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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

NBC Universal Sale: What it Means for TV News

Dan Rather on What the Comcast-NBC/Universal Deal Might Mean for NBC News

By Chris Ariens on Dec 01, 2009 03:56 PMDan Rather was here at this morning for our Media Beat series. TVNewser's Gail Shister asked Rather what he thought the Comcast-NBCU deal would mean for NBC News.

See what he said here:…


Added by California Film on December 1, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Turner Classic Movies takes Us To School

Turner Classic Movies Sounds the Trumpet for Hollywood Epics

With Latest A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Special

One-Hour Film-Genre Specials from Dreamworks Television Continue Sunday, Dec. 20,


Part of a 24-Hour Marathon of Classic Big-Screen Spectacles

With spectacular images parading across the screen and stories from the greatest literary and historical sources of all time, epics have been a… Continue

Added by California Film on November 30, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Kevin Smith Talks about "Selling Out"

Added by Martin Anaya on November 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Love Mr.Lobo...but...

But WTF are your talking about... for seven and a half minutes... and why should we care?

Added by Frank Casanova on November 19, 2009 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Community Radio News November

The Local Community Radio Act continues to move quickly through Congress! On Thursday, November 19 at 10 AM, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation will vote on the bill (S.592). Building on the unanimous passage out of the Energy & Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives, this progress in the Senate is the next step towards passage. Help us win this important victory for community media! For more information… Continue

Added by California Film on November 19, 2009 at 5:29am — No Comments

Scoring "The Killing of Mary Surratt"

Just finished scoring Chris King's beautiful "The Killing of Mary Surratt", a very poignant period piece, reenactment Lincoln-era documentary...a very empathetic treatment of a very troubled time and issue, and real opportunity to compose expressive music. Used string orchestra and solo instruments - piano, cello, viola, pioneer fiddle, and acoustic guitar. of Sacramento area.

Richard Altenbach

Added by Richard Altenbach on November 17, 2009 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Wow! This One Probably Needs No Intro!

And then the… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on November 16, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Updating Filmmaking Equipment (Well just a little)

So. I have decided to finally sell my Canon HV30 today. I put it up on Craigslist and decided to upgrade my equipment. It was kind of sad knowing that i would not be working with the camera that's been with me since the beginning, through thick and thin. But it's time for us to go our separate ways. Hopefully he will move on just as I know i will move on without him, and I wish him the best of success in the future. I will keep my 35mm Depth of field adapter. This has been the difference… Continue

Added by Jason Borroel on November 12, 2009 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Welcome to Fantasy Island!


to the NEW California Film Foundation. For those of you who missed our grand kick off event at the Studio Center, the idea here is to really celebrate California and our film makers. You never know what region may have the help you need, that perfect location or the next collaborator whith whom you create your cinema dreams. In addition, we wanted to give film makers access to valuable information and tools. Need to keep up with the latest industry news? We have aggregated the top… Continue

Added by Martin Anaya on November 10, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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