Greater Philadelphia Film Office Blog

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qFLIX Festival Panel- The Business of New Media

Sunday September 21, 2014

10 a.m. Caplan Theater, Tara Hall, University of the Arts

Breakfast Buzz: Next Big Thing Panel New Media Series

As part of the qFLIX Festival, qFLIXphiladelphia will be hosting a panel on Sunday, September 21 entitled “Breakfast Buzz: Next Big Thing Panel New Media Series” providing everything you need to know about the business of new media. The panel will take place at 10 a.m. at Caplan Center for Performing Arts, Terra Hall at University of the Arts and will address a number of topics including how distribution through the web shapes your approach to production, keeping up-to-date with constant changes, and more.

Moderator: Jackie Borock is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, a proud sponsor of qFLIX. She previously worked as an attorney, representing filmmakers, writers, musicians and actors for over 25 years. Jackie has also served on numerous board and advisory committees for various organizations including Project Twenty1, the Villanova Law School Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and Pig Iron Theater Company. In addition, she has lectured about entertainment-related legal issues at several Philadelphia universities and film festivals and is delighted to be participating in qFLIX 2014.

Panelists:

Briana D. Elzey, Esq. earned her J.D. is a 2009 inaugural graduate of Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law. Licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Briana is an associate at Reavis & Associates who specializes in entertainment law, small business development and intellectual property. Her focus is in legal matters surrounding dance, film, music, artwork internet and social media, event organization, and drafting, issuing, negotiating, managing contracts, and copyrights and trademarks.

Stefan Frank is the Director of Social Media at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stefan has 15 years of experience developing and producing marketing and communication strategies plus multimedia programming for the commercial, academic and non-profit sectors–including award-winning feature films and documentaries, public radio, and social media campaigns.

Stephen Leshinski is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia local of SAG-AFTRA.  He has been with the organization since 2008 and was on the staff committee for the merger between SAG and AFTRA in 2012.  Stephen has close to twenty-five years in community and union organizing, and in six years the office has grown its membership by close to 10% and member earnings a similar amount.  The Philadelphia office handles issues ranging from television and radio broadcast contracts, to stunt performers, student films, commercial voice-overs, and national radio, television, and theatrical contract agreements. 

Jamie Moffett is a Philadelphia independent motion picture director, producer, and social activist with credits including documentaries “The Ordinary Radicals” and “Return to El Salvador, narrated by Martin Sheen”. Jamie has produced work specifically intended for digital platforms.

Donyale Y.H. Reavis, Esq specializes in intellectual property, small business, sports law, nonprofit organizations and digital technology transactions over the past 15 years.  She earned her J.D. and Masters in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels School of Government (JD/MPA ’99). Donyale practiced at Bierce Atwood in Boston; in-house with Anvil Knitwear in NYC; and with international firms Fried Frank in DC and Sidley Austin in NYC before confounding Reavis & Associates, PC in Philadelphia.  Donyale is Founder of Spring Garden Pictures, a non-profit film production company for children’s programing, serves as a board member of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and BlackStar Film Festival, is fluent in French, and has run 4 marathons.

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Allied Insider Look: Ant-Man

Marvel Studios has begun shooting the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a film surrounding one of the original members of The Avengers, Ant-Man. Principal photography began in San Francisco, California but will also shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia which will serve as a base for production.

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The film, which is set to release July 17, 2015, stars Paul Rudd as the title character Ant-Man/Scott Lang with Michael Douglas as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Pym’s daughter.

In addition, the cast includes Wood Harris, co-star in the Philadelphia-based film Train Ride and Michael Peña, who co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in Shooter, also filmed in Philadelphia. Ant-Man stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad has worked with director M. Night Shyamalan on numerous film sets in the Greater Philadelphia area including The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The Happening.

Ant-Man follows the story of con-man Scott Lang who has the ability to shrink in size but grow in strength. Lang must help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret Ant-Man technology while planning a heist that will save the planet.

The media franchise Marvel Cinematic Universe centers around a series of superhero films, television series and short-films based on the Marvel Comic book characters. The franchise began with 2008’s Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. and will continue into 2017 with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It ranks as the second-highest grossing film franchise of all time.

Fall Film Fest Preview: qFLIX Festival

qFLIX Festival

September 18-22, 2014

qFLIXphiladelphia is a brand new festival which highlights lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer independent film in the Philadelphia area. It was founded as a “new festival, with new media and a new attitude” to give voice to the LGBTQ community. The festival hopes that “experiencing our voices, stories and visions on film from around the world…helps lift us forward as individuals and as a community.”

qFLIX Festival begins on Thursday, September 18 at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater with the screening of Such Good People. The festival also includes a 10 a.m. morning panel, titled “Breakfast Buzz: next Big Thing Panel New Media Series” which includes panelists such as Jamie Moffett, a Philadelphia independent film director and social activist. The event will be moderated by Jackie Borock, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association.

For more information on qFLIXphiladelphia and a complete list of festival programming, visit them at http://www.qflixphilly.com/

Allied Insider Look: I Am Ali

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An upcoming biography documentary, I Am Ali, takes an intimate and unprecedented look at the man behind the legendary nickname “The Greatest.” Audiences get a whole new view of champion boxer Muhammad Ali through his personal archives of “audio journals” and interviews with those that knew him best. This includes his children, ex-wife and members of the boxing community such as Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy. The documentary, directed and produced by Claire Lewins, reveals Ali’s life not only as a fighter but as a love, brother, father and beyond for the very first time.

Muhammad Ali is often considered one of the greatest heavyweights in sports history and remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion, winning titles in 1964, 1974 and 1978. His legendary career included three fights against rival and Philadelphia boxing legend Joe Frazier which are among the most renowned in boxing history. This includes a match dubbed the Fight of the Century which some regard as “one of the most anticipated events of the 20th century.”

The film will be released in theaters, On Demand and Digital HD on October 10, 2014. Watch the trailer for I Am Ali here http://youtu.be/D5cf8nsZgYA.

Weekly Digest

Here’s your weekly dose of production and film industry news!

Deadline: Toronto: Bill Murray Wows at World Premier of ‘St. Vincent’; Will it Be a Stealth Awards Player?

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St. Vincent premiered at the recent Toronto Film Festival to a full house. The film starts Bill Murray in what Deadline calls “the best performance of his career” along with 11 year-old newcomer and Philadelphia native Jaeden Lieberher “in the best kid role of the year.”

Read More: http://deadline.com/2014/09/toronto-bill-murray-st-vincent-830342/

Cinedelphia: Interview: The Dreamlife of David L

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In an ambitious imaginary biopic, French filmmakers Paul Le and Julien Pichard set out to capture what David Lynch’s time was like in art school. The Dreamlife of David L is a wonderfully surrealistic look at Lynch’s possible inspirations for his film career, and is filled with countless visual (and audio) references to some of the most classic Lynch moments. Recently the two filmmakers were kind enough to answer some of Cinedelphia’s questions.

Read More: http://cinedelphia.com/interview-the-dreamlife-of-david-l-filmmakers/

Cinemablend: Foxcatcher is a Masterpiece

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Steve Carell plays John du Pont, heir to a massive Pennsylvania fortune because he was lucky enough to be born into “America’s wealthiest family.” John’s cold, distant and disapproving mother, Jean du Pont (Vanessa Redgrave), breeds champion horses. John prefers wrestling, which triggers him to meet with Olympic Gold medalist – and malleable lump of clay – Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum, giving his most blistering performance to date). John wants to build a peerless wrestling squad at his family’s massive estate, Foxcatcher. He has unlimited resources. He has a laser focus on the sport he adores. And he collects athletes like they are pets… pets who occasionally have to be disciplined. 

Read More: http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Foxcatcher-Masterpiece-67114.html

Making Post-Production Magic

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Poetry is defined as the careful choice and placement of words.  In the same way, we can define editing as the careful choice and placement of sounds and images.  The post-production process is a complex phase of filmmaking; this is the point in the filmmaking process that the actual film that the audience will get to see begins to come together. Filmmaking is an ongoing process of storytelling – it starts with a screenwriter who tells a story with words.  A director then takes the script and breathes life into it, retelling the same overall story with a camera and various performances.  Finally, the footage is passed along to an editor who then is in some sort of control of telling this story yet again, but now with images, sounds and corresponding juxtapositions. 

Editing is an art form that unfortunately is commonly overlooked.  People tend to take the editing process for granted; not realizing how much time and effort goes into each shot, scene, sequence, and act of any given film.  However, editing is definitely not for all filmmakers.  Like screenwriting, editing is often an independent effort which will likely keep the editor alone in dark room throughout the majority of post-production.  This statement is not to diminish the role of editing; rather, it reinforces the vitality of the role of an editor in the overall making of a film.

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Editing a film is like putting together the pieces of a gigantic puzzle.  The process is indeed tedious, but ultimately rewarding.  The process is all about rhythm: a film’s rhythm will likely determine the impact of the images and sounds displayed on the screen. We also have to keep in mind that en editor makes choices based on the material provided and notes from the director. Basically, how the finished product will look to the viewing audience depends solely on the editor.

Filmmakers that shoot in the greater Philadelphia area have the benefit of some amazing, state-of-the-art post-production & visual effects facilities, such as ShootersINC, DIVE, Your World Productions, Center City Film & Video, Philadelphia Post, and Monogram – just to highlight a few.  Not only do these facilities host post-production and tech services, but they also have their own highly trained editors ready to help filmmakers polish their films and produce final cuts.    

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Center City Film & Video

Center City Film & Video is an Emmy winning full service production house located right here in Philly with clients like the NBC, Sochi Olympics, Sprout, Philly Daily News, Bio Channel, History Channel, and many others. They boast their client-centric collaborative style as they work with ad agencies to art museums, Fortune 500 companies to TV networks, from NYC to LA. They offer services in production, post-production, motion graphics, audio & sound design, character animation, and interactive web design. They stay ahead of the quickly changing industry as they house $10 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment, sound stages, edit suites, audio rooms, graphics and animation tools, cameras, and everything in between.

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DIVE

DIVE is the visual effects and picture finishing division of ShootersINC specializing in feature films, television shows and commercials.  As one of the East Coast’s premier post-production facilities for finishing services, DIVE works in collaboration with content creators to produce Visual Effects, Digital Intermediates and Main Titles by coupling creative expertise with cutting edge pipeline and workflow. 

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Monogram

Monogram has a client list that is sure to impress. They are a production house located in Philly that offers services like production, animation, post-production, color grading, media management, and on set editing and post-production. They house millions of dollars of ultramodern and advanced equipment and employ a team of directors, photographers, producers, editors, engineers, and business developers to help in every single step of your production and post production needs. 

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Philadelphia Post

Philadelphia Post has some of the most experienced and knowledgeable engineers in the biz. They are a full service production house that offers services in a big variety of industries, from TV and film, to radio and music, and even web video. They facility houses Philly’s premier ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement or Additional Dialogue Recording) stage. Additionally, they offer services in HD shooting and editing, motion graphics, color grade and finishing, 51. Film mixing, recording and shooting of tv/web/radio spots, ISDN & source connection, voice casting, sound design, music tracking & mixing, mastering, and recording of original music.

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ShootersINC

ShootersINC has various capabilities, which include Lustre, da Vinci 2k Plus w/Colorist Toolbox; Resolve Digital Cinema Suite, six Inferno/Smoke-2k suites, nine Avid non-linear edit, four final cut suites, CGI and graphic design, Flame, three surround sound audio suites, audio recording studio, film, HD and video crews and studio. Additionally, Shooters offers these services in SD, HD, 2K, 4k, RED and Viper. 

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Your World Productions

Your World Productions offers a wide array of services in addition to merely editing the video, including: 2D and 3D motion graphics, animation, color grading, audio sweetening, digitizing, titling, DVD authoring, and transcoding to streaming video on the web.

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As noted, post-production is an intense part of the filmmaking process.  Post-production suites like those listed above enable local filmmakers to have options in terms of how they want to finish telling their story in the editing room.  At the end of the day, the story is the most important thing.  As long as there is a story written on the page and a story conveyed by cinematography and performances, there will most likely be a story to tell when an editor sits alone in that dark editing room, splicing away, one image at a time.

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