Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Crownover Enterprises is looking to expand its Rolodex of talent.
I'm looking for actors in the Atlanta area who you feel have the potential at being great at:
Mix & mingle characters
Candidates need not be ultra experienced because I can show them the ropes. They do, however, need to be extremely professional, willing to learn, generally be a fun person to be around, and be comfortable with a live audience. Improv skills are big plus!
If you know of anyone who may fit the bill please send them my way.
Have them email a current photo and a list of any experience they may have with corporate acting.
Entertainment With Outcomes
*Walk-Around Costumed Characters
... and much more!
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Friday, November 5, 2010
Tinseltown taps Atlanta as movie-making mecca! Will showbiz boom bring boffo box office?by Curt Holman
Read this article in Creative Loafing!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Avery Sisters Entertainment (formerly known as Sister Entertainment, LLC) has recently teamed up with a talent and model agency in LA! Not only do we receive castings from the Southeast Region, we will now receive castings from the Los Angeles, CA area.
We are searching primarily for actors that have SAG credentials, but we are also looking for professionals actors and those who have “extreme” potential but must be currently enrolled in reputable acting classes.
We are looking for all ages, genders and ethnicities. (Not accepting children under 5 yrs of age). Please bring headshot and resume. You do not need to prepare a monologue, a short script will be supplied to you.
Open Calls will be every other Saturday at our local office. calls every other Saturday. Email email@example.com for schedule of next Open Call.
You do not need to make an appointment but please note…contact our office on Friday evenings after 7pm to listen to our voicemail for any scheduling changes that “we” may have.
Our address is: 3783 Presidential Parkway, Suite 142E, Atlanta GA 30340 (Presidential Commons office Park)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Atlanta’s music business has been booming for more than a decade now. But how did the ATL become the East Coast’s answer to Tinseltown?
There was a time when the business of filmmaking was location-driven, with directors seeking out specific locations that best embodied their creative vision. That all changed when Canada began offering competitive tax incentives, which helped production companies that were struggling to finance increasingly big budgets. In 2003, Louisiana became the first U.S. state to offer major tax incentives, which took away much of the business Georgia was getting at that time. It took until 2008 for the General Assembly to pass the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, offering aggressive tax incentives to production companies choosing to work in the state.
Lee Thomas, the film division director for the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, remains one of the key players in Georgia’s current film boom. In her eyes, the legislation has proved to be remarkably effective, leading to a 400-percent rise in local productions in the last two years. “In fiscal year 2007, the economic impact of our efforts on film, TV, commercials, music videos and game development was around $241 million,” she points out. “By fiscal year 2010, which just ended, the economic impact was $1.3 billion. So it’s definitely working.”
Oscar-winning film director Aaron Schneider, who shot his latest film, “Get Low” (starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray), here, claims the tax incentive was one of several reasons he decided to film in Georgia. “One reason is that the crew is terrific, because the people down here are great. We also wanted to shoot in Georgia because of creative reasons: We saw a beautiful little town in Crawfordville that worked perfectly for us. And the tax rebate plan works out great for everybody. We put some money into the economy, and Georgia helped us out a little in terms of our squeaky little budget.”
That’s not the only way the state helps out. Thomas’ team also assists clients through every step of the production process, from location scouting and finding production office space to securing local crew and equipment. They certainly have their hands full, what with TV shows such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Walking Dead” all in production here. The list of films being shot in the area seems to keep growing by the day, from the “Footloose” reboot (starring Dennis Quaid, Andie McDowell and Julianne Hough) and “The Fast and the Furious 5” (Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel) to “The Change-Up” (Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman) and “Wanderlust” (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston).
Georgia is also attracting multimillion-dollar production facilities as well. Filmmaker Tyler Perry opened his namesake studio in southwest Atlanta in 2008. Raleigh Studios, the largest independent studio and production support operation in the United States, recently opened a full-service film and TV production facility in Senoia. And major industry player EUE/Screen Gems recently announced a 50-year partnership with the City of Atlanta to open a 30-acre production facility on the Lakewood Fairgrounds property.
“We are so pleased to be open and working in Atlanta,” says Chris Cooney, COO of EUE/Screen Gems. “We’ve hosted one major entertainment brand at the studio already. We’re in discussions with studios about upcoming bookings, and you’ll be hearing soon about some of the Atlanta-based individuals we’ll be hiring as we move forward. The climate here is definitely film- and television-friendly. We are excited about the work and collaboration still to come.”
As happy as Hollywood may be about setting up shop in our fair city, it doesn’t hold a candle to the excitement local actors and other creative types are feeling. For them, more productions means more work, which in turn leads to more opportunities for them to generate their own creative ideas. Adel native Ray McKinnon has been a working actor for more than 20 years now, moving from small parts in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “In the Heat of the Night” to major roles in local productions such as “The Blind Side” and “Footloose.” As a writer and director with several indie films (“The Accountant,” “Randy & the Mob”) under his belt, McKinnon sees the current climate as one that will foster great growth for the city’s creative future.
“There’s a viable entertainment industry happening here, and that creative energy is leading a lot of people to pursue film degrees,” McKinnon says proudly. “They’re gonna make movies come hell or high water. There’s a sophistication about it. The film crews have worked on big productions and aren’t freaked out by them, and even the young actors have been in front of cameras for a good portion of their lives and aren’t intimidated by it. I’m grateful for the fact that it’s happening in Atlanta, and I just want to see it continue for as long as possible.”
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
By Tammy Joyner tjoyner@ajc.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Film students spend most of their college years creating their craft, so few graduate understanding how the industry works as a business.
Emory University hopes to change that this fall with a new program that will combine the artistry of filmmaking with the left-brained fundamentals of business.
The school's new concentration in Film and Media Management will give students a broad immersion not only in the creative side of filmmaking, but real-world experience in distribution, marketing, finance and other business elements of film and media. In turn, business students interested in film will get a chance to learn how film and other media evolve artistically.
"They've taken a leaf from our notebook," said Al Lieberman, marketing professor and executive director of the Entertainment Media and Technology program at New York University's Stern School of Business. In 1996, the business school began offering courses tailored to undergraduate film students. "Emory, to the best of my knowledge, is probably the first school to have picked up on this and looking at it as an opportunity.
The two-year program, which starts in a student's junior year, is a collaboration between Emory's Department of Film Studies and the Goizueta Business School and comes as Georgia is carving out an impressive role in the film industry. "The growth of the [film and media] industry in Atlanta has made it possible for us to connect our students to meaningful experiences and better prepare themselves to launch their careers. Film is going to end up being a huge part of Atlanta's economy in the not-to-distant future," said Andrea Hershatter, associate dean and director of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Goizueta Business School.
"This is now the best time to be making film and television in Atlanta," said Matt Bern-stein, a film historian, professor and chairman of Emory College's film studies department. "This kind of [recent] expansion is bringing so much work to Atlanta."
The heads of the film department and business school at Emory realized the need for the program two years ago after business and film students were brought together to create a television pilot in a TV production class.
The business students naturally gravitated together as a team and came up with good ideas to market and distribute the product but couldn't really execute the ideas. The film students could create trailers and commercials but didn't have the logistical or marketing know-how, Bernstein said.
Beyond the classroom, the gulf between the creative and business sides has led to huge failures in the industry. Who can forget "Heaven's Gate"? Released in 1980, the Western was a lavish recounting of the dispute between land barons and European immigrants in 1890s Wyoming. The movie, which cost $44 million - a fortune at the time - was deemed "the biggest flop ever" by film critics. Its financial and creative excesses eventually sank United Artists studio.
"The business people didn't have an ongoing communication with the creative people and the creative people had the sense the business people couldn't really contribute," Lieberman said. "They felt the business people were only interested in curtailing them, not really supporting and facilitating.
Creating a better link between filmmakers and financiers is every bit as critical today.
The industry has ushered in a new age of filmmaking, where films and other forms of media are conceived and displayed on more than just big screens in theaters: on the Internet, in video games, on cell phones, personal digital devices and other platforms.
"It's a vast industry," said Eddy Von Mueller, a lecturer in Emory's film studies department. "A lot of [film studies] people get upset if they leave college and don't become a movie star or director. They think there's nothing else. We want to give them an idea of how rich and vast it is. There are careers that exist now that didn't exist a few years ago."
To get a better sense of what Emory's program needed, Bernstein, Von Mueller and Hershatter met with alumni in Los Angeles - among them agents, producers and network executives - to find out what areas of media they wished they had learned about while at Emory.
The alumni gave them pointers on how to better prepare students for careers in film and media and committed to help students in the program. Emory alumni work in talent agencies, movie studios, television and other parts of the industry.
Emory began teaching filmmaking on a regular basis about two years ago. Courses include documentary, avant-garde, narrative fiction filmmaking and screenwriting.
The inaugural Film and Media Management program will have 10 film students and 10 business students. It will be open to juniors and seniors this year but limited to juniors after that.
The concentration, which offers five courses, is not a minor for film studies students or business school students and will not appear on a student's transcript.
It will, however, give students a chance to learn more about the multifaceted media industry. Students will be teamed with industry professionals during internships in the program. By its end, students will be expected to develop, pitch and create a pilot for their ideas in a course called "Content Creation."
"We're not trying to be UCLA or NYU," said Hershatter. "We're trying to work within our region to leverage Emory's resources and position our students in a unique experience."
Thursday, August 5, 2010
by Leslie Becker
Author of The Organized Actor®
Have you ever felt like you're on a treadmill that just keeps going, and even though you want to get off you just don't seem to know how to?
If you're human, I know that you've felt it. Everyone has. And let's be honest, "what am I doing with my life?" is a valid and scary question. But you know me, I'm never shy about asking tough questions, especially if they
will lead you to the answers you are looking for.
So what ARE you doing with your life?
Are you fulfilled? Are you happy? Are you living the life you've always dreamed of?
If so, congratulations!
If you are not, congratulations for admitting it! Knowing that your life is not really going in the direction you want it to can actually be an incredibly powerful motivation. The challenge with actors and artists is that often we want A LOT of things to be different. But through all my years of coaching, what I usually find is that all of those "not so great parts of your life" stem back to one key ingredient that if altered, will change everything. I'll bet you already know what yours is. It's usually pretty obvious even if you don't want to speak it out loud. And I'm not talking about outside factors like "if I were just in a Broadway show everything would be great." No, I'm talking about things you have complete control over.
Is it your self-image? Do you need to lose weight? Are you in a relationship you need to get out of? Do you need to get back to voice lessons? Do you need to get a job? Do you need to quit smoking? What is it? What is that one thing that would change everything if you took the step today?
Well guess what? All you have to do to change it is to take the first step. Whatever it is. Take it right now. Go on, do it. Be brave. Your life is waiting for you on the other side!
Here are 8 fabulous ways to take back your life!
1. "BE" WITH YOURSELF. As artists we are pulled in so many directions as we run to auditions, balance our day-jobs, families and friends. Before you can blink an eye, a year has gone by and you'll still running around like a chicken with your head cut of. Make a point to "be" with yourself everyday. Just you. The real you. You can do this by taking time daily to journal, meditate or walk with nature. Stop "doing" and start "being."
2. STOP THAT ONE BAD HABIT. You know which one I mean. It's that habit that is affecting every aspect of your life. It might be smoking, procrastinating, sleeping till noon, being late, jumping from relationship to relationship, complaining about the business, gossiping. Whatever. Stop it right now. Think highly enough of yourself to treat your mind and body with great respect and your life will transform almost immediately.
3. TACKLE THE BIG ISSUE. Yes, THAT big issue! Everyone has one. Many times we skirt around the issue and look for other "excuses" as to why something isn't going our way instead of really addressing the biggest thing holding us back. And quite honestly, usually the thing holding you back is YOU. Only you. You can pretend it is someone or something else, but it is only you.
4. STOP DOING WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE TO DO. I've written this one for myself because I am the queen of doing things I don't really like to do, simply because I CAN do them. But being good at something doesn't necessary mean that you LIKE doing it. So cut out at least one thing that you really don't like doing and give it to someone else. Even if you have to pay the person, find someone else or some other way to have that thing done for you.
5. TAKE A BREAK. Human beings always feel the need to push themselves so hard.especially goal-driven people (hello!). But taking a break and allowing yourself to breathe and get perspective will catapult you forward quicker than hard-nosing your way through whatever you are working on.
6. DO THAT THING YOU'VE BEEN TERRIFIED TO DO. If you're terrified to leave your agency, do it. If you're terrified to do a solo concert, do it. If you're terrified to break up with your spouse, do it. Trust me, the fear you've created "about" doing it is far greater than actually doing it. (Let me be clear, I am not instructing you to take these specific actions, but rather using these as examples to spark your own "do-it" actions)
7. STOP MAKING EXCUSES. There's nothing less empowering than blaming everything and everyone else for your own mistakes. Oh yes, it is much easier to say "the accompanist really screwed up" than it is to say "gosh, I really didn't prepare properly for that audition." Everyone can have a rough day, at an audition or otherwise, but as soon as you take responsibility for it, your world becomes an easier place to navigate.
8. ACCEPT THE TRUTH. Regardless of how difficult the truth might be, it IS the truth, and accepting it will truly set you free. I can't promise you that accepting the truth will be easy, but I can promise you that when you do, a new world awaits!
Apply even just ONE of these ideas above and your life will transform with ease.
Leslie Becker is an actress and author of The Organized Actor®, the #1 selling organizational tool for actors for 15 years. To subscribe to her free newsletter Work IT! Tips for Workin' Your Acting Career and Your Life, please visit http://www.OrganizedActor.com
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Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Georgia shoots take off
Aggressive incentives draw high-profile pics
By Jack Egan
When it comes to deciding where to shoot these days, many producers will tell you they have Georgia on their mind.
Recent high-profile film releases lensed in the Peach State include "The Blind Side," starring Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock, "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus and Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?" Set for the cine-plexes later in 2010: "The Conspirator,
Productions have come flocking to Georgia ever since it boosted its film incentives to 30% in 2008. The hike made Georgia competitive with Louisiana, New Mexico and a handful of other states that have effectively used hefty tax breaks to lure shoots from Hollywood. More than 26 features were shot in Georgia in fiscal 2009, compared with only a couple two years earlier.
"We're definitely in the top five states when it comes to film and television production and No. 1 in our region," says Bill Thompson, deputy commissioner of Georgia's Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office. Production spending has increased by more than 150% since the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act was signed two years ago, according to Thompson, who projects that total outlays could approach $1 billion in 2010.
Georgia provides a basic 20% incentive tax credit for film, television and videogame productions that spend at least $500,000 in a single year. An additional 10% is available if a production includes an animated State of Georgia logo in the titles or credits or some similar product placement within a film. On top of that, there is a sales tax exemption, worth up to 8%, on spending within the state for equipment or services.
"Our incentives are the easiest to use in the country," Thompson says. "There is no sunset clause on the legislation, no limits or caps on Georgia spend, no limits or caps on the amount of tax credits that may be earned, and both residents and non-residents working in Georgia are treated the same," he observes.
Because the financial incentives come in the form of credits, they have to be sold to a company or an individual that has Georgia taxable income, which usually is done through a broker intermediary.
"The value generally ranges between 85 and 90 cents on the dollar but can go up to 92 cents on premium credits, usually from large studios," says Denise Elsbree, head of Georgia Film Credit Consultants. Since 2008 the business "has exploded," she notes. "We feel we've become the go-to state, under consideration for just about any location that we even remotely resemble."
Georgia's tax benefits are leveraged against the state's other attractions to filmmakers, from generally mild weather to a diverse topography that includes mountains, forests, swamps and 100 miles of seashore. Locations range from teeming urban environments to rural hamlets. Georgia also has a number of historic towns boasting unique period architecture.
Coastal Savannah, with its well-preserved streets and planned squares that hark back to its 18th-century founding, is where Forrest Gump sat on his bench and recently served as the period setting for "The Conspirator.
"Making a movie in some of the neighborhoods can involve a lot friction," says Jay Self, the long-time tourism and film services director for Savannah. "My job is to find a way to accommodate a production that is also good for the city."
Atlanta is already a major media and entertainment complex with a music sector that registers annual revenues of about $2 billion. The city has become a center for hip-hop recordings, spawning stars such as Outkast and Ludacris. It is also the headquarters for Turner Broadcasting with its many cable networks.
It's estimated that more than 25,000 Georgians owe their livelihood to some entertainment-
Broderick Johnson, one of the producers of Alcon Entertainment'
A strong testament to Georgia's incentives appeal to filmmakers is, indeed, repeat business. "Everything about shooting here was tremendous," says Marc Fischer, executive producer of "Hall Pass," directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. The pic recently finished shooting in and around Atlanta.
Georgia served as a substitute for New England, and it was both more economical and easier to shoot the film in Atlanta instead of Boston, Fischer notes. He also praises the city's amenities. "There's a Morton's, a Palm and amazing shops," he says. "Our wardrobe people from Los Angeles were able to find everything here."
Because of the positive experience with "Hall Pass," the next two films Marc Fischer is working on are also set to be filmed in Georgia. "Walter the Farting Dog," based on a children's book of the same name, will begin filming in August. And the much-anticipated "Three Stooges" project -- tentatively starring Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro and "very possibly Jim Carrey," according to Fischer -- starts prepping in Atlanta in January. "We've really found a home here," he says.
Contact the Variety newsroom at news@variety.
TV producers find a lot to like in Georgia
Savings can be high enough to allow a new studio to be built
By Karen Idelson
Georgia television production has long been known for "In the Heat of the Night," but a crop of popular newcomers -- "Drop Dead Diva" and "Vampire Diaries" -- have focused the small screen spotlight back on the Peach State.
The producers of "Drop Dead Diva," which shoots in Peachtree City, about an hour south of Atlanta, initially came for the tax rebates. They soon found a lot more in the area that they could use to get the look they wanted -- even places doubling for Los Angeles. And since labor costs and property costs were right, the show was able to build its own backlot. "There's a lot of space here, there are a lot of looks available and the ability to do things quickly and easily," says executive producer Josh Berman. "People really appreciate us in Georgia, too. When we brought Paula Abdul in to shot an episode at a local high school there was a lot of excitement about it, while in L.A. people are sometimes too used to seeing celebrities everywhere."
"Diva" is not the only TV skein making use of the state's varied scenery. "Vampire Diaries" uses soundstages in Decatur, and the city of Covington doubles for its "Mystic Falls" location. Additional shooting takes place in Monroe. The new ABC pilot "187 Detroit" is also shooting in Georgia.
Mark Henderson, owner of Get-a-Grip Atlanta, has seen production come back in quickly since 2008, when Georgia brought back solid incentives for film and television production. "We've always had the infrastructure,
Wilbur Fitzgerald, an actor and founding partner in Georgia Film Tax Consultants, began to see an influx of crew about two years ago when Georgia lawmakers began to consider bringing back tax credits. "Crews seem to find out things before anyone, so we began to see people who'd moved away or just new people come into the state for the work," Fitzgerald says. "So right now our crews are very deep, and we have a lot of resources for incoming production." Georgia grants a tax credit of 20% to qualified productions. Qualified companies can also save through a tax exemption that gives companies an immediate point-of-purchase exemption that will save up to 8% on many below-the-line materials and rentals. An additional 10% tax credit can be earned by including an embedded Georgia logo within the completed project.
Contact the Variety newsroom at news@variety.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Multimillion-Dollar Movie Studio Planned For Atlanta Posted: 5:14 pm EDT May 12, 2010 Updated: 6:45 pm EDT May 12, 2010 ATLANTA -
Screen Gems currently has a studio in based in Wilmington, N.C. The Atlanta City Council finance committee approved the deal Wednesday. It now goes to the full city council for a vote on Monday. Among the benefits, the city would get rental income from the deal and millions would be invested into the old fairgrounds. It would also help put Atlanta on the map for moviemakers. Channel 2 has learned that Screen Gems has agreed to terms of an offer. It's ready to lease the fairgrounds for $250,000 a year to start, and make an initial $6 million investment -- replacing old metal sheds that are currently on the property with a Hollywood-type soundstage to make movies and rebuilding much of the infrastructure on 30 acres of land. "We think it's a very favorable deal ... we think it's important for the city of Atlanta to have these new economic development opportunities,
The Lakewood Fairgrounds property is very marketable because there is plenty of parking and it is about four miles from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and downtown Atlanta. Visitors also have easy access to Interstates 75/85.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
THE JANA VANDYKE AGENCY recently became SAG franchised.
Their contact information is:
3655 James Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
Alison D. Wise
Assistant Executive Director
AFTRA Atlanta Local
SAG Georgia Branch
(404) 239-0131 ext. 12
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
HIGH RISE up for 9 Indie Soap Awards--we need your vote!!
Hello High Rise Fans,
As we get prepared to go into production for Season 2, we have just learned that HIGH RISE has
been nominated for 9 Indie Soap Awards. We are thrilled and hope you will click on the link below and VOTE for us as the 2009 Fan Favorite. Winners will be announced on Feb 1 and you can also see the individual nominees by clicking on the image above.
We have some great stuff coming in Season 2! Soon you will be able to SEE casting sessions LIVE
on our site, we'll have a LIVE feed from the set during the shoot and some more surprises in store.
Stay tuned for the DRAMA!!!