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Festival Schedules are up for ITVFest in Los Angeles, CA from July 30th - August 5th and Flagstaff Film Festival in Flagstaff, AZ from August 9th - 16th! See below for screening info. We hope to see you there! If you are attending, please let the filmmakers know.

Festival Schedules are up for ITVFest in Los Angeles, CA from July 30th - August 5th and Flagstaff Film Festival in Flagstaff, AZ from August 9th - 16th! See below for screening info. We hope to see you there! If you are attending, please let the filmmakers know.

SOLO The Series

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ITVFest
"Interactive Day" Program
5:45pm
Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Flagstaff Film Festival
"This Must Be The Place" Program
3pm
The Orpheum Theater
15 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5511
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Flagstaff Film Festival
"Brain Enlarging Science" Program
1pm
The Orpheum Theater
15 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5511
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Purgatory, Inc.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Flagstaff Film Festival
"Stuff Gets Real" Program
5pm
The Orpheum Theater
15 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5511
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The long anticipated sci-fi webseries, SOLO The Series, is live today. Episode 1, We're Cancelled, is live on WatchSOLO.com, Blip.tv, YouTube.com and Vimeo.com. You can also see it right here!

The long anticipated sci-fi comedy webseries, SOLO The Series, is live today!  Episode 1, We're Canceled, is available on WatchSOLO.com, Blip.tv, YouTube.com and Vimeo.com.  You can also see it right here!

Please share with your friends and leave comments!

Jenn Page of Makin' It Happen were at the SOLO The Series Premiere Party on June 10th to talk to Creator/Lead Jonathan Nail and Producer Allison Vanore about their experience making SOLO. Check it out and don't forget, SOLO launches tomorrow at 10am EST at watchsolo.com and on Blip.tv!

Jenn Page of Makin' It Happen were at the SOLO The Series Premiere Party on June 10th to talk to Creator/Lead Jonathan Nail and Producer Allison Vanore about their experience making SOLO.  Check it out and don't forget, SOLO launches tomorrow at 10am EST at watchsolo.com and on Blip.tv!

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The Writer/Director of "A Note to Etienne," Eli Benavidez, has developed his next short subject film, "A Boy's Life."

The Writer/Director of "A Note to Etienne," Eli Benavidez, has developed his next short subject film, "A Boy's Life."  While "A Note" is hitting festivals, Benavidez decided it's time to start pre-production on his next film.  He approached his producer for "A Note," Allison Vanore, with a script for his next venture and Vanore agreed, it's a great script and she's excited to jump in and produce another film with Benavidez.  Set to go into production in the late fall, the ball is rolling to get funds in place and begin the process yet again - this time with a young actor and a somewhat scary subject.

When I first met Vince, they seemed to be “half done” with production. Soon after that the production team and writers sat down and decided they needed a complete script overhaul and plan because this short film (it was originally going to be a 30 minute short) was going to be a feature film.

Check out Allison Vanore in her interview about her work on Hopelessly in June.

An Interview with Allison Vanore

"...When I first met Vince, they seemed to be “half done” with production.  Soon after that the production team and writers sat down and decided they needed a complete script overhaul and plan because this short film (it was originally going to be a 30 minute short) was going to be a feature film...."

Check out the entire Hopelessly in June blog here.

SOLO The Series is also part of the Official Selection for the Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles, CA and Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona this August!

SOLO The Series is also part of the Official Selection for the Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles, CA and Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona this August!

ITV Fest:
July 30th - August 5th, 2010
Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Flagstaff Film Festival:
August 9 - 16, 2010
The Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff's historic downtown.
15 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5511
(928) 556-1580

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Being heralded as "The Biggest Event Since 1776," SOLO The Series is launching Episodes 1 - 3 beginning Tuesday, July 6th on SOLO, YouTube and Blip.tv - stay tuned for more info!

The Biggest Event Since 1776

Your favorite patriotic web series, SOLO The Series, is launching Episodes 1 - 3 beginning Tues., July 6th on The SOLO Official Site.

Episode 1 - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Episode 2 - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Episode 3 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Don't miss it!  Tell your friends, neighbors, agents, managers, alien abductors and therapists!

About SOLO

Our hero, Scott Drizhal, is chosen to go on a solo, 3 year mission to Mars as part of a reality series. Unfortunately the show is canceled and Scott is now stuck on a round-trip ticket to Mars and back. With no company in deep space other than a smart-ass, artificially-intelligent ship computer (PHAL), his wife declaring him legally dead so she can claim the millions in insurance, a Napoleonic producer whose hubris lands him and the show into Japanese mafia infested waters and a malfunctioning, prototype ship that was never meant to fly to Mars... Hilarity ensues.

Starring Jonathan Nail, Michele Boyd, Jay Caputo, Jason Burns, Amol Shah, and Melissa Dalton.

Los Angeles, CA: Friday, June 25, 2010 – Award winning writer and director Boris Kievsky, award winning producer Allison Vanore and co-writer/actor, Konstantin Lavysh, bring you short subject film and back-door web pilot, “Purgatory, Inc.” Starring Lavysh as the Clerk and Patrick Cavanaugh (Mad Men) as Christopher McNamee, “Purgatory, Inc.” is a satirical comedy set in the ethereal world of the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc. – the IRS of the afterlife.


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Contact: Allison Vanore
office 323.540.4701

“PURGATORY, INC.” A slice of death office comedy.

Los Angeles, CA: Friday, June 25, 2010 – Award winning writer and director Boris Kievsky, award winning producer Allison Vanore and co-writer/actor, Konstantin Lavysh, bring you short subject film and back-door web pilot, “Purgatory, Inc.”  Starring Lavysh as the Clerk and Patrick Cavanaugh (Mad Men) as Christopher McNamee, “Purgatory, Inc.” is a satirical comedy set in the ethereal world of the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc. – the IRS of the afterlife.

More now than ever, the issues set forth in this film, religion and gay marriage, are even more important. These topics were inspired by the discussion surrounding Proposition 8.  Although the law passed, “Purgatory, Inc.” will not let the discussion die.

Synopsis: Clerk is your typical office worker stuck in your typical office Hell. Well, almost. Welcome to the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc - the IRS of the afterlife. When Christopher McNamee materializes in Clerk's cosmic cubicle after dying in a freak accident, it falls to Clerk to sort out his afterlife. Christopher should be an easy candidate for Heaven, except for one slight problem: He's Catholic...and married...to a man! Suddenly Clerk is forced to reconcile the wishes of his dead client with the policy of Purgatory, Inc: 'We don't judge...We process'. It's just another day of deciding your eternity in this slice of death office comedy.

Kievsky comments: “Purgatory, Inc. uses its unrealistic setting to tackle some of the very real issues facing society today – much like Twilight Zone and Star Trek did their time, only with humor.  Aside from corporate bureaucracy gone amok, the pilot has some fun with the hypocrisy of gay marriage rights in religion.  I’m not interested in just telling a story, I’m interested in getting people to think, laugh and then think again.”

“Purgatory Inc.” enjoyed its premiere screening as part of Hollywood Shorts in Los Angeles and is available for festival screenings and distribution.  Future episodes are written and available for production should the right opportunity arise.

A trailer for “Purgatory, Inc.” is available on the official film website http://www.purgatoryinc.com with team bios and additional information at www.purgatoryinc.com/thefilm.  A private screener is available upon request.

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For additional information, contact Producer and Publicity Manager Allison Vanore and visit http://www.purgatoryinc.com.

Kristyn Burtt of The Web Files talks with the cast and crew of our show, S.O.L.O. The Series. Check it out (never before seen clips from Episodes 1 - 3)!

Kristyn Burtt of The Web Files talks with the cast and crew of our show, S.O.L.O. The Series.  Check it out (never before seen clips from Episodes 1 - 3)!

Interviewed: Jonathan Nail, Allison Vanore, Rob Gokee, Michele Boyd, Jay Caputo, Amol Shah, Melissa Dalton, PJ Gaynard, Jason Burns

Writers are a breed unlike any other. They are usually the first glimmer of light, the first spark of imagination, the first stroke of a pen, the first click of a key in any project.

Writers are a breed unlike any other.  They are usually the first glimmer of light, the first spark of imagination, the first stroke of a pen, the first click of a key in any project.

Personality

I don't feel like there is a specific type of personality for a writer - they come from all backgrounds and with varying imaginations.  I know writers who are very big on research and technical information while I also know writers who are about discovering something completely odd or something unimaginable.  A writer must be dedicated to their craft and must find the way writing works for them.  I know for me, when I write, it's not until I've worked out the story and the ideas and the characters all in my head before I even put pen to paper.  Yes, a pen.  I write everything free-hand.  It's only for the second draft that I'll type it onto my computer.  Transcribing allows me to edit while I type.  For other writers, it's all about outlines, character background, timelines, and research before writing anything in script format.

Prep

Once the script is handed over to a Producer, Director, or Executive Producer, the writer needs to be open to suggestions, changes and additions.  A writer is usually just thinking about the story and the characters and the world that is created can be anything on paper. However, as a producer I see a script differently.  The first things I think when I read a script are...

  • Is it innovative and well written?
  • How many characters?
  • How many locations?
  • Are there special effects required?
  • Are there visual effects required?
  • Is it set in present time or is it a period piece or future/sci-fi?
  • Is it marketable?

All of these items, except for the first, are a big deal when you talk in terms of money and logistics.  If you come to me with a script that takes place in one apartment with two characters and no effects then it's going to be much easier and faster to pull off then a vampire period piece with 10 main characters and 100s of extras.  That said, a two character drama might not be as marketable as a vampire movie (at least now, in 2010)... so it all depends on what your abilities, goals and resources are.

Production

Once production starts, changes to the script need to remain minimal however as the actors get into the script with the director, this is the time that the writer needs to be willing to see, hear and adjust.  One thing I recommend is having a table read as production starts so everyone, including all key production personnel can hear the script read out loud.  We recently did this for a project I'm in pre-production on.  We had our Director, Writer, Executive Producer and Art Director all in attendance to hear the script.  What this does is make it real for everyone.  It allows you to imagine it on a different level - it's the words coming to life.  A sentence that is genius on the page may not read the way you intended or a line you deemed serious could come off extremely funny.  It is that moment that a writer needs to recognize that changes will happen and you can either be a part of it or not - we hope you are.

Tips for a Screen Writer

If you are making edits, let your film crew and cast know.

The worst thing to do as a writer is to constantly make changes without letting anyone know.  I have worked on a handful of films where the writer is making changes up until the day of the shoot.  This becomes a problem for everyone if they aren't aware that changes are coming.  Actors need time to prepare their lines (at least 48 hours) as well as all other key crew are affected by changes.  If you change: INT. OFFICE DAY to EXT. PARK BENCH DAY because it shows more of a bond between the characters that they spend time together outside of the office, this affects Art Department, Grip and Electric, Location, Transportation, and other set logistics.

Stay involved in the production.

Don't consider your job is over when you hand a script over to a production team.  You should be a part of the process - it will only make the film better.  Even in the editing process, if you are able, you should be in the loop.

Listen and watch your team.

Whether it's a table read or a rehearsal, listen to the words and watch the body language and choices of the actors.  If something isn't working and the Director is having a hard time making a section work, make suggestions and adjustments.  Keep that communication open.

Recent Writers I've Worked With

Elias Benavidez writer of A Note to Etienne

Jonathan Nail writer of "S.O.L.O. The Series"

Boris Kievsky & Konstantin Lavysh writers of "Purgatory, Inc."

Marty Blackshear & Vincent Brantley writers of Hopelessly in June