isaac-cohle  asked:

So despite the ocean of content I've seen I can't for the life of me figure out if Carmilla is a movie, tv show, or web thing. Banish my ignorance please.

(Warning: Long answer with minor spoilers)

Okay, it won’t be easy explaining the nature and draw of Carmilla to a non-Carmilla fan. But for you, I’m damn well going to try.

Carmilla is a low-budget, Canadian web series on YouTube, created by KindaTV and sponsored by a tampon company. It spans over 3 seasons and 109 episodes, each of which lasts around 2-7 minutes. That is, if you don’t count the Christmas Special and Season Zero.

Loosely adapted from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 19th century vampire novella of the same, the show’s story revolves around a lesbian journalism student, Laura Hollis (Elise Bauman), who enrolled at Silas University in Styria of modern-day Austria. A few weeks into her first semester, Laura’s roommate Betty went missing. All that was left behind was a notification card, written in multiple choice and covered in mysterious yellow goo. 

No sooner had Laura informed a rather apathetic university administration about her missing roommate did a dark-haired, emo-looking woman in leather pants barge into her dorm room. Her name was Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis) and she was Laura’s new roommate. Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Betty’s disappearance, Laura conducts an informal vlog investigation with a ragtag group of redheads and a good-natured (but dumb) frat boy, all the while enduring Carmilla’s condescending remarks, confectionery-based pet names, and “annoying” attempts to dissuade her from the task.

Along the way, Laura discovers Carmilla’s secret identity and they eventually fall for each other, though neither of them voice it at first. She, Carmilla and the rest of the Scooby gang would also encounter a sentient library, the Dean’s supernatural proclivities, an alchemy club, a vampire cabal, a kidnapping conspiracy, an angler fish god, and mushroom spores that could turn the student body into zombies – all of which exist on a campus that literally survives on the power of Sumerian mythos. And that’s just Season 1.

Season 2 sees them battling against evil corporate in the form of Silas’ Board Members, a shadowy business enterprise called Corvae, and Carmilla’s vampire sister, Matska Belmonde (Sophia Walker), not to mention a Silas version of a Nazi SS squad, hell bent on eliminating anything remotely supernatural (vampires included) from campus grounds. In Season 3, the stakes (pun intended) are raised even higher, as Laura, Carmilla and a redhead bio major, Lafontaine, attempt to stop an impending apocalypse that was being caused by a Sumerian goddess.

What impressed critics most about the Carmilla series was that:

(a) The entire show was filmed in vlog format, with just one camera angle. By all accounts, this should have been an unmitigated disaster, storytelling-wise. However, the quality of the show’s script and the stellar performance of the main and supporting cast, especially the palpable chemistry between Natasha and Elise, have made the series a phenomenon beyond all expectations (and they were pretty low to begin with). The YouTube series has now racked up more than 70 million views with fans (affectionately called ‘creampuffs’) scattered across 193 countries (http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/carmilla-web-series-movie-1.4367622). Moreover, it has won numerous awards, including the AfterEllen Visibility Awards and the Canadian Screen Awards.

(b) Another reason for the show’s success lies in the representation of its LGBTQIA characters. The romantic relationship between the main protagonists, Laura and Carmilla, was less about their sexual orientation and more about how it fluctuated and developed throughout the mortal dangers that they face each season. There was no protracted agony over the fact that they’re both lesbians and focus was mainly on their growth as characters in their own right. The majority of the supporting characters were also well-rounded and hardly walking clichés. The Carmilla cast even consisted of a non-binary person and people of color. So, the series ticks most of the boxes for those in the LGBTQIA community, who feel starved of representation.

© The show’s lovable campiness and humor, which was often based on pop culture references, slapstick montages, and witty one-liners and ripostes, make it accessible to its viewers, regardless of whether or not they belong to the targeted demographic. However, the humor was well-integrated into the writing and never detracted from the impact of the show’s more serious and, sometimes, heart-wrenching moments.

(d) The series overturns the Bury Your Gays trope – a sore point among the LGBTQIA community after the demise of Lexa in 100 and beloved gay characters on other shows.

Riding on the coattails of Carmilla’s accomplishments, the showrunners decided to turn the web series into a movie as a love letter to the fans of the series. Their official announcement of the film whipped the Carmilla fandom into a frenzy, with many yelling, “Shut up and take my money!” from the rooftops.

The resulting film - just released in late October 2017 - saw one-third of its funds coming from the fans alone; an unconventional feat achieved by an already unconventional series. Being a small, independent film, The Carmilla Movie didn’t exactly light the box office on fire with its limited cinematic release in Canada. But the online response to the film with respect to its Internet release was extraordinary. Rave reviews about the movie poured into Twitter, Instagram, IMDB, Tumblr, and its distribution platforms, Fullscreen and VHX. So, just like its previous YouTube incarnation, the film was a resounding success and currently scores a rating of 9.7/10 on IMDB. The creampuffs appear to be appeased at the moment, though they are now clamoring for a sequel.

I hope that I have banished your ignorance about Carmilla. If you wish to watch it, you can do so by following the links in the order prescribed below:

(1) Season 1 (Carmilla - The Series | S1 E1 “Disorientation”)

(2) Christmas Special (Carmilla | The Christmas Special)

(3) Season 2 (Carmilla | S2 E1 “Brave New World”)

(4) Season 0 (Carmilla | S0 E1 “Blast From The Past”)

(5) Season 3 (Carmilla | S3 E1 “I Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer”)

(6) The Carmilla Movie (https://www.fullscreen.com/) - Requires paid membership. Free one-week subscription trial available.


Black Web Series!!!

An African City
Black and Sexy TV (YouTube and VHX)
Sexless (VHX)
Chef Julian (VHX)
Becoming Nia
That Guy
Hello Cupid
Close Friends
Dear Future Wife
Unwritten Rules
Everything I did wrong in my 20’s
(If you know more black web series please reblog with the names, thanks!)

natvanlis: Two little human beans at the secret cast/crew screening of the #CarmillaMovie today. I am endlessly proud of everyone who worked on this film and am so glad I got to see it with this noodle. (Who has a birthday tomorrow by the way, so send her some love!) It was suspenseful, funny, sexy, romantic, scary, and feminist as fook… so I can’t wait for the world to see it THIS THURSDAY at 30 Cineplex theatres across Canada or Internationally through VHX. Four. More. Days. ✨

⚡️ Carmilla Movie Update⚡️

What is happening with the Carmilla Movie?  (EVERYTHING!)

When is it shooting? Is the script finalized? When exactly will it be released on VHX? Will it be on other platforms as well? When can we expect the behind the scenes to begin? Is production financing still ongoing? Have you sold the movie?  What are you allowed to tell us?

These are all great questions! We appreciate the patience and know we’re working hard as hell behind the scenes to pull all the pieces together and get shooting as soon as we can.

We got GREAT news last week - we were successful in our funding application and now have the green light to go to camera in a couple weeks. Woo!

We prefer divulging production details when we’re 100% sure they’re finalized,  and we’d hate to tell you we’re shooting X day to X day only for that to change afterwards. That said, below is a general update of all the behind the scenes shenanigans, and we’ll update you as much as we can as we enter official pre-production next week and principal photography soon after.

We couldn’t have done it without your enthusiasm in the pre-sales and add-ons going towards the film. Your generosity and drive is making this movie happen and we can’t wait to bring it to you!

  • Writing began in January, and we’re now into the fifth draft of the feature. It goes to actors this week, as we move towards production drafts and revision pages incorporating their feedback like we did in Season 3.
  • We’ve scouted a dozen locations with many more to check out. More than a single setting?! What is this sorcery?!  We actually found a pitch perfect one last week. Cross your fingers it works out. Are we going to see Laura & Carmilla’s apartment? Mayhaps…
  • The pre-sales of the movie is set to account for 30% of the total budget. We are just shy of our goal and your continued support helps us more than you know! If you haven’t already pre-ordered the film, we lovingly encourage you to check out the different bundles available!
  • We’ve got a new distribution partner on board in addition to Vimeo’s VHX and we can’t wait to divulge more about what’s happening leading up to the release week!
  • Our projected fall 2017 release on VHX remains the same.
  • Director Spencer Maybee is back on board to give you more of the Carmilla Series flava-flave that we’ve all come to know and love.


- Carmilla HQ

For all Creampuffs asking about the additional footage that will appear in the Cineplex Events screening…


We’re excited to let you know that this footage, plus alternate takes from these extra scenes will be available in the VHX bundles as of October 28th.

So if you’ve purchased a bundle you’ll be able to access the movie and other extras on October 26th. Then two days later, BOOM, you’ll receive a notification that the additional footage is ready and waiting for your viewing pleasure!

jamiew  asked:

who the fuck are you and when did you get so fuckin retro CPU

Why good fucking evening to you, good sir. I’m Katie, and I run this fucking blog. What a fucking pleasant surprise to receive a message from you, Jamie sir! I really fucking like your company with the fucking nostalgia and shit. I was raised on those rad-as-fuck VHS tapes, and I’ve fucking loved computers since my first PC w/ a fucking floppy drive and Windows fucking 95.


The countdown is official on to the launch of The Carmilla Movie!! We’ve got a ton of happenings and shenans scheduled leading up to the big day on October 26th - here are the deets!!

* #CreateACreampuff – Let’s all spread the word about our amazing fandom - and get early access to the first 5 minutes of the movie!! http://www.createacreampuff.com

* Official Carmilla Movie Twibbon - Get The Carmilla Movie logo on your profile pic! Another way to show your love!  http://bit.ly/CarmillaMovie_Twibbon

* Carmilla @ New York Comic Con! (Thursday, October 5) Natasha and Elise are heading back to New York Comic Con for a special Carmilla Movie panel and autograph signing! If you can’t make it we’ll be posting the panel in the coming weeks right here on KindaTV - http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com

* Carmilla Cast Instagram Takeover! (October 16-20) All-week the Carmilla Cast is going to be taking over the @CarmillaSeries Instagram account! Check in each day to see who’s got control!!

* Exclusive Character Posters (October 23-25) We’re going to be launching very special character posters for The Carmilla Movie! Stay tuned!

* Sneaky Peeky Behind The Scenes Video (Wed Oct 25 @ 11am/et on KindaTV) We’re going to be launching a short behind the scenes video of the Carmilla Movie! For a longer behind the scenes featurette - make sure you purchase a bundle from http://carmillamovie.com

* THE BIG DAY! (October 26) The Carmilla Movie drops on VHX! To pre-order, the movie check out http://carmillamovie.com We are also excited that the Carmilla Movie is coming to the BIG screen! We’ve teamed up with Cineplex Events for special screenings in 30 Canadian cities. For more information check out http://cineplex.com/events

* Cast Live Tweet! (Monday October 30) Tweet along with some of the cast as they watch the Carmilla Movie together .. again!!

Hey creampuffs, for those of you that would like to watch the carmilla movie but aren’t able to buy it for whatever the reason I’m letting you have access to my account. Just download the VHX app and it’ll ask you for an email. Type in watchthecarmillamovie@gmail.com and it’ll send that email a verification email. Then login to that email with the username: watchthecarmillamovie@gmail.com and password: creampuff and look for the email sent from VHX. Click the newest email and it’ll ask you to sign in. Hopefully it works because there has been some issues

anonymous asked:

Did u notice that at the vhx Version there was a question mark at the end of the to be continued ... ? but at the fullscreen version there wasn’t one 🤔🤔🤔🤔

At the movie theatre, it didn’t even have a “to be continued?” 🤔

Three years ago, I started working on a tiny web series made with little more than human passion. About 108 episodes, 69 million views, and 233 million minutes of watch time later, these beloved characters are finally hitting the big screen, and I am so excited for the world to see everyone’s hard work come to life! In case you missed it, @cineplexevents is hosting premiere screenings of the #CarmillaMovie in 30 cities across Canada for ONE NIGHT ONLY on OCTOBER 26th and you can find out where and how to get tickets (which are selling out fast btw) at the link in my bio! But if you can’t make it to my “home and native land” fret not! You can also pre-order it on VHX today or stream it on @fullscreen as of October 27th! In the words of our director @maybeest: “BUCKLE UP, THERE WILL BE CREAMPUFFS!” Photo: @ashleawessel
HMU: @aharpstagram by natvanlis

A 1950 Pickup with awesome patina and great potential…so how would you’d build this one?

Leave your build ideas in the comment section!

I’m thinking vintage looking outside, modern where it counts so I could drive it everyday:

Outside: An 8274 upfront, a small lift, bigger steelies with upsized tires and leave the patina alone!

Underneath: a 4.0L HO with a T-60 turbo kit, NVG3550, and air lockers

Inside: vintage AC/heat, Dakota Digital silver VHX gauges, tilt wheel, stereo and some Mastercraft buckets w/lumbar suport for traveling the miles on and off the road!

anonymous asked:

How do you crack a Vigenere cipher if you don't have the keyword? Is it possible to do this even if there are no spaces?

Yep, vigenere has a fatal flaw that was found in 1846 by Charles Babbage, of early computing fame. His discovery is commonly known as the Kasiski method, due to it being kept secret then later being independently rediscovered by Friedrich Kasiski about 20 years later.

As a simple example, let’s say you encrypt a message with the keyword CAT, and the message starts with the word the. So the first three letters of the ciphertext will be VHX.


Now, it’s a long message, and the is the most commonly used three letter word in the English language, as well as being the most common length three bigram, so we should expect it to appear in the text often. There, their, they, them, then and every time one of these lines up with CAT, it’s going to be encrypted as VHX. You’ll also get a mess of VHs, as th is the most common 2 letter bigram, with, this, arthropod, etc..


So you find all of these repetitions, and you say to yourself, well here’s a VHX, and 24 letters later there’s another one, so if they were both created by a portion of the key repeating and encrypting two pieces of identical plaintext the same way, then the key would have to be some factor of 24 in length. Either 24, 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, or 2 letters long. If you check the other appearances of VHX, and they are closer together, like vhxfozcnwvhxeam, you can narrow it down to an exact key length, as none of the other lengths would create this ciphertext, because the only factor 9 and 24 have in common is 3. Also, that’s just the VHXs, other less common digrams will repeat and they will also conform to the keylength, for the most part. Just eyeballing it I see tag appears many times in the ciphertext, eam, foz, etc… a computer program would probably show several dozen repeats, and almost all them will be some multiple of 3 away from each other.

Now, it could be, if the numbers were different, that the keyword was CATSEYE. And some of the repeated VHXs were created by the/CAT, but some were created by ???/EYE, or some other random combination. But the vast majority of repetitions will be legit, due to the fact that languages are just naturally repetitious. If 95% of your repeated digrams are indicating a keylength that is some multiple of 7, and you have one or two that are indicating the key would have to be 13 letters or 46 letters long, they can be safely ignored. That’s why this method won’t work well with very short messages. You need enough ciphertext to make the random outliers stand out from the clear majority of repetitions that are caused by the underlying rules of the language itself.

And that’s where the fatal flaw shows up, which is that vigenere is just a simple upgrade to the caesar shift cipher, the oldest, simplest, most broken cipher ever. Vigenere is just the caesar shift, but instead of always shifting by 4, you shift by the current letter of the keyword. Shift by C=2, then A=0, then T=19, then C, then A… Caesar shifts are easily solved just by counting all the letters, and saying the most commonly appearing letter is probably equal to E, the most commonly appearing letter in English, and so on with the second and third most commonly appearing letters, etc… Once you know the keylength of a vigenere cipher, you can break up the ciphertext into that many columns:


and know that all of the the letters in column 1 were enciphered with the same caesar shift cipher. The most common letter in column 1 will, if the text is long enough, be G, with E and X in the next two. When we look up which caesar shifts would turn eee into GEX, we will get CAT. We test that key and either the ciphertext is completely readable plaintext, or if there was some fluke and one or two columns had a wonky distribution, we’ll get a text where a lot of words are readable, but maybe every fifth letter looks like a typo, so you can then fine tune the fifth column until it is readable.

And this is why vigenere became obsolete for real secret keeping about 150 years ago. The last serious use of it I know of was by the CSA during the American Civil War, perhaps because the news hadn’t reached them yet, or because they were using it for short, urgent battlefield messages, where it wasn’t a worry that someone would be able to intercept, crack it by hand, and make use of the information within a reasonable time. What people can do by hand in hours, computers can do almost instantly, so the last of vigenere’s usefulness died with the computer age (although I tried the ciphertext above in 1, 2, 3 of the online vigenere solvers I know of, and none of them solved it…)

Update 41: The MST3K "Black Friday" Special: Your Top 100 Episodes. PLUS: The Long-Awaited Turkey Day Surprise! · Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

Joel has listed your picks for the top 1000 MST3K episodes!

But here’s the bombshell: Joel also just announced that the Turkey Day surprise is…..
*deep breath*


Yes you read that right! No you’re not dreaming! 

For all you newer fans, the first three episodes of the KTMA era have been considered lost to the ages, and are the Holy Grail for longtime, die-hard MSTies. No word if they’ve found the 3rd one yet, but fingers crossed!

Go check your emails and/or VHX account for the downloads! HIKEEBA!

Bundle FAQ!

We hope your festivities are well underway, and in the meantime, we are reposting the consolidated bundle FAQ. 

How long will it be available to get?
At least until the end of January 2016. 

Can I use paypal? Prepaid cards? 
Unfortunately no, it has to be paid by card. Contact support@vhx.tv if you have alt payment questions & suggestions. They’ve been super helpful and quick! 

Can I watch it on my iPhone / Chromecast / Connected TV / iPad? 
You most definitely can. VHX has their own app as well - and ask them if you have additional questions, too!

How will it show up on my card statement?
It will show as ‘Carmilla Toronto CA’

The mix on episode 6 of Season One is off. When will it be fixed? 
We are so sorry about this, and instead of continuing to reply individually, we’re putting the answer here as well as in the episode page comments. We need our sound mixing team to resolve this issue, so we will upload the fixed version in early January once they return from holidays and the office reopens. It’s our top priority. We will also add the Xmas Special and additional bits & bo(o)bs at that time as well. 

Will I be able to see these new and fixed videos if I already have the bundle?
Yes, you will!  It’ll update automatically. 

There is no sound in the bits and bobs video from 16:06 to 17:41. Is this normal? 
In this case, yes it is! That shot is what we call “MOS,” aka without recording sound, so hair, make-up, wardrobe and grip departments can continue working as we shoot. We do this often for when we capture lots of montage material in one take without running sound at the same time. We thought it would still be an interesting BTS moment for you to see!

What format is the content in?
It is entirely digital, as the majority of viewers have asked us for downloadable extra content rather than a physical DVD. You’ll get a link to the site where it’s hosted and from there you can watch it on the web and/or download everything.

I’m not in Canada, can I still get it?
Yes! That’s the beauty of the internet. Worldwide. ASAP. 

I’m running Windows XP or earlier, and cannot see the photos properly. 
There is now a PC specific zip file available for download. Let us know if you still cannot get it to work and we’ll send you a different link.

Are there subtitles?
Not as of now, though it’s something we want to tackle early in the new year. We’ve gotten a ton of requests for Spanish. Let us know what other languages you want to see!

Too much gay?
Too much gay. Too much gay in this series. - excerpt from the Big Sumerian Tome of Do Not Want. 

I don’t have access to a card and/or I’m not safe using one. What can I do?
Keep an eye on the @carmillaseries social media accounts for gift codes over the holidays. We will be doing a second draw very soon. We also want to extend a massive, massive thanks to the creampuffs running their own giveaways for the younger fans. Much love and touched to see such solidarity. <3

(gif by @lauraholliis & thanks to @carmilla-feels-hq for getting the ball rolling on these answers!) 

- Carmilla HQ


VHX.tv founders reflect on rapid pace of technology & future of online video

Yesterday we debuted the second intallment of Unpakt’s “Innovators on the Move” series, catching entrepreneurs reflecting on the professional and physical moves they make as their companies grow.

In this video, Unpakt follows the Emmy-award winning duo behind online video platform VHX.tv as they hire their first team and move into their first offices. Co-founders Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson (who previously helped build sites like Vimeo and produced internet favorite ‘Star Wars Uncut’) reflect on the rapid pace of technology and the doors that online video distribution can open for their users.

As per Jamie’s advice, “smart people in a post industrial landscape… you don’t make them come to you, you go to where they are,” we travel to both his home in SF and to their NY headquarters. As an online tool that allows the user to seamlessly move anywhere across the country, Unpakt celebrates these co-founders ability to stay nimble and run their startup coast to coast.