Archive for June, 2009


“An outside angle for inner success, Personal Life Coaches seek to give an edge both in the workplace and at home.” – Newsday

In these tough econonic times, many of you are feeling anywhere from frustrated to horrified about what the future holds for you.  You have worked for years to reach a certain level of success and this current crisis has made you re-evaluate everything.  The challenges are greater than ever, but we will get through this.  And you don’t have to do it alone.
It might be time to think about adding a coach to your team that will help you navigate these challenges. Here’s what the National Media is saying about coaching:

“Part consultant, part motivational speaker, part therapist, and part rent-a-friend, coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals – career, personal, or most often, both.” – Newsweek Magazine

“An outside angle for inner success, Personal Life Coaches seek to give an edge both in the workplace and at home.” – Newsday

“A coach may be the guardian angel you need to rev up your career.” – Money Magazine

I’d like to help.  If you think a personal coach might work for you, Click Here for more information.

Look forward to talking to you about being your personal coach.

All the best


Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker, Author, Coach

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to
be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate…
to stand for something, to have made some difference
that you lived at all.” –Leo C. Rosten




Chez Studio continues our ongoing commitment to professional training for film and television. We are planning to hold another informative acting workshop next month. Saturday, July 18th.

Because of the huge influx of films being shot not only in Georgia, but in West Georgia, we are more enthusiastic than ever about encouraging aspiring young actors in the region to be given the appropriate film training. The demand for talented young actors in the films that are now being shot in the Southeast is growing.

In order to accommodate this need, SHAY BENTLEY-GRIFFIN will be hosting an On-Camera Acting Class for young actors, age 7–17, where actors will learn about the audition process and experience feedback from Mrs. Bentley-Griffin as well as their peers.

Working actors that have trained with the Chez Studio include: Garland Hunt, Jr., Bubba Lewis, Skyler Day, Anna Rappaport, Christian Kanupke, Allanah Parmer, Katherine Shepler, and Ryan Kowalske.

Our goal is to assist young actors by creating a professional showcase for talent.

Come be a part of our acting team! Our classes are limited in number and we will secure space by the first commitments made to the class.

Please contact us by email at or by phone at 404-603-8755.

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


The Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC) is pleased to present for its 2009 Film & Video Workshop Series


And this is a special invitation for you to register!

Are you a beginning director, or seeking to become a better one? Join us for an informative introduction to the basics of Film Editing – specially designed for beginning and established Directors. Learn the basics of Film Editing, what to expect and how to prepare for the editing process, and much more!

Most editing workshops involve multiple sessions and a hands-on aspect naturally geared toward aspiring editors. Much of what takes place there won’t specifically apply to directors and producers. But if you don’t want to have to edit your film yourself, then this is the workshop for you!

click here for details or to register


Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, Suite F8, Atlanta
(call 404.355.4588 for directions)

Cost: $49 in advance
$59 at the door (space permitting)

Discount: Register before July 3 and save $10 – only $39!!

For workshop details or to reserve your seat, visit

Please pass this info on to friends, colleagues, students, instructors, etc. who may be interested. Also, feel free to send us film related info which we may be of value to our mailing list. We’d be happy to share it!


The Alliance Theatre is holding an open call for its upcoming production of Avenue X.

The sizzling sounds of doo-wop and R&B collide on a street corner in 1960’s Brooklyn in this revolutionary a cappella musical.


2 Caucasian males, 20’s, Baritones with a high B flat and a great falsetto

1 Caucasian male, 20’s, Bass with a low G

1 Caucasian female, 20’s, Alto

2 African American males, 20’s, Bari-tenor

1 African American male, 50’s, Baritone

Actors should prepare one song (Musical, POP/Rock, or Gospel) accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition time call the audition hotline at 404.733.4622

Production Information

Production Venue:  Alliance Stage

First Rehearsal:  December 15, 2009

Opening:  January 20, 2010

Closing:  February 7, 2010

Audition Information

When:  Thursday July 9, 2009

Where:  Rehearsal Hall #2, 3rd floor Woodruff Art Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, 30309

If you have any specific questions, please call DayRon J. Miles at 404-733-5054.


Gainesville Times “Hollywood looks at Hall for filmmaking sites”

We got this from GPP…
The 1970s film “Deliverance” certainly is not the most flattering depiction of North Georgia. But despite the scary hillbilly characters, people were drawn to the beautiful scenery they saw in the movie.
“That’s probably the most famous film, like it or not, about our region,” said Stacey Dickson, president of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau. “That movie … created a commercial industry for white-water rafting in Northeast Georgia.”
With that tradition in mind, Dickson said the bureau is actively marketing Hall County as a film location.
“We’re in a very proactive mode of creating dialogue with the (state) film office on a regular basis,” she said.
Over the last year, Georgia has become a top destination for filmmakers.
On May 12, 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, boosting the state tax credit for certain production and post-production expenditures by as much as 30 percent.
The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act offers a 20 percent flat tax credit based on a minimum investment of $500,000 on qualified productions in Georgia. An additional 10 percent can be earned by including an imbedded animated Georgia logo on approved projects.
“(Georgia’s) in the top three for filmmaking right now behind Los Angeles and New York,” said Stefanie Paupeck of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Paupeck said there are currently a few productions throughout the state, including the Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song,” which is being shot on Tybee Island.
“In the first three and a half months of 2009, we had 11 large feature film projects land in the state, which is a 1,000 percent increase since 2008,” Paupeck said.
Dickson said having parts of the Hall County featured in major motion pictures increases interest in the area after the movie hits theatres.
“Once the movie comes out, that’s when the tourism aspect kicks in because we have the residual effect of being able to say movie XYZ was filmed here,” Dickson said. “Think about Forrest Gump on the bench in the park in Savannah. That was a set. There wasn’t a bench, but the city of Savannah had to install a bench because so many people came to Savannah wanting to get their picture on that bench.”
Filming also brings revenue to the area. Crews rent hotel rooms, eat at restaurants and use other services, all of which boost county revenue.
Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville is one of two locations being considered by 20th Century Fox for an upcoming film.
“They’re also scouting locations for a remake of a very popular ’80s movie in our area, so we’re really excited about that,” Dickson said.
One of the ways the convention and visitors bureau markets the county is through a Web site called, which provides filmmakers with a database of locations.
Dickson said anyone can send the convention and visitors bureau photographs of places they believe might interest filmmakers, such as churches, homes and barns to upload on the site.
Dickson said though Hall County has many big attractions, filmmakers are often looking for a variety of settings.
“It’s all over the board and it’s not necessarily what you would think,” Dickson said. “Obviously we have so many beautiful scenic places all over Hall County … but they also are looking for kind of out of the way things like a roadside fruit stand.”

Moore Casting Saturday, June 27th, 2009 cancelled due to casting work schedule.

New date below IMPROV – The Actor’s Best Friend Focusing on Auditions, Acting & Improv Shows LOCATION: Moore Casting (Driving Directions on Web Site) NEW DATE: August 8th, 2009 TIME: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm COST: $125.00 Want to think quickly on your feet? Want to do even better at auditions? Want to recover from dropped lines, lean how to keep moving after mistakes (yours or those of others), and make the best from unexpected situations? Then you need to enjoy a good dose of improv! Its more than just a comedic art form, it’s a way to survive and get ahead as an actor! This class will take you back to some basic fundamentals of how to approach a role and give you simple tools to use that will give you the confidence you need AND put you miles ahead of the competition! Its simple concepts that most actors know to use, but they don’t always remember how to best apply them. This improv class uses fun, hands-on exercises and games to bring home simple fundamentals you won’t soon forget! Ninety percent of auditions, in some form or fashion, include the art of improv! Students often uncover skills they didn’t even know they had! Look at acting in a whole new way, and have fun learning how to give directors, producers, and employers just what they’re looking for- quickly, smoothly, and with ease! The class is taught by improv performer and actor Barry McAlister. He has long been an on-camera actor and entertainer in the region. He is currently with the acclaimed troupe Improv Nashville, and has trained at the Second City in Chicago in improv and sketch comedy. He is was also a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist in Metro Nashville Schools. Roles he’s created include “the dead guy” in country artist Joe Diffie’s “Prop Me Up Beside the Juke Box”, and the ice skating $100 bill for First Tennessean and the Predators. He also had the regions longest running children’s stage show “Juniper Junction”. This is your chance to make the best friend (Improv) you ever had. REGISTER TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP. REGISTRATION FORM ON WEB SITE Please fill out the form with as much detail and accuracy as possible. If there is an area that does not apply to you, you do NOT need to enter any information in that field. Thank you. RM


Hollywood South Music & A Movie Filmmaker’s Showcase

Showcase Flyer



       JULY ADVANCED FILM ACTING WORKSHOP with Director Lance Dreesen!

Chez Studio continues its ongoing commitment to professional training and is planning to hold another informative acting workshop next month. July 25th and 26th. 

This will be a workshop for adults that will focus on advanced technique for film and television acting.  The class will cover how to tap into real emotion while dealing with all of the aspects of acting in a technical medium.   If you are a working actor who wants to hone their craft, a stage actor who wants to learn more about TV and film acting, or an actor that wants to improve to the point where you can secure an agent and work professionally, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!

This workshop will be conducted by Director Lance Dreesen (bio available at and whose latest film THE WAY HOME, starring Dean Cain, just premiered at the FOX Theater.  Dreesen has over 20 years of experience in the film industry both as director and acting instructor – experience he will share with you that will help you improve as an actor and get hired!

Please let us know of your interest and availability for this workshop with the Chez Group. Our classes are limited in number and we do not want to disappoint anyone. We will secure space by the first commitments made to the class.

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


CineVita Productions is pleased to present two offerings:

A six-week, intensive Director’s Workshop and a One-Day Intensive One-on-One Director’s Workshop with DGA Director Kristen McGary:

Film Directing Intensive With DGA Director Kristen McGary Begins Saturday, August 8, 2009 for six Saturdays 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

For details: or call 404.873.2446 One-Day Intensive One-on-One With DGA Director Kristen McGary 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Dates to be determined by appointment only. For details: or call 404.873.2446

In the Film Directing Intensive the student will learn aspects of film directing from script to screen. From an idea that becomes a script, to casting, pre-production, production and post: by the end of the six week intensive each student will walk away with either a completed short film or the tools to complete a film. This is a hands-on directing study that has participants shooting video on the first day of instruction. Access to camera and editing equipment is preferable, yet not mandatory. How does an idea translate to the film medium? Does the film medium best serve the idea? If so, what words are necessary to convey that idea? What images? Casting is critical, so students will also cast their own films. Students will work in groups on initial projects. The final project will require the participant’s direction, with his or her unique style. In the One-Day Intensive One-on-One, the study will reflect the individual’s needs. Each student will be assessed beforehand and the intensive will be tailored accordingly.

Where & When Classes to be held at: CineVita Productions 1123 Zonolite Road, NE, Suite A Atlanta, Georgia 30306


Kristen McGary
Kristen McGary is an award winning film director in the Director’s Guild of America (DGA).  Her feature film, The Adventures of Ociee Nash, stars Keith Carradine, Mare Winningham, and Ty Pennington.  Ociee is distributed by 20th Century Fox and won IMAGE’s (AFF) Southeastern Mediamakers Award.  McGary has an MFA in directing from the University of Georgia and an ABJ in film also from UGA.


UPdate on Tyler Perry Studios Productions

Re: Tyler Perry Studios Meet the Browns is on hiatus,returning into production on August 17. We’ll finish 40 more episodes. Also, Why Did I Get Married Too (feature) will begin filming on Monday, June 22nd – July 29th (the last 2 weeks in The Bahamas). Everything is finished on the movie (in terms of casting). House of Payne will return around August 17th, but it’s unclear as to how many episodes (somewhere between 26 and 46). Thanks, Alpha Tyler and Rhavynn Drummer Tyler Perry Studios “Meet the Browns” “Why Did I Get Married Too” “House of Payne”


Auditioning for Film – Creative Studios of Atlanta

Want to learn how to improve your audition skills for film/TV?  This 14-week intensive teaches you how to prepare for auditioning at your agents and in the casting office.Students who take this class say it should be called “the secrets of booking the job”.  In the last few months, graduates of this class have booked: “The Last Song” (Miley Cyrus movie) “The Blind Side” (Sandra Bullock), Army Wives”, “One Tree Hill”, and others.”Yellow Cry” “Drop Dead Diva”, ”

This class emphasizes the important, but often overlooked and underdeveloped skills of auditioning on camera for film and TV. Demystify the audition process and gain the advantage of knowledge! Learn the subtleties that contribute to a successful audition.

“Hey there! I just wanted to let you know I was cast in a role for the upcoming film ‘Blind Side’ starring Sandra Bullock. I have to say it was one of the tips you gave in the audition class that helped me get the part. I had them laughing in the callback and the Casting Director told me I did a great job. Thanks for your insight into the quirks of casting and what can help a person stand out in the crowd. — Stacey Turner

When: Tuesdays
June 23 – July 14, 7-10pm
Where: Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street Suite F8, Atlanta, GA 30319
Investment: $200
Space is limited to only 12 students.

Reserve your spot by calling 404-355-4588 or register online at http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta. com

About the instructor:
Ken Feinberg calls upon a productive three-dimensional career that encompasses acting, directing and casting. An award-winning director and casting director who was a working actor in LA.  Some of his LA credits include: Star Trek’s Enterprise, Alias, Charmed, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the District.

Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street, Suite F8
Atlanta, GA 30318

Ken Feinberg

Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street, Suite F8
Atlanta, GA 30318


Crystal Carson Workshop

Crystal Carson is doing a workshop in Atlanta Friday 7/24-Sunday, 7/26.  There’s info about that attached to this post (see link below) but what we really want you to know is that the weekend prior she’s got two mini workshops scheduled that are very affordable and will be incredibly informative.  While we aren’t hosting these workshops, we strongly encourage you to avail yourself of the opportunity to get an L.A. perspective on auditioning and make adjustments where needed.

The morning session “The 10 Things L.A. Directors/Producers Are Looking For” is geared toward the idea that when producers, directors and casting directors come into town, they are gauging the Atlanta reads against what they normally see – and unfortunately, in that light, most Atlanta actors often come up short.  This reflects poorly on the market and doesn’t set us up for success.

The afternoon session is a Film/TV critique of actual current taped reads from various actors (who’ve asked/agreed to be critiqued) and should be really helpful for gleaning some specific things actors may/may not do in the audition that can make all the difference.

We know it’s been slow otherwise but film/TV are hopping and everyone needs to bring their A game every time.  Please consider getting in on these workshops if you can.

Thanks and best,

Click below for the flier




From Regina Moore in TN

I see a lot of talent kids that audition for me for Film, TV, Commercials, etc. that are trained in voice and dance, but need training focusing on acting, so they can be a triple threat.

I have put together three weeks (Two in July and one in August) 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”.

Regina Moore / Casting Director / Moore Casting

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


JULY: 6th – 10th, 2009
AUGUST: 3rd – 7th, 2009
Monday thru Friday 9AM to 5PM
PRICE: 1 Week Session: $395.00

Discount for siblings – Please inquire if interested.

Discount for past students – Please inquire if interested.4 to 6 year old Camp – 1/2 Day
DATE: July 20th – 24th, 2009
Monday thru Friday, 9AM to 12 Noon
PRICE: 325.00


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”.


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

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

To register go to or call 615-831-0039


Creative Studios of Atlanta Newsletter

Creative Studios of Atlanta Newsletter Film & Television Skills
June 2009
Dear Mystie,

 I am very excited to hear news of our students booking work:
Kelly Natividade booked Army Wives.
Elizabeth Hingley booked Army Wives.
Doris Morgado booked Army Wives.
Laurie Williamson booked Drop Dead Diva.
Matthew Atkinson booked Drop Dead Diva.
Elle Trapkin booked Zanderhorn Rules.
Renee Ford Clark booked Yellow Cry.
Tyler Rose booked Yellow Cry.
Matthew Atkinson booked One Tree Hill.
Kelli Adams booked Adventures of the Soul.
Sarah Cooper booked Adventures of the Soul.
Lauren Alleyne booked Fighting Angels.
Merritt Mitchell
booked Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.
Greta Glenn booked Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
Doris Morgado booked Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.
Matthew Atkinson booked The Sandra Bullock movie,  The Blind Side,
Stacey Turner booked Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side.
Kricket Ichwantoro booked The Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song.
Jason Ferguson booked Miley Cyrus’ The Last Song.

If you have good news to share, please email the studio at and share your good news!

New!  Commercial Auditioning
with Randall Sims

Randall Sims has been eye witness to thousands of commercial auditions as the casting associate at CSA and before that at Stillwell Casting.  Now, Randall shares his secrets and insights as to who books roles and why they book. 

The beginners course takes actors through the process of understanding how to audition for commercials. Curriculum includes headshots that get you in door, how to prepare for a commercial audition, how to enter a casting room full of clients, and what it takes to book the gig.  Thursday evenings for 6 weeks.

Thursday June 25th 7-10pm

The advanced course provides a refresher as well as a different perspective for experienced actors in auditioning for commercials. Curriculum includes a fresh look at distinguishing yourself from the competition as well as making yourself memorable and valuable to the decision makers.  Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks.

Tuesday June 23, 7-10pm

Business and Marketing
What are you Selling?

This course is ideal for actors who want to know/ access their market and approach their career as a business.
Make it easier for agents, casting directors and producers to buy what you you’re selling.

Sunday July 12. 10am-5pm

Click here to register


Ken Feinberg’s Master Class
Audition Technique for Film and TV

Students who take this class say it should be called “the secrets of booking the job” because the class emphasizes the important, but often overlooked and underdeveloped skills of auditioning on camera for film and TV. Demystify the audition process and gain the advantage of knowledge! Learn the subtleties that contribute to a successful audition.
Tuesday evenings for 4 weeks.

Tuesday June 23, 7-10PM

Click here to register.

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Business of Voice Over
Sat. June 20th, 1-3pm

The unvarnished truth from an agent of what to expect if you want to work in the voiceover industry. You will learn the steps to take before you waste valuable time and money. Lots of time for questions, lots of information shared.

Only $50. 
Limited Seating.

Click here to reserve your seat

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Sanford Meisner Playbook Sanford Meisner is one of America’s Master Acting Teachers. Meisner created a series of exercises for actors that he refined for over 50 years at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. For Meisner,  his approach was designed “to eliminate all intellectuality from the actor’s instrument and to make him a spontaneous responder to where he is, what is happening to him and what is being done to him.”

Meisner Training is an interdependent series of exercises that build upon one another. Meisner students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop “moment-to-moment” spontaneity, which allow actors to move beyond the printed script and address the underlying emotional and philosophical themes of the script.

Some people Meisner trained include:  James Caan, Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton, Peter Falk, Jon Voight, Jeff Goldblum, Grace Kelly, James Doohan, Kim Basinger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, James Gandolfini, David Mamet, Arthur Miller and Sydney Pollack.

Our studio and community is growing.  Thank you for being a part of it.

Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street Suite F-8
Atlanta, GA 30318


Black Women Film Preservation Project Hosts Reel Business Weekend, June 20-22

Black Women Film Festival on June 22 presented in partnership with Woodruff Arts Center “Celebrate Diversity in the Arts.”
Atlanta (May 5, 2008)- To build on its mission of supporting black women filmmakers and digital media artists, as well as those who serve as advocates for this growing sector of the entertainment industry, the Black Women Film Preservation Project is expanding its one-day film festival to a weekend of activities that will appeal to a broad spectrum of professionals, from emerging talent to seasoned veterans.  Programs include a daylong workshop at Savannah College of Art & Design-Atlanta with sessions focusing on pitching investors, digital marketing and distribution; a Reel Networking Affair at Silk featuring filmmakers whose works appear at the Black Women Film Festival, which closes out the weekend.
“Atlanta is a growing marketplace for digital media artists and filmmakers, and Tyler Perry’s Atlanta-based studio signifies the region’s growing importance in the industry,” said Sheryl Gripper, founder, Black Women Film Preservation Project.  “We’ve created Reel Business Weekend to offer more resources to local artists and professionals to make certain that the voice and perspective of black women is nurtured and highly visible in film and digital media.”
Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshop, June 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
In the HBO Documentary, The Black List, Chris Rock asks “Who will be the female Tyler Perry?”  This daylong workshop will help those busy working to follow in his pioneering footsteps.  Sessions include:
Getting Funded:  Pitching Your Idea to Investors
Marketing & Networking with Twitter and Other Social Media
Distribution Tips: Getting Your Film to the Public
Location:  SCAD-Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA  30309
Cost:  $35
Reel Networking Affair, June 21, 6 p.m.
Meet the filmmakers from the 2009 Black Women Film Festival
Location: SILK, 919 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA  30309
Cost:  Free
Black Women Film Festival, June 22, 7 p.m.
Presented by Woodruff Arts Center “Celebrate Diversity in the Arts” and Black Women Film Preservation Project, the festival will feature films and short features that showcase the voice of Black women. 
Reception, 7 p.m.
Films, 8 p.m.
Location:  Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cost:  Free

**Artists interested in submitting films should mail entries, along with a $50 fee for each, to:
Black Women Film Preservation Project
P.O Box 311288
Atlanta, GA  31131
DEADLINE:  JUNE  1, 2009
To purchase tickets for any of the events listed above or to pay the $50 entry fee for film submissions, visit

Women in Film & Television Atlanta’s 2009 Mentorship Program


We are pleased to announce the 2009 WIFTA mentorship program!  
The goal of the program is to provide members with access to a seasoned professional in their career field or area of interest.  It is a four month commitment, during which time the mentor will meet with the member once a month for the first three months; the fourth meeting will be an onsite visit at the mentor’s place of work or on a project (if applicable).  Any additional meetings can be decided upon between the mentor and mentee.   The Mentorship Program offers mentees the opportunity to ask questions, gain insights, assess their goals and learn important information about their field. However, mentors are NOT expected to provide job or internship opportunities to the mentees, nor teach specific skills.  

Applicants must be a current WIFTA member in good standing.  
Applying does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  

Applications are due by June 26, 2009 (all materials must be received by this date).  
Those selected to participate in the mentorship program will be announced by July 13, 2008.  The program will run from July thru October 2009.  
The program is competitive and is reserved for serious applicants only.
For more details & to download an application – click here. (HYPERLINK TO APPLICATION ON WEBSITE)

Interested in serving as a Mentor?
WIFTA is currently seeking skilled professionals who would be willing to act as mentors.  Mentors are not required to be WIFTA members, nor do they need to be women.  For more details – please contact Shani Harris Peterson, Vice President of Professional Development at:


Mystie at Women in Film Event Wednesday

Hi.  I’m one of the speakers at this event Wednesday – Clearly talent listed w/ Houghton don’t need a ticket at a panel discussion to hear my POV so I’m not looking for you guys to come bu if you have friends you’ve been referring, or who are new to the business, please let them know.  It is limited seating so they will have to have a confirmed seat.  Thanks –

Women in Film and Television Atlanta
Proudly presents
The Art of The Audition

Be prepared before you go to an audition. What are casting agents and talent directors looking for? What should you take with you?  How can you improve your skills and stand out? Listen to industry professional give you information, resources and tools to help you better prepare for your next audition. 
Wednesday , June 17, 2009
Time: 6:30-7:00 pm Registration and Refreshments
7:00 pm-8:30 pm Program
Please RSVP to:


Food and Beverages provided by Allied Visions Catering


Cost: Free for WIFTA members, $10 for non-members,
$5 for students with a valid ID (cash, check or credit card payments accepted)

Guest Speakers:
Mystie Buice, Agency Director for HOUGHTON TALENT
, is a native of Georgia and represents actors throughout the Southeast.  Mystie/Houghton are members of GPP, WIFTA, and BBB.  Current projects include:  Drop Dead Divas, Army Wives, Meet the Brown’s, Why Did I Get Married, Too?, Cox Cable, One Tree Hill, Chick Fil-A, Home Depot, Bojangle’s and Coca Cola.
Kristen Shaw is a professional actress who has been teaching classes and providing personal coaching and audition techniques for the last 10 years.  She has helped many actors go on to Film, Television and Starring Roles on Broadway.  Her on-going Actor’s Career Development Group has helped many actors reach their goals, at all levels – from getting SAG cards, to getting Oscar nominations.  She is passionately committed to helping you achieve your goals, in all areas of life.

CW 69 Studio
2700 NE Expressway
Building A
Atlanta, GA 30345
Take I85 to Shallowford Road. Turn onto the southbound access road. Proceed for ½ mile and turn right into the Phoenix Business Park. After winding up the drive, CW69 is the only building on the left. The front entrance is underneath the awning.
For more information visit:

Various Production Jobs (from Production Hub)

Title: Boom Mic, Production Assistant, Camera Assistant, Grip
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Employment Type: Contracted
Details: Crew needed in all areas for sizzler reel for a dramatic series. Positions are non-paying, but meals will be provided and positions will be paying when the show is in full production.
Contact: Rasheena Nash
Phone: (404) 578-0680

For more details visit the Production Hub Listing:
You must log-in to be able to send an email inquiry.


GABPC Post Production Workshop

Learn some basics of Film Editing specially designed
for beginning Directors, including what to expect and
how to prepare for the editing process.

RESECHEDULED to Sunday July 12, 2009 | 1:00-5:00pm
Early Registration Discount available.
To reserve your seat, visit


Exclusive WIFTI Four Part Webinar in Screenwriting with Marilyn Horowitz

(source: WIFTI, c/o NYWIFT, 6 East 39th Street, New York, New York 10016)
REGISTER NOW :: Only 50 spots available ::

For over twelve years Marilyn has been providing programs for the New York (NYWIFT) chapter.  Marilyn’s now offering, WIFTI chapter members only, a FOUR-PART WEBINAR on Tuesday June 14th, June 21st, June 28th and July 7th, 2009 on the basics of screenwriting using The Four Magic Questions, with a Q&A following each hour of instruction.

Says Marilyn:
The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting (4MQS) are the key to effective structure through character. I call them the Magic Questions because they work so easily it often feels like you just waved your “magic wand,” and the answers appeared out of thin air.  With this 4-part seminar, exclusive to WIFTI chapter members only, you too will write your screenplay faster and easier than ever before.

The cost of the 4 sessions for WIFTI CHAPTER members is $150 and includes:

  • A copy of THE FOUR MAGIC QUESTIONS OF SCREENWRITING written by Ms. Horowitz, which will be sent electronically to the registrants (valued at $29.97)
  • A FREE never-before-released movie breakdown (valued at $19.97)
  • FULL ACCESS to Marilyn’s private movie breakdown collection
  • An invitation to a FREE MONTHLY LIVE TELESEMINAR hosted by Marilyn Horowitz, where she will personally teach you how to use THE FOUR MAGIC QUESTIONS OF SCREENWRITING
  • A personal twenty-minute phone script consultation (valued at $150)

The consultations will be arranged individually through Marilyn’s office
Her book is a required text at New York University, where she teaches, and is used at several schools throughout the country.

This program is limited to 50 participants .

You can register by emailing Marilyn directly at


Various TV Jobs :: Morrow/Atlanta :: Two Weeks :: starts June 2009


We are a New York Based Production Company shooting over the summer in the Morrow/Atlanta area. We are looking to fill three different production positions: Production Assistant, Audio Tech, and Assistant Camera with XDCAM experience:

  • We are looking for a Production Assistant with field experience on Documentary/Reality shows. Candidate should have knowledge of the area, an unblemished driving record and valid driving license, and be familiar with all aspects of field production. We will be a very small crew and the candidate will have to liaise with the public. Please send your resume and references with a brief description of why you’d be ideal for the position.

  • We are looking for an Audio Tech with experience in field recording for television.

  • We are looking for an Assistant Camera with experience in handling XDCAM Media. Candidate should have experience with XDCAM Format, handling of all related Media and hardware, archiving, and transferring media to drives. Please send resume and references with a brief description of why you’d be ideal for the position.

Please submit your resume for any of these three jobs online at


Kelsey is coming back to Atlanta with a summer special!

Hi All!
Get to work with the look that works!


Kelsey will be returning to Atlanta and bringing an economic summer stimulus special with her!
July 11th�and�12th ~
�Please give a call to book or if you have any questions and check out our web site!
�� � � � � �3�headshot�looks for $300 (including make-up)!
Spread the word and have wonderful rest of�the�week!


Kelsey Edwards Photography
Catchlight Studio
633 N La Brea Ave�
Los Angeles, CA 90036



Casting for TLC’s Making Over America with Trinny & Susannah

Renowned British style experts and the original UK hosts of WHAT NOT TO WEAR, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, bring their stellar expertise and charming wit to TLC with an all new series MAKING OVER AMERICA WITH TRINNY AND SUSANNAH. The British fashion gurus are about to enter new territory on this side of the pond, to share their simple philosophy:  “Looking stylish is not about following fashion, losing weight, being rich or succumbing to the knife. It’s about dressing to show off what you love… about your body”.  Making the most of what you’ve got to look great in any situation!

TLC is seeking hard working American women who have something coming up that they want to look great for, but they don’t know where to start!  Applicants over 21 please fill out the application and send us a close up photo of you, and a full length shot of you and your loved ones, who will be there to support you in this transformation. Making Over America with Trinny and Susannah is produced for TLC by ABC Media Productions.
To download an application, go to:
Send applications and photos to:


Avant Garden VII – June 18

FREE. Cash Bar. $2 PBR.
The Contemporary/Atlanta Film Festival 365
535 Means St, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
48 Hour Film Project Networking  6:00 – 8:00 PM  
Looking for a team to join? Need actors? Need an editor?
Want to meet the other teams? Already thinking about your next project?
Join us at Avant Garden and get some old fashion networking done.


In the Spotlight, Withoutabox – The $200,000 Ultimate Filmmaker Competition

Los Angeles, California – USA
Finalists Announced: December 2009
In the Spotlight this week is THE $200,000 ULTIMATE FILMMAKER COMPETITION (UFC), a dynamic filmmaking competition offering one visionary filmmaker a six-figure production grant and distribution deal.

Sponsored by Canon, Final Cut Pro, NeoFlix, MovieMaker Magazine, Final Draft, and Filmmakers Alliance, UFC is looking for undiscovered filmmakers with talent, determination, vision, and a passion for filmmaking as a way of life. A full screenplay is not needed at the time of entry; to apply, only a one-page synopsis, 250 word “Why I Am a Filmmaker” essay, and a filmmaker resume are required.

The First Place winner receives at minimum a $200,000 USD cash production grant along with an additional $300,000 in resources to turn their proposal into a script and then into a film. The winning filmmaker will also receive a Canon HD camera, production software, and development and production guidance. And it doesn’t stop there; the film will be heavily promoted, will premiere at a major film festival, and will be distributed on multiple platforms simultaneously – theatrically, on cable, and on the net – for maximum international exposure.
June 19, 2009 – Regular (Final) Deadline
Upgraded projects save $15 off this deadline

The mission of The $200,000 Ultimate Filmmaker Competition is to discover and establish the next important voice in cinema, and support it with a full scope of cash and resources, all while building a community around the impending launch of Filmmakers Alliance online.
All submitters receive a one-year subscription to MovieMaker Magazine, constructive feedback and mentorship at every phase of the selection process, plus a year’s membership in the global Filmmakers Alliance when it launches. Semi-Finalists receive production software from Adobe, Final Draft, and Final Cut Pro, plus online promotion, and finalists will also receive additional mentorship by top industry professionals, a full suite of filmmaking software, and will be flown to Los Angeles for in-person interviews.

Filmmakers Alliance is a community of film artists dedicated to the advancement of true independent film through a unique mutual support system in which members share expertise, equipment and creative support for one another’s film projects. Hundreds of films have been produced through Filmmakers Alliance and have screened in dozens of major festivals throughout the world. Terry Gilliam (THE FISHER KING) declares, “Filmmakers Alliance is not just an exciting component of the filmmaking universe, it is absolutely necessary.” Filmmakers Alliance launches its online community in late 2009.

To turn your synopsis into a six-figure production and distribution deal, submit to The $200,000 Ultimate Filmmaker Competition today!

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Casting Update – “The Last Song” Looking for Specific Roles for extras

(source: Savannah Film Commission)

The Last Song extras casting director is currently looking to cast specific roles for the feature film “The Last Song” shooting in Savannah, GA.  This includes Men and Women aged 18 to 90.

Casting needs are as follows:

Those interested and that meet the above criteria should e-mail a recent photo and contact information to: for consideration.


Savannah Morning News: Tybee readies for Miley’s ‘Last Song’By Lesley Conn

Filming “The Last Song” on Tybee Island could create traffic tie-ups.

It will limit access to the beach some weekdays, and shooting typically will go as late as midnight.

And crew members some days are going to take up about 100 primo parking spots right off the pier.

And what did groups of Tybee business owners and residents largely say in response?

“Welcome to Tybee” and “We love you.”

With filming of Disney’s latest Miley Cyrus movie scheduled to begin shooting on Tybee in a week, most on Tybee are focused largely on what the influx of film crews, movie buffs and squealing teenage Miley fans could mean for Tybee’s economy for years to come.

“It’s going to be good for us,” said Gloria Magune, who owns Royal Palms Motel on Butler Avenue. “Even ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ is still bringing us business.”

Bass Hampton, location manager for the shoot, and two other production officials met with business owners and residents in two meetings Monday.

They answered concerns about parking, security, late-night noise and how bright the lights at night would be.

They were easygoing and polite and promised to respond quickly to any concerns brought to their attention. One factor that should help: No filming will happen on weekends because, as a minor, Miley is not allowed to work then.

Security will be strong around the movie set and autograph seekers will be controlled, city officials and movie personnel assured.

Boost in tourism

Movie reps also assured the group they would create a beautiful movie that would make the community proud. It also should bring tourists, they said.

“People still come to see where Forrest Gump sat on the bench,” said Tom Parris, an assistant location manager, in one meeting. “They’re going to come see where Miley Cyrus sat on the pier. They’re going to come see where Miley Cyrus sat on the beach.”

Business owners such as Sallie Armstrong, who co-owns the gift shop Seaside Sisters, say the tourist season already has started strong, and they anticipate it only getting better with filming, which is scheduled to begin June 15.

Amy Gaster, president of Tybee Vacation Rentals and a board member of the Tybee Tourism Council, was looking beyond the busy summer season.

“Thirty to 40 weeks of the year, Tybee is very quiet. We’re not at full capacity,” she said. “We’re hoping it helps spread out the shoulder season.”

Movie crews will be shooting for weeks on Tybee and at a few locations in Savannah.

Initially, the movie was to be set at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., but once location scouts saw Tybee’s distinctive look, movie executives asked author Nicholas Sparks if he would agree to change the setting to Tybee. He did.

Weeks of shooting on Tybee will feature the pier, the lighthouse, a beach cottage and other spots around the island.

Early filming will include shooting a festival on the beach, complete with carnival rides. Near the end of shooting, crews will use movie techniques to create the effect of burning down the facade of a church built just for the movie.

Littering concerns

One of the more fundamental issues Tybee Island city officials will face is how to handle an influx of people who need restrooms and might leave more than their share of litter on the island.

Both issues have been sore points already, and hundreds, even thousands of extra people on the beach only threatens to exacerbate the problem.

City Manager Diane Schleicher said two people on beach patrols have been designated to monitor litter problems, and they have been talking with tourists and handing out trash bags.

The City Council on Thursday is expected to pass on second reading an ordinance that will make it a $100 minimum fine for littering on the beach.

Some council members on Monday were discussing making sure citizens had sufficient warning, because they didn’t want the public outcry Savannah officials have faced over jaywalking citations, which carry a state-mandated minimum fine of $140.

Signs warning of littering fines will be posted.

“I think the word is getting out, and I’d like us to continue getting the word out because the fines will be stiff,” Schleicher said.

As for restrooms, timing is everything.

The city is expecting delivery this week of two portable restroom trailers that will have multiple units. They were ordered before Tybee learned it had won the movie


CBS to Shoot in Kennesaw

CBS reality show walls in houses in Kennesaw neighborhood

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Some families in Kennesaw are about to find out if good fences do make good neighbors.
Massive 20-foot walls and scaffolding have been built around nine homes in the Annandale section of Legacy Park, a community of 13 neighborhoods off Jiles Road.
And the word on the street is that a CBS camera crew soon will be filming a reality show.
Network vice president Colleen Sullivan couldn’t offer many details yet, but said the families will be competing against each other for a grand prize. The working title of the show is “Block Party,” she said.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to make an official announcement at some point next week,” Sullivan said Tuesday from her Los Angeles office.
Sullivan said the reality show is being produced by Mike Fleiss — creator of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” — and Jay Bienstock, who has worked on “The Apprentice” and “Survivor.”
No word yet on when the show might air. After two weeks of set-up, filming is expected to begin Monday and last three weeks, according to Sullivan.
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, who lives in Legacy Park, said neighbors met with a CBS producer months ago to learn more about the show.
“If you do it here, understand I can see the set from my backyard,” Mathews said he told the producer during the meeting. All interested families in the community were invited to attend, but nine on one street were selected.
The walls created around the houses will make it difficult for residents to get a peek at what’s going on inside.
“Once we start filming, it’s in the lockdown situation,” Sullivan said.
Maggie Roe doesn’t live in the same neighborhood of Legacy Park, but has to pass to the set every time her family leaves and returns.
“My three-year-old says ‘mommy, let’s go see the movie,’” said Roe, who snapped pictures as the temporary walls went up.
The latest edition of the Legacy Park newsletter updated residents who may have wondered what was going on near the front the community.
“We’re looking forward to seeing it air,” Roe said.




11Alive Summer Food Drive

11Alive and Publix are partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank for a food drive on Friday, June 19.  All metro Atlanta Publix stores will be collecting cans throughout the day and all donations will be given to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  11Alive will be broadcasting live throughout the day from the Publix in Vinings located at 2451 Cumberland Parkway, SE.  
Be an everyday hero and support the Atlanta Community Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food items to Publix on June 19.  For more information, visit


2009 ATLFF Screenplay Competition – Call for Submissions

2009 ATLFF Screenplay Competition – Call for Submissions  

For deadlines, rules & entry fees visit: