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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




Crystal Tyler.jpgJade Castle Studios is an asset to the upstate area, the Carolinas, and beyond.  It is a place where actors, performing artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists of all kinds can meet and rub shoulders with one another.  You can attend classes or rent space for your projects such as a songwriter's club, writer's club or as a space where you could audition actors for your upcoming film.

Started earlier this year and operated by Crystal Tyler it is just beginning to take hold and needs your help.  If you are able to give just a small amount to assist with this well intensioned project it will help filmmaking and the performing arts thrive in the community and their will be some perks for you as well.


"Crystal and Jade Castle have been a great resource for me in connecting with other professionals. Whenever Other Vision needs to look for talent, I give Crystal a call. Through Jade Castle, she's already helped connect me with so many other great film professionals in the Greenville area." - Collins Abbott White - Other Vision Studios


If you can't afford to donate then please share this message with your friends so they can learn about Jade Castle Studios and how it might benefit them.

Learn more about Jade Castle Studios in the article below by The Greenville News and in my conversation with Crystal.


The Future of TV

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Tivo Remote (Public Domain photo by Evan-Amos via Wikipedia) 

Most people still watch TV via antenna or a cable TV subscription but that is changing rapidly.  Just as cable TV networks have made headway against the traditional TV networks, online networks and programming will rise even faster.

Video on Demand, or VOD is my preferred method of consuming TV now.  I cut the cord with cable TV a few years ago because most of what I wanted was the movie channels (Showtime, Cinemax, HBO) but I had to pay for everything else in between in order to get to those channels. If only cable would go a la carte.  I did like my DVR and the ability to record from a menu of upcoming shows though so  this is what I did.  

I bought a version of the Tivo box that is made for antenna reception and media from the Internet.  This allows me to get the news, weather, late night talk shows, and the occasional series from broadcast TV for free.  Tivo charges a small fee, currently $12.95/month,  for the menu of upcoming programs from local broadcast stations. I can select a single program in advance to record or get a season pass so that I don't miss a any episodes.  The Tivo box records more than I can watch in a day so when I have the time I watch the programs I want, when I want to. It also records media from the shows on the Internet I like when they become available.  No more appointment TV.  

The Tivo box has Netflix and a host of Internet only programs on almost any subject, interest, or hobby you may have.  More than 50% of my viewing is on my TV in the living room but comes from Internet only programming.  That's where things are heading and if you are  a filmmaker or content provider you need to pay attention to this trend.  

There are also the game consoles like XBox 360, PS3, and Wii that can provide Netflix and online programming.  DVD players and TVs are starting to come with these features built in too.  All of this creates more options for the consumer and more avenues for content producers.   Oh, and for some of the films and specials on the movie channels I miss since cutting the cord, I find that I can mostly get them with my Roku box and Netflix or Hulu Plus, albeit a season later than cable.  Suits me.

Eastland Mall (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Eastland Mall (Charlotte, North Carolina) (Photo credit: Cantnot via  Wikipedia)

Is there a future for a movie studio at the old Eastland Mall site?  The Charlotte City Council thinks so.  They have approved spending $13 million dollars for the 80 acre property to be developed as a sound stage with offices for film editing and other crafts that support making movies.

If things go as planned we can start seeing some activity there as early as next year.





To learn more about the project see:


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The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is having a holiday mixer and party at the Cadillac Ranch this month.

A great way to network with people in the film industry around Cleveland.  It doesn't matter if you've worked on a Cleveland film or not.  If you have an interest in getting involved you should come.  Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.



Media Industry Mixer & Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14th
200 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

To R.S.V.P contact Jason Drake at jdrake@clevelandfilm.com!

If you have any film news to announce at this event contact Jason Drake at jdrake@clevelandfilm.com!



   
Official photo of Governor Beverly Perdue (D-NC).

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has officially announced that through incentives offered to the producers, the production of Iron Man 3 is coming to North Carolina.   This will bring more than 80 million dollars, over 500 jobs, and more than 1,000 talent opportunities for actors and extras.  

Perdue said that it was a competitive process and they worked hard to beat out the other states that wanted the film.  The incentives package North Carolina was able to offer made the difference in landing the movie.  The resources and talent pool available in North Carolina was also a big factor in the decision.  It will be shot in Wilmington at the EUE/Screen Gems Studio and will be the largest production that has ever been filmed in North Carolina.  

The Governor said that it's not just about Wilmington and that North Carolina has had it's busiest year ever in the film industry.  During 2011, in films across the state there were  3,400 crew positions, 560 acting jobs, 22,000 extra jobs, 2,342 production days and over 200 million dollars of direct spend in film business.  That is a 185% increase over 2010.  

She also said "We're not done yet." and is working along with her commerce team to attract more productions to North Carolina.

"America knows that North Carolina is serious about film, and Marvel Studios understands this is the best place in the country to do film business."   

Marvel Studios has one of the hottest franchises in the country with the Iron Man series.  The film will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and stars Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, and Robert Downey, Jr. 

   

   
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Wilmington, North Carolina (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Iron Man 3 will be coming to the Wilmington, North Carolina Screen Gems Studio  for filming next summer.  Michigan was trying to get the production there but lost out after North Carolina gave them the incentives they were looking for.

Iron Man, created by Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, is a billionaire industrialist who creates a powered suit of armor that he uses to fight crime.  He is also a member of the super hero team the Avengers.

The movie is being produced by DW Films and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures.  Robert Downey, Jr. who has played the role in previous Iron Man movies is set to play Tony Stark aka Iron Man.  Scarlett Johansson is rumored to be in the movie as well.


See also:  

Made in North Carolina - Iron Man 3 soon will be.

   

Carolina Legends: Earl Owensby

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Earl Owensby - Challenge.jpgEarl Owensby's first film as a producer was the movie Challenge (1974)  which became a hit in the U.S. and abroad.   In it Owensby  played the lead role of Frank Challenge, a Senate candidate that would not sell out to the mob.  This was the spark that eventually led to the creation of Earl Owensby Studios in Shelby, North Carolina.

A number of films were shot at his studios and he starred in many of them.  Some of the people that were cast in his movies include David Allan Coe (singer/songwriter) , Lorne Greene (from the Bonanza TV series), and Paula PoundStone (comedian). 

There are many writers, actors, and crew members that got their start in Owensby's studios and have gone on to make a name for themselves in the film industry.  One of them is Leon Rippy, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina best known for his roles in The Patriot, Stargate, and Saving Grace who did several movies with Earl in his early days as an actor.  

In the 80s Duke Power Company's Cherokee Power Station , a nuclear power plant being built in Gaffney, South Carolina was never completed.  Earl bought the abandoned plant and created what was at the time the world's largest underwater sound stage.   This is where James Careron's movie The Abyss was filmed.


"Earl Owensby has received numerous honors for his success and achievements. Honors granted Mr. Owensby include NC Hall Of Fame, #15 of the top 100 people in NC in 100 years, Award UNCC North Carolina, and numerous others. Many schools and Universities refer to Earl Owensby when teaching the movie industry, specifically, classes at Duke University, Gardner Webb University, as well as a section in the North Carolina History Books."


Earl Owensby Studios is still in operation and has sound stages totaling 90 thousand square feet.   They have an underwater filming pool with 7 camera ports and underwater lighting, makeup and dressing rooms, wardrobe and property departments, carpentry shop, special effects, kitchen, dining, and lounge areas.  Also an onsite hotel,  1570' runway, recording/mixing studio, editing  and screening rooms, and production offices.


Earl Owensby Studios website:


   

Weekend Box Office - August 1

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Harrison Ford at the Pacific Design Center in ...

Harrison Ford (Photo by Gavatron via Wikipedia)

The two films opening in the lead at the box office this weekend were probably as different as two movies could be.  Cowboys and Aliens is a sci-fi western flick with action stars Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, and The Smurfs is a part animated/part live action movie about The Smurfs leaving their magical world and ending up in New York City.  They made $36.4M and $35.6M, with Cowboys narrowly taking the top spot. Crazy, Stupid, Love, a romantic comedy starring Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling also opening this weekend, took the 5th spot with $19.1M.

Captain America: The First Avenger and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 remained in the top 5 this weekend with Captain America pulling in $25.6M (bringing its total to $117.4M) and Harry Potter with $22M (bringing its total to $318.5M).  With that total, Harry Potter has broken even more records.  It has now reached the $1 billion mark for worldwide totals, become the highest grossing Potter film, and become the fastest film ever to reach $900M.

Rounding out the top 10:
Friends With Benefits - $9.3M, bringing it to $38.2M total
Horrible Bosses - $7.2M, bringing it to $96.3M total
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $6.1M, bringing it to $338M total
Zookeeper - $4.3M, bringing it to $68.8M total
Cars 2 - $2.3M, bringing it to $182M total
   

Pixar Studios

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Animated films have always been some of my favorites over the years, and the collaboration between Disney and Pixar over the past 15 years has taken animation to a new level.  Their feature films and short films have gotten worldwide acclaim.  I was looking up some of those short films on their website when I saw a new part that hadn't caught my eye before.  The How We Do It section takes you through the process of creating a feature length film.  Anyone looking to get into animation or CGI could learn much from the creative minds at Pixar.

Check out the website to read behind-the-scenes information on some of their most popular films like Toy Story and Cars, as well as watch theatrical trailers, learn about the artists, and look for job openings or internship opportunities. 

http://www.pixar.com/index.html
   
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime betwe...

Bonnie and Clyde (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

The Story of Bonnie and Clyde is in pre-productions and to be shot in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Filmmaker Tonya S. Holly will be directing this adaptation about Bonnie and Clyde, their love story, and how they became the most notorious fugitives of the depression era.

The feature length movie will by produced by Holly's company Cypress Moon Studios. 

Some of the actors already cast for the movie are Hillary Duff, Thora Birch, Michael Madsden, Lee Majors, Peter Coyote, and Tess Harper.

Shooting will begin later this summer and extras are needed,

To audition as an extra call Cypress Moon Productions at:
256.381.5745
225.634.2222


Cypress Moon Productions:

   

Weekend Box Office - May 9, 2011

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The next superhero franchise has been cemented.  Thor easily grabbed the box office crown this weekend with $66 million.  This brought the Marvel Studios film to a worldwide total of $242 million.  Thor failed to beat Iron Man's previous opening weekend totals, but did out-perform the openings of X-Men, Fantastic Four, and The HulkThor's 3D and Imax release, as well as the overall rise in ticket prices  may have given it a boost. 

Fast Five, the fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, came in 2nd bringing its total to $184.8 million internationally.
 


Amazon Studios

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Amazon Studios is a groundbreaking opportunity for writers and filmmakers to get their scripts and movies in the hands of Hollywood executives.  Through monthly contests, they will be awarding more than $2 million this year alone.

For the month of May, the contests will be as follows:
Best Test Movie- $100,000
Best Dialogue Track- $10,000
Best Script- $20,000
Best Comedy Script- $20,000
The Best Comedy Script category will be judged with the help of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.

A "test movie" should be a full-length movie.  The film doesn't have to be completely fine-tuned.  Amazon Studios will be focusing on good acting, excellent sound/music, creativity, and the ability to capture the feeling of the script on film.

The deadline for contests will be the last day of every month.  Not only are you entering your work into a contest, but you're giving the entire film community a chance to view your projects and offer feedback.  So, even if you aren't a writer or filmmaker, sign up anyway!  Movie fans are welcome to comment on uploaded scripts and videos.

Some of the best films submitted will be screened by Warner Brothers executives, thanks to a first-look deal Amazon Studios has made with them.  The filmmaker will also get a meeting with execs to pitch their ideas.

Check out all uploaded projects, last month's contest winners, and detailed guidelines for future contests here:
http://studios.amazon.com/

   

Bad Kids Go To Hell

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Currently casting for this film "Bad Kids Go To Hell" the producers are leaving the decision up to us.  The cast will be selected by online suggestions.

Created and written by Barry "Bazza" Wernick and Matthew Spradlin.  Originally they came up with an idea for a movie but at the time there was a writer's strike going on.  They were unable to pitch the movie to anyone because of the writer's strike.  Then someone suggested it would make a cool comic book.

So they learned the process of creating and publishing a graphic novel.    The first issue sold out in a week and the complete novel sold out in a day.   Now a live action movie is being shot in Austin and at Spiderwood Studios.

They signed up with Antarctic Press to publish the series which enabled them to keep all the publishing and movie rights after the first print run.

Check out Bad Kids Go To Hell: The Movie on Facebook and vote for the cast at You Cast the Movie.