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    Saturday, 19 September 2009 16:42

    Make It Reel - Contest Results

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    We will post the scripts soon but here are the winners from the contest:


      Brandon Tyra - 1st place: Harvey the Chicken Racist (soon to be filmed)

      Gene Wagner - 2nd place: The Bowler

      Joe Swanson - 3rd place: Dawn of the Piggies

      Christopher Stires - 4th place: Death and Taxes 

      Sharon Holland - 5th place:  Gongoma


      Kim Armstrong - Best Structure: My First Job 

      Anne Kruse - Best Title: Shoemantic Liaison 

      Gary Keene - Best Dialogue: Sunset Angels 

      Robert Semerau - Best Writing Style:  A Kiss to Build a Dream On 

      Steven Sachse - Best Story Twist: Tres Generaciones

      Jeff Michaels - Most Creatively Disturbing: A Father's Love 

      Michael Orick - Best Setting: The Fiddler

      Chris Armstrong - Best Ending: Reverse the Curse 

      Daniel Angarita - Best Pacing: Borderline 

      Jessica Pollack - Best Melodrama: What Do You Want To Do That For?

     Congratulations to All!

    This is a call for entries. We're hosting dozens of FREE online film contests. Total prizes are worth more than $1,500,000 ! If you're an actor, writer, producer, film student, or film enthusiast ... then it's time make some films!

    Tip: To sort contests, click on the title to each column in the database. This will allow you to sort contests by: Company, Top Prize, Total Prizes, Date Posted, and Date Ending. You can also view a description of each contest by clicking on the plus "+" symbol to the left of each contest.


    Thursday, 03 September 2009 22:20

    Yeah, I agree...Iron Giant Rocks

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     A recent Wired article spoke about how the movie "Iron Giant" combined a fun story, real emotion and a sense of hope - but that was ten years ago and nothing these days is really comparing to that.

    The article mentions the recent "G-Force" in a negative light as to what Hollywood is up to today regarding animation.  Also, somehow, "Terminator Salvation" ended up in the mix of comparisons.  Perhaps if we just expanded the scope a tad and looked at the wonderful offerings from Pixar and Dreamworks we could see that there is indeed a ray of narrative hope being shined through the haze of video-game nonsense that seems to be flooding the market these days.

    But is that video game nonsense bad?

    It's no coincidence that some of the top rated animations are by Pixar - people still hunger for a well-told tale and Pixar more than delivers.  And Dreamworks has begun to find their level lately with their animation offerings.  "Kung-Fu Panda" is fun and solid story-telling.

    But there's really nothing wrong some empty-headed nonsense every once in a while.  I mentioned this in an article I wrote about the death of story.  So we get silly mixed in with serious - that's really always been Hollywood.  In the 60's it was silly Doris Day/Rock Hudson romps with "Easy Rider."  The 70's gave us ridiculous Hippie films and Blaxpoitation with "Taxi Driver" and "Deer Hunter."  The 80's were John Hughes coming of age nonsensicals and "The Verdict."  There's always going to be a measured amount of goofy with the so-called art.  TV once gave us "The A-Team" along with "Hill Street Blues."  Today we have "Burn Notice" and "Rescue Me" - two shows wildly entertaining but about as different as ice and rice.

    I loved "Iron Giant" when I saw it.  He's one of the very few action figures I own.  The other one or two are from "The Incredibles" - another Brad Bird product, by the way.  The IG story had heart, soul and just about any other type of spirit you can describe and it was great fun.  It made me laugh, made me sad - genuine sadness - it moved me and gave me such a strong feeling of completion at the end that I promptly went and saw it again.

    But if the paradign has shifted, it's not apparent to me.  Brad Bird is still making films.  Hopefully the boys and girls from Dreamworks and Disney will be at it for a while longer (especially since Disney just bought Marvel.)  A big recent hit was "Slumdog Millionaire" and the Academy awarded "The Reader" and "The Wrestler" for various things.

    I would hope that filmmakers will continue to tell real stories and not just fill dark spaces with bright lights and ordinance.  But I also hope they continue to do that too.  I like the variety, the changes, the trial and errors.  Now one knew "Iron Giant" would be the great film it was - until it was.  We have to continue to do that sort of experimentation.  Art is change.

    We'll always have "Iron Giant" to hold up as a beacon - and we'll always have the silly and strange.  And at the end of the day there should always be a mixture - that's truly is art - pushing all sorts of boundaries, good and bad.

    And you just never know what might come out of that mix - like the wonderful and underrated giant, "Iron Giant."

    Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:17

    PLEASE VOTE FOR "THE CAVE" by Sabine Asanger

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    My recent film, “The Cave” was submitted to Lady Filmmakers in LA.  There is a VOTE for the Best Film and I would truly appreciate Your Vote for my short film “The Cave.”  The voting takes place for the next week and a half (until Sep 12th) and the Winner gets a Cash Prize!  There will also be a festival for screenings and hopefully you will join us! Below is the website where you can take a look at “The Cave” trailer and others; then click on VOTE where you may vote for your 5 favorite films; you must vote for Film #1 (red asterisk) which is the one that counts.  I hope you vote for “The Cave,” my San Diego State University Master’s Thesis Midway Project.

    Following is the link to where it all takes place! 

    Thank you for your support and when you have a chance check out my website.



    Sabine, Student Filmmaker

    Director, Writer, Editor, “The Cave”



    Wednesday, 26 August 2009 17:03

    September 19th event - OCSWA

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    Free event.  

    Networking, giveaways, Q&A with Hollywood producer, contest winners...more.

    Saturday, September 19th, 10:00-12:30pm, Regency South Coast Theater.



    Tuesday, 25 August 2009 10:21

    Tonight! Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

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    Ever wonder what reality writers do? After all, it's reality right? No one writes reality... or do they? Are you curious how writers break into reality? Into animation? Wondering if you need to write a spec animation or reality script for your portfolio? Or what a typical day is like for reality and animation writers? Then this panel's for you!

    Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend the event and mention ITVFest for free admission!

    Location: WGA, 7000 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. In the 2nd floor Multi-Purpose Room.

    Parking: Parking is free, in the underground lot at the WGA.

    Monday, 24 August 2009 16:01

    Assistant Wanted at Media Company

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    Hi everyone,

    Here's info on an assistant position at a media company I've been asked to send out – details are below!

    As always, feel free to forward, and be sure to mention I sent you!

    Good luck, have a great day, and don't forget to dream big!


    Jeffrey R. Gund
    Jeffrey R. Gund Music & Sound Design
    Jeffrey R. Gund on IMDb
    If you like the InfoList - Add a Comment on my Myspace page and let me know what you like about it!


    This is a good opportunity for someone passionate about socially conscious media who wants to learn about business and media. Our new assistant will be primarily focused on marketing, sales, and business development.

    You will be providing support for two organizations:

    Eyes of the World Media Group: Company specializing in socially conscious media projects (ex. video, interactive, animation, and print).

    Meaningful Media: A non-profit network committed to changing our world through media.

    Responsibilities Include:
    30% Marketing, Sales, and Business Development
    30% Administration
    20% Media Creation (ex. Content Development, Layouts, and Web Updates)
    20% Supervision of the Intern Training Program

    Good attitude, sharp mind, and warm heart required. Must be tech-savvy, good with people, and hard working.

    Capability with Macs and the following software required: Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Office.

    You will report directly to the president of the company, Emily Meyers.

    Pay:            $13/hr
    Hours:         20-30 hrs/week
    Locations:    near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.

    We hope to hear from you!

    Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at, and email your COVER LETTER and RESUME ASAP to:
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For more information on the companies, please visit:


    Wednesday, 19 August 2009 15:22

    Nobody's Gonna Lay a Finger on My Butterfinger Contest!

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    Create a video that cracks us up, and you might be laughing all the way to the bank! AND you may have your video featured in a 15-second TV spot!

    You could win $25,000.00! Cha-ching! Go to

    Wednesday, 19 August 2009 14:18

    Crunch Gym Contest

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    "Shorts" video contest $10,000.00 Grand Prize. Open submissions July 15 - September1. 

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