MCLEAN – Job Opportunity for Senior Producer/Writer

Senior Producer / Writer

Cortina Productions – McLean, VA

Cortina Productions is seeking a Senior Producer / Writer as the lead creative and managing producer for video and multimedia projects. Must have exceptional storytelling and writing skills, be tightly organized, and show demonstrated experience managing and coordinating all aspects of production for video and multimedia projects. All applicants must possess artistic, technical, and storytelling capabilities. Must be fluent in Hebrew, and have fluency/knowledge of Arabic. Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time in the Middle East.

Please send cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three professional references to jobs@cortinaproductions.com.  Please include the position in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities: 

  • Creative writing and storytelling of video and multimedia projects from concept to completion
  • Responsible for maintaining the overall creative vision across multiple videos / multimedia exhibits.
  • Project management including acting as main point person for a project(s), including all communication with vendors, production companies, and internal stakeholders, etc.
  • Manage project scope, schedules, budgets, and client deliverables
  • Oversee and manage implementation of creative vision as idea moves through production process.
  • Coordination with the Production Manager and department Directors to understand resource availability and plan resources effectively
  • Oversee and assign tasks to production staff while maintaining the overall project schedule
  • Collaborative work with Design, Editing/Animation, or Programming departments

 

Requirements:

  • College education: Bachelors and/or advanced degree in the study of Film
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with the media production, including writing and scripting
  • Exceptional writing and story skills
  • Portfolio that demonstrate a variety of video projects
  • Must be fluent in Hebrew, knowledge/fluency in Arabic is a plus
  • Established communication, people, presentation and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with current audio/video editing hardware and software, such as: Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects
  • Organized and self-motived

 

Compensation and benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefit plan are included.

        

Newport News – Acting Intensive Workshop – July 17-19

Acting Intensive Workshop ~ July 17th-19th

Learn what it takes to break into the business!!!

Workshops for all ages: Classes consist of fabulously fun ways to hone your skills, and gain confidence as well as making long lasting actor friends of all ages here in Virginia and elsewhere. Sheri has served as an on-set teacher for such actors as Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Melissa Joan Hart, and Keri Russell for such studios as MGM, Universal, Disney, Imagine, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon Studios. Sheri is also actress and can be seen on FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies and will soon be starring in a new TV series called Coney Island.

What will I be learning in the Workshop?

Learn what it takes to have a successful acting career. We will have you get right into performing scenes with other actors and teach you what you need to be a professional actor.

These classes are for both the beginner and intermediate students.

* Friday night improv: $62

* Saturday improv/scene work: $75

* Sunday audition technique: $62

**BEST VALUE: Full weekend for $175**

Details and Registration Link:  www.sherilahris.com/workshops.html

“After I took Sheri’s class I felt so good about myself. I knew that I had acting talent, but Sheri and her staff brought it out of me in ways that I never dreamed of.”

(Susan age 14)

“In the 3 day workshop Sheri makes you feel like you are the only actor in the room. I was hesitant to take these type of workshops as I thought everyone would know more than I did, yet I found that every actor, at every stage in their acting journey or career, or even age, at the end of the 3 days emerged from dull stones to brilliant shining actor diamonds. Shining brilliantly!!!!  All students had new found confidence in themselves and what they could offer of themselves to an audience. I highly recommend this class!!!!”

(Tom age 25)

Arts Ballet Academy
11009 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23601

        

RICHMOND – “Won’t Pipe Down” documentary screening – July 16

“Won’t Pipe Down” is a short documentary presenting the definitive David versus Goliath battle between the residents of Nelson County, Virginia and the Dominion Power company. This inside look at the community and their fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions about environmental justice, property rights, and individual rights.

The film will screen July 16th, 7:00 PM at Gallery 5 Shows. 200 W Marshall St., Richmond VA 23220.

To help awareness of the issue this will be a donation based screening!

https://www.facebook.com/events/721320037977155/

http://wontpipedown.com/

        

FAIRFAX – Screening of “The Rangers” – July 23rd – TICKETED

The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, shot in Virginia (Rappahannock!), is screening in Fairfax July 23rd!

The Rangers: A Shadow Rising is an action adventure fantasy series being produced by The Forge, set for release Summer 2015. In this epic tale of good vs. evil, Brander Noke, “Wolf”, and his band of  elite Rangers, pick up the trail of mysterious events and begin to investigate. What they can only sense, but not yet see to report, is a shadow of great evil rising in the region they patrol, the Borderlands, a northern province that is the gateway to the kingdom they are sworn to protect.” (The Forge Studios)

The screening will be held at the Angelika Film Center on July 23rd from 7-9PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on The Rangers’ website.

Angelika Film Center
2911 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

More on the filming: http://www.rappnews.com/2014/08/28/the-rangers-rove-into-rappahannock/135983/

        

CENTRAL VA – Dreams Factory Seeking Actors/Actresses for Commercial

Dreams Factory is seeking actors and actresses for roles in non-union television commercial to be shot in Richmond, VA

Audition Date: Wednesday, July 1st or Thursday July 2nd, 2015

Audition Location: Richmond, VA

Shoot Date(s): Thursday July 16th or Friday July 17th, 2015

Shoot Location: Richmond, VA

Pay per role: $325 + 20% (if agent) per shoot day

ROLES ARE:

Grandfather – Caucasian Male, appearing to be mid 60’s or older. The loving, kind and caring nature of a wise grandfather is expressed in his face and eyes. Facial hair is acceptable, greying to white beards are a plus but not required. Non-speaking, non-union.

Young Infant or Young Girl/Boy – Caucasian Male or Female, 8 months to two years old with amazing looking eyes, blue eyes are a plus but not required. Non-speaking, non-union.

Young Boy or Girl – African American, 5 to 10 years old, athletic, sincere and nice looking. Non-speaking, non-union.

Young Boy or Girl - Asian, 4 to 10 years old, kind and sincere. Non-speaking, non-union.

Young Girl – Caucasian 10 to 15 years old, intelligent with distinct and beautiful eyes. Non-speaking, non-union.

TO SUBMIT: Please send an email to dreamsfactoryproduction@gmail.com with a recent photo attached. Please include your name and contact information in the form of your email address and phone number. We will get in touch with you to schedule your audition time. If you are a minor under the age of 18 please be sure to include your parent’s or legal guardian’s email address and phone number.

Submissions should be sent via email to dreamsfactoryproduction@gmail.com no later than 9:00PM on Sunday June 28th, 2015

Thank you!

http://dreamsfactory.com

        

NORTHERN VIRGINIA – Workshop w/ NY Casting Director and DC Agent – $99-149

Commercial Casting Director Barry Shapiro is coming from New York City to the National Capital Area for a one-day only special event! Barry has been with Herman & Lipson Casting for over 30 years and cast over 8,000 commercials for top clients such as Toys R Us, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Verizon, Advil, Nintendo, and many more.

Barry auditioned Britney Spears (age 9), Miley Cyrus (age 9), Whitney Houston (age 22), Jennifer Lopez (age 22), and Denzel Washington (age 28). Act in a Commercial Showcase directed by Barry filled with hilarious commercial improv, scenes with a partner, and even group sketches and jingles, AS SEEN ON T.V.!

PLUS, meet a local DC Talent Agent/Manager and learn about representation for Acting & Modeling in your area.

The Agent/Manager will also be sent a recording of your showcase performance to review after the event with your contact info.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: register before Friday, July 24 and save!

Youth ages 7-15: $99 ($129 after July 24; extra $30 off for siblings)
Adults ages 16 and up: $149 ($179 after July 24)

Location: Providence RECenter (7525 Marc Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042)

Visit the website for more information–you can also register for the event through the website.

        

NEWPORT NEWS – Acting Intensive Workshop – July 17th-19th

*Updated with new event registration link*

 

Learn what if takes to break into the business!!!

Workshops for all ages: Classes consist of fabulously fun ways to hone your skills, and gain confidence as well as making long lasting actor friends of all ages here in Virginia and elsewhere. Sheri Lahris has served as an on-set teacher for such actors as Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Melissa Joan Hart, and Keri Russell for such studios as MGM, Universal, Disney, Imagine, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon Studios. Sheri is also an actress and can be seen on FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies and will soon be starring in a new TV series called Coney Island.

What will I be learning in the Workshop?

Learn what it takes to have a successful acting career. We will have you get right into performing scenes with other actors and teach you what you need to be a professional actor.

These classes are for both the beginner and intermediate students.

  • Friday night improv
  • Saturday improv/scene work
  • Sunday audition technique


“After I took Sheri’s class I felt so good about myself. I knew that I had acting talent, but Sheri and her staff brought it out of me in ways that I never dreamed of.” (Susan age 14)

“In the 3 day workshop Sheri makes you feel like you are the only actor in the room. I was hesitant to take these type of workshops as I thought everyone would know more than I did, yet I found that every actor, at every stage in their acting journey or career, or even age, at the end of the 3 days emerged from dull stones to brilliant shining actor diamonds. Shining brilliantly!!!!  All students had new found confidence in themselves and what they could offer of themselves to an audience. I highly recommend this class!!!!” (Tom age 25)

Location: Arts Ballet Academy, Newport News, VA

RegistrationLink:   https://sheri-lahris-acting-workshop-weekend2.eventbrite.com

Contact: sherilahris@gmail.com – www.sherilahris.comlisa@sherilahris.net

 

        

CHARLOTTESVILLE – 2 Days of Training With Acting Coach Aaron Jackson – 7/11 & 7/12

2 Full Days of Premier Training with Celebrity Acting Coach, AARON JACKSON!

Charlottesville Area – July 11th & 12th

Aaron Jackson is holding his next full weekend, on-camera workshop in the Charlottesville Area – July 11th & 12th.  These Workshops give you the tools you need to be a successful working actor. He has helped hundreds of students launch their careers and achieve their goals. These classes are for both the beginner and seasoned actor. Aaron shares his 30+ years of experience in the industry with his students through this unique workshop working closely with each individual, helping them be the best they can be!

Registration Options:

  • Saturday, 10am-6pm,  $120
  • Sunday,  12pm-5pm, $105
  • BEST DEAL: Full Weekend Workshop: $205

What you’ll come away with:

  • Learn how you are perceived in front of the Camera.
  • Improv: Get to know yourself and think on your feet.
  • Learn sure-fire techniques for breaking down your characters/scenes.
  • Commit to your choices.
  • Be prepared for your next audition.
  • Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.

REGISTER NOW! Registration fills quickly

Click here for more details and to register: https://july-workshop-charlottesville.eventbrite.com

Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions:

www.theaaronjackson.com, lisa@theaaronjackson.com, 213-453-6059

 

        

***RESCHEDULED*** Shadowstone Lighting Hosting Lighting Demo/Panel Discussion – June 24

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2015!

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What lighting works best for green screen use?  on location? in a studio?

What can I do to make great lighting happen on a budget?

What do the next generation of battery-powered LED’s look like?

Where is Shadowstone Lighting located? What is available at their new facility?

Come find out: What Makes Great Lighting Happen—on June 24, 2015

Shadowstone Lighting is serving as the host for TIVA’s next production panel with a LIGHTING DEMO/PANEL DISCUSSION on June 24, 2015 at their new Washington facility. The event will include advice, tips, recommendations and insights from local DPs, covering all types of lighting challenges, with a special emphasis on optimizing green screen use.

Location: Shadowstone Lighting, 953 V street, NE Washington D.C. 20018

Reception/Food/Networking: starts at 6:15pm

Program/Panel/Demo: 7:15pm

For more info and to get tickets:

 

http://www.tivadc.org/event-1962824

        

Hampton Roads Film Gets International Nod

The Hampton Roads produced “Christine at the Crossroads” will be screening this fall at the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival where it has also been nominated for a Diversity Award. The movie was recently judged Best Romance Drama Feature at the Bare Bones Film Festival and won Best Supporting Actor for Brett Moye at the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival.

The movie will screen at the American Theatre in Hampton on Thursday June 25th in honor of Pride Month and will get it’s New York City Premiere the following night, June 26th.

“Christine at the Crossroads” was shot entirely in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth with local talent and crew members. It is the second award winning feature by Virginia Beach based Skelly Films and their 15th film in 6 years.

 

        

Nationwide – The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is Accepting Submissions – $3500 funding/$25000 Donated Services and Goods

The ROY W. DEAN GRANT has increased its cash prize and is now accepting applications for summer 2015! The winner will receive $3,500 (up from $2,500) in cash and $25,000 in film goods and donated services to get their film started or completed.

All grant applicants are entitled to a free 15 minute consultation!

Deadline is June 30th.

The Roy W. Dean grant funds independent feature, documentary, webisodes,and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. Grant winners receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced. See each grant on their website below for specific information on awards for individual grants.

Virginia filmmakers — help get your film made and create valuable connections that will help you down the road!

MORE INFO: http://fromtheheartproductions.com/film-grants/#

        

“LOVING” Major Feature Film – OPEN CALL Announced!

OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR MAJOR HOLLYWOOD FAMILY FILM

June 15, 2015 – Academy Award nominated filmmakers are conducting three open calls for Richmond area citizens to be considered for speaking and non-speaking roles in Loving, a new feature film by award winning writer/director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter).  Loving centers around Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who resided in Virginia in the 1950s, whose love for one another changed history through the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case ‘Loving v. Virginia’.

Producers are looking for residents of all ages and ethnicities, especially older adults, children and families of African American, Native American, Caucasian and mixed heritage.  African American and mixed ethnicity children ages 0-6, expectant mothers of all ethnicities, and African American Grandparents are encouraged to attend.  They are also seeking experienced bricklayers, blue-collar construction-worker types, politicians and business types, teachers, drag race hobbyists and period car mechanics.  Three open casting calls will be taking place. Each call will be focused on finding the above roles as well as people of all ethnicities with interesting, expressive faces.  Acting experience is not necessary and if selected for a speaking or a non-speaking role, compensation will be on the scale of other professional productions.

“We are thrilled to be working on such an important story,” said casting director Erica Arvold, “Anne Chapman, Sarah Dowling and I look forward to discovering some new talent and faces at these open calls!”

Attending one (1) of the three scheduled open calls is highly encouraged for those who’d like to be considered to appear in this feature film.

  • Thursday, June 25th, Bowling Green Town Hall, 117 Butler Street, Bowling Green, VA  22427 from 2PM-8PM. Parking is available in a lot at Town Hall.
  • Saturday, June 27th, Artworks, 320 Hull Street, Richmond, Virginia  23224 from 12PM-4PM.  Parking is available in the adjacent paid lot or on the street.  Please DO NOT CALL Artworks directly for directions or information about this project
  • Sunday, June 28th, The Black Swan, 9 W Old Street, Petersburg, VA  23803 from 12PM-6PM. Parking is available in a lot behind the building along Pike Street or on the street.

 

Each open casting call will consist of a brief talk with a member of the casting team and possibly an interview on camera.  No appointment is necessary, but a positive attitude and the ability to quietly wait are good traits to put to use when attending an open casting call.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A NON-RETURNABLE PHOTO.  Candid, non-professional photos are fine.  If you do have a headshot/resume, please bring two (2) copies. Please attend one of the three calls if you’re able.  If you are unable to attend the open call, or if you have other questions, please email LovingExtrasCasting@gmail.com.

Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds states, “Working with exceptional filmmakers while highlighting remarkable Virginians and their story is an honor.” And in regards to the open calls, “What a wonderful opportunity for Virginians to participate in this important film.”

Arvold has recently worked on casting the Virginia based projects Turn, Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Ithaca, Big Stone Gap, Wish You Well, and many others.  Anne Chapman recently cast Shooting the Prodigal, MacBeth, Lincoln, Big Stone Gap, Assassinaut, and frequently collaborates with Arvold.  Sarah Dowling has worked in casting on such films as The Untitled Terrence Malick Project 2015, Mud, and The Tree of Life.

Filming will commence in September 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.

        

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Casting Two Females for 2 Day Shoot – $300/Day

Camera Work is looking for two female actors to play teachers in a commercial filming June 22nd and 23rd in Charlottesville VA. Pay is $300 per day.

Roles:

1 Woman Teacher: 23-35 years old

1 Woman Teacher: 45-60 years old

Must have experience memorizing a lot of dialog and delivering it to camera.

Must be available for both days and times:

Monday-Tuesday June 22nd and 23rd 10am to 6pm

Please send a headshot, resume and any links to past work to:

cameraworkmovies@gmail.com