Film Office News Archive
Thank you for making your project happen in Nebraska in 2014! Growing the media industry in Nebraska takes all of us and your efforts were not overlooked. We look forward to your successes and seeing your project on the silver screen, the tele and all the various social media outlets available today. This is a global industry now more than ever. The world is looking for good entertaining content. Nebraska is your location to help make this happen. We have hard working crew and a plethora of locations suited to the needs of features, commercials and music videos. We have 77,000 square miles of back drop waiting for you. This little-seen backdrop is a character in and of itself. Come and let it be a part of your next project in 2015!
Have a safe and healthy holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
FILMING ON STATE OWNED PROPERTY
The state of Nebraska operates and manages many properties across the state. There are 14 agencies within state government that manage these public properties. For example, often state parks are a request for location media activity. If you are interested in the possibility of capturing a scene at a state-owned facility, please give us a call first. We will help you find the correct contact and liaison for that particular property.
Getting to the right people in a timely fashion is essential. Lead-times will vary depending on the request and location. Certain fees may apply depending upon your physical needs and time of shoot. Filming on public property may require a valid certificate of insurance. Please fill out a registration form by clicking on the link “Project Registration” and we will help you through the process. Please keep these actions in mind as you plan and develop your project and coordinate your locations and include plenty of lead time.
CASTING FOR LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE! THE NEBRASKA FILM OFFICE HAS RECEIVED THIS MISSIVE REQUESTING CASTING ASSISTANCE FOR THE LEAD ROLE IN A FEATURE MOTION PICTURE. PLEASE READ BELOW AND CONTACT DEBBIE DELISI IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. CONTACT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED HERE. THE CASTING AGENCY IS LOOKING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN RURAL AREAS FOR GIRLS THAT FIT THEIR IDEAL FOR THIS LEAD.
Casting opportunity! My name is Debbie DeLisi. I'm working with Rachel Tenner/Columbia Pictures on a casting search for a GIRL (10 - 13) to play "Laura" in the film, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
We were part of the casting team that spearheaded the nationwide search for "Mattie Ross" in the film, TRUE GRIT. Like that search, we're excited to give ALL girls the opportunity to audition! You may fwd this notice and spread the word, far n' wide! We're open to all girls who want to give it a try! Girls do not need to have representation.
For information & submission link, please go to: www.littlehousecasting.com
[LAURA INGALLS] - LEAD. Female, 10-13 years old, the smart and spirited middle child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Laura is a tomboy and adventure seeker living in the Prairie Lands in 1870. Laura is the type of girl who marches to the beat of her own drum and prefers the outdoors to reading and homework. She has a close relationship with her family and dearly loves her ''Pa'' and older sister Mary. When her family moves from their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin to Independence, Kansas, she embraces the adventures she encounters on their journey. Life is not easy, but Laura rises to the challenge...LEAD
Rachel Tenner Casting
Welcome spring! Finally! Farmers are getting ready to plant their crops and you should be getting ready to shoot your project in Nebraska! You've had all winter to finish the final draft of the screenplay and secure your financing, your actors and lock in those perfect locations from Scottsbluff to Plattsmouth. Your crew is here, your transportation folks, your grip truck, your editing bay, your community support groups, all in place. April is not the cruelest month! It is the month to take action!!
Are you looking for networking opportunities in Nebraska? Come to the monthly Nebraska Film Association meeting tomorrow evening in Omaha, Clancy's Pub, 114th and Dodge, 5-7. The NFA group seeks to promote filmmaking in Nebraska at all levels. This month's guest is gubernatorial candidate, Mike Foley and Association of Film Commissioner's staff representative, Nebraska's Amy Thompson. Come and listen to their reports on trends in the film industry and opinions about how to make this a viable part of our economic development plans.
Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Conference takes place this weekend at Mahoney State Park, April 11-12. Registration is still available at www.nebraskawriters.org.
Shooting feature videos, commercials, music videos, in-house industrial informational and marketing pieces are all part of Nebraska's entertainment scene. Get to know the territory! Check out these images that will help you decide on Nebraska as the backdrop for your next film! http://nebraskalocation.com/author/jvesay/
See you soon.
Well, hello MARCH! So glad it has finally arrived. We are through the awards season and now on to business.
But first, a big congratulations again to Alexander Payne and the 6 Academy Award nominations received for his most recent film, NEBRASKA. He is a contender and we will continue to look forward to has brilliance on the big screen. We eagerly await announcement of his next feature film project. Stay tuned.
News Flash: Fremont, Nebraska. Stacy Heatherly and The Digg Site Productions, Inc. has begun to gather momentum in Fremont. A RED CARPET evening to celebrate Hollywood and the Oscars was held March 2 at the Love Larson Opera House in Fremont. A gala event sponsored by The Digg was attended by the Pathfinder horsemen who starred in the recent film, "The Lone Ranger." The additional 75 attendees watched moments of the Oscar ceremony and enjoyed learning more about the horsemen's participation in the film production. It was a good eye-opener for those unfamiliar with logistics of filming on location.
The community of Fremont has recently decided to embrace the use of LB 840 funds for film production, a step that will be qualified through the city at large. Stacy Heatherly and Sheryl Brown have also taken the necessary professional steps to become the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission. We are excited to have a real partner in place to help us continue to promote Nebraska to the industry. Stacy and Sheryl will be instrumental in bringing location scouts and production sources to the area to promote eastern Nebraska as your next stop for filming commercials and feature work. Read further to see the Commission's mission statement and how to reach them with questions and additional information:
The primary goal of the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission is to attract film and video production to the area. The office will assist in all aspects of hiring local crews and talent, renting local equipment, accommodations, rental cars, and catering services.
We will assist in the following:
• Marketing of Locations
• Marketing of Local Crew, Equipment & Expertise
• Creation of Incentives Packages
• Scouting Support Services
• Assisting Inbound Productions / Troubleshooting Production Problems
• Building a Film-Ready Workforce & Community
The office will also be working to provide economic incentives.
The Film Commission will encourage the development and distribution of local productions, develop the Fremont/ Eastern Nebraska film festival, encourage the study of film and the acquisition of film related skills, and support a climate of entrepreneurship within the area.
OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Tonight kicks off the Omaha Film Festival at the the Village Point Theatres on west Dodge. Follow the news release from festival creator and organizer, Mark Longbrake and join us tonight and the rest of this week!
The Ninth Annual Omaha Film Festival is thrilled to bring the city of Omaha another stellar line-up of independent films and conference panelists at our new home at the Village Pointe Theatre – 304 North 174th Street.
OFF '14 begins Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm with the Opening Night Film fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Obvious Child” starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, and Richard Kind. http://sched.co/1bLfK0J
"Obvious Child" is an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life. Forever nudged by her parents to make better choices, Donna's forced to do just that when a one-night stand leads to a difficult decision that does and does not define the rest of her life. Though confident in her choice, Donna must gain the confidence to believe in her talent, herself, and the best in those around her, especially one surprisingly decent guy who just might make this the worst/best Valentine's Day ever.
This year’s festival features 92 films from 20 countries and includes 20 narrative feature films, 8 feature length documentaries, and 64 short films in 8 short film programs.
In addition to the films we’re excited to bring you this year’s conference which highlights our second annual Writer’s Theatre as well as conference panel sessions with writers Leslie Dixon (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Pay it Forward,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Hairspray,” and “Limitless”) and Steve Faber (“We’re the Millers,” “Wedding Crashers,” and “Married with Children”) in attendance. And you don’t have to be a screenwriter or filmmaker to enjoy the conference sessions! Everyone loves movies and hearing the behind the scenes tales of breaking in to the industry and doing what you love provide inspiration to all of us.
Be sure to check out our website at www.omahafilmfestival.org and click on the FILMS tab for an interactive look at all of the films, parties, conference panels, etc. and feel free to set up your own profile (for free!) and start creating your schedule.
All Access Pass: $90 - Includes all festival films, conference panels, the Writer’s Theatre, and after parties
All Films Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings or conference panels
Weekend Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings, the Writer’s Theatre, and conference panels on Saturday and Sunday
Individual Ticket prices: $8
Passes and tickets available at omahafilmfestival.org or at the theatre during festival events.
Nebraska filmmaker, Craig Albrecht's "WICKED BLOOD" is now available on Blu-ray. "Wicked Blood," Starring Abigail Breslin, is the ultimate endgame, as “Breaking Bad” meets “Justified” in the new action thriller! Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah.
·Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland)
·Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills)
·Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes)
·James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad)
·Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable)
Way to go Craig!
We are saddened by the news of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one our most promising and talented individuals in the industry. Our hearts and sympathies go out to his family and friends. His next project, "Ezekiel Moss," screenplay by Keith Bunin was in pre-production. The thriller is set in Prohibition-era rural Nebraska. However, the producers were not intending to film here. It is uncertain if the project will move forward at this time.
Omaha Film Fesitval gears up for kick off party this Saturday in Omaha at NorthSea Films Studio this Saturday, February 8. https://www.facebook.com/OmahaFilmFestival Festival dates: March 5-9, 2014.
Eastern TV is hoping to work with either Omaha, Lincoln or Kearney fire fighters for a reality television program to be aired later this year. We have been in touch with the fire chiefs on these communities. It is their prerogative to work with the production source. However, these projects typically do not hire a large number of locals and equipment. They are self-contained. It remains to be seen if we host this potential project. The community may see a benefit in branding and marketing their fine city to the world through this show.
Nebraskan Craig Albrecht has seen his most recent project on the big screen at the Santa Barbara Film Festival: "Wicked Blood;"
We seem to have a number of horror / thriller independent films taking off across the state. "Fields of the Dead" a feature by Daniel Iske can be picked up at RED BOX. http://www.redbox.com/movies/fields-of-the-dead
Iske and team have also completed the third season of the web series, "The Dead Hour." A launch party was held last night at Voodoo Lounge in Omaha. For more information see: http://www.thedeadhour.com/ Way to go Daniel and team!
Auditions continue for Epic "O" productions: http://www.epicoproductions.com/
Jeremy Lerman and "The Other Sister" had an L.A. premiere January 30th. His second AFI thesis film screened to a large audience at the Mark Goodson Screening Room on Western Avenue. Congratulations, Jeremy!
For more information see our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Film-OfficeNebraska-Film-Commission/542853229132597
Nebraska Film Association Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50324208155/
Happy New Year!
Cold on the outside, but warm on the inside. That's the Great Plains right now. Exterior locations across Nebraska are well, cold. But inside, it's nice and toasty, waiting for your next commercial shoot or feature film. Nebraska is home to not only Academy Award winning writer/director/producer Alexander Payne and creator of the hit NBC thriller, THE BLACKLIST, Jon Bokenkamp but also lots of very talented independent filmmakers perfecting their craft and getting work done inside and out. A hearty bunch we are. We're open. Most of us are inside so we can get lots of reading done including your screenplay. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you find the right location for your next project. Pepsi for the Super Bowl, VISA, Prilosec OTC, Garmin Asus G60 and E-Z-Go 2Five are just a few of the national commercials we've had lensed here recently. Connect with us and we will connect you with professionals across the state eager to make your life easier shooting on location in Nebraska. Bonne Annee!
Season's Greetings to all and happy holidays!
We've had quite a year of film activity in Nebraska this year. The independent film/digital media scene is alive and well across the state. Many of these films have been seen at various film festivals across the state and country. We are very proud of our creative people who are pursuing their passion right here in Nebraska. We wish you the best with your efforts and hope to see your next projects soon on the big screen!
Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA has had a tremendous roll out from Paramount Vantage Productions and Bona Fide Productions. The movie has been screened worldwide and is receiving numerous accolades and awards. The director, screenplay and actors have all been nominated by various media organizations and industry professionals. The film has had a major impact on branding for Nebraska. The movie is not, however, about Nebraska. It is the story of a young man's journey to find himself through learning to know his father.
Will Forte and Bruce Dern give exemplary performances that are not going unnoticed. June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk add to the stellar quality with equally impressive interpretations of their characters. Local reactions to the film have been up. We eagerly await the most prized nominations and awards coming up in March, 2014. Thank you Alexander and Paramount Vantage and Bona Fide Productions!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
The month is here! The Paramount Pictures release of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska!" You can see the film in Omaha at Film Streams. www.filmstreams.org. It begins Nov. 15, a week before NATIONAL theatrical release: http://filmstreams.org/filmstreams_calendar.aspx?View=10&ID=1193. A special screening with Alexander, Bruce Dern and Kurt Andersen is November 24th at Film Streams, the theater's "Feature V Series." This is a fundraiser for the theatre. It will be a treat to see this with Nebraskans! The film also has a special screening scheduled for Norfolk on November 25th.
Alexander Payne and Bruce Dern on the set near Norfolk.
Alexander Payne and Nebraska Film Officer, Laurie Richards, 2013 Telluride Film Festival
Bruce Dern and Nebraska Film Officer, Laurie Richards, 2013 Tellluride Film Festival
Official Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW_DmfKfSk
Nebraska Film Association continues to meet monthly in Omaha. The current location is Clancy's Pub at 114th and Dodge. The first Wednesday of the month, 5-7 pm. These meet and greets are a networking opportunity to come in contact with like minds, filmmakers, producers, actors, writers, crew and support services. This venue offers you the option of learning more about what's happening in the Metro area and across the state; projects that are in development, producers looking for crew and equipment and just good serious fun to meet and learn what others are working on right now. https://www.facebook.com/events/702607553101815/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Nebraska Educational Television and the Tourism Commission have completed a wonderful air borne video of the state. For your viewing pleasure and interest in locations, please view the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD_iSqmypfg&list=TLcch8cl5pB3g
Let us know if you have any questions about Nebraska locations. 77,000 square miles offers a lot of opportunity.
July - August 2013
Things are hopping in Nebraska. Several film projects are in motion and crew is needed to fill a variety of positions. Please make sure your entry on our searchable data base is current. (www.filmnebraska.org, click on "Search Services.") Enter your name and check for content. Giving us your web address is great, but please include specifics in your associations and credits.
For more information regarding projects:
Feature film looking for crew. Billy Mulligan, line producer for feature film, "Explosion" is looking for crew in the following areas:
Grip & Electric (1 ton truck and crew)
Hair and Makeup
Filming to take place in Ravenna area, based out of Loup City. 4 week- / 5 day shooting schedule to begin end of August.
If you are interested and want to know more about specifics, please contact Billy and send resume to:
Production Manager for shoot in Lincoln, Nebraska on 24 July.
Paid prep, shoot & wrap.
PM to source local crew (about 10 persons) and equipment. We are an ongoing production company based in Los Angeles.
Qualified PM’s (and those you would like to refer) please email me. Please put “PM-NFO-Lincoln” in the subject line.
Please do not contact for any other positions at this time. No phone calls please.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEXANDER PAYNE AND BRUCE DERN
Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA has premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The festival jury awarded BEST ACTOR to Bruce Dern. Many KUDOS to Mr. Dern, Alexander and the entire cast and crew. There were several Nebraskans there to cheer on Alexander and the group. What a night, what a moment on the Red Carpet! Congratulations to all!
Nebraska continues to be in the spot light for several small independent projects in development. From Omaha to North Platte, we have requests for information for filming on location and community contacts. Don't forget to send me your updated resume and please check out your entry on our searchable data base.
Summer is here! Make that movie happen in Nebraska!
Where is spring? Snow. Rain. Warm. Cold. People wonder why we talk about the weather so much in Nebraska. If you are from here or live here, you know why. It is all very important as the weather can determine your start and stop for filming on location. We have FOUR full seasons in Nebraska and this one is starting out as a cold, soggy reminder of that fact. I can promise you it will get better. We will look back at today and wish for a little of this overwhelming moisture for our gardens and reservoirs. Regardless, we are here to help you make your project happen, indoors or out!
This leads me to request your attention to upcoming projects this year. We are in preparation for several projects this year that will need full crew complement and actors. The Nebraska Film Office is happy to help with crew and resource information for pre-production and physical production. Some of you are aware we keep a searchable data base on this site, "Search Services." This database gives the non-Nebraskan a chance to see that we do indeed have people that work in this industry in the state. We also keep your Nebraska resume on file. After the database has been seen by the producers, they often will want to have a resume in hand, or electronic file. When we get that call, we forward that information to the production source. If you have not sent your CURRENT resume to the Film Office, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you are an actor, please forward your acting resume to your favorite Nebraska talent agency.
Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is a headliner at the Cannes Film Festival this month. How swell! He is in competition with the movie for the Palme d'or award, the most prestigious award offered at this venue. We wish him and Paramount Pictures and Albert and Ron with BonaFide Productions the best and much success with the film. The movie filmed on location in Nebraska last fall. We EEEEagerly await the film's Nebraska premiere sometime soon.
Warm, cold, windy, clear, cloudy; all parts of Nebraska in the winter and the exciting background to complement your next project!
News on the street says Nebraska filmmakers are busy casting and shooting all sorts of projects. "Larry the Cable Guy" just finished a commercial for Prilosec in Lincoln for the National Geographic Channel. We are so pleased he enjoys not only living in Nebraska, but shooting here. He knows we have the talent and the crew to make successful projects happen. His desire to film commercials here is a good bellwether for all Nebraska businesses. "You don't have to look any further than your own backyard," as Dorothy would say, to find a location to suit your filming needs. Expense of travel and production resources are minimized by utilizing Nebraska's vast and varied look. Film ON!
The movie "Nebraska," filmed on location recently, is busy in post-production. Alexander Payne's movie projected release is later this year and we are all very anxious to see this on the silver screen.
Season's Greetings to all! With 2012 almost behind us, we have much to be thankful for in Nebraska.
The year has been filled with independent filming of a variety of projects. The majority of them seem to be in the popular horror genre. There have been some very insightful works and documentaries to complement the well-rounded productions. As we receive the production information from the local producers, we include this information on our "Filmed In Nebraska" page. Please continue to send us your information so we might keep this page current. Hats off to those of you who have put the baby on the disc and entering festivals across the country and outside of the USA. Don't forget the Annual Omaha Film Festival, http://www.omahafilmfestival.org/. This has become a wonderful venue for local, regional and national filmmakers and screenwriters. Bloom where you are planted!
We couldn't complete a greeting without acknowledging our very own Alexander Payne, Bona Fide Productions and Paramount Pictures. The film "Nebraska" completed their physical production on location work in Nebraska on November 21. They moved on to Montana and Wyoming, and finished shooting in South Dakota two weeks later. We look forward to the screening of this film in about a year. Alexander is our golden guy and we do so appreciate his commitment to filming at home. He is from Nebraska. He knows Nebraska. He likes Nebraska. There are a lot more stories to come alive here for him. We can't wait for the next adventure! Hurry back!
If you have not had a chance to read the Leo Biga book he has edited with stories of Alexander and his film career, "Alexander Payne, His Journey In Film" you might want to get a copy for your library. It has some very good stories from personal encounters with Alexander and people we all know. Leo has done a fine job of organizing stories he
has written over the years combined with person interviews and comments from others who have known Alexander for these many years. It's worth the read.
We all have much to be thankful for. Friends, family and beautiful locations within a 60 mile radius for your production. Give us a call and we guarantee you will add Nebraska to your list full of film friendly people and locations.
Feliz ano nuevo!
Alexander Payne and company have begun their filming journey in Nebraska for the movie, "Nebraska." Throughout the northeastern part of the state, you may see production vehicles and crew setting up the next scene for this major Hollywood motion picture. The film production office is set up in Norfolk, the host city for this spectacular event. The Norfolk community has been enthralled to be chosen by Alexander and producers as the hub of action. Members of the business and private sector have stepped forward to host events to benefit local establishments and community programs. The producers have been most gracious and attentive to this partnership and very giving of their spare, very spare time, to benefit various programs with their participation.
WE are very excited for our native brother to be back here filming with Bona Fide Productions and Paramount Pictures producing. Despite production pressures to film the movie in another state, Alexander's credibility and influence over the system has brought us an awesome opportunity. We are very grateful for his interest in his home state and his interest in helping grow the film industry for Nebraska. We would not be on the map for filmmaking without his presence. Economic impact and soft spin-off of tourism will have far reaching effects while the crew is here and local establishments provide goods and services. It's a sweet deal!
If you would like more information on this project, you can contact the production office in Norfolk at 402-316-1483.
Alexander Payne to begin filming "Nebraska" in October
AUGUST 22, 2012 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Film Office announced today that native Nebraskan Alexander Payne will being filming his next feature film titled "Nebraska" in the state in October.
Produced by Bona Fide Productions and released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars Bruce Dern and Bill Forte. The road picture is the story of a father and estranged son on a journey from Montana to claim winnings from a sweepstakes ticket in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska Film Officer Laurie Richards has been identifying locations across the state for the project. Nebraska Department of Economic Development staff and other contacts statewide have been instrumental in this quest.
"We are so happy to have Alexander back in Nebraska for this project. We have been working on this for seven years, and now it will finally happen," said Richards.
Two-time academy award winner, director and writer, Payne is famous for three previous films shot here, Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt.
Filming will begin in October in northeast Nebraska, Lincoln, and several other key locations across the state.
"Alexander is a huge fan of Nebraska, the small towns, the unique landscape and environs. He is also hoping to hire local crew and actors. There have been several casting calls and we will see familiar local faces in this film and know local crew and service providers will play a big role in all of this,” said Richards. “It also means millions of dollars left behind in wages, lodging, rentals, food, and many services necessary to film on location. The economic impact is huge and the soft spinoff of tourism is palpable.
“For this project, Alexander is particularly interested in rural towns that have kept their historic identity,” added Richards. “We have many towns that fit his location descriptions; it's a challenge to find everything in a 60 mile radius or what we call "zone of production."
For more information, contact Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Office, 402-202-1905, www.filmnebraska.org
July 26, 2012
Nebraska Film Association monthly gathering in Omaha/Alexander Payne
Exciting announcement about next week's networking event! The line producer for Alexander Payne's movie, Nebraska, will be accepting resumes for local crew positions! A representative for the film will be in attendance to accept resumes, so be sure to attend and BRING YOUR RESUMES!! Event will be Wednesday, August 1st from 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Fox and Hound at 120th and Dodge.
Thanks for all of you who sent your new information for the search date base on this site. And particularly, thanks for those of you who updated your current information. This summer we will continue our efforts to cull those entries that have had no contact with us over the recent past. Please send us an "email" to let us know what you're up to, what projects you are working on, what interesting locations you have found in Nebraska or just to say "I'm still here." We like hearing from you.
If you are interested in learning more about the Municipal incentive available in some communities across the state, please click on the links below. In order to qualify for the incentive, you must register your project with the Nebraska Film Office. This is a Municipal incentive, not a state-sponsored incentive, however. We are here to help you make the connections you need to begin the process for this potential resource.
For the list of communities that participate with LB840 funds:
Legislative Bill Final Reading:
Revised Statute 18-2739
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
Check this out! If you are interested in more information about locations and filming in Nebraska, please visit:
Kudos to Alexander Payne and his team for the Gold Globe(s)? awards received this weekend in Hollywood! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association? has just rewarded his film The Descendants with two salutes; Best Film and Best Actor to George Clooney. Way to go Alexander! Who doesn't want to be in his films? There isn't a person in the industry that does not want to work with him. The faces in the audience told all. WE are excited for him and look forward to his return to Nebraska for his next project.
In the Great Plains, January is typically the "cruelest month," not April, as written by T.S. Eliot in his poem, The Waste Land. The temperature is anything but cruel in the sense of four full seasons. The sky is a vibrant intense blue dotted with hawks and crows. The barren arms and fingers of trees reach up to offer perch. A wispy white cloud floats by. A light dusting of snow covers the ground. Sun angles low as our axis tips north of center. Can you see yourself here setting up that perfect scene with this back drop for your next film? WE can! Give us ring. See you soon!
2011 is almost behind us. Nebraska has had some very interesting film and commercial activity over the last year.
We have hosted several national commercials including the most recent PRILOSEC commercial with Nebraska's Larry The Cable Guy! Nebraska based business, Li-Cor hosted the locations and many key local crew were busy with this project for several days. The commercial has been seen on the BRAVO network. Kudos to the crew and Li-Cor for doing a great job for this spot!
We've seen Lady GAGA in Nebraska this fall filming in rural Douglas and Sarpy counties. "You and I" music video was filmed on location on country roads and a farmstead near Springfield. Locations included nightclubs in Ralston and Omaha. Nebraska is a hot bed for music and music videos. It was well over 100 degrees the three days of filming.
A small independent feature has just wrapped up their filming on location in Cherry County in Valentine, the heart of the Sandhills. David Higgins and Bobby Deline's movie is a dramatic thriller set in the late 1950's. The film is in editing and we hope to see it soon, next year.
There are many reasons to film on location in Nebraska. WE have some dynamite local talent. So much, that Larry, Lady G and David Higgins LOVE this place and hope to return here soon with their next project!
Have a safe and joyful holiday with family and friends. See you in the new year!
Production in Nebraska this summer is a "hot" topic. We have Lady Gaga steaming up the countryside with a music video shoot. We have Sarah Knight filming "Vino Veritas" (vinoveritasmovie.com) in Lincoln. And, we have commercials shooting in various locations across the state.
The value of these activities is measured in jobs created for crew, purchase of tangible items for production and the rental of hotel rooms, vehicles and equipment. The economic impact is seen and felt by local businesses and providers. If you are a local vendor or crew person, we will post your information on our site. If you are not on our searchable data base (click on Search Services to the left) you need to fill out the form and send back to us or update your old information. Promoting Nebraska locations, support services and crew is paramount to growing the industry for Nebraska. Film on!
Summer in Nebraska is hot with activity! We have several commercials shooting in the metropolitan areas keeping our crew and support services busy. We also have several small independent films in pre production filming in Lincoln and Omaha. VINO VERITAS is filming in Lincoln and will wrap end of July. For more information visit www.vinoveritasmovie.com. If you are organizing a project, feature or commercial, please have your production coordinator or line producer register with us. Click on Project Registration on the left and fill out the pdf file and return to our office. Thanks for checking out our web site. Feel free to contact us via our email page and let us know how we can help you make your project become a reality in Nebraska!
The Sixth Annual Omaha Film Festival kicks off this week with March 2-6 at the Great Escape Theatre in Omaha. For more information, go to the web site at www.omahafilmfestival.org, click on 'tickets' for more information.
The event includes a screenwriting conference with panel discussions including academy award winner Mauro Fiore, ASC "The Aviator", Shane Black "Lethal Weapon", Tom Elkins "Red Eye" and "The Haunting in Connecticut" and Ted Griffin, "Ocean's Eleven."
The OFF has become a regional event with film entries from across the country. It's a great opportunity and venue for writers, directors, producers and actors to debut their films. It's also a great opportunity for local industry professionals to meet and shmooze for the next big break! Don't miss it! There are individual tickets available or passes for the entire event. You'll be glad you did.
The 2010 Omaha Film Festival kicked off with a summit meeting, February 6 at the North Sea Film office at 2626 Harney Street in Omaha. Discussion of the upcoming Omaha Film Festival featured comments from filmmakers, screenwriters, cast and crew. For more information about the upcoming festival, please see OFF web site:
Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to you! 2010 has been a busy year with small independent films and a number of commercials including a nationally seen MONSANTO project filmed almost entirely in Nebraska. The imagery highlights Nebraska's beauty. Tune in, you can't miss it. I have typically seen this spot during the early and later evening news runs. Other projects filmed in the metro areas and Central City's Kernel Field was host to the EAS Unstoppable Tour in October. Way to go Central City! You really, um, stepped up to the plate!
If you haven't read the most recent updates for filming in the US, here's some great news! President Obama's signing of the $858 billion dollar tax bill last Friday, December 18th includes an extended significant federal tax incentive to film and TV producers. The tax law reinstates Section 181 of the Internal Revenue Code which allows producers to immediately deduct the cost of qualifying expenditures in the year they occur rather than having to spread or amortize those costs over a period of years after the film goes to market. Read more: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118029265. You may find this to your advantage when setting up your next shoot on location in Nebraska.
Greencard Pictures, LLC and their project "EAS The Unstoppable Tour" filmed there cross-country commercial in Central City at Kernel Field October 26. The commercial promotes the use of a specific food supplement. The location request went out on our economic development list serve and thank you to all who responded. Well over 400 responses were sent to the Film Office. Central City's Kernel Field was the choice for the shoot. Thank you to Miles McGinn and the Central City for your total cooperation to help make the happen. The commercial consisted of an athlete traveling across the country performing at a variety of different sports. Nebraska was chosen as the location for baseball and the producers wanted a corn field in the back ground. Cold and windy that day, but they got the shots they wanted.
Thanks again to all who contributed to making this a great experience for the crew and the local ball players!
Photos by Jeff Hower from the Republican-Nonpareil in Central City.
It's a busy summer for independent filming in Nebraska. Black Anvil Productions has been working through a very atypical Nebraska rainy June. They have been filming in south central Nebraska and utilizing many local crew members and talent.
‘Geocachers’ tells the thrilling story of a botched heist that results in a priceless technological device being lost in the forest of a Midwestern town, USA. Two couples camping in the woods run into the team of villains bent on finding their lost loot. When one of the campers is kidnapped the other members are forced into helping the ruthless thieves, or risk being killed...(for more info: www.blackanvilproductions.com)
We also have been host to Jake Hull and Rhett McClure's 'Trunk'd.' The team has been filming on location throughout eastern Nebraska. Comedy Central's barn of comedians has come to Nebraska as talent throughout the screenplay. We're very excited for them and wish them the best. (for more information: http://trunkdthemovie.com/films/trunkdThanks to the many local establishments of the Wahoo, Mead, Yutan and Northbend communities that helped the film along the way!
Trunk'd crew taking a break at the First United Methodist Church of Wahoo
Trunk'd Producers at The Window Box in Wahoo
Trunk'd Producer Jenna Edwards, Wardrobe and actress Charrie Bloomingdale and Production Designer, Luke Virgil
Trunk's star, Dan Cummins and Richards
Trunk'd comedians/actors Kevin Zaideman, Mike Leanmen and Film Officer, Richards
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SUMMIT
DECEMBER 5-7, 2010
International Film Festival Summit Call for Speakers
Click Here to Submit a Speaking Request
International Film Festival Summit (IFFS)
December 5-7, 2010
The International Film Festival Summit is inviting the most accomplished film festival executives and directors to share their expertise with a high-level audience of executives eager to launch or expand their own film festival initiatives. Speaker titles include: Executive Director, Festival Director, Managing Director, Artistic Director, Program Director, VP of Programming, President and CEO, Director of Marketing, and Project Manager.
The professionals that are best suited are those individuals who can share real world experience, discuss trends and issues in-depth, and outline best practices. The conference curriculum includes topics addressing: funding and sponsorship, programming, operations & management, publicity & public relations, digital technology, and acquisition and distribution. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2010.
For any questions or comments please contact:Wyatt Royce
Education Program Manager
International Film Festival Summit
First place prize is $10,000Scriptapalooza FACTS:
We now accept entries by EMAIL
We are in our 12th year as a screenwriting competition
All the judging is done by 90 production companies
Entertainment Weekly Magazine calls us 'One of the Best'
Finalists, Semifinalists and quarterfinalists get requested consistently
We post all the requested scripts by companies on website
We get calls from companies looking for material"Despite its frivolous name, Scriptapalooza is the best screenwriting competition I know."
- Robert McKee
Author of STORYFor information visit www.scriptapalooza.com or call 323-654-5809
NEBRASKA AT THE OSCARS!
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, Nebraska hosted a feature film called "Love From Ground Zero." Written and directed by Steven Grynberg, it starred Simon Baker, Jacqueline McKenzie and Pruitt Taylor Vince. It was filmed in Omaha and across the Nebraska to Colorado with scenes highlighting Nebraska's majestic quiet beauty, the Dismal River and sandhills as back drop for the road trip theme. The person responsible for capturing the "stage" for Grynberg's vision was Nebraska's Mauro Fiore. An adopted son, Mauro and his family live in Papillion. I'm sure their phone is ringing out of the pocket today.
Published Monday March 8, 2010
Hollywood ending for Nebraskan
By Bob Fischbach and Betsie Freeman
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mauro Fiore of Papillion poses backstage Sunday at the Academy Awards with the cinematography Oscar for his work on "Avatar."
Forget Go Big Red. For one Nebraskan on Sunday night, it was Go Big Gold.
Papillion resident Mauro Fiore won the Academy Award for cinematography Sunday night for his work on “Avatar,” director James Cameron's blockbuster about a war between earthlings and aliens on a distant moon.
The award was something of a surprise — last-minute prognosticators predicted that “The Hurt Locker” would win. And no one was more surprised than Fiore.
“I was convinced I wasn't going to win,” he told The World-Herald by phone just before entering the Governor's Ball after the show. “It made me very relaxed throughout the whole evening.”
When his name was read, a delighted Fiore leaped up and hugged his wife, Christine, a Nebraska native. Cameron, who was sitting in front of him, also jumped up and hugged him, saying, “You did it.”
“He was very happy,” Fiore said. “It was a very special moment.”
In his acceptance speech, Fiore called the award “an unbelievable honor.”
The Oscar winner, who was born in Italy, thanked Cameron and his parents, “who came to this country with four suitcases and a dream.” Later Sunday night he called them in Italy to thank them personally.
And in what surely was a rarity at an Oscar ceremony, he also thanked “everybody in Omaha” before lapsing into several Italian phrases.
He forgot, however, to thank his wife. He asked award presenter Sandra Bullock if he could return to the stage.
“It didn't happen,” he said, laughing.
Fiore came to this country at age 7 and was raised in Chicago's suburbs. He moved to Papillion after marrying Christine Vollmer in 2000. They met on the set of a movie shot in the Omaha area in 1997, “Love From Ground Zero.” Christine was the movie's costumer.
Sunday night, their three children — Olivia, 8, Tessa, 6, and Luca, 4 — called to congratulate Dad.
“They were all crying with joy,” he said. The kids were with their grandparents in Papillion after sending Dad off to Hollywood with a giant good luck card in the form of an “Avatar” mural on their basement wall.
Though Cameron handled cinematography on the digital, motion-capture segments of “Avatar,” Fiore was in charge of live-action scenes, all filmed in New Zealand.
“Avatar” was Fiore's 12th film as a director of photography and his first with Cameron. His previous films include “Tears of the Sun,” “Training Day” and “The Kingdom.”
He recently completed filming on the movie version of “The A Team,” and he'll begin work on “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman, this summer in Detroit.###
12th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
http://www.scriptapalooza.com DEADLINE MARCH 5
First place prize is $10,000Scriptapalooza FACTS:
We now accept entries by EMAIL
We are in our 12th year as a screenwriting competition
All the judging is done by 90 production companies
Entertainment Weekly Magazine calls us 'One of the Best'
Finalists, Semifinalists and quarterfinalists get requested consistently
We post all the requested scripts by companies on website
We get calls from companies looking for material"Despite its frivolous name, Scriptapalooza is the best screenwriting competition I know."
- Robert McKee
Author of STORYFor information visit www.scriptapalooza.com or call 323-654-5809
February 2010The 2010 Omaha Film Festival (OFF) kicked off with a summit meeting, February 6 at the North Sea Film office at 2626 Harney Street in Omaha. Discussion of the upcoming Omaha Film Festival featured comments from filmmakers, screenwriters, cast and crew. For more information about the upcoming festival, please see OFF web site: http://www.omahafilmfestival.org/index.html
January 2010Happy New Year!
Talk About Your Projects On-line!
Here's a chance to participate on an internet film talk show, "Everything Film Show."
From Erin Deighan:
I'm a volunteer who helps the hosts of The Everything Film Show, which is an Internet film talk show that airs live weekly. The Everything Film Show is currently seeking student filmmakers to feature on the program and I was wondering if any of your students might be interested?
The show airs live every Thursday at 11pm EST (8pm PST) and has a loyal and growing following, making for great exposure for the students selected. The most recent episode had a great live response and has been downloaded by more than 200 people already since airing last Thursday. Students unfamiliar with the show can hear that recent episode here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tefs/2010/01/08/the-everything-film-show
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I hope that upcoming episodes of The Everything Film Show will feature some of your students!
August 2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2009
For Love of Amy
OMAHA-BASED MOVIE OPENS AUGUST 28 AT THE RAVE THEATER
Locally written, produced and filmed For Love of Amy premiere set for August 28
(Omaha, Nebr.) When a young girl loses her father, the question of who will raise Amy opens a story of tragedy, recovery and inspiration. Vincent Alston, president of VLA Productions, wrote the screenplay and is producing For Love of Amy. Principal filming took place throughout Omaha in 2007.
Veteran actor and director Ted Lange directed the film. His vision was to showcase Omaha's landmarks and unique places throughout the film, while developing a story rich in character and drama that examines what defines a family and the power of a promise
Lange is most widely recognized for his role as Isaac on "The Love Boat" television series. He is a playwright who has also directed theater productions and television shows. Tyrone Beasley served as assistant director. Beasley is artistic director of The John Beasley Theater & Workshop in Omaha, where he directs and appears in numerous productions and spearheads the theater's workshop programs for children and teens.
Executive producers are Sho Raikar and Sofija Novakovic. Mark O'Leary is associate producer, location manager and still photographer. Line producer is Amy Laaker. Tom Elkins is the editor. The director of photography is Richard R. Robbins.
The cast members include a mix of nationally known and Omaha-based actors. Alston plays a primary role, as the best friend of Amy's father. Other cast members include Joyce Sylvester ("Clockin' Green," "Right to Remain Silent," "Ellen"), Lindsay Seim ("California Dreamin'," "The Sunday Man") and Tyrone Beasley. John Beasley, star of "Everwood" and most recently appearing in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girl, also appears in the movie. Omaha actor Grace Bydalek plays Amy. O'Leary,Matt Allen and a host of other Omaha area actors round out the cast.
For Love of Amy examines relationships based on blood and on friendship. It explores the issues of race, wealth and privilege, and the effect one child's loss has on everyone she touches. The struggle over doing what is best for the love of Amy is at the heart of this story.To view a trailer of For Love of Amy, visit www.forloveofamy.com. Advance ticket sales begin on Friday, August 14, at The Rave Theater at the Westroads Shopping Center in Omaha.
Carson Film Theater School first film production.
Vipers In The Grass - Harley Jane Kozak, Dean Winter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2009
(Lincoln, Nebraska) - The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film announces the beginning of principal photography Thursday, May 14, 2009 on its first film in The Carson School Film Series, Vipers in the Grass by Jorge Zamacona. Filming continues at locations in Ashland, Lincoln, Roca and Wahoo Nebraska through Thursday, May 21, 2009.The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and film is committed to the philosophy that prospective practitioners of theatre, film and new media must be provided with thorough education, training, and practical skills for employment in industry and educational settings.According to Carson School Director and Vipers in the Grass Executive Producer Paul Steger, "In pursuit of this mission the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is proud to be producing the first film in theCarson School Film Series, entitled Vipers in the Grass. This extremely unique project involves a select number of film industry professionals, teaming with students and faculty from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, the School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) to create a 25-30 minute short film. The project uses the creative resources of all of the units in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and supplements these resources with industry professionals and technology currently used in professional digital cinema production. The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film's objective has been to provide students with an opportunity to work directly with faculty and outside professionals to create a professional production that is larger and broader in scope than can reasonably be expected of students working independently. The industry professionals work closely with faculty and students in a mentoring environment that provides the students a hands-on learning experience from teacher/mentors over the course of two years to create a professional product. The Vipers in the Grassproject is the only one like it in the United States, blending curricular projects with a creative product that will be submitted to film competitions and festivals around the country."The Vipers in the Grass film project incorporates over 120 students across the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, with over 25 faculty and staff members involved from the Johnny Carson School, the School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History and NET. These students, faculty and staff are coordinating and implementing all aspects of production including location scouting, production design, scenic and costume design and construction, camera operators, lighting and grip, graphics, composing the score, working on contracts, travel and housing for outside professionals, budgeting, shooting schedules, etc. - all the aspects of production that you would find on professional film projects. In addition to the film itself, a select group of students will be working on a "Making of..." documentary throughout the production process.According to Steger, "One of the most unique aspects of the production is the fact that the Vipers in the Grass project will use a new type of camera called THE RED ONE, that will allow our students the opportunity to work with new, emerging technology that is setting the standard in film making in Los Angeles and New York."The Vipers in the Grass project is funded through a grant from the Program Enhancement Fund through the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Johnny Carson Theatre and Film Endowment.Industry professionals involved in the project:
Jorge Zamacona, Producer & Screenwriter: (Wanted, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Saint, Law & Order)
Mel Efros, Producer: (Wanted, Line of Fire, Gilmore Girls, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
Alex Zakrzewski, Director: (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Numb3rs)
Ivan Fonseca, First Assistant Director: (Rescue Me, The Black Donnellys, Law & Order, Oz, The Wire)
Sid Sidell, Director of Photography: (Life, Smith, Wanted, Grave Matters)
Bob Heine, Camera Assistant: (Charlie Wilson's War, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Wild Hogs)
Harley Jane Kozak, Actor: (The Guiding Light, When Harry Met Sally, Parenthood, Arachnophobia)
Dean Winters, Actor: (30 Rock, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Life on Mars, Rescue Me)
Note: All media interviews and taking of images (both still and moving) MUST be arranged
24 hours in advance through Julie Hagemeier at 402-472-1619 or 402-429-2794.
by Jorge Zamacona
A young girl named Fanny has gone missing in a small Nebraska town. Sheriff Frank Devine (Dean Winters) and FBI Agent Celia Bowman (Harley Jane Kozak) are on the case. Janey Hicks (Kara Davidson), Fanny's mother, has asked for the resources of the media and the community to find her daughter including Father Egan of St. Catherine's Church (Ryan Kathman), a young girl named Carla (Madison Smith), and local "character" Trudy Daniels (Robie Hayek). The community comes together to solve the case, but just who can be trusted? JORGE ZAMACONA
Jorge Zamacona - born December 30th, 1959 in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Zamacona was raised in Madison, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980 and graduated from California State University-Northridge Magna Cum Laude in 1983 with a degree in TV/Film Writing and Production. Upon graduation he was hired by Mary Tyler Moore (MTM) Enterprises and began his writing career on the NBC series ST. ELSEWHERE. Since then Mr. Zamacona has built his career and become a successful Showrunner/Executive Producer of many respected and well known television series which are available on request. He is married with three children and resides in Riverside, Connecticut. Mr. Zamacona is currently a Consulting Producer on the Sony Television Entertainment produced series THE UNUSUALS airing in April '09 on ABC.
Up In The Air - George Clooney
Academy Award winning actor George Clooney was in Omaha this spring filming for the new movie, Up in the Air. Oscar nominated Juno director Jason Reitman wrote the screenplay and directs the Paramount Pictures film. "Reitman and his crew came to Omaha several times scouting locations over the last several months They fell in love with the city" said Dana Markel, Executive Director of the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB). "They would have loved to film the bulk of the project in Omaha, but the majority of filming landed in Detroit, St. Louis Miami and Las Vegas. Those states have incentives that are not presently available in Nebraska. We got three days of filming, but we would have loved all 32 days. Jason loved Omaha and the Old Market. But, without any of the other incentives involved, it will be difficult to compete with the studio features and medium sized independents. We are at a definite disadvantage," says Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Officer.Up in the Air is based on the novel written by Walter Kirn about a constantly traveling corporate downsizer obsessed with collecting his one millionth frequent flyer mile. The main character Ryan Bingham, played by Clooney, endures some quirky twists and turns on his journey. This isn't Clooney's first brush with Omaha. He won an Oscar nomination for his role in Michael Clayton, which includes a quick visual reference of Omaha. Clooney is expected to be in Omaha filming Up in the Air for three days.The Visitors Center is located in downtown Omaha at the corner of 10th and Farnam.
Spring is in the air and time to get on board with Nebraska locations for your next project! We are happy to assist you with location information and media resources that will help make your project a success. We have included on this site a searchable data base that allows you to access these resources at your convenience. On the left hand column, click on "Services" and you can access crew/equipment by association or by contact name. If you are a local service provider from Nebraska, please do not hesitate to send us your contact information or to update existing. We do not include sources from locations outside of Nebraska. We strive to offer support to our local professionals through this data base.
The local press has been buzzing recently regarding the sighting of Harrison Ford on the UNL campus in Lincoln. The Nebraska Film Office has been in touch with the production's art department director, Derrick Hill who was looking for information about UNL's biomolecular engineering laboratory. Producer Michael Shamberg and Mr. Ford arrived in Lincoln and went right to work talking to professors and scientists at Othmer Hall, Lincoln campus. There are NO PLANS to film any of this project in Nebraska. At this time, all filming is planned for Oregon.
Senator Heath Mello (District 5, Omaha) has introduced LB282, The Nebraska Advantage Film Production Incentive Act.
Current highlights and information about this activity can be found at: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=6434
"Yes Man" Starring Jim Carrey Opens In A Theater Near You This Month!
Filmed on location in Lincoln, Nebraska, Warner Brothers "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey as Carl Allen and Zooey Deschanel features Nebraska's Big Red Memorial stadium on game day as well as country road scenes in rural Lancaster County. Executive Producer Marty Ewing was excited to be filming on location in Nebraska. The two day filming activity took place in October of 2007. Establishing shots were set up by the film's director, Payton Reed and producer, Marty Ewing. These were the first days of physical production for the entire shoot and the crew was very revved up about being here. They were pleased with the ease of permitting, which is minimal to none, depending on location choices. Local transportation professionals were used as well as production assistants, hair and makeup and craft service.
"We are very ecstatic about the new Jim Carrey movie. Nebraska locations look great and our California contacts, Huskers fans all, participated in the tight shots in Los Angeles Coliseum. It's exciting to have Nebraska showcased in such a fun film. It is an immeasurable amount of free advertising that helps brand Nebraska as a terrific location for filming!" ---- Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Officer
FROM 2007 - NEWS RELEASE, "YES MAN"
Scenes For Upcoming Feature Film Shot In Lincoln
Director Payton Reed ("Down With Love" and "The Break-Up") was recently in Lincoln and the surrounding area to film scenes for the upcoming film "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey.While the trip was a quick one-the production team spent Saturday with two units filming simultaneously around the city-the economic impact was huge by any standards, according to DED Film Officer, Laurie Richards.
Hotel accommodations, car and truck rental fees, gas, equipment, food, wages for local crew and location fees all factored into the whirlwind activity. In addition, there is typically positive economic impact from increased tourism as a result of the project after its release.Richards worked with Location Manager Peter Novak and several production managers, including Marty Ewing who worked on "Terms of Endearment" in Lincoln in 1982, to fulfill requests for unique locations.
"I emailed dozens of digital still images of Lincoln locations, including the Sunken Gardens, Tractor Museum on East Campus, neighborhoods, and exterior shots of the State Capitol in June and July. Initially they weren't sure they would even film here, but once they saw the images, they sent a location representative who spent nearly three weeks prepping certain locations and determined it would be possible to film here after all. Because the script's football scenes are especially important, they worked with the chancellor's office and athletic department, which rolled out the red carpet for them," Richards said.
Producer Marty Ewing said it was refreshing to return to Lincoln, but budget constraints almost always dictate that they film in a location where they can receive the most incentives.
"We were looking at shooting the entire project in a state that offered film incentives because that's the bottom line. We needed to get the university's football activity and scenes around the city of Lincoln so we at least found the resources to make that happen," Ewing said. "If we could have doubled the football team at another location, we would have done that. As it happens, we will be doubling the lead actor at the Coliseum (in Los Angeles) for Memorial Stadium."
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AMERICAS GOT TALENT
Do you have what it takes?
With a talent search open to any act of any age, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing the hottest performers from across the country.
Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, pets, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to perform on stage in front of our panel of celebrity judges and the viewing audience in the hopes they'll be chosen the winner.
For season four America's Got Talent is currently planning a MASSIVE nationwide audition tour starting in January '09! The auditions will be traveling across America to over eight major cities including Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Washington D.C. to name a few.
For the last 3 seasons this series has truly changed the lives of its previous contestants in ways they never dreamed of…Last year insurance salesman/opera singer Neal E. Boyd from Missouri won the $1,000,000 grand prize and also achieved his lifelong dream to headline on the Las Vegas Strip with a show planned for the MGM.
What makes this show unique is that any talent goes. We want to see anything and everything…No matter how zany, bizarre or unusual others may think your talent is, on our show, it could make you a star.
So Nebraska, do you have talent? If so here's your chance to show America! We are CASTING IMMEDIATLEY so pre-register now for an Audition and send us a tape of your act! For more information on AGT, please log onto www.nbc.com/agt.
If you are not able to attend one of the America’s Got Talent audition cities we still want to see you shine! Please visit www.NBC.com/agt as soon as possible for instructions on how to submit a video of your performance. Remember to submit your video audition as quickly as possible for your shot at being America’s next ONE MILLION DOLLAR WINNER!
THE 2008 NATIONAL FILM CHALLENGE
The time is here again for the 6th Annual National Film Challenge! The National Film Challenge (http://www.filmchallenge.org/) is an exhilarating fiction filmmaking competition brought to you by KDHX Community Media http://www.kdhx.org/) and the creators of the 48 Hour Film Project (http://www.48hourfilm.com/).
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL FILM CHALLENGE?
It's your chance to stop talking and start filming! The premise? Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. All creativity - writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack - must occur beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. on October 24, 2008 and ending Monday October 27, 2008. On Friday, to make things interesting, each team is assigned a genre for its film, and a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in each team's movie. Then the film must be sent to National Film Challenge Headquarters with a postmark no later than Monday, October 27. In the following weeks the top films (determined by a panel of judges) will be available for viewing (and voting!) on our website (http://www.filmchallenge.org/). The winning films will screen with the 48 Hour Film Project City Winners at this year's 48 Hour Film Project end of year event (TBD.) In addition there are cash prizes for the winning films!
HOW DO I SIGN UP MY TEAM?
Starting SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 you will be able to register your team at http://www.filmchallenge.org/. This is going to be the largest National Film Challenge ever - 300 teams will be selected to compete this year! Registration is on a first come first served basis. The Early Bird Entry Fee is $110 if you register on or before September 30, 2008 and $125 if you register between October 1, 2008 and October 23, 2008. Teams can be anywhere from 1 person to 30 or more people. Read all of the rules of the contest here: www.filmchallenge.org/rules.htm Do you have any questions about the National Film Challenge? Please check our FAQ and then use our Bulletin Board to post questions you need answered: www.filmchallenge.org/faq.htm
Don't think a good film can be made in a weekend? View the winning films from the 2007 National Film Challenge in our on-line screening room: http://filmchallenge.org/results2007.htm
Every second counts!
National Film Challenge Producer
A note on distribution from Jon Stevens, Hoboken West Digital Media:
I serve as VP Acquisitions and Marketing for Hoboken West Digital Media in Los Angeles. Hoboken West Digital Media is the only Latino owned DVD mastering company serving the major studios. Having established strong ties with several studio distribution divisions, we're looking to license North American distribution rights of five titles. Nebraska filmmakers with completed feature films may contact us for more information.
VP Acquisitions and Marketing
Hoboken West Digital Media
The Film Office occasionally receives missives from industry professionals commenting on various aspects of their craft. Former Lincolnite, Karen Steward, art director from the Los Angeles area, is writing to her peers in request of using sustainable materials in all aspects of location filming. Her vision is timely and perhaps, hereditary. Please take a minute to read her latest article, written for the ADG newsletter. If you have an opportunity to influence the choices on set and in the studio that will result in minimal or no waste in all areas and phases of production, do it! Your part matters.
--Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Officer
Is There A Way to Achieve the Look We Want Without So Much Waste In The Film Industry?
(Opening Thoughts From the POV of an Art Director).
As an Art Director in Hollywood for 20 years, I have witnessed hundreds if not thousands of tons of material being simply thrown into the landfill due to a lack of knowledge and interest in our Industry regarding healthier decisions as to what to do with all of those sets when a production is over.
The Film Industry is a vibrant community where Art and Architecture meet Science and Physics; we find inspiration from all aspects of our environment and atmosphere and beyond. So, it is my philosophy that we work harder to preserve it.
From my vantage point just in the Art Department alone (not including fuel waste, office supplies, abundance of paper, etc), I see room for improvement.
Most Designers want their signature on a project (understandably so), and many are reluctant to re-use sets that have already been seen on other projects. As we know, creating “the look” for a new script reflects a comprehensive effort across the board to breathe life into it’s characters, which requires a fresh approach from what has already been done.
Herein lies the conundrum.
What can we do to both achieve a signature look to a project AND be resourceful with the materials that we use?
Can our Union begin a round-table type think-tank regarding these issues and create a way of sharing information?
My father who is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), retired Dean of the University Of Nebraska Lincoln (he was the first Dean at UNL and over a period of 25 years essentially built the College of Architecture into an international destination for students interested in studying Sustainable Architecture.) Since 1994, Cecil Steward has been building his non-profit “Joslyn Institute For Sustainable Communities” (JCI) based in Omaha, Nebraska with arms reaching from Middle America to China; from the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. His legacy (which is too broad to write about here) is my inspiration.
The website for JCI is http://www.ecospheres.com if anyone is interested.
Though our processes and theatrical techniques require a different way of approaching conservation tactics, we in the Art Department are heavily influenced from the Architectural Environment, so why not take a look at what is being achieved there and embrace the idea that we can begin a building process with the final resolution in mind.
There are sustainable resources happening all over the globe in the Architecture Community today and I feel that we, the Film Industry can learn from and utilize some of the practices of re-use and waste management from a proven Environmental approach. Mainly, to think forward toward the end of a project just as we begin pre-production.
There is a great effort, for instance, from State Leadership to concentrate on a Green Film Industry in the State of New Mexico, and have launched through The Film Commission of that state, a new Green Filmmaking Program.
There Is a great resource here:
I am interested to discover how many of us in Local 800 (The Art Directors Guild Of America) would be interested in participating within a forum to help Producers and Skeptics who believe that conservation and re-use is more expensive than dumping into the landfills of our country.
Film Office has flurry of activity
Whether helping secure a location for WindStream to unveil its “fastest” service ever, or tracking down the right farmstead, country road and vintage car for a British documentary crew, Laurie Richards is on the go.
Recent DED Film activities include her work with Charlie Zalben of The Zalbens! A New York City production company, to scout a location for the “Fast, Faster, Fastest” event that launched WindStream’s 12 megabit per second broadband service. The event took place along Lincoln’s Centennial Mall and featured the World’s Fastest Talker, Hand Clapper, Harmonica Player and Juggler, performing on an outdoor stage. Video footage was fed to broadcast stations nationwide and downloaded on websites, including YouTube.
Fast forward to a different day, but actually back in time when Richards assisted a team from Great Britain wanting to film a documentary on Charles Starkweather.
“Typically when I get an email or phone call requesting assistance, I send electronic photos and any other materials that might help the producers with their projects,” Richards said. “In the case of the Starkweather project, they already knew they wanted to film here. We made it easy for them by connecting them with potential period autos (Richards received 50 responses statewide, from Scottsbluff to Plattsmouth), and sending images of a ‘barn’ near Waverly.”
The crew from Twofour Broadcast Company based in London, ultimately shot their footage in and around Bob and Carol Workman’s acreage near Waverly. Scenes included a dirt road featuring a vintage 50s style car—the same make and model used by Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate in their getaway; an old-fashioned ‘root’ cellar attached to the Workman’s house; and footage of the house and barn. UNL Theatre and Film students Gabrielle Joan amd Sean McGill portrayed Fugate and Starkweather, while Jenny Cary, Sean Kloc, and Brad Buffum, respectively played Carol King, Robert Jensen and August Meyer, all victims of Starkweather.
The Twofour crew was making its way across the U.S., filming an eight episode series of ‘Killing Sprees in America’ that they planned to feature on various channels throughout Great Britain, including the BBC, ITV and Discovery. They also hoped to pitch the documentary to the History Channel and Discovery Channel in the U.S.
Crew members stayed in Lincoln while filming the project, spending money for lodging, food and incidentals. The students were paid for their day-long participation. Rod Phelps and the Workmans took satisfaction in having their car and acreage featured in a documentary that is sure to attract a wide-ranging viewership.
In fact, the Workmans’ picturesque farm has appeared in previous films and video productions. At the local level, it served as the backdrop for a Nebraska promotional video and for several Bob Kerrey political commercials. ABC Network’s Good Morning America filmed there from sunrise to sunset, and Henry Grethel, a world-renowned clothier based in New York City clothier filmed a commercial there.
Fort Omaha Film and Theatre Conference
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Please alert your students that America’s Best Student Shorts is now reviewing student-produced films and videos for its third season of half-hour television shows. The program is playing on 65 campus and community access stations from coast to coast, including a “super station” on the DISH satellite network.
America’s Best Student Shorts provides student producers with a distribution channel that complements web casting and film festivals. It’s also an opportunity for a broad television audience to appreciate the talent that film and video schools and departments are developing. It’s fun to have a project appearing widely on television, and selection by America’s Best Student Shorts can be a proud achievement for students to list on their resumes.
America’s Best Student Shorts is looking for good stories, well told. We are ! interested in all genres, with running times up to 26 minutes. The projects now playing include live-action dramas and comedies, biographical sketches and other documentaries, and animations. Most are class projects from film and video classes, with a few MFA theses. What they have in common is imagination, energy, and the ability to grab and hold an audience.
Tom Hoopengardner, Producer
America’s Best Student Shorts
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Bethesda, Maryland 20817-4624
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This spring, WGBH Lab's "Open Call" and P.O.V. are offering the public a chance to make its voice heard BEFORE the voting booths open: TELL AMERICA YOUR ELECTION STORY on PBS.
The WGBH Lab and P.O.V. are seeking pitches for compelling videos short about the 2008 Election. If selected, pitch writers will be paid $2,000 to make their short, get feedback from industry professionals, have their shorts featured online on the POV and Lab websites, and may be broadcast nationally. We want to let citizens put the "public" back in public broadcasting this election season.
OPENS: April 7th, 2008
DEADLINE FOR PITCHES: May 2nd, 2008
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NEBRASKA has an experienced crew base and key resources for making your next project a success. Our "one hour zones" of production offer a rich variety of locations and amenities for physical production. We have included here a sample of some recent activity across the state.
Like to go GREEN? We can help your production recycle plastic, glass, paper from your production office and the set. We will work together to make contact with community recycling companies to pick up SORTED recyclables from you. We will also help your art department find used and recycled materials. The film industry can play a key role in sustainable location filming. We can help.
Warner Brothers in Lincoln
Warner Brothers and Heartlight Pictures was in Lincoln this fall filming at the University of Nebraska. The feature film, "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey began their production schedule with principle photography in Lincoln and surrounding area. Producer Marty Ewing was very pleased with the filming activity and said he was remiss at waiting so long to return to Nebraska to film. (Marty was part of the production team that filmed "Terms of Endearment" in Lincoln in 1982.) "Yes Man" is due in theaters sometime in 2008.
OCTA - Oregon California Trail Association
Travis Boley, executive producer for the OCTA documentary of "Hardships on the Oregon and California Trails" filmed at Ash Hollow State Park, Courouse & Jail Rocks, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Platte River location, Rock Creek STation State Historic Park and Ft. Kearny State Historic park in July of this year. The documentary will be released late this year.
Omaha Hosts American Idol
American Idol landed in Omaha at the Quest Center earlier this year. Thousands of people waited in patiently to strut their stuff. (Find out more at: www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=793)
"For Love of Amy" filmed this summer in the Omaha area. The film is written by Omahan Vince Alston who also stars in the indie film. Noted actor and playwrite, Ted Lange of Love Boat fame directed the work. Omaha locations, actors and crew complemented the 21-day shoot. The film hopes to become a part of the festival circuit and theatrical release in 2008.
Omaha filmmaker, Stacy Heatherly has completed principle photography on her documentary, "Closure: Can It REally Be Possible". (Find out more at: www.stacyheatherly.com/index.asp)
The Army Reserve sent a small team through Omaha back in the summer to shoot a story of one of their Reservists that lives here.http://www.goarmy.com/ProfileDetail.do?dir=/_res/xml/reserve/nps/&xml=bio_list.xml&sn=autumn_anderson&fw=reserve_nps
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