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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."



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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.

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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




Potpourri

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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.

Worldly Possessions

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Worldly Possessions is a new film written by Brad Hord and being directed by Robert Filion.

This is the second time this pair has worked together.  Previously they made a film call Mosaic 33 which is a science fiction tale of a woman who decides to reveal information to a reporter about what is going on in the Mosaic lab she works in.  It has been doing very well on the film festival circuit.


Shelby, North Carolina and the surrounding area has been chosen as the city to film Worldly Possessions in and one of the locations picked was also used in the movie Hunger Games.
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Brad Hord  Writer/Producer of Worldly Possessions

"I am very proud to be the Executive Producer on Brad's new vision!  The cast is brilliant and Director Robert W. Filion is at the top of his game!  I put my money on the best... and these guys are rocking it! Worldly Possessions is a Win Win!" - Darren Conrad Executive Producer

An excellent cast has been assembled and filming begins mid April.

Below are some of the cast and crew followed by a conversation I had With Brad Hord and Tim Ross about the film.




Bennie - Sneak Preview

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Bennie.jpgBennie is a new comedy by Tara Lynn Marcelle coming this spring.

Starring all your favorites CatherineTrail, Neva Howell, Mike Smyth, Tim Ross, Davis Osborne, Paul Gibson, Vanessa Ore, Vanelle Queen-of The-Universe, David Sweeney, Christopher Lykins, Chris Cozort and more!

See the trailer for Bennie here:

Mosaic 33 now on Roku

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M33.jpgMosaic 33 a sci-fi thriller written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Fillion and is now available to watch on your Roku box at the GetScaredTV Channel.

Currently very popular on the festival circuit, Mosaic 33 stars Jennifer Russoli, Brett Gentile, and Vanessa Ore.

The Roku box enables you to watch Netflix, Hulu, and many other channels and shows when you want to.  No more appointment TV.  So if you don't have a Roku get one.  You won't look back.





   

Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, Unite...

Craven Street, Beaufort, S.C . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Beaufort Film Society is calling for entries to the 2015 Beaufort Internationan Film Festival located in Beaufort, South Carolina.  The next festival is scheduled for February 11th through 15th of 2015.


Beaufort is situated on Port Royal Island in the coastal lowcountry area of  of South Carolina.  The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and Forest Gump were filmed there.  Also known for it's historic houses and shrimp festival.

Thinking Speed by Lisa Menzel

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Thinking Speed is a big project for  the amount of money spent on it.  The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing.  It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit.  This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie.  Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.




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Lisa Menzel  Photo credit: Ray Sofia

A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get  the movie out on the film festival circuit.  If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.



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Director accepting coffee.  Photo Credit: Luke Sejud
Curfew1.jpgHere is a riveting portrayal of a woman, Janet Miles, played by Candace Blanchard, who tries to seduce her boss (Thomas L. Beck) in order to get a promotion.  She gets more than she bargained for.

The movie is complete and is being produced by THE iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina.  THE iNDEE provides creative space for filmmakers, artists, and musicians with editing bays, green screens, sets, and sound stages.  They also help develop, produce, and distribute television and film projects.

Since the movie is essentially finished all that's left to do is the distribution of Curfew.  There is a campaign underway at Indiegogo.com to help fund the distribution of the movie across the U.S.  Here's your chance to help and get credit for it as well with the perks they are offering for contributors.

Go to the link below, watch the incredible trailer, then decide if you'd like to take advantage of this 
opportunity to participate.




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Here's what you like to hear.  A short being made into a feature.  The Find, written by Mike Garland and produced by Ridge Runner Media is about to become a feature length motion picture.  Filmed last year in the Spartanburg, S.C. area, it is a story about a man who finds a relic sword and how it changes the lives of him and his wife.

After getting a distribution deal from My Production Limited  in England for the short, a decision waas made to do a feature length version of The Find.  Mike said he and the producers, Mike and Terry Miller  are starting work on the new parts of the screenplay as soon a possible and be will recalling most of the original cast.  Filming is being scheduled for mid summer.

The association with My Production Limited will help the film be seen in the UK on Hulu, Netflix, and Redbox.

Reminds me of the way Bottle Rocket and My Name Is Paul started out as shorts and were later made into features, jump starting a few careers along the way.



Chris Gervais of Strawhouse Pictures on Filmmaking

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A filmmaker is someone who will do whatever it takes to get the project completed. Chris Gervais is just that sort of person.

Though his dream is to be in that famed director's chair full time, he's so in love with filmmaking (and the digital revolution) that he's taken on composing, acting, lighting, sound, editing... pretty much you name it, he's done it. 

In this interview, we get a great insight into someone basically self-educated in this through  real world experience.  The advice Chris gives us here is taken from the sets and locations he's been a part of  and from the trial and error he's been through.  Delve in and enjoy!



 
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Wes Anderson, writer and director of films such as Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited speaks with Charlie Rose about his latest. The Grand Budapest Hotel.



Thumbnail image for Katie Damien.jpgVideo of Katie Damien's trip to the Thin Line Film Festival where her film My Toxic Backyard was screened.  This was the world premiere for My Toxic Backyard, a film about how hazardous waste seeped into the groundwater of an Asheville, North Carolina community.





Detective Jack Gibson attempts to solve a string of murders related to an experiment substance called "X5".

What makes this film different is that it will feature, along with live action, pixel art reminiscent of 80's video games like Mortal Kombat and Snatcher.
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Professional actor and instructor Tim Ross  will be holding an intensive workshop on audition technique later this month in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Well known for his his work in the Carolinas and shoutheast, Tim's experience ranges from feature length films to commercials and industrial films.  Not to mention his work in theatre as an actor and director.

Tim knows his business and this is a great opportunity to learn how to improve the way you approach an audition and how to increase you chances of getting the role.  Teens and adults will also get the chance to meet with a casting director from a busy production studio in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for a question and answer session.

Audition Technique Workshop with Tim Ross
Saturday, February. 22nd
1401 Edward Mills Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
9:00 am until Noon: Young actors age 8-14, $75.
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm: Teens age 14-19,  $75.
5:00 pm until 9:00 pm: Adults 20 and up, $100.


Writing

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If you are a writer or filmmaker who would like to learn more about writing and share some comaraderie with like minded folks this is the class for you. Beginning February 5th and continuing every Wednesday at Jade Castle Studios in Greenville, South Carolina.

The instructor will be John Norwood who graduated from  the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television.  

Starting Wednesday Feburary 5th at Jade Castle Studios.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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