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!
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.
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.
July 30th - August 5th, 2010
Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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!
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Allison Vanore
“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.
As many of you may know, I've been working with Cornbread Films for over a year and a half now on the feature romantic comedy, Hopelessly in June. We've hit our final stretch and we are days away from setting our schedule for the end of production.
What has been a long process has also been an amazing one. Not only is this the first feature film I have had the pleasure of producing, it's also the first time I'm working with Director Vincent Brantley (Jason Blackwell), Executive Producers Jay Vetter (established Art Director: Shallow Hal, There's Something About Mary) and entrepreneur Jerry Mosley. Each of them supportive, motivated and talented. I've learned a lot from them and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team.
Speaking of our team, the team that we've built and worked with for the span of the project is also amazing, talented, hard-working and determined to see the project through, just as we are. Although many positions have turned over throughout the process due to changing schedules, other opportunities, etc., the film is stronger because of the large network of resources and people involved. Another plus to the length of time we've shot is that our team is now much like a television set after 5 seasons of production. We all know each other, know how to work together and know what to expect. Our sets are laid back and fun and therefore the scenes we shoot are free flowing and exactly what we hope for - if not better. With the absence of negativity or stress we can all let our creative juices flow.
Regardless of the pitfalls we've encountered (and there have been a few!) the challenges have only made us stronger, more creative and more resourceful. Whether it's shooting guerrilla style in the heart of Beverly Hills without a permit or faking a dog funeral in a city park where the ranger thought we were actually burying a dog and families were coming over to give their condolences, our film will be all the better in the end.
So let's raise an apple martini to the completion of Hopelessly in June!
I invite you to follow the film on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook so that you are in the loop when our inspirational, metropolitan film about culture and love in Los Angeles hits the big screen.
~Allison Vanore, Producer
All I can really say is WOW.
The SOLO The Series Premiere Party was off the hook this week! We had such a huge crowd of postive, supportive and energetic people. I know Jonathan and I couldn't have asked for more from those who came. With our cast and crew in attendance to take part in the Q&A hosted by Kristyn Burtt, Michael Nicklin heading up our raffle, Alan Heitz handling photography and both The Web Files and Makin' it Happen camera crews complete with hosts, Kristyn Burtt and Jenn Page, the night was wild!
The beginning of the night was all about mingling and meeting those who we have only met via Twitter and Facebook and seeing those who we have worked with on SOLO and other projects. It was a like a reunion (though half of those I was reunited with I actually met for the first time that night). People like Kristyn Burtt, who has probably been at the same events that I have numerous times and who I've conversed with only via Twitter, I was finally able to say hi to and chat with for a few minutes - on camera - for The Web Files.
We screened the first three Episodes of SOLO (18 minutes total) and I truely enjoyed hearing the gasps, laughs and applause coming from the packed audience. Following the screening we had our cast including Creator/Lead Jonathan Nail and I up front for a Q & A. The overall theme of the night was of support for our craft and of each other. It was truely an inspirational evening.
Thank you again to everyone who attended. For those of you who missed the party, don't worry, SOLO The Series will be coming out via the web really soon and something tells me that regardless of the state of the webseries world, we will have enough fan support for the show that it will continue on!
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Okay, Solonauts, signing off!
Allison Vanore, Producer SOLO The Series
Check it out - but beware! The official trailer for short horror film, Kill Devil Hill has just been released! Written and Directed by Bobby de Almeida, shot by Greg White and starring Aiden Miranda, Taylor Graham, Melinda Bennett, and Hunter Miranda. Associate Producer and AD, Allison Vanore. The film is in post production right now! We'll keep you up to date on the final cut of the film as it is released. Become a fan on Facebook!