Tuesday, May 15, 2012

West Michigan Film Office - 05/15/2012 via @rickhert

Crew Call

"Beside Still Waters" is an independent feature film from Writer/Director Chris Lowell that will be shooting in Traverse City and Petoskey Michigan from June 6th - June 26th. The film is an ensemble comedy that follows a group of friends that reunite for one last weekend at their childhood lake house.

We are currently looking for, Gaffer, Key Grip, Hair & Makeup, 2nd AC, DIT, Loader Please email your resumes as attachments and in the subject line put the position you are applying for like this: "Crew Position: _________" to  Besidestillwatersfilm@gmail.com

We are currently looking to setup interviews this week.

Mickey Matson now showing at Celebration!
Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX -  11:45am‎ ‎2:10‎ ‎4:35‎ ‎7:00‎ ‎9:25pm‎
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids - South  12:40‎ ‎3:05‎ ‎5:35‎ ‎8:00pm‎
Celebration! Cinema at Rivertown Crossings - 11:20am‎ ‎1:40‎ ‎4:05‎ ‎6:30‎ ‎9:00pm‎


MFO - First Quarter numbers

Michigan State Film Office quarterly report now available.  Click Here!

"Scene" and Heard

New movie to film at Pontiac studios this summer; casting call is scheduled Saturday - Detroit Free Press

People and places we know are in the movie, so take a 'WaterWalk' - M-Live

Audience praises 'Mickey Matson' - Luddington Dailey News

'Virginia' star Jennifer Connelly talks about West Michigan movie on Jimmy Fallon - M-Live

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Actorfest Detroit 

Saturday, May 19
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Raleigh Studios
1999 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac

Open-castings, educational workshops and professional panel discussions
 Actorfest – now entering its 20th year – is a one-day event across six major cities – that provides actors, singers, dancers and performing artists the unique opportunity to embrace free-flowing and honest advice from agents, casting directors and successful talent from every discipline. Actorfest is brought to you by Back Stage – the leading resource for Actors & Performing Artists, has been serving the Entertainment Industry for over 50 years. Presenting sponsors Diet Coke, Vitamin Water and Chrysler. 

 Everyone must register to get into Actorfest. Basic admission to Actorfest is FREE. With basic admission you can attend the Exhibit Hall, audition at one of the open casting calls, and socialize in the Networking Cafe. However, to attend the Workshops you must purchase one of the available package deals. (Click on "Register" for more information.) Seating for workshops is on a first-come, first -serve basis. In addition, Casting Director Meet and Drop Sessions are free to attend with the purchase of any workshop package.

       2011 Michigan Film Production Guide - available in smart phone application.


Michigan Film Office debuts iPhone application

LANSING – The Michigan Film Office has launched a new iPhone app that puts the office's online directories at the touch of a button for producers, directors, location managers and filmmakers. Michigan is one of the first film offices in the country to have a mobile app for locations and crew databases.

"We are always looking for ways to be more customer-friendly and responsive to the industry, and this is a terrific tool to compliment the incredible locations and talented crew Michigan has to offer," said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. "As we move forward under the state's new film incentive program embracing innovations like this app will play a key role in giving Michigan a competitive edge in attracting great projects."

The app, created by Reel-Scout Inc., is free and utilizes a mobile friendly platform that allows users from large and small projects alike to tap into the Film Office Locations database and Michigan crew and vendor directories directly from their iPhone.

Directors, location managers and scouts on the road can access 78,000 photos of more than 5,400 locations across the state and with the app, searching by region, city or landmark – anything a scene might call for. For convenient referencing, the app also allows users to map the locations directly to their phone – a feature that provides an advantage for users scouting in Michigan for projects. Users will also be able to submit new locations or modify existing photos in the database directly from their mobile phone.

"The Michigan Film Office team is constantly developing innovative ways to keep Michigan a top choice for productions," said locations manager George Constas. "This new iPhone app is an amazing tool that showcases the beauty and variety of our state, while at the same time creating a more efficient filmmaking process. This app will also show the world how synergy between producers, our film office, and local location managers can be maximized."

The complete Michigan Film Office production directory of Michigan crew and support services is also accessible through the new app. These entries include contact information, resumes and credits for industry professionals in the state, which can be tapped by projects looking to hire. Users may also utilize the app to register or update their entry in the production directory in real time.

"While Hollywood projects get much of the attention, the vast majority of films shot in the state are working with tight budgets and limited resources," Jones said. "This app will be used by projects of all sizes, but it provides a real advantage for the vibrant and talented indigenous film industry making films every day here in Michigan."

Currently the app is only available for iPhone users. To date, there have been more than 58,000 visits to the Film Office website in 2012, with nearly 2,400 visits to the production directory and 1,200 visits to the locations database search page.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan's own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan.

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