Archive for August, 2009

31
Aug
09

New Standup Comedy Workshops at YourAct (www.youract.tv)

Adult Workshop   Taught by professional comedian Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com) Learn the process of creating, writing and performing standup comedy. This 5-week workshop culminates with a showcase performance at The Punchline (www.punchline.com) . Adult Class: Mondays 7-10 PM   Sep 14, 21, 28 Oct 12, 19   Showcase: Oct 26 @ 8pm (Punchline)   Youth Workshop (Grades 9 – 12)   You got a funny kid? Is he or she constantly making everyone laugh? Taught by professional comedian Manny Oliveira (www.mannyoliveira.com) This is the perfect workshop! It teaches young people how to harness those funny moments into a perfect routine in a fun-filled environment. This 5 week workshop teaches the process of creating, writing and performing standup comedy. It culminates with a showcase performance at the Sketchworks Theatre (www.sketchworkscomedy.com).
      Teen Class (Grades 9 – 12) Saturdays 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM   Sep 12, 19, 26Oct 10, 24   Showcase: Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM (Sketchworks Theater)   For Information & Registration Call YourAct at (404) 499-9996

28
Aug
09

WIFTA WORKSHOP TOMORROW – REGISTER TODAY!!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 
10:00-2:00pm

“The Business of TV Writing”

 REGISTER TODAY – SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!

Have you written a spec script for your favorite television show, but have no idea how to sell it?  Do you have a great idea for an original TV series but don’t know how to pitch to studios, agents, or producers?

This intensive workshop will bring you face to face with seasoned television professionals as they share stories from their experiences as staff writers on network TV shows and offer tips for writers aspiring to break into the industry.  Learn how to determine if your ideas are right for television, when and how to get an agent, and what to expect when you land your coveted job as a series staff-writer.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

JEFF STEPAKOFF:
Jeff has been writing professionally in Hollywood since 1988. He has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes, has written for fourteen different series and has worked on seven primetime staffs.

Writing Credits include: The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Simon & Simon and Dawson’s Creek.  He has also developed and wrote major motion pictures, including Disney’s Tarzan and Brother Bear. Jeff has recently published his first book the Billion-Dollar Kiss.

SARA FINNEY-JOHNSON:
Sara is one of the most sought-after Showrunners in the television industry.  She’s a seasoned television writer and executive producer with over 25 years of experience in television.  Over the span of her career she’s written for numerous classic television shows.

Writing Credits include: Family Matters, The Parent ‘Hood, Moesha, and most recently The Game, the CW Network’s spin-off of the hit series, Girlfriends. Also the Co-Creator for the The Parkers.

  • Qualify for a chance to pitch your original show concept to our guest speakers

  • Qualify for a chance to win a private script development session with Jeff Stepakoff

  • Pick-up a copy of the highly acclaimed book “Billion-Dollar Kiss” available for purchase following the workshop.

    WIFTA Members: $50, Non-Members: $65

    (cash, check or credit card payments accepted)

27
Aug
09

Children’s Film Acting Program, Ages 6-13 with Renée Ford Clark

 For more information call Creative Studios of Atlanta at 404-355-4588.

Creative Studios of Atlanta Film Academy Presents:

“The Paint
 
 Shop”

A Children’s Film Acting Program for ages 6 – 13 with Renée Ford Clark.

Renée Ford Clark joins the CSA Film Academy as an acting coach.  Formerly a successful teacher of children with the Academy of Cinema and Television,  Renee will  teach commercial and film acting techniques to kids and tweens after school.

The Paint Shop program will run from September 7 to December 15. The program will  bring out your child’s special gifts for acting and prepare them for the business, all in a fun and nurturing environment. The program includes: – Commercial Acting, Audition techniques, Improvisation for Camera and Film.

Students will learn the basics of perfecting specific characters for commercials while establishing the foundation to build solid acting skills for film.  They will learn how to slate, memorize quickly, master the cold read and get to the “next level” of commercial auditioning.  

During The Paint Shop’s Improv segment,  students work on their listening and quick decision making skills and focus  on being spontaneous, while “agreeing and proceeding” with others to make a scene work. The exercises presented help actors get to the truth of  relationships in and easy and fun way whether working alone, with a partner or in a group.

The film segment trains young actors about the elements of  filmmaking as well as how actors fit in the the filmmaking process. Actor’s perform for the camera (which varies from stage performance), and students gain an understanding of how a film set operates.  

The Schedule:    
14 CLASSES FROM Sept. 7 – December 15, 2009

Mondays: 6-8 year olds BEGINNERS 4:00-5:30pm
Tuesdays: 6-8 year olds INTERMEDIATES 4:00- 5:30pm
Wednesdays: 9-13 year olds BEGINNERS 4:00-6:00pm
Thursdays: 9-13 year olds INTERMEDIATES 4:00-6:00pm

SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 12 STUDENTS TO REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS!

ABOUT RENESS FORD CLARK:
Renée Ford Clark is an actor, model and acting instructor. Originally from New York City Renee has appeared in many feature films including Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, ATL, The Gospel as well as the blockbuster hit, The Secret Life of Bees.  Prior to moving to Atlanta, Renée trained and acted on the stage in New York. Her acting training in Atlanta includes The Alliance Theater and The Chez Group. Renée has been teaching acting to children for over five years. She has a child’s heart and infinite patience and understands the special sensitivities of working with children. She has a particular skill in drawing out each child’s unique gift and instilling confidence and a “can-do” attitude.

Here’s what parents have to say about “Miss Renee”:

“I appreciate your support and encouragement for my son, Mark.  It is wonderful to have positive people in your children’s lives that they admire and will actually listen to.  I can tell you are passionate about what you do.”                       Georgia Nations

“The help you gave Danielle was what she needed to fine-tune her monologue. And the comments she received from the agents reinforces that belief. Thanks for your help.”                                                            Julie Van Buren

“Grace said she had a ‘Grrrreat time” with you. You were very productive with her and I really appreciate that. You have a great way with kids. I admire that.”                                            Cindy Patrick

21
Aug
09

Housewives Mopping Up

Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” TV series broke network records with last Thursday’s episode, drawing 2.3 million adults, age 18 – 49, and attracted 3.3 million total viewers to make it the highest-rated episode in Thursday primetime in the history of the Bravo network. The series is now in Season Two and is the highest rated “Housewives” franchise in the country.  “Real Housewives” is shot entirely in the metro Atlanta area.
 
21
Aug
09

Young Actors Workshop with L Warren Young and Ric Reitz

 Chez Group is excited to announce our August workshop for children and teens.   The date of the teen workshop (ages 13-18) is Saturday August 29th.Time is 10 AM – 4:00 PM.
 Date of kids workshop (ages 7 to 12) is Sunday August 30th. Time 10 AM – 4:00 PM    Our instructors will be L. Warren Young and Ric Reitz.   L. Warren Young is a veteran actor with thirty-eight years of experience. His work has encompassed both film and theatre. He has developed a program for Chez Studio entitled “Drama for Young Actors through Education.” Drama is the mirror of reality, etc. Mr Young’s credits as a professional actor in film include “We are Marshall”, “Army Wives”,”The Way Home and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, just to name a few. You can visit his IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0949794/ for more information.   Ric Reitz has the ability to help young actors understand film techniques and personal set etiquette. He teaches that in addition to being talented, young actors need the skills that create a professional on the set; a theme that will be elaborated during this part of the workshop. Mr Reitz’s credits as an actor include “Five Killers”, “The Joneses”, “The People v. Leo Frank” and “Front of the Class”. You can visit his IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0718680/ for more information.

We hope that you can join us for this fun-filled and informative workshop. So many of our students are working actors. We congratulate their success!

20
Aug
09

ATLANTA GIRL FINALE FASHION SHOW

You are cordially invited

to attend the highly anticipated ATLANTA GIRL FINALE FASHION SHOW for our 7-13 year old girls. 

These girls have worked so hard for the last 3 months and are ready to show you all they’ve learn.  This is also an exciting day, because we will announce your new Miss Atlanta Girl Winner and Young Atlanta Girl Winner, Saturday, August 22 at 3pm.

Each ticket is only $10 and may be purchased at the door.

Event takes place This Saturday, August 22 from 3-6pm.

There will be a special singing performance by M3 a group of 2 brothers Prince George and Eli and 1 sister Ja’Dore who happens to be our first season Young Atlanta Girl Model and Actress Competition winner.  She is also pictured in the photo above.

Please RSVP for this exclusive event that will be held at the beautiful SC 1775 event space.  You may view the venue online at http://www.sc1775.com.
Location: 1775 S. Columbia Pl.
               Decatur, GA 30032

We are now looking for the first Miss Teen Atlanta Girl ages 13-17! Stay Tuned for their Finale Fashion Show in a few months.
Visit http://www.beyondworldwide.net for more information.

Atlanta Girl Competitions are brought to you by Atlanta Girl Magazine!

Please email atlantagirlmt@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Thank You for supporting the Atlanta Girl Competitions – A Safe Haven for young girls in Atlanta interested in acting and modeling!

20
Aug
09

Dramedy gets renewed for second season

Lifetime orders more ‘Diva’

“Drop Dead Diva” has legs at Lifetime. The cable channel  has renewed the Sony Pictures TV dramatic comedy  for a second season. Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes to air next year. “Diva” stars Brooke Elliott as a once-shallow aspiring model who is reborn after a car accident as brilliant, plus-size attorney Jane Bingum. The series performed strong out of the gate for the cable channel in its debut in July. “Diva” has averaged 2.6 million viewers in its Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot, and in its most recent airing Sunday, it hit a best-yet audience of more than 3 million viewers. “Diva’s” ascent has helped boost the audience  for its 10 p.m. companion drama “Army Wives,” making both shows more valuable to Lifetime. ” ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is one of those rare gems that has charmed both viewers and critics,” said Lifetime entertainment executive vice president  JoAnn Alfano. “Brooke is a unique talent who has a wonderful career ahead of her.” The series was created by drama veteran  Josh Berman, who executive  produces with Craig ZadanNeil MeronAlex Taub and David Petrarca.  Margaret Cho co-stars as Bingum’s loyal assistant. “Diva” has drawn a long list of guest stars in its freshman  season, including Paula Abdul, Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Liza MinnelliDelta Burke and Nia Vardalos. ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is produced in Peachtree City, Georgia.

20
Aug
09

Diva Second Season!

Lifetime to ‘Diva’: We Want More!

August 19, 2009, 6:54PM CDT

Lifetime to ‘Diva’: We Want More!

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Lifetime has given a early second season pickup to “Drop Dead Diva,” the hit new drama from creator Josh Berman and exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

According to industry insiders, the network has ordered 13 additional episodes of the Sony Pictures Television-produced hour, which stars Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho. “Diva” has averaged 2.6 million viewers since premiering July 12 in the tough 9 p.m. Sunday slot, and this past weekend scored its best-yet numbers in key female demos.

Lifetime is expected to make the renewal official later today or tomorrow. The new episodes will air in 2010.

Berman (via Osprey Prods), along with Zadan and Meron (via Storyline) are executive producers of “Diva.” Alex Taub is also an exec producer.

Among the guest stars on the first season of “Diva”: Paula Abdul, Liza Minnelli, Delta Burke and Rosie O’Donnell.

19
Aug
09

Women in Film and Television Atlanta “One Person At A Time”

 Women in Film and Television Atlanta

2009 Public Service Announcement “One Person At A Time” Benefiting

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness

 

August 18, 2009- (Atlanta, Ga.)- Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) has joined forces with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness and public relation firm Edleman to produce a public service announcement designed to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in Atlanta and to help make a difference in ending the problem “One Person at a Time”.

 

“This year’s WIFTA PSA will spotlight the issue of chronic homelessness by showing that homelessness can affect anyone – and that anyone can help”, said WIFTA’s VP of Professional Development and PSA Producer, Shani Harris Peterson. The PSA reaffirms that it doesn’t matter what race you are or if you are an elderly man, woman, teen, child or family, homelessness affects thousands of people everyday. The question is, “Can we end this?” and the answer is….Yes, we are ending this – one person at a time.

 

WIFTA is proud to announce that this year’s “One Person At A Time” PSA director will be Angela Barnes Gomes, an accomplished director known most recently as the creator and Executive Producer of the hit TBS micro-series “My Manny.” Angela currently has a development deal with TBS for two additional series. (More information listed below)

 

Other contributors associated with the 2009 WIFTA PSA include: director of photography, Alfeo Dixon; sound recordist, Aron Siegel, camera and lighting equipment by PC&E Atlanta; casting by Alpha Tyler; catering by Allied Vision, Inc., Subway, and Taco Mac; craft Service by Publix; post production by Billingsley Post and Graphics/ Breen Smith Advertising; music by Tre’ Peterson/Yellow Room Studios; and make-up by ‘Help Me Rhonda”.

 

About the WIFTA PSA Program:

Each year WIFTA partners with a local non-profit to produce a PSA to help raise the public profile of their organization and charitable cause and provides production and distribution services pro-bono to the community on their behalf. All this is accomplished by utilizing the talents and skills of current WIFTA members and volunteers.

 

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Through the annual PSA Program WIFTA seeks to:

– Provide needy and under-funded non-profit organizations with a successful way to publicize their services to the community.

– Nurture & promote the advancement of women directors by affording one or more talented female members the opportunity to serve as the Director of that year’s PSA/Campaign.

– Encourage members and the local community to contribute their time and resources to perform community service vital to the well being of our society.

 

Past Recipients

2008 | Girls Inc. of Atlanta

2007 | Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA)

2006 | Juvenile Justice Fund/ CEASE/ Mayor’s Task Force Against Child Prostitution

2005 | Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)

 

For more information about WIFTA and the PSA Program go to http://www.wifta.org .

 

About Angela Gomes – WIFTA PSA Director:

Angela Gomes started her film career as an Assistant Director trainee, graduating from the Director’s Guild of America’s Assistant Director Training Program in 1996. After years of working as an AD on projects like “Eve”, “Crossing Jordan”, “The Shield” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, she decided to transition from assistant director to writer and director. A member of the DGA since 2005 when she directed an episode of the UPN comedy “Eve”, she has directed several music videos, a concert video for “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang”, two “webisodes” for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” and the short film “Happy Hour,” which was shown as part of the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival. Gomes is also the creator and executive producer of the hit TBS micro-series “My Manny,” which will begin a second season this July. She wrote the majority of the episodes and directed half. Angela currently has a development deal with TBS for two additional series.

 

About Women in Film and Television Atlanta:

(WIFTA) is a Georgia-based non-profit organization affiliated with other national and international Women in Film and Television chapters and dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-based media. With an emphasis on education and training, we serve our members and the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting our members’ work, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts, and encouraging high standards of professionalism.

 

About United Way:

To find or give help, call United Way 2-1-1

www.unitedwayatlanta.org/homelessness.

 

 

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18
Aug
09

Rose of Athens Theatre invites you to audition for its 2009/2010 season!

AUDITIONS….
Here are the specifics:

          WHO:        YOU!
          WHAT:       Rose of Athens Theatre  
                            2009/2010 SEASON AUDITIONS                  
          WHEN:      Monday, August 31st 6-8pm. Make an
                            appointment!
          WHERE:    UGA Drama Building, Rm 201. Park on surface 
                           lots across the street.
          HOW:        Call 706-340-9181 for an audition appointment.
                            Or email Lisa@roseofathens.org

DETAILS: Prepare two minutes worth of material, 1 or 2 monologues.  Feel free to include music, but you must provide your own accompaniment.
We may be casting some youth this season – ages 13 and older are welcome to audition.
These productions do include school performances during school hours.  Visit the website – http://www.roseofathens.org –  for details about the season.
  

Join the creative team of Rose of Athens Theatre!  And view some images of last year’s wonderful season, below…

ROSE OF ATHENS THEATRE
“Professional Theater, Community Spirit”
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(Christmas Spirits 2008 – produced in association with the CVB and the AHHMA)
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(Macbeth 2009)
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(Winnie the Pooh 2009)

“Thanks so much for inviting us to your performance!  We loved it!  We would love to come back next year, so keep us on the mailing list!  Thanks again for a great show! Please tell the cast and crew that it was WONDERFUL!”
Colbert Elementary Kindergartners (Pooh audience members)
17
Aug
09

Brad Wilson Acting Presents Actor and Director…Creating the Character

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with Award Winning Film Director Ralph E. Portillo  

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

 

September 12th – Miami Beach, FL  
Limited Seating – Spots will Sell Quickly

 

 

Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront  |  3925 Collins Ave  |  Miami Beach, FL 33140

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

 
 “4 am 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

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:

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

CLASS TIMES: 9:00am – 6:00pm
LUNCH BREAK: 12:30pm – 2:00pm 
 
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!

 

 
 
14
Aug
09

Two Classes from The Chez Group

Young Actors Workshop with L Warren Young and Ric Reitz   Chez Group is excited to announce our August workshop for children and teens. The date of the teen workshop (ages 13-18) is Saturday August 29th.Time is 10 AM – 4:00 PM.
 Date of kids workshop (ages 7 to 12) is Sunday August 30th. Time 10 AM – 4:00 PM Our instructors will be L. Warren Young and Ric Reitz.   L. Warren Young is a veteran actor with thirty-eight years of experience. His work has encompassed both film and theatre. He has developed a program for Chez Studio entitled “Drama for Young Actors through Education.” Drama is the mirror of reality, etc. Mr Young’s credits as a professional actor in film include “We are Marshall”, “Army Wives”,”The Way Home and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, just to name a few. You can visit his IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0949794/ for more information.   Ric Reitz has the ability to help young actors understand film techniques and personal set etiquette. He teaches that in addition to being talented, young actors need the skills that create a professional on the set; a theme that will be elaborated during this part of the workshop. Mr Reitz’s credits as an actor include “Five Killers”, “The Joneses”, “The People v. Leo Frank” and “Front of the Class”. You can visit his IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0718680/ for more information.

We hope that you can join us for this fun-filled and informative workshop. So many of our students are working actors. We congratulate their success!  Please have your talent call/email us if they are interested in this class. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————-   On Camera Cedartown Workshop   In addition to our fantastic workshop with Ric and L Warren, we are holding another workshop in West Georgia that same weekend! This class will be taught by casting director, producer and founder of the Chez Studio Shay Bentley-Griffin. The class will be held on Saturday, August 22 in Cedartown, GA. Ms. Bentley-Griffin will hold an On Camera class where the students will be able to watch their performances and receive critique from industry professionals! Two classes will be held, one for preteens (6-12) and one for teens (13-17). If your child is just getting started or you are in the West Georgia / Alabama region then this will be a great workshop for you!   Please have your talent call/email us if they are interested in this class.   Thank you,   Patrice & Sean   The Chez Group
2221 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite D, Box 335
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-603-8755 (O)
404-352-9328 (F)

13
Aug
09

Georgia Ensemble offers class schedule

Saturday Workshop Series:
COMEDY!
Movement, Vocal Technique, Acting

Learn what it takes to be a skilled actor, while focusing on the art of comedy.

Sept. 12-Oct. 24
Elementary:  10am-12:30pm ($225)
Upper:         10:45am-1:45pm ($295)

Teen Master Class: Musical Theatre
Stretch your singing and dancing muscles on a fantastic trip through the world of musical theatre. Class ends with a cabaret-style performance for family and friends! (Approval by Education Director Required.)
Sept. 14-Nov 2    Mondays 7pm-9pm ($285)

Structured Nonsense: Improv for Middle Schoolers
For the price of a movie, come hang out with your friends, eat some snacks and do some improv.
Second Saturdays Starting Sept. 12 
7:30pm-9:30pm
($10 payable at door).

High School Improv Troupe
Work with experienced GET faculty on the 2nd Saturday of each month and perform periodically throughout the year. The week before a show may include additional rehearsals.
Second Saturdays Starting Sept. 12  2:30pm-4:30pm

Audition Required ($40/month)

To schedule an audition call, 770-641-1260 ext. 232.

Not just for kids!
 

Adult Actiadultng Class:
Beginning Scene Study

A beginning level acting class for those who want to explore the art of acting OR for those wanting to “get back into it”. Learn the basic tools of acting in a supportive environment.
Sept. 14-Oct. 19
Mondays 7pm-9pm
($215)

12
Aug
09

A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM TV AND FEATURE WRITERS

Starting its sixteen year, THE GUY HANKS & MARVIN MILLER SCREENWRITING PROGRAM, aka The Cosby Program, will be accepting applications from July 15 to September 15, 2009. This program was established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Unaffiliated with USC, the goal of the Hanks-Miller Program is to develop the pool of qualified African-American writers in the entertainment industry.

For more information or to obtain an application visit http://www.CosbyProgram.com.

11
Aug
09

“The Business of Television Writing”

Women in Film and Television Atlanta

Presents their 2009 Workshop

“The Business of Television Writing”

 

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318 

 

Registration:  $50 WIFTA Members; $65 Non-members

Reserve your space today! To register visit: www.WIFTA.org

 

Have you written a spec script for your favorite television show, but have no idea how to sell it?  Do you have a great idea for an original TV series but don’t know how to pitch to studios, agents, or producers?

 

This intensive workshop will bring you face to face with seasoned television professionals as they share stories from their experiences as staff writers on network television shows and offer tips for writers aspiring to break into the industry. 

 

Learn how to determine if your ideas are right for television, when and how to get an agent, and what to expect when you land your coveted job as a series staff-writer. Also, get a sneak peak at the daily duties of a Showrunner, the writer/producer that’s essential to every network show.

  Guest Speakers:

Jeffrey Stepakoff

Jeff Stepakoff has been writing professionally in Hollywood since 1988. He has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes. He has written for fourteen different series and worked on seven primetime staffs. Stepakoff’s credits include the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Simon & Simon, and Dawson’s Creek, where he was a co-executive producer. He has also developed and written major motion pictures, including Disney’s Tarzan and Brother Bear and is author of his first book Billion-Dollar Kiss.

 

Sara Finney-Johnson

Sara Finney-Johnson is one of the most sought-after Showrunners in the television industry.  She’s a seasoned television writer and executive producer with over 25 years of experience in television.  Over the span of her career Finney-Johnson’s written for classic television shows such as Family Matters, The Parent ‘Hood, and Moesha and served as the Co-Creator for the sitcom The Parkers.  Most recently, she wrote for The Game, the CW Network’s spin-off of the hit series, Girlfriends.  

 

 


**Bonus Details**

● Qualify for a chance to pitch your original show concept to our guest speakers

● Qualify for a chance to win a private script development session with Jeff Stepakoff

● Pick-up a copy of the highly acclaimed book “Billion-Dollar Kiss”
   – available for purchase following the workshop

10
Aug
09

From Urban Media Makers

Industry News 
 
The independent film “Preacher’s Kid” starring LeToya Lukett, Kiki Sheard, Durrell Babbs, Clifton Powell, Gregalan Williams and Sharif Atkins will get a theatrical release in October 2009. … Screen Daily reports that Alcon Entertainment, based at Warner Brothers, has acquired Abdul Williams’ script “Lottery Ticket,” in turnaround from Rogue Pictures. Alcon will finance and produce the urban comedy as a starring vehicle for Bow Wow (Shad Moss) and Ice Cube. Music video veteran Erk White, who has worked with Chris Brown, OutKast and P. Diddy, will make his feature directorial debut with the project, set to shoot starting in October in Atlanta. … BV Newswire is reporting that filmmaker Will Packer (Stomp The Yard, Obsessed) wants to adapt Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” for the big screen. An official announcement hasn’t been made yet, however, BV says that Packer and Screen Gems have already acquired the film rights to the book, which has been atop the New York Times Best Sellers List for the past six months. … Bootleg DVDs … Now picture this. I went to a supposedly “nice” art gallery last week in Atlanta, and it blew me away that there was a vendor there selling bootleg movies with a photo album used as the catalog of select films for purchase. A known Atlanta actor was looking through the make-shift catalog. Go figure!
  

Casting Calls, Events,  Grants, Jobs, Submissions
 
Cast and Crew Call
Cast and crew needed for Outbound, the upcoming independent feature film. This is a low budget film. Production begins late October 2009 in Norcross, Georgia. Actors of all nationalities needed (English and Spanish speaking; union and non-union). Most roles have dialogue. Previous telephone, telemarketing, and/or call center experience is going to give you an edge. Low/no pay. If you are interested in being an actor or part of the production crew/staff, please forward your headshot and/or resume or call Cheryle at 404.460.2793.   
 

Events 
Our friend Stephaun Pender is performing in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon play directed by John Sennett Lee, August 7-9, 2009 at The Academy Theatre at 119 Center Street, Avondale Estates, Georgia. [more]
 
Maurice Sims is inviting you out to The Art of Stand Up Comedy at Taboo 2 on Thursdays in Atlanta. Come out and laugh the night away. [more]
 
Grants/Scholarships/Opportunities
Back Your Block Grant Program. Nike is investing up to $650,000 in community grants. Nominate, apply, and vote today for organizations using sports to change your community for a shot at winning. The Moulding Curve for Boys and Girls, Inc. is a friend of the Urban Mediamakers and needs your vote. This grant program is open to 501c3 organizations. Team up with Nike to improve your community.
 
Syracuse University has 10 full scholarships for African American men and women interested in studying architecture. This is a five-year professional degree. Contact Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Archiecture at 315.443.2256.
 
Intermediate and Advanced Level Writers Wanted for the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program. Established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby in 1993 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing Program is a 15-week intensive workshop designed: (1) to assist writers in the completion of a film or television script; and (2) to deepen the participants’ appreciation for and comprehension of African American history and culture. Application accepted from July 15 to September 15, 2009. [more] 
 

Jobs
Assistant Editor needed for Zuffa, LLC in Las Vegas. Knowledge of AVID and Final Cut. Fully paid position. Starts immediately. [more]
 
Cinematography Instructor wanted for Los Angeles-based film school. Fully paid. Apply to Kristen Abitabile, 100 Universal City Plaza Drive, Building 9128, Universal City, CA 91608. [more]
 
After Effects Artist wanted at Digital Juice, Inc. in Lake Mary, Florida. Fully Paid. Send resume and demo reel to Digital Juice, Inc., Attn: Creative US, 600 Technology Park, Suite 104, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
 
DP/Cameraperson wanted by Michele Grey in Atlanta, Georgia for several projects. First shoot August 12th. Fully paid. Starts immediately. [more]
 
All Crew needed for Mothman Production for a feature 35mm shoot in Baton Rouge/Denham Springs, LA. Fully paid. Send resume, references and samples (as needed).
 
Allen Films in Charlotte, NC, is looking for a Director for upcoming SAG feature film. Fully paid. Send your resume and link to reel.
 

Submissions
AIFF
The American Indian Film Institute is seeking film and video entries for the 34th American Indian Film Festival. All genres. Entry deadline is Friday, August 7, 2009. [more]
 
UMFF
The 8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival is seeking film, television, video, web series, as well as script submisions for competition. Over $20,000 in prizes for 12 categories. Regular deadline August 21, 2009. Late deadline September 10, 2009. Download the submission form today! 
 
This and That…
New York City spaces available for rehearsals, performances, auditions, classes, and events. New Midtown New York City location. Special four-hour performance block for $175. Rates start at $14 per hour. Facility also includes three small music practice rooms with pianos at $8 per hour. [more]

 
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Filmmakers! Cast for actors and extras for free with StarNow.com today. Place your free casting notice and manage your applications online. Actors of all ages, appearances, experiences and locations available now. From no/low budget to blockbuster. [more] 
 
Peace and blessings,
 
07
Aug
09

The Long and Short of Making a Film

Sunday, August 16, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm
$59.00 adv, $69.00 door
editing suite 

 
To Register, visit www.gabpc.com.
 
 
 
 
 
Do you have a great idea for a short film but you’re not sure how to make it come to life?  Are you an actor who is waiting for the perfect role to audition for, but can’t find it?  Are you a  budding director but don’t have the right producer or the money to make your next great picture?  Are you a writer who needs help seeing your words come to life?
Whether you’re an actor, writer, director, producer, DP, editor or you want to learn what it takes to be one, join award winning Director, Producer, Screenwriter Ken Feinberg for an afternoon of learning what it takes to make your short film come to life. From concept to prep and casting, through production, post production and post completion, Feinberg will take you step by step on what it takes to get you through.  Says, Feinberg, “The difference between a dream and goal is a deadline”.
 
Don’t wait for someone to call you.  Learn how to generate a short film that showcases your talents now. 
 
Seating is limited, advance registration recommended.  Handouts are included.  Certificate of completion to all attendees. 
 
 
To register, visit www.gabpc.com.
 
For more information on Creative Studios of Atlanta, visit http://www.creativestudiosofatlanta.com. 
 
 
Where & When
Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street
Suite F-8
Atlanta, GA 30318
404.355.4588
 
Sunday, August 16, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm
 

 
 

The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation
6070 Stonebrook Lane
Austell, Georgia 30106
770-726-9818

06
Aug
09

Currently taking resumes for production Crews on the feature film, “THE CAGE”,

Currently taking resumes for production Crews on the feature film, “THE CAGE”, shooting September 1, 2009, New Orleans, LA.

Please submit resumes to crews@4-show.biz or register free as service provider at http://4-show.biz

PROJECT INFORMATION

TITLE THE CAGE

DIRECTOR DANIEL ZIRILLI

PRODUCTION ENTITY  ANDERTAINMENT GROUP

PRODUCERS JOHN ANDERSON, BLAINE MCMANUS, RICHARD SALVATORE, DAVE ORNSTON, AND FREDDY BRAIDY

LOCATION NEW ORLEANS, LA

DISTRIBUTION
LIONS GATE

05
Aug
09

From Melody Knighton regarding a worthy cause

Hello Folks, 
My fellow impersonators Harold Schulz, Craig Meyer and myself are performing for a
fundrasier for Gateway Productions and The Mask Theater.  Sandra Hughes (founder of the
theater) is a friend of mine and sometimes performs as “Ethel” to my “Lucy”. The theater
is usually supported by grants and invitations to various theaters , colleges and workshops
around the world. As a result of the economy downturn, many of those grants have gone  
away and many of the theaters are (at least temporarily) shutting down. We wanted to
help this group continue their work.
  
So we offered to perform our show ” A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock’n Roll”.
 
Take a look at the  promo below and if you would like to see a really fun show go to
www.masktheater.org  and order tickets.
  
Regards,
Melody
  
  
                                Special Event
   Benefit for Gateway Performance Productions

 

 

 

 

 

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A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY – A LITTLE BIT ROCK N ROLL 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04
Aug
09

NPR interview on the Golden State

California is a place that looms large — not only in the national economy, but also in our collective imagination. As part of a summer series, NPR is talking to people who embody an aspect of California and have a unique insight on what the Golden State is all about.

 Beth Broderick, who plays Aunt Zelda on the TV seriesSabrina, the Teenage Witch and Evangeline Lilly’s mother on the dramaLost, says her annual wages have plummeted to $70,000 from between $300,000 and $500,0000 — despite having the same amount of work.

Beth is having a tough time making a living as an actress lately. That wasn’t always the case — and it’s not for lack of work. She belongs toHollywood’s middle class: actors and crew members who have worked on countless sit-coms, TV dramas and movies. She’s not an A-list celebrity, but she’s also not a waitress waiting for her first break.  Broderick plays Aunt Zelda on the TV seriesSabrina, the Teenage Witch and Evangeline Lilly’s mother on the dramaLost. And she tells NPR’s Madeleine Brand that she feels “totally, truly, entirely blessed” for her 20 years in the business.

“I like having my autonomy, I like going into the vegetable aisle with little fanfare,” Broderick says. “Very few go into that star category, in that uber above-the-title category. The rest of us, day in and day out, we’re there to support what they do.”

But over the past decade, the wages for the professional class have plummeted, Broderick says. She used to make $25,000 to $30,000 to guest star on an hour long TV episode. Now she gets about $6,000, which comes out to $4,800 after commission.

“The average actor might only be able to book six to eight guest star jobs a year — that would be high,” she says. So when you start doing the math, you can’t live on that in Los Angeles.”

Annually, Broderick says her annual income has gone from $300,000 to $500,000 down to $70,000 — and that’s for the same amount of work.  There is a lot less work available, she says, because fewer pilots get picked up or are given a shot to succeed. Shows like Cheers, which took a year and a half to catch on, wouldn’t make it in today’s climate, she says,

“I feel sorry for young actors today,” Broderick says. “When I first got here, I was getting four scripts a day in the busy season. Now these kids, maybe they get four scripts every two months.  Last year’s writer’s strike also took a huge toll on the industry. It was pretty devastating because all of us were out of work,” Broderick says. “If I had a dollar for every time I was offered to star in a Web series for nothing, I’d be a lot richer than if I actually starred in a Web series for nothing.  What’s more, former A-list stars who are out of work have begun “filtering to the professional class,” taking away work from people such as Broderick and diluting the wages. Now, she says, all of the profit is at the top.   The studio heads still get paid enormous salaries. They still have huge golden parachutes,” Broderick notes. “Stars still make $20 million a picture, but the people right below them are making scale.”

She says, “It’s really going to have to come down to the leadership — from producers, directors and stars — who say, ‘You know what, thanks for the $20 million, I’m going to take $19 [million], and let’s divvy the rest up between the next 10 people on the call sheet so that those people I’m staring across from the camera at for the next eight weeks — I can feel good knowing that their kid can go to school.”

Broderick believes the problem is that few actors are willing to stand up, take a risk and voice the issues with the industry.

“Nobody wants to sit where I’m sitting and say, ‘Hey, this is the reality. I did two movies, six guest-star spots and I starred in a one-woman show, and I’m not making any money. I’m on TV every day in every country in the world, and I don’t make any money,’ ” Broderick says.

“Somebody’s got to say it. Nobody wants to take that risk, nobody wants to admit that or put that out there, but it’s true.”

 

03
Aug
09

Chez Group YOUNG ACTOR’S WORKSHOP – in AUGUST

After the fantastic response to our workshop in July and the outstanding performances given by the students, the Chez Studio will hold another informative acting workshop next month. Saturday, August 22nd. 

Shay Bentley-Griffin will be hosting a follow-up 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 other industry professionals. This will be a class that will challenge those who have been working and will be an introductory course for new talent.

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 Susan Griffiths. As well as Dakota Fanning!

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

Our classes are limited in number and we will secure space by the first commitments made to the class. The cost of the class is $75.00 for new students and $65.00 for our returning students!!! payable by check or money order!

Please contact us by email at chezgroup@aol.com or by phone at 404-603-8755.

Come be a part of our acting team as we work to build a showcase of talent for industry professionals