Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Each year the Wyoming Film Office partners with our Front Range neighbors. Marketing ourselves as "Film The West," we stand beside Idaho and Montana as competitors and colleagues.
By partnering with neighboring states, we're able to present the region as a whole. It's a sort of "best location takes it" set-up, and since we all have similar locations, we're a convenience to filmmakers. It also makes for a blue-ribbon booth. We won "Best Theme" for our three Rocky Mountain pictures.
There's our best-in-show neighbor Hawaii. Congrats to them on landing the latest Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
And here's Australia, helping to put the "I" in AFCI.
A bit closer to home is New Mexico. They had some very slick touch monitors on display, making for a great location showcase. Now if only those locations were as pretty as Wyoming's... :P
But check this out. Our partnership with Scout My Town paid off big in the form of additional booth space. Apparently, the Scout My Town rep kept having to tell people she wasn't the Sheridan Film Commission.
And here's why.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Extreme Man Jim E Slayed is about to drop an outrageously sic line for a action sports company's latest skiing epic, but there are delays. Will Jim E. ever get to drop the big one?
Voices of the Platte is a slice of life film that centers on the people of the Platte area of Wyoming and their stories of fishing throughout their lives. The people are long time residents and the stories speak to not only to people living in Wyoming but to all people.
Inspired by the 1929 film "Man with the Movie Camera," "West World" is a visual time capsule of Wyoming's capital city.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT WINNING $1-MILLION & YOU COULD WIN $15,000 AND SEE IT ON TV!
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April 12, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I got up early and broke the trail out to the location through about three inches of snow on the highway. We were filming on the North Fork of the Shoshone River for the next two days in a forested canyon near Wapiti. There was a light snowfall but the world was a wondrous mountain setting with the penetrating quiet of the snow and mantle it cast over the rocks and trees.
Everyone made it to the set and we dressed the outlaw camp and built a fire that everyone appreciated. As the day wore on the sun came out and we couldn’t ask for better weather.
We started to learn a difficult lesson that day however. We started to have problems with the camera. Although the temperatures were pleasant for the most part, mid to upper 20’s (it is winter after all and pleasant is relative) the camera started to be affected by the cold. We lost some time trying to revive the camera, jury-rigging heat packs and insulating covers over it. The addition of all this stuff surrounding the camera made operating it more difficult. While difficult, the camera functioned normally and we finished the work.
I had scheduled the campfire scene very conservatively and we wound up finishing the work ahead of schedule. The next day we had another scene in the area and then a night campfire scene so we took a later call. The added rest was a welcome thing for the crew. While we only had about nine hours of usable daylight, by the time you drove to location, worked the shoot day, drove back to town and prepped for the next day’s filming it was a long tiring day.
During the night it snowed another two inches and we had “recharged” our snow cover. Nature had provided us matching conditions for the next day. This was Day Four of Five and we were a well-oiled machine at this point. We got a jump on the day’s work and were moving quite well and then disaster struck. While we had thought we’d solved the cold camera problem, the temperature was lower than the day before and we’d lost some of the morning’s footage due to the cold. The Director of Photography took our wounded camera into the trailer and coaxed it back to life. The concerns for the camera were grave. I’d always thought about having a second camera to use and due to budgetary concerns opted not to get one. That decision was not the best one to make. While the camera was down we found a spot where the cell phones worked and called frantically to try and find a second camera. The next day was our big town scene and we could not afford to miss the only day we had for that scene. Plus it was the last day and people would be leaving on Sunday to return home. We managed to find another camera and operator (as it turns out another MSU Alum) and he packed his gear and headed down from Bozeman, four hours away.
We got the camera running and reshot the scenes we missed and because of the down time, chased the sun to finish. We finished the scene with just enough light and began to set up the campfire scene.
We didn’t have the resources for true film lights and generators and all the other equipment normally used for night filming. The DP being the clever sort that he is developed a lighting system powered by portable battery packs and small China Ball lights. The batteries would only last a short time in the cold so we had to move fast. The main light source for the scene would be the campfire. We set everything up and filmed the scene in record time. As we were filming our second camera arrived and while we didn’t use it, it was a comfort to know it was there for the next day.
Our last day was the town scene. We had gotten permission early on to film at The Old Trail Town Museum in Cody. It is a collection of actual period buildings brought in from around Wyoming and Montana and arranged in the classic Western Town configuration.
We made arrangements to use the large conference room at The Cody Hotel across the highway from Old Trail Town as our extra’s holding area and crew feed. I met the extras there on Saturday morning and welcomed them and told them what to expect as the day unfolded. We set up the big master shot and brought them over and rehearsed several times prior to filming. Having the second camera afforded us more coverage and the ability to move through the work even faster. After several disastrous attempts to coordinate people, horses and cameras we finally got something we could use. Once we finished the big master shot, the rest of the filming went along very quickly. The big challenge of the day that had not been an issue up to that point was “The Real World”. We were in town and with that come all the sound issues associated with being in town. We had no way to control traffic so we had to be creative and a bit lucky to roll sound and hope we didn’t hear a car in the background. We had to wait occasionally and do some takes over but it worked out in the long run. We actually finished this day’s work sooner than any other, thanks in part to having the second camera.
Once we wrapped and packed up the gear I was lured to the trailer where the crew had a “Wrap Cake” waiting for me. It was a thoughtful gesture and while everyone on the crew was huddled around in the trailer, I conveyed my sincere thanks to everyone that took time out of his or her lives to help bring this project to life.
I am truly grateful to all the people that helped bring, “Absaroka” to life. It’s been a rewarding and sometimes frustrating process but I’m glad that I made the decision to go ahead and create a film to enter into the Wyoming Short Film Contest. The results are before you now.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
FREE at the Center for the Arts. Sunday 12-8 pm
Kicking off Earth Week with an inspiring day of films, speakers,
performances, food and friends!
12-2 pm in the Theater—Family Bloc
Plas Bottley Hikes Again (2 min)
The Story of Bottled Water (8 min)
JHMEAfter school percussion ensemble performance (10 min)
Flip Flotsam (26 min)
One Less Bottle (5 min) by Jen Tennican
for RRR Jackson hole
Dancers' Workshop performance (10 min)
Once Upon a tide (10 min)
2-4 pm in the Theater
Bag It (72 min) with D.P. Leigh Reagan
One Less Bottle (5 min) by Jen Tennican for RRR Jackson hole,
followed by a Q&A
4-6 pm in the Theater
Too Tyred Tour with Tim Young (30 min)
Generations (20 min) with TGR
Yellowstone Grizzlies Still Threatened? (4 min) by Melinda Binks & Rebecca Huntington
Killer Beetle shorts (20 min) with David Gonzales, followed by a Q & A
6-7 pm in the Theater
Ahead of the Curve (14 min)
Local sustainability issues moderated by Sara Flitner with
Mayor Mark Barron, Mayor Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Webb Andy Tyson and Ben Ellis
Throughout the afternoon in the Lobby:
recycled elk installation on exhibit • local food and beverages at concessions •
Teton MudPots soup bowls for sale • Art Association recycled art projects for kids •
info tables with local organizations
7-8 pm Reception sponsored by Jackson Whole Grocer
Special thanks to our Event Sponsors:
Prugh Real Estate, Wells Fargo Bank, Dan Visosky, Wyoming Travel and Tourism,
Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, High Country Linen
Service, One Percent for the Tetons, Mark Barron and Ruth Ann Petroff,
Grace Home Design
The recycled elk sculpture installation was funded in part by a micro-Grant from the
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and created by 350+ students: Jackson High School Level 1 & 2 English Language Learners and 3-Dimensional Art Classes, Summit High School Art Class, Teton Mentor Project, Red Top Meadows students, Jackson Hole Middle School Digital Art Class and Jackson Elementary School Second Grade Classes
Monday, April 12, 2010
Filmmaker Patrick Mignano shares his experience on-location in Wyoming.
When I learned that the Wyoming Film Office was sponsoring a short film contest in August, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I checked my schedule to figure out when I would have time to actually shoot a short film: February.
Being a huge fan of the Western and given the rules of the contest, the decision was an easy one. I wrote a script that wasn’t too complicated, didn’t involve too many actors and should be logistically simple. It looked simple on paper anyway.
The choice as to where in Wyoming to film was simple: Cody. First, I have a house there. Second, knowing the general weather patterns in that part of the state, I knew it tended to be warmer than where I grew up (Star Valley). Most importantly, the geography of Cody lends itself to the Western better than most areas I can think of. Within 30 miles of town in any direction you can have virtually any Western environment: high plains, badlands, rugged alpine mountains.
I enlisted help from some of my college pals from film school (Montana State University), some friends in Cody and some advice from people I know in the film business. I started the campaign to secure locations, accommodations, props, and rolling stock. I used the “hat in hand, groveling “ technique. When I explained to people what we were proposing to do, almost everyone was cooperative and enthusiastic. Who doesn’t like Westerns that lives in Wyoming?
The cast was set, the locations found, the equipment bought or borrowed and stars were aligning to begin our five day adventure in the mountains. As the start date approached (we began filming on February 16th) I checked every weather forecast I could find. The reports were varied but generally favorable. At the very least there were no blizzards forecast, which was all we could really hope for. We were past the point of no return, we would film in whatever weather was thrown our way and we had no
choice. There are no cover sets or stages to run to when the weather doesn’t cooperate, at least on the No Budget Western.
The day dawned bright, clear and still. Forecast for 42 degrees and sun. Everyone was on time and the map was right. We got the props loaded into the wagon and the actors into their costumes and the horses hitched up. It was an exciting moment to see our lone covered wagon rumbling away from us to its starting position on the rolling prairie surrounded by the snow covered peaks of the Absaroka’s on the South Fork of the Shoshone River.
As expected, around 10:30 am our old adversary, The Wind decided to join us. Everyone was briefed to expect it and we met it head on. Sound was the only concern that really worried us. There is only so much you can do to mitigate the wind.
As with every film I’ve ever worked on we chased the sun and barely finished our day’s work before we lost the light. We managed to get most of what we wanted and we drove back the half hour into town anxious to look at our footage.
We continued to film on the South Fork the next day. There was a forecast for snow and in my infinite wisdom, I decided early on that we would not try and stretch scenes over more than one day. We couldn’t hope that we would have consistent weather at that time of the year. We also decided to shoot in script order to maintain a visual continuity to the story.
The sun greeted us and we picked up where we left off getting our “sea legs” as it were with regard to working with the horses and people that aren’t used to how a film set operates. As mid-day approached we noticed that from the East a grey mass was slowly headed our way. We got word that it had snowed at least two inches in town already. We picked up our pace as the snow slowly engulfed the mountains around us and flakes started swirling through frame. We managed to finish the day’s work and pack up the gear and get off the ranch before the heavens truly opened. We had been fortunate. Within two miles of our set on the way back to town it had snowed at least three inches. We wound up breaking trail through a classic Wyoming snowstorm the whole 24 miles back to Cody. Our small caravan of stalwart filmmakers crawled along the South Fork Road and the half hour journey took over an hour to complete.
Once safely back home, the weather concerns continued to mount. Should we postpone? Wait it out and see what it’s going to do? The weather report said it was going to continue through the next day with 2 – 4 inches of accumulation. I stuck to my guns and reminded everyone that there was no stopping. We had no choice. We only had five days to make this film. People had airplane tickets, the rooms were only booked for so long and people had jobs to return to....
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
NEW BELGIUM BREWING SEEKS ACTORS, ACTIVISTS AND CRAFTY SHORT FILMMAKERS FOR TRAVELING BEER & FILM TOUR
Fort Collins, Colorado, March 29, 2010 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is seeking short digital, film and video submissions for the first season of its traveling cLips of Faith Beer & Film Tour. Chosen entries will screen in fourteen cities throughout the summer and fall of 2010. The top three winning filmmakers will travel to New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, CO for a private screening and beer dinner extraordinaire. For submission guidelines visit www.clipsoffaith.com.
“The cLips of Faith Beer & Film tour is a celebration of the innate creativity of both brewing and film,” said event director, Meredith Giske. “We’re looking for eclectic and creative short film submissions to complement the beers we are bringing from our Lips of Faith portfolio. These are some of the most creative beers we make, so it will be a one-two combo like you’ve never seen.”
Each stop along the fourteen-city tour will feature an outdoor screening of the collected films, a full tasting of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith (http://www.newbelgium.com/beer) beers and food from local vendors. All proceeds will benefit local bike non-profits. The series will run between mid-June and mid-October.
“At this point, we’re looking for you and your friends to create something original and fun for all of us to watch,” said Giske. “We’re looking for stories that touch on beer, whimsy or sustainability in the categories of comedy, drama, adventure, documentary or animation. The slate is completely blank and the possibilities are endless.”
To learn more about New Belgium’s cLips of Faith series or to submit content, go to www.clipsoffaith.com. Films will be judged by the creative team at New Belgium Brewing plus one celebrity judge (if you’re a celebrity who wants to judge, please contact us!). All submission materials are nonreturnable. There is no fee to enter. Good beers, good films, good luck!
CONTACT: BRYAN SIMPSON firstname.lastname@example.org 970-221-0524
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com .