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Virginia Screenwriting Competition

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English: A view of Apple Orchard Mountain from...

Apple Orchard Mountain in Virginia (Image by Gafoto via Wikipedia)

Submissions for the Virginia Screenwriting Competition will be accepted starting March 5th  through May 25th.   Open to residents of Virginia this competition is for screenplays that could possibly be filmed in the state of Virginia.

So if you have a screenplay you're working on or have finished and it is not in production yet keep these dates in mind and send in your submission.

Learn more about the competition at:

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.

English: Great white shark (Carcharodon carcha...

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This is a festival for filmmakers who have work that ties in with the festival's ocean, marine, aquatic theme or issue.  You do not have to have underwater footage in the film.  They are looking for films from students, filmmakers, scientists, advocates, etc...  Anyone with a story to tell about marine life or those that work in support of it.  Submissions are due by January 20th, 2012 and the festival will be held in late March.  

Selected top entries  will be shown on the IMax screen at the Nauticus IMSX Theatre and will include audience participation with the filmmakers about their films.  There will also be a workshop on conservation filmmaking where you can learn how to integrate research and film.  The Beneath The Waves "Shore Drive Series" is handful of  chosen films that will be shown in community theaters across the country as a mini-series event.

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Learn the art and craft of film editing. Anne DeCorte will be having a class on film editing this coming Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. She will discuss the fundamental concepts of editing including the terms and tools you need to be familiar with.  It is a class for novices to beginners and covers editing software and the user interfaces of these packages.  

Prior to attending you should check out music videos and get an idea of how they are edited as they typically are using the latest trends in cinematography and editing.  Also take a look at Law and Order if you want to familiarize yourself with dialogue editing.  Doing so is a great way to familiarize yourself and learn editing techniques.

Introduction to Film Editing with Anne DeCorte
Saturday, December 10th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arvold Studios
Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Charlottesville, Virginia

Cost: $95
To registier email Amy at:

Guitar Study 2

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Learn new things about guitar playing with Luke Brindley at one of his upcoming classes. The workshops are held at The Music School at Jammin' Java and are two hours long.  Luke has toured nationally and internationally and graduated with a BA in music while specializing in guitar performance and composition.

  • Intro to Alternate Tunings
  • Advanced Alternate Tunings
  • Intro to Alternate Tunings for the Singer/Songwriter
  • Advanced Alternate Tunings for the Singer/Songwriter
  • The Guitar Styles of Bob Dylan
  • Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and Open D/E Tuning
  • Intro to the Guitar Style of Bruce Cockburn
  • Intro to the Guitar Style of Nick Drake

Sexy Cradle Carry the Sexier in The Pool

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Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, this Saturday  in Atlanta, Birmingham, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Atlanta: 10:30 am-5:30 pm, 5 Seasons Westside, 1000 Marietta Street, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Birmingham: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Brunswick Riverview Lanes, 2908 Riverview Road, Birmingham, Alabama
  • San Francisco: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California
  • Washington DC: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th Street Northwest, Washington DC


Carolyn Wonderland

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Carolyn Wonderland (photo by RR Rodriguez via Picasa CC BY-ND 3.0)

Carolyn Wonderland is currently on tour and will be passing through the southeast next week.  If you like barrelhouse rock&roll and gritty Janis Joplin style blues vocals you'll not want to miss her show.

Check out her interview with Larry Gross of Mountain Stage at the end of this article to get and idea of how this lady whips out a song.

Tuesday, Oct 25th  7:00 pm
Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA

Wednesday, October 26th  -  7:00 pm
Casbah, 1007 W Main St, Durham, NC

Thursday, October 27th  - 8:00 pm
The Handlebar, 304 W Stone Ave, Greenville, SC

Friday October 28th - 9:00 pm
The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, November 2nd  - 8:00 pm
Eddie's Attic, 515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA

Saturday November 5th  - 12:00 PM
Riverhawk Fest  Brooksville, FL

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Casting call for Office Seekers which is the working title for the film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg.  This is a Civil War era feature film.  Open call, no appointment necessary.

Daniel Day-Lewis will be starring as Lincoln along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, and Sally Field.

  • This casting call for African American actors only portraying Union Army soldiers
  • Weathered character faces.
  • Those that can handle a speaking role in major motion picture.
  • Ages 18-40

Open Casting Call:
Saturday, October 22nd
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Virginia State University
Harris Hall
Colson Auditorium
Carter G Woodson Avenue
Petersburg, Virginia


Casting Call: Vampire - Virginia

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Open auditions for a collaborative film project by TradeMarky Films and Martin Agency this Friday and Saturday.

  • Male
  • 20-29 years old.
  • Good acting and comedic capabilities.

Open Audition by appointment.  For appointment contact Mark Meyers at 310.866.0031 to arrange a time.

Thursday, October 15th and Friday October 16th
TradeMarky Films
1613 West Main Street
Richmond, Virginia

Boatwright Tower at the University of Richmond

University of Virginia - Boatwright Memorial Library (Public Domaain Image by TrunkJunk via Wikipedia)

Learn how to produce a PSA at this workshop with Roxanne Lane at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

Included in workshop:
  • Developement, production, and distribution planning process.
  • Principles of film production.
  • How to write effective PSA script.
  • Secrets for getting donated labor, services, equipment, and airtime.
  • Film production manual provided.
  • Sample production forms, agreements, contracts, and letters.
  • Production checklists for writing, producing, and distribution.
  • Budget template.

Fee: $99

How to Produce a PSA
Saturday, October 15
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia

English: A plot of two quantum fields.

Public Domain Image by Wiuser  via Wikipedia

Riverbend Films is having a casting call for 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.  Principal photography will be February - March 2012.

  • Alice - Sophie?s sister, college-aged. Alice is a counterpoint to Sophie (the title character)?encouraging and sociable, her optimism, social intuition, and charisma are often of comfort and solace to the quirky, introverted, and exceedingly rational Sophie.
  • David - Sophie?s love interest, college-aged. David is somewhat awkward and introverted himself, however it is his sharp wit, playfully sarcastic sense of humor, and enduring optimism that get Sophie?s attention.
  • Various minor speaking and non-speaking roles.

Director Steven Spielberg speaking at the Pent...

Steven Spielberg (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Casting call for Office Seekers which is the working title for the film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg.  This is a Civil War era feature film. 

  • This casting call for African American actors only.
  • Weathered character faces.
  • Those that can handle a speaking role in major motion picture.
  • African American male actors 20-80 years old.
  • African American femail actors 30-80 years old.

Application Checklist:
  • Name
  • City and State:
  • For men only: facial hair status and/or willingness to grow:
  • Whether you are willing to be a Richmond local hire or not (please answer YES or NO):
  • Phone number:
  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Age or age range:
  • Union status (SAG or not):
  • Availability to audition Sunday, September 25th in Richmond (Yes or No):
  • Availability to audition the week of September 26th in Richmond (days/time avail):
  • Agent, if any (Please note that Erica Arvold is NOT an agent, she is a Casting Director and does not represent ANY actors):
  • Agent's phone number and email address, if applicable.

Submit your information ASAP! 

*** Put the following in the subject line of your email message. ***
First and last name, Gender (M or F), Age or Age Range

For example:
John Smith, M, 63
Jane Smith, F, 40's

Send photo and resume' with the information listed above to:

Copy resume' into body of email message if possible.  Don't worry about formatting.

INTEGfilms is casting for a web series called Neco's Basement which will be filming in the Richmond, Virginia area.

  • SAG New Media Contract
  • Non-union actors also welcome.
  • Male and Female actors 21 to 62 years old.
  • Paid for principle actors.
  • Online and mailed in auditions accepted if unable to attend audition.

Put "Neco V" in the field "How did you find out about us?".

Blades of Hades Australian Hip Hop.

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Auditions for Snap Shot, a hip-hop video , will be held October 8th in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Unpaid
  • 1 African American female - 50 years of age & older
  • 6 African American males - 18-29 years of age
  • 1 female - any ethnicity - 18-40 years of age
  • 5 teenagers - all ethnicity's - 14-17 years of age
  • 1 white child - male or female - 5-9 years of age
  • 1 white female - 25-45 years of age
  • 1 white male - 25-45 years of age

Audition for Snap Shot:
October 8th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Attacks Theatre
3rd Floor
1010 Church Street
Norfolk, Virginia

Bring headshot and resume' to audition.

Tomeka M. Winborne 

Movie lighting silhouette

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The Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance is having a class called Lighting & Grip 101, an introduction to lighting for film and video.  This is a hands on course.  You will be given a chance to work with 3 ton lighting equipment, learn some lighting techniques, and how to use grip resources to shape and mold the light.

Heavy lifting and crawling in and out of the grip truck will be required so dress for the part and bring work gloves.  You will be required to sign a waiver to work with the equipment or you can choose to just observe if you prefer.

Gaining some knowledge and experience with this equipment can start you on your way to working at day rate on a film set.

Besides the hands on experience you will receive, the next best thing is this class is free!

The Virginia Production Alliance was formed in 1988 to support the state's film and video industry.  Everyone who has an interest in creating moving pictures is encouraged to join the VPA.

Lighting and Grip 101
October 4th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Greenfield Education & Training Center
57 S. Center Drive
Daleville, VA 

Church steeple with clouds

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Auditions for U Take Me Away, a gospel video featuring Spencer Thornton, will be held October 8th in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Unpaid
  • African American male - 25-34 years of age, 5'7" to 5'9", medium build.
  • Male - any ethnicity - 39-65 years of age

Audition for U Take Me Away:
October 8th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Attacks Theatre
3rd Floor
1010 Church Street
Norfolk, Virginia

Bring headshot and resume' to audition.


Sean filming "Disposition"

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The Adrenaline Film Project, part of the Virginia Film Festival, is an opportunity for filmmakers working in teams to create a film in just 72 hours.  The short film must be written by the team, cast, shot, and edited in this limited time frame while being supervised by AFP mentors. Then there will be a competitive screening before the movie fans at the Virginia Film Festival.

If you are an actor wanting to build your reel and get some credits you can participate and have the filmmakers consider your work by attending the Adrenaline Actors Meet and Greet on Tuesday, November 1st.  You must be available to the filmmakers from Thursday afternoon, November 3rd through Saturday morning November 5th.

Screenwriting Course - Richmond, VA

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The Richmond School of Continuing Education is offering a course for new screenwriters.  The class will meed once a week for 6 weeks in October and November.  It is a beginning for learning to write marketable scrips that will be of interest to producers and agents.  

You will learn about the creative process, fictive reality, principles of formatting, writing in images for the screen, dramatic protagonist and antagonist, building characters, three act structure, narrative voice theme, and how to avoid amateur mistakes.

Individual attention will be given to you by instructor Helene Wagner as you begin to write your first screenplay.

Introduction to Screenwriting
Course: ENG112.17
Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
October 11th thru November 15th
Richmond School of Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA

Phone: 804.289.8133

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Paul Revere's Ride (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Charlotte Hornsby, a native off Charlottesville, Virginia is looking for actors to be in her student film One If By Land.  Filming will be in the Charlottesville and Williamsburg areas September 8th through 15th.

This is a senior thesis project for Charlotte and is a story about an aspiring historical reenactor  and his beleaguered family.  These are unpaid parts but give you a chance to appear in a New York University short film.  The roles will take one or two days of rehearsal and one day of shooting.


VIVIAN DOE (late 30s early 40s): Vivian is an overworked and sleep-deprived mom who feels all the logistics of child-raising have fallen to her. Her husband has a hard time keeping appointments and admitting when he's forgotten and Vivian feels she has to take on more than her share or nothing will get done. The scene follows Vivian as she leaves in the middle of her pilates class because Benton has forgotten to pick their son up from school.

PAT BELYLE (mid-late 40s): Pat is the head of community relations at the Williamsburg Visitor's Center. He has the social ease and courteous vocabulary of a successful administrator. He's an accessible and fairly down-to-earth man, but his practicality is his best asset and he has a tough time sympathizing with emotional clients.

BUS DRIVER (40s-50s): Male or female, this seasoned school bus driver is ready to weather anything. Though the driver has a tough exterior and sometimes intimidates kids with his/her gruff attitude, he/she takes pity on the main character when no one shows up for his class's field trip.

Tal Afar, Iraq

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Open call for casting of online video for the U.S. Army.   Prior acting experience is a plus.  You will be playing the role of a male soldier. 

  • Non-union
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Local to Washington, DC area.
  • Willing to cut hair and shave to military regulation.

Tuesday, August 23rd
921 King St.
Alexandria, Virginia

To schedule audition send headshot, resume', and, if you have them, links to a video clip of your work to:
Kimberly Hubbard