10/07/09

Permalink 01:39:45 pm, Categories: Announcements, 179 words  

Bridezilla

Do you or someone you know think you have what it takes to
be on America’s top-rated wedding show?

• Are you planning a wedding between November 2009 and May
2010?
• Are your wedding preparations getting out of control?
• Are you struggling with the cooperation of your wedding party,
fiancé or in-laws?
• Are you doing everything in your power to make sure your
wedding day is perfect?
• Are you ready to share your story with other women who’ve been
or will be in your shoes?
If so, then you are just what we’re looking for!

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BRIDES WILL BE GENEROUSLY COMPENSATED*
If your wedding falls within the dates above & you’d like to be considered
for an episode, email the below to castingbridezillas@gmail.com.

BRIDE'S FULL NAME:
AGE:
ADDRESS:
CONTACT #:
EMAIL:
WEDDING DATE:
WEDDING BUDGET:
GROOM'S FULL NAME:
AGE:

1. TELL US WHY YOU'D BE A GREAT BRIDEZILLA. GIVE EXAMPLES.
2. WHO IS GIVING YOU THE MOST STRESS AND WHY?
3. GIVE US YOUR TOP 3 CONCERNS FOR YOUR WEDDING.

Lastly, please email us a couple photos of you and your fiancé.

08/26/09

Permalink 03:44:21 pm, Categories: Announcements, 1005 words  

Independent Film Distribution—Where, What, When & How?

An interview with Giles Fox, President of Think Big Films LLC., and Stephen Replin,General Counsel; Replin & Rhoades, LLC, The Entertainment Law Group, Denver, Colorado

August 13, 2009

Technology has brought change to many businesses, not the least of which is the business of independent film distribution. In fact, traditional methods of film distribution have been turned upside down and are almost unrecognizable to veterans of the film business.

In hindsight, the old systems sound very simple. The film distributor would find an interesting film with a clearly defined audience, buy the rights from the filmmaker and do their best to get the movie into theatrical release or sell it direct to videocassette and DVD or utilize sub-distributors in foreign countries to garner non-US audiences.

Today those channels, while still existing, are greatly diminished in value. Out of the thousands of movies made each year, only a small number make it to theatrical distribution and only a handful ever become profitable. For independent films the road is even more challenging. Movies like “Slumdog Millionaire” are noteworthy in part because their odds of success are so slim to begin with that this level of success is completely unusual. Think of the analogy of buying a lottery ticket. Some think that your odds are better with the lottery ticket.

Similarly, conventional DVD sales and rentals continue to decline. Blockbuster Video recently released second quarter results and while Wall Street expected a loss, the actual results were even worse than expected. Blockbuster stock dropped 20% to $0.69/share reflecting the market’s disappointment. Clearly the time has passed when people would get in their car and drive to the video rental store in order to watch a movie. The alternatives are simply too compelling and too easy for consumers.

The good news is that while changes in technology sow confusion and turmoil, they also present opportunities. In contrast to Blockbuster, Netflix continues to thrive. It built a successful mail order business and the company’s growth is accelerating as more of its customer’s transition from snail mail to downloading the movies.

“These are interesting times in the film business” notes Giles Fox, President of Think Big Films LLC, a Denver-based film distribution company. Fox continues: “the change in technology is really happening on several fronts all at the same time and this is adding to the excitement and the disarray in the film distribution industry. Advances in software are leading to better and faster technology for streaming and downloading video while advances in hardware are creating new outlets for distribution – think anything from elaborate home theater systems with 50 inch screens to electronics that fit-in-your-hand like iphones and ipods.”

Significant changes in an industry are always jarring. A number of film distributors have closed their doors recently while many others have severely tightened their budgets and scaled back their operations. This includes companies such as Warner Independent Pictures, Picturehouse, New Line Cinema, Miramax, and Paramount Classics. Notes Fox, “the meltdown in the financial markets last year had a severe impact on the movie business. Almost overnight it became much more difficult to find financing for films; and for completed projects distributors either didn’t want to - or simply couldn’t - afford to buy the rights before the film had generated any revenue.”

The changes in the film industry are also making the entertainment lawyers job much more challenging and interesting. As new distribution outlets open and old ones shrink, the job of protecting the film maker’s rights in this new market places presents its own set of challenges and opportunities.

So, where does this leave the filmmaker today?

According to Fox this puts more pressure on the filmmaker and the distribution company to be unusually creative. Fox likes to make the point that “we may be a new company, but at Think Big Films we like to say that nobody is ahead of us … because nobody knows where the business is going. I probably spend half my time on the film side of the business and half my time on the technology side.”

One potential positive is that new technology and new distribution channels should broaden the audience for independent film. Notes Fox, “the traditional channel for independent film was a small number – really only a few hundred – specialty theaters located around the country, and almost always in the larger more urban cities. In the future, through satellite or cable or the internet, anyone with a TV could conceivably sit down and watch or call up any number of movies. We will likely have channels dedicated to independent film. The center of Kansas will be as plugged in as the center of Manhatten.”

Fox does offer some advice to new independent filmmakers. “Today” he states, “it is not enough for the filmmaker to raise enough money for the production with the hope of selling the rights when the film is completed. The filmmaker should factor in a marketing budget from the beginning – perhaps 25% of the cost of the film. In the future, distribution of independent films will be more of a partnership. Think Big Films is developing expertise in a number of cutting edge, technology driven distribution channels (in addition to the traditional means of film distribution), and we can use this knowledge to help our clients, but we need the filmmaker’s significant input regarding the demographics of potential viewers and their resources in order to take advantage of the specialty marketing outlets available in this marketplace. Perhaps most importantly, this is a time to be creative. The good news is that a filmmaker wouldn’t be a filmmaker if he, or she, wasn’t well above-average in that area.”

Without a doubt, these are interesting times for independent film. Fox concludes with an encouraging note for filmmakers: “the demand for independent film is still there, and in fact is growing. People want to see these films. As the marketplace evolves, it is our job to be on top of trends and specifics of new distribution outlets and technology.”

08/19/09

Permalink 01:57:34 pm, Categories: Announcements, 174 words  

Creative Industries Tour is this Friday, August 21, 2009!

This is a reminder that the Creative Industries Tour is this Friday, August 21, 2009!

Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM), and Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA), invite you to tour Denver's most robust creative industries and places of innovation.

Meet the Governor's new Director of the Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Don Marostica, Keynote Speaker as well other creative & economic policy leaders throughout the day as we tour these outstanding examples of in Denver.

Creative Industries Tour

* Agenda: Friday, August 21 8am - 5pm
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* 8:00am- 9:30 am TAXI (3455 Ringsby)
* 9:45am - 10:45 am Dry Ice Factory (31st and Walnut)
* 11:00am - 1pm Post Modern Co (28th & Walnut)
* Lunch
* 1:20 - 2:20pm Studio Complex (Alameda & Cherokee)
* 3pm - 4:00pm Citizen Pictures (Speer & Federal)
* 4:30 pm Return to TAXI

The day's tour will be via a motor coach with leaders of creative industries, featured speakers along the route, a light breakfast, and box lunch served "craft services" style! ***Dress is business casual

SPECIAL THANKS:
FUEL Café
appetites catering
A Private Guide, Inc.

07/23/09

Permalink 12:39:51 pm, Categories: Announcements, 270 words  

BEAUTIFUL EMPTY: A Call For Filmmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please run through: 8/31/09
Media Contact: Darci Alishouse
Phone: (720) 298-5747
Email: dalishouse@gmail.com

BEAUTIFUL EMPTY: A Call For Filmmakers

July 20, 2009 – Denver, CO – This is an open call for filmmakers of all backgrounds, skill levels, and artistic points of view to participate in the BEAUTIFUL EMPTY Short
Film Conspiracy – a collaboration of film and music hosted by Denver-based band John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light. Participating filmmakers will be given
early, confidential access to the new record so they can choose a song, develop a concept, create their short film and then submit it to BEAUTIFUL EMPTY’s Festival
Director. There will only be time for up to 6 short films the night of the event. However, all submissions will be screened and promoted at www.johncommon.com.

BACKGROUND
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light are releasing a new record, entitled Beautiful Empty, later this year. Rather than treat its release in a traditional way, they
have turned to visual artists, writers and now, filmmakers to collaborate in creating unique short works all inspired by the music on Beautiful Empty as a way to shine a
light on the breadth and depth within Colorado’s various artistic communities. The goals of the event, also named Beautiful Empty, are simple: to collaborate and crosspollinate the music, film, written word and visual art communities, and to throw a beautiful, memorable, one-of-a-kind happening.

FILMMAKER REGISTRATION
Filmmakers who are interested should contact BEAUTIFUL EMPTY's Festival Director, Darci Alishouse, at dalishouse@gmail.com or (720) 298-5747 to register.
Registration will remain open until August 31, 2009. For more details and festival rules, visit: www.beautifulempty.blogspot.com
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Permalink 12:33:42 pm, Categories: Announcements, 399 words  

“The Drama Kids” is the winner of “The Best Student Film Award” at the 12th Annual Long Island International Film Expo

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Danny Diaz
Phone: (303) 522 6810
Email: danny@modestmoose.net
July 19, 2009 – Bellmore, Long Island – The student short film “The Drama Kids” is the winner of “The Best Student Film Award” at the 12th Annual Long Island
International Film Expo. (http://liifilmexpo.org/) The festival spanned 10 days while screening over 165 films from all around the world, in all categories including
student film, shorts, and features. Films were produced from Germany, Spain, France, and Dubai. The festival Director, Debra Markowitz said, “the interesting thing this year is that the student films were so professional they also competed in categories other than student.” "Drama Kids was a beautiful, sweet, romantic fantasy. Extremely well done, Drama Kids did well both with the judges score and the audience ballots, and kept a lead throughout...and Danny really had some tough competition", said Debra.

“The Drama Kids” is a short film directed by Danny Diaz of Modest Moose Productions. Arthur is a drama kid; the big high school play is tonight. Fall in love
as they find if the hero inside you… isn’t only in your imagination. The film mixes together many genres, such as western, romance, action, and comedy, while also
being shot on several formats, including HD, 16MM, and RED. “We wanted to do a film that showcased many talents and show people exactly what
we were capable of doing”, said Danny Diaz, the film’s director, “so we wrote a story and decided to cram as much as we could into it”. The film was shot entirely in Colorado and featured such scenes as an intense car chase in downtown Denver, a western showdown at The Historic Western Hotel in Ouray, a romantic snow scene on the top of St. Mary’s Glacier, a medieval sword fight at Dunafon Castle in Idledale, and a look inside the secret world of highschoolers at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora.

This is the 3rd award for this film and it currently is an official selection of the 10th Annual KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. (http://www.kidsfirst.org/detail/209061.html)
Earlier in the year it won “Best Family Film” at The Vine Shorts Fest in Santa Monica, CA. The Colorado Film School awarded Danny Diaz with “The Best Producer Award”
at the Fall 2008 Student Show. The trailer can be viewed at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sOoAGifKIw&feature=channel_page).

05/08/09

Permalink 12:33:27 pm, Categories: Announcements, 1200 words  

ALL ABOARD FOR “DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL” TRAIN TOUR

In Denver at Union Station from June 12th to the 14th!

FROM SNEAK PEEKS OF EXCLUSIVE 3D FILM FOOTAGE
TO SUMMERTIME SNOW – DISNEY PULLS OUT ALL THE WHISTLE STOPS FOR 40-CITY TRAVELING EXPERIENCE

Departing Los Angeles May 22; Tour to Cover More Than 16,000 Miles

Burbank, Calif. (May 8, 2009) -- Disney is pulling out all the whistle stops and taking its show on the road with a spectacular immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” it was announced today (05/08/09) by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. Set amidst a snowy backdrop—complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities—the Train Tour is being launched with HP on board as the title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.

Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” opens in theatres November 6 in Disney Digital 3D™ and in IMAX 3D®.

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, “‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ Train Tour is an incredibly fun way to introduce families across the country to the wonders and spectacle that is Robert Zemeckis’ unique and spectacular new holiday film. We are so proud of the movie, and think the 3D footage is so incredible, we just had to give everyone a chance to see it in Disney Digital 3D. From Los Angeles to New York, and all points in between, guests are going to have a fabulous time discovering things about the making of this extraordinary film, participating in their own festive fantasies, and getting into the holiday spirit all year round. ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ is great entertainment for moviegoers of all ages, and this is the perfect introduction to a fun and exciting new holiday classic.”

Among the highlights of the tour are authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London; artwork, costumes and props from the film; demonstrations of performance capture technology; and a chance to morph your face into one of the film’s characters using HP TouchSmart PCs. At each stop along the way, a state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D Theatre will be erected, where guests can get a sneak peek of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and see other exclusive behind-the-scenes materials from the movie. The latest details about tour stops and scheduled events are available at www.christmascaroltraintour.com.

Featuring four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities, the tour will have its inaugural stop at Los Angeles’ Union Station over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 22nd through May 25th. During the next 24 weeks, the train will make 40 stops in 36 states, as it travels its way across more than 16,000 miles of track. The tour will finish at New York’s Grand Central Terminal over the weekend of October 30th through November 1st.

At every tour stop, Radio Disney will invite kids to enter for a chance to become a Movie Surfer representing their hometown. Each Hometown Movie Surfer will get a chance to appear on Disney Channel by filming their very own Movie Surfer’s segment! They’ll also receive a prize package of exclusive Movie Surfer and "Disney’s A Christmas Carol” gear.

ABC television stations across the country will run local promotions. At each stop, guests will have the chance to win an HP TouchSmart PC and an HP Photosmart wireless printer. Additionally, Disney is working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization to provide an early Christmas experience to kids across the country. Disney will present the organization with a donation in the amount of $100,000 at the May 21st launch in Los Angeles to further the organization’s efforts of helping kids grow up to be great and will invite Boys & Girls Club kids to be part of the tour when it comes to their town. Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation are impacting the lives of 4.8 million young people each year with after-school programs that emphasize education, career exploration, community service, technology skills, financial literacy, the arts and more to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens.

A variety of innovative HP technologies helped to make the Train Tour possible. HP ProLiant servers and HP ProCurve switches will provide Disney with the computing power that will allow guests to collect and upload photos. Throughout the train exhibits, Disney is using HP TouchSmart PCs to run an interactive face morph application and HP monitors to showcase performance capture technology as well as images and digital effects from the film. Additionally, each train car will be wrapped with Disney’s Train Tour logo using the versatility of HP Scitex printers.

“For decades HP and Disney have joined together to captivate audiences through technology innovation and digital entertainment,” said Michael Mendenhall, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, HP. “HP technology used in the making of ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ has enabled Disney to push the boundaries in performance capture technology. The Train Tour offers an innovative way for guests to interact with HP’s latest technology and experience the magic behind the film.”

Amtrak locomotives and engineers will lead the four-car Train Tour (plus a private car), across the US, with stops ranging from 1-3 days along the way. Each train station will be themed with holiday decorations, and feature artwork from the film, Christmas Carolers, fun activities for the entire family, and snow!

“Rail travel continues to influence the way people connect with each other and celebrating the release of a true classic is a perfect way to further that connection,” said Emmett Fremaux, Vice President Marketing and Product Management, Amtrak. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be teaming up with Walt Disney Studios for this 40 city tour to help educate Americans about the benefit of rail travel.”

Dolby Laboratories will be supplying its Dolby® 3D Digital Cinema solution for the traveling Digital 3D theater, and Barco is providing the DP2000 digital projectors. Panasonic provides some of the latest high resolution large screen technology available to consumers today throughout the train cars. And, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging guests traveling to and from the train to Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time!

ABOUT THE MOVIE
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking, performance-capture 3D motion picture event. Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey, revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Through the magic of performance-capture technology, Jim Carrey tackles seven roles, including Scrooge and all of the Christmas spirits.

 
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