Briana Gonzales, a graduating senior at the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2017 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 Seaside resident, originally from Porterville, CA.
In May, the Monterey County Film Commission took nearly 800 movie-goers back in time to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It happened via a special screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s
documentary Monterey Pop, the ground-breaking film which blended music and film 50 years ago. Held at Monterey’s historic Golden State Theatre, the event included a talk by Carmel’s professional photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, who shared behind-the-scenes insights on the festival and those who were capturing its action on film.
MCFC BOARD ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS
The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Sandi Austin of Aromas and Carol Crocker of Salinas to serve on the nonprofit’s board for three-year terms.
Austin is a business operations professional at Cisco Systems in San Jose, working to improve data access for peers and partners. Previously she worked in finance for six years, including senior auditor/accountant. She started her career at Seagate Technology in accounting, and has a BS degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. She has volunteered for organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Women’s Crisis Line in Salinas, and the Human Rights Commission in San Jose.
Finalists for COLAs were selected from nearly 150 submissions, with winners determined in voting by members of Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), past COLA winners, and a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members. The invitation-only COLA event has grown to become the largest awards program and industry event.
The Monterey County Film Commission is a member of FLICS, a statewide nonprofit corporation with more than 40 member film commissions benefiting from the organization’s development of standards, guidelines, education and marketing resources.
The new film incentive bill which was passed last fall will mean 20 to 25% savings for production companies shooting in California. Those productions that get money from the program will have it based on economic activity and jobs impact. To implement the law, there are rules and regulations that are being drawn up by the California Film Commission. Once approved, film productions can apply for awards. A 5% uplift is offered to productions that qualify and will film outside the Los Angeles Zone, in places such as Monterey County.
From the California Film Commission:
The FAA’s permanent regulations regarding the use of drones for commercial use (Unmanned Aircraft Rule – Part 107) will go into effect in August. Until then, the California Film Commission will be reviewing the implications of the new regulations and creating revised guidelines for filming on state-owned and operated properties. Therefore, please check the CFC website at:
Requirements for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) When Filming on State Property or call Eve Honthaner at 323-860-2960, ext. 136, to get the latest information on the State’s policies pertaining to the use of drones. Also note that until further notice, both State Parks and Caltrans will be reviewing requests for the use of drones on a case-by-case basis; and if approved, their own guidelines will apply.