Friday, October 29, 2010

Helping Students Find Actors -

Allow me to introduce myself to all of you. I am Ralph Goin, actor and moderator of the DALLAS TABLE, a group of industry professionals dedicated to supporting all facets of the film-TV-commercial-industrial and stage aspects of the entertainment industry. Our members include all vocations behind and in front of the camera. We are a chapter of the L.A. TABLE, founded 19 years ago, by Marc and Elaine Zicree, long time writers and directors in Los Angeles. As a way of demonstrating the support of our members, we are particularly interested in helping our members find quality student films to practice their craft in. This is a very rewarding for our actor members. We know how intimidating this process can be for students. So, we are having a special DALLAS TABLE meeting next Wednesday evening, during which we will have a group discussion on this topic, from the perspective of the actors your students are trying to contact and cast.

The reason this topic came up is that many of us, who have made a practice of auditioning and acting in student films, have noticed in the recent past, that the quality of the notices and the audition process for student films in the DFW area has not been as high as we have seen over the years. Many of us have not been auditioning for as many student films as a result of this trend. By making the faculty members aware of this challenge, we hope to increase the success rate of your students' auditions. We will also tap into the expertise of the producers and directors attending the meeting.

We therefore would like to extend an invitation to a faculty member of your film school to attend. Just reply to my email so we can have an approximate count of attendees. We usually have 40 to 55 of our 145 members at our meetings.

Our next meeting will be next Wednesday, 11/3/10, at 6:30P.M. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 3312 Forest Ln., Dallas. That is just East of Web Chapel. Our meeting room is in the far right hand corner of the restaurant as you enter the facility. If you wish, you may purchase a serve yourself dinner. We really hope your school will be represented. We look forward to a healthy exchange of ideas. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 972.998.4910.


Ralph Goin

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Free Photography & Video Lecture

If you are a professional photographer or an aspiring pro- photographer, this event is FREE and critically important (and relevant): The Dallas Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and the ASMP Foundation is presenting a lecture called "Still 2 Motion".

Thursday, November 4, 2010. 7:00-9:00pm.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Angelika Film Center Theater, 5321 East Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

Still to Motion is a presentation about the transition from still photography to video format. Speakers Jonathan Chapman and Stewart Cohen will present and discuss their work as well as give insight about changes, challenges and advancements photographers face in the industry. A Q&A will wrap up the discussion.

The event is moderated by Leslie White, Director of Photography from the Dallas Morning News.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Submit Your Film to NFFTY 2011!

The world’s largest youth film festival: 4 days – 200 films – 7,000 fans

A Film for Every Fan

Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees – Online Application and Film Received By:

  • November 30, 2010 $25
  • January 31, 2011 $35
The film’s director(s) must have been 22 years old or younger at completion of filming.
International directors welcome. Films must be entered into only one of seven categories.
All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be original or filmmakers must have obtained permission from the owner. All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one category:

  • Feature – any narrative film over 30 minutes in length.
  • Short – any narrative short film under 30 minutes.
  • Documentary – documentary of any length.
  • Music Video – music video of any length.
  • Animation – any form of animation, any length.
  • Experimental – any length film that does not fit the mold of typical filmmaking.
  • Action Sports – any film 10 minutes or under that represents, showcases or is inspired by Action Sports including skateboard, snowboard, surf, wake, BMX, and freeski.

How to Submit – Submission Process

Read the Official Rules and FAQs Make sure you understand rules and submission requirements before you start your online application.

Complete an Online Application (click ‘submit’ below to launch) Must be completed online no later than midnight PST, January 31, 2011.

Upload Your Film or Mail in DVD You will have the option of uploading your film to a secure website as part of the application process. Films submitted via DVD will still be uploaded to this system for judging, so we highly recommend filmmakers do their own uploading to ensure a high quality and error free submission. Smart filmmakers choose to upload and avoid mailing DVDs.

Before you start the online application, make sure you have the following items ready:

  • Good quality digital file of your film for upload. See Encoding Guidelines.
  • Film Still (300 dp1 recommended)
  • Synopsis and other film/director information
  • Credit Card Payment ready or mail in check


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Matrox Fall 2010 Road Tour - (Dallas)

Discover More Than Just I/O for Your Favorite Editing App

Join us at the Dallas Final Cut Pro User Group1 meeting on November 11. The Dallas FCPUG provides the community with local support for video producers, editors, and amateurs.
Matrox Video Products Group will be showcasing the full line-up of Matrox MXO2 devices that give you broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion to streamline your workflow with Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe CS5 Production Premium and Avid Media Composer 5. You’ll get an in-depth look at Matrox MAX technology that lets you deliver H.264 content for the web, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Blu-ray discs up to 500% faster than software alone without sacrificing quality.

Be sure to attend for a chance to participate in the big raffle!

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: AMS Productions
16986 North Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75248
Register today

Flick meeting today...

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