka Kyla AuJeante) :  https://twitter.com/Zambo_Goddess
Jacquelyn Velvets
Vika:   https://twitter.com/Vika_Model 

...and, a new addition as of today & pictured below...

Asia Perez!  https://twitter.com/Asia_Perez



Of course, VeVe and Diablo will be available as well, to be featured with any of these guest ladies.


VeVe has posted a call for custom requests for any of these ladies.  VeVe, Aralia, and I (Diablo) are available to pair with any of the guests.  Depending on their schedules, some of the gusts can be paired together.  But since we're filming with different people at different times, check with us to be sure on that one.

E-mail VeVe directly with requests:   veve.wrestler@gmail.com

As ever, more to come.  Stay tuned!