Monthly Archives: March 2013

Vine App Shows First Peek of “The Wolverine”

How’s THIS for innovative?

Director James Mangold sent out a tweet (or, Twitter message for those who aren’t inclined) showing the world a six second glimpse of his upcoming film, The Wolverine… using Vine Labs Inc’s video looping Vine App! Fanboys and tech heads rejoice!!

Big productions are getting more and more creative, filmmakers. If you haven’t researched self-marketing outside of Facebook, get started NOW.

Release date is July 26th, 2013. Click on the image below to see the ‘vine…’

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Women in Film & Television Quarterly Meeting and Social Media Panel

[UPDATED] Here is the audio from the panel, in case you couldn’t make the meeting:

TONIGHT! Back for Part Deux, Women in Film & TV – FL brings you the first Quarterly Meeting of 2013, featuring PART 2 of their Social Media Panel! Join Indie Cinema Showcase at IDEAS Orlando on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:45pm for food, beverages, and conversation. Isabella Morgia di Vicari, Owner, Author, TV personality and Personal Chef of Isabella’s BELLA CUCINA will bring their “authentic” Italian delicacies.

Social Media panelists include:
Shirley Decker {Moderator}, IDEAS
Katrina Diamond, ProductionHUB
John Lux, IDEAS
Jen Vargas, Indie Cinema Showcase
Laura Kern, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Also very important, a legislative update from Women in Film and Television Florida Chapter President Sheena Fowler.

Cost: Free attendance for members, $10 for guests.
Related links:

IDEAS hosts Orlando panel on building social media presence (Part 1)

Social media play big role in movies

Anatomy of an indie film’s social media campaign

Today we want to share with you a fantastic blog titled, “Things I Wish I Had Been Told In Theatre School” by artist Callam Rodya. It’s geared toward theatre performers but there are many great takeaways for filmmakers and actors of the large/small screen, as well as anyone in the performing arts…

CALLAM RODYA actor, etc.

Theatre school was great. It is great. But it can omit some of the more fundamental and important career lessons. School is, after all, a bubble. It’s not a natural professional environment.

So, with what little wisdom I have regarding a career as an actor, here’s a list of some things I wish somebody had told me in theatre school. Some of these lessons, I had to learn the hard way. Others simply would have saved me a bit of time.

  1. “Stealing the show” is not a compliment. The ensemble is more important than your “moments”.
  2. You’d be surprised how few people are willing to pay for theatre tickets when they aren’t your friends and family and have no personal connection to you whatsoever.
  3. No, you can’t actually play forty and fifty-year-olds in your twenties. At least, no one will pay you to do it.
  4. By the same token, there are very few…

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Florida Film Festival 2013 Press Preview

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

Team ICS attended the 2013 Florida Film Festival Press Preview tonight and boy are our eyes TIRED! (Kidding!) We did watch 4 short films and over 70 trailers but that’s nothing compared to the 170 films showing at this year’s fest – and those were the ones who actually made it. The selections committee goes through over one thousand films from all over the world EVERY year!

The 2013 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, announced that a record-breaking 170 films representing 23 countries were selected from over 1500 entries. Of the 170 films, 143 are having their Florida premiere (or higher) at the Festival. There will be 22 World premieres, 4 North American premieres, 4 US premieres, 40 East Coast premieres, and 49 Southeast premieres. This year’s Festival runs April 5-14, 2013 and is located in Central Florida.

Among the Florida made films at this year’s Florida Film Festival also include winning selections from Enzian FilmSlam who later advanced to the 2012 Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase;

This year’s FFF forums:

  • A Taste of Movie Magic with Francine Segan & Book Signing at Enzian Theater, Saturday, 4/6 4:30pm – 6pm (Sponsored by Edible Orlando)
  • Southern Fare: Tales From the Great Storytellers at Enzian Theater, Sunday, 4/7 11am – 12:30pm (Sponsored by Edible Orlando)
  • The Changing Face of Distribution at Enzian Theater, Thursday, 4/11 11am – 12:30pm
  • Our Digital Future: Innovation at the Intersection of Creativity and Technology at Enzian Theater, Wednesday, 4/10 11am – 12:30pm (Sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Anatomy of the Short Film at Full Sail Entertainment Business Auditorium, Wednesday, 4/10 1:30pm – 3pm (Sponsored and Presented by Full Sail University)
  • Perseverance: Women in the Industry at Enzian Theater, Friday, 4/12 11am – 12:30pm
  • Filmmaker Forum at Winter Park Regal, Friday, 4/12 2pm – 3:30pm

Celebrity Guests were also announced (and we’re totally excited!!):

  • An Evening with Tippi Hedren, featuring The Birds (Also seen in FFF 2013 American Independent Competition film “Free Samples,” with Jason Ritter)
  • An Afternoon with Zoë Bell, featuring Death Proof
  • Cary Elwes, featuring The Princess Bride

2013 Florida Film Festival locations: Enzian Theater & Eden Bar, Regal Movies Winter Park, Cask and Larder, Rangetsu, Copper Rocket and Rick’s Speakeasy (Password: Revel 22. Shhh!)

About the Florida Film Festival: The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, GenaRowlands, William H. Macy, Jon Voight, Barry Levinson, and Edward James Olmos. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses including Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
For Additional information:
Twitter: @FloridaFilmFest

Mega Convention 2013

MEGACON IS BACK at the Orange County Convention Center! You may have seen the billboards around town with Sir Patrick Stewart summoning you southwestward.

Why, dear filmmakers, do we love MegaConvention? The costumes are outstanding (Jerry enjoys the Slave Leias!), the energy is infectious, and sure… this year the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation are reuniting for a one night only panel TOGETHER, live and in person (see Star Trek related events below in blue)!! All this excitement AND you may pick up some very helpful hints on how to make your next indie short or feature happen. How, you ask? Check out our schedule picks for filmmakers below, click here for a full panel schedule. Take a look our first visit in 2012…

Friday, March 15

Crafting the Character Arc: How to Successfully Navigate Your Character Through Your Narrative

Many writers think that, just because they have their basic structure in place, their stories are destined to succeed. The problem with many narratives can often come in those places between the plot points. Ensuring that the story is moving forward in every scene often comes in the shape of the character arc. This craft seminar will give writers a tangible guide for creating a goal-driven story that never drags its feet. Room 222 1:15pm – 2:05pm

Hardware Store Props

Join Scott Will and other members of the 501st Legion to learn how to make accurate movie props from common material. Tips on constructions, how to weather items for realism, and mold making are just some of the topics on the agenda. Room 221DE 1:30pm – 2:20pm

3 Boys Productions

Terry Cronin, Pat Martin, and guests Thomas Mumme (Blue Juice Films) and Steven Shea (Abyssmal Studios) will talk about 3 Boys’ multi-media projects. Comics (Students of the Unusual, Devil in the Flesh, Indie Comics Magazine), Novels (The Skinvestigator), Documentaries (Christmas in Vietnam), Films (Film FestEvil) and reality shows including Adventure Chefs. Room 221C 1:45pm – 2:35pm

Make your own damn movie with Lloyd Kaufman

President and founder of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman delivers a crash course in truly independent filmmaking using examples from his own 40 years experience in the business. Room 222 2:35pm – 3:25pm 

Movie Trailers

Arne Starr’s Trailer Show has been with us for a couple of decades already and continues as usual this year on Friday and Saturday with all the latest trailers and behind the scenes action of all the upcoming genre films and television, and more, coming up in the next year, plus all the latest production gossip of what is coming further down the line. Join Arne as he presents all the latest and greatest and share’s his experience of working in Hollywood. Room 222 5:15pm – 6:05pm (Repeats Saturday 3/16 4:10pm – 5:40pm, Sunday 11:40am – 12:30pm)

The Seventh Annual MegaCon Indie Film Festival

This program showcases numerous award-winning independent short films in the genres of action, anime, animation, comedy, horror, superheroes, science fiction, and suspense. This selection of films is hosted by 3 Boys Productions the founders of the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival and the creators of the horror adventure comic series “Students of the Unusual”. Donations will be accepted for the Hero Initiative. Room 222 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Saturday, March 16th

Indie Filmmaking Panel

The world of independent filmmaking is an exciting place to make a name for yourself in visual story-telling. Join selected filmmakers who will tell you how to succeed in this fascinating world. Guests include Enzian FilmSlam alums Patrick Algermissen (Pupsock & Wendell) and Katharine Leis (Pupsock & Wendell), FilmSlam Host Tim Anderson, Lear Bunda (The Space Coast, Cartoon Network), Jason Daly (Creepy Crawly, Beware!), Steven Shea (Doomsday County, 2:22), Robby Sparks (The Walking Unethical), Scott Tepperman (Ghosthunters International), and others! Also, featuring special guest Lloyd Kaufman (TROMA)! Room 221DE 1:50pm – 2:40pm

Star Trek: TNG Special Event!!!

Seating is limited so purchase your tickets right away – tickets will be on sale at the Package/Badge Window in front of Hall D2 • First 5 Row Seating – $125.00
• Rows 6-10 Seating – $75.00
• General Admission Seating rows 11 and up – $45.00

The original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be providing a special event in Hall F. This is an event you definitely won’t want to miss. Join the cast as they interact together with the audience. They will field and answer questions in an entertaining way that only they could do. The original cast members will include: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Levar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) along with a few surprise guests Hall F 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday, March 17th

Writing/Producing TV SciFi/Fantasy for Hollywood

The writer and/or producer of ST: TNG, DS9, TekWar, Dresden Files, MTV’S Spider-Man and others talks about where the genre has been and where it’s going.
Room 221DE 10:00am- 10:50am

Advanced costume techniques for the not so advanced costumer

Join the Wolf Pack Elite as some of its talented members discus some of the ways they make good costumes into great costumes. For beginners to experts, learn tips and tricks that will help with your next costume project. Room 221C 12:20pm – 1:10pm

Kickstart your Kickstarter

What are the ins and outs of funding a project with Kickstarter? Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, Justin Gray and Dave Johnson join us to discuss strategies for using this internet phenomenon. Room 221C 2:15pm – 3:05pm 

Creepy Crawly

Join the cast & crew of the critically-acclaimed horror short, ‘Creepy Crawly’ for a discussion about the film making process, production, distribution – and plans for a feature-length movie. Room 222 2:50pm – 3:20pm 

Captain Jean Luc Picard – Professor Xavier

Don’t miss this informative Q & A with Sir Patrick Stewart. Room 224 1:50pm – 2:40pm 

Important Event Info: 

OCCC Address: Hall D, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

**ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Onsite day of purchase only**


(And if you see our Field Team, make sure to tell us what you think!)

An Evening with Sir Patrick Stewart

At 12pm Eastern, the onsale for “An Evening with Sir Patrick Stewart” tickets will begin online, in person and over the phone by calling Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s Box Office at (407) 447-1700. Be sure to secure your seat at this event, happening Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 8pm, quickly as it is sure to sell out.

Why is Sir Patrick in Orlando? Aside from the fact that Orlando is AWESOME and has a flourishing theatre and arts community; he will appear at this year’s Mega Convention (aka Megacon) as part of another special evening, which reunites everyone’s favorite Captain with the rest of his Star Trek: The Next Generation cast.

Have a burning question you’d love to ask? Good news for you! The evening will feature a brief “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style Q&A forum, preceded by a discussion hosted by Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. Before you ask TNG fan boys/gals, no photos or autograph requests will be allowed at this event.

Tickets to attend “An Evening with Patrick Stewart” are $50-$100.


In case you missed our show on Megacon in S3/episode 3, here you go!

About Sir Patrick Stewart:

Best known to American audiences for his roles as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Professor Xavier in X-Men film series, Sir Patrick Stewart also has an impressive resume in the theatrical world. During his association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sir Patrick acted in over 50 shows including King John, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Julius Caesar, and Titus Andronicus.

Over the years, Sir Patrick Stewart has been nominated for a multitude of awards. In the West End, he has garnered three Olivier Awards for his work in Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra, and A Christmas Carol. In New York Theater, he has won a Drama Desk Award for A Christmas Carol and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 2008 for the title role in Macbeth. In addition to the above, Sir Patrick has a Grammy Award, four Primetime Emmy nominations, and two Golden Globe nods.

His upcoming work includes teaming up with Sir Ian McKellen for Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, playing in repertory on Broadway this fall.

ICS on WPRK’s Local Heroes

Last November, Jerry and Jen (who hates typing in the 3rd person) had the privilege of being guests on one of the most unique radio shows in Central Florida, Local Heroes on Rollins College’s own WPRK 91.5FM. We had a BLAST!

On the show there were hijinx, ninjas, a few tech tips, a bit about movies and even some advice to filmmakers about the limitations they may be facing and how to hurdle them. We gave shout outs to ICS crew past and present, and also threw some love to our Popcorn Gallery segment sponsor, Enzian Theater and their Fighting For Danielle fundraiser. We may have also created a sound FX app monster out of Andrew! In case you missed the fun (FOR SHAME!!), check out our chat with Daniel and Andrew below. Kick back, relax, grab a Fresca…

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Here’s a short ‘behind the broadcast‘ video I shot (and edited!) on my iPhone while we were in the studio…

Want to hear more in the future from Local Heroes and WPRK? Please consider donating to the show by clicking here.

About Local Heroes: Orlando, Florida is “The Theme Park Capital of the World.” However, there’s a side of Orlando the world doesn’t know about. These are interviews and live performances of the best artists/people of interest in “The City Beautiful.” WPRK’s Local Heroes can be heard LIVE on Wednesdays at 5pm EST on WPRK 91.5FM and streaming/online worldwide. The show can also serve as a drinking game, but we didn’t write that. 

About WPRK: WPRK 91.5 “The best in basement radio.” As a student based organization, we represent Rollins College in Winter Park while still capturing a separate identity throughout the Orlando area. Our fan base includes a variety of people in Central Florida who enjoy musical genres ranging from rock, rap, and oldies to classical, opera, and Broadway musicals. Our unique position as a college radio station gives us the opportunity to play music that may not be heard on a regular basis. WPRK is a unique establishment; we accept diverse genres of music and appreciate the opportunity to run our very own basement radio station. Share your favorite songs, reviews of concerts, and favorite musicians by emailing us at and you might see your opinion on the site!

Polaroid Launches Fotobar

A trusted global brand for over 75 years, Polaroid is best known for pioneering instant photography. Later today, Polaroid reinvents itself for the digital age by launching the first of eleven retail stores called Fotobar, which features a first of its kind experimental in-store environment which affords customers a touch and see experience.

Each store will be staffed with “Phototenders” who will guide customers in creating the ultimate art piece as captured on their mobile phone, Instagram or other digital platforms (aka smartphoneography). The cool thing about this venture? The very first store is opening right here in Florida! Delray Beach to be exact.

Jen's Community Wall Foto

Jen’s Community Wall Foto


Also nifty, one of my personal photos was chosen to be part of the inaugural Community Wall which, geographically and physically, is the heart of the store itself. Last night 75% of our Field Team went to Fotobar (we missed you Jay!) to experience it all ahead of today’s grand opening, and we were blown away! Among the highlights:

  • The FotoShoot room, where photography classes, photo sessions and private parties will take place.
  • $1 Polaroid prints, printed beautifully on a very, VERY thick, matte cardstock
  • Merch! Polaroid t-shirts, pens that flash and water at the bar – they let you keep the coaster!
  • You can print an image Polaroid sized or as large as 4′ x 7′ on paper, lucite, acrylic, wood, bamboo and metal. Metal?? METAL!

What exactly does this have to do with indie cinema or the show? Not much… yet. [However, folks at Polaroid, our show is also innovative. Check out how we shoot Thoughts From The Popcorn Gallery – we’re open for anything!]

But to be sporting, I could note most casting agents are very familiar with Polaroid cameras especially in auditions… and staplers for that matter. I could stretch it even further and ask you if you remember the Polavision instant movie camera invented waaaaay back in 1977 (which was a very good year by the way) but most of you are probably too young to remember or weren’t even born yet. Despite this, I’m pretty sure all of you have handled an old school Polaroid camera at least once in your lives, or your parents have a Polaroid image of you as a youngerster!

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