Monthly Archives: June 2013

Orlando’s Abyssmal Entertainment Unleashes Fiend Fatale

ICS past guest, Steven Shea (Abyssmal Entertainment), just released his latest short film called “Fiend Fatale,” a proof of concept brand conceived here in Central Florida. FIEND FATALE is a horror-adventure film, about five sisters, a vampire, zombie, werewolf, demon and mermaid, cloned from the DNA of extinct monsters, thrust into the modern world and facing off against the government, terrorists and themselves. You may notice some familiar faces in this piece including local actress and presenter, Tracy Wiu, actor and past Popcorn Gallery panelist, Chris Greene and even a small cameo by our former host and current Enzian FilmSlam programmer and host, Tim Anderson! (If you look real close, you’ll notice Cronin… as in Terry Cronin from Students of the Unusual and our MegaCon special!)

Their Vimeo page states, “This project is currently seeking financing, and being shopped around to different studios, executives and financiers. We have created a brand that contains a Proof-Of-Concept Short Film, Comic Book, Video Game App, as well as possibilities for a Television Series and Sequel potentials.” Perhaps Orlando, nay the world, will be seeing a lot more of these ladies in the near future…

If you’re an Android user, check out the app! It’s called “Fiend Fatale: Stairwell to Heaven.”

Now available for download in the Google Play Store!

Now available for download in the Google Play Store!

 

Related: 

Troma Entertainment, Inc. releases Florida lensed Doomsday County

Fiend Fatale on Facebook

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Save $45 on Art of Visual Storytelling Tour in Tampa on Friday 6/28

Thinking of attending Alex Buono‘s Art of Visual Storytelling Workshop Presented by Monte Zucker in Tampa tomorrow but aren’t sure? Use our ICS exclusive discount code AVSICSFL, and save $45 on all three ticketing options! Very cool incentive: Your ticket purchase includes a FREE pass to NAB SHOW 2014 (April)!

Filmmakers have the option of attending both workshops (all day), the daytime cinematography workshop (9a – 4p) or  the evening visual structure seminar (6p – 9p).

http://www.visualstorytellingtour.com

Click image for ticketing options!

Not sure of which workshop to attend? Here’s a preview of what the day will look like to help you decide:

 

The Workshop Schedule 9:00am-9:00pm
Daytime Cinematography Workshop 9:00am-4:00pm
9:00am – 9:15am Introductions: Overview and “Case Study” clips of my work that we’ll recreate
9:15am – 9:45am Script Breakdown: Table Reading and discussion of ideas for shooting the script
9:45am – 10:00am Location Scouting: How to properly tech scout a location
10:00am – 10:15am Shotlists & Diagrams: How I design master shots and coverage
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:00pm CREW CALL: Introduce the camera, grip, electric and audio departments
11:00pm – 12:00pm Shooting Demo #1: Shooting coverage/Dramatic lighting
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Shooting Demo #2: Camera Movement
2:00pm – 2:30pm Shooting Demo #3: Interview Setup
2:30pm – 3:00pm Shooting Demo #4: Mōvi Demo
3:00pm – 3:30pm Shooting Demo #5: Shooting 4k/Green Screen
3:30pm – 3:45pm Workflow
3:45pm – 4:00pm Q&A
 
HANDS-ON HOUR With Cutting Edge Gear (All Ticket Holders May Attend)
 
Evening Visual Structure Seminar 6:00pm-9:00pm
6:00pm – 6:40pm DSLR Cinema: getting the most cinematic look out of your DSLR
6:40pm – 7:00pm CINE-STYLE: the next wave of camera technology
7:00pm – 8:30pm VISUAL DESIGN: understanding the seven visual components
8:30pm – 9:00pm VISUAL STORYTELLING: how to apply visual structure to your projects

 

Related:

Rode Mics on Art of Visual Storytelling

Beyond the Still: Alex Buono

Monte Zucker Educational Tools for Photogs and Filmmakers 


Google Extends Deadline to Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

Sadly I did not make my Google Glass fundraising goal on June 20th but… here’s the GREAT news!! Google was gracious enough to grant me an extension to raise the additional funds I need to secure Glass and bring it home to Central Florida!! As of this writing, through some very generous people (including many of you filmmakers!), I have fundraised $1,129! Google Glass themselves cost $1500 and I’m only $371 from my goal!! Very thankfully, a local engineer stepped up and very, very generously offered to sponsor my travel arrangements to pick up Glass. As of right now, the plans are to pick up in San Francisco but those could change as the scheduling for Glass changes almost daily! Wish me luck, ICS filmmakers, fans and friends. We’re almost there!

In case you didn’t see my original post, please read below for more details:

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is NEXT THURSDAY, July 4th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


SNL’s Alex Buono to Host Workshops in Florida

Saturday Night Live fans may not know Alex Buono’s name as well as Kristen Wiig or Bill Hader’s but we’re sure they know his work! SNL Film Unit DP, Alex Buono, will be hosting a one day visual storytelling workshop twice this week. The first in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow, June 27th, and the second in Tampa on June 28th.

Attendees have the choice of attending a 7 hour daytime workshop and/or a 3 hour evening seminar and is geared toward both the DSLR and Cine-style filmmaker. Here’s Alex himself to tell you a little about the tour…

Personally, I’m a BIG fan of Alex’s work. He comes with quite a pedigree; Oscar nominated, has worked on nearly every format and has studied under the BEST DPs – most notably the legendary Conrad Hall. It certainly shows in the quality of his work. Below is one of my favorite SNL Digital Shorts, Broadview Security. (Also: Man, I’m going to miss Bill Hader!)


Related:

Rode Mics on Art of Visual Storytelling

Beyond the Still: Alex Buono


Open Call: Chicken & Egg Pictures

If you are a female nonfiction filmmaker, New York and San Francisco based Chicken and Egg Pictures is looking for YOU this summer! Their 9th Annual Open Call for female filmmakers is underway! If you have a cause close to your heart, whether it be; the environment, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education, Music, Healthcare, Community, Human Rights, the Chicken & Egg folks are interested to hear your story! You can even submit an issue not on their list of 20+ themes! The first deadline for LOIs (Letter of Intent) is July 1, 2013. Interested Florida Femmes de Film? Read more below…

Chicken & Egg Pictures is dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. Since its founding in 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has provided more than $2.8 million in financial support for women filmmakers and over 4,500 hours of dynamic mentorship focused on story, craft, and community engagement.

Chicken & Egg Pictures does not have an endowment. We actively raise all funds to provide grants and deliver mentorship directly to filmmakers. This year (for the first time ever) there will be a processing fee required to apply for a grant. Every application is reviewed by a panel of at least 10 expert screeners who insure that every project is looked at thoroughly, fairly, and with multiple perspectives. We believe that it is critically important to have a rigorous review process. 

To help offset hard costs given the high number of applications, a processing fee is necessary in order to maintain this caliber of expertise.

2013 Application Fees:

  • First deadline on July 1st: $20
  • Last deadline on July 15th: $35

Before filling out this application — please make sure you refer to our GuidelinesFAQs & Application Checklist, and Steps Before Applying. 


Networking Opportunity: June WIFT Wednesdays at 310 Lakeside

Every 4th Wednesday of the month!       6-9pm

310 Lakeside Restaurant
301 East Pine St., Orlando 32801
*Street Parking is FREE after 6PM

  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 23

Mix and mingle with your fellow Women in Film and Television members in a casual setting every 4th Wednesday of the month for WIFT Wednesdays.

(Cash Bar) Drink Specials:
All Three Olives Vodka flavors $4
16oz. Draft specials – Bud Light $2 / Peroni $3
All Domestic Bottled beers $3
House Wines $5
Well Drinks $4

Free and open to the public.

Come learn more about WIFT-FL and what we have to offer industry professionals!


Film Incentive Update: Don’t Count Florida Out Just Yet…

At the top of June, our Metro Orlando Film Commissioner, Sheena Fowler, confirmed some terrible legislative facts:

…no additional funding was added for the Florida Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive program. While this is not what we had hoped for, here is our current reality:

  • We have no incentive money to bring any NEW projects to the area with the exception of Commercials and Music Videos
  • Future seasons of currently “in-production” TV series are pre-certified and will continue to film
  • There is the opportunity for projects in line who have been pre-certified to fall out thus opening some funds to the projects currently in line behind them

Our next steps include working together to educate our legislators on the validity of this industry and to form a more effective plan to better our efforts of receiving new funds to the program next year.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that there is still money left in the queue for commercial and music video production. As such, you’ll see our office aggressively going after this opportunity. Additionally we will continue to advocate the Orlando market as an ideal location for productions based on our indigenous incentives, experienced crew, large talent pool, variety of locations and stages, experienced infrastructure including post houses and the sales tax exemption program.

This is a good time to be sure to log into your account with FilmOrlando’s online filmbook to make sure your listing is up-to-date. You can do this 24/7 from this link: http://www.filmorlando.com/Get-Listed/

Do not count Florida out just yet, filmmakers and producers.

We share some hopeful news via miamitodaynews.com;

In conjunction with the Film Florida advocacy group, she plans to visit legislators around the state in August and September. “We’ll be asking “What do you need from us?’ as well as showing the economic impact. The sheer numbers will send a huge message.”

Read the full text of Author Catherine Lackner’s story HERE.

If you live and work in the industry here in Florida, how do YOU advocate? Do you talk with legislators, fellow collaborators and colleagues about the state of our film industry? How can we fix it? CAN we fix it? Please comment below to help start a dialog. Please keep FIGHTING to help our industry. If more voices united, imagine the hell we could raise!


Help Bring Google Glass to ICS

As some of you may know, in March I was part of a select few invited by Google to join their Google Glass #GlassExplorers program! Testing of the revolutionary Glass headset is hugely limited to only 8,000 users in the United States (for now) until Glass is available to the public for purchase sometime in 2014. (For an up-to-date countrywide map of Glass invitees, click HERE.)

I am currently seeking sponsors to help support this project, and YOU could be one of them! My goal with incorporating this ICS is to produce the first ever field segment shot completely on Glass – among other projects including film, education and helping not-for-profit charities I personally support, most notably; Relay For Life (of Hunter’s Creek) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (of Metro Orlando). Have a collaboration project in mind? Pitch it to me! Have $2K burning a hole in your pocket and feel like just giving it away? Feel free to send your entire wallet to me via PayPal using this email address: relayjennnn@gmail.com. Have a friend in mind who LOVES this stuff and may want to help out too? Share this blog or the event pages (below) with them! The deadline for sponsorships is THIS SUNDAY, June 16th!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467654093321974/

Google+ Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c455rqqv455iq3op23r3ts8csb0

www.google.com/glass

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is Google Glass and, as a filmmaker, why should I care? More importantly, will you just give me the $1,500 for my short film?” True, Glass is pricey. You could buy a few GoPro cameras or a light kit from Digital Juice with $1,500. All this said, watch co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin’s TEDTalk from May to see a few of the things Google Glass can do and listen to more of the philosophy behind it…

In his class blog last year, past ICS guest and UCF Film professor Randy Finch asks, ‘What are the creative possibilities for storytellers willing to experiment with Google Glass? Will early-adopters start telling stories that superimpose data or other audio and video information over real scenes? Or will multiple users contribute their content – providing numerous views of one big event (e.g., many cameras covering one experience like a political convention or a protest march in real time – as in the parachute demonstration above)?” Tribeca Film Festival says of Google Glass, “In its self contained way, Google Glass joins the 21st-century notion that everyone is a filmmaker with the more conventionally accepted truth that everyone is an audience.

On a side note, I want to publicly thank the [private] sponsors who are making this exploration and trip possible for me. I am extremely honored to be included in this beta test and incredibly thankful for the kindness – and trust – of all of you. I can’t wait to show you what Glass could do for our filmmaking community!

Related:

Project Glass: Live Demo

Glass How-to: Getting Started

My Dreams For Google Glass – filmcircuit.com

Google Glass from a designer’s perspective – theverge.com


Orlando Video Editors Meetup TONIGHT!

Future Media Concepts, in partnership with Women in Film & Television – FL, will be holding a Video Editors Forum tonight, Wednesday, June 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The forum will include presentations in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut X.

MEETUP SCHEDULE: 

6:00 – 6:30 Food/networking
6:30 – 7:00 Session one
7:00 – 7:10 break/switch rooms
7:10 – 7:40 Session two
7:40 – 7:50 break/switch rooms
7:50 – 8:20 Session three
8:20 – 8:30 break/switch rooms
8:30 – 9:00 Question and Answer

Food and drinks will be provided. Great networking with Orlando editors!

Free giveaways: Courses in Avid, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, instructional books, Kata backpacks and more.

LOCATION:


6675 Westwood Blvd. Suite 145, Orlando, FL 32821.


ICS Congratulates Student Art Fest Finalists

UPDATE: Winners list released!

View full Final Results by clicking the image!

View full Final Results by clicking the image!

Our Indie Cinema Showcase Field Team covered the Inaugural Student Art Festival at Athens Theatre in DeLand, Florida. While presenting a Finalist award to our own Christina Carmona (on behalf of Finalist and 4th Place Overall Filmmaker David Kuskie) and STARTfest President, Kyle Snavely, were surprised by a STARTfest fan (actor Nando Miguel) who was a little upset over the defeat…

Please support Student Art Fest 2014 by visiting http://www.studentartfest.org to find out more information on how your high school and college students can get involved.


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