“This Darker Life”, An Immersive Theatre Experience in Atlanta

I am not quite sure when the climate around theatre seemed to make this shift towards immersive experiences. Obviously there is the wildly successful “Sleep No More” that is going strong on Broadway right now in which you enter a five-story hotel and wander it, slowly guided in part by the actors, but also allowed to have your own personal journey. Here in Atlanta, my first experience was with Michael Haverty’s “Navigator” at The Goat Farm in 2013. The Goat Farm is an interesting and textured location that lends itself easily to a creative flexibility that has gone on to house other “immersive” theatre shows. I also had the fortune to see “Terminus” this spring, a journey inspired by Watership Down and told through the vehicle of the American Civil War.

The most recent iteration and amazing use of the space for storytelling belongs to “The Darker Life”, the brainchild of Raymond Carr and Raymond Tilton. “This Darker Life” uses the spirit behind the well-known “This American Life” radio show and allows many story-tellers to explore personal stories and tell them in their own way while being held together by a common spirit. The use of light (and lack thereof) to fully engulf the viewer, not only guides the experience but especially in the last piece of the night, allows the audience viewer to discover things at their own pace.

The show itself wasn’t polished but there was an obvious creativeness allowed in that kind of freedom. Every story was a different voice and was allowed to remain that way and that is where the authenticness comes from. The opening piece by Dani Herd was my favorite because of not only how personal the story was but how much I could relate to it. And the show ended with a gorgeous piece by Raymond Wilson and Raymond Carr that used the space the best and was wonderfully scored by George Koetle-Wallace. Victor Wilson’s character that bookends each piece is wonderfully charming as well. The Goat Farm is trying very hard to help original storytelling and I am all for this individual experience that is shorter, cheaper and more personal. I hope that this trend continues and we can go back to getting truly unique storytelling. The other storytellers in the show include Bill Taft, S. Bedford, Brian Griffin and Gregg Van Laningham. I would like more of this please.

The 8pm show tonight is sold out but there are still a few tickets to the 10pm show! One last chance.

 

PushPush, BrandCinema and POPfilms Produce Sneak Preview for GRFX Series

Atlanta, GA, April 24, 2014 – PushPush has wrapped photography on a sneak preview, promotional pilot for its new episodic series GRFX (“graphics”). On April 6, 2014, PushPush and POPfilms in Atlanta, along with New York’s BrandCinema, ended five days of filming to result in a sneak preview pilot, a trailer and a promo for the full series. The project is completing its two-year development phase supported in part by an NEA New Media grant.

Over 200 people participated in the filming, which included in its background a live arts festival co-produced by PushPush. The new Snake Nation Arts Fest aims to be an annual staple of the Castleberry Hill Arts District.

GRFX is a live action drama that takes place inside Dresher’s, a small, global graphic novel/comics publishing company. Office interiors were shot at POPfilms’ studios in Atlanta (Finding Carter, Drumline 2). The exteriors and live arts festival were shot in the courtyard outside the famed Besharat Gallery in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry Hill.

For the filming, Key Illustrator Christoph Heuer created new iterations of Schnippi Dog, the company mascot, that line the walls of Dresher’s. The show will feature some animation amidst the a live action, and Animation Supervisor Byron Speight is assembling illustrators, animators, riggers and modelers from around the world. Actor/Comics Creator Chris Miskiewicz lent his skills to pilot, playing the role of Dresher’s illustrator “James.” Real-life illustrator Simon Fraser‘s drawings can be seen throughout the Dresher’s offices as well.

In addition to these artists, the pilot features dancers, musicians,performers, visual artists and local galleries, representing a variety of artistic disciplines. The first full season of GRFX will highlight an increasing number of working artists to underscore the show’s central tension between creative and commercial demands.

GRFX is being developed in conjunction with Executive Producers Jennifer Warren and Nicholas Levis of BrandCinema, along with Executive Producer Alexander A. Motlagh, who’s been involved with the project since producing the PushPush-incubated Sundance darling, The Signal. Sub-Genre’s Brian Newman serves as Strategic Consulting Partner. Sunny Lee was Cinematographer, and William Wedig is the Director for the Pilot.

This summer, the producing partners will engage in a campaign for the production of season one: a “mini” season of 13, six-minute episodes BrandCinema is packaging the show for original, digital network distribution and numerous sponsorship opportunities. The first 13 episodes will also be developed as a feature film. The series is aimed at a season of long-form episodes for digital networks.

As a producer of live shows, PushPush has also woven immersive and participatory experiences into the project’s scope, and will submit a live transmedia experience of GRFX to the Sundance Frontier Lab this fall. Tim Habeger, Series Creator, has also been invited to submit the GRFX script to the new Sundance Episodic Story Lab this September. All of which will bolster efforts toward wide and diverse viewership and participation, locally and abroad.

GRFX follows the struggle between creativity and commercial demands at a small, global publishing company. Loosely based on artistic challenges within Atlanta’s underground arts incubator, PushPush Film & Theater (The Signal, Dailies Filmmakers), the series tells a modern and evolving story about the fight for artistic sustainability. The GRFX project will help advance the discussion.

“Just about everyone knows the story of balancing creative desires with paying the bills. It’s hard, and people feel passionate about it. So passionate they sometimes throw expensive equipment out the window. Ha. Truth be told, there are viable points to each side of the argument. PushPush has lived it, here and abroad. Myself, our team, our entire network – we all deal with it daily. And then you add family issues into the mix? It’s going to be fun to watch it unfold.” Says producer Nicholas Levis.

Season one begins the death of Grandpa Dresher and follows a power-grab between his grandson heirs: Cale, a young businessman at heart, concerned more with commerce, and Paul, the idealist, focused on the integrity of art more than adjusting to the fiscal demands of a modern company. Moments of animation that add perspective will help drive the arc of the drama.

While the sneak preview pilot will introduce the story and build interest in the concept, the full series will dive deep into the chaotic world of Dresher’s, as one family-owned, international paper-and-ink publishing company faces obsolescence and an arduous transition into the 21st century.

Follow GRFX on the web, Facebook and Twitter – and now on Instagram – for updates on the project as it grows.

One Day In Atlanta. A Filmmaking Event.

On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of Atlanta as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

For more information, visit the website. One Day In Atlanta: Your Day. Your City. Your Future.

Do you want to work as a voiceover talent on Cartoon Network?

In this workshop, learn how this network casts and what skills it takes to get the job(s) by doing interactive copy and characters. Also what’s new in animated voiceovers!

Instructor Scott Hilley has a recurring role as ‘The Reverend’ in Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” and has voiced more than a thousand cartoons, radio and TV commercials and industrials — including The Georgia Lottery, BellSouth, Chick-Fil-A and General Motors, just to name a few. He is celebrating his 47th year as a performer/writer, and is also an award-winning actor who performs in many plays and films.

The workshop is being held Saturday March 8, 2014.

Where: Expressions Theatre and Film
732 Bellemeade Ave
Atlanta, Ga. 30318
Time: 10am-1pm

Cost: $110 (Take advantage of early registration by Thursday, March 6th and save $10)

To Register Contact: 404-872-7276 or 404-769-4205 or email: expressionstheatreandfilm@gmail.com

Like Their Facebook Page with this link:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Expressions-Theatre-and-Film/366240353394874?ref=hl

Lionsgate Launches Channel Four Drama Competition at New York TV Festival

TORONTO – Lionsgate TV’s joint venture with Thunderbird Films is putting co-production development coin up for grabs with a newly hatched Channel Four drama script competition at the New York Television Festival.
our editor recommends

Targeting TV concepts with cross-Atlantic appeal, the Sea to Sky Entertainment venture will offer a $45,000 script development award to a drama project from the Canadian-based TV studio and Channel Four.

The competition for the drama script co-development funding will come through the NYTVF’s independent pilot competition.

“There is nothing more exciting than discovering new creative voices, and the New York Television Festival has become a strong showcase of independent talent,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, in a statement Tuesday.

The 10th New York Television Festival is set to run Oct. 20-25.

How Do I Submit Writing Work to Comic Publishers?

This time here’s a guide to all the places you need to go if you want to get into the comics industry through a publisher. Of course, you can always go self-published and small press (in fact, it’s almost ALWAYS an advantage if you’ve already had work published, proving that you have the ability to get something to print by yourself) – but how do you send work to the bigger companies?

Here’s a list of the various companies, and their current submission policies!

2000AD

The most open submissions policy in comics belongs to 2000AD. If you want to send work to them, it has to be in the form of a ‘FutureShocks’ story. This is a complete four-page story which features a twist ending. The thinking is that if you can handle a four page story (no small task), then you’ve got things sorted.

Find more at http://www.2000adonline.com/submissions/

Action Lab

Action Lab will accept submissions – as long as you have a complete creative team already in place. They ask for a synopsis, 5-6 pages of the script, and 5-6 pages of completed artwork from the book.

Find more at http://www.actionlabcomics.com/faq/

Avatar

Avatar aren’t looking for writers.

http://www.avatarpress.com/avatar-press-submission-guidelines/

Boom!

Boom Studios aren’t accepting writing submissions.

http://blog.boom-studios.com/submissions/

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse are accepting writing submissions, as long as they’re put together in the correct fashion. They first need you to sign an agreement for them – so they’re covered legally – along with a synopsis of the story. Follow that up with the actual script for the first issue, and you’re off to the races. This mirrors the submissions process used by most literary agencies, so take a look at their guidelines carefully to make sure you hit all their targets here.

Find more – http://www.darkhorse.com/Company/Submissions#writers

DC Comics

Have you had work published by Image, IDW, or any other publishers? No? Then go do that.

DC don’t accept writing samples – http://www.dccomics.com/submissions

Dynamite

No unsolicited samples accepted. If you want to work for Dynamite, you have to write to them detailing your experience, past works, and why you want to work with them.

Find more at http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/editor.html

Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics are really only looking at submissions for graphic novels – complete, long-form stories. They won’t look at digital submissions, so you should send them a synopsis of the concept and length of your story, backed with at least five pages of high-res artwork. As with any publisher in this list, DO NOT send original art – send scans.

Find more at http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=127

IDW

Not accepting any unsolicited writing submissions at this time.

Head here for proof – http://www.idwpublishing.com/page/2198/

Image Comics

Image won’t accept writing samples. They will, however, look at proposals for stories. This means they want a synopsis of the story, along with already drawn pages – Image aren’t here to pair you up with a creative team, you’ll need to already have one in place.

Find more at http://www.imagecomics.com/about/submissions

Markosia

They will accept writing submissions, but only if accompanied by completed artwork from the story. They’re looking for a synopsis attached to five or so pages of art from the story.

Find more at http://www.markosia.com/faqs/

Marvel

Marvel won’t accept script submissions. However! They will take your published work and look at it. If you’ve had a comic published, send it to them as proof that you can get something made, and they’ll review it themselves. The definition of ‘published work’, as defined by CB Cebulski on Twitter, means ANYTHING you’ve had put into print or digital, in long form. If you self-published it or had it published as small press or a webcomic – it counts.

Find more at http://marvel.com/help/category/14/topic/30

NoBrow

I believe that if you’re pitching to NoBrow, you’ve also drawn your comic. They ask for submissions to be emailed across to them.

Find more here – http://www.nobrow.net/submissions

Oni Press

Oni Press do not take unsolicited writing submissions. They’ll destroy anything they’re sent without opening it.

If you want work published through them, you’ll have to network instead http://www.onipress.com/contact

Top Shelf

Will not look at a writing submission unless it is accompanied by at least ten pages of completed artwork. If you have around 10-20 completed pages of art, attach a synopsis/script to the work, and send it across.

Find more here – http://www.topshelfcomix.com/contact/submissions

Valiant

Valiant follow the same system as Marvel – if you’ve previously had work published, you can send that work to them and they’ll read it. They won’t read pitches or unsolicited submissions – just completed comics.

Find more at http://valiantuniverse.com/about-us/

http://www.comicsvanguard.com/2013/11/how-do-i-submit-writing-work-to-comic.html

 

 

DC Comics and NBC are crewing up in Atlanta for new TV pilot “Constantine”

NBC’s new version of DC Comics “Constantine” is now hiring crew members in Atlanta.

The Drama “Constantine” is based on the Hellblazer graphic novels. The series centers on master of the occult John Constantine, who is struggling with his faith and is haunted by the sins he committed in the past. But, he is put into the role of defending humanity from the forces of darkness.

The character first appeared in Alan Moore’s The Saga of the Swamp Thing. The comic was turned into a feature film starring Keanu Reeves.

David Goyer, the screenwriter of Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins will executive produce the series.

According to the Georgia Film Commission Help Wanted Hotline, producers and assistant directors are currently accepting resumes for all crew positions. They will be looking for grips, production assistants, make up artists, and many other crew roles. The apply submit your resume to constantineresumes@gmail.com

Stephen King’s ‘CELL’ Starring Samuel L Jackson Casting Call in Atlanta

Producers and casting directors for the new feature film, CELL, are now seeing runners to work in the movie now filming in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cell stars Samuel L Jackson as Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Clay Riddel, played by John Cusack, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by cell phones, spreads like a virus through the population.

Talents selected will have the opportunity to work for three days on the new movie. For more details see the following casting information below:

“We are looking for experienced Long distance runners, trail runners, marathon runners, parkour types for three filming days, myst be able to work all of these dates:
-Friday, February 7th
-Wednesday, February 12th
-Friday, February 14th

Please email us a recent picture, age, height, weight, phone number, running experience to: CellExtras@gmail.com

Subject line: Runners

Applications Open for HBOAccess Program

According to a recent announcement from HBO, the purpose of the program is to “identify diverse talent, provide development and mentorship, and afford participants the opportunity to create short-form content for HBO.” Filmmakers that understand and have a background in cameras and scripts are allowed to submit one narrative directing sample.

All individuals interested in the project must be able to live in Los Angeles for the production period in June. Housing and travel are not included.

At the end of the process, four filmmakers will be chose from the submissions and each will be paired with an HBO development executive/mentor. Furthermore, these four filmmakers will be given master classes and a budget to create short-form content for HBO.

At the end of the four-week process, each project will be considered for production as a 10-15 short film or a webisode series to air on various HBO platforms.

The president of HBO, Michael Lambardo recently commented on the endeavor:

“We are thrilled to present this opportunity to filmmakers who might not otherwise find their way through our doors. I believe this undertaking will serve as a valuable experience not only for those who are chosen to participate, but for us at HBO as well.”

The application process begins on withoutabox.

GPP Welcomes Molly Coffee to February 2014 Membership Meeting

The Georgia Production Partnership is welcoming Zombie Cat’s Molly Coffee as their February 2014 Guest Speaker.

***From the official GPP Email
We are pleased to announce that our February speaker will be Molly Coffee of Zombie Cat Productions.

Molly Coffee works by day full time in the art department for shows like The Walking Dead and Prisoners. By night, she champions independent film and lends her design skills to feature films like V/H/S 3 and stage shows like “Sunflowers and Starry Nights”. Molly is the creator/director of the puppet short film “Magic The Gathering The Musical” which recently had a very successful festival run and is the owner of the independent production company Zombie Cat Productions. All of this from a girl who was working as a photographer and realized she could start making stop-motion films in her living room with the equipment she currently had in her possession.

Recently Molly and Zombie Cat Productions teamed up with local film superstars Fake Wood Wallpaper (Blood Car, Congratulations!) to produce Molly’s spec pilot “Pepper’s Place.” Starring Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, The Unwanted), Keith Brooks (The Walking Dead), and the local puppet community, Pepper’s Place is a comedy in the 22 minute format. Pepper’s Place exists in a world where real people, puppets, and big foam monsters coexist with no one really noticing any differences between them. It is also the kind of place that people can break out into song and choreographed dance sequences and only look mildly insane. This is a children’s show written for adults with adult themes. Pepper’s Place is very inspired by Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the smart insanity of shows like Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s Pepper’s World. We all just get to live in it with her.

Manuel’s Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
[p] 404.525.3447

http://www.manuelstavern.com

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=602+N+Highland+Avenue+NE+Atlanta+GA+30307&spn=0.029338,0.053245&hl=en

Member meetings are normally held at noon on the first Tuesday of every month. Please plan to arrive by 11:30am to place personal food orders.

Non-members will be asked for $20 at the door.

Video of the speech will eventually be available in the GPP archive on their website.

ATLFF 2014 Call for Volunteers

****This is a repost for the Atlanta Film Festival. ZCP has no ties to the festival.

ATLFF 2014 Call for Volunteers
Volunteers receive free tickets to festival films, high-fives, and warm fuzzy feelings.

It’s time to apply to become a volunteer for ATLFF14, March 28th through April 6th. Volunteer benefits for 2014 will include ONE FREE screening voucher for select films and seminars for EACH shift you work. Each shift is 4.5 hours.

This year, we have incentive programs for our super volunteers who will work 10 or more shifts and for Corporate Volunteer Teams.

Positions Available will be:

Theater Operations & Creative Conference Attendants
Transportation
Filmmaker Liaisons
Special Events
Social Media Photographer
Security Crew
Audio Visuals
Box Office & Registration
Theater Captains / Supervisors (Three 8-hour shifts required)

To volunteer for the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, please go to the following link and fill out the application: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/volunteer/

All volunteer positions play an important role in the success of the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. Once your application is complete, you will then be invited to attend one of our volunteer orientations held at The Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta GA) from 10 AM until 12 PM on the dates below:

Saturday, February 22nd
Saturday, March 1st
Saturday, March 8th

The volunteer shift scheduling will begin at The Plaza after each orientation ends. For some Venue Captains and Administrative volunteer positions, schedules may be done prior to the orientations. For more information on Corporate Volunteer Teams, please contact the volunteer coordinator.

In addition, as a part of our partnership with The Plaza Theater, we are offering year-round volunteering opportunities for community events and special screenings. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer for the Plaza Theater on the Volunteer Application.

The Atlanta Film Festival would not be able to do what we do without the help and support of our volunteers. You are the unsung heroes that produce an amazing festival every year and provide Atlanta with year-round film events and unforgettable experiences.

I look forward to working with you!

Best,
Sydney Lamont | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

 

Pepper’s Place Is A Wrap!

Zombie Cat Productions, Moonshine Pictures and Fake Wood Wallpaper can all excitedly announce that we have wrapped on principal photography of our spec pilot “Pepper’s Place”. We are so excited to share it with the world. We had the most amazing and talented cast and crew. I know everybody says that but we mean it 100%. Now the editing and the work on the opening title sequence can begin. Oh post production….now begins some of the most exciting and frustrating parts. BTS pictures will be on the way soon. Also keep up with our Facebook page for more up to date news.

Bee Wraps Up the Last Day and Says Goodbye!

If you did not contribute to our Indiegogo, you have been missing out on access to our exclusive BTS blog that has been posting all kinds of gems like footage of the musical number and photos of people trying to break down the wrapped sets while we are shooting. But, to celebrate wrap of Pepper, we decided to share this video off of the blog of Bee discussing the last late night of shooting and of course, mentioning how awesome director Molly Coffee is.

http://youtu.be/2o93NsgmJ8E

MAGfest 2014: MTGTM

Magic The Gathering The Musical will be screening at the awesome Gaming Music and Film Festival: MAGfest. Our film will join 4 others in a “Late Night Grindhouse” on Thursday, January 2nd. The festival itself is SUPER rad. The biggest video game film festival in the world returns for a second year. GAMES ON FILM features 13 offerings of the best video game films of the year. Action packed shorts, documentaries, pilots and exclusive screenings all in HD over three days. The festival takes place in National Harbor, MD from Jan 2-5.

You can see MTGTM featured in the trailer for the festival: http://youtu.be/-J-JVhKBROM

Gen Con, Are you ready?

MTGTM is Screening at Gen Con, Thursday at 8pm as a part of the Musical Block and has it’s own screening Friday at 10pm. You can also find MTGTM director Molly Coffee talking in the “Fan Films Done Right” panel Thursday at 2pm, “Directing for Film and Series” panel Friday at Noon, and “Intellectual Property” panel Saturday at 3pm. Also in attendance will be MTGTM’s Post Production Supervisor Drew Sawyer. Indianapolis, Indiana. We are invading you!!

ATLFF 2013: MTGTM

The world premiere of Magic the Gathering The Musical at Atlanta Film Festival has come and gone and we are still reeling. We couldn’t have asked for a cooler premiere. A live puppet slam, 4 handmade puppet dreams films and our film finishing out the night. And the awesome feedback that we have gotten!

Review: http://thehollywoodprojects.com/2013/03/27/atlanta-film-festival-magic-the-gathering-the-musical-exists-is-fresh-and-fun/

Eat, Drink & B-Indie: Bring in the Crowds Yo!

Event on Facebook

Join us the 3rd Tuesday of every month (TONIGHT) from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Manuel’s Tavern (602 N Highland Avenue Northeast) for networking, panel discussions, guest speakers, and new equipment demos over a cash bar.

Speakers:

Kristy Breneman, WonderRoot
Kevin Ward, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Phil Nutman, Buried Alive Film Festival
Julian Modugno, Bland Hack Pictures
Blake Myers, Buried Alive Film Festival, DISABLED BUT ABLE TO ROCK (ATLFF11)
Ben Cohen, Godamsterdam

Be it a festival screening or a one night only event of their own creation, what have independent filmmakers done to bring in crowds? Where have they promoted? Who have they partnered with to make their events special? What do you need to consider when working with a venue like the Plaza Theatre or Landmark Midtown Art Cinema? What questions should you ask? What costs should you expect? How can you work with the theatre to make your screening a success?