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.
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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
I'm working with Robert de Almeida on short horror film, "Kill Devil Hill" this week. We shot one day exterior woods last weekend with young actor, Aiden Miranda. This weekend we shoot our interior house scenes with our entire cast including Aiden's older brother, Hunter Miranda, who I've worked with on "Junkyard" and "The Price of Silence - PSA" over the past few years.
For more information: "Kill Devil Hill".
"Kill Devil Hill"
Writer/Producer/Director Robert de Almeida
Associate Producer/AD Allison Vanore
Director of Photography Gregory White
Music Composer Rob Gokee
Over the next few weeks I'm going to talk about the different members of an indie film crew and what I feel is important for these individuals to possess. It'll be the do's and don't's and I'll even feature some of my favorites and a few true stories! From Make Up Artists to Production Assistants... it will all be here: From a Producer's Perspective.
If you follow me on Twitter or if you are friends with me on Facebook then you probably think, "Oh Allison, that super busy producer who runs around L.A. like she owns the place? Yeah, she's working on everyone's project."
Well that just about sums it up. My philosophy is to figure out what it is that you love to do and then do it with passion and vigor and at some point it will all pay off. Since coming out to L.A. in 2004 I have produced over 100 DVDs (menus, games, features, read-along's (and read-to-me's) as well as my fair share of short films and PSAs. While I'm still doing all of these things on a limited basis, it's been since the end of 2008 that I've been engrossed with film productions big and small.
What I am most excited about is that the feature film and the two webseries I'm producing are all at that figurative edge of the cliff and the F18 of hard work and opportunity is about to wiz by and take us on a journey.
Hopefully you'll be right there with me enjoying Hopelessly in June, S.O.L.O. The Series and Purgatory, Inc.
Check back with me here - there will be updates and I may reveal scandelous info (and pics!) about the cast and crew I work with (my attorney is shaking his head "no way" and my publicist is clapping... we'll have to wait to see who wins...).