Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Casting Call - New Film from the Christiano Brothers

I haven't seen a name for this film yet, but it's the latest film from the Christiano brothers (Time Changer, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, A Matter of Faith, etc.).

Here is the casting notice from Dave Christiano:

This new movie is about a high school girls cross country team and I am first casting the 7 runners I need. I have put the word out to the talent agencies but if there are any girls who see this post and can play high school age and are interested in auditioning, please contact me at dc@christianfilms.com. 

The challenge here is to find girls who can act AND run. You don't have to run far, but be able to look like an athlete. (I am a former cross country coach and will guide any actress with some simple training). This is a paid project and this film will eventually play in selected theaters. I am one of the Christiano Brothers and this will be our 16th film to produce. It will shoot in the Nashville area. You can read more about the Christiano Brothers at: FiveAndTwoPictures.com. Thanks and God bless.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Casting Call - "I'm Not Ashamed"

Casting is open for I'm Not Ashamed​, the Rachel Scott story!  Rachel was the first student to die in the Columbine School shooting.  Be a part of this important movie and apply for one of the many lead and supporting roles.  There are several featured extra roles as well.

See the character breakdown and fill out an application at http://imnotashamedfilm.com

The film is shooting in the Nashville area starting in mid-June, and there is special consideration for local applicants.

**Please note: I'm not affiliated with this film in any way. Just sharing the casting notice.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Christian Worldview Film Festival 2015

March 10, 2015 dawned clear and sunny.  Hundreds of people gathered for the Filmmakers Guild preceding the Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas.  Teachers included John Fornof, George Escobar, Andrew Garcia, Rebekah Cook, Mimi Sagadin, Rich Swingle, John-Clay Burnett, Brett Varvel, Joel Jost, Jurgen Beck, Nathan Ashton, and many more.

Each day started with a time of worship, followed by a general session.



Break-out workshops followed, and provided instruction in specific areas of interest.  There was something for everyone.  Topics included producing, directing, acting, editing, cinematography, sound design, marketing, distribution, and more.


One brilliant part of the festival's design were the networking lunches.  You could pre-order your daily lunches from the caterer, and tables were even designated for particular areas of filmmaking (i.e. directing, acting, documentaries, etc.) to enable attendees to more easily find the right people to talk to for their networking purposes.

On the third day of the Guild, the Festival began and hundreds more people started filling the church where the event was held.  Films screened simultaneously throughout the weekend, providing viewers with multiple options for each block.

"Wanted" screened three times, and was very well attended and well received each time.  It was fun to watch it with an audience and listen to their laughter and their applause.  There were even audible gasps of surprise on occasion.  We were approached by people all weekend, telling us how much they loved the film.


The week reached its grand finale on Saturday evening with the Awards Ceremony.  The Jost family got the show started with some of their delightful music, and then it was time to start handing out awards!


I tried not to hold my breath while we waited for the Short Film category.  Finally, the time came.  I hadn't let myself believe that we would actually win, but at the same time, I knew it would be close.  The feedback we had received throughout the weekend had confirmed our belief that Roses and Wanted would be very tight in the running.  Little did we know how close.

First, six finalists were announced and their titles displayed on the big screen.  Next, the Runner Up was announced, which was neither Wanted nor Roses (but congratulations to my friend Caleb Hermann for winning Runner Up with "Book Ends"!).  Now my heart was really starting to pound.  Anticipation grew as the box containing the award was carried across stage and handed to Phillip Telfer, the presenter.  The box was opened, and a note was taken out.  My brain hardly processed as Mr. Telfer explained that when the judge's results were all tallied, two films rose to the top and received the same number of votes.  So instead of flipping a coin, they decided to present two awards for Best Short Film.  You could feel the excitement buzzing in the room as murmurs rippled throughout the huge auditorium.


A second award box was retrieved and brought to the podium.  After clarifying that he was not reading them in any particular order, Mr. Telfer announced that the first Best Short Film Award went to...WANTED!!!  Still hardly processing what was happening, I quickly stood to my feet and made my way out to the aisle.  I joined a few more of our team as we walked toward the stage amidst loud, triumphant music, sweeping spotlights, and the applause and cheers of the crowd.

When all had grown quiet, the second winner was announced...  ROSES!!!  We were beside ourselves with joy as we welcomed our friends on stage!


As much as we would have enjoyed winning, we didn't want Roses to lose, so it was perfect that we could BOTH win in an historic tie!  Many of the same crew members worked on both films, and we already felt like a team, so it was very fitting.

We were all still in shock as we made our way backstage and headed towards the lobby to have our pictures taken.  "Did that really just happen?"  "Somebody pinch me!"

The night ended on a great note as the other film I acted in - "Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods" - won Best Original Score, Best Feature Film, and Audience Choice!


It was a wonderful week full of helpful teaching, great networking, and encouraging fellowship!  The Christian Worldview Film Festival has truly become like a big family reunion to me, and is one of the highlights of my year.  I urge everyone interested in filmmaking to attend.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wanted Poster & DVD Cover!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that "Wanted" is very near and dear to my heart!  I have helped on this short film in many capacities from the very beginning, and I am so excited to share some of the artwork with you now!  Monica Tull did a great job with our graphic design.

We are busy gearing up for our World Premiere and the online release of the film!

Meanwhile, you can Pre-Order the DVD by Feb. 7 to get FREE SHIPPING!
Click HERE to visit our store page!

  
  



Leave a comment and let me know what you think of our Poster and DVD Cover!  :-)
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Voiceover Resource

Any voice actors or aspiring voice actors out there?  This is definitely an area that I want to explore more!  I just saw this article on Backstage.com and wanted to share it with you!  It talks about voices.com, where you can be your own agent and book paid voiceover work.

Read more here: 4 Reasons to Join the Voiceover Business and use Voices.com

Note: I talked to a friend who is pursuing a career as a voiceover artist, and she said that you can make a profile and put up samples of your work for free, but in order to actually audition or directly contact people holding auditions you have to pay. Voices.com is $40 monthly, so you could cancel if you didn't think it was worth it. Most of the personal testimonies entailed satisfied users who said one job would easily pay for more than the subscription.

She mentioned two more websites: Voice123.com (works much the same way as Voices.com, but if you are not satisfied after 30 days, you can get a refund), and ACX.com, which is all audiobooks.




If you are already in this business, I'd love to hear any advice or information you have to give, so I can share it with my readers! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope this season finds you full of joy and peace!  Be sure to take some time over the holidays to relax, unplug, enjoy the festivities, and give yourself time to recharge.  This business we're in is very rewarding but also very demanding, and it's important to take some time off to get refreshed.  2015 is almost upon us, and a new set of adventures await!

In the midst of all the busyness of this season, don't forget to reflect on the greatest gift of all -- a baby boy born in a manger long ago.  God gave us the gift of His Son, and Jesus gave us the gift of His life.  We have so much to be grateful for!  Let us celebrate His birth together and keep our eyes fixed on Him as we go into the new year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

3 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Networking

Here's another great article from Backstage! As an actor, you have to work hard to market yourself. And where's the best place to do that?  Social media!  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, and the list goes on...  These are the platforms that provide you with the opportunity to brand yourself and connect with other professionals in the industry.

This article presents three tips for how to present yourself well when making those connections. They are EXCELLENT points, and when the author said the following...

"How many times have you received a Facebook friend request and decided in a millisecond if you are going to actually consider this request or not? Why? Firstly, because you’ve looked at their profile picture. This picture will make you want to look further into the request or delete it. You may not want to admit that, but I’d bet it’s true."

...I wanted to stand up and shout AMEN! Friends, your profile picture is SO IMPORTANT. It is your calling card -- the first impression people will get of you. Make it a good one. I don't want to be judgmental and I almost hate to admit this, but when I see that someone has posted in a Filmmaking group on Facebook, I will choose to go read their post (or not) based on their profile picture. If their picture doesn't present me with an image of professionality, it's hard for me to take them seriously. (Is professionality even a word? My spellcheck doesn't think so, but it sounds like it ought to be.)

The author also touches on the initial contact you make with someone, and the type of content you are sharing. Here's the link to read the article:

http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/3-tips-using-social-media-professional-networking/

After you read it, come back and tell me what you think!