Wednesday, June 4, 2008

CINE GEAR EXPO and other Cool Stuff from MovieMaker Magazine


CINE GEAR EXPO 2008 at the Universal Studios Backlot in Universal City, California on June 20-21, 2008 is the premier film, video, high definition and digital media expo, networking event and seminar series for the entertainment production and post-production community. With more than 200 companies participating from around the world, the great social atmosphere will continue with opportunity to introduce new technology, new equipment and products to the entertainment community in a jam-packed two days. Register now for FREE!
. Exhibition & Premier Seminars. Universal Studios Backlot - Friday, June 20 - 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 21 • 10:00 a.m.
– 5:00 p.m. - Film Series June 19-21 • Universal Studios Backlot - Master Class Seminars - June 22 • Hollywood Locations.

DVDs – CDs – PROMO: MovieMaker recommends our friends at CRYSTAL CLEAR DISC, PROMO AND APPAREL for your DVD and CD replication needs. Serving the regional, national independent and major film industry for over 35 years, Crystal Clear has grown to become one of the largest, most experienced and respected replication and promotional products companies anywhere in the country. Visit them on the web at or contact the head of Crystal Clear, Jim Cocke, at 800/880-0073, ext. 114 or
. Be sure to let Jim know you were referred by MovieMaker for great discounts and special offers!

DISTRIBUTOR SEEKING INDEPENDENT FILMS: EYESODA.COM, a new online community for both filmmakers and film lovers, is looking for independent films to distribute online (non-exclusive). Accepted filmmakers will be able to use the Web to build a global audience and create their own online communities. Filmmakers will be paid 50 percent of their film’s proceeds (ticket sales and advertising) monthly. is currently seeking films of 20+ minutes. Join today! The first 50 filmmakers to be accepted on will receive $100 in their online account. Prizes awarded on June 30th.
Check out “How to Get Started” to submit your film today. Info:

. Send DVDs to: Eyesoda, Inc., P.O. Box 28335, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

FOCAL PRESS: Have a short film that needs to be seen? Enter to win expert help from Sharon Badal! Sign up today at
and you could win a one hour phone consultation with Sharon Badal, short film programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival. She'll share insider tips on how to get your film the exposure it deserves and answer all of your short film questions. Enter today!

See your script come to life! Sit back in the director's chair and watch as your script comes to life with FRAMEFORGE 3D STUDIO. Unlike the convoluted storyboarding software of the past, FrameForge makes it effortless to plan and present your project like never before. With FrameForge, you can import a complete script from either Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter and start storyboarding right away. You'll also save time and money with optically correct storyboards that display shots just as they would be seen through the camera! Best of all, FrameForge 3D Studio allows you to easily share your work with the people who can turn your cinematic vision into reality. SRP $399; Sale Price $349. Save $50 when you enter or mention promo code MOVIEMAKER during checkout. Available at The Writers Store:
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Receive a FREE MOVIE TICKET when you create a listing in the HOLLYWOOD OMNIBOOK*, a new online directory for all things Hollywood.
Join the thousands of Hollywood-related products, services, professionals and more already listed in the Hollywood OmniBook. The Website makes it easy to attract new business and get the word out about your latest projects. Thousands of new and repeat visitors search our site each month. Make it easy for Hollywood to find you, all for less than $25 per year. Plus, create a listing now and receive
15 percent off standard listing fees. (Use Promo Code HOB15P).
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INDIEPRODUCER has just launched a social networking platform with a difference. At you create your profile and that becomes part of our virtual job market for filmmakers. Along with your resume, you can upload your films, trailers, photos, videos and clips. Blog about your project or just network with like minded filmmakers from all over the world. You can post your film-related items or equipment to sell, barter or swap.
Membership is free and it only takes a minute to create a profile.
Each month IP is giving away $100 to the "most viewed" video posted on our site. You'll find the IP social networking site is specifically designed for filmmakers and film-lovers everywhere. Info:

and discover why MacWorld just gave MOVIE MAGIC SCREENWRITER 6 a near-perfect review. MacWorld says "Movie Magic Screenwriter makes a strong play for the top box office spot by adding significant outlining and navigation capabilities to what was already one of the most stable and full-featured professional screenwriting software tools available." Visit and download a five-day, fully working trial version of Movie Magic Screenwriter (Mac or PC).

On June 27th - 29th, THE WIFI FILM CONFERENCE will offer a complete weekend of networking, knowledge and a lot of fun in Wilmington, NC, better known as “Hollywood East.” Friday Night kicks off the weekend at the WiFi "Gilded Nights" Gala honoring the Screen Actors Guild's 75th anniversary, paying tribute to legendary actor Pat Hingle. The black-tie meet-n-greet is the place where filmmakers and actors have the chance to socialize with our featured WiFi guest speakers, celebrities and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and entertainment. On Saturday, get ready for the The WiFi Film Conference, an all-day event that will feature film experts in the fields of distribution, editing, directing, storyboarding, screenwriting, pitching, developing and more. The featured guests will be speaking in one hour blocks giving filmmakers and actors the tools to advance their careers. Saturday evening, The WiFi After-Glow will end the day for some booty-shaking fun. On Sunday, don’t miss out on the Pitch Breakfast with WGA Award-winning Ken Rotcop, who will be hosting a "Practice Your Pitch." The WiFi Film Conference is sponsored by MovieMaker, Subaru and Mighty Fist Motion Pictures. Info:

ONLINE VIDEO AD COMPETITION: Have a great idea for a new TV ad? Show us your stuff! In celebration of WILDPITCH.TV'S upcoming Website launch, we've announced an exciting new contest. All moviemakers (18+
yrs) can showcase their talent by creating and submitting video ads (one-minute or less) for their favorite products and brands. GRAND
PRIZE: Apple Mac Pro Tower with 30" Cinema Flat Screen. 2nd and 3rd prizes aren't bad either. 100 honorable mentions. Video entries must be uploaded between now and June 21st. Public voting begins on June 22nd at . Full contest details are available at:


Established in 1929, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, the nation's largest accredited private art and design university, offers degrees and continuing art education courses in 13 majors, available online or in San Francisco. Motion Pictures & Television courses include: Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting and Special Effects. Students learn advanced techniques on cutting-edge equipment providing them the skills they need to obtain positions at top companies like Warner Bros. or LucasFilm. Find out more at and check for an Open House in your area. RSVP to 800/544-2787.

. A two-week workshop, offering practical education and hands-on training in film fighting and action sequence production for directors, fight arrangers, stunt players and editors. Taught by working professionals (Batman, Troy, Stardust, The Lord of The Rings).
Students work on five action movie styles and leave with a loaded DVD.

Learn the art of film editing while working on an actual feature film at THE EDIT CENTER. The Edit Center's six-week Art of Editing Course brings together editing students with independent filmmakers who need their movies edited (recent projects include The Great World of Sound and Trucker). The class is taught by accomplished editors whose credits include Sicko, The Squid and the Whale and Garden State, among others. Edit Center alumni have gone on to work on films such as Little Miss Sunshine, Half Nelson, Control Room, No End in Sight and Matchpoint. The Edit Center also offers weekend and one-week Final Cut Pro classes as well as courses in DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion and Logic. For additional info call 212/691-2370 or visit .

There's something exciting happening in Seattle! THEFILMSCHOOL has been making good on its mission to elevate the art of storytelling for the past four years with its three-week-intensive session. This unique program is an endless source of learning and inspiration. Conducted by top industry leaders and legends such as award-winning actor Tom Skerritt and Oscar-winning A Rebel Without a Cause scribe Stewart Stern, the personal connection between instructor and student is second to none. The deadline for the summer session 2008 is June 20th, so visit right away for more information on how you can participate!

THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SCHOOL SYDNEY (IFSS) boasts a faculty of top-level film professionals and rising industry stars. Focusing on developing versatile individuals, it offers a professional, practical, creative and in-depth approach to filmmaking with students being given the option of shooting on either Red One HD or Super 16mm. IFSS allows students to make six to eight films of their own authorship with no hidden production costs, and features certificate programs in Screenwriting, Directing and Producing as well as ground breaking courses in Cinematography, Sound and Editing. Go to to find out more or apply.

The Recording Arts Program at MEDIATECH INSTITUTE is a comprehensive program designed to teach students the basic to advanced aspects of audio recording, operational and basic technical concepts of audio equipment provided by practical applications, demonstrations and projects that are based around the many different audio related professions. Basic system configurations are developed to understand equipment interrelationships. Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as an assistant engineer in a recording studio, radio station, TV station, Post-production facility, or live music venue. Info: or

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY offers intensive hands-on filmmaking, acting, animation, producing, screenwriting, editing and digital filmmaking programs. One year, 2 year Conservatory, Bachelor's, Masters of Fine Art and short-term programs and workshops available. No film school can match the Academy's bi-coastal campuses in the heart of New York City and on the back lot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, as well as their many international locations including UK, China, Italy, UAE, France and Spain. Call them at 212/674-4300 or email
. Info:

TV PITCH SCHOOL - The ultimate home study course for TV show creators by Mark & Jeanne Simon, founders of

Three courses include 15 CDs and three workbooks. Everything you need to pitch your show: *Pitch Like a Pro CD set—50 of the Greatest TV Pitch Strategies of All Time. *Land Pitch Meetings WITHOUT AN AGENT *A List of 526 Networks plus Links *How to Create a Production Bible/Treatment CD *PLUS actual treatment samples and much more!
Invest in your dreams! Go to now. Only $397 + S&H. .

Great films are being made right now at VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL.
Drawing inspiration from every corner of the world and working under the guidance of industry veterans, students in the intensive one-year Film Production program at VFS learn the disciplines of directing, producing, cinematography, art direction, writing and editing. They make top-quality drama and documentary films, gaining vital studio skills, experience and professional-level reels. The results are there for all to see—award-winning student work is playing now on .

WATKINS FILM SCHOOL, a division of Watkins College of Art & Design/Film, is a four-year BFA college focusing on the visual arts.
Additionally, a Certificate in Film program is also offered for those already holding a bachelor's degree. At Watkins Film School you can concentrate in directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing while developing your skills in the entire filmmaking process.
Courses are small, allowing for faculty mentoring and advising and close collaboration with colleagues. For more information and a complete catalog, contact
, call 615/383-4848 (toll-free 866/887-6395) or check out .


ALBUQUERQUE—The Film Capital of the Southwest. More than 310 days of sunshine, with a wide variety of locations, from small town to big city, arid desert to Ponderosa forests. Home to ABQ Studios, the largest independent film studios in North America. A film-friendly town! Info: or 505/768-3283.

The VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE is pleased to announced that a comprehensive 16th- and 17th-century Colonial era back lot, along with period farm and wharf sets are now available for filming. All the sets are near Richmond, one of the state's main production centers. The back lot location is on 16 acres and features nine streets with Colonial era government buildings, residences and shops. Cobblestones, alleyways and a town square make this the perfect location for any project requiring authentic period architecture. Some matching interior sets are also available. Additional locations that complement the back lot are a wharf set featuring a colonial era ship, dock and warehouses, a farm setting that includes a house, fields and outbuildings and a replica of the Oval Office. Richmond and the surrounding area also offers a wealth of period architecture and a fee-free production facility. To view photographs visit the Virginia Film Office Website at . For more information, contact the Virginia Film Office at
800/854-6233 or e-mail


ANTICS TECHNOLOGIES provides FREE 3D animation software bringing a film studio to your desktop with no animation experience required.
With Antics, 3D animation for pre-viz, storyboarding and/or pitching is no longer the reserve of big-budget VFX productions. Pre-visualize or pitch key scenes with point and click 3D animation, complete with character animation and camera choreography. Antics V3.1 features integration with Google’s 3D Warehouse, giving you access to 100,000s of free 3D models. Download the fully-functional and FREE Antics V3.1 BasePack at and you’ll also get access to thousands of free interactive characters, props, sets, animations, etc. available for download.

Cineomatic provides professional DVD and Blu-ray encoding, authoring and menu design. Contact
or call 612/236-9160. Info: .

FINAL DRAFT, INC. provides filmmakers the tools they need to develop, write, format and sell their scripts. Final Draft software automatically formats to Hollywood's stringent rules and offers filmmakers tools like Tagger to help them break down, or Tag their scripts. Script magazine, a Final Draft publication, provides in-depth coverage on the craft and business for writing for film and TV, and Final Draft's events and services help writers gain industry access and provide feedback on their screenplays. Visit to learn more about Final Draft software, Script magazine, Take A Meeting, Big Break and ScriptXpert.

Do what works! Showcase your scripts on INKTIP—the only site where scripts and writers are consistently acquired. From the scripts/writers that have been found through the InkTip network, 48 movies have been produced. For details, see . Through the Preferred Newsletter, writers have optioned their scripts and been hired to write. Additionally, InkTip sends out a printed magazine to industry professionals with loglines from writers on the Website. Get your scripts seen at .

) is the leading online resource and industry directory for film, television, video and digital media production. Developed as a tool for people to locate production products, services and professionals, ProductionHUB has grown to become the number one production search engine. They remain committed to providing an online starting point for the production industry and any professional with a production need—a philosophy which has enabled them to become the number one industry information resource, with more than 200,000 monthly users.
Contact them toll free 877/629-4122, or email .

SILVERADO SYSTEMS designs and implements HD and 4K editing systems for post-production facilities. Silverado Systems had two of the earliest released RED ONE cameras and has developed systems specifically designed for editing projects with .R3D files. They've now completed work on multiple RED projects from music videos, cinematic shorts and feature films. They've also worked on some of the largest Apple Xsan projects in the country for broadcast and post.

While tradeable state tax credit incentive programs have existed for years, the recent addition of tradeable film tax credit programs to the marketplace has fueled a frenzied competition among states to attract filmmakers. Nearly every state in the U.S. is offering their own version of incentives, in the form of a direct rebate or as a tradeable tax credit. The professionals at TAX CREDITS, LLC are placement specialists and film incentive experts. Tax Credits, LLC has handled nearly 1,000 transactions totaling in excess of $300 million in various tax credits. The company's goal is to assist in the development of a professional and reliable tax credit market, one state at a time, utilizing our strong ethics and knowledge of the market. .

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