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Morgan Monnig is an actor from the lowcountry of South Carolina who I recently saw in the short film The Cabin written and directed by Tommy Faircloth along with Robert Zobel as producer.  She does an excellent job in it as does her on screen suitor played by Jason Vail.  Filmed in Columbia, South Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee it has some beautiful mountain scenery mixed in with a chilling ending.  It has won best short film at over a half dozen film festivals, nominated at a half dozen others, and selected to be screened at over twenty more to date.

She is currently filming Worldly Possessions, as Detective Michelle Ryan. The screenplay for this film was written by Brad Hord and is being directed by Robert Filion.  In this tale, Stephen Drake (Tim Ross), is trying to keep demons from entering our world but he's facing a few demons of his own.  Currently filming in Shelby and other areas of the Carolinas.

Morgan likes nothing better than being on set working.  You can also find Morgan behind the scenes when she gets a chance, writing and directing her own films.  Though she has no formal training as an actor or director she knows how to find the help she needs to get the job done. She has a very resourceful attitude.  Athletic and competitive, with a take charge spirit that works in her favor to gain the respect of everyone she works with.

Enjoy the conversation below that I had with Morgan and keep your eyes peeled for other projects she has coming up.

Kristen Wiig Turns to Drama

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Hateship Loveship - Toronto Film Festival (Photo credit: GabboT)



Kristen Wiig, known for her comedy with The Groundlings and Saturday Night Live as well as her previous movies stars in Hateship Loveship.    Here she is in a discussion with Charlie Rose and the director Liza Johnson about the movie.

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Christine is the director of Fix It In Post, her latest film, which is currently in post-production.

The subtitle for this film should be "Or What Would a Filmmaker Do?", because that is the theme of this movie.  When an electromagnetic pulse destroys the earth's power grid the characters in the movie use their filmmaking skills to try and survive.  What could go wrong?

The story was written by Christine Parker, and Bill Mulligan who has been a fixture on the sets of Adrenalin Productions for at least a decade.  Together they have produced a catalog of horror movies with a campy style of comedy that their fans enjoy and always look forward to.

" The whole thing revolves around Christine, not because she's the director but because without her it wouldn;t happen.  Every film needs someone who organizes everything and that's her. She hates it but it has to be done." Bill Mulligan - Co-writer: Fix It In Post


Fix It In Post Group Shot

From left to right: Rebecca Larken (Heather), Lilly Nelson (Betty), Miles Snow (Wiilliam), Carrie Jones (Carol), Shane Terry (Shane), Paul Cardullo (Paul), Katie Carpenter (Lexy), Alan Watkins (Alan), Roberto Ghigi (Angelo), Tom Gore (Kave), Bill Mulligan (Bill) -- at Youngsville NC.  Photo courtesy Adrenalin Productions

Darke.jpgDarke is a new science fiction web series by Joshua Shane Sik that lets you choose your own adventure.  

"... at the end of every episode, there will be two or three possible choices for the story. For the next three days, the audience will vote on which outcome they want. Whichever path garners the most votes, will determine the next episode."



Video camera in action.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay gearheads, here is some of the highlights of the NAB show 2014 featuring new video recording equipment form all the major manufacturers.  Whether it be for filmmaking or broadcasting you will find something that you need or want.

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The Mineola Twins

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MineolaTwins.jpgCongratulations to the cast and crew of The Mineola Twins playing now through Sunday at Winthrop University as a part of Rock Hill's Come See Me Week.

It is a story of two young women, identical twins, who long to leave Mineola for bigger things.  Riley Ketchum shines playing the parts of both Myrna and Myra. Bridgette Smith has a strong and comical performance as Jim in the first acts and Sarah in the latter part of the play. Not to be outdone, Rodrick Freitas is outstanding as Kenny and Ben.  

The play starts out with Jenn Fant as The Voice who hauntingly narrates the dream sequences that appear throughout the play. Her and the ensemble: Sydney Bertsch, Jesse Pritchard, Nora Webb, and LaShawn Woolridge illustrate what's happening in the dream sequences as well as appearing as individual characters later in the play.

This is  a comedy with a serious subtext to it covering the periods from the Eisenhower era to the Nixon and Bush Sr. administrations.  Myra and Myrna are as different as night and day and are never in agreement as siblings sometimes are.  No one is perfect though as you will learn.  

There were many sets used throughout the play that were well designed with a modern look while being  simple and effective at projecting the style of the play and being the perfect backdrop for the performers.  The sound design and lighting emphasized what was happening onstage very well and the acoustics and sound in the auditorium was spectacular.  This helped create the magic of The Mineola Twins.


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As Stefon might say 'This film has it all. Drinking, dancing, gambling, two sisters, one who loved Bennie, one who married him... and a boat.'  He'd be right.


Written and directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle this is a comedy with a bit of drama mixed in.  Loosely based on Tara's actual grandmothers Pearl and Josephine, and Josephine's  boyfriend at that time who's name was Bennie.

Having grown up in a filmmaking family Tara became interested in the business as a young girl because she was often around while her parents were working.  Reading scripts and learning about films her parents pointed out to her.  Besides directing and acting she has been writing for the past few years, working on projects such as My Name Is Paul, The Calm Before, and Virtuous.

In this film, if you are like me, you will see in these characters pieces of people you have known as well as situations you have observed or been a part of.  This connection makes it easy to enjoy!

Warren Marcus brilliantly caught the action with an actual film camera which in unusual nowadays with digital cameras being so prevalent for local productions.  Gregory Hewitt was makeup supervisor, Phaedra Witt production supervisor, and Luis Carlos Machicao wardrobe supervisor.
  
Bennie is a 35 minute short that is due to be released this summer.  A feature length version is slated to be made depending on how it does during it's festival run.  I think the chances are good we will see that feature length version as soon as Tara, busy as she is, finds the time to write the rest of the script.

Check out the trailer below and the interview we had with some of the cast and crew.

I Married an Alien - Premiere

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I Married an Alien.jpgApril 25th is the date for the premiere of I Married an Alien, a science fiction comedy produced and directed by Collins White of Other Vision Studios with Micah Thompson as head writer.

The cast includes Cassie Thompson, Micah Thompson, David Bean, Lindsay Morgan, Jamil Jaar, Audrey Dickson, and Nathan Forest




Young Artist Award

Young Artist Award (Photo credit: Crakker Jakk)

What does it take to succeed?  These two young ladies know.

The Young Artist Awards began 34 years ago as a children's version of what the Academy Awards presentation is like.  Just like with the Academy Awards it is an honor to be nominated.  Brandi Alyssa Young and Taylor-Grace Davis have both been nominated this year.  Both are very familiar faces in the films from southeast and are beginning to broaden their horizons as their high school careers come to an end.


Brandi has been nominated three times including this year.  This time she is nominated for her work in the web series The Dark One as Michelle Smith. She will not be attending the ceremonies this year as she has just moved from South Carolina to Pennsylvania and is getting settled in there while exploring and learning her way around New York City.

This is a first nomination for Taylor-Grace for her role as Rebekkah Madison in The Box. who's senior prom is the night before the awards.  She is a member of the prom committee and doesn't want to miss that.  She doesn't want to miss the awards either.  So she will be attending the prom then flying to Los Angeles afterwards in order to get to the Empire Ballroom in Studio City, California where the award ceremonies are held.