Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

Auditions at the Art Institute Monday 8/3

We are having auditions at The Art Institute of Atlanta Monday, August 3rd, 2009 and we would love to have your assistance in getting the word out to more actors. For this session, we are only calling for adult actors. Will you please send (or re-send) our Auditions Notice to actors you know who may be interested? If you have any questions, please email me at <aiaauditions@gmail.com>

Thanks So Much,

Whitney Trower
Auditions Coordinator

CASTING CALL
Our STUDENTS WANT YOU to BE in THEIR FILMS!
The Art Institute of Atlanta

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

Audition Session:
When: Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: The Art Institute of Atlanta – Room 460B on the 4th Floor
Parking: Parking is free at The Art Institute, but if you arrive before 8pm, you need a parking pass from the receptionist in the first floor gallery.  Please get your pass and put it on your car before you come upstairs.  If you arrive after 8pm, check to see if the receptionist is still in gallery – if not, then you don’t need a pass.

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

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

Your audition time will include a SPECIFIC time.  Audition times are first come, first serve. If you have a last minute change of plans, please email <aiaauditions@gmail.com>
 THE AUDITION:
— Please bring your headshot and resume (at least 2 copies each, bring more if possible)
— When you arrive, we will provide you with “sides” – excerpts from students’ scripts to use for your Auditions.
— If you’d like, you may also prepare a monologue for the Audition – but monologues aren’t required.

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

Also, please understand that our directors are students — they are eager learners but they usually have no formal experience in auditioning with actors, making casting decisions and directing actors.

DIRECTIONS TO THE ART INSTITUTE: http://www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta/AboutUs/map_directions.aspx

31
Jul
09

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!

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Actor and Director…Creating the Character

with Award Winning Film Director Ralph E. Portillo  

 
A RARE chance to work and study with a Hollywood Film Director!

 
August 1st & 2nd  –  Atlanta, GA
Courtyard Atlanta Buckhead  |  3332 Peachtree Road, NE
 

Students will work with scripts from two of Mr. Portillo’s upcoming film projects

 
 “4am in Chinatown”  &  “Hide and Go Zeke”
 
and will be put on tape for consideration for roles in these films!

Ralph E. Portillo
Ralph Portillo 

Award Winning 

Director / Producer 

Ralph E. Portillo

Director Filmography 

2009
“BECOMING JESSE TATE”
Starring:  
Amanda Waters
Bailey Anne Borders

 
2007
CLOSURE: THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY”
Starring:  
The Crosswise Players
 
2007
“SET APART”
Starring:
Richard Roundtree
John Schneider

2006
“THE GRIFT”
Starring:
John Savage
Billy Burke

2004
“BELIEVERS AMONG US”
TV SERIES

2003
“UNDERCOVER KIDS”
Starring:
London Smith
Austin Rogers
                                       
2003
“ONE OF THEM”
Starring:
Kelly Carmichael
Brian Sheridan
             
2002
“THE GHOST CLUB”
Starring:
Brittany Robertson
Lindley Meyer

2000
“BIG BROTHER TROUBLE”
Starring:
 Dick Van Patten
Mario Lopez

1999
“THE LAST GREAT RIDE”
Starring:
Ernest Borgnine
Eileen Brennan

1996
“FEVER LAKE”
Starring:
Corey Haim
Mario Lopez

1994
“LONG WAY BACK”
Starring:
Robert Forster
Joe Estevez 

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Ralph E. Portillo

 

Mr. Portillo is an award-winning director and producer with over 20 years of directing and production experience as well as President of Hemisphere Entertainment.

Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Jeremy London, Billy Burke, and Corey Haim are but a few of the many talented actors who have worked under Ralph’s direction.                 

 

His films have won awards at the New York Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, The Flagstaff International Film Festival, The Charleston International Film Festival, and The Foursite Film Festival. He has also been the recipient of the Cindy Award, Telly Awards, Aurora Award, Millenium Award, the Davey Awards and the Accolade Awards.
 
Ralph is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

 
 
READ MORE ABOUT RALPH IN HIS BIO AT:

Two Sessions Available
Morning: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Afternoon: 2:30pm – 6:30pm 

Tuition – $150  |  class open to ages 12 and over
 

Actor and Director:

Creating the Character  

Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, John Savage, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Jeremy London and Billy Burke (of twilight) are just a few of the actors that have worked under Mr. Portillo’s direction.
 
Students will learn to work under the guidance of a director  to create a character. Scenes will be taped, discussed in class, then taped again. See what a difference working with a Film Director makes.  Utilize your talent and his experience to elevate the level of your on camera acting skills.
 

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Ralph Portillo on the set of The Last Great Ride with Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan

Don’t Miss Out!

 
This is an extremely

R ARE OPPORTUNITY  to work and study with an award winning Hollywood Film Director.

 

We will be working with scenes from Mr.Portillo’s upcoming films 4am in Chinatown and “Hide and go Zeke and students will be put on tape for consideration for roles in those films!

Book your spot in this exciting new class now!

 

30
Jul
09

Master Class Workshop bonus: dinner w/ Mark fincannon

Friends
 
We’re getting closer and I hope, if you haven’t already, you’ll jump in and grab your spot in the Master Class Workshop today!

And if you need another reason, George and I have secured an incredible bonus for everyone taking the class – dinner with casting director Mark Fincannon! Mark has agreed to come after Saturday’s session (8/8)at around 6 pm and share dinner and some great conversation with us. You’ll be free to ask questions and gain some incredible insight from one of the busiest casting directors in the country.

The plan is to finish our work at around 5 pm, then George and I will bring in dinner for everyone as we enjoy some great conversation and valuable teaching with Mark.

This is only for students in the class and is not an audition. It’s something that George and I hope will add tremendous value to what we hope is already an valuable weekend for your acting career.

If you’re on the fence, don’t wait and grab your spot today! If you’ve already signed up, plan to stay for dinner after class that Saturday night, August 8th.

Tell your friends, we have a couple of spots left.

Go to www.masterclassworkshop.com for all the details!

See you there!

 
Mike


Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker, Author, Coach
www.acttowin.com
www.mikepniewski.com

30
Jul
09

Lou Freeman on YouTube

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30
Jul
09

Thursday night teleprompter class – if you don’t use one, you need this class!

Increase your marketability as an actor (and your income!) by mastering the art of the teleprompter. New low price – $99!

Using actual teleprompter equipment provided by K2 Productions, you will learn the techniques needed to deliver corporate narration, live broadcast scripts, television host material, and more in this evening workshop. K2 Productions will be providing an experienced teleprompter operator who will be operating the prompter and providing feedback and expertise as well. Taught by Bob Harter.

Join us for this valuable workshop to add to your resumé!

D E T A I L S
7-10 p.m
THURSDAY, JULY 30TH
Limited to 10.
Now only $99 (Payment confirms your space)

yourACT Acting Studios Atlanta http://www.youract.tv

To register contact us at 404-499-9996.

29
Jul
09

Casting Children for Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell

Casting Children for Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell

Karli G. Brooks of Charisma Studios will be casting Cake Baby Production’s short independent film “The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell”. The film was written by screenwriters Kelly Young-Silverman and Michael Harper. It will be directed by Atlanta talent David Marshall Silverman and filmed by the experienced visionary, Tim Glover. Acclaimed actor, Steve Coulter is set to star in the title role.

Auditions will be held Saturday, August 1 from 10AM-12PM.

Filming will begin August 8th and take place over the span of 3-4 weekends in August. Specific dates will be finalized after casting. Child roles, other than Jacob and Mathew, will require a one day shoot( August 8). Roles will not be paid, but all actors will receive copy/credit/meals and we will submit for credit on IMDb.

Non-union actors, please email headshots, resumes and any reels or video links you may have to cakebabyproductions@gmail.com for consideration and an audition slot.

Deadline for submission is Thursday July 30th.
If we are interested in seeing you, please expect a response by early Friday July 31st.

The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell

Terrell B. Howell is a middle-aged man living in suburban/corporate America. He has it all: a stable career, a beautiful family and a mind-numbing existence. Just like most happy couples, the Howells have grown accustomed to their mundane lifestyles, together and yet completely alone. But the desire to feel important in a world all too happy to pass you by finally takes its toll on Terrell. Thrown out of his routine in one random instance, Terrell soon confronts something he is totally unprepared for: Joy. With Joy in his life Terrell finally feels wanted again. The only problem is his lack of routine is making Nancy suspicious. But could this unusual affair be just the thing to save the Howell’s marriage?

We will be casting the following child roles:

Jacob Howell: An adorable Caucasian 5-8 year old boy- who is outgoing and can take direction.
Mathew Howell: A Caucasian 7-10 year old boy

Supporting Roles- No lines

Children on Playground:

Lauren’s child: Caucasian, male or female, 6 – 10 years old
Sandra’s child: African American, male or female, 6 – 10 years old

29
Jul
09

Attorney Involved in Film Commission Bribe Sentenced

7/16/09

Attorney Involved in Film Commission Bribe Sentenced

NEW ORLEANS, LA—William E. Bradley, age 45, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Lance M. Africk to ten (10) months’ imprisonment, for conspiracy to bribe a state official in connection with a program receiving federal funds announced United States Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay a $5000 fine, and will be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of her supervised release. In handling down the sentence, Judge Africk admonished the defendant stating, “This is another sad chapter in the history of public corruption which has plagued this state.”

According to court documents, Mark Smith, from 2003 to 2005 was the director of the Governor’s Office for Film and Television Development (GOFTD). BRADLEY, was an attorney who represented Louisiana Institute of Film Technology (LIFT), a company established by Malcolm Petal. BRADLEY and Smith, both lawyers, had become friendly in law school. Malcolm Petal, through two LIFT related companies, “LIFT – Break Beat, LLC” and “LIFT – Evil Remains, LLC” issued BRADLEY $135,000.00 in checks. BRADLEY cashed the checks and passed $67,500.00 in cash to Mark Smith. More than one million dollars in tax credits were issued by Smith for Break Beat, LLC.

Smith pled guilty to conspiracy and bribery on September 7, 2007 and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2009 before United States District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt. Petal pled guilty to conspiracy on December 12, 2008 and was sentenced on April 9, 2009 before United States District Judge Lance M. Africk to five (5) years in federal prison a $15,000 fine and restitution of $1,350,000.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carter K.D. Guice, Jr., G. Dall Kammer and Peter M. Thomson.

28
Jul
09

Kelsey Edwards in Atlanta in September – offering a special

I wanted to get you the new dates Kelsey will be in�Atlanta�for September- the 19th and 20th 🙂 We will be having the summer special again this trip, 3 headshot looks for $300 (including make-up).

Best-

Maia
Kelsey Edwards Photography
Catchlight Studio
633 N La Brea Ave�
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-936-6106
27
Jul
09

DARP Audition

DARP audition

For:  “The Best of Atlanta”

Casting: Wednesday, July 29th with call backs Thursday, July 29th

Location: DARP Studios, 576 Trabert Ave NW # A, Atlanta, GA

Shoot:  Saturday, August 1st

Casting four hosts/correspondents of an Entertainment and Society magazine show that represents the best and newest of high-end Atlanta for the purposes of shooting a “test pilot”.   Footage will be used internally to allow the production team to screen test the format of the show.

Producers are looking for classy and refined TALENT, preferably in the age range in their 30s to early 40s, and are interested in creating a cast of male and females of MIXED ETHNICITIES.  Should be in relatively good physical shape and have hosting experience.

This is a project done “on spec”.  As such, the Talent is expected to work on a deferred compensation, receiving payment only if the project were to go into ACTUAL PRODUCTION for a pilot.  The intent is to showcase the best
of Atlanta, including the talent here as well.   Talent would be auditioning for and working with Dallas Austin.

27
Jul
09

Lights, Camera, Action on a Georgia Movie Road Trip

Visit nearby attractions that can be seen on the silver screen
 
ATLANTA, July 23, 2009 – Embark on a Georgia movie road trip to see the town squares, restaurants, hotels and park benches that gave your favorite films a backdrop on the big screen. 
 
Start off with a north Georgia adventure, retracing the route down the Chattooga River that the young Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Jon Voight took in the classic thriller,Deliverance (1972).  Rafting outfitter Southeastern Expeditions Whitewater Adventure in Clayton can help you access the same heart-pounding rapids seen in the movie.
 
For calmer movie memories, head to Atlanta to see a number of sites that made the silver screen.  The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple in Atlanta and Agnes Scott College in Decatur both make appearances in the award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy (1989), that stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.  TheAtlanta University Center, which includes the campuses of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College and Spelman College, was featured in School Daze (1989), We are Marshall (2006) and Drumline (2002).  The Westminster Schools football stadium was recently filmed for scenes in The Blind Side (2009), a real-life rags-to-riches story that stars Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.   Outside of Atlanta, the 825-foot-high granite mountain at Stone Mountain Park was featured in Stomp the Yard (2007). The Spanish Colonial-style exhibition buildings at the Lakewood Fairgrounds, which were built in 1916 for the Southeastern Fair, an agricultural and entertainment bazaar, were featured in the opening and closing scenes of another Burt Reynolds classic, Smokey and the Bandit (1977).  And the suburban Atlanta community of Tributary, near Sweetwater Creek State Park, was the backdrop for an Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl action comedy, Five Killers (2010), that is set to hit theaters next summer.
 
Conyers and Covington, located east of Atlanta, have also played important roles in movies as well as  hit television series.  The Civil War reenactment scene in Sweet Home Alabama was shot at Conyers’ Georgia International Horse Park, which hosts equestrian events throughout the year, and several scenes from the 1970s series, The Dukes of Hazzard, were also shot in the town.   The Dukes of Hazzard also featured the historical Newton County Courthouse in nearby Covington, is one of only five courthouses in Georgia built in a French-style architecture that was popular in the late 1800s.  The Dukes of Hazzard also features Emory University’s Oxford College inOxford, which is seen in the opening credits when the show’s famous orange Dodge Charger, the General Lee, jumps in mid-air.  Also filmed in the area were My Cousin Vinny (1991), Cannonball Run (1980), Flash (1997), Remember the Titans (2000), The Fighting Temptations (2003) and the popular primetime drama series, In the Heat of the Night (1988-1995). 
 
Stop by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce to pick up a detailed map that highlights former movie sites for self-guided tours.   In Covington, visitors should see The Town House Café used in Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys (2008) and the restaurants Amici’s Italian CaféR.L.’s Off the Square and Scoops, which were popular with the cast and crew of the recently filmed horror remake Halloween II (2009).  Also, be on the lookout for crews filming The Vampire Diaries, a new teen television series on the CW Network currently shooting there.  The Hard Labor Creek State Park in nearby Rutledge was used for scenes in suspense movies as Friday the 13th: Jason Lives (1986) and Drew Barrymore’s Poison Ivy (1992).  A soon-to-release 1930s-era thriller with Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, Get Low (2009), was filmed nearby in Crawfordville, as were scenes from Sweet Home Alabama.  In fact, the restaurant, Heavy’s BBQ  in Crawfordville was the backdrop for the bar scene in the movie.  The Taliaferro County Historical Society, also located in Crawfordville, is another fun stop for movie-lovers, because a portion of its exhibit chronicles the town’s filmmaking history.   
 
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1990s comedy My Cousin Vinny (1991) in Monticello, the county seat of Jasper County, about 60 miles southwest of Crawfordville.   The Jasper County Courthouse was used in the film, and with two to three months advance notice, the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commercecan organize skits from the movie’s courthouse scenes for groups of 15-20 people.  Also, get a taste of the film at Dave’s Bar-B-Que & Soul Food, where Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei filmed a memorable argument scene for the movie.  Not far from Monticello, the famed drama Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), which stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson, was filmed in Juliette.  Visitors can have lunch at the same Whistle Stop Café used in the movie or visit several of the small shops that opened downtown since the movie was filmed.
 
A walking tour of Savannah is another great way to learn more about your favorite movies.  Since 1915, more than 85 films have been shot in the city, including Glory (1989),Forces of Nature (1999), Forrest Gump (1994), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000). Popular Southern cook Paula Deen’s Food Network television shows are also shot in Savannah, which is home to her restaurant The Lady and Sons.   Savannah Movie Tours will give you a tour of popular food and film sites in the city, including the spot where Tom Hanks sat on a park bench in Forrest Gump.  The actual bench is now housed in the Savannah History Museum.  Nearby Tybee Island will be a hot spot for fans of teen pop star and actress Miley Cyrus, who is filming the movie The Last Song (2010) there.  Ms. Cyrus recently dined at Sting Ray’s Seafood Restaurant, where she gave an impromptu two-song performance.  Also, not far from the coast, is Valdosta’s Wild Adventures amusement park, where scenes for a Bill Murray-Woody Harrelson horror comedy, Zombieland (2009), were recently filmed.
 
Finally, head to Warm Springs to see Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt came in 1924 hoping to find a cure for his polio affliction by swimming in the area’s naturally warm waters.  In 1932, President Roosevelt built the only home he ever owned there, the Little White House, now open to visitors.  Also on site is a museum that houses the 1938 Ford convertible that President Roosevelt drove using hand controls and the “Unfinished Portrait,” a watercolor portrait of the president never finished, because he died from a stroke before it was completed.  The house and the nearby pools where President Roosevelt swam were both featured in the HBO movie Warm Springs (2005), which recounts his story.   
 
Another great way to experience Georgia’s film culture is to attend one of the many film festivals held across the state every year.  Some of those include the Atlanta Film Festival 365, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, the Macon Georgia Film & Video FestivalRobert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival in Athens, the Rome International Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival
 
From romantic comedies to gripping thrillers, Georgia has been a backdrop for all.  Relive your favorite silver screen moment in the Georgia town where it really happened, or plan a trip to see one of the many film festivals in the state.  Georgia’s film industry is booming these days, so it’s entirely possible you’ll cross paths with movie sets and stars as you explore the state’s choice film location. For more information about the film in Georgia, visit www.georgia.org. To learn more about Georgia film destinations, visitwww.exploregeorgia.org.   
 
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video and music projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
25
Jul
09

2009 Essential Theatre Festival

 

July 25th Georgia Poetry Society Reading 7pm 
  
Listen to what our audience says!
  
ICE GLEN by Joan Ackermann
Beautifully written, masterfully delicate direction by Ellen McQueen, precise, delightful and
surprising performances all round.  Go see it.” 
Joanna Daniel
 
“ICE GLEN is both one of the best scripts and best overall productions I’ve seen
in the nine years I’ve been in Atlanta, and Ellen’s direction is flawlessly nuanced. A true “must-see.”” Evan Guilford-Blake
 
“It’s one of the best shows in Atlanta this year!” Leonard Pallats
  

 
  
 

  
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Essential Festival Lineup

 

FOOD FOR FISH by Adam Szymkowicz, Regional Premiere,
Directed by Peter Hardy
Featuring: Kelly Criss, Kate Graham, Eve Krueger, Brent Nicholas Rose, Charles Swint and Sarah Falkenburg Wallace.
Bobbie is a lonely young man living in New York, trying to write about three sisters who long to escape the city and return to their childhood home of New Jersey or is he really just an imaginary character in the mind of Sylvia, the youngest sister? Middle sister Alice is hopelessly in love with the husband of her older sister, and so she goes out on dates with a different man every night, working in her lab by day to isolate the human gene that makes us fall in love so she can control it! Oldest sister Barbara (played by a man) and her husband (played by a woman) cant figure out how men and women are supposed to relate to each other. This is the kind of play we love to do at the Essential funny and beautiful and just about impossible to describe. The New York Times did it best, calling it fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous.

ICE GLEN by Joan Ackermann. Regional Premiere.
Directed by Ellen McQueen
Featuring: Jo Howarth, Dina Shadwell, Jayson Smith, Spencer G. Stephens, Jim Starbh and Ann Wilson.
Sarah Harding lives in an isolated country cottage, surrounded by a warm circle of quietly eccentric friends. She may be Americas greatest poet, but no ones ever seen her work which is just the way she wants it. But now an editor has arrived from Boston, wanting to publish her poems and bring her the fame and fortune she has never sought. With unforgettable characters, this wonderfully funny romantic drama — about the frozen places in our hearts coming back to life again — is like the best Emma Thompson movie you never saw.

“Beautifully written”. Talkin Broadway. “A lovely play”. CurtainUp

  
Congratulations to Vynnie for the upcoming production of her musical PLAGUED, A LOVE STORY which is being produced as part of this years NY Musical Theatre Festival .

 

 

 

  

   
July 10 – August 2, 2009A Play in Seven Scenes by Athol Fugard
Directed by Susan V. Booth
A Co-Production with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Acting powerhouses Tom Key and Kenny Leon play half-brothers, one white, the other black, in 1960s Apartheid-era South Africa in this searing masterpiece about the corrosive effects of institutionalized racism and the inextricable familial ties that bind.

 


 
 
 
 

  

 

Late Night at the Essential 
Essential Theatre and Actor’s Express have teamed up to give you the best full night of entertainment. Come see the Essential Theatre performance and stay for Actor’s Express late night entertainment, featuring Francine Reed, Charlie Brown, Gwen Hughes, Bad Boy Hypnotist and Heston Francis. Your Essential Theatre program will provide you a drink coupon and $5 off the price of the Actor’s Express After Hours ticket. Check out the After Hours website for more information.

 

JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS by Vynnie Meli. World Premiere.
Directed by Betty Hart
Featuring: Rachel Bodenstein, Enisha Brewster, Daniel Burnley, DeAndrea Crawford, Nadir Mateen, Delesa Sims
Its World War Two, and with so many men going off to serve, the previously all-male world of jazz is opening up to women for the first time. The International Rhythm Darlings are an all-female African-American band touring the Deep South, which would be a tough situation in the best of times but now theyve got a last-minute replacement in the group, a white Jewish woman, and integrated bands arent allowed to play together on stage. Not in the South, not anywhere.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of musicians from that era, Vynnie Melis play takes a fascinating look at some extraordinary women who make their way past fear and hatred to find the common threads that bind them together. Winner of the 2009 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award competition, the only prize exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia playwrights. The Essential Theatre is proud to have developed this play (along with Working Title Playwrights and Jewish Theatre of the South) and to be bringing it to the stage for the first time.

 
JIM CROW & THE RHYTHM DARLINGS by Vynnie Meli
“Directed by Betty Hart, Jim Crow & The Rhythm Darlings truly captures the love of jazz … the dialogue is quick paced and smart, the issues are diverse, and the acting is powerful.  Not every day do you come across an intelligent play that explores gender roles, racism, and religion.  Jim Crow & The Rhythm Darlings is a harmonious blend of talent, music, and discussion. Definitely a must see.”
Kelechi Ubozoh, Atlanta Theatre Examiner
 
“Playwright Vynnie Meli’s Jim Crow and the Rhythm Darlings draws from a seemingly bottomless wellspring of drama.  Director Betty Hart builds to some undeniably gripping confrontations … Essential Theatre offers an affecting homage to some of the unsung women of jazz.”
Curt Holman, Creative Loafing
  
“A literary counterpart to a hot jam session, with the key changing with a flick of a make-up sponge or a policeman’s baton. It’s a play about “passing” that you would be foolish to pass on by.”
Brad Rudy
  

 

FOOD FOR FISH by Adam Szymkowicz
MEET PLAYWRIGHT ADAM SZYMKOWICZ, August 1, 2009 for a post-performance talkback.
 
“One smart play …dark, droll dialogue … it’s a wild, strange trip, full of black humor, and something to really challenge the mind.”
James Paulk, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  
“This play by the brilliant young playwright, Adam Szymkowicz, is one strange work of art … it is compelling, humorous, and I would give it a 9 on the proverbial scale.”
Bob Heller, Publishers’ Feature Service
  

 

24
Jul
09

Master Class Workshop filling fast…

We’re half-full for the class and spaces are going
quickly!  If you want to join George Watkins and I
in another effective and inspiring weekend, jump
in now.
 
Go to www.masterclassworkshop.com for more info!
 
See you there
 
Mike


Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker, Author, Coach
www.acttowin.com
www.mikepniewski.com

23
Jul
09

Louisiana ups credits to lure filmmakers

New incentives hope to up production

Louisiana is keeping the good times rolling with a 5% hike in its transferable production credit to 30% — upping the ante in the competitive production incentive market.New to the program is a state buyback of the credits at 85% of their face value — in effect, “the state has created a floor of 85% on the dollar,” said Micha Haley, deputy director of the New Orleans Office of Film Video City, a strategic measure that will substantially increase the amount of the money that filmmakers get when selling the credits. Haley said that not only does the buyback program give Louisiana a huge boost over competing states, but that the entertainment industry has specifically asked for that component.

Before July 1, Louisiana offered a 25% incentive with a local spend of $300,000 plus 10% for local labor; the new law keeps that same ratio: 30% for production with 5% for local labor.

The production tax incentives were backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, who signed the bill July 9 along with several others intended to boost everything from the entertainment industry to sound recording to digital media to hybrid cars.

But it was not all smooth sailing, given that states have been pounded by the recession and are desperate to make budgets work. Haley said that Jindal’s team went over the program’s numbers and was convinced. Indeed, in 2008, the film biz was responsible for an estimated $230 million in direct economic impact on the New Orleans area. To date in 2009, New Orleans has seen more than $100 million in direct economic impact. “These numbers speak powerfully for themselves,” said Haley. “Our program works, it’s reliable … (and the) turnaround time is as soon as two to three months,” he said.

To attract more long-term investment, the new law also stabilizes the program by making the incentives permanent.

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22
Jul
09

Urban MediaMakers Newsletter

 
A consortium of independents pursuing their dreams courageously in animation, art, film, print, radio, television and video.
July 2009 Newsletter     8th Annual Signature Event – October 16-18, 2009 www.umff.com      Last month zoomed by, and here we are in the middle of July! I hope everyone is enjoying Summer ’09 and staying positive.    Thought for July: The Most High never plants a tree He’s not going to water.   In this Issue: I.    Free Indie Cinema Night – Monday, July 20, 2009 II.   Grant/Funding Opportunities for Filmmakers, Writers and Honor Students III.  Hosting Talent Wanted IV. Vote on the Best Logo Design – CMYK: America’s Next Top Graphic Designer V.  Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) Call For Entries – Films and Scripts     FREE Indie Cinema Night – Atlanta – Monday, July 20, 2009 The Urban Mediamakers Association has partnered with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Mechanicsville Brach for free, independent film screenings for adults. Indie Cinema Night showcases the best of the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) monthly. The screening series kicks off Monday, July 20, 2009, “Kujo, My Love” and “The Souls of Black Girls.” The library is located at 400 Formwalt Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information, call 404.460.2793. [read more]      Grants/Funding for Filmmakers, Writers and Honor StudentsEmerging and Established Filmmakers — $5,000-$50,000 Grants Available Cinereach has a large granting program for emerging and established filmmakers. There are two letter of inquiry deadlines annually for this program, June 1 and December 1. Grants range from $5,000-$50,000 for features and documentary films in all stages of production. [read moreLens On Talent: Johnson & Johnson presents a Filmmaker’s Challenge — Up to $100,000 One short film grand prize winner will receive up to $100,000 to produce a short film to premiere on BET. Deadline November 30, 2009. [read more]   Harvard University Middle Income Initiative – Low Income Honor Students CAN ATTEND COLLEGE FOR FREE Harvard University announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. No student loans! I didn’t believe this one at first, so I called Harvard to confirm it! It’s legit! [read more]     2009 Creative World Awards (CWA) International Screenwriting Competition – Deadline July 21st – Over $16,000 In Cash and Prizes Creative World Awards 2009 is an international screenwriting contest devoted to discovering and advancing the hottest new screenwriters in the industry. With direct access to top level producers and industry executives, this contest has become a very prominent source for promoting talented writers. Open to all writers 18 years or older whose total earnings from all film screenwriting may not exceed $30,000. See website’s Basic FAQ page for more information. Awards: 1 Grand Winner; 4 Category Winners – Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. [read more

  Hosting Talent Wanted for a Slate of Reality Shows *****VERY IMPORTANT**** Only submit if you have previous hosting experience AND you can provide a link to your work on a website OR you can provide a reel of your work. Also submit if you are a working professional in the field and believe you have the spark and personality for hosting a TV show. [read more]      Pick the Best Logo! Ten finalists have been chosen to compete during the new reality competition CMYK: America’s Next Top Graphic Designer. The series wants the public’s help in selecting the best logo from 50+ semi-finalists. Votes will be taken until July 31, 2009. Congratulations to the finalists: Raymond Adrian, Milagros Bellido, Parmilla Gnanasekaran, Richard Gnas, Joseph Herring, Derrick M. Kardos, Daniel McElhattan, III, Darren Newby, Philip Cardon Webb, and Chevonne Woodard.  [vote now]      Call for Entries: 8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – OPEN NOW With over $20,000 in prizes, UMFF is seeking independent films and scripts for competition — all genres — features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, web series, animation, etc. The 3-day festival takes place October 16-18, 2009 at the Marriott Hotel-Norcross, in metro-Atlanta, GA, and is presented by Comcast. Early submission deadline approach – July 20, 2009. Regular deadline August 21, 2009. Late deadline September 10, 2009. Download the submission form. For more information on the festival, visit www.umff.com.     Urban Mediamakers Association P.O. Box 922654 Norcross, Georgia 30010 www.urbanmediamakers.com www.umff.com 404.460.2793

21
Jul
09

Barbara Benvil will be back in Atlanta August 11 – 20th.

Barbara Benvil will be back in Atlanta August 11 – 20th.  She will book on a first call, email..basis and will call to chat before meeting in Atlanta to get all the specifics of each clients needs.   She said:  “I usually like to book at 9:30- 10 am for the first appointment, and then  2pm for the second.  We can make it work for your schedule as well…but like to give each client plenty of time without feeling rushed on your end or mine.  All the work is guarenteed!  email or call back with your needs and if I am in session I will call or email you back quickly there after”.
  
barbara benvil
 
(site is having some updating and I appologize if it sends you to half new half old sites)
20
Jul
09

From Mike Pniewski – What makes a great coach?

 Great coaches…

Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker, Author, Coach
www.acttowin.com
www.mikepniewski.com

  • …are interested in you. You’re not just a “means to an end” but a person they respect and appreciate.
  • …identify what you do right, not just what you do wrong, and provide ongoing feedback. (I define feedback as “information you can use to improve your performance.”)
  • …provide suggestions about how you can improve, do better and be better.
  • …encourage as well as instruct.
  • …show you how what you do helps or hurts your team.
  • …are honest even when it isn’t easy. You can count on them to “speak the truth in love.”

Great coaches are experts at understanding performance issues. They know there are basically five reasons why people don’t do what they are supposed to do:

  1. They don’t know what to do (communication)
  2. They don’t know how to do it (training)
  3. They don’t know why they should (motivation)
  4. They can’t do it (ability) and
  5. They won’t do it (insubordination).

Could you use a coach to help you with some of the issues listed here?

Here’s what Act to Win Coaching offers you – CLICK HERE.

Let me know how I can help.

All the best

Mike

19
Jul
09

Moore Casting in TN offers Young Performers Summer “Acting” Camp

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

DATES: 
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


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”.

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

Go to www.moorecasting.com to register.

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

18
Jul
09

Brad Wilson – July 25th & 26th – Charlotte, NC

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Brad Wilson Acting Presents

Actor and Director…Creating the Character

 
July 25th & 26th – Charlotte, NC 
Hilton Garden Inn  |  508 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd 

 

 

 

with Award Winning Film Director Ralph E. Portillo   
 
A RARE chance to work and study with a Hollywood Film Director!

 

Students will work with scripts from two of Mr. Portillo’s upcoming film projects
 
 “4am in Chinatown”  and  “Hide and Go Zeke”
 
and will be put on tape for consideration for roles in these films!

 

 

Ralph E. Portillo
Ralph Portillo 

 
Award Winning 

Director / Producer 

Ralph E. Portillo

Director Filmography 

 

2009
“BECOMING JESSE TATE”
Starring:  
Amanda Waters
Bailey Anne Borders

 
2007
CLOSURE: THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY”
Starring:  
The Crosswise Players
 
2007
“SET APART”
Starring:
Richard Roundtree
John Schneider
2003
“UNDERCOVER KIDS”
Starring:
London Smith
Austin Rogers
                                       
2003
“ONE OF THEM”
Starring:
Kelly Carmichael
Brian Sheridan
             
2002

“THE GHOST CLUB”
Starring:
Brittany Robertson
Lindley Meyer

2000

“BIG BROTHER TROUBLE”
Starring:
 Dick Van Patten
Mario Lopez

1999

“THE LAST GREAT RIDE”
Starring:
Ernest Borgnine
Eileen Brennan

1996

“FEVER LAKE”
Starring:
Corey Haim
Mario Lopez

1994
“LONG WAY BACK”
Starring:
Robert Forster
Joe Estevez 

_______________________

2006
“THE GRIFT”
Starring:
John Savage
Billy Burke

2004

“BELIEVERS AMONG US”
TV SERIES

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Ralph E. Portillo

 
 
READ MORE ABOUT RALPH IN HIS BIO AT:

 

 

 
Mr. Portillo is an award-winning director and producer with over 20 years of directing and production experience as well as President of Hemisphere Entertainment.

Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Jeremy London, Billy Burke, and Corey Haim are but a few of the many talented actors who have worked under Ralph’s direction.                 

 
His films have won awards at the New York Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, The Flagstaff International Film Festival, The Charleston International Film Festival, and The Foursite Film Festival. He has also been the recipient of the Cindy Award, Telly Awards, Aurora Award, Millenium Award, the Davey Awards and the Accolade Awards.
 
Ralph is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Two Sessions Available
Morning: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Afternoon: 2:30pm – 6:30pm 

Tuition – $150  |  class open to ages 12 and over
 

 

Actor and Director:

Creating the Character  

Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, John Savage, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Jeremy London and Billy Burke (of twilight) are just a few of the actors that have worked under Mr. Portillo’s direction.
 
Students will learn to work under the guidance of a director  to create a character. Scenes will be taped, discussed in class, then taped again. See what a difference working with a Film Director makes.  Utilize your talent and his experience to elevate the level of your on camera acting skills.
 

 

 LGR 

 LGR2
 
Ralph Portillo on the set of The Last Great Ride with Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan

 

Don’t Miss Out!

 

 
This is an extremely

 
Book your spot in this exciting new class now!
We will be working with scenes from Mr.Portillo’s upcoming films 4am in Chinatown and “Hide and go Zeke and students will be put on tape for consideration for roles in those films!

 

R ARE OPPORTUNITY  to work and study with an award winning Hollywood Film Director.

 

 

 

17
Jul
09

SketchTeens! Saturday Jul 18, 2009 8:00 PM Sunday Jul 19, 2009 5:00 PM

Where can you get a geek, a princess, a criminal, a basket case, and an athlete all together in one room? Your local high school? Guess again. It’s The SketchTeens “Sketchfast Club”! With all the teen drama you’re looking for and none of the wasted unused minutes. Come watch these 10 teens tackle driving, dating, and even vampires – all while demonstrating that there’s way more embarrassment to be had as a teen than just body changes and voice cracks. 8pm July 18 and 5pm July 19 ONLY. Directed by Sketchworks cast member Amber Chaney.   Starring an incredible cast of teens!   Sketchworks Producer & Actor Brian Bremer had this to say:   Hey gang,
I just got back from tech on the new and first ever SketchTeens program, “The Sketchfast Club”…that Amber has worked so hard to put together and Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow! What she has done with these teens, and the raw, amazing talent up there is Just Incredible!!
  If you hadn’t planned on it and are able, please make plans to support Amber and her show by seeing these amazing teens – you really won’t believe the calibre and what Amber has done with them – by seeing their show at either 8pm on Saturday at the theater, or 5pm on Sunday. You’ll be glad you did, and it will renew your faith in…uhm…children. Nevermind, just see this show. You will have a blast!
  Thanks guys, and hope you’ll all try to see these young-uns in action. Great job, Amber. I was really impressed!   And you will be too!  Come join us this weekend.  TICKETS ONLY $10 online at www.sketchworkscomedy.com or at the door.  Suitable for ages 13 and over.   Special Thanks To: Timothy Murray, Jen Kelley, Dave Berry, Brian Bremer, Karen Morgan, Dennis Coburn, Keel Heisler, Jeannie Harvard and all of the parents and family members who helped to pick up, drop off and run lines.  Thank You

17
Jul
09

WIFTA CALL FOR PSA VOLUNTEERS

We are excited to place a call to members of WIFTA who are interested in volunteering for this year’s PSA campaign.  We know that there are many members eager to participate and we can’t guarantee that there will be opportunities for everyone, but we encourage you to let us know your interest.  Please note that the director and production team will make their own decisions regarding crew and are not obligated to use only WIFTA members.Some positions that may need to be filled include:

Producer’s Assistant
Art Director
Line Producer
Production Coordinator
Assistant Director
Director of Photography
Assistant Camera
Gaffer/ Electricians
Key Grip/ Grips
Swing
Location Scout
Teleprompter
Sound Mixer
Makeup/Hair
Props/Scenic                                  
Wardrobe
Video Assist
Teleprompter
Script Supervisor              
Craft Service
Catering
Production Assistants
Editor
Animation/Graphic Design

If you have experience in any of the above categories, a special skill not listed above, or an interest in interning in one of the categories, we encourage you to email your letter of interest and resume to Shani Harris Peterson, Vice President of Professional Development, at vpprofdev@wifta.org.

Letters of interest will be accepted until noon on Friday, July 24, 2009.  Pre-production of the campaign will begin immediately, with the production taking place in early to mid-August.

Thanks so much for your support of this vital program! We look forward to working with you!

16
Jul
09

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.

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 t o improve to the point where y ou can secure an agent and work professionally, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!

This workshop will be conducted by Director Lance Dreesen (bio available at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004165/ and http://www.red5entertainment.com) 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)

16
Jul
09

Vampire Diaires CW Network TV series needs extras – details from Marty Cherrix below

If you know someone who’s interested…

I am looking for young men and women, age range 18-25, who would like to be considered as re-occurring featured extras.  Rate of pay:  $67 day/8 hr day; overtime after 8 hrs.

Also, I am looking for standins for the lead actors, as follows: (all have dark brown/black hair):
Rate of pay:  $67/8; overtime after 8 hrs.

Nina Dobrev (5.61/2);
Paul Wesley (5.11);
Ian Somerhalder (5’9)

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO/HEADSHOT IMMEDIATELY TO:   VAMPIREDIARIESCASTING@GMAIL.COM

Filming begins in the Atlanta area on July 21st!

Thank you,

Marty Cherrix / Extras Casting Director / Vampire Diaries

16
Jul
09

As the Hollywood machine abandons L.A., its supporting workers struggle

Small, blue-collar businesses that sustain California’s entertainment industry — prop houses, studio equipment shops — fight for business as film production migrates to incentive-rich states.

By Richard Verrier
July 12, 2009
In an industrial yard behind Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, dozens of orange forklifts and 135-foot-high booms stand idle, gleaming in the afternoon sunlight. As recently as two years ago, the yard was largely empty because the equipment was busy being used to hoist cameras, rig lights and build sets for “Iron Man,” “Get Smart,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and other movies shooting throughout Southern California.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve never seen such a sustained downtime,” said Lance Sorenson, president of 24/7 Studio Equipment, who recently had to lay off two of his drivers and has imposed three- and four-day workweeks for the rest of his 44 employees. 
Across town in Culver City, at the landmark studio where “Gone with the Wind,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” and “The Andy Griffith Show” were filmed, there’s a similar story. Now an independent production facility known as the Culver Studios, the soundstage complex just lost one of its largest tenants, the syndicated game show “Deal or No Deal.” That program will tape future episodes in Waterford, Conn., a suburban town known for its nuclear power plant, large state park and assortment of shops and family-owned restaurants. The chief draw: Connecticut’s 30% production-tax credit.
“It’s a huge blow to us,” said James Cella, president of the Culver Studios.
Others also have been hard hit by the outflow of production to other areas, known as runaway production.
At Modern Props, also in the Culver City area, nearly half the employees have been laid off, and those remaining are on 20- to 40-hour workweeks. John Zabrucky, the company’s founder, thought he’d gotten ahead by opening a satellite office in Vancouver, Canada. But now so many states are offering tax incentives to film and television producers that he can’t keep up.
Hundreds of small blue-collar businesses like these sustain Southern California’s entertainment industry. Many are struggling amid a sharp drop in local film and TV production triggered by the recession, a rise in runaway production, and the fallout from a writer’s strike and a yearlong contract dispute between studios and the Screen Actors Guild. According to the state Employment Development Department, jobs in movie and television production were down 13,800 in May compared with a year earlier.
On-location feature film production in the area has fallen to its lowest levels on record. Student films generated as much activity on the streets of Los Angeles in the first quarter of 2009, when only a few movies, including “Fame” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” were shot there. 
California’s share of U.S. feature film production dropped to 31% in 2008 from 66% in 2003, according to the California Film Commission. That largely reflects a falloff in the Los Angeles area, where feature filming activity in 2008 was nearly half what it was at its peak in 1996. 
Television production, which recently has been a more reliable source of jobs in the region, is also declining. A recent survey from FilmL.A. Inc. found that 44 of 103 TV pilots this year were shot in such disparate locations as Canada, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Louisiana and New Mexico.
More than 30 states have sought to outbid one another with tax credits and rebates aimed at luring productions away from California. Sacramento has responded with its first-ever film-tax credit program, but most analysts think the credits are too small and restrictive to have much effect.
“L.A. is at risk of losing a good part of one of its signature industries, just like it did with the aerospace industry in the early 1990s,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Few know that better than Cella, of Culver Studios. He previously ran Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was tapped to run Culver in 2006 after a group of investors including Lehman Bros. acquired the 14 soundstages from Sony Pictures Entertainment for $125 million.
But the studio’s business took a big hit recently when NBC Universal and Endemol USA opted to move “Deal or No Deal” to Connecticut. 
The show brought in more than $1 million in rental income to Culver Studios, Cella said, adding that there was little he could do to keep the producers from leaving.
“I could give them this space for free and it still wouldn’t compete with Connecticut,” he said.
The studio, which still hosts “The Bonnie Hunt Show” and others, has seen its occupancy rate slide to 46% from 85% in the last year.
Most of “Deal or No Deal’s” 250 crew members lost their jobs in the move.
“It’s a crying shame,” said Lindsay Hovel, an associate producer on the prime-time version of the game show hosted by comedian Howie Mandel. “There are so many talented people, and they’re just not able to work in the [entertainment] capital.”
The relocation was doubly bruising for Cella because it was announced just after California approved its film-tax credit program, which Cella lobbied heavily for and helped craft. The credits, however, don’t cover game shows.
Still, Cella predicts that the tax deal will attract some TV shows back to California.
“If we don’t do something now, there’s going to be nothing left,” he said.
Sorenson, of 24/7 Studio Equipment, also is pinning his hopes on the state tax credits to spur business. A major studio film can generate $75,000 in rental income for a company like Sorenson’s. But this year, 24/7 has worked mostly on a few low-budget films such as Screen Gems’ “The Roommate.” His company’s feature film business has plummeted 50% since 2007.
Sorenson made up for the shortfall by renting out equipment to TV shows, but even that is no longer a sure bet.
One of his customers, the HBO series “Hung,” filmed three months in L.A. and two months in Michigan, which offers a 42% tax credit. Another customer, the TNT series “Leverage,” has opted to film its second season in Portland, Ore., which offers a 20% cash rebate on qualified expenses. 
“It would be a lot different if we were smoking busy,” he said. “But . . . every rental right now is like a precious jewel.”
Local prop houses also are struggling from the downturn. Some have recently closed and others have cut their payrolls.
Modern Props laid off 17 workers last month. The company owns a 120,000-square-foot warehouse that contains 80,000 props.
“I was in shock,” said Luis Peniche, 21, a former sales assistant who lost his $25,000-a-year job after two years at Modern Props. “I really loved working there. It was like family.”
Unable to pay his rent, Peniche moved into his sister’s apartment in Van Nuys. He also stopped taking classes at Santa Monica College because he couldn’t afford the books and tuition. “I’d love to work in the entertainment industry, but it’s just so bad out there.”
Zabrucky launched the company 32 years ago, specializing in leasing furniture, lights and electric control panels to sci-fi TV shows such as “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” and eventually to some of the biggest movies in Hollywood, including “Die Hard,” “Ghostbusters” and “Men in Black.”
Modern Props became one of the largest prop houses in Hollywood, employing 50 people in its heyday in the late 1990s. But the business has eroded through much of the last decade, squeezed by the growing use of digital effects; the growth of reality television, which spends little on props; and especially the departure of shows to other locales.
“We know how to do what we do very well,” Zabrucky said, “but we can’t fight the fact that everything is just being sold right from underneath us.” 
Last summer, Modern Props lost one of its clients, the ABC series “Ugly Betty,” to New York. “Their set decorator was in every week placing orders. That’s $14,000 a month we lost,” lamented Ken Sharp, vice president of sales and operations for Modern Props.
To highlight the plight facing his business and others, Zabrucky recently designed skateboard decks that show a pictograph of the country, with California highlighted, and distributed them to hundreds of Hollywood executives as well as city and state politicians. The deck shows arrows pointing away from the state and the words “don’t run away.”
15
Jul
09

Twins Needed

URGENT:
We are looking for twin girls ages 8-10 for a commercial.  They should be Caucasian and/or Hispanic with dark hair and dark eyes.  Acting experience is preferred, but not necessary.  Please send 1 photo, names, date of birth, and contact info to kids@houghtontalent.com.  No phone inquiries, please.  Thanks!

Deborah F. Owensby – Agent
Houghton Talent, Inc..the link between creative people

15
Jul
09

“Talent On Target” seminar LIVE on the Web!

Attention Performers!
 
Many of you have requested us to travel to a location near you to do our powerful and career-shifting seminars…well, wait no more!
New and just for you! Starting on Wednesday, July 15th we are now offering a mini-version of our highly-informative “Talent On Target” seminar LIVE on the Web!  Available to you, anywhere in the world!
 
Be prepared to take your career in a direction that is based on RESULTS and measured in REAL GAINS. No more spinning your wheels! No more wasting time! Simply put, no more non-sense!
 
We hope you take 73 minutes to watch & listen… and then take your career to new heights with efficiency and swiftness!
 
Be BOLD,
 
 
Trish Powell, Operations Manager
Holdon Log – “The Standard in Performer Organizational Tools”    
www.HoldonLog.com
www.PerformerTrack.com

15
Jul
09

Article forwarded via GPP – Two more TV shows to be shot in Atlanta

 
CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and Fox’s “Past Life”
Atlanta Journal Constitution
1:15 pm July 8, 2009, by Rodney Ho
 
Two upcoming TV shows are going to be shot in the metro Atlanta area: the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and Fox’s “Past Life.”
 
Thank last year’s tax incentives boosts for these two shows being here, along with Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”
 
Neither show has any major stars. “Vampire Diaries” clearly is playing off the popularity of the “Twilight” film and book series and the momentum of HBO’s “True Blood.” Vampires are hot! And since this is the CW, this will be a teen-oriented vampire show to boot. “Vampire Diaries” is based on a series of books by L.J. Smith.
 
The show is set to air after “Supernatural” on Thursdays at 9 p.m. this fall.
 
 
14
Jul
09

2009 Power Plays Festival Cast & Crew July 5- August 2, 2009 at Actors Express

Essential “Food for Fish” opens      audience comments   Playwright Steve Yockey “…strongly suggest that folks in Atlanta check out the whimsically dark, touching and intoxicatingly performed production of Adam Szymkowicz’s “Food for Fish” at Essential Theatre.”    Bobbie is a lonely young man living in New York, trying to write about three sisters who long to escape the city and return to their childhood home of New Jersey or is he really just an imaginary character in the mind of Sylvia, the youngest sister? Middle sister Alice is hopelessly in love with the husband of her older sister, and so she goes out on dates with a different man every night, working in her lab by day to isolate the human gene that makes us fall in love so she can control it! Oldest sister Barbara (played by a man) and her husband (played by a woman) cant figure out how men and women are supposed to relate to each other. This is the kind of play we love to do at the Essential funny and beautiful and just about impossible to describe. The New York Times did it best, calling it Fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous.    “Ice Glen” opens next with poetry, drama and romance      ICE GLEN by Joan Ackermann. Regional Premiere.
Directed by Ellen McQueen
Featuring: Jo Howarth, Dina Shadwell, Jayson Smith, Spencer G. Stephens, Jim Starbh and Ann Wilson.
Sarah Harding lives in an isolated country cottage, surrounded by a warm circle of quietly eccentric friends. She may be Americas greatest poet, but no ones ever seen her work which is just the way she wants it. But now an editor has arrived from Boston, wanting to publish her poems and bring her the fame and fortune she has never sought. With unforgettable characters, this wonderfully funny romantic drama — about the frozen places in our hearts coming back to life again — is like the best Emma Thompson movie you never saw. Beautifully written. Talkin Broadway. A lovely play. CurtainUp   Come support our guest poetry readers as they share a brief selection before selected performances.

  • Flora Maria Garcia, Executive Director MACC July 10 8pm
  • Jeff Watkins, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Tavern, July 12 7pm
  • Bob Farley, Artistic Director, Georgia Ensemble July 20th 8pm
  • Georgia Poetry Society July 25th begins at 7pm
  • Charles Green, Fulton County Arts Council/Sunrise Bank. July 26th 7pm
  • Phillip Depoy, Clayton State, Drama Dept. Chair, July 31 8pm.

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Two tickets Actor’s Express Atlanta Premiere of Grey Gardens, the hit Broadway musical based on the acclaimed film that documents the lives of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ flamboyantly eccentric aunt Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little Edie.” Mother and daughter cling to each other through hysteria, happiness and heartbreak as the beautiful home around them falls into ruin. Indulge in the lush music, mysterious glamour and “The Revolutionary Costume for Today” inside the dilapidated, 28-room mansion called Grey Gardens.

 

Second Place: Two Festival Passes for 2010 Essential Theatre Festival 

 

 

Essential Festival Coming Attractions

Opening July 15 will be JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS by Vynnie Meli. World Premiere.
Directed by Betty Hart
Featuring: Rachel Bodenstein, Enisha Brewster, Daniel Burnley, DeAndrea Crawford, Nadir Mateen, Delesa Sims
Its World War Two, and with so many men going off to serve, the previously all-male world of jazz is opening up to women for the first time. The International Rhythm Darlings are an all-female African-American band touring the Deep South, which would be a tough situation in the best of times but now theyve got a last-minute replacement in the group, a white Jewish woman, and integrated bands arent allowed to play together on stage. Not in the South, not anywhere.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of musicians from that era, Vynnie Melis play takes a fascinating look at some extraordinary women who make their way past fear and hatred to find the common threads that bind them together. Winner of the 2009 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award competition, the only prize exclusively dedicated to the work of Georgia playwrights. The Essential Theatre is proud to have developed this play (along with Working Title Playwrights and Jewish Theatre of the South) and to be bringing it to the stage for the first time.

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Jul
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The Atlanta Film Festival and the Georgia Production Partnership Program This Wednesday!

The Atlanta Film Festival and the Georgia Production Partnership present
 Working in Georgia’s Film Industry
and
End to End RED Camera Workflow Demonstration
with the Quantel Pablo 4K color correction system
Wednesday, July 15, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
FREE!
Atlanta Film Festival 365
535 Means St, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5:00 – 7:00 PM Quantel is Seeing RED ™ Clearly
This demonstration, presented in conjunction with PC&E, will take you right through from shooting on RED 4K to dailies, editing, grading and deliverables production on the Quantel Pablo 4K color correction system. 

RSVP for Red Camera demonstration to:  david.black@quantel.com – include your name, company, email 

7:00-7:30 PM Break/Reception with Cash Bar 

7:30-9:00 PM Working in Georgia’s Film Industry 
Georgia Film Industry Professionals from a cross-section of positions will give insights on what working in the industry is like, what the Georgia Film Industry currrently needs, and offer advice on what skills are transferable to the industry.

Panelists Sara Ray (Craft Services), Keith Collis (Transportation), Linda Burns (Line Producer), Shay Latte (Executive Assistant/Location Scouting), Helen Urriola (Line Producer), Holly Hadesty (Wardrobe Stylist), Angela Barnes Gomes (Assistant Director), Timothy Willis (Assistant Director)

For more info, please contact:
Charles Judson

charles@atlantafilmfestival.com
Atlanta Film Festival 365
Communications Director
404.352.4225 Ext. 301

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13
Jul
09

Interview with Paula Abdul on the set of “Drop Dead Diva”

 
6:20 pm July 6, 2009, by Rodney Ho
CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
On Monday, I was able to grab a few minutes with Paula Abdul on the set of “Drop Dead Diva,” a new Lifetime show set to debut July 12.
I didn’t glean any definitive news about her status with “Idol.” But she sounded optimistic. “I will probably be back,” she told me. “What would Simon do without me?” She used stronger language with an AP reporter soon after, saying she was “confident” she’d be back next season. I’d say she is playing a bit coy simply to milk things while negotiations are ongoing. But I’d say it’s almost a done deal she’ll be back with a nice raise.
“I’m very proud of what I brought to the show from day one and helped build the empire,” she added.
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Jul
09

from the amazing george watkins about the class he’s doing w/ mike pniewski

Mike and I are “team teaching” a master acting class next month.www.masterclassworkshop.com

We’ve found that this “combo-instruction” concept is particularly energizing for both of us; thereby, setting the stage for an exciting – “high energy”

weekend.

If you feel a need for a “tune up”…this summer…please join us. Here’s the site with all the details. Please pass along to friends that might be interested. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks…

Geo.