Archive for March, 2010


Photographer Barbara B will be in Atlanta 4/5-15

I will be in Atlanta on April 5 – 15. I have a few spots left just in case you have anyone who needs new shots. I had left over people from the last time so I am coming a little earlier this time around.

Be well,



An Evening with Television Casting Directors

Tuesday, March 30 | 6:00-8:00pm (PT)
Join some the television industry’s best casting directors as they share the inside track on what it takes to be effective in the audition room. After you leave an audition… have you ever wondered how you did? Curious about what your odds were? Wonder what it takes to book the job? What, if any, bargaining power do you or your agent have with a television contract? Learn from this stellar panel of commercial casting directors what it takes to book the job and earn a living in television!

Moderated by: Lee Garlington, Actor

Panelists include: Rick Pagano, Casting Director; Paul Weber, Casting Director


Actor and Director – Creating the Character With Hollywood Director, Ralph E. Portillo

Actor and Director – Creating the Character With Hollywood Director, Ralph E. Portillo
April 24th, Atlanta, GA
Courtyard Atlanta Airport West – 3400 Creek Pointe Drive, East Point, GA

Ralph E. Portillo

In this exciting and always popular workshop with Hollywood Director, Ralph E. Portillo, 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.

This is a rare opportunity to study with a Hollywood Film Director to learn the art of creating a character for film.


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

Ralph is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


“Grease” is the Word at GET

Coming Soon to GET: Don’t miss this brand new take on the fabulous rock ‘n roll musical.
You’ll be dancin’ in the aisles!

Directed by Robert J. Farley
April 8-25, 2010
Georgia Ensemble Theatre at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Get Ready for a Fun Rock ‘n Roll Experience!

If you saw last year’s Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story, you know that no one does rock ‘n roll shows better than Georgia Ensemble Theatre! Come experience Grease in a whole new way. Don’t miss the unforgettable sounds of “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “We Go Together” and so much more!

Call 770-641-1260 or visit
for your tickets today!
Ticket prices as low as $25!
Senior and student tickets available for select performances.
College student discount tickets available for all shows.

This production is rated PG due to some thematic elements.

Thank you to our Sponsor

A Great Big Thank You to our Wonderful Corporate Sponsor for this Production.
We couldn’t do it without you!

Robert Egizio as “Vince Fontaine”
Elizabeth Neidel as “Cha-Cha”
Bethany Irby as “Marty”
Leslie Bellair as “Frenchy”

Also featured in this terrific and talented cast:
Andy Meeks
Allie Payton
Shayne Kohout
Eugene H. Russell IV
Tracy Vaden Moore
Kyle Haak
Jared Davis
Jimi Kocina
Erin Burnett
Mark Schroeder
Ryan Richardson
Patty Mosley
Sarah Spiegel
Rob Lawhon
Dolph Amick
Scott Glazer
Andrea Strommen


The Master’s Audition Workshop this Saturday March 27th will be rescheduled for Saturday April 24th, 2010.

I have spoken with all those that contacted me and were planning on attending
this Saturday with the new date in April.

If you feel the new date works better for you and you would like to attend, just let me know.

Regina Moore
Casting Director
Moore Casting, LLC
Nashville, TN.


Gwinnett County company to film in Griffin next month by Matthew W. Quinn

A Gwinnett County company will be filming a prison tale in Griffin in April.

Frank Dievbiere, the producer and director of the film “Redemption 316,” explained the film’s plot, which is partially based on a true story.

“The movie is about a college sophomore that was convicted of killing her roommate,” he said.

The two roommates had a fight and one of them fell and hit her head. The local district attorney, who was up for re-election, did everything he could to convict the woman without really investigating what happened. The protagonist ends up in prison, where she is caught up in gang violence and sexually abused.

Dievbiere said he is coming to Griffin between April 23 and April 25 to film the prison scenes at the old city jail and the old county jail. He and his assistant will be in Griffin next week in order to examine the locations and ensure they are ready for filming.

“I was looking for a location that was unique,” he said when asked why he plans to film in Griffin.

Most prisons in the Atlanta area would not permit filming due to some trouble that occurred in the Fulton County Jail earlier. The places that did permit filming in their prisons during the daytime charged too high a rate.

When Dievbiere arrives, he will bring 20 to 25 people to film. He estimated it will take a whole day to film the necessary scenes.

“We’re looking at a maximum of two days, about a minimum (of) one full day, from the morning until the later afternoon,” he said.

The jailhouse sequences represent 50 of the film’s 90 minutes.

When the film is complete, Dievbiere said it will be primarily shown in Atlanta and other parts of Georgia and possibly in neighboring states. New York and California will see premieres as well. In addition, portions will be put on DVD and distributed in order to raise money to finish the rest of the film.

Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Adam Causey spoke before the Griffin and Spalding County boards of commissioners on Dievbiere’s behalf when the commissioners voted to permit Dievbiere to film in certain locations.

Since Dievbiere wished to film in downtown Griffin, this went to Causey.

“I’m all for anybody who wants to do any type of filming in Griffin,” he said.

He cited “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Fighting Temptations” as films made in the city.


French Canadians and Mexicans

We need Canadians who speak French and Mexicans who speak Spanish as their native language for a PAID job coming up next month.  This cannot be French or Spanish you learned in school, it must be what you grew up speaking.  If you are interested please email and put the language  you speak (FRENCH CANADIAN or MEXICAN SPANISH) in the subject.  We will assign spots in order of who contacts us first.

The tentative dates for the SPANISH jobs are 4.19-24
The tentative dates for the FRENCH jobs are 4.26-5.1

You must be able to work legally in the US with the proper paperwork up to date.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Houghton Talent, Inc.


Spanish Translation:

Necesitamos a canadienses que hablan francés y mexicanos que hablan español como su lengua materna para un PAGO trabajo que sube el mes próximo. Esto no puede ser francés ni español que aprendió en la escuela, debe ser lo que usted creció hablar. Si es interesado por favor correo electrónico y pone el idioma que usted habla (FRENCH CANADIAN o SPANISH MEXICAN) en el sujeto. Asignaremos lugares en la orden de que nos contactan primero.

Las fechas tentativas para los trabajos españoles son 4.19-24 que

Las fechas tentativas para los trabajos franceses son 4.26-5.1

Debe poder trabajar legalmente en EEUU con el papeleo apropiado para fechar arriba.

¡Esperamos el oído de usted!

Houghton Talent, Inc.


French Translation:

Nous avons besoin de Canadiens qui parlent français et Mexicains qui parlent espagnol comme leur langue natale pour un A PAYE le travail qui monte le mois prochain. Ceci ne peut pas être français ou espagnol que vous avez appris à l’école, ce doit être que vous avez grandi parler. Si vous sont intéressés s’il vous plaît d’e-mail et a mis la langue que vous parlez (FRENCH CANADIAN ou SPANISH MEXICAN) dans le sujet. Nous assignerons des endroits dans l’ordre de qui nous contactent premièrement.

Les dates provisoires pour les emplois espagnols sont 4.19-24

Les dates provisoires pour les emplois français sont 4.26-5.1

Vous devez pouvoir travailler légalement dans les Etats-Unis avec le travail administratif correct en haut pour dater.

Nous attendons avec impatience entendre de vous !

Houghton Talent, Inc.


Tyler Perry’s next project involves all-star cast

From AJC’s The Buzz:

Tyler Perry has assembled an all-star cast for the production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” that he is set to direct, Clutch magazine reports.

The cast will include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray, the mag says.

Shooting for the film inspired by Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play starts in New York early this summer, and it should be released by early 2011.

In other Tyler Perry news, a red carpet premiere is being held next week in The Bahamas for “Why Did I Get Married Too,” which was shot there. If you happen to be vacationing at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau on March 29, you might notice the festivities.


Never stop learning…

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way. ~Marvin Minsky

Beginning with this post, we will be regularly highlighting an online video clip on acting/auditioning.
Experienced or not, you’ll be able to glean useful information from these clips that should compliment classes you’re taking and your own reading and research. Our hope is that this feature will jump start your thinking, help you evaluate what you bring to the table, show you some actor traps to avoid, and give a good solid perspective on what works and what doesn’t.

*Special thanks to Ashley LeConte Campbell for research and input for this feature


FUDDY MEERS March 19th-April 10th

“So I have amnesia… that’s very inconvenient.”

It’s just another day for Claire… she wakes up and has no idea who or where she is. Her husband greets her with a cup of coffee and her book of memories. But on this morning, a man appears from behind the bed and convinces her to go on a journey to find out who she truly is…


By David Lindsay-Abaire 

Directed by Cathe Hall Payne*

Dates/Times: March 19th-April 10th

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 5:00 PM

Ticket prices: $17-23 with additional discounts for groups

RESERVATIONS: Please visit or call 404.897.1802


Claire                                     Carrie Walrond Hood*

Richard                                  Scott Kale

Kenny                                     John Markowski*

Limping Man             Charlie Miller*

Gertie                         Bobbie Elzey*

Millet                          William Brown

Heidi                          Colleen Shannon Gaenssley 

*OSA Artistic Company Member


Rose of Athens Theatre Presents…The Glass Menagerie

Rose of Athens Theatre Presents…
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

DATE: March 26 & 27
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Seney-Stovall Chapel – 201 N. Milledge Avenue Athens, GA (Behind the Varsity)
Cost: Adult Tickets – $15, Students – $10
Reserve your tickets TODAY!!!
Email Danielle at
OR call 706-340-9181


Updated Literary Agent Link

The link on our previous post about this is no longer correct so here the post is again. 

We get frequent inquiries from people seeking a literary agent.  Unfortunately, we have no connections w/ any literary agents, and I don’t know any in Atlanta.  So, here’s a link to a list of literary agents from a blog I love.  This is specifically about agents who represent Christian authors but should be a good place to start as I’m sure they’re not all limited to only Christian literature, and even if they are, they could refer you to someone else…


“got monologue?” YOU WILL!!!

Milk builds strong bones— but your monologue builds a strong career.  Make sure yours has everything it needs, to fortify your successful acting career!

This day will change the way you handle monologues, from now on–

you will leave this class with a monologue that perfectly demonstrates how to cast  you

you will know exactly how to perform it, and let your real personality shine through

you will learn how to handle that dreaded first moment —  how do I start my monologue without it seeming “phony” or like it is coming “out of the blue”?

you will have a method for future monologues, that enables you to quickly and easily choose monologues that suit you, and learn them faster than you ever thought possible

you will have a method of working on monologues that keeps it real, and never getting stale or “canned”

most of all– you will have a monologue that makes you shine like the TV or Film star that you know you are!  And inspires Agents and Casting Directors to want to work with you.

 Actors at all levels — just starting out to seasoned pros — need a monologue that opens the doors for them.  Your success depends on you!  We can show you how to shine.

Sat March 27   10a-5p  ALL DAY INTENSIVE

REGISTER NOW–  CALL 770-649-5663    OR REGISTER ON LINE:        (Also a FaceBook group:  Blueprint4Hollywood)

Free parking at location:

8735 Dunwoody Place   (in North River Plaza)

Suite 4 (in the back)

Atlanta GA 30350

ACTING COACH: KRISTEN SHAW —-      IMDB link:                      

Demo reel:


Feature Film & TV Location Assistant / Location Scouting Workshop

Feature Film & TV Location Assistant / Location Scouting Workshop

ATLANTA, Georgia — The Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) is offering a Feature Film & TV Location Assistant / Location Scouting Workshop taught by Maida Morgan and Michael Riley, professional Locations Managers for feature films and television for over 25 years.

This hands-on intensive workshop will educate and train students to work as employable Location Assistants to a Location Manager and teach the basics of how to be a Location Scout. This class is for the serious applicant only – one with an interest in beginning or enhancing their career in the Locations Department.

This class is limited to 20 students who will be chosen from a written application. You must own a laptop, a good digital camera (a camera phone is not a digital camera), and have the ability to upload photos through your computer to the internet.

This class will be taught over two days at a total cost of $99. Saturday, April 10th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sunday, April 18th, from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Students must attend both classes. Lunch will be provided both days.

Maida’s credits include: Assistant Locations on Fried Green Tomatoes, Freejack, Armageddon, and Jurassic Park 3. Locations Manager on RoboCop 3, Andersonville, Mama Flora’s Family, Remember The Titans, Hulk, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Beauty Shop, Drop Dead Divas, The Crazies, and currently, Hall Pass.

Mike’s credits include: The Real McCoy, Fled, Black Dog, Passing Glory, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Sweet Home Alabama, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Warm Springs, ATL, and Stomp the Yard.

Sign up today at with the subject line: Locations Workshop. An application will be sent to you via E-mail. Students will be notified of acceptance by April 1st.


Audition Intensive with TVs Janice Kent

Getting callbacks but no bookings? Getting auditions but no callbacks? Not getting auditions? You should meet Janice Kent.

Who is Janice Kent?

Janice Kent has been a professional actress for over 30 years both in New York and in Los Angeles. She has appeared in countless Television and Film roles as well as many stage productions and over 150 television commercials. She is most recognized for her work in over 100 episodes of THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER as Maryellen Cleaver, Wally Cleaver’s (Tony Dow) wife. She also directed several episodes of that series.

She continues to act; most recently on CBS WITHOUT A TRACE and Robert Townsend’s new acclaimed webseries DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM.
Additionally, Janice was a series regular on THE TED KNIGHT SHOW and she Guest Starred on many series including as FRASIER, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, ER, DESIGNING WOMEN, WHO’S THE BOSS, WITHOUT A TRACE, THREE’S COMPANY, WINGS, FANTASY ISLAND and many more.

See Janice’s IMDB

Janice’s students

Currently Janice’s students are appearing as series regulars on television series and in films as well as soap operas. Student appearances include: Heroes (series regular), Desperate Housewives (series regular), The Office (series regular), Campus Ladies (series regular), Bold and Beautiful (series regular), True Blood (series regular), 90210 ( series regular), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Numb3rs, ER, Scrubs, CSI, Young and Restless, General Hospital, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Glory Road, Fair Game (new Sean Penn feature), etc. (partial list).

“Janice Kent has a wealth of experience. She really has demystified the audition process for me and has changed my whole way of interviewing” – Michael Steger, series regular, 90210. Read Michael’s IMDB

Janice’s Atlanta Class April 16-18

As an LA Acting Coach and a Certified Life Coach, Janice has designed a very special weekend of learning for Atlanta actors.

Audition Technique Lecture plus
Q and A Session
Open to the public ($50 Friday only)

SATURDAY APRIL 17, 10am – 6pm
Audition Techniques
ONE ON ONE personal scene coaching

SUNDAY APRIL 18, 10 am – 6pm
ONE ON ONE personal scene coaching
Co-Star Auditioning
Career Counseling

This class is LIMITED to only 15 Students.

Investment: For Friday, Saturday and Sunday only $375.
$75 discount if registered before April 1.

“Auditions often occur in atmospheres that are not supportive or nurturing to the art of acting. I love helping actors identify their individuality and nurturing their growth while sharpening their competitive edge!” — Janice Kent

Read more about Janice here

To register call 404-355-4588 or email

Thank you for your continued support as we work hard to bring you talented industry guests to help you create the career of your dreams.


Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta

Save $75 – $75 discount on the Janice Kent Audition Technique Intensive April 16-18, 2010. Seating in this workshop is limited and is only good if registered on or before April 1, 2010 if seats are available. This coupon is not good with any other coupon or offer from Creative Studios of Atlanta.

Offer Expires: April 1, 2010





DATE: Saturday, March 27th, 2010

TIME: 9:00AM to 4:00PM
LOCATION: Nashville, TN
PRICE: $125.00

Regina Moore is without a doubt the busiest casting director in this region. She casts feature films, TV pilots, commercials, music videos and all other areas of on-camera performance. This is a rare opportunity to be one of a small group to study and audition for this very in-demand talent specialist in an intimate and informal atmosphere.
• Advanced audition techniques
• Scene work
• Improvisation
• How casting directors and talent agents communicate
• Important relationships for performers
• Learning who you are professionally
• Promotional materials and marketing yourself
• First impressions
• Evaluation
Respond by email or
CALL TO REGISTER (615) 831-0039


Atlanta Girl Magazine Open Call Today for girls 9-17 yrs

This is our last audition for the next cover so don’t miss this one!
There will be 10 finalist chosen that will appear in the magazine.

GIRLS AGES 9-17 Only!

We have added another day to search for our next girls to be on Atlanta Girl Magazine’s Next Cover.

She must possess: Inner Beauty, enthusiasm, and be a great representation to the media

If you think your girl has all of the above RSVP immediately!

Girls of all sizes and races are encouraged to attend.
Our Magazine is going to send positive messages, promote helpful ideas, and most importantly be a save haven to enhance the minds of young girls ages 9-17 interested in style, fashion, acting, entertainment, and celebrities.

The first 3 girls to arrive will win a one year subscription to Atlanta Girl Magazine!

Open Call:
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
Time: 6:30pm-8pm
Location: 2179 Morris Ave
Tucker, GA 30084

Atlanta Girl Magazine is a publication of Beyond Worldwide


Women in Film and Television Atlanta Guided in 2010 by Film and Television Industry Top Professionals

Women in Film and Television Atlanta
Guided in 2010 by Film and Television Industry Top Professionals

ATLANTA — Women in Film and Television Atlanta’s (WIFTA) 2010 Advisory Board reads like a “Who’s Who in the Georgia Film Community.” For nearly 36 years, WIFTA has been one of the leading non-profit professional organizations in Georgia dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-based media. This would not be possible if not for affiliations and relationships developed over the years with top industry professionals.

Helping to guide WIFTA in 2010 are advisory board members: Casting Director and GPP Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Shay Bentley-Griffin; Video Progressions, Inc. Producer and CEO Adair Simon; Symmetry Entertainment Freelance Producer Angi Bones; Media Consultant, Producer and Writer Deidre McDonald; YourAct Studios Co-Owner/Acting Instructor Della Cole; Burst Video/Film, Inc. Director and Producer Dr. Fran Burst-Terranella; Digital Arts & Entertainment at Georgia State University Associate Professor/Co-Dir. Dr. Kay Beck; Houghton Talent Agency Director Mystie Buice; Williams, Turner & Mathis Inc. Insurance Agent Lynn Mathis; Echota Films Writer R Kay Butler; WXIA/WATL-TV VP of Community Relations Sheryl Riley Gripper; Worldwide Marketing Universal Pictures Retired, Exec VP Simon Kornblit; and Salt Run Productions, Inc. President Suzan Satterfield.

“Each of these outstanding men and women volunteer their time, advice and resources to help WIFTA continue to maintain a high level of professionalism that we have been known for over our 30 plus years,” Dana Serby, WIFTA President said. “Without their support we would only be another group. Their expertise within the film and television community for directing, producing, editing, acting, casting, and distributing brings our organization to a whole different level. It allows us to offer mentorships and programs for members to gain advice from experts who have been there before and know what it takes to succeed.”

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. With an emphasis on education and training, WIFTA serves members and the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting members’ work, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts, and encouraging high standards of professionalism.

For more information about WIFTA go to


Voiceover Workshop with Scott Hilley for only $99 Sunday, March 21, 2010- 1pm-5pm

Voiceover Workshop with Scott Hilley for only $99

Have you ever wanted to perform voiceovers on the Radio or TV or in Animated Films?

Would you like to learn how to read scripts as a voiceover talent/actor/storyteller with more excited animated choices?

With Scott Hilley workshop all that’s possible and more:

1) Learn how to break into Voiceover for TV Commercials & Radio & Animated Films

2) Learn how to train your voice to win the job

The entire workshop is interactive

Limited: 10 actors

When: Sunday, March 21, 2010- 1pm-5pm

Where: Expressions Theatre and Film
2135 De Foor Hills Ste E
Atlanta. Ga. 30318

Cost $99 payment options: VISA, AMEX, MC, Check, Cash

Contact: 404-872-7276 or

Scott Hilley Bio
Now celebrating his 44th year as a voice over talent/actor/writer, Scott is an award-winning actor who has voiced more than a thousand radio and TV commercials, industrials, and car toons—including The Georgia Lottery (most recently as Braves’ TV “Lou, the Baseball Scout”), BellSouth, Chick-Fil-A and General Motors. He has appeared in over 50 stage plays—among them Man of La Mancha, Sleuth and The Man Who Came to Dinner. He has a recurring role as “The Reverend” in Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies and has played “The Shadow” and “Chester A. Riley” with The Philco Radio Players, an old-time radio re-creation troupe. In 2003, he won the Oliver Hardy Look-Alike Contest in Hardy’s birthplace. He also impersonates Lou Costello and Jackie Gl eason. In 2005, he appeared with Kenneth Branagh in HBO’s Warm Springs. His movie credits include Radioland Murders, Grilling Bobby Hicks, We Are Marshall and the upcoming Good Intentions.


Chez Group APRIL workshop with Shannon Eubanks!

Shannon Eubanks Shannon Eubanks’ acting, directing, writing, and teaching careers have been intertwined for over twenty-five years. She performs often on network television for NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, and the Family Channel; in feature films for 20th Century Fox, Columbia, and Warner Brothers, and was an award-winning theatre actor/director in Los Angeles for eighteen years, as well as across the United States in regional repertory. She has taught acting as a Guest Artist at the high school, college, and graduate level, for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Conservatory and M.F.A. programs, and as a noted private coach in Los Angeles and now in Atlanta. Her cold reading and camera technique for actors has been developed and refined so as to be suitable for both absolute beginners and working professionals.
**Adult Workshop with Shannon Eubanks**
April 10th and 11th, 10am to 5pm

All of these classes will be very limited, please call our office or send an email to reserve your seat today!
Please note: Once your payment is confirmed for the workshop it can not be refunded nor guarantee credit for another workshop. Each situation will be decided based on circumstances. If Chez Studios has the date of your workshop changed and you can not attend new dates fee will be refunded or credit as determined.

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


Teleprompter Workshop WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24TH

DellaCole BobHarter March 13 at 1:01pm Reply
Increase your marketability as an actor (and your income!) by mastering the art of the teleprompter. New low price – $99!

When you speak on camera, appealing to the audience means making
genuine contact they can feel. Paper scripts and note cards break rhythm
and take your eyes down. Teleprompting keeps you focused in the moment and adds weight to your delivery. Many scripts are too long or technical to memorize, and there are often last-minute changes.

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. Taught by Bob Harter. K2 Productions will be providing an experienced teleprompter operator who will be operating the prompter and providing feedback and expertise as well.

Why K2?

Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran, our team adapts to your personality, your pace, and your style to enhance the message.

Bottom line: you want to look fantastic on camera. We’re here for you. Never spoken on camera or used a teleprompter before? They won’t be able to tell once you’ve had this workshop. K2 Productions will help you say what you need to say with the confidence of a pro.Whether you’re unveiling a company’s latest product or service, or selling lemonade to the folks around your block, K2’s technology and experience will make your on-camera delivery compelling.

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

7–10 p.m
Limited to 10.
Now only $99 (Payment confirms your space)

Or call us with your credit card info at 404-499-9996.


march update from the incentives office


New regulations regarding their tax credit. A production company applying for credits must agree:

1. To pay all undisputed legal obligations the film production company has incurred in Louisiana.

2. To publish, at completion of principal photography, a notice at least once a week for three consecutive weeks in local newspapers in regions where filming has taken place in order to notify the public to file creditor claims against the film production company by a specified date.

3. That the outstanding obligations are not waived should a creditor fail to file by the specified date.

4. To delay filing a claim for the film production credit until the office delivers written notification to the Secretary of the Department of Revenue that the film production company has fulfilled all requirements for the credit.

The new requirements are effective immediately.

Will host a new film studio in Canton, which is near Jackson. The studio will include a 36,000 sq. foot stage and 3,000 square feet of office space, and is planned for completion in mid-May, 2010. RoadTown Enterprises, the consulting group responsible for the development of Albuqerque Studios, will manage the facility. RoadTown is also working on developing a new, state-of-the-art production facility near Atlanta, Georgia. Details to follow.

Has tightened up the regulations regarding production (buying) service companies. Effective January 7, 2010, out-of-state purchases will only qualify if obtained from a local vendor who rents or sells like items. Thus, a camera dealer can order camera equipment from California if he does not have it in stock, but props or wardrobe would not qualify unless ordered by a company that rents or sells props or wardrobe. Goods ordered from companies in the business of purchasing from out-of-state, that do not operate a rental or sales business, and do not maintain an inventory, will no longer qualify for the film tax credits.

Has passed legislation that will provide a refundable tax credit beginning January 1, 2011, of 15% to 20%. $2.5 million will be available per year.

Recently announced its latest film incentive for large budget films. Effective immediately, films spending the minimum threshold in Mexico, will be entitled to a rebate with a base rate of 7.5% on qualified spend – which can be as high as 17.5% (including VAT rebate). Mexico also unveiled its production infrastructure credits, with regs. expected to be finalized shortly. The President of Mexico, attended the announcement ceremony which was held at the Baja Studios on March 10, 2010. More details to follow.

[ Source: The Incentives Office ]


SAVE THE DATE! Join Women in Film and Television Atlanta for the: “Fifth Annual WIFTI Shorts”

Join Women in Film and Television Atlanta for the: “Fifth Annual WIFTI Shorts”

All submissions are in for Women in Film and Television Atlanta’s “Fifth Annual WIFTI Shorts” film showcase and the screening is set for March 25 at 7 p.m. Local winners will be showcased alongside international winning films at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, followed by a reception at Après Diem Restaurant.

Throughout March screening events are being held in over 20 cities worldwide in honor of International Women’s Day and in celebration of Women’s History Month. Women in Film chapters from all over the globe join forces to showcase stories made by or featuring women.

WIFTA participates in the annual showcase as part of an ongoing commitment to members and the Metro Atlanta community. Winning short film submissions in all genres – drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, animation, spiritual/gospel, and experimental are judged by an independent selection committee.

WIFTI is a global network comprised of over 40 Women in Film and Television chapters worldwide and more than 10,000 members. All are dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media.

Reservations and Tickets online at:
* Seating is limited to only 150 people and tickets must be purchased ONLINE only*

Screening: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Date/Time: March 25, 2010 starting at 7 PM
Reception: Following screening at Après Diem, 931 Monroe Dr., Atlanta, GA. 30308


States use tax incentives to draw film work from Hollywood By Stephanie Goldberg, Special to CNN

(CNN) — “The Blind Side” could have been filmed anywhere, says Tim Bourne, an independent producer who worked on the film. But there’s a reason producers brought the project to Georgia: money.

“There’s nothing in [the movie] that couldn’t have been shot in any midrange urban setting. The reason, and the sole reason, it was shot in Georgia was the tax incentives,” he said.

Georgia boasts one of the highest tax credits in the United States: a 20 percent base tax credit, with an additional 10 percent if a Georgia logo appears somewhere in the project. The Oscar-nominated “Blind Side” is one of many films that’s taken advantage of the incentives to shoot in the Empire State of the South, incentives that also include a diverse set of locations, state-of-the-art facilities and large production crews.

Recently, another production, “Hall Pass,” written by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary”), started filming in the Atlanta area.

The film, starring Owen Wilson and Jenna Fischer, is about a woman who gives her husband permission to have an affair. It called for a New England location — standard for the brothers, who are from Rhode Island — but tax incentives led the production crew south, producers said.

Georgia is far from the only state offering filmmakers opportunities to leave Hollywood. Indeed, it’s one of 44 states offering incentives in hopes of attracting projects that will help their economies, according to the Tax Foundation.

“No one is trying to compete with L.A. from a technical standpoint,” Bourne said. “They’re certainly competing from a financial standpoint, though. The name of the game is all about tax incentives. It’s the sad truth.

“Films are made in a particular place strictly because of financial rebates,” he continued. “If, tomorrow, Louisiana or … any state with a crew base, rather, came up with a better incentive program, that’s where the work would be — overnight.”

Incentives differ from state to state. In most cases, filmmakers are able to apply for a tax credit or rebate as long as they meet the state’s minimum standards for expenditures and utilize local crews, some of whom don’t belong to unions. However, Bill Thompson, deputy commissioner at the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, said bigger production companies usually prefer to work with union workers.

Louisiana, one of the first states to develop an incentive program eight years ago, has found exposure in front of the camera with films such as “Ray” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

“Green Lantern,” set for release in 2011, is one of many projects whose makers opted to film in Louisiana after the state increased its film production tax credit to 30 percent in 2009, said Chris Stelly, director of the Louisiana Office of Film and TV.

But Louisiana doesn’t just attract projects because of the state’s high tax credit, he said.

“No matter how big your incentive is, if someone doesn’t have a good experience, they’re not going to be back,” he said.

Warner Bros. Entertainment is what Stelly calls a repeat customer.

Michael Walbrecht, vice president of Studio & Production Affairs at Warner Bros., said the company brings a lot of projects to Louisiana. It’s the third most popular place the company films, behind Los Angeles and New York.

“So far, we’ve had great experiences in the [Southeast],” Walbrecht said.

There’s no denying the tremendous impact the film industry has had on each state.

Hotels, rental cars, restaurants, equipment rentals, local crews, props, wardrobes and local extras are just some of the ways the industry gives back to the area it films in.

According to the Web site for Georgia’s Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, TV networks, Hollywood studios, production companies and independent producers invested more than $521 million in Georgia in fiscal year 2008-09; the state estimates the economic impact of this investment at $929 million.

Louisiana has experienced economic success, as well. Its Economic Development department’s Web site says the incentives have generated thousands of jobs and more than $2 billion since the program began in 2002.

“With some of the bigger movies, [there are] hundreds of extras on set,” Thompson said. “Those people all get paid something per day. This is especially a big deal in small towns that have never had a film [shoot] there. To spend a few million dollars in a rural area [makes a big difference].”

Even California, the home of the business, has gotten into the act. The state recently introduced a 20 percent tax credit, though its incentives aren’t as broad as in other states. For example, TV shows to air on basic cable qualify for the credit, whereas shows on broadcast networks do not.

Walbrecht said the amount of larger movies and TV shows filming in smaller states will continue to rise, which is one reason California was prompted to create incentives. “They realized their iconic industry was moving elsewhere,” he said.

Meanwhile, away from Hollywood, the competition is getting stiffer.

North Carolina became a major player in the filmmaking business thanks to such productions as the TV show “Dawson’s Creek,” which filmed in the coastal city of Wilmington and helped create a thriving film industry there. So when “The Last Song” — set in Wilmington — began filming in seaside Savannah, Georgia, hard feelings were inevitable.

“You can’t dwell on what you lost; you have to keep going and move forward,” said Aaron Syrett, director of the North Carolina Film Office. “It happens all the time, to every state.”

Legislation to raise the 15 percent tax credit was proposed before “The Last Song” chose not to film in North Carolina. The state’s new refund, 25 percent, went into effect January 1.

“We’re not trying to [have] the highest refund. We’re trying to be the smartest,” Syrett said.

In other words, offer a hefty tax rebate — and roll camera.


Blueprint 4 Hollywood presents LA Actress, Kristen Shaw, who successfully transitioned from creative childhood to successful Adulthood! This KIDS & TEENS Class is only $75 for 3 classes (originally $150)! Kids 7-11 and Teens 12-17

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”- Pablo Picasso

Laying down the foundation for the creative and disciplined star your child is!

Blueprint 4 Hollywood presents LA Actress, Kristen Shaw, who successfully transitioned from creative childhood to successful Adulthood!

Train your superstar from the best~ Learn on camera audition technique, how to prepare for auditions, how to behave in the room, and much more.

Starting this Wednesday, March 17th- for 3 weeks

FUN Learning!– With a FUN price!

Blueprint4Hollywood is celebrating our grand opening in our new location with March Madness! All classes 1/2 priced for the month of March-

This KIDS & TEENS Class is only $75 for 3 classes (originally $150)! Kids 7-11 and Teens 12-17

Hope to play with you soon!

8735 Dunwoody Place
Atlanta, GA, 30350


Joey Paul Jenson coming in May-

Joey Paul Jensen has been a casting director for over 16 years. She casts television and film for Disney and Nickelodeon. Her credits include popular Disney TV shows such as “Even Stevens”, “That’s So Raven”, “Phil of the Future”, “W.I.T.C.H.”, “Cory in the House,” and currently, “Imagination Movers” .

Film casting credits include: “Legally Blondes” produced by Reese Witherspoon, “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish and the “Bratz” movie among many others. She also casts commercials, voice overs promos and television pilots.

Sat. June 12
Sun. June 13
Investment: $250


From The Village Theater Folks…

Hello Villagers! Is this winter the house guest that won’t get the hint or what? It should be gone soon though! Spring is all about awakenings, personal growth, pollen….and Improv comedy! That’s why we’re offering ongoing improv classes and workshops at reasonable costs. So, wipe that green stuff off your car and come on down to 486 Decatur Street.


Course Cost: $100 per month ($200 total)
Limit- 12 students

Start Date: March 15th 2010
Class meets Mondays 7:30-9:30 pm for 8 weeks

The Foundation – Level 1 Fundamentals
Intro to short form improvisational acting. Concepts include warm up, trust, the principles of agreement, and group mind. This course provides a broad overview into these ideas and illustrates how to implement them on stage. The course ends with a graduation show!

Sign up online or by calling 404.688.8858


SATURDAY 4/10 12-3 pm. $25 online, $30 door

Dave Hill’s “Just the Facts” workshop will help you develop the ability to zero in on what is most important in your scenes so that you can get to the fun that is possible in each scene.

Dave Hill is an actor, writer and improviser living in Los Angeles who performs and teaches improv at the iO West in Los Angeles and has taught improv at various festivals and theaters around the country including the Chicago and Phoenix Improv Fests, iO Chicago and the Village Theatre in Atlanta.

Space is limited! Sign up online or by calling 404.688.8858

If you’re not already, become our friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Thanks again for all your support and hope to see you at a show soon!

The Village Theatre
486 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30312
The Village Theatre performs shows Wed, Fri and Sat at 8:30 pm and tix are $10.
Purchase tickets online at

We are also an excellent place to host your next private event, workshop or fundraiser!


Atlanta Girl Magazine! – Must Read Updates For Open Call

Attention: We are raffling an entry ticket to the sold-out Hannah Montana Casting Director’s Workshop (worth $275). Howard Meltzer is always looking for new talent and this is a great way to be seen. He will be in Atlanta for 2 days only 3/20 – 3/21.
You could be the lucky winner!

Atlanta Girl Magazine!
Saturday, March 13, 2010

GIRLS AGES 9-17 Only!

We are searching for our next girls to be on Atlanta Girl Magazine’s Next Cover.

She must possess: Inner Beauty, enthusiasm, and be a great representation to the media

If you think your girl has all of the above RSVP immediately!

Girls of all sizes and races are encouraged to attend.
Our Magazine is going to send positive messages, promote helpful idea’s, and most importantly be a save haven to enhance the minds of young girls ages 9-17 interested in style, fashion, acting, entertainment, and celebrities.

Open Call Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010

OPEN CALL will be from 6:30pm-8pm only

Open Call Location: 383 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30313


**Creativity for Film and Television**

Creative Studios of Atlanta Film Academy is proud to welcome to the studio
Casting Director Jackie Burch.

Her Casting credits span over 30 years and include such films as: Die Hard,
Coming to America, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Mask, Predator, I Still
Know What You Did Last Summer, The Santa Claus 2 and many others.

Jackie recently cast 2 films in Georgia with more films coming:
the Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song” and
“The Conspirator” directed by Robert Redford
Jackie ONLY does one workshop a year and we are thrilled that she has selected
Creative Studios of Atlanta to work with Actors on their film audition
technique. This one of a kind all day intensive will help you learn more about
what it takes to make the most of your film auditions.

Class meets from 10am to 5pm Saturday March 13 OR Sunday March 14.


To register call or email Creative Studios of Atlanta
404-355-3588. or email

See Jackie’s IMDB credits here:

We look forward to working with you.


Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta


Marty Keener Cherrix Acting Classes – Now enrolling for March 2010 sessions!



Everyone! This is an acting class designed for new actors, those starting out or seasoned pros looking to hone audition technique.


A 3-hour seminar in a “learn by doing” format that includes interactive video training and volunteer audience participation – not required, but encouraged!

COST: $97.00 per person for 3 hrs.


Adults (Age 18 & up) Saturday, March 20, 2010 1p-4p

Kids (Age 8 – 17) * Saturday, March 27, 2010 1p-4p

* Each child must be accompanied by one parent/guardian at no additional charge


Magick Lantern (soundstage), 750 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30312


Get a glimpse of the business behind the “biz”

Learn to leverage the demands of the industry in your favor

Hone your on camera technique by learning how to train at home and on your own

Practice the craft that lands the audition and the skills to book the job

Master techniques to make the audition room “yours” instead of “theirs”

Develop an awareness of what works and what doesn’t

Do I need an agent? How do I get one?

SAG Card 101

What’s a Taft Hartley?

Working outside of your home market – LA and NY

Union vs. non-union background and how that works and why

Learn how to use Meisner, Strasberg or Adler techniques at home to learn the craft of acting

To Register, click here or call the office to register by phone. MC/Visa Accepted.

Still have questions?

Call Marty Cherrix at 404.653.0242