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“COSMOS” Casting Call

From time to time MCFC is asked to get the word out when productions are looking for background extras.  This request just arrived…

Sande Alessi Casting has specific needs for a mid-June “COSMOS” TV shoot in the Monterey Area! They’re looking for an African-American male, 6-foot to 6-foot three inches as a stand-in, and newborn Asian babies, female newborns 0-3 months old, twins preferred, but open to single babies as well.  Interested? Email a current photo, sizes, and contact information to: CosmosCastingSAC@gmail.com  with “Monterey” in the subject line.

This casting team was behind Pirates of the Caribbean, Kong Skull Island and many others.

Monterey County Film Commission Selects Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales as $2,000 Film Student Scholarship Winner

(Monterey, Calif. – May 21)  Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales, a Cinematic Arts and Technology major at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2018 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.  She is a Monterey resident, originally from Arcata.

The Monterey County Film Commission film student scholarship program was created in 2008 to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county.  The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

To avoid conflict with studies, Ingraham-Gonzales plans to shoot her capstone film project in Mexico over the summer.  “This award will allow my collaborative capstone partner and me to rent production equipment, cover transportation fees for crew, and help obtain permits for our documentary,” said Ingraham-Gonzales.  “I am driven by challenge and precision and I love to create stories—thus producing is my passion, melding both worlds together in harmony. I hope to showcase this film in film festivals, as well as use it as part of my reel for building a career as a producer.”

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program were made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Dino Cocalis, Honest Engine Films, Lou Adler’s Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, and numerous local businesses and individuals.

“The Monterey County Film Commission promotes economic development through the film industry, and is also dedicated to helping identify and promote the next generation of local young filmmakers,” said Gary Bolen, chairperson of the MCFC scholarship committee.  “This year’s competition was especially tough with only five points separating the top three finalists. Hopefully this scholarship will assist Liberty and her colleague in taking their next steps into a lifelong career in the film industry.”

For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

MCFC presents “REEL Jobs: The New Era of Screenwriting” with Madeline DiMaggio

Want to learn more about screenwriting, what’s on the cutting edge, what opportunities there are in the new world of streaming, TV or film, and how to successfully market your creative work?  Accomplished screenwriter Madeline DiMaggio will be lecturing and giving insights on what’s hot and what’s not along with the basics of screenwriting on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Monterey County Film Commission’s “Reel Jobs: The New Era of Screenwriting” event.


It takes place at the Irvine Auditorium at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at 499 Pierce St. in Monterey starting at 9:30 a.m., preceded by coffee in the auditorium’s atrium at 8:45 a.m.  An optional Writer’s Networking Luncheon is planned for 12:30 p.m., followed by optional and pre-scheduled one-on-one coaching or pitching sessions with DiMaggio in the afternoon.  Basic lecture tickets are $30 and $10 for students. Other options and costs are identified on the ticket registration at www.screenwriting 2018.eventbrite.com or www.FilmMonterey.org/event. Sponsors of the screenwriting event include the Arts Council for Monterey County, Final Draft, and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.


DiMaggio, who used to live in the Monterey area, began her career writing TV dramas and sitcoms, which led to a contract at Paramount Studios in pilot development.  She has written and sold over 45 hours of produced TV and film including “Alibi” for ABC, and the feature “If the Shoe Fits” with co-writer Pamela Wallace. DiMaggio served as head of development at Honest Engine Films in Monterey for seven years, where she co-produced the feature film “Surviving Eden” and numerous award-winning feature film documentaries.   Later she teamed up with Monterey Peninsula resident and screenwriter Marla Young and wrote “Profile for Murder,” a thriller for Lifetime Television.  She has a comedy pilot under consideration at the BBC, and has just completed another project with Young called “Carnal Lies” which is set on the Monterey Peninsula.


For more information, contact the Monterey County Film Commission at 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.


About Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 25 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit: www.finaldraft.com.

Film Student Scholarship Program Opens for Applicants

 

 

Applications are now being accepted for the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.  The deadline to apply is April 18, 2018.

The winner of the $2,000 award (or two $1,000 awards) will be announced by May 11.

Eligibility details and application forms can be downloaded at FilmMonterey.org, or contact the film commission office at 831-646-0910 or info@filmmonterey.org.

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who live in Monterey County, or who are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county.  The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  It is designed to help a film student work towards a career goal and the funds can go directly to the student to be used for their film projects or school tuition.

“Along with promoting economic development, the Monterey County Film Commission is dedicated to helping identify and promote the next generation of local young filmmakers,” said Gary Bolen, chairperson of the MCFC scholarship committee.  “This scholarship may assist budding filmmakers to make their first steps into a lifelong career in cinema.”

The scholarship’s funding has been supported by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Honest Engine Films, the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, and other local businesses and individuals. Last year’s winner was Briana Gonzales, a student in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.

MCFC’s 30th Anniversary Reunion – Nov. 19th at Tarpy’s

Reunite with MCFC Board members–past and present–and help us celebrate the lives and contributions of past Presidents Phyllis Decker, Nick Souza, Richard Tyler and our first President, David McIntyre.  There will be hosted wine, a no-host bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

“We are so happy to see the response we are getting from former Film Commission Board Members to our 30th Reunion Event! Do not miss this chance to catch up with old friends…
so much history… so much hard work!  Let’s celebrate together!”
                                                             Teresa Del Piero and Anne Sanchez, Committee Co-Chairs

Please share with your fellow Board members so that everyone will know about the event. MCFC does not have valid email address for all former Board members.  RSVP by November 15, by phone at 831-646-0910 or email Moira@FilmMonterey.org. $50 per person payable to:
Monterey County Film Commission, PO Box 111, Monterey, CA  93942

Cibo dining to benefit MCFC on Oct. 25

In a salute to the past 30 years of filmmaking in Monterey County, the Monterey County Film Commission will be the honored nonprofit organization on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Monterey’s Cibo Ristorante Italiano at 301 Alvarado St.  The restaurant will donate 20% of dinner and drink sales that night to the film commission if diners mention the MCFC when arriving or making reservations ahead.

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the community is welcomed to come by, enjoy a meal out with friends and family, and celebrate the fact that more than $104 million has come into Monterey County communities from film productions since the film commission was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987.  Diners will receive a complimentary Monterey Movie Map, meet film commission board members, and enter to win door prizes.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the band “Andrea’s Fault,” a light jazz group, will perform.  Also Cibo’s $3 Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Each year an average economic boost of $4 million comes to the area due to the commission’s efforts to attract and assist a variety of productions from fashion shoots to commercials and feature films.  The Emmy Award-winning HBO limited series, “Big Little Lies” filmed for four weeks on Monterey Peninsula last year, leaving an estimated $2.5 million in support of local hotels, restaurants, purchases, location rentals and hiring of crew and 300 extras.

To reserve, call Cibo at 831-649-8151 and mention the Monterey County Film Commission. For more information call 831-646-0910, email info@filmmonterey.org.

Daniel Cardenas joins MCFC Board

The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Daniel Cardenas of Carmel to serve on the board for a three-year term.

Cardenas is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Carmel. Prior to moving to Monterey County he lived in Long Beach, and worked with Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank for 20 years. There he held positions in human resources, post-production, consumer products, and production operations distribution of theatrical for Latin America and Asia Pacific. He also managed 12 worldwide theatrical film distribution releases for New Line Cinema Worldwide.

As director of international sales and acquisitions for In-Focus Entertainment, Cardenas distributed feature films to over 50 airlines worldwide and negotiated film acquisition contracts.

While with Warner Bros., he served as director of professional development for a career development program, Warner Bros. Latinos Unidos, participated in the Warner Bros. mentor program Big Brother, and volunteered with MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) and Wheels for Humanity, providing wheelchairs for Third World countries.

The nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission was established by and is funded in part by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.  It works to attract and facilitate on-location film production for economic development, with an annual average of $4 million direct spend coming to local communities from the film business.