Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indie feature GOOD CLEAN FUN, w/ Alicia Minshew, to film on New Hampshire seacoast

[Here's a media release from the producers of the indie feature, GOOD CLEAN FUN. Looking forward to having the production film on the New Hampshire seacoast this fall!]


Portsmouth, New Hampshire – August 18, 2014

Look out New Hampshire Seacoast… “GOOD CLEAN FUN” is coming your way!

Sabrina Inc and GCF, LLC are proud to be producing the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely in New Hampshire’s Seacoast. The film, entitled "GOOD CLEAN FUN", is a comedy crime caper about a "good" wife who, upon discovering that her husband has been cheating on her, decides to learn the art of being "bad".

Produced by Sabrina Inc owner and Seacoast local Sabrina Velandry, the film is written and will be directed by Hollywood veteran Markus Redmond.  Redmond, an actor and prolific screenwriter, has written feature film screenplays for Sony Pictures as well as independent studios. Redmond has also developed television pilot scripts for several major networks, including Showtime.  Redmond will also write, direct and star in the indie romance feature, “Pacific Standard”, an homage to Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”. Woody Allen alum Erica Leerhsen, who currently stars in Allen’s “Magic In The Moonlight”, will appear opposite Redmond.

But before that happens, Redmond is bringing his signature brand of comedy and romance to the Seacoast of New Hampshire.  Redmond himself will be in the Seacoast this coming week (Thursday, August 21st through Sunday, August 24th) for scouting, testing, meetings and events.

“If this film is half as much fun to shoot as it was to write, we’re in excellent shape. Everyone in the area has shown such wonderfully enthusiastic support for what we’re doing and the state is just gorgeous in the fall. I’m so grateful to Sabrina for introducing me to this beautiful, underutilized gem of a place to shoot in”, said Redmond.

Redmond and Velandry met working on the indie prison drama “K-11”, directed by Jules Stewart. Having a mutual love for film, it was only a matter of time before the two would team up on a film project of their own. “Markus’ portrayal of Precious in K-11 was really compelling, and I was familiar with his screenplays as well, so I was absolutely ecstatic when he handed me “Good Clean Fun” to produce,” explained Sabrina.

The film brings with it several prolific stars well known to daytime fans: Daytime Emmy award winner Jordi Vilasuso (Guiding Light, All My Children), Daytime Emmy award nominee and 30 year “All My Children” diva Jennifer Bassey and "One Life To Live" favorite Jessica Morris.

Headlining the film in the lead role of “good” girl Darcy Fisher is two-time Daytime Emmy award nominee Alicia Minshew, famous – or perhaps infamous – for her role as the scandalous Kendall Hart-Slater on “All My Children”. “I knew I wanted to be in one of Markus' (Redmond) films the minute I read one of his scripts. His writing was so easy and real, he’s a great storyteller. The character in (Good Clean Fun) is exactly something I have always wanted to play. A good girl gone bad!, says Minshew. “I also thought it would be refreshing to do a comedy. I have spent many years doing dramatic stuff so the lighter, fun script really appealed to me.”

Redmond will round out the cast in a role opposite Minshew.

The film is currently in development with filming slated for this fall and has garnered the support of both the Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Film & Television Commission.
“The producers have really made the effort to get out there and work with community partners prior to production, and that kind of relationship-building is a win-win for everyone involved in independent film,” says Matt Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office. “They are excited to begin production and have this be a true ‘New Hampshire-made’ film, and we’re ready to help them make that happen.”

The filmmakers are actively seeking investors for the film.  The film’s production budget is $550K. Velandry and Redmond have already procured digital distribution for “GOOD CLEAN FUN”, and an announcement with further details regarding this and the distribution company will be made in the next coming weeks. Several local businesses and residents have agreed to open their shops and homes as locations for the film.

Follow the film’s social media channels on Facebook: http://facebook.com/GoodCleanFunmovie; Twitter: @gcf_movie and Instagram: @gcf_movie for updates and events happening this weekend 8/22-8/24.

For investment opportunities or media queries please contact:

Sabrina Velandry
Come this fall #badisthenewgood!

Multi-Camera Studio Production masterclass at PPMtv in Portsmouth, 8/26-28

[Community media centers are a great place to get training in video production technology and techniques. Here's an upcoming class at PPMtv - Portsmouth Public Media:]

Multi-Camera Studio Production
August 26, 27, 28 - 6pm -9pm
$100 for non-members / $70 for Members

PPMtv’s Executive Director, Bill Humphreys, will lead a three-day masterclass focusing on our bread and butter: multi-camera production in a controlled studio environment. Participants will enjoy a hands-on, immersive experience in studio production workflow, protocol and technique.

Areas covered include:

  • Studio lighting
  • Sound operation & technique
  • Camera placement, operation, & technique
  • Teleprompter operation
  • Stage Management
  • Broadcast Direction
  • Control Booth switching
  • Live-to-tape editing and recording

Participants should plan to attend all three classes. This masterclass is open to all ages and abilities, and is highly recommended for current PPMtv Member-Producers looking to hone their skills, as well as anyone interested in creating television and media content at PPMtv. Come play in our sandbox!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED. Visit http://ppmtvnh.org/classes for more information.

Video/Social Media workshop for businesses and nonprofits at Concord TV on 9/24

[Here's an upcoming video production workshop from Concord TV:]
The Power of Video in Marketing Your Business or Nonprofit on Social Media and Beyond

Wednesday, September 24, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Cost: $50 (includes breakfast refreshments)

Using video to tell your story has become an important tool in marketing today. Small businesses and nonprofits have many opportunities to connect with their target markets using Social Media. Let Concord TV show you how to create video clips and use them to expand your marketing opportunities.

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.yourconcordtv.org.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Crew Notice: The Lighthouse Project Film (in Maine) seeking set PAs

[I was contacted last night by the producer of this indie film project. Shooting in Maine, but they've expanded their search for production assistants into New Hampshire. ~Matt]

Seeking experienced set PAs for independent period drama being shot now until Sept. 5 in Jonesport, Maine.

The Lighthouse Project Film (working title) is set in 1876 at the Moose Peak Light. We are offering housing, travel and all meals on shoot days. Plus $150 a day. Prefer people with cars but can accommodate those without.

Contact: Jane Applegate, Producer
jane@theapplegategroup.com - 914-830-5115

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

High-flying team in New Hampshire offers exciting aerial imagery for New England

[Received this news from ASSIST Aviation Solutions in Nashua and Northern Pictures in Portsmouth.]
High-flying Team Offers Exciting Aerial Imagery for New England

Nashua & Portsmouth, New Hampshire - August 4, 2014 - Two growing New Hampshire companies are partnering to provide cutting-edge aerial cinematography.

ASSIST Aviation Solutions, LLC, (Nashua, NH) specializes in custom-designed solutions to fit customers’ unique project requirements. The company supports a variety of imagery and data acquisition projects, including offshore marine biology surveys, public utility vegetation management, solar farm array monitoring, and aerial photography of the Mt. Washington State Park.

“This is very exciting for ASSIST. Through our partnership, we can now offer our clients some amazing aerial cinematography. This collaboration between Northern Pictures and ASSIST streamlines the customer experience and makes it possible to draw on the strengths of both companies. This relationship enables us to offer our clients a seamless project experience while passing on great savings.” Rick Bartle, ASSIST CTO.

A full service production house, Northern Pictures (Portsmouth, NH) specializes in creating high impact, compelling and inspirational videos for the Web, television and screen. From pre- through post-production, Northern Pictures’ winning formula has always been a “team first” approach. Whether from the ground or air, the use of the latest technology, along with steadfast technique, allows Northern Pictures to meet the needs of clients large and small.

“Having worked with other aerial aviation providers, I can say that ASSIST Aviation Solutions is head and shoulders above the rest. With complex shoots come complex logistics, and ASSIST’s attention to detail and commitment to safety allow us to focus on what we do best.” Northern Pictures founder and Director of Photography, J.T. McGinn.

While other aerial service providers and video production companies are based in NH, this is a unique partnership. Since formalizing their collaboration in early July, ASSIST and Northern Pictures have worked together on a project in Portsmouth and are planning for additional work in the weeks ahead.

Carolyn Abbott, Director of Marketing Communications
ASSIST Aviation Solutions
603-505-4668, x107

JT McGinn, Director of Photography
Northern Pictures

Monday, August 11, 2014

Crew Notice: Production Assistant needed for 8/14 in Manchester, NH for Investigation Discovery show

[From Molly Snyder-Fink at Optomen USA in New York:]

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NEEDED THIS THURSDAY 8/14 to go to Manchester Police Department and scan crime scene photos, mug shots, video, etc. for an Investigation Discovery show called, “Most Evil”. The Chief of the Homicide Unit will supervise what materials you choose to scan and he can only meet this Thursday at 3 PM, therefore you’d need to arrive at 2:30 and plan to be there for a few hours scanning documents, and later uploading those files over to me that same evening or the following morning latest. You need to have access to a good scanner and a laptop, plus some type of software that could capture a video from a dvd onto your computer. Rate is flexible, let me know what you charge for the day. Email: molly.snyderfink@optomenusa.com with relevant experience, equipment details, rate and contact info.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Catching up with New Hampshire filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo

[We're always happy to hear about what filmmakers in New Hampshire are doing, and we love sharing that news with you! Here's an update we received from New Hampshire's Alfred Thomas Catalfo:]

Hi Everyone,

Here's our latest film news...

• Two of our short films are Official Selections of the 18th Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 5-10, 2014, an Academy Award-qualifying festival for Best Short Film.

• MOONLIGHT BAIT AND AMMO, an animated graphic novel I wrote and co-directed with Marc Dole, will be screened on Saturday, August 9, at 2:15 p.m. at the 1,900-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets), 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI.

• SLAM MAN, a faux infomercial about a boxing robot I wrote and directed, will be screened on Friday, August 8, at 12:15 p.m. at the Metcalf Auditorium, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence.

• As last year's winner of the RIIFF Screenplay Competition, I will be on this year's screenwriting panel at RIIFF's acclaimed ScriptBiz program on Friday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. at The Rhode Foundation, 1 Union Street, Providence.

• Our short film ROCKETSHIP is an Official Selection of the Knoxville Film Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee, September 11-14, 2014, sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group, Land Rover and the Tennessee Film & Music Commission.

• The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, one of the world's top ten screenplay competitions, just announced that my feature script VULTURE'S ROW, a collaboration with Brendan DuBois, is a Quarter-Finalist (top 10%) after the first two rounds of competition. There were 6,079 entries.

Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and friendship.  It is truly appreciated.



[Send us your news! Email us at film@nh.gov.]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Film/TV Composer Mason Daring to moderate panels at PARMA Music Festival in Portsmouth

The second annual PARMA Music Festival will be taking place August 13-16 in Portsmouth, NH. The Festival will feature local and international acts, varying in genre from classical and jazz to electronic and rock to indie and folk. With a wide and diverse range of events from live music, to panel discussions, to visual arts, to a children's event, this year's Festival will bring together a wonderfully diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

What's new this year? Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings, weighs in, "Everything about the PARMA Music Festival is expanding beyond what we did in our inaugural year. There are more concerts, more venues, more music - an outdoor waterfront concert for children at Prescott Park Arts Festival, a concert and composer/performer discussion at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, a special event at the Dance Hall in Kittery, and much more. With the great reception we received for last year's Licensing panel at the Music Hall Loft, we've expanded that to include two different panels - on music in advertising and video games."

And local filmmakers take note: The panels will be moderated by Mason Daring, longtime film composer for filmmaker John Sayles.

For more information about the Festival, visit http://www.parmamusicfestival.org.

You can also read about the Festival in this piece from SeacoastNH.com: http://bit.ly/1tT3mmc

New Hampshire Crowdfunding Update: ARTHUR VS. ARTHUR by Jay B. Childs

We've added a new NH crowdfunding campaign to the Film & Television Office website: ARTHUR VS. ARTHUR, a documentary from Jay B. Childs of Portsmouth. The project is seeking to raise $75K by 8/23 on Kickstarter. Jay writes:

"We are raising funds towards the cost of producing a documentary film about the Demoulas Family of Lowell, MA and the Market Basket chain of grocery stores that the family has owned for generations. The story is one of an immigrant realization of the American dream combined with an epic family business feud worthy of a primetime television soap opera. The story is a metaphor for the tension between two starkly contrasting business models, facing off within the same company - within the same family."

You can find this and other New Hampshire-based crowdfunding projects here: http://www.nh.gov/film/crowdfunding.htm. Support local film!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Casting Notice: Male comedic actors needed for Dartmouth-Hitchcock video campaign

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s video production team is casting male comedic actors, ages 25-35, for three short videos for an internal communications campaign.  The style of the videos will be very akin to the old Mac vs PC Guy commercials by Apple.  Actors must be able to play with the provided material and ad lib where appropriate.  Auditions to be held in early August.  Shoot date is August 27th in White River Junction, VT with rehearsal dates TBD.  This is a paid gig.

Please send head shots and information to:

Attn:  CASTING c/o Video Production Services
1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756