Archive for March, 2009


ABC pilot to shoot in Savannah this week / Savannah Morning News

From GPP’s Craig Miller
By Lesley Conn
Get ready to witness some real drama in downtown Savannah.
Following in the footsteps of movies such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” the production company shooting an ABC television pilot has decided the best way to get the Savannah feel for its show is to film here.
Beginning today, an 80-person film crew is expected to begin shooting scenes for the pilot, called “Solving Charlie,” said Jay Self, the city’s director of Tourism and Film Services.
Today’s shooting will happen mostly around Columbia and Oglethorpe squares, both along York Street.
On Monday, the crew is scheduled to film an elaborate street chase in and around Factors’ Walk.
Tuesday and Wednesday, crews will be in the Thomas Square area.
“We’re the murder scene, I understand,” said Virginia Mobley, president of the Thomas Square Neighborhood Association.
There’s no guarantee the pilot will be picked up by ABC or that the initial episode will even make it on air, Self said.
Two other ABC pilots were shot here in 2006 and 2007 but didn’t progress beyond that.
Sometimes, after a pilot is viewed for a test audience, it doesn’t make the cut, Self said.
The biggest name connected to the show isn’t one of the actors. It’s director Gregory Hoblit, a nine-time Emmy winner who has directed and produced episodes of “NYPD Blue,” “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law.”
In 1991, he won an Emmy for directing the pilot episode of “Cop Rock,” according to the Internet Movie Database Web site.
Hoblit’s successful career is keeping Self hopeful.
“With this director and with this company, we’re assured of a quality product,” he said.
The best scenario, he said, would be that the show would become a successful series. Even if they shot only partially in Savannah, the exposure is invaluable, he said.
“An hour’s worth of the word ‘Savannah’ on network television is certainly more than we can afford to pay for,” he said.
He’s also hopeful, though, that a long-running series could help establish Savannah as a production city. That could help replenish the technical support staff that located in Savannah after films such as “Gump,” “Bagger Vance” and “Forces of Nature” were filmed here in the 1990s.
“This is one thing that could be a real bright spot in our economic future,” he said.
Christine Emerick is excited, too – as long as filming at Factors’ Walk doesn’t block the entrance to Cobblestone Cafe, which she and her husband, Jerry, own. She doesn’t expect any problems, especially after Self met Friday with her husband to go over details.
“I think it could be a good thing for Savannah,” she said. “It’s a beautiful city, and it’s rich in history.”
Even a few days’ shooting will help the city financially. An industry formula estimates that a TV production crew spends a minimum of $165,000 a day, Self said.
To prepare residents for the tractor-trailers, production equipment and street closures, Self’s office has sent about 300 letters to residents and businesses near the scheduled shooting.
Mobley and her neighbors are getting used to the routine. Scenes from “Bagger Vance” were shot in their neighborhood in 1999, and several commercials have been filmed recently.
They are prepared to have to park their cars a few streets over and have alerted agents for the show that if they are shooting Wednesday, they’ll need to make additional plans with the city. Wednesday is trash pickup day on their street.
“We’re pretty good sports about it,” she said. “There’s a lot of logistics, but they’re not difficult to overcome.”
Nor will it be too hard to keep their excitement in check. After all, even “Bagger Vance’s” famous director couldn’t keep the thrill alive for Mobley and other curious neighbors.
“We weren’t even impressed by Robert Redford by the time it was half over,” she said.
Limited traffic delays
Filming for an ABC pilot should not cause extended traffic problems, said Jay Self, the city’s director of Tourism and Film Services.
Only two short sections of streets are scheduled to be closed for filming: East President Street near Oglethorpe and Columbia squares today, and a portion of 38th Street between Abercorn and Habersham later in the week.
Any other streets will be closed only for three minutes at a time, and Savannah-Chatham police will be on hand to help with traffic flow.

Extra Casting – Drop Dead Diva


Atlanta, GA – March 30, 2009 — Emmy Award winning casting company Fincannon & Associates announced today that they are on a search for background talent for the upcoming television series “Drop Dead Diva,” while being shot in and around Peachtree City, GA.

“We are looking for background extras of all ages and ethnicities to kick start our new series,” said Mark Fincannon.

“Drop Dead Diva” centers on a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe who, after dying in a car accident, is reincarnated in the body of Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott), a brilliant, thoughtful and overweight attorney. It’s the type of show that truly enhances the Lifetime brand — the duality of emotionally compelling drama with an equal balance of humor.

The open call will be held, Saturday, April 4th, 2009 & Sunday, April 5th, 2009 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Ashley Park Shopping Center located off the Newnan Exit 47 at Highway 34 and Newnan Cross Bypass. We will be in building 326, next to Verizon Wireless in Ashley Park. No experience necessary.

If you are interested in being a background extra for this new series please come with a recent photo of yourself or $2.00 to have a photo taken.


Women in Film and Television Atlanta Proudly Present a Special March Program

    Behind the Camera: an Evening with Female Producers, Directors and Executives 
Tuesday, March 31, 2009?
Time: 6:00 – 6:30 PM Registration & Refreshments?
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Program
Please RSVP to:


Cost: FREE for WIFTA Members, $10 for Non-Members, $5 for Students with a valid ID
?(Cash, check or credit card payments accepted)
Location: YourAct Studios
3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA 30079
(see below for directions)


Food and Beverages provided by
Allied Visions Catering

Guest Speakers:

Angela Gomes – Director/Writer/Producer

Angela Gomes started her film career as an AD Trainee, graduating from the Director’s Guild of America’s Assistant Director Training Program in 1996.  After years of working as an Assistant Director on projects like “Moesha”,  “Crossing Jordan”, “The Shield” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, Angela decided to transition from Assistant Director to Writer/Director.

 Over the last few years Angela has kept busy. She became a Director member of the DGA in 2005 when she directed an episode of the UPN comedy “Eve”.  Since then she directed several music videos and a concert video for “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang” as well as two “webisodes” for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”.  Last year she wrote and directed the short film “Happy Hour” as part of the Woman’s Angle Director’s Program.  “Happy Hour” can be seen as part of the “Battle of the Sexes” program of this years Atlanta Film Festival.  Recently Angela partnered with State Line Films to write, produce and direct the TBS microseries “My Manny”, which can currently be seen at  Currently, Angela is prepping to shoot season two of “My Manny”.


Joan Karpeles – Producer/Executive

A native New Yorker, Joan Karpeles has built her career and company in Atlanta over the past 25 years.   She is the owner of Joan Produces, a collaborative production company that creates award-winning communications for advertising agencies, nonprofits and corporations. Whether it’s a commercial, documentary or for training, telling the story is always at the heart of the project.  As the executive producer of the company, Joan is involved in every aspect of the production process providing her clients with a clear understanding of project objectives, budgets and schedules.  

 Joan is proud to say, “television made me what I am today”.  And that is evident in her work.  See for yourself at


Kathleen Kelly – Director/Producer

Kathleen received 2007 Emmy Award for a public service announcement made in conjunction with Women in Film/Atlanta and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Taskforce to End Child Prostitution.  She also produced and shot the SXSW award winning documentary film “The Journey”, which  received the 2001 SXSW Film Festival Audience Choice Award, the 2003 Most Memorable Film from 2001 for South by Southwest Film Festival’s 10 year anniversary, and the Audience Choice Award for the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival. She also directed and shot “Soccer in the Streets” a short documentary, and was an original producer for “The Note” feature film screened on the  Hallmark Channel in December 2007.

Tasha L. Johnson, Moderator


Heading North on I-85N (from Atlanta)
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Turn RIGHT onto Clairmont Rd toward Emory University/Decatur
Go approx 4 miles to N Decatur Rd.
LEFT on N Decatur Rd
Continue through intersection at Dekalb Ind Way (Walgreens on left)
Up to top of hill on RIGHT
Turn RIGHT on Francis past yourACT sign
Turn RIGHT into parking lot

Heading East on I-20E (from west Atlanta)
Take I-20 into Atlanta to I-75/85N.
Follow I-75/85N thru downtown to split
Exit I-85N
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd. and follow same directions as above.
Heading South on I-75S (from north of I-85)
Take I-75S
Exit LEFT onto I-85N.
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Follow same directions as above
Heading North on I-75N (from south of I-85)
Take I-75N
Bear left at split to I-85N
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Follow same directions as above

Heading South on I-85S (from south of “Spaghetti Junction” – intersection of 75 & 85)
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd

Turn LEFT onto Clairmont Rd toward Emory University/Decatur.
Follow same directions as above

From Gwinnett County heading South on I-85S (from north of “Spaghetti Junction”)
Exit onto I-285E
Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Follow directions below for I-285
From I-285 (East Side Perimeter)

Take Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Merge onto US 78 W / Hwy 29 Lawrenceville Hwy
Go past Quiktrip on right
Merge LEFT into left turn lanes, turn LEFT on Dekalb Industrial Way (KFC on left)
Continue to Walgreens on left, turn LEFT on N Decatur Rd
Go to top of hill on RIGHT

Heading West on I-20W (from east of I-285 East Side Perimeter)
Exit onto I-285N towards
Take Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Follow same directions above for I-285

From downtown Atlanta (surface streets)
Take Ponce de Leon Ave NE (US-23/US-29) from downtown to Decatur (East)
KEEP LEFT after train overpass (do NOT follow E. Ponce right into Decatur)
Ponce de Leon becomes Scott Blvd
At Marathon gas station, turn RIGHT on N Decatur Rd (NOT a hard right on Medlock Rd)
Continue on N Decatur Rd past intersection with Dekalb Ind Way (Walgreens on left)
Up to top of hill on RIGHT
Turn RIGHT on Francis St just past yourACT sign
Turn RIGHT into parking lot


Kids & Teens Class NOW ENROLLING FOR SPRING 2009


 (limited to 10 students per class).


 Kids and Teens (ages 9 – 17) Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


 A fun On – Camera Acting Workshop that is designed to nurture the creative spirit of each individual person. This class will take every student on a journey from getting the call to audition to booking the role.


 Every student will discover what he or she bring personally to any role by –

Ø      Learning to warm up (to open up)

Ø      Placement of focus and attention

Ø      Listening and reacting (in the moment)

Ø      Improvisational skills and

Ø      Auditioning skills (monologue and scene work)


Every student will workshop their work every class for growth and discovery.

Parents are also invited to attend last on-camera workshop.


The final presentation will be a Showcase on the 22 nd of May @ 7:00 pm SHARP (parents and agents are invited to attend this fun and exciting evening for all).



Casting Director, Don Slaton’s “TV Commercials Improv Workshop”

Sign up before Wednesday April1, and received a$10 discount by calling to reserve your space for Improv shop! Improv builds skills in listening, believability, and developing character nuances. Learn how to take these skills and apply to the audition(s) to win the job(s). Not only will you develop or refine new skills but you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with Don Slaton, one of Atlanta’s most experienced commercial/film casting directors The entire workshop is taught on camera with feedback Class size limited to 12 actors. When: Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9:45am-5pm Where: Expressions Theatre 2135 Defoor Hills Ste E Atlanta. Ga. 30318 Cost: $135 payment options: VISA, MC, AMEX, Check, Cash To register contact: AJ @ 404-872-7276 or email: The great thing about Don is that he thinks of talent for all projects not just TV Commercials when he knows the talent’s work! Some of Don’s Tv commercial casting credits include: GA Lottery, Six Flags, AT&T, McDonald’s, Quick Trip, Kodak Film, Dove, Bellsouth, Zocor, TNT, QVC, Ford, ESPN, Coke, PaPa John’s Pizza, Levi 505 Jeans, Reebok, Campbell’s Soup, Duracell, Clorox, Delta Airlines,Honey BakedHam, Lexus, Mazda, Bahama Tourism, Target, CNN Sports, Publix, Jeep Cherokee, Church’s Chicken, Kraft, Crystal Springs Water, & many more. He’s been working on the film “Crazies” for the last two months. Lots of movies are schedule to be made in Ga. for this year!


Young Performers Summer “Acting” Camp Developed For “The Serious Actor”

From Moore Casting

First 10 to register will receive a discount for the Camp.

UNE: 8th – 12th, 2009
JULY: 6th – 10th, 2009
rd – 7th, 2009
Monday thru Friday 9AM to 5PM
PRICE: 1 Week Session: $395.00

Discount for siblings – Please enquire if interested.

Discount for past students – Please enquire if interested.

This fun, but intense, acting camp will be conducted 1 week out of each month (June, July, & August). This is the same curriculum, but offered each month for your convenience. Each 1-week session is $395.00.

At the request of Talent Agencies, Casting Director, Regina Moore has developed a remarkable week of training in the areas children will be asked to perform as a professional Actor.

“I decided to focus on what work is available to children in this market. I then put together a week dedicated to training the children in commercials, monologues / theater, film / television, script-critique, auditioning, improvisational acting, voice-over technique, and more… “Young Performers Summer “Acting” Camps was developed for the serious actor between 7 to 17 years of age. “As a Casting Director, I see children with enormous amounts of potential, yet there’s little training available that’s focused enough to discover and develop it”.

4 to 6 year old Camp – 1/2 Day
DATE: July 20th
 – 24th, 2009
Monday thru Friday, 9AM to 12 Noon
PRICE: 325.00

Go to to fill out the registration form below the workshop description.


Send check to: 
Moore Casting
417 Welshwood Drive Suite 109
Nashville Tennessee 37211



Students who join WIFTA between now and April 30, 2009 will receive $10.00 off the regular
WIFTA student membership rate – only $35.  Membership gets you access to educational
programs, networking opportunities where you can meet “movers and shakers” in the Atlanta
film, television & entertainment industry, job opportunities and our mentorship program.  As a
WIFTA member you are also eligible to apply for the 2009 WIFTA Student Tuition Scholarship
Program.  The $1,500.00 scholarship is awarded to a deserving female student based on their
academic standing, artistic talents and commitment to a film-based curriculum.  The
scholarship funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university.  The winner will
be announced no later than August 25, 2009.  This year’s scholarship recipient will be honored
at the 35th Anniversary Gala taking place in Atlanta in October.

DEADLINE:  The application deadline is April 30, 2009.
ELIGIBILITY:  To qualify, applicants must:  

1) be a member of WIFTA,  
2) be female,  
3) be a student majoring in, or whose primary field of study is film or video at an accredited
Georgia 4 yr. college or university,  
4) must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.   
Completed application form  
A brief essay (500 words or less) highlighting your accomplishments
  • A brief essay (500 words or less) explaining your career goals
  • A Letter of Recommendation from an advisor or faculty member
  • Proof of current enrollment
  • A short sample of your work on DVD, 5 min or less