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Netflix Casting Call

Casting call for a new Netflix 1940’s era TV-series will be filming March 4th-8th in the Monterey area.

Looking for Male and Female Paid Background Actors to portray ages mid 20s to mid 50s. Must be available all dates listed above plus one day between Feb. 26th-March 1st for fitting.

Men must need to have hair that is short on sides and back and and long enough on top to part and comb over. Men must be willing to let us cut your hair to match the period. Women need shoulder length hair or shorter, no heavily highlighted hair, natural look!

Please email two CURRENT, CLEAR photos (we do not want professional photos) one full body and one selfie of your face along with your phone number, the area in which you, and the following details:
Men-please include: height, weight, coat and shoe size.
Women-please include: height, weight, dress and shoe size.

Please submit ASAP.

Submit information to:

Monterey County Film Commission elects three new members to Board of Directors

The Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected three new members to serve three-year terms on its board. They are Nadja Marks, a fundraiser and grant writer; Cheryl Savage, operations manager at Steinbeck Mortgage; and Paul Ventura, a casting agent, writer and painter.

The nonprofit Monterey County Film Commission was established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to attract and facilitate film productions for economic development. With an annual average direct spend of $5 million in local communities, the film commission estimates more than $112 million in positive economic impact has come into Monterey County communities from on-location film productions since its establishment in 1987.

The organization is seeking volunteer board members from all parts of Monterey County, especially the Salinas Valley and North County, and those with nonprofit experience from diverse fields of interest. For more information, call 831-646-0910, email, or download an application form at

Press Release PDF Version

Nadja Marks

Cheryl Savage

Paul Ventura

Emergency Retaining Wall Repair – Two Full Overnight Closures at Paul’s Slide, Big Sur

MONTEREY COUNTY – Construction work on the existing retaining wall will requires both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) to fully close overnight for two nights, starting on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The highway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. Motorists/ cyclists are advised to plan around these two emergency overnight full closures. This roadwork should be completed by Tuesday morning, Oct. 30 at 6 a.m.

Note: Emergency services will be allowed passage through road closure.

Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage in January, 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide near Limekiln State Park remains active and continues to be monitored. It has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for over a year and the signal will remain in place.

John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo is the contractor for this project. Construction work on the existing retaining wall at Paul’s Slide will ensure a safer environment for all travelers.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through
Highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at:

TAMC Cone Zone Report – Oct. 7 to Oct. 13

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR October 7 through October 13, 2018.

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, Oct. 7th through Oct. 13th.  Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur:  October 8 – October 12

  • Daytime work along Highway 1 will result in traffic control and flagging at multiple locations between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The locations are:
  • Big Creek Bridge – striping
  • Bixby Creek Bridge – striping and bridge work
  • Willow Creek Bridge – striping
  • Garrapata Creek Bridge – striping
  • Garrapata Creek Bridge to Granite Canyon Bridge – draining work

Highway 68 – Pacific Grove to Monterey: October 7 – October 12

An ongoing safety improvement construction project along east/westbound Highway 68 (Holman Highway) will require night work with traffic control between Piedmont Avenue and Highway 1 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Highway 101 – Prunedale: October 9 – October 12

The southbound #2 (right) lane of U.S. Highway 101 will be closed between Messick Road and Mallory Canyon Road Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm each day. Delays of up to 25 minutes are expected and motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Highway 156 – Castroville: October 8 – October 12

A project to resurface the pavement and replace concrete slabs on State Route 156 from the Separation with State Route 1 to the Separation with State Route 183 in Castroville is now underway. Motorists will encounter lane closures on westbound State Route 156 Monday through Thursday during the overnight hours as needed from 7 pm until 6 am and from 8 pm until 6 am on Sundays. Motorists will encounter lane closures on eastbound State Route 156 Monday through Thursday during the overnight hours from 7 pm until 5 am and from 8 pm until 5 am on Sundays.

To Big Sur… with Love

How to handle Big Sur with care

Big Sur is a very special place to many people. To help keep it that way and to help ensure your own safety, please observe some simple rules and follow these basic safety tips. Click here for more tips on Sustainable Moments in Monterey County.

Visiting Big Sur? Here are some things you should know.


Do Take Lots of Pics — Leave plenty of extra time to snap memorable photos along your journey. Use caution and safely use the parking pullouts on Highway 1 to capture epic snapshots of the Big Sur coastline. Don’t forget to share you pics using #SeeMonterey!

Do Recycle — Most businesses have blue recycling bins. Please treat Big Sur gently and with respect so that it will remain the beautiful place we all love.

Do Be Mindful of Poison Oak — This toxic plant is found in Big Sur in abundance. Exposure to the plant can be spread by hands, clothing, pets, or equipment which has come in contact with the plant or from the smoke generated when burning it. Much of the reactive substance can be removed by immediate washing with cool water and soap. Look for the triple leaf pattern, with prominent veins and a shiny surface. During the summer and fall, the leaves take on reddish hues. Try to avoid this plant.

Do Respect Private Property — Please be mindful and respectful of the property rights of others. Most of the land adjacent to the highway is posted private property, and trespassing laws are strictly enforced.


Don’t Start Fires — The biggest concern during the dry season are wildfires. Please extinguish cigarettes in your ashtray. Be extra careful, making sure that your fire is safe and legal. Be sure to extinguish your fire when you leave.

Don’t Collect — Plants, animals, rocks and artifacts of Big Sur’s cultural and natural history are protected by law and should not be disturbed. Rockhounding and collection of driftwood and firewood may be allowed in certain designated areas. Collectors should contact the nearest ranger station for specific information.

Don’t Set Up Camp on the Roadside — Roadside camping is prohibited along Highway 1 from the Carmel River to the Monterey-San Luis Obispo County line as well as Nacimiento Fergusson Road. This does not apply to tired motorists stopping for a temporary rest. Illegal campers will be cited!

Don’t Treat the Side of the Road Like a Restroom — Public restrooms are scarce along Highway 1 so be sure to make a pit stop in Monterey or Carmel beforehand. Restrooms at California State Parks within Big Sur are also open to the public. Click here for a list of public restrooms in the Big Sur area.

Don’t Let Pets Run Wild — In State Parks, pets must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on the trails. On US Forest Service lands, pets must be leashed in developed campgrounds, picnic and day use areas. This is not only for their safety but for other visitors including hikers and local wildlife, which can be intimidated, injured, or killed by unleashed pets.

Visit the Big Sur Visitor Guide and Love, Big Sur websites for more travel tips.

Big Sur Safety Tips

“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:  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

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 or 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

About Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company

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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, or contact the film commission office at 831-646-0910 or

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.