Archive for February, 2009

28
Feb
09

Hollywood Voice-Over Coach to conduct 2 Day Intensive Workshop!

In the Regional market, Voice-Over training is very hard to find. And many agents will not send you out for voice-over auditions until you have some training in that area!
That is why on March 21 & 22, one of Hollywood’s top voice-over coaches and casting directors will be at The Actors Scene for a 2 day weekend Intensive!
Tony Gonzales, formerly of Walt Disney Animation Casting will be teaching a 2 day intensive voice over class! Students will work on real voice over scripts and will receive a demo of their work! Students should bring in a flash drive to record their work.
On the first day of the workshop, Tony will give important tips and advice about the technical aspects of voice overs and voice over audition. He will also work with students on scripts and various voices. Students will then take home scripts and implement Tony’s suggestions.
The second day, students will get to perform scripts utilizing the suggestions from the day before and Tony will give further advice and suggestions. Tony brings in all voice over equipment so students actually get to practice with microphones and equipment so they are more prepared for voice-over auditions.

Since Voice-over training is SO limited in our area, this class will fill up fast! Very limited space in each time block.  Remember, this is a two day class so you come both days at the time block for your age.

Read below for more details!

2 Day Intensive Voice Over Class
With LA Coach Tony Gonzales

Tony Gonzales is a freelance voice-over director and casting associate with ties to major voiceover agencies in Hollywood. His experience in the casting process has given him an ear for what casting directors are looking for and what stands out! His consulting and coaching expertise is sought out by talent nation wide.
Tony has worked on American Dragon: Jake Long, Dave the Barbarian, The Buzz on Maggie, Brandy & Mr Whiskers, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce GO, Nick Jr’s –Olivia, And recently cast and directed Disney Channel Games online, Kabillion.com, and is currently finishing work on three new cartoon shows.
Formerly of Walt Disney Animation Casting, Tony also works on casting independent projects throughout Hollywood.
To learn more about Tony, please visit his webpage: http://www.kidsvo.com
2 Day Intensive!

Sat and Sun

March 21 & 22
Ages 6-10         10am-1pm
Ages 11-16       1:30-4:30pm
Ages 17 & Up   5pm-8pm
Student Pricing: $200
Non Student Pricing: $225
Space is very limited! Register online: www.theactorsscene.com
Call to Register 770-904-6646

28
Feb
09

The Voiceover Master Intensive for Established Talent/Marice Tobias

 

 

 

 

                                                 Marice Tobias

     TOBIAS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

                           Presents

                         

 “Better, Faster, Now”       

The Voiceover Master Intensive for Established Talent

    Focus: Promo/Trailer/Commercial/Narration

                 

               New York: March 28th & 29th

 

  Agents, managers and producers told us:

    “Staying  in  the game means upping your game,

 being able to shift gears on a dime, nail the read with

      your own spin and know the current trends.”

                  

            The more chips you have on the table,

              the more chances you have to win.

                   

      Limit 12 participants: Industry referral required.

              New attendees: 775. Returning: 650*.

                      No host dinner Sat. night

            drinks & kumbaya (just kidding) Sunday evening

 

                 Private sessions available 3/20-3/27.

 

                             CHECK OR PAYPAL

              Payable: Tobias Entertainment Group

PO Box 15396, Beverly Hills, CA 90209

PAYPAL: tobiasent@tobiasent.com

 

We welcome

CEM: Creative Entertainment Management

our new marketing and business development team

    503.246.2239

Please call ASAP:  events book quickly

 

*in a calendar year

28
Feb
09

New Standup Comedy Workshop with Manny Oliveira

A new Standup Comedy Workshop with Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com) will begin on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at YourAct (www.youract.tv) from 7-10PM.

Classes will meet every Tuesday for five (5) weeks with a Showcase Performance at
The Punchline (www.punchline.com) on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 8PM.

For registration and information call YourAct at (404) 499-9996.

Workshop limited to 15 students!

Hope you can be there!

Manny
http://www.mannyoliveira.com

26
Feb
09

from women in film

A Powerful Noise Live – March 5th
Executive produced by Sheila C. Johnson, “A Powerful Noise” takes you inside the lives of three women from different countries to witness their daily efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, champion girls’ education and unite ethnically divided communities. The presentation will conclude with a live panel of renowned advocates discussing how women, equipped with proper resources, have the power to help families and entire communities escape poverty.
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A POWERFUL NOISE Live will appear in 450 movie theatres across the United States. This one-night event will feature the acclaimed documentary followed by a town hall discussion broadcast live from New York City to each theatre.
The live panel also will include former U.S. Secretary of State and Principal of The Albright Group LLC Madeleine K. Albright, actress and activist Natalie Portman, CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle; CARE advocate for maternal health and contributing editor for Marie Claire Christy Turlington Burns; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times columnist and acclaimed author Nicholas Kristof
For more info or to purchase tickets: Click Here  
25
Feb
09

Casting director feedback on ill prepared actors

In the interest of letting you guys know what the feedback is from Casting Directors, here’s a note we received about a casting today that points out how important it is to be prepared, and how many people are counting on you to do so.  Not showing up ready to go is a poor reflection on you/your agency and costs the casting director valuable time as well as money.  Your reputation suffers and you take the opportunity from someone else who would happily devote the time necessary to bring their best game to the audition. 

 

PLEASE TELL ME THAT YOU HAVE TOLD YOUR TALENT WHICH ROLES THEY ARE READING FOR (we did tell our talent, by the way).  ABOUT 50% OF THE FOLKS AUDITIONING TODAY DID NOT KNOW THEIR ROLE.  FOR TOMORROW, DON’T SEND ANYONE WHO DOESN’T TAKE THE TIME TO PREPARE. THIS IS A HUGE JOB THAT I WAS HOPING TO SHOW THE CLIENT THAT ATLANTA HAD GOOD TALENT AS THEY ARE CASTING THIS IN LA AND NY. 

 

I’M KEEPING A LIST OF NAMES TO LET YOU KNOW WHO WAS ILL PREPARED.

25
Feb
09

a few openings left…

A new Standup Comedy Workshop with Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com) will begin on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at YourAct (www.youract.tv) from 7-10PM.

Classes will meet every Tuesday for five (5) weeks with a Showcase Performance at
The Punchline (www.punchline.com) on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 8PM.

For registration and information call YourAct at (404) 499-9996.

Workshop limited to 15 students!

Hope you can be there!

Thanks again,
Manny
http://www.mannyoliveira.com

25
Feb
09

Five out of state’s 13 current movie projects in Coweta The Newnan Times-Herald By: Jeff Bishop

Moviemaking is really humming along in Georgia, and especially in Coweta County, where five out of the state’s 13 current film and TV projects are currently under way. Ken Stewart, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told a Coweta gathering Tuesday that film and television are an important part of Georgia’s economy, and that is more true today than ever before. Stewart addressed the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce at the monthly breakfast held at the Central Educational Center. “The TV and film industry in Georgia has grown substantially, thanks to House Bill 1100,” Stewart said. The 2008 bill amends Article 2, Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia, revising and changing the income tax credit with respect to qualified film, video, or digital productions — effectively giving production companies tax breaks for filming in Georgia. “We now have some very competitive incentives in place,” Stewart said. That’s allowed Georgia to get back into the game, regaining the position it held in the early 1990s, when Georgia was a much sought-after filming location. “At one time, Georgia was right up there with New York and California,” said Stewart. Then incentives lured film crews to places like North Carolina and Canada. Luckily, Coweta County has the infrastructure in place to capitalize on these new incentives, said Stewart. RiverWood Studios in Senoia is one prime example. “You have five different productions going on in Coweta County right now,” said Stewart, including a Woody Harreslon zombie movie and a major motion picture starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall. “Your slope is like this, right now,” he said, his hand pointing upward. “You’re seeing a substantial increase.” In film and TV, Stewart said, “it’s all about incentives.” Stewart predicted that Georgia will emerge from the current economic downturn more quickly than other areas of the country. “Georgia is well positioned to come out of this downturn faster, relative to the competition,” he said. “We’re very diversified here. We’re not all invested in one segment of the economy… We will begin steadily working our way out of this.”

23
Feb
09

Variety’s update on SAG talks, courtesy of GPP’s Craig Miller


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Posted: Sat., Feb. 21, 2009, 7:21pm PT

SAG rejects ‘final offer’ from AMPTP

Guild turns down feature-primetime deal

By DAVE MCNARY

Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild have rejected the majors’ take-it-or-leave-it offer, two days after talks on a feature-primetime deal fell apart over the issue of the length of the new deal.

SAG announced Saturday night that 73% of its national board had spurned the “last, best, final” offer following a day-long meeting at the guild’s headquarters in Hollywood.

And the board blasted the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers for blindsiding SAG with its demand that the new deal end around March 2012, three years after ratification. SAG wants the new deal to end on June 30, 2011 — three years after expiration of its last deal.

“We entered this round of negotiations sending an unmistakably clear message that we were ready to make a deal,” SAG’s statement said. “In an effort to put the town back to work, our negotiator agreed to modify the Guild’s bargaining position to bring the Guild in line with the deals made by our sister unions. The AMPTPs last-minute, surprise demand for a new term of agreement extending to 2012 is regressive and damaging and clearly signals the employers’ unwillingness to agree to the deal they established with other entertainment unions.” 

Three days of talks between the AMPTP and SAG’s new task force cratered on Thursday night over the expiration issue. For its part, the AMPTP continued to blast SAG for insisting on a better deal than the other unions.

“The Producers’ offer is strong and fair – and has been judged to be strong and fair by all of Hollywood’s other major Guilds and Unions,” the group said. “We have kept our offer on the table – and even enhanced it – despite the historically unprecedented economic crisis that has clobbered our nation and our industry.”

The AMPTP also said that has “always” sought a full three-year deal with SAG. “We simply cannot offer SAG a better deal than the rest of the industry achieved under far better economic conditions than those now confronting our industry,” it added.

Saturday’s rejection leaves SAG and the AMPTP in an uncertain scenario since no further meetings have been scheduled. SAG execs begin negotiations Monday in New York on a new commercials contract with a week blocked out for those talks.

The rejection means that SAG’s members — who have been working under an expired contract for eight months — won’t be voting on the offer. 

And efforts by the Membership First faction to seek a strike authorization vote by the members fell short on Saturday. SAG had no comment about that move, which would have required 75% approval among members casting ballots to be successful.

The current stalemate could result in moguls such as News Corp. president Peter Chernin and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger becoming involved. Chernin and Iger helped craft the DGA and WGA deals a year ago but stepped away from the SAG talks after an unproductive meeting last April with SAG president Alan Rosenberg and former national exec director Doug Allen.

The companies have insisted on the full three years to provide stability but doing so would push SAG’s expiration far away from the WGA’s in May 2011 and the DGA’s and AFTRA’s in June 2011. Such a move would diminish SAG’s bargaining clout since there it would limit the chances SAG being on strike at the same time as other Hollywood unions.

“What management presented as a compromise is, in fact, an attempt to separate Screen Actors Guild from other industry unions,” SAG said Saturday. “By attempting to extend our contract expiration one year beyond the other entertainment unions, the AMPTP intends to deleverage our bargaining position from this point forward.”  The companies have also told SAG that the new offer could be withdrawn in 60 days. The AMPTP also said Thursday it would be willing to start negotiations on the successor contract no later than November, 2010, which would allow SAG to get back into synch with the other unions on a contract that would expire in June 2014 — as long as SAG and AFTRA ratified the successor agreements by June 30, 2011.

The congloms made the “last, best and final offer” — which included half a dozen “enhancements” such as increasing the required number of SAG background actors — eight months after issuing a “final” offer to SAG on June 30 as the guild’s feature-primetime contract expired.

The failure of Allen to close the deal was the major factor in SAG’s national board ousting him last month and replacing the negotiating committee with the task force. A coalition of moderates had wrested control of the SAG board from Membership First hardliners last fall and grew increasingly frustrated with Allen’s insistence that a strike authorization was necessary.

The moderates chose to install senior adviser John McGuire to replace Allen as chief negotiator – over the strident objections of Rosenberg, who conducted a 28-hour filibuster to prevent Allen’s firing and the abolition of the negotiating committee and then sued SAG and the moderates but failed to obtain a court order to overturn those actions.

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23
Feb
09

California and New York incentive updates, courtesy GPP’s Craig Miller

 

California

The California Legislature approved tax credits for film and television productions (see ABX3 3) as part of an economic stimulus provision of the new state budget on February 19, 2009. The following summarizes the key points of the California production tax credit:

For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011, qualified taxpayers are allowed a credit against income and/or sales and use taxes, based on qualified expenditures multiplied by:

  • 20% for a “qualified motion picture” (produced for distribution to the general public), including:
    • Features ($1 million – $75 million production budget)
    • Movies of the week or miniseries ($500,000 minimum production budget)
    • New television series licensed for original distribution on basic cable ($1 million minimum budget; one-half hour shows and other exclusions apply)
  • 25% for a “qualified motion picture,” including:
    • A television series that relocated to and was never in California (certain exclusions apply including one-half hour shows)

      OR

    • An “independent film” ($1 million − $10 million budget that is not produced and directly or indirectly owned 25% or more by a publicly traded company)

To be eligible, a “qualified motion picture” must meet the following conditions: 

  • 75% test (production days or total production budget) in California 
  • Postproduction completed within 30 months of receiving tax credit application approval
  • Registration of copyright for the motion picture with US Copyright Office
  • Principal photography commences after application approval but no later than 180 days after such approval

“Qualified expenditures” are amounts paid or incurred for the purchase or lease of tangible personal property and payments, including “qualified wages,” for services performed in California. Qualified wages must meet California wage reporting requirements and explicitly exclude certain expenses, such as:

  • wages related to writers, directors, music directors, music composers, music supervisors, and producers 
  • wages related to performers, other than background actors with no scripted lines.

The California Film Commission may allocate tax credits after July 1, 2009, through July 1, 2014. Applications will not be accepted before July 1, 2009, and are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Funding is allocated as follows:

  • $100 million annually beginning fiscal year 2009/2010 through fiscal year 2013/2014 
    • Credits may be allocated from a fiscal year in which the credit was originally applied for or the immediately succeeding fiscal year, so $200 million may be allocated during fiscal year 2009/2010
  • $10 million of the annual funding shall be set aside for independent films
  • Unused funds carryover to the next fiscal year

Qualified taxpayers may carryover tax credits for 5 years and transfer tax credits to an affiliate. Only tax credits issued to an independent film may be transferred or sold to an unrelated party.

 

 

 

 

New York State

Funds for the New York State Film Production Tax Credit have been exhausted. The New York State Film Office is still accepting applications in case eligible projects fall through or more funding becomes available. Funding is still available for the Commercial Production Tax Credit.

 

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21
Feb
09

Now Registering in Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s Conservatory

Spring classes are just around the corner and registrations for our popular Summer Camps are already coming in.  Now is the time to get in while you can: Act Now!

Spring Classes

Spring classes begin March 7th. They offer a great way to improve your skills, “stay in shape” as a performer, and qualify students for participation in Performance Camp’s Alice in Wonderland.

More information on Spring classes for Youth available here.

More information about Spring classes for Adults available here.

Summer Conservatory

Summer Conservatory camp is consistently our most popular offering all year. First and foremost, this camp is designed to be fun. Campers learn skills and techniques for clowning, speaking, improv, stage combat, musical theatre, scene study, puppetry, costume design, makeup, and more.  All classes are taught by working professional artists who are expert in the skills they are teaching.

Each session will end with a Demo Day when campers perform for parents the skills and performance styles they have been learning.

Sample Day in Summer Conservatory

More information is on our website.

Theatre Arts Explosion

Doesn’t it seem like every year there are more summer camps to choose from?  And they get harder and harder to fit into your budget?

We’ve got an answer!  To help parents in this time of  economic uncertainty, we’ve created a brand new camp for the very young that is affordable.

Theatre Arts Explosion will give students from 4 years old through rising 2nd Graders a chance to explore multiple creative avenues for only $90.00.  Students will spend time exploring creative drama, movement/dance, and visual arts like drawing and sculpture, etc.

Offered June 15-19.  Camp will be held nearby at our partner school, Chrysalis Experiential Academy.

To register of for information, visit our website.

Performance Camp: Alice in Wonderland

This year we take everyone down a rabbit hole on a wonderful adventure on stage and back stage as we produce Alice in Wonderland.  Performance Camp is for our experienced students that have completed GET Summer Conservatory, a previous GET school year class, or equivalent training elsewhere. Students experience the entire production process from audition through performance in just two weeks. In addition to rehearsing and performing,  students will build costumes and sets, hang lights, and work on all technical aspects of the show.

Don’t let your child miss out on this rewarding and fun program.

“Characters of the Watershed” with the Chattahoochee  Nature Center

With Characters of the Watershed, campers get a double dose of summer camp options! Spend the day with a CNC Naturalist getting to know the animals of the Chattahoochee and with a GET Teaching Artist using creative drama exploring ways to become those characters, and recreate their environment.

Register with GET. Camp is held at the Nature Center.

For registration forms, or if you have any questions, please email education@get.org or call (770) 641-1260 x232.

Sincerely,

Enda O. Breadon
Education Director

19
Feb
09

“The Signal” up for Indie Award

 
“THE SIGNAL”
featuring lots of great locals is nominated for an “Independent Spirit Award”!!!
 
The Signal
 
Watch this Weekend.
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
5:00 PM ET, on IFC
10:00 PM ET, on AMC
 
Nominated for the “John Cassavetes Award”, (Best Feature Made for Under $500,000).
For more details go to
19
Feb
09

Women in Film Short film Showcase

20 CITIES.  FIVE COUNTRIES.  ONE IMPORTANT CAUSE.

Women in Film Chapters from all over the globe
join forces to showcase the unique voice of women storytellers.

Celebrate local and international shorts made by or about women
by attending the 4th Annual Short Film Showcase and share in
WIFTA’s commitment to bringing women’s work to the big screen.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009
LANDMARK THEATRES MIDTOWN ART CINEMA
931 Monroe Drive?| Atlanta, GA 30308? | 678-495-1424

 

Door opens at 6:30 pm | Screening starts at 7:00 pm

Reception to follow.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
$10 for WIFTA members$15 for General Public
Cost includes screening and reception. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by March 6th to wifi@wifta.org
No tickets will be mailed, names will be held at the door.

 

If you’d like your short film considered, click here for the submission form.
Sponsorship opportunities still available. Email wifti@wifta.org for more information.
To purchase an ad for the program, please click here.

www.wifta.org

18
Feb
09

Avant Garden Casting Salon hosted by Women in Film and Television

 THURSDAY

 

Avant Garden IV, February 19, 2009
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: The Contemporary/ Atlanta Film Festival 365
535 Means Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318FREE, Fun, Social, Interactive Arts Events, Cash Bar

 

Atlanta Participate in this informal Meet & Greet with a local Talent Agent or Casting Director. Actors can have their headshot/resume evaluated by an industry professional, receive feedback and leave their credentials for future casting consideration. Meetings will be conducted in 5 minute sessions. Participation space is limited and subject to casting professional availability. A Salon sign-up sheet will be available at Avant Garden IV for actors to sign up on a first come, first serve basis.

 

* Actors must come with headshots & resumes to participate.
* The Sign-up sheet will be open starting at 6 pm & will close once it’s full or by 7:30 pm (whichever comes first)
* Due to time constraints, the salon will only be able to accommodate 30-40 timed meet and greet sessions.

  Participants are encouraged to arrive early. We cannot guarantee time slots nor a meeting with a specific casting individual.

  However, if your name is on the sign-up sheet that night, you will be seen by one of the attending industry professionals.

 

Confirmed Industry Professionals

Alpha Tyler – Casting Director, Tyler Perry Studios

Jayme Pervis – Talent Agent, J Pervis Talent Agency

Ken Feinberg – Casting Director, Creative Studios of Atlanta

 

About Avant Garden

Avant Garden is a free montly arts social hosted and presented by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Atlanta Film Festival. With interactive arts events, a cash bar and special presentations, Avant Garden is the place to be to relax, network and to have fun.
Acting in front of a green screen, singing with Rock Band 2, confessing your cinematic confession, you never know what we’ll have in store at Avant Garden.

18
Feb
09

Standup Comedy Workshop with Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com)

A new Standup Comedy Workshop with Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com) will begin on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at YourAct (www.youract.tv) from 7-10PM.

Classes will meet every Tuesday for five (5) weeks with a Showcase Performance at
The Punchline (www.punchline.com) on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 8PM.

For registration and information call YourAct at (404) 499-9996.

Workshop limited to 15 students!

Hope you can be there!

http://www.mannyoliveira.com

17
Feb
09

Working Smart in 2009:

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TOMORROW

Women in Film and Television Atlanta
Proudly Presents our February Program

Working Smart in 2009:?


Protecting Your Business, Your Production & Yourself in a Tough Economy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009?
6:30 – 7:00 PM Registration & Networking Reception  ?

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Program

Please RSVP to: wifta.rsvp@gmail.com
FREE for WIFTA Members, $10 for Non-Members, $5 for Students with a valid ID?
(Cash, check or credit card payments accepted)

OakCliff Studios

3440 Oakcliff Road, Suite 106
Atlanta, GA 30340
(located near the I-285 & I-85 interchange; north of downtown)

Click here for map and directions

Everyone is feeling the economic crunch, with lay-offs and downsizing on the rise.?How can you protect yourself and minimize the impact on your business?

Whether you own a production company or work for one as a freelancer; work as an actor or a writer providing creative services; there are key steps you should be taking to minimize the effect on your business.

Join Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) for their February program, with top industry professionals discussing how you can better prepare yourself during volatile economic conditions. Topics include: understanding insurance and determining when you need it; understanding your small business/production company classification and whether you should be incorporated, form an LLC or remain a sole proprietor; understanding when you need to merely consult an attorney or actually hire one to act on your behalf?

GUEST SPEAKERS UPDATED:

Lynn W. Mathis, CPCU – Williams, Turner Mathis Inc.

Williams, Turner & Mathis, Inc is a full line agency writing all lines of insurance for both personal and business needs. Lynn has focused much of her attention over the last twenty years in serving the needs of the Georgia film industry on a local basis.  A graduate of the University of Georgia, she began her insurance career in 1978 with Raymond S. Williams Agency, Inc and became a principle in 1983.  In 1995 the firm merged with another agency & became Williams, Turner & Mathis, Inc.  Lynn has been an active volunteer with the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, serving as the first female chair of the Georgia Young Agents in 1991; and was the first female President of the 100 year old Association in 2000. She is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and a member of Women in Film and Television Atlanta.

Michell L. Davis, Partner – Register | Lett, LLP

As an entertainment and Intellectual Property lawyer, Michell’s passion is reflected in her work. She is committed to the promotion of the independent artist and has established herself in the community as a strong supporter of the arts and the creative process.  She represents a variety of artists, including directors, music and film producers and writers and has served as general counsel for several independent music and film companies. In addition to her work in the area of film and television, Michell also has a significant practice in trademark, copyright and licensing transactions.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Michell holds a MBA and JD from Duke University and The University of Alabama, respectively.  She began her legal career as a member of the Intellectual Property group in Kilpatrick Stockton’s Atlanta office and continues to build a practice dedicated to and focused on the artist.  She is licensed to practice law in Georgia.

Candace Long, Owner, Creativity Training Institute

(New Addition)In 1983 she founded Creative Concepts Advertising and for over 25 years has been responsible for helping countless businesses throughout the region, winning awards as both a radio and television writer & producer. In 1992, the northeast Georgia Advertising Federation awarded her the coveted Silver Medal Award for her commitment to community service.  She wrote a 2-hour musical, A TIME TO DANCE, which has won 11 musical awards and been staged throughout the Southeast. Her creative abilities continued to grow, and in 1994 she founded an entertainment development company to make a positive difference in that industry.

She wrote several screenplays, developed a marketing plan, and began to pitch herself and her projects to Hollywood. Since then, her writing has attracted the attention of such companies as ABC, NBC, Hearst Entertainment, Universal, Disney, BBC and 20th Century Fox.  She has served as President of Georgia’s Women In Film, Vice-Chairman of Women In Film & Television International and the Georgia Film, Video & Music Advisory Board. Currently she is President of the Georgia branch of the National League of American Pen Women, the nation’s oldest organization for creative women.

In 2001, she ventured out again creatively…this time as a theatrical producer, premiering the re-staged version of A TIME TO DANCE starring Francine Reed. Unfortunately, her premiere date was the ill-fated September 11, 2001, which left her personally and financially devastated. After a three-year period in what she calls “the wilderness,” she emerged to write a ground-breaking book, Wired For Creativity and founded Creativity Training Institute to empower others to discover, develop, and use their God-given gifts and make a positive impact on the world. This past May she received the Executive MBA degree from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business. Her book, Wired For Creativity, will be available for sale at the program.

Moderator:

Lisa Wright, CPA, Owner, L. A. Wright & Associates
(New Addition)


Lisa has always worked or volunteered in some form of the entertainment industry.  She has worked with independent artists and has worked in event planning and management.  For the past several years she has volunteered for numerous organizations  on various  committees including the Trumpet Award Guest Services Committee, the “Salute To Greatness Dinner Committee” , a major fundraising event to benefit The King Center, the Apex Museum, an African American Museum in Atlanta, GA and  The Stellar Awards, where she was contracted to manage the receptions and volunteers for over 5 years while the event was held in Atlanta, GA and Houston, Texas.   She worked with various artists such as Take 6 and Edwin Hawkins-selling promotional products or managing conferences.

She has also served as the Personal Financial Manager for Mr. Herman J. Russell, Sr.,  a Director of Accounting for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where Bishop Eddie L. Long is Senior Pastor, worked at Deloitte Touché & Ross- an international accounting firm and she is currently a Certified Public Accountant with licenses in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

16
Feb
09

FREE WORKSHOP – Creative Studios of Atlanta

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Free Workshop!

Free adult workshop (18+) for Houghton Talent tomorrow Tuesday February 17th @ Creative Studios of Atlanta.  Information is below.  Space is limited so please reply to me and Ken – the contact info below – ASAP to reserve a spot.  If you went to his previous free workshop please do not go to this one so we can give some new people the opportunity to do so.
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This Tuesday February 17th (tomorrow) at 7pm Ken Feinberg will offer to Houghton actors a free class at Creative Studios of Atlanta.  This will be a “taste of” Ken Feinberg’s Master Class for actors who want to improve their on camera audition skills, their on camera performance skills as well as their business and marketing skills for creating more work for themselves as an add to what their agent does.

Please RSVP to creativestudiosofatlanta@yahoo.com or call 404-355-4588.  Reservations are not required but are recommended as space is limited.

Ken has acted on such series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The District and Star Trek Enterprise as well as being an award-winning director of film and stage and the Casting Director in residence at CSA.

Contact info:

Ken Feinberg
Owner/Director
Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street, Suite F8
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-355-4588
http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com

16
Feb
09

Meisner Technique – Creative Studios of Atlanta

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It is great pleasure I inform you about the newest section of Meisner for film starting up on Thursday evenings in March at the studio.  (Our current Meisner class on Monday evenings is full with a waiting list.)

Investment is $99/month and limited to the first 14 students to enroll.

What is Meisner?

Sanford Meisner was one of the original “masters” of modern acting.

He developed the Meisner technique after working with the Group Theatre at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse and continued its refinement for fifty years.

Meisner Training is an inter-dependent series of exercises that build upon each other toward achieving your desired goal. Meisner students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop strong skills in preparation and execution. As the exercises evolve in complexity, the principles of “listen and respond” and “stay in the moment” are fundamental to the work.

Some prominent actors who trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in the Meisner technique include:

Philip Seymour Hoffman               Jon Voight
Kim Basinger                               Mary Steenburgen
Sandra Bullock                            James Caan
Tom Cruise                                  Robert Duvall
James Gandolfini                          Jeff Goldblum
David Mamet                                Sydney Pollack
Anjelica Huston                            Diane Keaton
and many others

Click Here to Register for this Class

Sincerely,

Ken Feinberg
500 Bishop Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Creative Studios of Atlanta
404-355-4588
http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com

15
Feb
09

Casting Call: Bravo’s Top Chef

produced by Magical Elves, announced nationwide season six open calls for chefs. A multiple city casting schedule will begin in San Francisco February 8 at Ducca Restaurant & Lounge; in Seattle February 11 at Canlis Restaurant, in Atlanta February 22 at Craft Restaurant, in New York March 1 at CraftSteak Restaurant ; in Philadelphia March 4 at XIX NINETEEN at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue; in Los Angeles March 15 at Craft Restaurant; and for Chicago’s casting call send an email to TCCastingChicago@gmail.com

12
Feb
09

Preparing For Auditions

It’s no secret that Georgia (and the Southeast in general) is projected to see lots of work in the coming months due to the incentive packages that have been passed.  THIS IS GREAT NEWS – but are you ready?  Are you preparing as you should for every audition?  Over the past few weeks/months we’ve been seeing the film industry pick up but haven’t seen all of our talent coming to each audition with their “A-Game.”  Below are some things to focus on when you come in to audition, either to the agency or around town:

  1. Memorize Your Lines – this is the most basic thing in acting, but the lack of preparation here has become an epidemic, and it’s embarassing.  If you are given 5 lines or less you should not even need to hold the script, much less read it.  KNOW YOUR SCRIPT – we never get notes when doing auditions that say “it’s ok if they only know the first scene” or “if they’re reading it the entire time we’re ok with that.”  When you come unprepared it not only makes you look bad, but reflects poorly on us.  A prominent casting director told me recently that the execs above him often comment “if this actor can’t take the time to memorize 5 lines, why would I consider them for my project?”  He doesn’t even present those reads to the client.  If you know you won’t be able to put the time in to know your script and study your role please decline the audition, forcing a read rarely if ever turns into a booking and can often do more harm than good.
  2. Do Your Homework – Know what you are auditioning for.  Where are they from?  What do they do?  Where is the scene I’m auditioning for take place?  Take the time to create a character in your head and read the script and character description carefully to make these decisions.  Need more info on the character or project?  Email your agent.  Don’t just show up and read the lines, know why your saying what you’re saying and doing what you’re doing.  This gives depth to your character and will add a dimension to your audition that will make the client pause and take notice.  Also – while you should not dress up for a role, we do recommend dressing appropriately (if auditioning for a lawyer wear a tie or as a street thug dress more casual) – the script will more than likely give you the answers on this.
  3. Show Up On Time and Be Prepared When Called – This is a given when going out to see clients: show up ready to go with script committed to memory and a solid read prepared.  This is an in person audition so make sure when you get out of your car you are ready, you may not be guaranteed time to prepare in the waiting room.  We are fortunate enough to have the luxury of taping at the agency for some clients, but sometimes this is taken advantage of.  Our auditions will run better and be more efficient if you are on time 100% ready to read when you arrive.  Take the time in the waiting room to ready yourself for the audition, and know that you can usually wait until you are ready and don’t need to go in the room before you are.  Once you go in the room you should be able to do the audition in 1-2 takes; this is not the time for script analysis or memorization.  Please do not ask to see your read, it puts us behind and is unfair to everyone else.
  4. When You Are Waiting to Read Please Don’t Distract Other Actors – This is not a time to be social, it is a time to focus on your audition and allow others around you to do the same.  Cell phones should be turned off.  You should not be carrying on conversations with other actors.  This can be done before or after auditions but when you are at the agency please keep in mind that this can be very distracting to other people in the room, even if you are whispering.  Use this time to make sure you are completely prepared for your read and please wait to have your conversations once you are headed home.
  5. Have Fun – Make personal choices, not what your mind says is “right” and set tangible goals around the audition: Did I listen well? Relax? Execute technically well?…rather than “Did I book the job or not?” and above all else, have fun. Desperate reads as desperation on camera. Actors having fun, book jobs.
  6. Please Be Respectful Of Our Time Constraints – We love all of you and enjoy your company, but we do not have the time to visit after every audition.  This takes time away from current and incoming projects and can cause us to lose focus.  If you have something you want to discuss please make an appointment, otherwise please understand that we are usually very busy and need to stay on task as much as possible.

Keeping all of this in mind WILL help you in your auditions and WILL result in more bookings.  The actors we see doing these things on a consistent basis are the ones that book the most, and it’s because they do the little things right and always bring their “A-Game” to every audition.

12
Feb
09

Casting Call: MTV is casting for a News and Docs show titled Teen Cribs

featuring teens living in amazing spaces built by their parents. To be considered, teens must be 13-21 years old and have something distinctive with their personal space and examples include swimming pools, game rooms and theaters to deluxe bedrooms, tree houses and indoor bowling alleys among other ideas. For more information and to apply, send an email to newshows@mtvstaff.com.
11
Feb
09

Chez Studio announces next workshop program 2/28-3/01

first come first served, this on-camera workshop is limited.

 

We are excited with the amount of emails, calls and cards following the last workshop.  While we are aware there are many programs offered we appreciate that you recognize that what we do is special. Only the best in the industry are a part of the Chez Studio program.  Because of your support we continue to have industry leaders encourage us in our efforts to provide the most professional talent to the film projects now coming to Georgia. Our goal is to provide information to enrich the skill of many working actors while creating a professional place for new talent to enter the market.  This program is for both our adult and young actors.

 

The date for the upcoming actor workshop is 2/28-3/1 

The times are:

Saturday – Adults – 9:00 – 1:00 Ric

Saturday – Kids – 1:30 – 5:00 Shay

 

Sunday –  Adults — 9:00 – 1:00  Shay

Sunday – Kids – 1:30 – 5:00  Ric

 February 28th- March 1st are  8 years to 15 years. Adult class is 16 years and up.

 

Ric Reitz, using his 30+ years of experience as a writer, actor and director, will present the kind of on-camera and off-camera information that every actor needs to know to survive a working set.  His workshop will includes some on-camera scene and technique study.

 

Shay Griffin’s (See Shay Griffin resume) program will consist of working with actors on auditioning insight from a casting directors perspective.

Auditioning for the camera.

What is expected of you from first call to last call back.

  

The Chez Group
2221 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite D, Box 335
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-603-8755 (O)
404-352-9328 (F)

11
Feb
09

Women in Film and Television Atlanta February Program

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Working Smart in 2009:
“Protecting your Business, your Production & Yourself in a Tough Economy”

Date:   Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Time:  6:30 – 7:00 PM Registration & Networking Reception

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Program
Please RSVP to: wifta.rsvp@gmail.com

Cost: FREE for WIFTA Members, $10 for Non-Members, $5 for Students with a valid ID?
(Cash, check or credit card payments accepted)

Location:

OakCliff Studios / (located near the I-285 & I-85 interchange; north of downtown)
3440 Oakcliff Rd. / Suite 106 / Atlanta, GA 30340

(google map: http://docs.google.com/gview)

Everyone is feeling the economic crunch, with lay-offs and downsizing on the rise.?How can you protect yourself and minimize the impact on your business?

Whether you own a production company or work for one as a freelancer; work as an actor or a writer providing creative services; there are key steps you should be taking to minimize the effect on your business.

Join Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) for their February program, with top industry professionals discussing how you can better prepare yourself during volatile economic conditions. Topics include: understanding insurance and determining when you need it; understanding your small business/production company classification and whether you should be incorporated, form an LLC or remain a sole proprietor; understanding when you need to merely consult an attorney or actually hire one to act on your behalf?

Guest Speakers:

Lynn W. Mathis, CPCU – Williams, Turner Mathis Inc.

Williams, Turner & Mathis, Inc is a full line agency writing all lines of insurance for both personal and business needs. Lynn has focused much of her attention over the last twenty years in serving the needs of the Georgia film industry on a local basis.  A graduate of the University of Georgia, she began her insurance career in 1978 with Raymond S. Williams Agency, Inc and became a principle in 1983.  In 1995 the firm merged with another agency & became Williams, Turner & Mathis, Inc.  Lynn has been an active volunteer with the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, serving as the first female chair of the Georgia Young Agents in 1991; and was the first female President of the 100 year old Association in 2000. She is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and a member of Women in Film and Television Atlanta.

Michell L. Davis, Partner – Register | Lett, LLP

As an entertainment and Intellectual Property lawyer, Michell’s passion is reflected in her work. She is committed to the promotion of the independent artist and has established herself in the community as a strong supporter of the arts and the creative process.  She represents a variety of artists, including directors, music and film producers and writers and has served as general counsel for several independent music and film companies. In addition to her work in the area of film and television, Michell also has a significant practice in trademark, copyright and licensing transactions.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Michell holds a MBA and JD from Duke University and The University of Alabama, respectively.  She began her legal career as a member of the Intellectual Property group in Kilpatrick Stockton’s Atlanta office and continues to build a practice dedicated to and focused on the artist.  She is licensed to practice law in Georgia.

For more information visit: http://www.wifta.org

10
Feb
09

Classes at Charisma Studios

Student Successes

Pro@ctive CPA Commercials

Blank Stage Productions has just produced 3 new commercials for Pro@ctive CPA and I was hired as the on set acting coach for 2 commercials. Those 2 commercials featured our student actors: Dana Gordon, Sophia Puckett, Serena Singh, Lily Rubin, Grant Rosenblum, and Allan Pickett. Please click here to view. Feel free to forward to friends, co-workers, and family. We’re hoping these commercials go viral!

Free Actors’ Workshops

February 14 & February 28

We are hosting 2 FREE Actor’s Workshop this Saturday, February 14 and Saturday, February 28 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM in Marietta, GA. These free workshops are geared towards both kid and adult actors of ages 5 & up. We will introduce or re-introduce you to the world of acting, help increase your self-confidence to the next level, and encourage you to take the next step towards your goal of making acting happen! With our new upcoming spring classes and summer camps starting soon we will be offering an early registration discount to those who qualify.

Don’t miss this opportunity. If you’d like to attend, please e-mail me at Karli@thecharismastudios.com and put “free workshop” in the subject line.
SPACE IS LIMITED

Upcoming Classes

Spring and Summer Early Registration

We have an exciting list of classes for the spring and summer, so register by clicking here. Space is limited!

CHARISMA SPRING CLASSES:
March 7 –May 11 | Kids, Teens, & Adults | Ages 6 & Up

ACTING: STAGE & SCREEN BASICS – LEVEL 1
Saturdays | March 7-May 9 | 10AM–11:30AM | Ages 6-10
Saturdays | March 7-May 9 | 12PM-2PM | Teens & Adults | (Limit:12)
* Pre-requisite: Interview

IMPROVISATION: THE FUNDAMENTALS – LEVEL 1
Saturdays | March 7-May 9 | 3PM–4:30PM | Ages 6-18 | (Limit:10)
* Pre-requisite: Interview

COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION – LEVEL 2
Tuesdays | March 9-May 11 | 6:30PM-8:30PM | Ages 6-18 | (Limit:8)
* Pre-requisite: Audition/ Interview

REGISTER HERE OR CALL MRS. KARLI AT 770-546-2094

CHARISMA SUMMER CAMPS!
June 8–July 17 | Kids & Teens | Ages 7-19

We offer week long Summer Camps for those who want experience training throughout the summer while they express themselves creatively and dramatically. We provide camps in play performance, improvisation, acting for the camera, and modeling for ages 7 – 19.

IMPROVISATION: The Fundamentals – Kids & Teens
KIDS | June 8-12 | 10AM – 2PM |Ages 7 – 12
TEENS | June 15-19 | 10AM – 2PM | Ages 12–19  (Limit 10)

ACTING: Stage and Screen Camp – Kids & Teens
KIDS | June 22-26 | 10AM – 2PM | Ages 7-12
TEENS | June 29- July 3 | 10AM – 2PM | Ages 12-19   (Limit 12)

MODELING CAMP – Teens
TEENS | July 6-10 | 10AM – 2PM | Ages 12-19   (Limit 12)

PLAY PERFORMANCE – Kids
KIDS | July 13-17 | 10AM – 2PM | Ages 6-12  (Limit 16)

FOR KIDS, TEENS & ADULTS – ALL LEVELS

SUMMER SATURDAY SERIES – All Levels
Saturdays | June 6 – July 25 | 12PM – 2PM | Ages 7 – Adult

CHARISMA STUDIOS | 585 Cobb Pkwy S | Suite K | Marietta, GA 30060 karli@thecharismastudios.com | 770-546-2094 WWW.THECHARISMASTUDIOS.COM

Make Acting Happen!

10
Feb
09

On Camera Acting Foundation

It is with great honor that I tell you about this exciting new class at CSA with working actor (currently working on GET LOW with Robert Duvall) and New York director Tom Thon.

On Camera Acting Foundation (from script to screen)

Limited to 10 participants for individual attention, this 3-month intensive is for the actor who wants to learn how to breakdown a script, find the clues to creating a strong character, access their emotions and then put the pieces together into a strong acting performance for film.

Sundays 2-5pm begining Sunday February15 for 12 sessions

Investment: $125/month

“In theatre you can inhabit a character, but in a film, the character must inhabit you.” –Sir Laurence Olivier

Thank you for reading our eNews. We look forward to being a valuable asset to you on your journey in this business.

Sincerely,

Ken Feinberg

500 Bishop Street NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318 Creative Studios of Atlanta

404-355-4588

http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com

10
Feb
09

five things every PA should know

This workshop is designed for those wanting to get into the film and video industry by working behind the scenes on movies and television shows.  From full length features, shorts and documentaries, to reality TV, commercials and music videos- a great way to learn first hand the job skills necessary to eventually become a successful producer or director is to begin in the entry level position of Production Assistant
 
Taught by an experienced, working producer, the 4-hr workshop topics include:  the production team, industry lingo, wages, working conditions, tools of the trade (the PA kit), set protocol, ethics, production paperwork, getting work, and much more. 
 
Handouts are included.  Reservations required.  Certificate of completion to attendees.
 

About The Instructor

 

Workshop Instructor  Edwanna Blanding has worked in the film industry for several years, producing and directing feature films, documentaries, informational videos and commercials.  She received a Mass Communications degree from North Carolina State Univ in Raleigh and a degree in Film/Video Production from Full Sail in Winter Park, FL.  She established her own independent production company, BLACKEYE Productions in 2003.  She resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

  

Details
 

 

DATE:             Sunday, February 15, 2009 

TIME:             1:00 – 5:00pm

LOCATION:      Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, Suite F8, Atlanta, GA30318

COST:            $49 in advance

                 $59 at the door (space permitting)

 

PRIZE DRAWING:  All seminar attendees will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a special prize!  (valued at $100 or more, must be present to win)

 
 

To Register

    

ONLINE 
Space is limited, and seats are going fast!  Advance registration highly recommended.  To reserve your spot, register before February 9 or on our website at http://www.gabpc.com, or call 770-726-9818. 
 
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MAIL
To register by mail, send your payment, and your name, address, phone number and email address to:
 
The Big Picture Film & Video Fdn
Attn:  GABPC P.A. Workshop
6070 Stonebrook Ln
Austell, GA 30106

 

FAX 

Or fax your name, address, phone, email address and credit card information with signature to: 770-726-9818. 
 
 
 
All events are held at Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, Suite F8, Atlanta, GA 30318.  For directions, call 404-355-4588 or visit http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com/directions.html.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY:  No refunds.  However, if you’ve prepaid for a session and need to cancel, you will receive credit in the amount paid toward a future GABPC seminar or workshop of your choice.
 

 

Proceeds of the GABPC Educational Series benefit The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation, a Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the producers of the bi-annual Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC).  The next conference takes place in Atlanta April 2009.  For details or to register, visit www.gabpc.com.

 

 
GABPC Production Team
The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation
770.726.9818
10
Feb
09

Philip Nutman’s Screenwriting Workshop 101

(Submitted by WIFTA Member Deidre Walsh)



Classes begin Wednesday, February 11, 2009.  7: 30 – 9PM.
This is a hands-on, eight-week workshop designed to guide those who want to write a screenplay or have written screenplays and are yet to make a sale (screenwriters who have sold a script are also welcome). The course is based on personal, practical experience and will cut through the misinformation of theory, explain the stages of dealing with the demands of physical production, provide legal advice, and ultimately guide participants through the process of writing a screenplay.
Location: Eagle Eye Books, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur GA 30033. (404)  486-0307
Investment – $300.00; Payment plans available; 15% discount for students w/ valid student IDPhilip Nutman is a multiple award-nominated novelist (WET WORK) and award-winning screenwriter (JACK KETCHUM’S THE GIRL NEXT DOOR).  He has 25 years experience working in TV and film (independent and the Hollywood studio system). He has written and produced two independent features and has developed projects at Walt Disney Productions, Showtime and for many production companies.  

For further details go to: http://www.PhilipNutman.com

09
Feb
09

WIFTA Annual Oscar Night Social & Viewing Party *Open to the General Public*

Location:  STATS, 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Date:        Sunday, February 22nd   

Time:        6 pm – Red Carpet Viewing

                  8 pm – Academy Awards Ceremony

 

                                                                                     

The annual Women in Film and Television Atlanta’s “Oscar Night Social & Viewing Party” is a grand networking event that is open to the general public. Each year WIFTA members and guests look forward to celebrating the Academy Awards ceremony at a special location in Atlanta and having the opportunity to network during the red carpet pre-show. 

 
This year’s festivities will be held at STATS in downtown Atlanta. STATS offers premium food with a high energy vibe. And with five bars under one roof & HD television screens throughout the venue, you won’t miss a moment of the excitement!

 

A favorite event during the social is the friendly “Oscar Prediction Contest.” You can participate in the WIFTA ballot competition for the chance to win an Oscar Night Gift Pack!

 

Please RSVP to: specialevents@wifta.org

 

* This event is FREE to attend – $5 entry ballot for Oscar Competition

* Parking for STATS is directly across the street in a paid parking garage.

* All food & beverages are individually ticketed

06
Feb
09

CASTING CALL The Art Institute of Atlanta

Our STUDENTS WANT YOU to BE in THEIR FILMS –

Our students are producing short films and commercials this quarter and we’ll be delighted if you, or actors you know, will consider appearing in these films. Thank you to everyone who’s auditioned with us in the past. The students can’t make their films without you!

Audition Session:
When: Monday, February 9, 2009
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Art Institute of Atlanta – Room 460 on the 4th Floor

Parking: Parking is free at The Art Institute, but if you arrive before 8pm, you need a parking pass from the receptionist in the first floor gallery.  Please get your pass and put it on your car before you come upstairs.  If you arrive after 8pm, check to see if the receptionist is still in gallery – if not, then you don’t need a pass.

Students are planning their films now and we will send you a a list of Characters they expect to cast a little later this week. As of now, we will only be casting for Actors age 15 and older.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:  Please email Whitney Trower at aiaauditions@gmail.com

— Use ACTORS WANTED as Subject of email
— INCLUDE your first and second choices for Times. We schedule actors in 30-minute blocks.
— Please provide the following:
    Your Height & Age Range
    If you do Voice-Overs
    If you are a member of SAG and/or AFTRA
    Your PHONE NUMBER(S) and EMAIL ADDRESS
— Please don’t attach your headshot and resume to the email.  You will bring them to the Audition.

Your audition time will include a SPECIFIC time.  Audition times are first come, first serve. If you have a last minute change of plans, please email <aiaauditions@gmail.com> or leave a voice mail for Fran Burst at 770-689-5039 – Be sure to leave your phone number AND email.

 THE AUDITION:— Please bring your headshot and resume (at least 2 copies each, bring more if possible)
— When you arrive, we will provide your with “sides” – excerpts from students’ scripts to use for your Auditions.
— If you’d like, you may also prepare a Monologue for the Audition – but Monologues aren’t required.

 

Actors will not be paid, but will receive a master-quality video of projects if cast.

Also, please understand that our directors are students — they are eager learners but they usually have no formal experience in auditioning with actors, making casting decisions and directing actors.
 
 DIRECTIONS TO THE ART INSTITUTE: http://artinstitutes.edu/atlanta

Select “About Us” from the Menu Bar.  Then on left, select Maps & Directions.

 

CASTING CALL

We WANT YOU for STUDENT FILMS!

The Art Institute of Atlanta – Winter Auditions

Monday, February 9th, 2009

 

The Characters

 

MEN:

Walter: Walter is a student with good grades, but has difficulty finding work. He has applied for many jobs and is looking for just one sign of hope. He just wants a chance to move on and make a better life for himself. A normal guy, not very confrontational, he is determined to do what it takes to make it to this interview and get this job. (director: Kenny Baker)

Miles: Miles is Walter’s friend and roommate. He is slob, an underachiever, and very loyal and supportive of Walter. He works from home as his dream job—a telemarketer. (director: Kenny Baker)

Geist: Geist is the head of the company of which Walter is interviewing for. He is somewhat eccentric character, middle-aged, and constantly forgets Walter’s name. (director: Kenny Baker)

Husband: The husband, who answers Miles’ call during family dinner, either does not get the purpose of telemarketing or is very much intrigued by it. He’ll interrupt his own meal with his family to buy whatever crap Miles is selling. (director: Kenny Baker)

Donald Prince: A young man who works for the United States Government as a spy.  He’s an all American who hates Nazi scum. Donald has no family; they were killed by the Nazis. He is not afraid to die for his country.
(director: Andrew Knath)

Alexander Rudolph: Middle aged, skinny/frail, Nazi scum. Belonging to the Nazi party, he is German but speaks English, only with a flamboyant German accent. Mr. Rudolph worships the ground Hitler walks on. He is slightly psychotic and gets his thrill through torture. Mr.Rudolph’s hair is slicked back with grease, he wears a white lab coat with black gloves and boots. He believes he has a sense of humor. (director: Andrew Knath)

Mr. Dawson: Annabelle’s father, 30-40. He is in good physical shape. He is very popular in his town.  He is very confident and won’t take no for an answer. He’s romantic, and the ladies think he’s the ultimate husband. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

Bobby:  Young boy, age range 16-20. Occupation: Bobby has been out of school for a year and he now helps his father with his construction business. Bobby is well built, and dreamy. He is confident and well mannered. Annabelle is his love interest. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

William:– Early 20’s, clean cut, recent college graduate, he is from a small town in the Midwest and never experience the big city and that’s why he is moving Atlanta for a change. (director: Gerren)

Harold: Mid 30’s, short medium build, he always wants to challenge the system, he really hates the authority and he really does what he wants. He is a good team player and play by his rules, he comes from a semi wealthy family, born and raised in Atlanta. (director: Gerren)

Nate: Mid 20’s tall medium built, very smart and is adventurous, he is very slick and knows how to cut corners and get it by any means necessary. (director: Gerren)

Emil: “The Mam’s Boy”: Emil has that sweet baby face look.  He’s actually a good man, but can’t make any decisions without his mother.  He tells Mama everything, including all of his business with his wife.
(director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Eric  “The Dreamer”: Eric is the only child of his single mother, Chante’, but his father has other children by various women.  Eric’s dad has a habit of playing his sons against each other.  Therefore, Eric Jr. is constantly competing with his half brothers craving for his father’s attention and approval.  He pursues multiple career paths to try and appease his father. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Carmelo“The Maintenance Man”: Carmelo is very athletic and intelligent with much ambition.  Unfortunately, the irresponsible actions of his partying mother, shatters most of his dreams as he enters manhood. Being forced to be the man of the house, including raising his sister, has changed Carmelo’s plans for attending college, as well as passing up a full scholarship. Can Carmelo ever forgive his mother for redirecting his life or is it fate?  
(director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Howard Waters – The Senator: Howard Waters is tall, white, clean cut, and a fast talker like most politicians.  He’s married to Scharlie Cenay and the father of their two sons, Howard Jr. and Emmanual. Waters has been a very prestigious name for many years, and has always had wealth.  The Waters boys, Howard Jr. and Emmanual, have had more than the average family and their peers going through school. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Howard Jr: is expected by many to fill his father’s shoes; especially his mother, he’s her favorite son.  Howard Jr. goes to meetings and works on political speeches with his father, and on many occasions, he looks and acts just like his father. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Emmanual: is just the baby boy trying to fit in.  He has his own look, he feels as though nobody understands him and politics is just not his thing.  Owning a business is his goal, but of course that’s not his “good ole boy” dad’s idea for his son.  Well, if Senator Waters is never home enough for him to talk too, and mom is so busy with Howard Sr. and Jr., what is he to do, and who is he to talk too? (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

JOHN HARRISON: A 30-year-old white male named JOHN. He has been broken by the unfortunate circumstances in his life. He doesn’t have any sort of fulfillment or any breed of happiness. Due to his lack of these contents, it has led him to complete neglect his appearance. JOHN has a tired, rugged, and coarse look. JOHN has an unleveled scruff, dirty fingernails, and a drunken smell. (director: Pedro Oliveira)

FARMER: This character is an older man between the ages of 60 to 80. He is a farmer. The farmer acts as a life changing pivot point for the protagonist. He has this mysterious fantasy-like image. He’s eyes are completely whitened out; it doesn’t contain a pupil. He has an old aged skin. Wrinkles over take his face and hands. He has an old, rugged and coarse look. (director: Pedro Oliveira)

Tim Greenly: Tim is a young adult, early to mid twenties, who has lived a relatively normal teenage life.  Most everything has been provided for him.  He’s the captain of the football team.  Overall, he’s lived a very privileged life.  With Graduation behind him, he’s a little nervous about going to college and still not sure what he wants to do with his life. (director: Raul Hernandez)

 

The Mime: The mime is in his thirties and has a grudge on all of the other main characters.  Being that they killed him one night and didn’t at all call for help in order to save themselves getting in trouble for possession of alcohol when they are underage.  As a background player, he finds out what slasher film is suited for his victim after following them into a all night slasher film marathon.  Because he’s dead, and a supernatural being now, he has the ability to kill his victims with mime powers.  For example, he can kill people with an imaginary knife. (director: Raul Hernandez)

 

WOMEN:

Wife: The wife is a woman who has had it with her husband purchasing products from telemarketers.
(director: Kenny Baker)

Ms. Grier: Ms Grier is an older woman who does not speak. As Geist’s Secretary, she stands flustered by his remarks, only responding with blank stares. (director: Kenny Baker)

Jane: JANE is a teenage girl excited about prom. She has been a best friend to Sara since eighth grade. She loves her friend, but usually pays more attention to herself than to what is happening with Sara.
(director: Adrienne Latham)

Sara: SARA is a teenage girl in an abusive relationship. Instead of wondering what dress to get for prom, she is worried about how to hide her bruises. She wants to tell Jane what is going on, but sees that Jane is in her own little world. (director: Adrienne Latham)

Inga: Inga is Mr. Rudolph’s assistant. She ‘s European and doesn’t speak any English. She is very mysterious, always wearing a surgeon’s facemask. Inga loves Mr. Rudolph and does anything he asks of her – anything. She also thinks that Rudolph has a sense of humor. (director: Andrew Knath)

Cowboy Joe:  A young man who is a part of the United States infantry. He is the all American soldier. He loves the infantry and accepts any job assigned to him even if the job is suicidal. (director: Andrew Knath)

Annabelle: Young girl, age range 16-20. Average/slim. Annabelle is a student. She has an angelic face and is polite, well mannered and shy. Annabelle’s closest acquaintances are her best friend, Lilianne, and her family’s housekeeper, Abigail. Annabelle is somewhat of a loner and enjoys spending time outdoors with nature. She is home schooled so she doesn’t really have to see other people. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

Abigail:  Age range 30-40. Abigail is the head housekeeper of the Dawsons’ household. She’s been with them since Annabelle was born.  She has a kind face and is sweet and understanding. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

Lilianne: Young girl, age range: 16-20. Average/Slim. She is very flirtatious, and sweet. Lilianne is also home schooled. Most of the time she refuses to do what she is told. She isn’t as disciplined as her best friend, Annabelle. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

Mrs. Dawson: Annabelle’s mother. 30-40. Mrs. Dawson is very beautiful. She’s polite and well mannered. She‘s strong, but she can also be shy at times. When she’s around her husband she feels more confident. She wants nothing but the best schooling and lessons for Annabelle. She can be very strict with Annabelle and disapproves of some of the things Annabelle enjoys doing. (director: Gabrielle Esquivel)

Tyla Montgomery: (Age 45-55) African American average height female. She refuses to cut the umbilical cord of her pride and joy, Emil “the Mama’s Boy”. She usually wears a long house robe, slippers, and glasses when she’s at home; and scrubs when she’s either coming or going to work as a registered nurse. 
(director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Chante’ Jenkins: Chante’ is a very down-to-earth single mother that speaks her mind.  She is very petite and usually dresses very fashionably.  Her registered nursing position has her working various hours keeping her away from her only son Eric “the Dreamer”. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Scharlie Cenay Waters: Scharlie is very conservative, overly confident and often over bearing.  She’s married to a successful politician (Howard Waters, Sr.) who is a white man. They have two sons, Howard and Emmanuel, with two opposite personalities. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Yvette Taylor: Yvette is caught up in a fantasyland. She has a 7-year-old daughter, Nyla, and an 18-year-old son Carmelo. Unfortunately, her motherly responsibilities are not the main priority.  Her curvaceous figure and sex appeal have always worked in her favor. She typically attracts men of stature with expensive taste, which forces her son to become “the Maintenance”. (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Justine Moore: Justine is everybody’s friend. She’ll hang out occasionally with the girls, but she pretty much minds her own business. She is a devoted mother of two daughters, Kaula and Demi (who was adopted at birth). (director: Shunda Staples-Ray)

Sharon Temple: Sharon is in her early twenties, she too has been very privileged and has gotten everything in life.  She was the senor prom queen her graduating year and is excited about college.  She’s a little stuck up but still does what she needs to move forward. (director: Raul Hernandez)

 

 

 

 

05
Feb
09

KINGDOMWOOD CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

 October 1st-3rd 2009
Hilton Garden Inn & AMC Theaters Stonecrest Mall
Lithonia, Ga. 30038
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!!       
Everyone is Welcomed!  Let Thy Kingdom Come!  Film Submission 2009!
Hello filmmakers.  We are ready to begin viewing and judging your important project for KingDomWood Christian Film Festival..

Please review the submission criteria before submitting your application.  We are now accepting submissions.  A late charge will apply to applications submitted after June 15, 2009 due date.

We look forward to showcasing your film to our  judges and having the opportunity to meet you and your cast.

 

FILM SUBMISSION CRITERIA


· Filmmaker must be 12 years of age or older.
· Films must have been produced after January 1, 2007,
· Competition is open to US and international (w/English Subtitles).


· Post marked by Friday June 15th 2008.

SUBMISSION FORMAT:
· Two copies of DVD
· Copies will not be returned

Make Payments Payable to Papal or Driven Films

1095 Old Greystone Drive – Lithonia, Ga. 30058
C/O: KingDomWood Christian Film Festival
Email Form to: info@kingdomwood.com

At Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, we value each film received and look forward to showcasing such movie for as many of our and your attendees as possible.

Our Current Distribution outlets:
CoLoursTV
Filmmakers Channel
Kingdomwood Movie Channel (All New Channel debuting in 2009)

 

http://www.kingdomwood.com

*Sexually explicit, profanity and violent natured content is strictly prohibited*
 
LAST DAY FOR ENTRY:

We are now accepting family-friendly spiritual based submissions.

· “Family Christian Film Viewing”
· “Keep it Real Christian Late Night”
· “Christian Documentaries”
· “Gospel Music Videos”

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

05
Feb
09

Casting Director, Don Slaton’s TV Commercials Workshop

Why take Casting Director, Don Slaton’s Workshop?

 

1) to learn more about auditioning to get the job

2) to learn how Don likes for talent to audition for him

3) to show Don their talent

4) to network with Don, so he can see how talent will  behavior on a set all day. (When casting directors cast talent they put their reputation on the line. They want to know talent are going to be professional.)

5) to network (or reconnect), also, for films that Don is casting or helping to cast!

The entire workshop is taught on camera.

Class size limited to 10 actors. (only three spaces left)

When: Saturday, February 7th, 2009,  9:45am-5pm

Where: Expressions Theatre / 2135 Defoor Hills Ste E / Atlanta. Ga. 30318

Cost $125 payment options: VISA, MC, AMEX, Check, Cash

To register contact: AJ @ 404-872-7276 or email:

expressionsactor@bellsouth.net