Friday, April 29, 2011

Information for the Banner Center for Creative Industries

Do you want to make yourself more competitive? Learn more about employment and prepare yourself for opportunities in the creative industries.

The Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries will be offering training at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The Banner Center for Creative Industries is now accepting registrations for a limited number of participants in: Introduction to Careers in TV, Film & New Media, Introduction to Careers in Feature & Documentary Film Production, Social Media in Business, Selling Digital Advertising and a Certification program in TV & Film Production. These courses are offered to support the pipeline development needs of the creative industry in our state. This program provides information, work related training, educational programs, and certifications needed to deliver a highly trained workforce to Florida’s creative industry sector.

For more information please visit or contact Kris Kristen, Program Manager for Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries at, (904) 620-4808 Direct or (904) 620-4200 Main.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Get fired up for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project competition and see your old filmmaking buddies at this year's first Meet & Greet. Find new folks for your team. Form a new team. Hang out. See you there! For more information about Jacksonville's 48 Hour Film Project, scheduled for June 17-19, visit
Free admission.

Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. 48 Hour Film Project Genre Workshop
Florida Times-Union building, 1 Riverside (where they print the newspaper, at the north end of the Acosta Bridge, NOT the Times-Union Performing Arts Center on Water Street)
To prepare Jacksonville's filmmakers for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project scheduled for June 17-19, Cinemania will present a workshop to review genres used by the 48 HFP. When teams compete in the short film competition, 48 HFP requires each team to draw a genre out of a hat and the team is required to make their film in that genre. This workshop will give filmmakers a primer in correct elements needed to create a film in a specific genre. Admission: Free. Open to the public.

The World of Foote: Actress Hallie Foote Visits Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Public Library in partnership with Players by the Sea Community Theatre and One World Foundation, Inc.; media sponsor, WJCT Public Broadcasting; and media partner, Brunet-Garcia Advertising & Public Relations, presents The World of Foote.

Hallie Foote, daughter of Horton Foote and foremost interpreter of his work, will visit Jacksonville as part of her ongoing effort to advance her father's legacy as one of America's finest authors of the last century. The American actress was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway performance as Mary Jo in her father's comedy Dividing the Estate in 2009, the year of her father's death.

Horton is an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplays To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. His play, The Young Man From Atlanta, earned him a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995.

Hallie will give an interpretive reading of selected passages from Horton's extensive body of work on May 6 at the Main Library at 303 Laura Street North. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by Hallie's interpretive reading and a question and answer period, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Reservations must be made at: For ADA accommodation requests, please call (904) 630-7595 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Get familiar with Hallie and her father's work through the library's collection of books, DVDs, CDs and screenplays.

In addition to this event, Hallie will work with the cast at Players by the Sea as they develop their main stage production of Dividing the Estate, slated to open May 13. Dividing the Estate is Horton Foote's fascinating dissection of a dysfunctional Texan family that involves an elderly matriarch, a large estate, and quarrelsome children who gather to discuss their inheritance in what emerges as a dark comedy. It will run at Players by the Sea May 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, and 28. Curtains open at 8 p.m. and admission is $20. Purchase tickets by calling 904 249 0289 or visiting

Hallie will also make an appearance on WJCT's First Coast Connect on May 4 at 9 a.m.

Don't miss this incredible and rare opportunity. Reserve your seat now!

Banner Center for Creative Industries first classes at UNF!

Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries has scheduled thier first set of classes at UNF. Some of the courses listed are:

Introduction to Careers in TV, Film & New Media
Social Media in Business
Introduction to Careers in Feature & Documentary Film Production
Selling Digital Advertising
Certificate in TV & Film Production
Crash Course in Screenwriting
Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget

For more information please visit or contact Kris Kristen, Program Manager for Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries at , (904) 620-4808 Direct or (904) 620-4200 Main.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Upcoming Events-48 Hour Film Project

  1. The dates for this year's Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project are:
    • Early Bird Registration begins April 19th at Midnight (12:00AM).  Early Bird Registration will only last for four weeks and the fee is $140, you can save up to $35 by registering early.  To register when the time comes go to
    • The competition weekend is June 17, 18 and 19. 
    • The three screening nights are June 21, 22 and 23.
    • The award show will be July 9th.
  2. The first Cinemania Sponsored Workshops is the "Winner's Panel" which will be held at the Five Points Theatre on Monday, April 18th at 6:00pm.  Admission is free and you can RSVP to the event on Facebook at:!/event.php?eid=199607486740250 
  3. A short online survey will be posted this weekend and your feedback would be appreciated!
  4.  If you would like to be a part of Dean "Mac" McDonald, producer of Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project's team please email him with your contact information ( 
Let's all start getting ready for the 5th year in Jacksonville and the 10th year anniversary nationwide of the 48 Hour Film Project!!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Do you have a crazy dream, event or skill that you have always wanted to try but never had the opportunity? Well, this is your time! MTV’s Emmy award-winning series, MADE, has helped hundreds of teens transform their lives by pursuing their dreams. Now MADE is coming to CMT and are seeking parents with a CRAZY dream that they want help achieving.
Whether its bull riding, roller derby, racing a car, wrestling, or trying to become a trapeze artist- MADE wants to hear your story!
If you appear to be between the ages of 25-45, come down to the Jacksonville Roller Girls roller derby match and talk to the casting directors for a chance to be MADE!

Open Casting Call:
Saturday, April 16
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
UNF Arena
11852 University of North Fl Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Between your kids, errands, and work, do you feel like you never have time for what YOU want to do? Now is your chance to be MADE!
Visit for more info!

Friday, April 8, 2011

House passed HB7203!

 The House passed HB7203 on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 and sent to the Senate on Thursday where it passed and will now go to conference committees.
Once again, the bill includes a 5% bonus for productions that takes place in “underutilized regions” - which includes Jacksonville. In addition, the bill increases the amount of credits to be awarded from $38 million to $50 million each year in the last three years of the five year program (2013, 2014 & 2015).

View the bill. Entertainment Industry legislation begins on pg. 22 Line 605 through pg. 30 Line 825.
Photo: Todd Roobin with Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Production Assistant Seminar



This weekend-Saturday April 9th!

Jon Spicola - Savannah Film Company
Jody Schiesser - Producer "My Brothers Keeper"

Your success as a Production Assistant is our Business!

Give us one day and we'll hand you the tools to build your career in the film industry.
Production Assistant Training Seminar (P.A.T.S.) provides on-location training for entry-level PA's. We provide a thorough orientation of the entertainment industry. By learning the proper etiquette and procedures from seasoned filmmakers, you will walk confidently onto any commercial, television, new media, fashion shoot, theatre or movie set. P.A.T.S. doesn't simply bridge the gap, but truly compliments the creative aspects taught in any high-school, university or college film program with the practical skills of a film set . We give you the tools required, and the knowledge you will need to be a success your first day on a film set.
In the P.A.T.S. seminar we'll provide you:

* Comprehensive manual
* Download of 65+ industry standard forms
* Entry into the P.A.T.S. National database
* Video and PowerPoint Presentations
* Instruction by industry professionals
* Certificate of completion
* P.A.T.S. News!

"Just wanted to thank you and Gary for doing the PA Training workshop. It’s a fantastic program and vital for our students who are trained in an artisanal model of filmmaking rather than in the intricacies of commercial production. The course and materials are outstanding and the students were thrilled with their experience."

All My Best,
Caitlin Horsmon
Assistant Professor
Film & Media Arts
University of Missouri – Kansas City

P.A.T.S. seminars instruct participants in the day-to-day requirements of working as a production assistant (PA) on the set.

The first half of the day is our hands-on instruction. Practical drills and demonstrations that will prepare you to show up on your first day of work on a major motion picture and present yourself as the “unforgettable PA.” The skills you learn in the first half of the seminar will allow you to perform at a level of understanding and confidence to get you a ‘call back’ for the second day!
“I took the PA training seminar on Saturday, interviewed on Sunday, got called to work on Monday for my 'Audition' day and got myself the call back for five days on the set! Thanks P.A.T.S.!"
Peter Walker – Des Moines, Iowa
With our innovative guide, examples, and forms we will teach you the following concepts:


• Pre-Production
• Production
• The Director's Team
• Your First Day
• Walkie talkie protocol and etiquette
• Background Performers

Our afternoon focuses on the finer points of film making. It prepares you for a deeper understanding of what happens behind the scenes with the Producers, Directors, and Actors. From the page to the screen, we bring all the elements you need to understand the PA’s role in the big picture.
The key element of the seminar is our job search, resume building, and interview techniques session. With P.A.T.S. resume design, we will craft participants individual “industry standard” resumes using their skills, education and practical experience. Production resumes are unique and always go to the top of the pile. The advice and techniques received from P.A.T.S. , prepare you for the interview, so you not only know what to expect, but how to respond.
P.A.T.S. then guides you to where the entry-level jobs are found through online search and network building sites. We will help you understand how to manage the maze of gatekeepers in order to get your resume to the right people.


• Other PA positions
• Script Breakdown
• Production Paperwork
• Film Set Safety and Protocol
• Resume and interview skills p>
• Job search techniques

P.A.T.S. sticks your foot in the door, and stays with you! Each participant's name will be entered into P.A.T.S. national database. Graduates' contact information is made available to Hollywood and local based production companies and local film professionals as a resource for crew staffing on a state-by-state basis. Furthermore, our P.A.T.S. News! provides current topics regarding the film business, tips, and regional job postings!
To view  video on our seminar with NOVAC and the HBO TV series "Treme" CLICK

"This is a very practical and important seminar where information is relayed in an engaging and entertaining manner. Kenny has an excellent understanding of public speaking and teaching so his students can absorb the information. He provide a good mix of practical information and entertaining real life stories. In addition, the real life stories pertain to the material being taught. He is very knowledgeable about his work and is able to relay that information effectively to all students regardless of their interests or backgrounds. I especially appreciate his skill at learning student’s names."

Katrina Ham – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - June 2010

Jacksonville Film Festival


Works In Progress: Truly Everlasting-April 20, 2011
Digital Video Arts is partnered with the JFF to host our Works In Progress Series on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. 6:30-8:30 program. Works In Progress is a once a month program designed for filmmakers to share their work and receive feedback from our filmmaking community. ”Works” include feature films, short films, documentaries, screenplays and music for film.

Gerald Jackson , Jr.
Gerald Jackson, Jr., creator of Five Alive Films, is joining the JFF to present "Truly Everlasting" which wrapped production in summer 2010. "Truly Everlasting" was shot in Jacksonville, Florida. Based on the short story by author Brenda Jackson, the plot focuses on two mismatched lovers who don't know they are perfect for each other.

Time: April 20th, 2011 at 6:30-8:30 p.m
Location: Digital Video Arts, 7775 Belfort Parkway Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Tickets: Free Admission

The REEL People Film Series Presents:

April Screening-Drawing With Chalk
April 25, 2011
Learn More >>> about our monthly film program

Jay and Matt are lifelong friends. They once played in a rock band but after years chasing “the big prize” in New York, they find themselves back in their hometown working at the union factory and dreaming of what might have been. As they hit 40, they decide to give it one more shot. Shortly after starting the process of writing and recording, Jay begins struggling between his childhood dreams of success and his adult responsibilities to his wife Jasmin and 5 year old son Bryan. Matt has his own demons as he battles depression and a fear of being too old for an industry that thrives on youth. When Jay is laid off at the factory, his fierce commitment to his music threatens to tear his family apart. He is ultimately faced with having to make a decision whether or not to say goodbye to one part of his life and begin a new journey with the other.

Time: April 25, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Location: 1028 Park Street,Jacksonville, 32204
Box Office: 904. 359-0047 General Inquiries: 904.858.9889
Tickets: $8.50 or $7.50 with senior, student or military I.D. and JFF members are free!
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