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


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