Monthly Archives: February 2013

2013 Academy Awards Hosted by Seth MacFarlane


Whether you care or not the, arguably, biggest night of our industry has concluded and statuettes have been handed out. Of course most (probably all?) of us could care less about what people were wearing. Speaking only for myself (and not ICS or anyone else affiliated), I was compelled by the [Twitter hashtag] #vfxprotest going on outside the event. Why a protest? Read about the issues between Rhythm and Hues, the Studios and the artists in this New York Times article or check out what UK’s The Guardian has to say. What did you think? Were you watching from home, Enzian Theater or another spot around Florida? Should Team ICS report from the Red Carpet in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.

For those who really wanted to see this year’s ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane and missed it, good news for you from The Academy

February 24, 2013


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight’s Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.  The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network’s fast forward-disabled VOD service. 

The Oscars, in its entirety, will be available to stream within hours of its broadcast completion, beginning Monday, Feb. 25th at 6:00 a.m. EST through Wednesday, February 27, at midnight EST.

“Tonight’s show included remarkable performances that will surely have people talking.  This is an easy, convenient way for anyone who missed the show to catch up and join the conversation,” said Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, ABC Entertainment.   “It’s also perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”

“Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them,” said Christina Kounelias, the Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer.

The full streaming will be advertiser supported with :15 or :30 video spots running intermittingly from Blue Diamond, Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, Samsung and The University of Phoenix.

Additionally, during the telecast, offered a plethora of “Real Time Oscar Highlights” to viewers almost instantly after they debuted on the live broadcast.  Those special moments from telecast as well as numerous highlights from the Red Carpet and backstage during the show, are currently available on the show’s official site, and the official Oscars app go to great lengths to engage fans, giving them unparalleled access to all things Oscar Sunday.   As part of the “Backstage Pass,” there are almost 20 exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet, and throughout the backstage are of the Dolby Theatre.  Fans can either sit back and enjoy the action in “Watch” mode, or control the cameras they want to see in “Direct” mode.  Hosts and correspondents include:  “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, television personality Cameron Mathison, “Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriquez, Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle, and PEOPLE’s Peter Castro.  For the first time this year, Backstage Pass will include the Red Carpet Digital Lounge, where Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter, POPSUGAR’s Alison McNamara and Mashable’s Brian Hernandez will report on the most buzzed about trends on social media using multi-media monitors run from Samsung Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the show included:

  • A Celebration of Movie Musicals: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) joined this year’s Oscar nominees from Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with co-stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter
  • A very special performance from Barbra Streisand
  • Norah Jones performing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the motion picture Ted
  • Adele singing the Oscar-nominated theme song from Skyfall
  • Appearances by:  Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit and Helena Bonham, Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

The Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 were presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and were hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation was televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.


Episode 7: Director Spotlight on Anthony Cosmano, Orlando Fringe, Josh Sales & Lazan Banks

Season 3, Episode 7 shines the spotlight mostly on our local theatre community, as it pertains to film. Anthony Cosmano who, since our sit down with him has moved out west, tells us about his latest project; a live theatre and web show called, “Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land.” We watch the main character, Dale Evans, in his attempt to escape the agony of entertaining bratty kids in crappy children’s shows. It takes women, drugs, booze, and drugs. And booze. And agony. Lots of personal agony. Anthony’s project is funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida and can be viewed by clicking on the logo.

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Our Show Us Your Shorts film this month is a mini documentary from local filmmaker Josh Sales called,”Dog Powered Robot Labs: Unboxed.” Who or what IS a Dog Powered Robot and why do they have a lab? Should I be scared? The answer to the last question is absolutely NOT! In fact, if you read Orlando Weekly’s recent feature on DPR star, Fisher Miga, you would feel very much the opposite. In short, Dog Powered Robot is a theatrical production created and developed by Evan Miga and his company, Miga Me, based in Orlando, Florida. The performance presents a world as it might appear through a child’s imagination, using actors in cardboard robot suits to act out the child’s fantasies. As the title suggests, the star of the show is a giant blue robot with a dog in its chest serving as the power source. Our Popcorn Gallery; Producer Niel Guilarte of Wildstyle Media, Director David Kuskie and local actor, director and young man about town AJ Nickell LOVED it! Here is a small taste of that world…

On Location with ICS visited the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States. Following the philosophy of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, Orlando Fringe is 100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible for artists and audiences alike, 100% of ticket sales given back to the artists. Festival Producer, Michael Marinachio, tells us what the future holds for Fringe and how filmmakers and other multimedia artists may be involved.

In fact, film was a part of at least two 2012 Fringe shows! Hi-tech/lo-tech Pomeranian powered favorite “Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure” and “on the nOse” directed by Elena Day (Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”), which features a multimedia modern clown show that interweaves onscreen interviews with onstage antics from clowing greats such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College Florida graduate (and noted film/tv actor), Bill Irwin. Incidentally, ‘on the nOSe‘ was also the recipient of not just one, but TWO United Arts of Central Florida Professional Development Grants! (Look into this filmmakers. It’s FREE money!)

Rounding out this episode is our Feature, Feature trailer from Lazan Banks. This comedy called, “The Station,” follows a radio station and DJs during their last day on the air, and the relationships changed as a result. You may notice some familiar faces in this trailer like; local actor and past Popcorn Gallery panelist Valensky Sylvain, Anthony Cosmano (Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land) and the aforementioned actor about town, AJ Nickell. On their Facebook page, you’ll even see Benedict Larmore from Rockabilly Zombie Weekend!

Related Links:

Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land on Facebook

Dog Powered Robot on YouTube

on the nOSe Productions on Facebook

Lazan Banks on Twitter

Orlando Fringe 2013 fundraiser at Hard Rock Live feat. Michael Winslow

4th Annual Entertainment Designers Forum

Alan Gilmore (X-Men first Class, The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, World War Z) just announced to fill the TBD position!

Filmmakers and Art Department members, take note. One of the coolest entertainment forums rolls back into The Orange County Regional History Center on March 8th. Industry professionals from Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World Imagineering, Falcon’s Treehouse and Ripley Entertainment will gather for two open sessions (6:30pm and 9:00pm) to share behind the scenes info and stories. The open format allows the audience to ask the panelists questions and gain further insight on the panelists’ collective careers in film, television, theater and theme park industry, past and present. (I’m positive at least one person will ask inevitable questions about the future of Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-o-Scream or Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm.) Reserve your spot for this event by calling The History Center at 407-836-7010.

The innaugural Entertainent Designers Forum in 2010 featured an energetic panelist named Stephanie Girard, a local Art Director and Set Designer, who at the time was battling Colon cancer. The main purpose of the forum was to raise money for a cause close to her heart, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Celebration, FL. Industry colleagues, caregivers from all over, people she had never even met, her husband Scott, stepson Scott and Best Labradoodle, Jack, all rallied to help cross this item off her bucket list. All told, not only did she meet her goal of $25,000, she totally KICKED THE PANTS of it, raising over $33,000 for the American Cancer Society!

On a very personal note: Steph was a talented, AMAZING woman who brought a smile to everyone’s face and gave back to the community (with Jack!) in spades. In November 2009, she spoke at our Relay For Life in Hunter’s Creek with honesty and great optimism. Sadly Stephanie passed away on December 30th, 2010. However, three years after her death, this event still lives on in her memory. Every single person on this panel, including moderator Kim Gromoll, are as top notch a person as they are an entertainment professional – and we could all learn a great deal from each. Whether you’ve been directly or indirectly touched by cancer, if you can, please support this event and the projects of all involved. This disease does not discriminate.

Steph at Relay For Life of Hunter’s Creek 2009


Related Links:

Universal Relay Rangers Team Fundraising Page

ACS: 5 myths about Colon cancer

NBC News: Cancer is even worse in the movies Focus on Jacksonville film series helps keep his mind off lung cancer

ICS BTS: Thoughts From the Popcorn Gallery

Did you know… 

Our popular “Thoughts From the Popcorn Gallery discussion segment, where we feature local filmmakers and their opinions on other local films, is shot using two iPhone 4S? Even cooler, we utilize a couple of apps and a few nifty mobile accessories too!

Image: Atomic Phoenix Photography

Season Three began a renaissance of sorts for Florida’s only television (NOT web)show about filmmakers, their films, talent and crew. Among one of the greatest changes was revamping our ‘Popcorn Gallery‘ segment. We ventured out of our wonderful Orange/VISION TV studio space and into a place that made the most sense – A MOVIE THEATER! Enzian Theater in Maitland to be exact, and we couldn’t be happier! Enzian “…exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film,” and so do we. So it only made sense to have Central Florida’s only full-time, non-for-profit alternative cinema as this segment’s sponsor. With the enthusiastic blessing of Enzian, ‘Popcorn Gallery‘ began its new life!

To set this segment apart, we wanted to show that it IS possible to shoot quality things using alternative means. Since nearly everyone, including DSLR trailblazer Philip Bloom [look for our interview with Philip and Austrian filmmaker Nino Leitner, AAC soon] and the Emmy-Award Winning tv show House M.D. (among others) – have embraced DSLR technology, we wanted to take this thinking a step further… or smaller?

Two of us had an iPhone 4S handy. Our Executive Producer, Emmy-Award Winner Gerald Godbout III, had recently purchased two of Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothees. So, as a test, we shot the first 3 episodes of ‘Popcorn‘ using iPhone’s native Camera app to a GREAT result. For our next set of tapings, we pitched our idea to OlloClip (a 3-in-1 lens attachment for iPhone 4/4S/5/iPod Touch) who graciously sent us one to try. At the suggestion of local filmmaker and owner of Worteks Pictures, Willie Sheely, we also added the FiLMiC PRO app to our ongoing experiment. Add some lighting, two boom mics for sync sound and TADA! Insta-segment, just add panelists! Season Three is available to view in full episode form on our YouTube Channel. (Channel Keyword: Detourec.)

And the proof, they say, is in the virtual puddin’. Check out the video CNN Money recently posted about Academy Award Nominated Documentary, “Searching For Sugar Man.” When the production ran out of money, the director decided to use Nexvio’s Vintage 8mm Camera App to finish his film. (JenNote: JJ Abrams’ film “Super 8” spawned a similar 8mm app in 2011 which is just as fun… and FREE!)

(Special thanks to our friends at MusicBox Films for the inspiration!)

Related Links:

‘Super 8′: J.J. Abrams on the big lessons of small budgets

Mobile Filmmaking: Gary Kennedy’s “The Maker”

Hollywood-Backed iOS App Vyclone Pioneers Social Filmmaking

Autodesk’s “Fix It In Post”

No time for practical effects or in-camera editing? You may want to rethink your strategies, filmmakers.

Either we’ve all uttered this phrase, or frustratingly surrendered to time itself. Unless you’re a Post PRO, your end result may not exactly end up this slick. We came across this nifty short on Autodesk’s YouTube page and had to share it.

(Autodesk is NOT LOCAL but, they are a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Since introducing AutoCAD in 1982, Autodesk has developed a broad portfolio of products to help users design, visualize, and simulate their ideas.)

Related links:

Art of the Guillotine

Videomaker (2008): Fix It In Post Post tees!

Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Premiere

Like Rockabilly? Love zombies? We’ve got the movie for you, and it’s set in modern day Central Florida!

Rockabilly Zombie Weekend begins as a couple, Becky and Grant, prepare to get hitched. They decide to have their wedding at an old farm and completely ignore warnings of a heinous West Nile Virus outbreak. The happy couple decides to theme their wedding based on their love of Rockabilly music. Somewhere along the line, West Nile mutates and gives rise to a new form of zombie-creating mosquitoes — and if you’ve lived in Central Florida in the summertime, you know how pesky and relentless the mosquitoes are! Mosquito gets hungry, sees a human buffet in the couple’s party guests and horror ensues!

Check out the trailer below, then join RZW at their red carpet premiere this Sunday, February 17th at 5pm at the Plaza Cinema Cafe in Downtown Orlando! Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

However, there will be an After Party following the screening at Slingapours next door on Wall Street, featuring live performances from soundtrack bands: Killer Moonshine, Groove Trunk & The Bloody Jug Band (featuring former ICS host John Theisen)! Look for video coverage of the red carpet premiere on a future episode of ICS…


Related Links:

Rockabilly Zombie Weekend on Facebook

CDC: Zombie Preparedness

ThinkGeek: Zombie Attack Hoodie


Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival 2013

ICS trivia: All of our Producers and Field Team are of Latin American decent (including me!), representing Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico!]

With so many events going on this weekend, here’s one we don’t want you to forget about – OLA FEST!

“The Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival (OLA FEST) is dedicated to presenting independent and new Latin American cinema, socially relevant and challenging films not readily offered in Central Florida. Part celebration and part education, OLA FEST is a community-building initiative–not just a showcase of movies– promoting an open space for passion, dialogue, conviviality, and usefulness.”

OLA FEST 2013 features a short film by local Columbian filmmaker and Full Sail graduate, Fabian Morales-Botero (Azabache Filmes), Producer Johnathan Lozano and DP Jack Barbour. His film is called “Take Me Home: Documenting the Humane Hearts.” Synopsis via Fabian’s Facebook event page for Take Me Home summarizes, “Beth Davalos a social worker featured on 60 Minutes, Arielle Metzger 16 year old featured on several TV shows and many other homeless people take Fabian Director on a journey that changes his life and introduces the viewer to the invisible homeless no one really hears about. This documentary was galvanized by a simple idea to use the cinematic arts in an attempt to raise awareness and change people’s perception of who the homeless really are. For one year and a half we follow these people as they share their life experiences being homeless on the streets. This documentary is about stories not statistics, about people not numbers, about love not hate, about life not politics, about feelings, fears & hope.”


Below is the remaining schedule for OLAFEST:

Films shown at Premiere Cinemas 14 in Fashion Square $5 per movie (except where noted *)

Previously Screened:

  • “Gods” (Peru)
    “My Time Will Come” (Ecuador)
    “Nothing More” (Cuba)
  • “The Sacred Family” (Chile)
    “Whiskey” (Uruguay)
    “The Field of Stars” (Spain)

Saturday, February 16:

2:00 pm “Margarette’s Feast” (Brazil)
4:00 pm “Craft” (Brazil)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception/Take Me Home w/Fabian Morales & Friends
* The $10 for this film covers reception, screening with $5 of the ticket going to Second Harvest Food Bank.

7:00 – 9:00 pm Screening/Awards Presentation/Q&A with director

9:30 pm “Bald, Fat, Short Man” (Colombia)

Sunday, February 17:

2:00 pm “The Finger” (Argentina)
4:00 pm “Today and Tomorrow” (Argentina)
6:00 pm “The Spirit of the Beehive” (Spain)

Related links:

OLA FEST Facebook Group

Take5 with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida


The Votes Are IN!

You voted, we’re listening! (We fell asleep at the keyboard briefly, but we’re back…)

Last week we asked you what you wanted to see more of in our 4th Season, and you want to see…

  • More local set visits
  • More local event coverage

Look for MORE local fun on the show (and since you guys dig it, on the blog) in the fall!

Thank you everyone for voting! As always, we are available 24/7 on Facebook, Twitter or via email icstv[at]yahoo[dot]com. Have questions? Want to submit your short film or feature trailer? Want to be a studio guest, or a Popcorn Gallery panelist? Write us!

Indie Cinema Showcase exists only because of YOU, our Florida filmmakers. We WANT to show what you’re working on. We WANT to celebrate you at premieres, film festivals and other local events. Let us know what’s going on, and we will do our absolute best to make sure everyone knows about it.

That being said, if there are any sponsors out there… we could use some gas money!

FilmSlam at Enzian

In case you weren’t aware (and shame on you if you weren’t) our former host, Tim Anderson, is the programmer and host of FilmSlam, a monthly filmmaker event at Enzian Theater. We at Indie Cinema Showcase are longtime supporters of this great filmmaker event, and think you should be too.

Originally a project of University of Central Florida’s Downtown Media Arts Center, Enzian became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. Now in its seventh year at Enzian, FilmSlam continues to be a popular outlet for indie and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida.

FilmSlam is usually held on the second Sunday of each month (February and May are the 3rd Sunday) at 1PM. A few cool things about FilmSlam; it’s FREE to submit, tickets are only $5 AND you get to check out your work on the big screen! There’s also a Director Q&A after the screening and plenty of networking time afterward.

Probably the coolest thing is, if your film wins the FilmSlam Audience Vote, it will qualify to move on to Enzian’s annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase. If it wins at Brouhaha, your film will get a guaranteed slot at the Florida Film Festival! Nothing but WIN for you, our dear filmmakers!

Here are the remaining 2013 dates:

February 17, 2013
March 10, 2013
May 19, 2013
June 9, 2013
July 14, 2013
August 11, 2013
September 15, 2013
October 13, 2013

See you next weekend?

Metro Orlando Film Commission’s Quixote PA Bootcamp

Your first gig on the set of a professional film or television production will most likely be as a Production Assistant (or ‘PA’, in case you didn’t know). You could be driving the producers around, fetching coffee, wrapping cable, lugging around c-stands or making sure photo releases are properly signed and filed. Either way, this gateway job could land you gigs down the line or, if you’re lucky, an ongoing gig traveling with a production company. If you’re looking to find out what this ‘PA’ business is all about – and do some equally important networking too – our Metro Orlando Film Commission may be able to assist. Find this event and more on Metro Orlando Film’s Event Page.

Quixote P.A. Bootcamp

Event Date(s)

Begins: February 16, 2013 9:00 am
Ends: February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Register Now


Urban ReThink (Downtown Orlando)
625 E. Central Blvd., Orlando 32801

Program Info



2-DAY WEEKEND SESSION – February 16 & 17
HOURS: Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: 9am – 5pm
COST: $150.00* (6.5% tax included)
LOCATION: Urban ReThink
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

*Note: This event is brought to you by the Metro Orlando Film Commission at a discount from the normal $250 rate.

It is our GOAL to thoroughly prepare you, so when you get your first job on a film, television, or commercial set, you will be completely familiar with, and ready for, everything expected of you. We make YOU an ASSET to the production.


  • Making the film, from prep to post
  • All production paperwork
  • Production terminology
  • Hands on radio training
  • Set protocol, i.e. “do’s and don’ts”
  • How the A.D. team functions
  • Other crew departments function and interaction
  • Gear and supplies
  • The Office P.A.
  • Preparing your resume
  • Where to find a job

Quixote’s P.A. Bootcamp is designed as a real-world, practical job training program. If you are going to your first day of work as a P.A wouldn’t it be better to know what is going on all around you? Our goal is to prepare you thoroughly and completely for the job of Production Assistant, which is your first step into the entertainment business as it has been for many highly successful producers, executives, directors and others currently working in the industry. We provide take-home paperwork which covers everything taught in the course, as well as many actual production documents from recent films and TV shows. In addition to the regular curriculum, we frequently have guest speakers from all aspects of production.

Working as a P.A. on a feature film is different from working on a commercial or music video. Quixote’s P.A. Bootcamp trains for ALL types of production:

  • Features – high and low budget
  • Episodic TV
  • Reality shows
  • Commercials
  • Music videos


  • How to be a highly effective Set and Office Production Assistant
  • How to anticipate the needs of your production
  • Hands on training with radios (walkie talkies)
  • Hands on training with equipment used for commercials
  • Where to find production jobs and understanding the industry career path
  • How to read & understand production paperwork
  • Lock-Ups, Call Outs, Daily & Nightly duties
  • How to communicate in production language
  • Set and Office Etiquette
  • Office P.A. responsibilities- Distribution, Sides, Script Revisions
  • Overview of the crew departments, their responsibilities and how it relates to you as a P.A.
  • Film and TV versus commercials/videos/low budget P.A.
  • Gear and supplies necessary for the job

Additional Info


After training with Quixote’s PA Bootcamp, graduates have the option to stay in touch via facebook and twitter. By doing this, they will grow their network of industry contacts from the ground up which will help them gain employment. Additionally the Metro Orlando Film Commission will be hosting an exclusive Meet & Greet event the following Wednesday evening with the graduates and potential employers. Details to follow.


Related Links:

ProductionHUB State-by-State Directory

The Anonymous Production Assistant Blog


Media-Match Job Descriptions

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