Archive for March, 2009

31
Mar
09

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.
31
Mar
09

Extra Casting – Drop Dead Diva

NEW LIFETIME TELEVISION SERIES
“DROP DEAD DIVA”
NEEDS BACKGROUND TALENT

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.

30
Mar
09

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: 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: YourAct Studios
3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA 30079
http://www.youract.tv
(see below for directions)

 

Food and Beverages provided by
Allied Visions Catering
http://www.alliedvisionscatering.com
 

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 http://www.tbs.com/shows/mymanny.  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 http://www.joandproduces.com.

 

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.
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Tasha L. Johnson, Moderator

 

Directions
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
Greenville/Chattanooga
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

30
Mar
09

Kids & Teens Class NOW ENROLLING FOR SPRING 2009

SHOOT FOR THE STARS

 (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).

 

30
Mar
09

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!

29
Mar
09

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

From Moore Casting

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

DATES: 
J
UNE: 8th – 12th, 2009
JULY: 6th – 10th, 2009
AUGUST: 3
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”.

CAMP FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
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 www.moorecasting.com to fill out the registration form below the workshop description.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE REPLY WITH THIS INFORMATION:
SPECIFY ON CHECK, WHICH MONTH(S) YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR.

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

27
Mar
09

2009 WIFTA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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.   
 
 
REQUIRED ITEMS:
Completed application form  
Resume 
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

TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION:  Visit www.wifta.org. 

26
Mar
09

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

?   Behind the Camera: an Evening with Female Producers, Directors and Executives
Join us for an intimate evening with women who are working behind the scenes in film and television.
 
Find out what it takes to work in these positions.
Our panelist will share their wisdom and answer your questions to help you gain valuable insight about working behind the camera.   

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009?
Time: 6:00 – 6:30 PM Registration & Refreshments?
6:30 PM – 8:00 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: YourAct Studios
3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA 30079
http://www.youract.tv
 
Food and Beverages provided by
Allied Visions Catering
http://www.alliedvisionscatering.com
25
Mar
09

Independent opportunity – keep in mind we are posting but we have no relationship as of yet with this company so you must do your research

Cast and Crew is needed for potential Pilot Sitcom. 6 episodes will be shot. Characters are based on characters in Best Selling Author, Angel M. Hunter’s books “SisterGirls 1 and 2” and “Turned Out/On”. (www.angelmhunter.com).

Must have acting experience or lessons.. Seeking – all races, attractive males and attractive females: Mid 20’s to 40.

Email headshot, full body shot and resume to msangelhunter@aol.com. The majority of shooting will take place in Greenville, SC. No pay but you will receive Credit, a copy of the series, meals and lodging will be also provided. Shooting for the pilot will take place over a period of 2 weekends.

WWW.ANGELMHUNTER.COM Matthew:6:34 Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Look for “TURNED ON” in the Summer of 2009 Other books include “Turned Out”, “SisterGirl 2”, “SisterGirl”, “Faking It”, “Around the Way Girl” and “A Dollar and a Dream”.

24
Mar
09

COULON/GLORIOSO ON CAMERA CASTING WORKSHOP – NEW ORLEANS

COULON/GLORIOSO ON CAMERA CASTING WORKSHOP – NEW ORLEANS

Attention Southern Regional Actors:
River Productions, LLC proudly presents
THE MUST ATTEND ON-CAMERA AUDITION WORKSHOP OF 2009!

Learn from two of the busiest Casting Directors in the Southern Region!

ELIZABETH COULON
Coulon Casting, Inc.
12 ROUNDS, FACTORY GIRL, WELCOME TO THE RILEY’S, PRIDE

RYAN GLORIOSO
Glorioso Casting, LLC
LEAVES OF GRASS, SORDID LIVES-THE SERIES, COOL DOG, TRUE BLOOD

This on camera audition workshop will give you the confidence to audition successfully!

EACH 3 HOUR WORKSHOP INCLUDES:
IMPROVISATIONAL WARMUPS
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE CASTING OFFICE
AUDITION TECHNIQUES
*PREPARED READINGS-VIDEOTAPED FOR CASTING DIRECTORS’ ARCHIVES
**COLD READINGS-VIDEOTAPED FOR CASTING DIRECTORS’ ARCHIVES
CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK
REDIRECTION & ADJUSTMENTS
ACTOR MARKETING
QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD

(*A selection of sides will be provided one week in advance for prepared readings)
(**Sides will be provided during the workshop for cold readings)

DATES/TIMES:
SATURDAY MAY 16th – 10:00AM – Actors Age 6-11
SATURDAY MAY 16th – 2:00PM- Actors Age 12-18
SATURDAY MAY 16th – 6:00PM- Actors Age 18 & over

SUNDAY MAY 17th – 10:00AM – Actors Age 6-11
SUNDAY MAY 17th – 2:00PM- Actors Age 12-18
SUNDAY MAY 17th – 6:00PM- Actors Age 18 & over

PRICE:
$200.00

LOCATION:
NEW ORLEANS AREA – SPECIFIC LOCATION TBD

Learn how to be effective in your auditions and start booking jobs!

SPACE IS LIMITED. ..CALL OR EMAIL NOW!

River Productions, LLC
504-388-8567
riverproductionsllc@gmail.com

(IF CONTACTING BY EMAIL INCLUDE: Full Name/Age/Gender/Phone Number/Requested Workshop Date & Time)
(DO NOT CONTACT ELIZABETH OR RYAN, THEY ARE BOTH VERY BUSY!)

This is not a job interview or audition.
The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor promise of employment.
The intent of the class is solely educational.

23
Mar
09

Contact sheet or disc?

I’d like to think as an industry we’re pretty current and as an agency, Houghton has tried to embrace technology.  The exception is, for us, with reviewing and selecting headshots. 

 

We strongly prefer contact sheets over choosing online.  Yes, it’s what we’re used to so we’re a bit stuck in our ways… but it’s also tedious to review material on multiple discs, online, etc and easily choose top picks.  We don’t want it to cost you a lot, or eat a lot of your time finding the right resource, and because industry photographers are moving away from contact sheets, it may seem as though we’re asking you to jump through hoops but the honest truth is the contact sheets are just faster and more efficient.

 

So when you shoot, please ask your photographer to provide contacts, and if they don’t, please try to get contacts for your agent from Wolf or Wal Mart or Office Depot.  ***if anyone knows who does this at a reasonable rate, and with relative ease without requiring lots of effort or explanation on the part of the actor who just needs the contacts, please send me the info and I will update the post. 

 

Update from Tracy Page w/ Babycake Studios:  Just a quick note to say that yes, I will provide clients with contact sheets. They are included in my base price and are a “on request item” but I’m happy to do them. They cost me $2 per sheet and I will do for up to 36 shots.

 

 

 

23
Mar
09

Wit by (Atlanta’s Own) Margaret Edson

Wit

A touching, complex and powerful portrait of a soul that will stay with you and hopefully inspire you.
This moving and ultimately uplifting play is a first person commentary on humanity, fear, loss, regret and life itself. This beautifully poignant story creates a world as seen through the eyes of it’s main character, Dr. Vivian Bearing, who is forced to re-examine her life while trying to make sense of her disease. Wit will definitely be one of the most gripping, exciting, passionate, moving, and intellectually daunting evenings of theatre you will ever experience.
Show Dates: March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  April 3, 4
Directed by David Klein
Reserve your tickets today!
CAST
Josie Burgin-Lawson
Charles Green
Cathe Hall Payne
Justin Sims
Bobbie Elzey
John Markowski
Angie Short
Jeremy Riegel
Sarah Jackson
20
Mar
09

A Man Named Pearl

 

PosterAMNP.JPGYour friends at Crawford Post invite you to watch the HGTV premiere of award-winning documentary A Man Named Pearl,” the true story of Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary gardener in South Carolina. Tune in to HGTV this Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM & 12 AM or on April 3 at 4 PM.

Crawford Post worked with film director Scott Galloway and Tentmakers Entertainment in Charlotte, NC on this film. Senior editor Ron Heidt, senior colorist DC Cardinali, HD conversion specialist Sheri Martin and sound designer/mixer Steve Warner of Crawford’s creative team were responsible for online editing; color correction; HD conversion; titling; and sound design and final mix.

“A Man Named Pearl” has inspired many audiences. It also garnered both the Crystal Heart and Audience Choice Award given at the 2006 Heartland Film Festival.

*The DVD is available www.amazon.com & www.docurama.com.

 

 

 

 

Dan Reichard

20
Mar
09

Peacock! the film premieres Friday, March 20th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre in Midtown.

There is a second showing at 2p.m., Sunday March 22. 

 

Tickets are $10 each. Here’s a link to the website:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55882

 

Note to parents: Peacock is being shown as part of a festival of shorts along with five other female directors’ films. The films following Peacock are not appropriate for children, so please make arrangements to leave the theater after Peacock shows if necessary. 

20
Mar
09

“Duets”, just two more weekends –

Only two more weekends for this. Don Finney and Marianne Fraulo are doing a world premiere comedy called “Duets” at Aurora Theatre, directed by Susan Reid. It’s 5 vignettes about love, ranging from slapstick to bittersweet, and great fun -gorgeous new space in Lawrenceville — not that far really — up 85 to 316 into downtown. THURS-FRI-SAT at 8 SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MATINEES at 2:30 Thru March 29th http://www.auroratheatre.com

20
Mar
09

Cirque du soleil casting newsletter

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CASTING NEWSLETTER
march 2009
Un monde de talents

DISCOVER OUR NEW MYSPACE PAGE FOR MUSICIANS

http://www.myspace.com/cirquedusoleilmusicians

Instrumentalists and singers, visit the new MySpace page developed by our talent scouts and find out about stage career opportunities!

You will also discover the artist of the month, songs from the Cirque du Soleil repertoire, the Talent Scout blog and featured jobs. You can also apply online!

Find out more

WANTED: FREELANCE TALENT SCOUTS

The Casting team is seeking external associates to act as freelance talent scouts all over the world. Freelance talent scouts look for artists in their own country, region or territory and bring them to the attention of Casting.

Cirque du Soleil offers its freelance talent scouts fixed-term contracts with compensation based on the scope of their assignment (i.e. number of recruitment activities, recommendations of qualified candidates, etc.).

For more details and to apply online, click here

FIG FIG AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORKING TOGETHER

By joining into an exclusive partnership, the International Federation of Gymnastics and Cirque du Soleil are combining their efforts to develop initiatives in support of athletes reorienting their career paths. These initiatives target high-level athletes nearing the end of their competitive career.

THREE WORLD PREMIERES IN TOKYO, MACAU AND LAS VEGAS

CRISS ANGEL BelieveZEDZAIA

ZAIA™, ZED™ and CRISS ANGEL Believe™ premiered at the end of 2008 and were crowned with success.

Respectively playing in venues in Macau, Tokyo and Las Vegas, these three resident shows bring the total number of Cirque du Soleil productions currently being performed all over the world to 17, and the number of artists on our stages to more than 1,200.

NEW MENTORS

Dominic ChampagneRobert Lepage

Meet two of Quebec’s most famous directors, Dominic Champagne and Robert Lepage, whose stories appear on the Casting website. They tell us about their journeys, their creative philosophy and the way they work with our artists during the creation of Cirque du Soleil shows.

FIG CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PLANS A LONG-TERM STAY IN RUSSIA

Cirque du Soleil recently revealed its plans to enter into long-term partnerships in Russia and develop various forms of entertainment there. As a result, Russia may soon see touring shows under the big top or in arenas, special events, partnerships with the media and, eventually, a resident show.

NEW TALENT SCOUTS

Nathalie BollingerGiulio ScatolaNicole LamontagneAndré Faleiros

Meet four acrobatic and artistic talent scouts joining the Montreal and Las Vegas Casting teams.

Find out more

NEW COLLABORATIONS WITH CREATORS

Several important creators are joining Cirque du Soleil to contribute to the multiple projects under development.

Among those who have recently collaborated with us are choreographer Wade Robson and composer Eric Serra.

And among those currently working on the creation of our future shows are stage directors Robert Lepage, David Shiner, Philippe Decouflé and Vincent Paterson (who is also a choreographer).

UPCOMING AUDITIONS

Sports : Milan (April 2009), Orlando (May 2009)
Circus Performers: Montreal (April 2009), Orlando (May 2009)
Actors & Clowns : Toronto (April 2009), Russia (May 2009)

To find out about upcoming auditions throughout the world, check out the Auditions dates table on our website. It is regularly updated.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Discover all available positions for our current and upcoming shows!

DID YOU KNOW THAT. . .

More than 400 new artists joined the ranks of the extended Cirque du Soleil family in 2008? In total, there are more than 1,200 artists performing Cirque du Soleil creations around the world each and every night.

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19
Mar
09

Music and a Movie Returns!


A.C.T.4life Presents Hollywood South Music & A Movie Filmmakers’ Showcase is moving on up! Due to the standing-room only crowd and tremendous interest in the event, we had to relocate. It was tough finding just the right accommodations: a venue that could accommodate musical performances, film screenings and a growing number of attendees, but we did it! The new digs are in the centrally-accessible Midtown-area of Atlanta. ENGINE 11 located at 30 North Avenue just around the corner from the Fox Theatre. We will have access to first class accommodations on the upper level of the venue, two (2) fully stocked bars, a fantastic dinner and bar menu and last, but certainly not least, complimentary valet parking! That’s right – you read it correctly – FREE! The venue is also conveniently stationed right next door to the North Avenue Marta Station. What more could you ask for?! More door prizes, more special guests and more information on what’s happening in the ATL entertainment industry – not to mention a special musical performance by one of Atlanta’s hottest acts and cutting edge films – we got everything you have come to expect!
 
March 19, 2009, 7:00pm to 10:00pm, save the date! ENGINE 11, 30 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308. Admission is $5.00

For more information please call (404) 589-9604 or visit us at http://www.myspace.com/act4lifers

18
Mar
09

from our client joy fowler regarding an online competition that needs votes

Dear friends,
 
I want to introduce you to three of my young friends from church, Zach (17), Jacob (16) and Nicholas (14) Oswald, otherwise known as “The Oswald Brothers Band”. They are talented, godly young men who have found themselves competing in a national competition on CBS called Singing Family Faceoff. They are in the final three, battling for the title of America’s Most Talented Family, the winner of which will receive a record contract with CBS. Much like AI, the winner is determined by audience popularity, with unlimited free voting from your computer or web on your phone.
The final three competition was held LIVE this morning on The Early Show on CBS. If you’d like, you can watch their performance here: www.earlyshow.cbsnews.com .
 
As of 9am, the VOTING for the FINAL TWO has begun, and it will continue until tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, at 6pm. They truly need all the support they can get in order to win this recording contract with CBS. I would be so grateful if you would please share this information with your friends and help out this fine family. I am confident that no matter what it is that these young men do, they will find success. Just think, you’ll be able to say, “I knew them when!”
 
In closing:
  • Go to THIS LINK to cast your UNLIMITED votes for The Oswald Brothers Band: www.earlyshow.cbsnews.com
  • Voting is UNLIMITED, beginning at 9am Wednesday through 6pm Thursday.
  • Forward this e-mail and otherwise share this info with your friends, youth group, classmates, etc.
Thanks so much for your support!
18
Mar
09

2009 WIFTA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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.   
 
 
REQUIRED ITEMS:
Completed application form  
Resume 
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

TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION:  Visit www.wifta.org. 

17
Mar
09

Don slaton workshop

from dellis caden noble @ expressions theatre

Casting Director, Don Slaton’s TV Commercials Workshop

Sign up for a space for this workshop by Wednesday,  March 18th and receive a  $10 discount! (only three spaces left)

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, your talent
4) to network with Don, so he can see how you  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 for films, too, that Don is casting or helping to cast!
 

The entire workshop is taught on camera.

Class size limited to 12 actors.

When: Saturday, March 21st, 2009,  9:45am-5pm

Where: Expressions Theatre

2135 Defoor Hills Ste E

Atlanta. Ga. 30318


Cost $130 payment options: VISA, MC, AMEX, CHECK, CASH

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

expressionsactor@bellsouth.net

The great thing about Don is that he thinks of talent for all projects not just Tv commercials when he knows the talent’swork!

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!

 

 

17
Mar
09

REGINA MOORE OF MOORE CASTING in TN

 MASTER AUDITION WORKSHOP
MASTERING THE AUDITION PROCESS

DATE: Saturday, March 28th 2009
TIME:
9:00AM to 4:00PM
LOCATION: Nashville, TN   
PRICE: $125.00

MASTER AUDITION WORKSHOP
Regina Moore is without a doubt the busiest casting director in this region. She casts feature films, TV pilots, commercials, music videos and all other areas of on-camera performance. This is a rare opportunity to be one of a small group to study and audition for this very in-demand talent specialist in an intimate and informal atmosphere.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

  • Advanced audition techniques
  • Scene work
  • Improvisation
  • How casting directors and talent agents communicate
  • Important relationships for performers
  • Learning who you are professionally
  • Promotional materials and marketing yourself
  • First impressions
  • Evaluation

Please fill out the registration form online www.moorecasting.com below to sign up or
PLEASE CALL TO REGISTER (615) 831-0039

16
Mar
09

Dad’s Garage – from Dan Triandiflou

You’ve probably given enough at this point, but I thought I let you know. Even a dollar to pork me would suffice…
 
So this year I became the Improvisation Director at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. We are a small nonprofit theatre and I am fundraising for our annual event: Baconfest. I won’t bore you with all the statistics, but 35% of our income comes from folks just like you, so please consider donating in my name. Any contribution, as little as $5, is appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. There are online donation directions below.  I know it’s been a rough year and there a lot of worthy causes out there, but our aim is to get a lot of small donations from a lot of different people. More information is below.

Thank you ,

Dan Triandiflou

Donation Directions

You can either donate using the attached form or by clicking here. If you are donating through the website, please send an email to lara@dadsgarage.com saying that the donation was in my name (Dan Triandiflou). We will send you a receipt.  But here’s some more info….

No amount is too small-we will put it all to good use. In fact here’s what we can do with:

$5: buy one stick of pine board to help build a set

$20: buys a five pound box of screws so we can build sets

-$50: provides all the production needs for our three-day World Domination TheatreSports Tournament

-$100: allow us to clean all the clothing we destroy during Samurai Davis Jr. and Dim Sum’s Super Mega Happy Fun Time Improv Show!

-$250: provides all the props for a Top Shelf show

-$500: hand-builds new puppets for our kids’ show Uncle Grampa’s Hoo-dilly Storytime

-$1,000: costumes everyone in a giant show like Cannibal! The Musical

Dad’s is dedicated to elevating the awareness of the arts through ensemble-driven comedy improvisation and original theatrical works. Founded in 1995, Dad’s has grown from a small volunteer led organization to a thriving mid-size theatre led by professional artistic and administrative staff, as well as over 300 volunteers and performers. We entertain more than 30,000 people a year at our two-theatre facility in Inman Park, at public events across the state and at improv festivals across the continent. While the average age of theatre patrons nationally is 47-55 years old, Dad’s Garage attracts a new generation of theatre patrons with the average age being 18-35 years. In addition to our outrageous original productions, Dad’s Garage produces improv 52 weeks, educates young improvisers in a year-round High School Outreach Program, and facilitates onsite classes and workshops for the general public.

16
Mar
09

26 MILES – a world premiere – directed by Kent Gash

March 20th – April 12th
The Hertz Theatre (@ the Alliance)
404.733.5000
Tues-Fri 8:00pm
Sat 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sunday 2:30pm & 7:30pm
www.alliancetheatre.org

15
Mar
09

Colored Blue Seeking Stories

On Saturday, March 21, 2009, a pilot project with women who have experienced Domestic Violence will share their stories via Colored Blue: Survival Stories of our Neighbors Who Lived Beyond Domestic Violence. This is a storytelling/creative writing project that will give voice to the struggles and success of living as survivors during the World Storytelling Day. The producer of Colored Blue is seeking additional stories for the project. Visit www.urbanmediamakers.com for story submission details.
14
Mar
09

Special Offer: 2 Tickets for the Price of 1!

Last chance to see this wonderful and warmhearted play about American Icon Ann Landers!

Closing Sunday, March 15 

 

Don’t miss out on seeing one of Atlanta’s most beloved actresses Judy Leavell in the play that the Chicago Tribune called:  “A warmhearted play, highly entertaining, frequently moving …” 

 

This is a great opportunity for you  to see a wonderful show at a bargain price. And if you’ve already seen the show and loved it, join us again and bring a friend for free!

Before there was Dr. Phil, Oprah, or Judge Judy – there was ANN LANDERS, America’s go-to goddess for solving any problem you could throw at her.  Landers always “went for the hard-nosed, often witty, discussion of contemporary woes that, as she liked to say, ‘would twirl your turban.'” (David Thomas, Director of “The Lady with All the Answers.”)

 
Only 2 performances left!

Saturday, March 14th at 8pm

Sunday, March 15th at 2:30pm


Call 770-641-1260 and mention this email to order your discounted tickets today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14
Mar
09

Teen Improv

For Middle Schoolers – This Saturday is Structured Nonsense at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. 

Sign In begins at 7:00 PM, improv begins at 7:30, and parent pick up is at 10:00 PM.  
 
The cost is $10.00, payable at the door.  This includes class, popcorn, and soda. 
 
All middle school students are welcome.
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to be silly with your friends!
 
Any questions, call (770) 641-1260 x 232 or email education@get.org. 
 

Sincerely,
 
Enda O. Breadon
Education Director
14
Mar
09

Call for Entries: Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF)

The 8th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival takes place October 16-18, 2009 in Norcross, Georgia. With the theme “Changing the World, One Story at a Time,” UMFF is seeking feature and short length films, as well as scripts. All genres accepted. Early submission deadline is July 1, 2009. Visit www.umff.com for details.
14
Mar
09

Student project for Kids all ages

Lazara Leonard is searching for talent for a Kids and Teens news program/ show – as a student project, there is no pay but if you’re interested, send email to:  ktnews@productioncamp.net.  Keep in mind that Houghton is providing this information but we haven’t qualified this in any way so you should do your own research and qualifying.  It does sound like a neat concept and a good opportunity.

 

There are two parts to this show: KT2 NEWS and News Kids

 

KT2 News is a real news show that it’s anchors and reporters are all kids ranging from age 4-18. KT2 News covers real issues in adolescent life and it also covers activities and other fun things that kids enjoy.

 

News Kids is a run off of KT2 news but a totally different show. The starting plot is that all the kid’s belong to one agent that took kids that were desperate to make it in the industry. And she took them all on to help them. And as she was about to be successfull with at least 3/4 of them she dies. Killing any opportunity the kids had to make it in the industry. But without notice she left the agency to her wicked sister that shut it down.  And left a News station that kids never knew she owned to all 17 kids that were part of her agency. The twist is that since they’re kids (and with the sisters doing) the kids must come together and find an individual of real life Atlanta agency based agency that will pull the needed permits for them to solely run the News Station. So this show is somewhat of a reality show.

At first this show will run off You Tube. This show covers what happens before and after the KT2 News is over. It is mildly scripted and will cover issues children face. This show will not be developed until KT2 News is establish.

 

The auditions for KT2 News will be filmed to its entirety. Anyone that comes to audition will also be an extra. This will serve at footage for the introduction of News Kids

 

My plan at the moment is to find talent, build a website, shoot a pilot of both the news and the show and post on the website and approach investors.

 

KT 2 NEWS

 

Is a new show developed by DMP.  This show will be aired on public TV, till it is picked up by a mayor network station.  And for this to happen we are in need of  talented girls and boys.

 

Auditions are by invitation only!

 

If you wish to secure an audition please have your parents submit your headshots, EPK and resume. If we are interested we will contact you as to audition dates.

 

People that submit EPK (electronic press kits) will be given preference.

 

Your EPK should consist of no more than a 1min video showing you doing a news story on what ever topic you would like.

 

2 /4-6yr. olds 

Must speak well and be outgoing. Not fear full or camera shy.

 

2/7-9yr. olds

Must like video games. Boy scouts or nature kids a huge plus.

 

2/10-13yr. old

Must like movies, games, fashion and more. Must be outgoing and fun

 

2/14-16yr. old

Must be crazy, think Disney meets Hollywood, well behaved and able take orders and follow through.

 

2/17-18yr. old 

Must be crazy, think Nickelodeon. Be very outgoing, in high school, and must be able to take  direction.

13
Mar
09

Lena Baker Story Opens in Atlanta!!

Tonight (3/13/09) at 6:30 there will be a red carpet opening of the “Lena Baker Story” at Movies ATL on Campcreek Parkway. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Tichina Arnold, Michael Rooker, Beverly Todd, Chris Burns, and Ralph Wilcox. Actors will also be available for autographs.

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The trailer, movie info, cast, and just about everything else can be found by clicking Lena Baker the Movie

Tickets are available at Movies ATL
3760 Princeton Lakes Pkwy. / Atlanta, GA 30331 / Movieline: (678)513-4400 / Office: 404-629-2702

13
Mar
09

from gpp’s craig miller

SOURCE:
Shreveport Times, Shreveporttimes.com
By Alexandyr Kent • 
akent@gannett.com • March 8, 2009 
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20090308/NEWS01/903080316
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Louisiana’s tax incentive program drew 215 films between 2002 and 2008, and industry professionals want to see more of that action.

But the competition among states has accelerated since Louisiana enacted its tax credits in 2002. Thirty-nine states now offer incentives, and Georgia and Michigan offer more aggressive programs than Louisiana.

“We had 10 feature films in Georgia last year,” said Bill Thompson, deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. “This year, we’ve had 10 feature films in production during the first quarter.”

At least one of those — “Zombieland” — was seriously considering Shreveport.

California passed its first incentive program in February — which is capped at $100 million annually — and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is pushing his state to authorize a $60 million incentives fund during its legislative session.

Legislators will have an opportunity to modify or leave alone Louisiana incentives during the coming fiscal session, which convenes April 27.

“We want to maintain the strengths of our entertainment industry incentives,” said Stephen Moret, secretary of the Louisiana Economic Development department, which will be sharpening its pitch in the coming weeks. “Those incentives have really been the primary catalyst in bringing that business here.”

The growth of the state’s film industry is driven by the program’s production tax credit, which offers companies a 25 percent tax credit on in-state expenses. As the law currently stands, the credit drops to 20 percent ! on July 1, 2010, and 15 percent on July 1, 2012.

In Georgia, the current production credit reaches 30 percent. In Michigan, it’s 42 percent.

“We need to place ourselves on even footing, if not better footing, than the Georgia incentives,” said Lampton Enochs, co-founder of Shreveport-based Louisiana Production Consultants. “This next legislative session is really kind of where the rubber hits the road. If we leave our package where it is, the industry will continue to slow down.”

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Just what the state Legislature can do is a big question this year.

“It would be very difficult to contemplate an increase given the state’s economic situation,” said Moret. Louisiana faces a $2 billion deficit. “I think our best-case scenario is to maintain the strength of the current incentives that are there now.”

In a recent economic impact study, the motion picture industry incentive program was estimated to have cost the state $105 million in tax credits during 2007 but in turn generated $763 million in economic output.

Steve Basso, general manager of the local vendor Paskal Lighting, hopes legislators pay attention to numbers like that and recognize that other states are upping their incentive packages.

“They have to incentive, incentive, incentive,” Basso said. He’d like to see Louisiana surpass Georgia with its production incentive by two or three percentage points. “Realistically, the way to really grab their attention is to sweeten the pot a little bit more.”

The push to strengthen the credit, however, is not universal.

“I’m not in the camp that says we should go for 30 and 40 percent benefits for the feeling that it would aggravate an already stressed out legislative body,” said Lenny Alsfeld, president and CEO of First Bank and Trust Film & Entertainment in New Orleans. His bank brokers transferable tax credits, recruits films to the state, and provides financing to infrastructure projects.

He does want to eliminate sunsetting provisio! ns. He b elieves a 25 percent production credit would continue to serve the state well because he sees Louisiana has upped its production capacity by building its crews and adding studios, like the Louisiana Film Center in Elmwood and Nu Image/Millennium Films’ project for Shreveport.

“What I think those signs tell us is that there is an appreciation of the permanency of Louisiana as a production mecca,” Alsfeld said.

Lawmakers will have more than just movie industry incentives when they convene April 27 for a fiscal session.

“I think we need to take a long look at that,” said Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport. “If it’s making money for us, then we should have the grounds to look more favorably on it.”

Burrell’s cautious, though, about throwing in support before he sees a bill or needs to make a decision.

“That one is going to be an arm-twister,” he said.