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Henninger Media Services is having a seminar this week on Music For Picture.  The areas top producers and composers will discuss how they make music for films and why it is important to create a mood for the audience.

  • Importance of music in film and video.
  • Value of a composer vs. the value of a library.
  • What producers and directors need to know when working with a composer.
  • Live musicians vs. Sample-based performances.
  • Music technology.
  • How music fits into modern production workflow.

Flag-map of South Carolina

Image by Darwinek via Wikipedia

The Carolina Film Alliance promotes the film business in South Carolina by working with state and local legislators, business owners, residents, and creative talent to provide crew, on-camera talent, and services for feature films and television programming.

They are creating a state wide coalition of film industries officials, film supporters, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, and local merchants to help them with their legislative efforts such as tax rebates for the film industry.  Tax rebates will help bring more film business to South Carolina which means jobs and money spent in the area on production.

Portrait of Tuskegee airman Edward M. Thomas, ...

Tuskegee Airman Edward M. Thomas (Public Domain Image by Toni Frissell via Wikipedia)

Red Tails is a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen. George Lucas spent 23 years working on this movie.  Unable to get it financed, he made the movie with his own money.  Having the movie he was unable to get the support of a studio to market it so he dug deep and financed that as well.  George Lucas, after all his success, as an independent filmmaker.

The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American and a few Haitian pilots who flew fighter planes in World War II.  A first for people of color in the U.S. Armed Services.  The nickname "Red Tails" comes from the way the tail sections of their planes were painted in red.

Assigned to accompany bombers in combat they completed all their missions with the distinction of having lost only 25 bombers out of 311 missions and 15,533 sorties (the number of planes used in the missions).  Out of hundreds of missions they only had 66 men killed in action.  Quite an accomplishment considering the average life of a pilot, including all pilots in World War II,  was about 15 missions or 6-8 weeks.

In the video below Terrence Howard who plays Colonel A.J. Bullard in the film is interviewed by Tavis Smiley about the movie.

Français : Max von Sydow au festival de Cannes

Image via Wikipedia

In a recent episode Charlie Rose interviewed Max von Sydow.  Here is an excerpt where he comments on working with director Ingmar Bergman.

Just out.  A teaser trailer of  The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller.   An adaptation of the stage play by Matthew Marcus.  It is about a neurotic physics professor, who is unable to have interpersonal relationships, attempts suicide in order to prove the theory of quantum immortality.


2012 Oscar Nominations

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English: Horst Burbulla with Oscar

Image by User:Crowlei via Wikipedia

The nominations are in for the 84th Academy Awards.

Best Picture
  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
  • War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor In a Leading Role
  • Demián Bichir A Better Life
  • George Clooney The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin The Artist
  • Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt Moneyball

Actress In a Leading Role
  • Glenn Close Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis The Help
  • Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn

English: Northern end of Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina (Image by M Tirrell Rhines  via Wikipedia)

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and WHQR 91.3 FM Radio are presenting the DOCUTIME Film Festival this coming weekend in Wilmington.  Tickets can be purchased for a single program or you can get an all day pass.

Scheduled Films
Prgram A: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
  •  Pray The Devil Back To Hell

Program B: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Unfinished Spaces

Program C: Shorts  1:30 pm - 3:20 pm
  • Petropolis Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sand
  • Electric Shadows
  • Cat Listening to Music
  • Slow Tango
  • Flying People
  • Sharp Edge Blunt



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Kristy Marett is a singer, entertainer, and owner of Arts and Expressions - One Place For All Your Artistic Expressions! 

Dubbed as Hell Raisin' Country, Early Ray is certainly catching fire and heating up stages all around the Carolinas and the Southeast!

This young magnetic, good-looking country singer-songwriter delivers his powerful songs with a rock edge, but with the core of a country purist.

 I love the intro to his bio, which reads: I've never liked bios much as they are typically filled with cream puff quotes about how artsy, powerful or amazing an artist's music is.  Instead, I'm going tell you a little about myself...


Country music lovers, and country music artists, down here in the South... we don't separate the artist from his music. We liken it back to Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones, Loretta and Dolly. Music and Life Experience co-exist, co-mingle, and are so inextricably intertwined that they are one in the same.


Good goin' Ray! You ARE it!

English: Barkin 2008

Ellen Barkin (Image by Rosetta Argento via Wikipedia)

Check out this interview with Ellen Barkin where she talks about her acting career.  Did you know she studied acting for 10 years before she went on her first audition?

Ellen Barkin has starred in dozens of movies in her career including Tender Mercies, The Big Easy, and Sea of Love.  Ellen offers some tips on going to an audition and an her thoughts on acting.

Casting call today for
Abigail Breslin at a party during the 2010 Tor...

Abigail Breslin (Image by -nikkon- via Wikipedia)

 in Chalmette, Louisiana.

The story is set in the future and is about Ender Wiggin an exceptionally gifted child who is trained in warfare along with other smart children.  They compete in war games aboard an orbiting space station to prepare for their mission which is war with an alien race in another solar system that has been attacking earth. 

Asa Butterfield is cast as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyram Graff, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

  • Bright and talented kids.
  • Ages 10-17
  • Any ethnic background.

Chauncey Jacks

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English: cellars Česky: sklep Esperanto: kelo ...

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A video of Chauncey Jacks performing Basement live at the Room 5 Lounge accompanied by Chris Lovejoy on drums, Nathan Beale on lead guitar and Karen Swerdlow on rhythm guitar.

Camera operator setting up the video camera

Image by jsawkins via Flickr

Need an inexpensive shoulder mount for you video camera?  With a little time and a few tools you can make one on the cheap. Ryan Connolly shows you how to create a shoulder mount in this episode of Film Riot.

English: Coen Brothers at Cannes in 2001.

Coen Brothers (Image by  Rita Molnár  via Wikipedia)

Casting call for the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis today and tomorrow in New York City.

The film is about a 60's singer/songwriter that is working his way around the New York City folk scene.  Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan who was recently in the movie Drive are already signed on to the production.   Oscar will be playing the part of Llewyn Davis.  John Goodman and Justin Timberlake will also be starring.

  • Girls and boys 10-17 years old.
  • Adults 18+
  • Any ethnic background.

Saturday, January 14th
Sunday, January 15th

SAG Members 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Non-SAG 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Inside Llewyn Davis Casting Office
Fantastic Voyage, LLC
350 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY


UP CLOSE ~ Ananda

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Kristy Marett is a singer, entertainer, and owner of Arts and Expressions - One Place For All Your Artistic Expressions! 

Ananda Image

Public Domain Image by Burman2k via Wikipedia

My first impression when I heard about this musical act was the interesting and unusual name. Taken from Sanskrit, Ananda means perfect bliss. After a first hearing, we quickly realize that the name is a perfect fit for this ultra-talented duo. A gentle intertwining of beautiful piano and violin, weaving threads of melody and harmony as each player improvises upon the suggestions of the other. It truly is blissfully beautiful music to hear!


Classically trained musicians, PJ Brunson on piano and Laurie Neal on violin, masterfully perform classical masterpieces, traditional Celtic treasured and their own inspired original pieces with a new age feel.


Their latest CD, Still Waters, is a mixture of the duos own new age compositions and traditional classics, seasoned with a slightly modern flavor. Rife with originality and laden with the talent of these two performers, this album is one that you will want to hear again and again. I passionately recommend it!


Charlotte Film Community

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7th Street Station on the LYNX light rail line...

Charlotte, North Carolina (Image by Justin Ruckman  via Wikipedia)

The Charlotte Film Community based in Charlotte, North Carolina is an organization where filmmakers and actors meet to share their work, network with like minded people, and have a good time.  All in the name of furthering the filmmaking business in Charlotte and it's surrounding areas.  It's not all business either.  If you are simply a lover of films and filmmaking you can find your place in this group.

Monthly meetings and special events are held throughout the year including award shows and contests.  You never know who may show up to speak at the next event.  It could be a producer that is in town working on a film or perhaps a casting agent explaining what casting agents look for during an audition including how to dress and what you should and should not do.

These meet-ups often lead to collaboration among the members as you will see in the film below.  The next film contest planned is called Inspire Charlotte 2012 and requires that 75% of the film to be made within a 60 mile radius of Charlotte.

For more details about the Charlotte Film Community and the Inspire Charlotte 2012 contest go to:

Remarkable films can be made with today's DSLR cameras if you have one, can get one, rent one, or borrow one.  Over the next few weeks we will take a look at some short films made with DSLR cameras that show how capable these new cameras are.

Here's a fun film, Benevolent Mischeif, that was made with a Nikon D7000 camera.   Very nice shots throughout the film show what's possible using a DSLR camera.

English: James Wann and Leigh Whannell attendi...

James Wan with Leigh Whannell (Image by  Abandonada via Wikipedia)

Previously name The Conjuring, now named The Warren Files, the movie directed by James Wan, will begin filming at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina in the next few weeks and casting is underway.

The Conjuring was inspired by the paranormal activities that happened in a Rhode Island farmhouse.  The events were investigated by Ed and Loraine Warren who helped the Perron family, the owners of the house, in their battle against the spirits. 

Send your resume' and headshot/photos to the following addresses by mail only.

Principal and Supporting Roles
Fincannon & Associates, Inc.
1560 Point Harbor Road
Wilmington, NC  28401

Engine Media Group
P.O. Box 1859
Venice, CA  90291

Vanessa Neimeyer
2202 Plaza Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405

Harrison Ford at the Pacific Design Center in ...

Harris Ford (Image by Gavatron via Wikipedia)

A casting call for Ender's Game will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend.  Filming will be in New Orleans from February through June.  

The story is set in the future and is about Ender Wiggin an exceptionally gifted child who is trained in warfare along with other smart children.  They compete in war games aboard an orbiting space station to prepare for their mission which is war with an alien race in another solar system that has been attacking earth. 

Asa Butterfield is cast as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyram Graff, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

  • Bright and talented kids.
  • Ages 10-17
  • Any ethnic background.

A lion in Mount Royal park in Winter

Public Domain Image by Shawn in Montreal via Wikipedia

The New River Players will hold auditions for The Lion in Winter at Coastal Carolina Community College on January 23rd and 24th.  A play by James Goldman.  Auditions are open to the public.

Henry II, King of England - Male, 50
Queen Eleanor - Female, 61
John - Male, 17
Geoffrey - Male, 25
Richard the Lionheart - Male, 26
Alais Capet - Female, 23
Philip II, King of France - Male, 18

Illustration in Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le F...

Public Domain Image by David Henry Friston via Wikipedia

Hellfire Club Studio is accepting video submissions for Vampires: Rise of the Fallen to begin filming in April.

"Michelle is a typical high school student until one night she is bitten by a strange animal while running in the woods. Her best friend tries to help her understand the changes she's going through, as she becomes a Vampire. Challenged by immortality and hunted by a group obsessed with fulfilling a prophecy about the end times, Michelle finds solace in a brood of Vampires whom she can't figure out if they are trying to help her or kill her. The fight is on! Will it be Immortality or Humanity? Tonight the destiny of one of these races will change forever."

English: Brazilian director Rogério Sganzerla ...

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You're Perfect  is a 15-minute short being filmed in Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, NC. Pre-Production will start immediately and principal photography will take place on January 28, 2012 in Charlotte, NC and February 4, 2012 in Rock Hill, SC. This is a very small production with no monetary compensation; all work will be credited on the final copy of the film, website, social media sites, etc. We have a very tight schedule for this project which requires the following availability:

January 27 (evening)

January 28 (all day)

January 29 (tentative)

February 4 (evening)

February 5 (tentative)


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"The transformed quartette read of their ...

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Acting Basics for Adults will be offered in Waynesville, Virgina by the Wayne Theatre Alliance starting next Sunday.  It is a six week course taught by Boomie Pederson who has extensive experience in Theatre and teaching .

Acting Basics for Adults is designed for both novices and experienced actors. The class will focus on the basic tools of the actor--voice, body and breath. (Also useful in the workplace!) Using monologues and scenes, the class will see how the given circumstances and the physical life on stage help shape character. 

  • Cost: $120
  • Limited Space
  • Classes begin January 15th at 4:00 pm.

WTA's Gateway
329 West Main Street
Waynesboro, Virginia

Call 540.943.9999 to  register or to get more information.

Zwaag Piano Quartet

Public Domain Image by Noblegoose via Wikipedia

Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina's State Theatre, is needing musicians for 2012 and future seasons.  Rehearsals and perfomances will take place in Flat Rock and/or Hendersonville.

Instruments Needed:
  • Piano/Synthesizer
  • Guitars of all types.
  • Basses both electric and upright.
  • Percussion and drum set
  • Violins
  • Cellos
  • Saxes
  • Clarinets
  • Oboe
  • Flutes
  • Piccolo
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Harmonica
  • Accordion
  • Harp
  • Other instruments not listed are of interest also.

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Kristy Marett is a singer, entertainer, and owner of Arts and Expressions - One Place For All Your Artistic Expressions! 

If you are a musician, (like me) you got 'em! It's the promises we make to no one but ourselves this time of year... usually involving being a little more dedicated to our instrument(s), honing our talents, and so many of us, (me included,) promising ourselves that we will Practice! Practice! Practice!  Hey! How else are we gonna get to Carnegie Hall, right?


Of course, ALL OF THE ABOVE is on my list of musical resolutions this year! (Just like last year and the year before, and... well. You know as well as I do!)


I DO resolve to be a better musician this year! And I DO resolve to practice more! But... in 2012, I have added another layer to my musical resolutions. 


Music is by far my first love. From my earliest memories, I have always dreamt of living my life filled with music, making it my career and my life's ambition. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to fulfill that dream, at least in part, most days of my life.

Drunk Father

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Battered But Not Broken, a play by Charleston native Cindy Wilson about surviving abuse, will be holding auditions next weekend at Kanawha Players Theater. 

"Justina Blessing will suffer the consequences of both parent's actions.  She will meet a man Sebastian Blessing, that by all appearances seems to be the opposite, of what she has experienced as a child.  What she thinks is a dream come true, will turn out to be a nightmare.  Justina will triumph over obstacles, that would have destroyed most women.  She will live and she will learn.  Hopefully the lessons she learns, will teach all of us about ourselves.  What doesn't kill us, should make us stronger.  She will prevail, but not without a fight."



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Debbie Millwater of The Murder Mystery Company Carolinas is looking for a few new actors for her troupe.

  • Leading men to play detectives.
  • Character actors.
  • Supporting actors and actresses.
  • Photographers
  • Singing or secondary talents a bonus.

  • Audition this week.
  • If selected attend mandatory training this Sunday, January 8th from noon - 5:00 pm.

For more information contact Debbie at:

T Marcus Casting is casting for a shoot this weekend in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Roles for Saturday, January 7th at 8:00 am
  • Wrestling Coach - 30-40 years old - $75
  • 2 College Guys - $75 each
  • 1 College Girl - $75

Extra Roles for Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th
  • Teen Extras - Male and Female - Good if you can make one day or two.  $50 per day.

Send headshot, resume, and contact information to Tara at:

DSLR Short Films - To Live

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Remarkable films can be made with today's DSLR cameras if you have one, can get one, rent one, or borrow one.  Over the next few weeks we will take a look at some short films made with DSLR cameras that show how capable these new cameras are.

This first film, To Live, was made with a Canon Rebel T2i/EOS 550D camera.  A touching story about a boy named Walter, a guitar, and his father. 

To Live
Dovescape Productions
Written by Michael Medina & Mark Philipp
Produced by Mark Philipp
Directed by Michael Medina
Edited by Ethan Castro & Michael Medina
Cinematographer Michael Medina
Camera Operator Ethan Castro

Here's an exciting contest for high school filmmakers in South Carolina.  Create a film in a South Carolina park or parks with the theme Come Out & Play and you might win $100-250 and have your film screened at events statewide.
Flag-map of South Carolina

Image by Darwinek via Wikipedia

Sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the South Carolina Film Commission.

  • Contest open to all South Carolina high school students -- public, private or home-schooled.
  • All entries must follow the theme COME OUT & PLAY.
  • All entries must be at least 30-seconds long and no longer than two minutes, thirty seconds (02:30).
  • Alll entries must have at least one 3-second shot of South Carolina State Park signage in their submitted short film. This can be anything with the S.C. State Park logo or a State Park name.
  • All entries must shoot at least one scene at a South Carolina State Park. But don't fret; this doesn't mean you're stuck with either a picnic shelter or playground. The S.C. State Park system is diverse and wide, with a huge variety of places that could work for any fi¬lm. Cabins, lakes, streams, forests, ¬fields, mountains, beaches, even zoos and museums are fair game. Your story can take root and grow in any number of settings, so let your imagination take advantage of what the S.C. State Park system has to offer.

Fred Eaglesmith On Tour

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Fred Eaglesmith @ Roots of Heaven (Haarlem, Th...

Fred Eaglesmith (Image by Erik Joling via Wikipedia)

Fread Eaglesmith is on tour and will be passing through the southeast this month.  Check out the video below of his appearance on the David Letterman Show.

  • Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 - Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA
  • Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
  • Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 - ACES - Bradenton, FL
  • Jan 8-15, 2012 - Delbert McClinton Blues Cruise - Leaving FT Lauderdale, FL
  • Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 - Bamboo Room - Lake Worth, FL
  • Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra, FL
  • Friday, Jan 20, 2012 - Red Clay Theatre - Duluth, GA
  • Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 - Blue Plate Special Knoxville, TN - Daytime Radio SHow
  • Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 - The Shed - Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson - Maryville, TN
  • Monday, Jan 23, 2012 - The Bluebird - Nashville, TN
  • Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 - Red Dragon Listening Room - Baton Rouge, LA

English: Broad Street, Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina (Image by Khanrak  via Wikipedia)

Submissions for the Charleston Film Festival are due by January 18th.  The festival will be held in scenic downtown Charleston, South Carolina on April 11th through 15th.

  • Feature films must be 50 minutes and over in length.
  • Short films must not exceed 50 minutes in length.
  • The festival will accept films of all genres.
  • The festival will consider all films regardless of any commercial, theatrical or television play in the US.
  • World and US premieres are not required. Please see note above about Charleston screenings.
  • All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.
  • Works-in-progress will be considered.

English: Palace Theatre, Broadway, New York, c...

Broadway Circa 1920 (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

The Old Courthouse Youth Theatre in Concord, North Carolina is holding auditions for Broadway Babies next week.  

  • Ages 10 - 18
  • Be prepared to sing a verse and chorus from a Broadway musical.
  • No recorded music.
  • Accomaniment provided.

Auditons for Broadway Babies
Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
49 Spring Street, Northwest
Concord, North Carolina

English: Harmonicas Español: Conjunto de armón...

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Hendersonville Little Theatre will be holding auditions this week starting Monday for Harps & Harmonicas, a comedy by Linda Escalera Price.  

  • 2 men and 3 women needed.
  • Ages 34-62

"What happens when your husband of 41 years - the only man you've ever dated or kissed - dies? If you're Cynthia, you embark on a Road Trip with your daughter's best friend and suddenly find yourself a bit over your head in a world you never really new existed. In Harps and Harmonicas, a provocative coming-of-age comedy for seniors, worlds collide as three women must define and redefine themselves and their relationships with each other."

Monday, January 2nd and Tuesday, January 3rd
7:00 pm
The Barn
State Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina