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Christina Tkacik
Mon 14 Apr 2008Link

Hi there! I'm about to graduate from college (University of Virginia) and am looking for either an editing internship or, better yet, assistant editorship. I've sent out 30-odd emails, queries, demos, and resumes, but I imagine I have another 100-odd to go. Any recommendations for post houses to get my start in editing?

My demo is online at youtube.com/user/xtinatracik
email is christina.tkacik@gmail.com

ANY suggestions are welcome! (Hey, I hear Starbucks has pretty good benefits these days, too...)


Lisa Schaeferaz
Mon 14 Apr 2008Link

RoleModel Enterprises is casting for a series of very Short Films (total of 70-80 minutes): "Budget Justified." Filming will be in the June time frame in Vienna, VA. We will work with your schedule if possible.
Looking for "Alan"—male, white, thirties or forties, funny guy who works for the federal government. (Major Role)

"Tim"—male, white, forties or fifties, funny guy with an attitude who works for the federal government. (Supporting Role)
“Barry” –male, white, forties to sixties, an unfriendly middle manager (minor role)
“Gigi” –female, forties to sixties, a dumpy but nice lower manager (minor role)
“Jeff” –male, forties to fifties, a nice yes-man in lower management (minor role)
“George” –male, white, forties to sixties, a grouchy yes-man in lower management (minor role)
“Brian” –male, thirties, husband to main character (minor role)
“Yvette” –female, white, twenties, office worker, speaks a few words in French (minor role)
“Jane” – female, thirties, attractive, professional

The main character has already been cast.
Call 703-938-8370 or send an email to RoleModelEnterprises@gmail.com to set up an audition
Send resume/headshot to RoleModelEnterprises@gmail.com

Please be prepared to do a monologue (not to exceed two minutes), and/or complete a cold read at the audition.
This is unfortunately for no pay, BUT we will provide a COPY of the finished film, all the FOOD you can EAT, and a LEARNING EXPERIENCE you will never forget!!
If successful, there will be an opportunity for paid appearances at RoleModel Enterprises evening events starting in September.

Contact Information: roleModelEnterprises@gmail.com


Lisa Schaeferaz
Mon 14 Apr 2008Link

In reply to Christina Tkacik's post on Mon 14 Apr 2008 :

Hi Christina,
Please check this job internship announcement.

INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION for RoleModel Enterprises

Job title: Internet video producer

Job description: Since RoleModel Enterprises is a small company, you will have the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as you would like. You will have the creative freedom to impact the company with your own ideas. Part of the job will be to learn about anything you might need to do the job.

Job duties: Depending upon the candidate’s skills, the job duties will encompass a subset of the following tasks. Some of the skill sets necessary for the tasks will be taught on the job if necessary.

Creating stories for new media
• Video logging and editing
• Creating a plan for story distribution using social networking sites, text messages, etc.
• Creating web site content, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.
• Operate video camera at networking events
• Ecommerce web site design

Ideal candidate: Has an entrepreneurial spirit, is creative, willing to try out different ideas, and likes working with web technology. Must be familiar with video editing software and comfortable operating a small digital video camera. Also should be familiar with Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and other new media capabilities. Experience with web site design is a plus, but not required.

About the company: RoleModel Enterprises is located in Vienna, Virginia (one mile from the Vienna metro station). It is a startup dedicated to getting more positive role models featured in entertainment and news stories in new media.
RoleModel Enterprises puts on structured social/educational networking events for people interested in putting positive role models in new media. RoleModel Enterprises creates and distributes fiction and nonfiction stories about role models in written, audio, and video form.

About the CEO: Lisa Schaefer has worked in the technology sector for various government contractors and has mentored interns for several summers. She taught statistics courses for non-math majors at American and Marymount Universities. Dr. Schaefer is the author of Grassroot Hollywood: Brand Yourself as a Role Model in New Media, a book about using a grassroots movement and new technology to put role models’ stories in new media. She serves on the board of several service organizations, hosts Fairfax County public access cable shows, and speaks at conferences. She has taken several graduate level video production courses and has participated in several novel writers workshops.

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to RoleModelEnterprises@gmail.com


Andres Lopez-Ovejero
Fri 18 Apr 2008Link

Need Funding for Your Project? Get Grants From Foundations and the Govt. w/ IPF Fiscal Sponsorship

FREE: We would like to give guys a free add on so when you call please mention The D-Word and we will give you online donation acceptance with credit card processing free for six months.

Hey guys, we are the Independent Production Fund, an NYC-based non-profit documentary production company with 20 years of experience in cable and public television. Our mission is to assist filmmakers who focus on important stories and subjects in achieving their visions; because these films often have a tremendous impact on their audience and our world.
Because we know that many on The D-Word are working on great projects that are struggling for funding we would like to invite you to apply to our expanding Fiscal Sponsorship program. This will give you access to foundation grants and government funding that is unavailable to individuals and for profit production companies. I would like to emphasize we are not a school or a membership association but a professional production company with a dedicated, experienced staff that understands every step of acquiring public funds because we use them in our own projects.

Some of you may be experienced filmmakers who are just looking for a like-minded organization to act as a conduit for your funds and we can accommodate that. However if you are not as experienced with public sector fundraising we can help you every step of the way with a full range of services like fundraising (and production) consultation, financial management, online credit card donation processing and discounted rentals (including equipment, Avid suites and meeting space).

Take a look at http://www.IPFMEDIA.org/fiscalsponsorship to see the depth and breadth of the programs we have produced and the kinds of services we can offer your production.

Here is our press release: http://www.ipdgroup.com/pr-news/10125-six-time-emmy-winner-starts-program-to-help-independent-filmmakers

Thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to working with you on your next project.

Joseph Schroeder
Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator
The Independent Production Fund
800-727-2470
JSchroeder@ipfmedia.org


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 20 Apr 2008Link

Docs In Progress is seeking submissions for our summer and fall works-in-progress screenings.

We screen documentary rough cuts six times a year in Washington DC and once a year in Baltimore, MD. These screenings are attended by the general public and include a moderated feedback session with the audience. There is currently no fee to submit, although all accepted filmmakers must be willing to attend the screening at their own travel expense. Screenings are usually held on a weeknight.

For our next program in Washington DC (Tuesday, June 10), we are accepting documentary rough cuts which are shorter than 30 minutes. For our July, September, October, and November programs, we will accept submissions of any length. While we accept submissions on a rolling basis, to be considered for the June program, we will need to receive your submission by April 30.

Click here for more information on how to submit.

These screenings are organized by Docs In Progress. Location sponsors are The Documentary Center at the George Washington University (Washington DC) and the Creative Alliance (Baltimore).


Felix Endara
Thu 24 Apr 2008Link

Calling New York City's Finest Filmmakers and Supporters of Youth Film!

Want to know what your fellow filmmakers have been up to this year? Want to meet and mingle with leaders in the filmmaking, social issue, and education arenas? Want to show off the cool new projects you’ve been working with?

Come and join the party!
To celebrate the rich breadth of youth making social issue films in New York City, Arts Engine and the Tribeca Film Institute are putting together a bash to honor and encourage youth-produced media dedicated to documenting issues of great importance in our world today.

Making Media That Matters: A Celebration will feature a variety of Media That Matters shorts that highlight the role of youth in producing and promoting socially conscious media, with food and refreshments provided!

We invite educators, activists, and filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience to join us in appreciating the role of youth-produced media in exploring and changing our world.

More about TFI Youth Screening Series
The TFI Youth Screening Series is a yearlong presentation of films that serves NYC youth and educators with access to free, relevant programming. The aim of the program is to spark debate and galvanize awareness and action in young people around the issues that are affecting them.
The event will take place on April 25th from 5-8pm at DCTV on 87 Lafayette Street. Space is limited, so please email festival@artsengine.net to RSVP or with any questions you may have.
We hope to see you there!

www.mediathatmattersfest.org


Leah Warshawski
Thu 24 Apr 2008Link

We're looking for a good English-speaking production company or freelancers in Taiwan to help film a corporate commercial May 14-16.
We will need an HD camera package, sound, gaffer, etc..
Please email me at leah@inflatablefilm.com if you are interested.
Thank you!
Leah


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 24 Apr 2008Link

Leah, go into search and perhaps track down member Shashwati. She could be back in Taiwan and may have contacts; she's been off for a while.


Doug Block
Thu 24 Apr 2008Link

Actually, to find Shashwati you don't want to "go into search", Leah. You want to search the database. Click on the People link at the top of the page to get there.


Scott Petersen
Thu 24 Apr 2008Link

I have a Sony ECM-44B Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone for sale for $150. It was purchased from B & H last year and only used for a few weeks. It's in perfect condition, except for a small scuff on the cable which does not affect performance. I have the receipt and it's in its original packaging. Great mic and great deal! Includes mic/capsule, tie clip, windscreen and case. Pickup in LA or ship to rest of US (add shipping cost).

From B & H's website: The ECM-44B makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electret condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.


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