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Sundance Distribution Offers

Some numbers are in for distribution offers at Sundance (as reported by Stacy Parks from Film Specific):

"In terms of ALL RIGHTS North American deals we're seeing ranges from the low to mid six figures up to the top price of $5 million (of course the $5 million acquisition has several A-list stars and director) with most acquisition prices hovering in the high six figure/low seven figure range.

The biggest question people want to know is this - will…

Added by Frank Casanova on February 5, 2010 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Is the Indy Filmmaker a Businessperson or an Artist...or both?

Now reading "Thinking Outside the Box Office" by Jon Reiss. Probably one of the best of the current thinking for Indy filmmakers. One huge point...Today's Indy Filmmaker must be 50% Businessperson / Marketing Exec to even have a chance. Gone are the days when you can say "I'm a filmmaker...I leave the business side to others".

Unfortunately, that's mostly what I see in Sacramento.... People who enjoy the art of filmmaking, but then in the next breath say they want a distribution… Continue

Added by Frank Casanova on February 2, 2010 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

Local short film production, Before 12, by Sandy Stoltz is looking for a camera package, and crew people

Before 12 is gearing up to be shot soon and we are looking for all the pieces we still need. We are shooting a trailer for the film and already have a camera for that, but we are still looking for the actual camera package we will use for the film. It will need to be HD, and we'd like to create a 1080P image at 24p if we can.

Currently we have Mark Herzig as the DP, and an EX-1 camera to shoot the trailer with. It would be great to have the same kind of camera for the film as we use… Continue

Added by Mike H. Wilson on February 1, 2010 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

Northern California Screenwriters Film and Actors Expo


You dont want to miss out on this spectacular event happening this March!

Special Guest speakers

Gary Marshall and very special Guest Clint Eastwood!!


Check out the NCS - Actors/Film/Television Expo being held March 26, 27, 28 in Napa, CA. Oscar-winning screenwriters, A-list directors, producers, and actors all will be attending.… Continue

Added by Randall Licht on January 28, 2010 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Think You Got What it Takes??

go to today and Sign…


Added by Martin Anaya on January 27, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

3 Big Contests For Sac Film Fest: Keep Reading 2010!

Hey Everybody! Excitement abounds as we make 3 huge announcements for The Sacramento Film Festival 2010.

First is the dates for the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival! So if you think you are good, here is the ultimate test: Make a compelling film in 48 Hours!! Can ya do it?? well each weekend in March we are gonna find out! Go to the calender on this site and check it out!

Second, we are announcing… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on January 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The Importance of Being Ernesto

Marty my buddy, my pal, called me a few weeks back and asked me to write a blog post. I've been threatening the world for quite awhile about starting one of these things and I am the king of procrastination it has simply never materialized. So when Marty called and said,."Hey you should do this." I gave him a dose of the blah blah blahs. To which he responded by calling me on the shit the way only good friends can.

Hence we who are about to ponder and drivel salute you! (And… Continue

Added by David W. Valentin on January 21, 2010 at 6:17pm — 6 Comments


We are in pre production for a short film to be shot the weekend of Jan. 30. We are looking for a dedicated actress (twenties to early thirties) to play the part of Anna, a woman who confronts the man who killed her sister. It is a twenty minute short, heavy on dialogue, and character driven. This is the only part of the production we still need to fill. Please email me (preferably with a headshot/picture and resume) if interested ASAP. I need to fill this role as soon as possible. My email is… Continue

Added by Julie Ivanovich on January 18, 2010 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

And now...time for some gore.

In one of my past lives I was a makeup FX artist. This comes in handy working on my own productions and occasionally working with friends on theirs.

This weekend I'll be lending a bloody hand to Trash Film Orgy's shoot of Planet of the Vampire Women. I don't really have a clear idea what gore fx I'll be doing, but I have quite a few appliances that could be put to good use.

On a somewhat related note: I've recently switched from smoking cigarettes while I film to smoking… Continue

Added by Jace Witman on January 12, 2010 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Hello, what's up, and Bill Boyle's Personalized Workshops :)

Thanks for sharing the Christmas party photos - it looks as if you guys had a blast! Your new site looks very professional and user friendly - I'm going to have to delve deeper.

An answer to a previous question - I've just finished rewriting one of my screenplays and have started the submission process. It's quite interesting actually. I have several more to be rewritten and lots of new ideas. My favorites are fiction twisted with history - I think the past is so full of incredible… Continue

Added by Julie Sorci on January 12, 2010 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Paul Martin of the Director's Guild: This Friday Night!!


Chair Emeritus

Director's Guild of America

Northern California

Topic: Paul has been a 1st unit AD on many films throughout a long career. In addition, he has served on the board and is the chair emeritus of the Director's Guild of America, Northern California. Paul uses a unique teaching method to really inform and enlighten about the art of film. ALSO: We'll have info the upcoming Screenplay Challenge and the Sacramento Film Fest! Please join… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on January 7, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Looking for good quality old serials for a low budget show

I am looking to find good copies of old public domain serials for a television/internet show still in early pre-production. This is a pocket change budget show at the moment. I am currently working with and cleaning up footage from and other sources but need better quality material. If anyone has a line or suggestion on where to track down good quality versions please contact me ASAP. Casting and crewing will come later.

Added by Ron Petersen on January 2, 2010 at 3:55am — No Comments

A call for actors

Whenever I involve myself with creative people, I come across something very interesting. Valerie Fioravanti, a talented writer of poetry and short stories has created an event called, Stories on Stage. This will be consecutive monthly readings of stories by Sacramento area short story writers and read by local actors who are able to interpret the literature well and give it their personal flavor. So, over the next few weeks, there will be a talent hunt and we'll have to move fast. First event… Continue

Added by Kirk Parker on December 29, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Movie Industry in Decline?

by Martin Anaya

Let me put your mind at ease. The short answer is "NO". In spite of the forcast demise of the Motion picture industry at the hands of illegal piracy as fortold by the MPAA, the truth is that In 2009, Hollywood made more movies and more revenue than ever before. In fact, for the first time ever, the domestic box office grosses will pass $10 billion according to many sources. And we haven't even kicked in all that crazy 'Avatar' money yet!

All this during the… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on December 22, 2009 at 4:24am — No Comments

Casino Norcale a SMASH!!

Sac Film Fest Holiday Party was a smash! Go To pictures Section and Check it out!

Added by Martin Anaya on December 19, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Short Film Going into Pre-Production. Need ACTORS!

We just got a stellar idea for a new short 20 minute film. We are going to try to make the deadline for the Sac International Film Festival, but this means we have to move through the pre-production process fast! We will have the script fully completed by Christmas and plan on shooting the weekend of January 2 and 3 (Sat night and Sun night). We need ACTORS! I don't have a specific character list yet, but I'm asking anyone who may be interested to please contact me as soon as possible, so that… Continue

Added by Julie Ivanovich on December 19, 2009 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

December 2009

I've been forgetting to come back regularly to this site. I like the networking aspect of it, and it also allows me yet another place to write a blog. I don't really like cutting and pasting blogs that I've written from other places, so it's another outlet.

For the remainder of December, I have only one project. It's a trailer for a 70's style horror movie, and although it's played very serious, the title will tell you it's not. What's the title? I'm not saying. I may even get into a… Continue

Added by Jace Witman on December 17, 2009 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Sac Film Fest: Free Film Screening


Crest Theater EVENT SOLD OUT

Monday, December 21st

Rated: PG

Run Time: 100 minutes

Go to events page (top button bar) and sign up for CASINO NORCALE this wednesday. While supplies last, folks attending will get a pass for two to 'The Young Victoria'

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettnay, Miranda… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on December 12, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Interesting Changes in the Exhibition Business

This month we've seen some interesting developments in the Exhibition business... the people who own the theaters. Naturally, this directly relates to Movie Making since these are the people we want to show our products. The big challenge has always been "How do we get our products (movies) to them". Traditionally, the only way was through a distributor. The Distribution Deal became the Holy Grail. But as of recently, the distributors have not been buy much of Indy Movie product ( for a number… Continue

Added by Frank Casanova on December 11, 2009 at 2:39pm — No Comments

So You Say You're In the "Film Business"

What is it with all these people here who say they are in the "Film Business" in Sacramento??? I suspect they would "like" to be in some sort of "film business", but I'm sure most of them all have "day jobs". Come on...There are only a handful of people who make their FULLTME living using a camera...and that would be in professional video production. There is no film business in Sacramento.

So this site needs to come up with more catagory choices.... like: MovieMaking Afficianado, or maybe… Continue

Added by Frank Casanova on December 4, 2009 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

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