CHARLOTTESVILLE – Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning ($145 early bird, $160 regular)

Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning

an workshop on self-taping led by Erica Arvold, CSA

The ability to self tape and produce a good virtual audition is an invaluable skill in the modern actor’s arsenal.  The virtual audition is not only about the performance, it is also about submitting a video that looks professionally produced.  The quality of a self tape helps your audition stand out from the rest.  You do NOT have to have a film crew to achieve that higher production value – and if you’ve wondered how to improve your own self tapes, this participatory workshop is for you!

Please join producer/casting director Erica Arvold, CSA, and arvold session director Mike Duni for a hands-on, practical workshop on self-taping.  They will work with participants one-on-one, giving tips, advice and feedback to actors who want to improve their basic cinematography & self-taping skills.

Friday, April 24
1 – 5 PM

$145 through 4/10/15
$160 after 4/10/15

We recommend that participants have at least a small amount of experience in self-taping, operating a camera (whether a DSLR or your iPhone), and basic editing (whether you use iMovie or Premiere).   The focus of the workshop will be on taking rudimentary skills to the next level once the camera is on and rolling.

Topics that will be covered include:
– advice on preparation and appearance
– practical and technical tips on taping, including lighting, slating, framing, and sound
– basic setup needed
– how to work with your reader
– basic uploading / delivery

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This workshop is open to participants 17 years of age and above.  Students are encouraged to bring their camera and any equipment they use to tape at home – the goal is for students to leave comfortable and confident and ready to submit a fabulous self-tape.  If you do not have a camera or a phone that you use for taping auditions, please feel free to attend; however, it is recommended that you have basic self-taping knowledge to get the most from the session.


FREE Lecture on Legal Issues in Filmmaking by Kirk T. Shroder – CHARLOTTESVILLE – March 30

Reminder that Kirk T. Schroder, a nationally-recognized entertainment lawyer and former Chairman of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law section, is giving a FREE lecture in Charlottesville March 30!

He will cover aspects related to development, financing, production, distribution, and recent trends. The lecture is ideal for beginning filmmakers, and for experienced filmmakers with specific questions. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get clarity on a variety of complicated issues!

The Seminar Center
624 Berkmar Circle
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
March 30, 7:30 – 9 PM

Please RSVP to


PBS Drama “Mercy Street” Open Casting Call – APRIL 2 – RICHMOND

Mansion House Productions will hold an extras open call for the upcoming new PBS American drama, MERCY STREET on Thursday, April 2 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Extras Casting Director Chad Darnell is looking for men and women ages 18 and older to play doctors, nurses, patients and soldiers in the upcoming Civil War series.  Specifically looking for very thin men (with no tattoos) and male amputees to play soldiers.

Please come dressed in t-shirt or a tank top.  Please bring a recent snapshot (with name, phone and email clearly labeled on the back) and a pen to be considered.

The open call will be held at 2013 Maywill Street  Richmond VA  23230

Production will begin filming mid-April and wrap at the end of June.

If you can not attend the open call, you may also email photos along with all contact information, all of your (very important) sizes and the city you live in to:

For additional information, visit:


Anne Chapman Casting- Shooting the Prodigal – local to RICHMOND

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for local actors for principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal. This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son.  Shooting the Prodigal has over 50 speaking roles.  Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come.  Pay from $150/day to $275/day depending upon role.  We are currently seeking actors for the following Supporting roles GARTH, NOAH and GEOFFREY.  Submissions are open for those three roles only at present.    

Belltower Pictures


Non-Union Low-Budget Feature Film

Director: David Powers

Producers: Ken Roy & Heather Waters

Screenwriters: Deborah Hocutt, David Powers & Greg Womble

Casting Director: Anne Chapman

Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo

Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks

Shoot location: greater Richmond, Virginia area

Audition date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Audition location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $250/shoot day

Please note, no lodging or travel is provided, local hires only.

Submission instructions

Submit current headshot and resume to:


GARTH: AA Male, mid-late 20s.  Auteur, motorcycle enthusiast, and recent film school graduate.  The most talented film maker in his class.  Working his way up the production ladder but no real big breaks yet, currently bar tending to pay the bills, and letting his good friend JOSH couch surf.   He is bright, has talent, drive, motivation and is a realist.  GARTH has few obligations and fewer possessions, so is able to jump on his bike and travel to where the work is on a moment’s notice.  After heading down to Alabama to help JOSH make a small, faith based indie film, Garth gets a great job offer on the west coast.  This is the chance GARTH has been waiting for, his character and professionalism lead him to a difficult yet rewarding decision.  He is a good friend.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  11 days

NOAH: Caucasian Male, mid 20s.  Good looking, all American, boy next door, a “winner”.   Serious and enthusiastic as a first impression, yet becomes immature, shallow and jealous when things do not go his way.    A Youth Pastor determined to become Head Pastor, he is Brother Bob Cross’s right hand man and successor at the Eternal Hope Baptist Church, located in small town Homer, Alabama.  NOAH’s plan includes bringing the dwindling, outdated church to a new generation of congregants through technology, and of course, dating BROTHER BOB’s daughter, EMILY.  This perfect plan becomes his undoing.  Ministry life may not be the best fit for NOAH.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  14 days

GEOFFREY: AA Male, late 30s.  Charming, well-dressed, confident and openly gay.  Geoffrey is a very talented dressmaker/designer living back in his hometown, after many years away, to care for his elderly mother.  He owns and runs an awesome vintage clothing shop.  It is the coolest store in town, once you enter through his doors you can be anywhere you want to be.   GEOFFREY really has an eye for fashion and if circumstances were different he would be making a name for himself elsewhere.  He has been a longtime friend of ESTHER CROSS, wife of a local pastor and is currently employing her daughter EMILY.  GEOFFREY is aware he is not welcome b y many members at their church but is willing to wait for the opportunity to change their minds.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  7 days

Auditions are by appointment only.  We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.  

Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one.  You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected. Thank you so much!  Anne Chapman Casting


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seminar: Intro to the Legal and Business Aspects of Filmmaking – March 30th – Free!

The business and legal aspects of filmmaking are rapidly changing as new platforms for distribution continue to evolve. This free lecture will provide an overview of important issues related to development, financing, production, distribution and other current trends in today’s film market. This lecture is ideal for beginning filmmakers and experienced filmmakers who have specific questions in this area. Time will be set aside for questions with the lecturer, Kirk T. Schroder.

March 30th, 7:30-9:00 PM

The Seminar Center

624 Berkmar Circle

Charlottesville, VA 22901



Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting – RICHMOND – 3/23!

VPA members, potential members, and board members!

Mark your calendars for the March 23rd, Richmond General Meeting & 2015 VPA Elections!

This event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is a great networking opportunity. It will feature a look back at the last year’s events, and a look forward to next year’s opportunities. Light refreshments will be served. VPA t-shirts will be on sale – $10.00 cash or check.

VPA members will also be able to vote for next year’s Board of Trustees.

Event Details:
Art Works
320 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224

See below for event details


WASHINGTON, DC – Newseum Seeking Summer Intern – Application due April 10th

The Newseum is seeking applicants for a Summer Production Intern. The intern will work with producers to develop content for interactive exhibits and video projects. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week, is for academic credit, and will begin in May 2015. If interested, please send a resume and a cover letter to   The deadline for application is Friday, April 10.


-Assignments will involve identifying and researching content and video for upcoming exhibit video installations (including archival video, fresh content, news makers and journalists for interviews).

-The intern will work closely with the producers in the broadcast department to create podcasts and to edit/produce short web videos, in conjunction with current exhibitions.

-Other duties: Transcribing video content, writing descriptive audio scripts,  hands-on assistance with in-house and location video shoots, digitizing and organizing media


-Excellent research and writing skills; use of social media; the ability to work independently; close attention to detail.

-Knowledge and technical skills in any combination ofPremiere, AVID, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop are a distinct advantage.



YORKTOWN – Actor’s Workshop April 11th and 12th – $180 fee

On Camera TV/Film Workshop with acting coach Aaron Jackson

April 11th and 12th, Yorktown VA

Do you know who you are, what you have to offer and how you fit in the business? This workshop will give you the tools you need to be a successful working actor. Learn how you are perceived and how to best market yourself as an actor. Aaron has helped hundreds of students launch their careers and achieve their goals. Aaron shares his 30+ years of experience in the industry with his students through this unique workshop, working closely with each individual to finely hone their craft.  

Register for the full weekend Actors Workshop and your name will be entered into our drawing for a free one-look headshot.

The winner will receive a full experience actor’s photo shoot with renowned photographer, Sara Harris.

As a student:

  • Learn how you are perceived in front of the Camera.
  • Get to know yourself and think on your feet.
  • Learn a sure-fire technique to break down your scenes.
  • Commit to your choices.
  • Be prepared for your audition.
  • Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.
  • Head shots are offered to all students at a reduced price.


Full Weekend Workshop:$180

Saturday Workshop: $116

Sunday Workshop: $95


Contact Sara Harris directly to schedule an appointment for your headshot:,, 213-453-6059

For more details and to register click here:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Oscar-nominated African filmmaker returns to UVA for artist residency

World-renowned filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is returning to the University of Virginia from April 9 through 12, through the support of U.Va.’s Department of French, Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, in partnership with the Paramount Theater and the Virginia Film Festival.

His current film “Timbuktu” was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was one of the five 2015 Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. It also raked in seven of France’s coveted César awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Sissako’s U.Va. residency will include speaking at an African cinema class, a cinematography class and a French film seminar. He also will participate in workshops, master classes and discussions with members of the University community.

In addition, “Timbuktu” will be screened at 7 p.m. on April 11 in a free public event at the Paramount. The screening will be followed by a conversation and audience discussion with Sissako. U.Va. students will be invited to a special pre-screening reception with the filmmaker before the event.

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WIFV Media Job Fair – March 28!

WIFV Media Job Fair – March 28!

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12:00-3:30 pm
Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW  (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro)
$10 WIFV Members; $20 Public
RSVP here!

WIFV’s Media Job Fair gives media professionals from the Mid-Atlantic region an opportunity to meet with prospective employers. Get your resume in the hands of company representatives! Every year attendees are hired within days of this event!

Only pre-registered guests will have access to the Media Job Fair exhibitors between noon and 2:00 pm.  On-site registration is available beginning at 1:30 pm for access between 2:00 and 3:30 pm.

NOTE: The DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development will provide a $10 discount to the first 50 DC Residents who pre-register.

Confirmed 2015 Media Job Fair Exhibitors
Atmosphere Lighting
Green Buzz Agency
Interface Media Group
Maslow Media Group, Inc.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)
RHED Pixel
Sapling Pictures
Sirius XM Radio
Stonehenge / Team Jabberwocky
Team People
Ventana Productions
Word Wizards
Yoh, A Day and Zimmermann Company

More exhibitors TBA!  If you are a company interested in being an exhibitor, call the WIFV Office at 202-429-9438.



ACTION! The VFF’s High School Director Competition – Accepting Submissions!

The Virginia Film Festival encourages high school students to pursue their passion for filmmaking and create an entry for ACTION! The VFF’s High School Director Competition. The competition is open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are current residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and there is no entry fee.

Three (3) prizes are awarded to three best director or directing teams to support the winning student(s)’s continued film and filmmaker education. The ACTION! Grand Prize is a check for $1,000, and two (2) ACTION! Runner-Up Prizes are checks of $500 each.

How To Submit?
First, read the Rules and Regulations section on the website to ensure you and your film qualify. If you meet all of our requirements, then you are ready to complete the submission process! All applicants must complete a 2015 ACTION! Electronic Entry Form, which requires a link to an online screener (such as Vimeo or Youtube) of your film. Note: We have moved to an electronic-only submission process this year and can no longer accommodate hard copy submissions.

The Deadline
A completed entry form with accompanying link to your film must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, August 19. The VFF reserves the right to disqualify applications that are incomplete or received late.

Please read ALL INFORMATION and RULES here:

Do you need information or have any questions?
Please contact us at .


CHARLOTTESVILLE – “The Joy Dialects” Arvold Education Seminar – SATURDAY, MARCH 21st

Join us for an discussion led by dialect coach, theatre artist, educator, and author Janet Rodgers…

The Joy of Dialects:

A Whirlwind Tour Around the World

Part of an actor’s craft is giving his/her character an authentic voice…literally!  Dialect is a crucial part of preparing (and, let’s be honest, booking) a role, one that cannot be overlooked or put off until the last minute. Janet Rodgers, dialect coach will lead this discussion to demystify the art of dialects. She’ll give a basic overviewas well as discuss what is involved in successful study and preparation.

Mid-Atlantic actors, you know that Virginia in particular attracts period projects (Turn, Lincoln, Killing Lincoln, John Adams), which require especially authentic British, Scottish, and sometimes French and Irish accents. The proper dialect should be a tool in every actor’s toolbox – come find out how to make sure it’s one in yours.

Topics covered will include:

  • Dialect vs. accent, and the basics of each
  • The differences in British dialects
  • Nuances of working dialects with different schools of acting
  • How and when to work with a dialect coach
  • The importance of enjoying dialect study

Saturday, March 21st

1 – 3 pm

Charlottesville, VA

 Tickets: $60

All film artists, at all levels of experience, are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Children under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Participation and the willingness to try some basic dialect exercises is encouraged!

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Arvold LIVE, Chapter 2: Your Picture, Your Resume, Yourself – FRIDAY, MARCH 20th – CHARLOTTESVILLE

arvold LIVE, Chapter 2: 

Your Picture, Your Resume, Yourself

a roundtable discussion, hosted by

Come join Erica Arvold, CSA, and acting coach Richard Warner for a candid discussion about self-presentation, with a focus on the relationship between the three-dimensional person and his/her two-dimensional headshot and resume. They’ll discuss the essential elements of a successful headshot and resume, the importance of making sure your authentic persona shines through your materials, and how to make those materials stand out from the huge pile on the casting director’s desk.

This series explores the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of not only maintaining, but also growing your career, polishing and refining your craft, raising the bar of this industry, and keeping yourself healthy. Open to all film artists and artisans (those under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian) who are interested in the creative life and an actor’s craft!

Friday, March 20th

6 – 8 pm

Charlottesville, VA

Tickets: $65 

We encourage participants to bring their headshot and resume for review and discussion.  Because this will be an intimate group discussion, with participation from audience members encouraged, space is limited to 20 participants.

Special discounts available (please email for details):

  • The Frequent Collaborator:for participants who would like to attend three or more LIVE conversations, you will receive a discount on your third LIVE conversation.
  • Friends and Family: Refer a friend and get a $10 refund

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**PLEASE NOTE: this is not an audition.  We encourage participants to bring their materials for review, but they will be used solely for educational purposes.


The James River Film Festival – April 9-12!

The James River Film Society presents the 22nd James River FIlm Festival, April 9-12, at various locations in Richmond, Virginia, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Byrd Theatre, and Richmond Main Public Library!

The festival has featured experimental, independent, avant-garde, foreign, cult, and classic art house films and has brought more than 130 nationally and internationally known filmmakers, musicians, critics, educators and artists to Richmond to present and discuss their work.

Featured guests include cult animator-director Ralph Bakshi and son, Eddie Bakshi, for screenings of Fritz the Cat, Wizards, and Lord of the Rings. (NOTE: Eddie Bakshi will co-ordinate a Skype Q & A with father Ralph during the screenings of Wizards and Lord of the Rings at the Byrd; Bakshi memorabilia including posters and animation cells will be available for sale as well).

Music video director and multimedia artist Michael Pope, is best known for his many music video collaborations with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls as well as his experimental non-dialogue film NeoVoxer.

We will be featuring the only Richmond-based screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Art and Craft, directed by Mark Becker and Sam Cullman.

Art and Craft was scored by Stephen Ulrich.  Ulrich will bring his band Big Lazy for a live performance at Gallery 5!

Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (The Golden Age of Fish, The Island of St. Matthew)

… and Cincinnati based multi-projectionist Super 8mm filmmaker and avant-garde jazz musician Jonathan Hancock.

More details below!