Thursday, December 30, 2010

Behind the Scenes: At Stake: Vampire Solutions

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the set of the Memphis-shot feature film At Stake:  Vampire Solutions.  Produced by Cellardoor Cinema (www.cellardoorcinema.com), the film is helmed by director Jason Weter, written by local special effects guru Duane P. Craig, and features a local cast and crew (the film stars Joshua Brunson, Anastasia Gale, Michael Goff, Jerry Kimble and Carl Pfeiffer).

AS:VS (as it's known on set) is a film about a group of Southern vampire killers who are more than ready to rid you of your fanged pests.  In addition to shooting the movie, the producers decided to go viral with an early marketing campaign for the film by setting up a mock website for the vampire hunters, including a hotline for the afflicted to call.

Shooting for the film began on November 20th and will continue throughout the months of January and February.  AS:VS was one of the grand prize winners of the 2010 Cellardoor Cinema Screenplay Contest (a contest that's about to get underway again--more details to come at the next MFS mixer) along with the movie Special (currently in post-production) written by Andrew Trent Fleming.  Both films are great examples of the awesome independent film scene that Memphis currently has--and your support is needed to keep these, and other independent movies, going. 

Screenings for both movies should go down this summer, so stay tuned for more information about these local productions by visiting the Cellardoor Cinema website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

Due to scheduling conflicts at both locations that we normally host our monthly mixers, there will not be a December mixer.  This is understandable since the holidays are underway and schedules have become tighter than ever!  But never fear, the Winter Pitch Fest is still on and will happen and mixers will resume in January as we ramp up for the 2011 On Location Memphis International Film Festival.

Until then have a safe and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winners of the MCFC Sci-Fi Film Contest Announced

With the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention kicking off this Friday and Saturday (Nov 5 & 6), the winners of the MFS sponsored Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Film Competition have been chosen.   There were a total of thirteen films submitted for the contest--and each of them were fantastic in their own right.

It was a tight competition with lots of strong entries, but the judges have spoken:

1st Place: World Builder by Bruce Branit.


World Builder from BranitVFX on Vimeo.


2nd Place: The Replicant by David Walton Smith.

The Replicant from David Walton Smith on Vimeo.

3rd Place: Shadowstorm by Richard Peretti.

SHADOWSTORM from Richard Peretti on Vimeo.

If you haven't picked up your tickets/passes yet for this years convention, you can do so at the MCFC's website. A short list of events scheduled there for this weekend includes a party, a class on animation, panels and (of course) lots of things associated with comics! So come on out for a fun weekend of entertainment and education.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Daylight Fades Appearing for One Week

The locally shot feature film Daylight Fades will be making a one week run at the Malco Paradiso theater starting this Friday, October 29.  There will be four daily screenings of the film (1:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:25pm and 10:05pm) and tickets can be purchased in advance through the Malco theater website.

If you haven't had the chance to see this Memphis production, you don't know what you are missing; besides being a great film with high production value, this is a chance to see the work of local cast and crew in action.  Support the local film scene by catching a screening of this movie; Malco has been instrumental in providing local filmmakers the opportunity to screen their works in a major theater and we all need for this trend to continue!

Check out the trailer for the film:


Here's producer Ryan Watt discussing the film on Film Memphis TV:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Indie Memphis Film Festival 13 - Preview

If you haven't purchased your pass yet for this year's installment of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, you better get on the ball!  There's plenty of screenings to watch and events to attend.  As is usually the case with film festivals, there's a lot going on, so we wanted to give you ten reasons to go purchase your tickets to this year's event!


1.  Network opportunities.  What do you do when you're waiting for a movie to start?  You network.  How about when you're having a drink at Studio on the Square between screenings?  You network.  It's one of the main reasons we go to festivals and there's plenty of it at Indie Memphis.

2.  Support local film.  Besides the fact that Indie Memphis is a local institution, there will be lots of work showcased within the program by Memphis filmmakers.  Just check out the screenings of Open Five, The Grace Card and Craig Brewer's The Poor & Hungry.

3.  Learn more about your craft.  While you're networking, you will also be learning what's going on in the Memphis film scene, who is shooting what, etc.  You can also attend a presentation by Kodak to get that definitive comparison of film vs. HD and to learn more about the medium.

4.  Go Hollywood.  Besides the opportunity to attend mixers, you can attend the Awards Ceremony to see who takes home the Indie Memphis version of the Oscars!

5.  Catch some classics.  It's well and good to see some of the hot, new movies coming from the independent film world, but it's always nice to see great, past films as well.  During this year's fest, such screenings include Mystery Train, The Blues Brothers and Ed Wood.

6.  Pitch your own project!  Indie Memphis will be offering a pitch session at the Brooks Museum of Art.  This is your chance to pitch your film idea to a seasoned group of reviewers.

7.  Cutting edge cinema.  See the edgy side of the independent film scene by catching screenings of Steven Soderberg's And Everything is Going Fine, Geoff Marslett's Mars and Aaron Katz's Cold Weather.

8.  Meet your peers.  With two 'Hometowner' programs being presented at the Brooks Museum of Art, the festival is a great way to meet others shooting movies around Memphis.

9.  Expand your documentary horizons.  The festival isn't just about narrative films; documentaries are showcased as well.  Catch screenings of The Last Survivor, American Jihadist and the Documentaries in Action program.

10.  It doesn't cost you a lot!  You can buy individual tickets, but with everything that's going on, consider becoming an Indie Memphis member and/or purchasing a festival pass.  All of this can be done at the Indie Memphis website.

See you all next week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

1st Annual Winter Pitch Fest

Have you ever wanted to stand in front of a room full of producers to pitch your film script, treatment, trailer, idea, etc.?  Well, now you will get your chance!  The Memphis Film Society will be hosting the 1st Annual Winter Pitch Fest this November in lieu of our normal mixer/speaker.  The event will be held at Raffe's Deli and Beergarden (date to be announced soon). 

There will be three local judges on hand who will critique your pitch (on paper, for your eyes only) and ask follow-up questions about your pitch.  Here are the guidelines for your pitch:

1.  Pitches are limited to two minutes.  In the industry, this is sometimes called the 'elevator pitch,' meaning you can actually get your entire pitch out to a producer while riding in an elevator!  There will be a timer, so practice getting your pitch in at two minutes.

2.  Pitchers are limited to two pitches.  After you have pitched your first project, you will go back into the queue and get to do your second pitch when your turn comes back around.  Beyond two pitches, no guarantees.  If time permits, there may be the possibility for a third.

3.  Pitchers are allowed three follow-up questions from the judges.  Be prepared to answer additional questions about your plot, characters, etc.

4.  Pitchers are allowed to use props within reason.  By this, I mean you can use 'posters' or dress as a character, etc.  No audio or video is allowed to assist you with your pitch, so no jamboxes, computers, televisions, etc.

5.  You must own your idea, script, etc.  You cannot pitch a 'spin-off' or sequel to a film, television program, comic book, etc. that you do not hold the copyright to.

Once the pitches are over, the event will continue as one of our normal mixers--something you should take advantage of so you can judge the strength of your project ideas, your pitching technique and to (possibly) get your project rolling!  Since we will NOT be holding an October mixer (the Indie Memphis Film Festival will be in full swing during the period we would normally host a mixer) this will be the next Memphis Film Society event.

More details (date, judges, etc.) will be posted soon here and on our Facebook page.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tribeca Enterprises Brings Infidel to Memphis

Tribeca Enterprises, the driving force behind the Tribeca Film Festival, will be bringing the smash British comedy Infidel to Memphis' Malco Studio on the Square on September 10th.  Here's a brief synopsis of the movie:

Meet Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili, Sex and the City 2), loving husband, doting father and something of a “relaxed” Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is a true Muslim. After his mother’s death, Mahmud finds his birth certificate, which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth…but he’s Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full-scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), a drunken Jewish cabbie. Soon Mahmud is embarking on lessons in Jewishness, starting with how to dance like Topol and the proper way to say “oy vey.” This revelation couldn’t come at a worse time, with Mahmud’s son about to marry the stepdaughter of a radical Muslim cleric. Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) join the cast of this comedy of ethnic proportions.

 Join the Memphis Film Society with helping to promote this wonderful, independent production.  It's rare that Memphians get treated to this type of movie, so let's make sure that Tribeca Enterprises thinks of us again in the future!  Let's get the word out and be sure to make a screening of this movie (honestly, it's hilarious and well worth your time).  You can read more about the film on their official website and purchase tickets (as well as check for screening dates/times) on the Malco website.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sci-Fi and Fantasty Film Competition

The Memphis Film Society is sponsoring a science fiction and fantasy short film competition for the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention (www.memphiscfc.com). The competition is open to filmmakers nationwide--though we definitely would like to see the bulk of the shorts coming from Memphis! Entering the competition is free and the top ten films (selected by viewers and a local board of filmmakers) will be featured in a program at the convention (as well as get a free pass to the event). The overall winner will even get a prize (to be announced later, but will be great!).

Entering the competition is easy:

1. Shoot your short film. It needs to be science fiction or fantasy in nature, ten minutes or less and not infringe upon any copyrights (Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, etc.).  It needs to also conform to a PG-13 rating or safer--so no nudity, excessive profanity, etc.

2. Sign up for a Vimeo account (www.vimeo.com). Then upload your short film to Vimeo and request to add it to the official film competition channel (http://vimeo.com/channels/mcfc). There is a 'Shout Box' on the channel you can use to make your request to add your film to the channel (be sure to include the url to your short and to make your film 'public').

3. The week prior to the convention (dates for the convention are Nov. 5 and 6), winners will be announced.

It's that easy--and, again, it's completely free! If you have any issues uploading your film, getting it on the channel or simply have a question, contact us at info@memphisfilm.org and we'll get right back to you. Now go shoot that film!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

June 2010 MFS Mixer, Brad Ellis

If you weren't able to make it out for the June 2010 Memphis Film Society mixer at Raffe's Deli and Beergarden, you don't know what you missed!  Besides the usual assortment of great drink specials and fun mixing it up with others in the Memphis film community, you also missed out on a lot of good info from director Brad Ellis (Daylight Fades).  But never fear!  We recorded Brad's presentation and you can watch it here in all its two-part glory.  Enjoy!



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Announcements: July 13

Winners of the Cellardoor Cinema Screenplay Contest have been announced.  Drew Fleming's script Special was chosen along with Duane P. Craig's screenplay Severe.  Fleming's script will be produced by the production company this September with Craig's film going into production in January 2011.  Cellardoor Cinema has stated that this contest will be a yearly event so stay tuned for future contest announcements.

Old School Pictures has announced an encore performance of their new film, Daylight Fades.  It will be hitting the big screen at Studio on the Square on Tuesday, July 20th with two performances (7pm and 9:25pm).  Tickets may be purchased here and are selling for $9.99.  This may be your last chance to catch this Memphis-made film in its home town so come out and support this local production!  More details about the film, as well as ways to follow the movie, can be found on the Daylight Fades website.

Indie Memphis is now hosting their volunteer meetings/mixers.  It's a great way to assist with the film festival, to learn more about local film production and to meet others in the film community.  More information about these meetings can be found on the Indie Memphis website and on their Facebook page (you can link to it via the Indie Memphis website).

The Memphis Film Society mixer for July will be happening once again at Raffe's Beer Garden and Deli on Wednesday, July 28 (7-9pm).  The speaker will be director Brad Ellis of Old School Pictures (Daylight Fades).  The event is free and Raffe's will be offering great drink specials.  Be sure to bring out your business cards, flyers for film events/casting and be ready for a great time!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

MFS Industry Mixer Set for June

This month's Memphis Film Society Mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 29th (7-9 pm) at Celtic Crossing, 903 South Cooper Street (www.celticcrossingmemphis.com).  The speaker will be Abby Elzemeyer, talent agent and founder of Elzemeyer Talent Agency (www.elzemeyertalentagency.com).  Here's her bio from the ETA website:

ETA was started by native Memphian Abby Elzemeyer. Abby has been involved in the arts for many years as a model, actor, producer, talent agent, and casting director. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy high school in Michigan as a theater major and then moved to Denver, CO to work in the education department at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. For college Abby attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts for theater where she studied the Meisner Technique under Vicki Hart. She completed her degree at the the University of Alabama in Telecommunications and Film, film production. Abby has been working as an agent in the Memphis are for over 3 years. She currently serves as the chairperson for the Memphis chapter of the Association for the Future of Film and Television.

If you haven't added us as a friend on Facebook, please do so (the link to our page is in the sidebar of this website) so you can RSVP for the mixer.  Set the date and we'll see you at the mixer!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cellardoor Cinema Screenplay Contest

Got a great script--short or feature?  Then consider submitting it to the 1st Annual Cellardoor Cinema Screenplay Contest!  The contest is free and the winner will get his/her screenplay produced into a finished product.  The submission deadline for the contest is June 19th--and the finalists will be notified on June 26th.  The winner of the competition will be announced on July 10th.  For more information, you can check out Cellardoor Cinema's website (www.cellardoorcinema.com) or you can email your submission or questions to them at contestquestions@cellardoorcinema.com.  With any luck, this will be a yearly contest that we can look forward to. 

BTW, if you don't have screenwriting software (Final Draft, etc.), then you should visit Celtx for a free copy of their awesome screenwriting program (www.celtx.com).  Just click on the Celtx logo in the sidebar to visit their site and to get your own free copy.

Screenwriters should take note that the Memphis Film Society will be creating a special interest group just for you in the near future.  The SIG will meet monthly to read a script then provide feedback/criticism to that screenwriter.  After you attend three SIG meetings, you will then be able to submit your own script for a reading.  Pretty neat!  It's a great way to hear your script read aloud (believe me, you'll be surprised at what suddenly sounds cliched or just plain bad) and to meet other screenwriters--and it's free!  If you're interested in being part of the SIG or want more info, give us a shout at info@memphisfilm.org.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May Mixer a Success--June Mixer Set

Producer Ryan Watt Speaks to an Eager Audience
Last night's Memphis Film Society mixer was a huge success.  With over a hundred film enthusiasts turning out for the event, not only did we all get to meet-and-greet with a lot of folks, but we brought some well-deserved business to Raffe's Deli and Beergarden (thanks for letting us have our mixer there!).  Local producer Ryan Watt spoke about his work as a producer and explained how other Memphians can do what he does.  It was a very informative presentation that will hopefully help fuel some new independent film projects in town.

We also got to hear about some great film events going on around Memphis--such as the Indie Memphis Global Lens series screenings, an upcoming FABA event and a screenplay contest where the winner gets his/her script made into a movie (more information about this can be found at www.cellardoorcinema.com/contest).  We even had a pop-in appearance by Sharon O'Guin of the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission.  It was, all in all, a great evening.  But now all eyes are on June...

The next Memphis Film Society Mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 29 at Celtic Crossing (903 South Cooper Street) from 7-9 pm.  The speaker will be local talent agent Abby Elzemeyer.  Abby is the founder of the Elzemeyer Talent Agency (www.elzemeyertalentagency.com) and has worked in Memphis for years as a talent agent and casting director.  This will be a definite must-attend event for all of you actors out there!  It will also be a great opportunity for producers and directors to get first hand information about casting in Memphis.

Again, a big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the May mixer, and an even bigger congratulations goes out to all the volunteers who helped make these events happen.  If you haven't joined our Facebook group, please use the link on this webpage to do so.  See you all in June!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MFS Industry Mixer-May 26

The first of our monthly film industry mixers is now set:  We will gather on Wednesday, May 26 at Raffe's Deli and Beer Garden (3358 Poplar Avenue).  The mixer begins at 7pm and will continue to 9pm (or longer if people decide to hang around--hey, it is a beer garden after all!), so there's no excuse to not coming out after work!  Raffe's will be offering a selection of discounted beers during the event (just $2.50!) and they feature a top notch menu that will also be available. 

The mixer will offer the opportunity for actors, crew and filmmakers in the Memphis independent film scene to meet, greet and exchange contact information.  To this effect, we will offer a table for cast/crew calls, business cards, event flyers, etc.

There will also be a featured speaker at the mixer who will provide attendees with a valuable opportunity to learn more about shooting movies in Memphis, as well as offer you the chance to ask your own questions.  This month's speaker will be Ryan Watt.  Here's the official scoop on Ryan:

RYAN WATT (Producer) co-founded PAPER MOON FILMS, a Memphis-based film production company recently premiering OPEN FIVE and HOLY LAND by Kentucker Audley on the festival circuit and currently developing THE ROMANCE OF LONELINESS among other projects.  Ryan is the Executive Producer of DAYLIGHT FADES, the latest feature film by OLD SCHOOL PICTURES, releasing this summer in Memphis and he serves as the Director of Marketing at NEW SCHOOL MEDIA GROUP, specializing in marketing solutions that utilize video and audio production.

This is the first program for the Memphis Film Society (several more will be kicking off in the near future), so come on out and support this unique organization so we can continue to have successful monthly mixers throughout the year.  Feel free to post this event on your Facebook page, MySpace, Twitter, etc.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shooting Your DSLR Film

When it comes to 'how do I...' questions, the latest hot topic concerns shooting movies with DSLR cameras.  For those who are not still photographers, you may not even know what a DSLR camera is, much less how to shoot a movie with one.  I hope this article will answer a few of the questions concerning these cameras--and supply you with a quick primer on shooting a movie using such a camera.

DSLR stands for 'Digital Single Lens Reflex.'  All this really means to us as filmmakers is that it is a professional level camera that shoots digital images.  A short while back, photo/video journalists started clamoring for a DSLR camera that could shoot quality web-ready video.  The industry responded with several notable cameras:  The Canon 5D ($3299), 7D ($1799) and 1D Mark IV ($5399), as well as the Panasonic DMC-GH1 ($1399) and the Nikon D90 ($1000).  All of these cameras shoot various quality HD video--though not all of them shoot the same frame rates or use the same codex/compression.  In this lot, the Canon 7D and 5D are the clear winners, as well as the most popular--mostly due to their versatility in frame rates (the 1D Mark IV is so expensive it kind of priced itself out of popularity).

But now Canon has introduced the T2i Rebel camera ($999.00)--also known as the Canon 550D in some parts--bringing the realm of DSLR filmmaking to those with a limited budget.  With such a decrease in price from the 5D and 7D it begs the question, 'Does it shoot comparable footage to the other, higher priced, models?'  In short, yes it does.  In fact, the video footage from the T2i is almost indistinguishable from that of the other models.  The decrease in price is actually due to significantly less options for the STILL photographer--primarily the lack of a second sensor that allows the 7D/5D to shoot at faster frame rates.  But, again, this is for still photographers.  If you are a big still photographer, in addition to videographer, you may want to consider the higher end cameras.  But for us shooting HD video, the Canon T2i Rebel represents the best value (currently) on the market.  It even has a couple advantages to the higher end cameras...

First off, the T2i only has one sensor to deal with; the 7D is notorious for overheating during shooting--and this is because of two sensors that are operating concurrently.  The T2i also offers the most popular shooting rates for filmmakers right out of the box (24/25/30 fps at 1080p and 50/60 fps at 720p); the Canon 5D has only just updated their firmware to perform 24p shooting--and folks are complaining that this firmware is inherently buggy.  The T2i also has some great presets on the selector knob and offers an autofocus feature while shooting video (just press the shutter button halfway).

So, essentially, you are getting the first TRUE DSLR that's been aimed at filmmakers, rather than a DSLR that's for still photographers and happens to have great video.  Much like the 5D and 7D, the T2i still accepts the full range of Canon lenses and even sports a stereo mic input like the 7D (though this is only good, possibly, for interviews using an external boom/lav mic).  So what are the limitations to shooting your movie with a DSLR camera?

First off, though you may snag a camera with one lens for the prices quoted above (all gotten from Amazon.com, BTW), there will be the additional expenses of add-on lenses to get the sweet, shallow depth-of-field that makes our movies look so wonderfully film-like.  You may also want to buy an aftermarket camera mount with a pull focus knob/matte box to enhance your shooting as well, which can also be pricey.  But, perhaps, the most significant drawback to shooting with a DSLR is the sound issue.  You will have to shoot external sound using a quality audio recorder (such as the Zoom H2, Zoom H4 or Edirol R-09) and boom mic, then sync it up to your video footage.   Of course, this is nothing new to those shooting with film cameras and it gives you a great excuse to familiarize yourself with using a slate.

You are also limited in the length of time for a shot.  The file size for the T2i (as well as the 7D and 5D) is limited to 4GB.  This is about 12 minutes or so of footage.  Practically speaking, this is fine for most filmmakers, but if you're going to shoot long, one-take video (such as a wedding) you may want to go ahead and get a good video camera.  All in all, though, these are limitations that have been tackled by those shooting on film many years ago (and in the end, you are wanting your movie to look like it was shot on film, right?).

So I hope this answers a lot of the questions that you may have concerning the use of a DSLR camera for your movie.  Pick up a Canon T2i with a nice additional/shallow focus lens, a Zoom H2 and boom mic and you have a nice package for about $1500 that competes with high end HD cameras (compare that to the cost of even renting a Red camera package).  Here are some additional resources for you:

Here is a great article on B&H Photo about shooting sync sound with your DSLR camera.
Here and here are great places to pick up a mount/matte box/pull focus setup for your camera.
Cinema5D is a great forum for DSLR filmmakers and offers some great DIY tools for you.
Watch the video below to see some of the awesome footage shot using the Canon T2i Rebel.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Upcoming for MFS

After hosting a successful volunteer meeting for the Memphis Film Society at Celtic Crossing, expect to see several things in the near future:

1.  Monthly Film Mixers.  We've been talking about them for some time--and planning them as well.  Next month they become reality.  Starting in May, MFS will host a FREE monthly mixer for actors, crew and filmmakers in the Memphis area.  Each mixer will feature a speaker that will provide attendees a chance to get some good info about working in Memphis, as well as offer an open-mic session for everyone to solicit help with their current project from the community.  Of course, there will also be ample time for schmoozing with everyone as well...

2.  MFS Fundraiser.  Though this won't happen until late June or early July, we want to start talking about this now!  We plan to host an event that will feature live music, free beer and the opportunity to once again mix it up with others in the film community.  Price to attend will be extremely low, so there will be no excuse to miss this event.  Plus, you'll be directly contributing to the creation of our second major program...

3.  Guerilla Filmmaker Program.  We plan to use the funds we raise during the fundraiser and in the near future to purchase a camera and lights package that will be made available to the Memphis film community for FREE to shoot their movie.  An independent, local panel will select recipients of the gear and the filmmaker will get the camera and lights packages for up to 90 days for FREE.

Though there will be other programs in the near future from MFS, these are the biggies.  Sign up for our mailing list (link is on the right) to receive our postings regarding these functions, and stay tuned to the information being posted on this site, as more and more filmmaker opportunities will appear here.  You'll notice there is a new ad for Celtx on the right; this is a FREE screenwriting program you can download to help you with your script (not to mention doing your breakdowns and planning your shoot).  There are also a couple new links in the 'Resources' area.  Primarily, there are two local Yahoo groups listed that you can join to get information regarding local projects and casting calls--as well as provide you a place to post your own indie casting call.

If you have an idea for the Memphis Film Society, send it our way:  info@memphisfilm.org.  See you at next month's mixer! 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Last Call for University of Memphis Film Class


Learn how to write, plan and shoot your short or feature film with Rich Newman at the University of Memphis. It's a two day 'Guerilla Filmmaking' class that's scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24. Students get hands-on information for developing their screenplay, planning their shoot and directing their project.

Additional class subjects include lighting, staging and blocking shots, directing actors and dealing with post production. You will also learn about contracts and marketing your finished product so that your film will be a success.

Rich has read scripts for film festivals, worked on four major films and produced/directed his own feature film. Sign up for the class at the University of Memphis' Continuing Education website.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Call for Volunteers


2010 represents a whole new challenge--as well as a whole new makeover--for the Memphis Film Society. At the present we have hosted the occassional film industry mixer (some open, some private) and offered mentoring services when requested. This year we want to not only make both of these our primary mission, but to create mixers on a regular (monthly) basis and offer several new programs that will directly assist independent, low budget filmmakers in Memphis finish their projects.

To accomplish all of this, we will need volunteers. Primarily, we need 1-2 outgoing personalities to plan and organize events for MFS. A knowledge of fundraising would be a plus, but isn't completely necessary. In addition to those folks, we could also use a core group of 3-5 volunteers to assist with hosting these events, as well as helping coordinate our filmmaker assistance programs.

In addition to the monthly mixers, we hope to have a program in place to provide filmmakers with camera and light gear that can be used for 60-day periods (through an application process) and to have a one-on-one mentoring program that will allow people working in the Memphis' film scene to get advice from professionals in their field.

If you are interested in volunteering for MFS, please contact us at info@memphisfilm.org for more information and to attend our next organizational meeting.