Jul 302011
short film
by TheFemGeek

A Documentary film is a great way of exploiting cinema’s potential for observing life. It is a visual expression that strives to document reality. It is also often regarded as a filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception. A good short documentary film in the form of a multimedia presentation can leave the most powerful impact on the viewer’s mind. With time, documentary films have evolved from being short movies shot on film news, to include video and digital productions made for a television or video series. Some of the media and visual solutions companies produce quality driven creative media tools in the form of films and multimedia.

Today there are a number of companies offering customized short documentary films online. They combine the visual power of video and film with music, animation and special effects to produce exceptional short documentary films, videos and presentations that inform and motivate the target audience by creating the desired impact. They offer services including video editing, documentary short film maker, film studios, ad film maker, editing film, video shooting, video recording, recording service-sound studio, TV, programme producers, etc. They operate as one-stop shop for documentary, created especially for people interested in the process of documentary filmmaking. These websites offer a wide range of networking, information and advice for people involved in documentary filmmaking. They provide audio visuals in a variety of forms, including corporate films, multimedia CD presentation and other online and offline media.

These companies provided end to end solutions in making short films and documentaries, from sketching an outline out of an idea to directing the film. They offer complete animated features including animation and special effect services supported by advanced technologies and animation softwares. This helps customers to better promote themselves as brands thus resulting in creating greater business opportunities and increase sales. These Multi-Media Production houses have a dedicated team of qualified, talented and experienced professionals, with expertise in ad films, corporate films, documentary films, jingles, animations and multi-media presentations. They also carry royalty free music and buyout music which is ideal for usage as background music for video, short documentary, television and film production. These expert personnel help in the production of documentary films, docu-drama , spot advertisement films, etc., both in film and digital media with script, direction, titling, editing, dubbing and presentation accomplished in the most professional perfection and artistic manner.

These companies can help you to produce documentary films on a number of topics ranging from, a social cause to a politics based short story, human relationships, natural habitat, sports, economics, history of nations and many more. They can help in addressing issues such as relationships, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, self-respect and violence by writing, shooting and editing short films. They even feature short documentary films on current affairs and in real situations.

Many of these companies offer courses in short documentary film making. They provide training to people in all aspect of documentary film making including, video production process, script writing, editing and shooting short documentary films. They also provide the students access to professional grade cameras, sound equipment and production studios, which is required in the making of a short documentary film. They also provide the students with the opportunity to participate as production interns in the company.

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Jul 302011

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Day 99/365 – Curious Case, Great Movie

Tonight I met up with my friend Adriana and we went to the movie theater in Chinatown to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." It was excellent. Although it’s a fairly long movie (2:47), it never seemed long and didn’t drag at all. The story kept moving and kept you interested in learning what was going to happen next.

In case you are unfamiliar with the plot, the movie concerns a guy who is born backwards in time — he starts out as an old man with arthritis and cataracts and then grows younger as he ‘ages.’ It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and although it’s a bit of a "high concept" premise, the movie never feels contrived. It’s engrossing, adventurous, dramatic, romantic, melancholy, and — in quite a few spots — flat out funny.

The performances were good. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett did a nice job with their parts, but the movie was absolutely stolen by the actress who played Pitt’s adoptive mother. The actor who portrays the tugboat captain did quite a good job as well. They also did an amazing job with the make-up and computer animation, so that it never looked fakey as the characters either aged or got younger.

The movie definitely has echoes of "Forest Gump" in that it deals with a boy growing up with the stigma of being ‘different’ who is very close to his protective mother, who comes of age traveling the world and serving in wartime, who has a star-crossed romance with a woman he’s known since childhood, and who fears that any child of his will suffer from his condition. Despite that, though, it doesn’t feel like a retread or a knock-off of any other film.

Two things to look out for if you decide to go see this movie — the guy who pops up occasionally to discuss being struck by lightning and the moment every woman in the theater sighs simultaneously. Here’s a hint, it features Pitt riding a motorcycle and seemed to have a pretty universal effect on the distaff portion of the audience (including Adriana). The guys were less impressed. It was a cool motorcycle, though.

(January 15, 2009)

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This i the end with movie figures. I’ve left room for Movie 2 stuff.

This is not all of my Transformers just the ones I keep out on display.

I was Originally going to try to use Live Photo Gallery to make a Panorama but it didn’t work out so here are the raw photos.

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Jul 282011

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The Road Less Travelled in England

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 9, 2008

Acclaimed Independent Filmmaker Gilbert Khoury will be heading out to the International Film Festival in England. His short film “The Road Less Travelled” will be screened on June 9, 2008 at the festival.

The Road Less Travelled is a drama short film about a middle aged woman Chrissie who lost confidence in herself and interest in her husband. She tries to be an independent woman. The film was shot in an astounding cinematic sequence. As usual, Gilbert Khoury pushes his artistic envelope in filmmaking and brings a breathtaking picture to his audience.

“I would love to entertain my audience and always strive to bring them something unique in filmmaking,” says Gilbert Khoury.

For more info contact:gilbertk@flowpictures.com

The Road Less Travelled

Directed by Gilbert Khoury

(Short Film, Drama, 7 Min)


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Jul 272011

by coconut wireless

If you want to watch Hollywood movies online like I do then you’ll probably be interested in a way that you can watch movies whenever you please. It’s not that hard to do these days. You can sit at home in your own room with your computer or even running a connection to your big screen TV. You don’t have to spend all that much money compared with going to the cinema or renting a DVD. By having access to online movies you can actually watch a new film online soon after it’s been released by simply downloading it or streaming it directly to your computer.

One excellent aspect of this is that you’re not only limited to watching Hollywood movies online but you can also watch movies from all over the world. If you want you can organize your movie watching by countries or, what’s increasingly popular, by categories. If you understand another language you can watch a program from a foreign country. Movies from other countries these days are also routinely supplied with subtitles in English or in another popular language.

People are starting to become aware of the fact that what they are able to access through their computer far out performs what they can get through their local cable TV station or even through a satellite TV program. The beauty of the online services are that a person can download movies legally, watch them via streaming, or download to save for later, can view the movie in high definition, and are not limited to watching just movies online but can watch television programs, sports events, and other popular shows.

And don’t think because you’re streaming movies through the Internet you can only watch movies on your PC. It very easily to adapt your computer to a connection with your TV so you can stream shows directly to a large screen. With a wireless adapter you can also stream without a cable connection.

Despite what you might think these services do not cost an arm and a leg. They’re available for about the same price it might cost to go out to the movies once a month. The beauty of an online movie service is that you can watch a movie from any genre you’re interested in, whether it is action, thrillers, romance, comedy, horror films, or any other category of movie you can think of. You can even access classics that aren’t that easy to find these days. And if you want to watch new releases you can also do so without having to subscribe to cable service such as HBO. The only thing you need is in an Internet connection capable of high speed, your computer, and the freely available software.

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Jul 272011

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Day 197: At the movies

Saw the new Woody Allen movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, today. Loved it. Favorite line, from the voice-over:

Cristina had spent the last six months writing, directing, and acting in a twelve-minute film that she now hated.

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Jul 242011
short film
by Canadian Film Centre


 Your headshot is like an American Express Card for an Actor or Actress. Don’t leave home without it!

Will I get paid as Actor and how much?
Yes. The million dollar contract would be nice but probably won’t be the case. You should get paid something even if it’s just a meal and a copy of the work for your demo-reel. Non-union commercials can pay as little as or as much as ,000. Union commercials can pay between 00-0,000. This would be based on where they’re shown and how many times they’re shown.

Do I need an agent?
Yes. Agents have access to all of the quality and higher paying jobs.

How do I get an agent?
Submit a headshot and resume along with a cover letter. (The cover letter should introduce you and tell them what you want.)

What does an agent want from me?
Agents want a look that they don’t have. They want you to have experience and training. If you have a look that they are deep in, you’d better have more experience and training than anyone they have. They want a self starter that knows what they’re doing. Agents like actors that are low-maintenance and high return.

If I have an agent should I continue to look for auditions?
Yes. Help your agent help you, by gaining more experience.

Should I do extra work?
Yes. It’s a good way to get on a real set to see what things are like.

I submitted my headshot/resume for an audition and they did not contact me. Did they lose it?
No. More than likely they got your submission but didn’t feel you were right for their project. However just in case you can always resubmit to them if they’re still auditioning.

How do I find out about auditions in L.A. or New York?
Finding them is not the hard part, it’s getting in the door.

1. California and New York are Union States all S.A.G. jobs will require you to be a S.A.G. member to attend. The non-union jobs won’t pay enough for you to travel from Texas to California or New York.

2. S.A.G. Local Hire. This S.A.G. rule prohibits the hiring of out of state talent unless the producer pays for their travel and accommodations. This cost could easily exceed what it would cost the producer to hire a local name talent with years of experience.

What is an open audition and a closed audition?
An Open Audition is opened to anyone that wants to attend.

A Closed Audition is by prearranged appointment only. This is setup between the Casting Director and the talent’s Agent or Manager. Don’t crash this audition (they will call the police).

What is talent and how do I know if I have any?
Acting is a learned skill. Talent is when training meets practice, practice, practice. Nobody is born with talent. (Michael Jordan was cut from the first basketball team he tried out for.)

What roles should I try out for?
You should try out for everything that you are physically right for. However don’t do anything that would make you feel uncomfortable. (It’s hard to give a quality performance if you’re uncomfortable.)

What is S.A.G.?
The Screen Actor’s Guild is the Union that represents actors for Film, Television, and Commercials and now the Internet.

When should I join S.A.G.?
Joining S.A.G. offers many benefits but Texas is a right-to-work state. Which means you don’t have to be a member to do Union work. However Union members cannot do non-union work. (Over of all work in Texas is Non-Union.)

Do I have to be attractive to be an actor?
No. We use all types and looks.

How old do I have to be?
We use talent from babies to senior citizens.

Do I need to be able to memorize well?
Yes. But it is a skill you can acquire with practice.

Do I have to do dangerous stunts?
No. That’s what stunt people are for. They’re trained professionals. Kind of, “don’t do this at home”, thing.

Do I need a web-site?
No. Casting Directors will not have time to look at your web-site.

Do I need business cards?
No. But postcards with your picture on the front make nice thank you cards. Every audition you attend be sure to send a thank you card with your picture. (Every time you get your face and name in front of the casting directors it’s a good thing.)

What should I do to market myself?
Step 1. Get training and practice, practice, practice.
Step 2. Build you resume. Audition. Audition. Audition. Your first projects probably won’t be with Steven Spielberg for a million dollars. Look at Student films, ultra-low-budget feature films, short films, public service announcements (PSA’S), and extra work.
Step 3. Get an agent. (People will take you seriously if you have an agent)
Step 4. Market to the local Casting Directors. (The local Casting Directors will be more likely to see you.) Send them your headshot and resume. If they offer a workshop… go meet them and show them what you can do. Some actors refer to these workshops as paid auditions. I would refer to it as a scouting trip. The
Casting Directors will let you in on their personal likes and dislikes. SEE: http://texasactingclasses.com for more information on acting training.

Texas Actor’s Studio was named “Best” in Dallas News Magazine. SEE: http://texasactingclasses.com for more information on acting training.

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Jul 242011

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Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8″ and Under Wardrobes ‘Skating with Celebrities’ Host Scott Hamilton

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2006

Celebrity clothier and specialty retailer Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8″ and Under today announced that it has provided the wardrobe to Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton for his hosting responsibilities on the series “Skating with Celebrities” premiering tonight on Fox. Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8″ and Under

(http://www.jimmyaus.com), which is also set to open in February the first short men’s store in Beverly Hills and the largest short men’s store of any kind in the US, has a longstanding relationship with Mr. Hamilton and was honored to have been selected to provide the wardrobe for the much anticipated program.

“It was an honor to provide Scott with clothing for ‘Skating with Celebrities,’ ” said Alan Au, Marketing Director for Jimmy Au’s. “Both as a person and a professional, Scott is an inspiration. Jimmy’s Au’s is once again thrilled to be affiliated with one of Scott’s endeavors and we look forward to viewing the program along with the rest of America.”

Jimmy Au’s expertise and fashion quality are no secret to Hollywood’s leading stylists and wardrobe departments who are clamoring for him to outfit their stars for major film and television projects including “Alias,” “Crossing Jordan,” “The Italian Job,” “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The Surreal Life,” “Six Feet Under” and the aforementioned “Skating with Celebrities” hosted by Scott Hamilton.

About Jimmy Au’s

    JA offers the following sizes: 34 Extra Short- 48 Extra Short for men under 5’5″ including odd sizes to 43; 34 Short- 50 Short for men 5’5″ to 5’8″ including odd sizes to 43; 44 Portly Short- 52 Portly Short for men 5’5″ to 5’8″; 42 Portly Extra Short- 48 Portly Extra Short; and Athletic Short and Extra Short sizes by special order.

    Jimmy Au’s has outfitted stars for major film and television projects including “Be Cool,” “Bewitched,” “Collateral,” “Alias,” “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Spin City,” “X-Files,” “Married with Children,” “The Surreal Life” and “Six Feet Under.”

    Jimmy Au’s has wardrobed numerous celebrities in many fields, including Danny DeVito (TV/film), Dick Clark (TV/radio), Paul Williams (music), Scott Hamilton (sports), Bart Connor (sports), David Cassidy (music/TV), Danny Bonaduce (radio/TV), Flava Flav (music/TV), D.L. Hughley (TV/film), Michael J. Fox (TV/film), Joel Grey (TV/stage), Mel Brooks (film/stage), Nathan Lane (film/stage), Martin Sheen (TV/film) and Mark Wahlberg (film).

    Jimmy Au’s offers custom tailoring and alterations on all items purchased in the store including hard-to-find sizes in designer brands like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole and Jack Victor which are not offered in major department stores.

    For more information on Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8″ and Under call toll-free 1-877-JIMMY-AU or visit http://www.jimmyaus.com.

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Jul 212011
short film
by George M. Groutas

There was a time when you had to lug around bulky, costly equipment if you wanted to make a movie for school or another reason. It cost a lot of money to shoot and edit the footage, turning it into your vision. In today’s digital era, you can create a film using a cheap digital video camera and some computer software and broadcast your vision to the world. For very little money, you can also use royalty free music to add a soundtrack because, after all, you can’t have video without audio.

While there’s a world of possibilities at your fingertips, there’s also a world of risk. You have to know how to use them legally, especially music. For example, you can’t use just any piece of music for a school project. Copyrighted music, like the Beatles’ song “Revolution,” can be used in a lesson about the politics of the 1960s. It cannot be used in a video you make about your high school class’s volunteer day, unless you pay for it. For those who don’t want to pay, you can always use royalty free music.

Using royalty free music is not your only option. Another solution is to ask permission from the copyright holders to use that particular music in the film you’re making. Your movie doesn’t have to be for educational purposes, although you’d have better luck getting permission if you were making it for educational purposes.

Your best bet, though, is to use royalty free music so that you don’t have to go through the convoluted process of seeking permission to use your favorite song in the film you’re making. And you won’t have to pay through the nose to transform your vision into a digital masterpiece.

Don’t brush off the idea of royalty free music. You can find great music that sounds just like the ones you’d have to pay lots of money to use. High end companies boast extensive sound and music libraries to fit whatever mood you’re trying to set in your film. These unique musical pieces can make your film a memorable one, whether you’re simply making a short film for YouTube or a blockbuster movie.

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Jul 202011

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Comedy Film Short is the Hot Ticket at Summer Film Festivals — Owning Mahowny Scribe, Maurice Chauvet

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

Screenwriter and now director, Maurice Chauvet has an enviable film festival schedule this summer with his comedic short film and has barely enough time to do laundry between festivals.

Chauvet, best known for the screenplay adaptation of the film Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003) and to live theater audiences as playwright, has a side-splitting comedy short film on the 2007 film festival circuit — “Three-Fifty.”

Recognize that number? It’s the classic charge for video late fees. Chauvet delivers the hilarious story of a guy who tries to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store only to discover their database has access to intimate details of his past — and his future. Backstage West called the stage version “screamingly funny” and “especially hilarious” and audience squeals at the film festivals agree.

Making its world-premiere this April in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen ShortsFest, comedy “Three-Fifty” was one of only 12 American films accepted into the prestigious festival. Indie Wire called it one of the two notable American films at the fest. Two weeks later, Nashville audiences were laughing it up at the Nashville International Film Festival and one week after that, comedy “Three-Fifty” had its Los Angeles premiere at Silver Lake Film Festival

The short comedy’s next film festivals:

July 12    Dances With Films, Los Angeles, CA

July 28    Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Napa, CA

August 4    Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

August 10 Hermosa Shorts Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We’ve found our audience and are having a great time building our fan base,” said writer/director Maurice Chauvet. “To take a comedy out into the world and hear people laugh and enjoy the film is what it’s all about. We got to make EXACTLY the film we wanted to make and that is a priceless experience.”

Chauvet used the actors who created the roles on stage for the short film: Evin Grensted, Michael Angelo Stuno, Melinda Augustina.

About Writer/Director Maurice Chauvet: Maurice Chauvet received a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003). He has written feature films for 20th Century Fox and Nickelodeon/Paramount. Maurice is a founding member of the Venice, CA-based theatre group Apartment A and is the company’s Co-Artistic Director. His produced plays include The Thing in the Corner, Ascension, A Safe Distance (Ovation Award nominee, best world premiere play, Backstage West Critics list), Sunday Morning, Suicide Sam, All Night Radio, Bobby Zero, The Chess Game and Wild Kingdom. Chauvet is repped by William Morris Agency

Trailer, Photos, Chauvet interview available at: http://www.myspace.com/threefiftythemovie



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Jul 182011
short film
by Profound Whatever

Hello, All

We are presently conducting a NATIONAL CONTEST to discover talented Teens aspiring to be Filmmakers, to bring on-board as “Assistant Director” on our up-coming Indie feature-film project.


The project is a film about Child-Abuse, based on 3 remarkable true stories of hope & survival.

A raw & gritty film, TUCHT is a psycho-thriller/dark-dramedy that doggedly depicts – unflinchingly – the exigent social-welfare issue of child-abuse (and its related consequential issues of mental illness & suicidal depression), inspired by the lives of the four remarkable individuals upon whom the story’s main characters are based.

TUCHT palpably shows – in a very darkly hilarious manner at times – the undeniably proven power of unconditional love & forgiveness to heal even the most horrific of human conditions.

With a unique blend of genres – blockbuster action, dark-comedy, provocative sensuality & intense psychological drama – TUCHT is a truly groundbreaking film that effectively brings the potentially life-changing genre of “message-oriented” films to the mainstream audience.

In TUCHT’s subplot, the main characters experience a truly profound & cathartic therapeutic meditation: an experience the audience can also mutually experience if they choose, an experience with the powerful potential to literally heal troubled lives.


Teens, with the permission of parent/guardian, can submit their videos (clips, short-films, personal message, etc.) to ASAOPE‘s YouTube account to join the contest.

A celebrity-panel of judges (TBA) will preside over the contest, and make the final choice(s).


Contest Date(s): November 26, 2010 thru December 23, 2010

AGES: 13-19

Locale(s): USA

Detailed info on the contest can be found at ASAOPE’s official website: www.asaope.info/tucht-ehadcontest

Any/All Inquires regarding the contest can be e-mailed to: tucht@asaope.info@asaope.info

Film’s official website: www.asaope.info/tucht

Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!

Peace, Love, & Success
Alex Molina, Artistic Director
ASAOPE Independent FilmWorks, LLC

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