Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sound Award for Panic Team- 328 Studios

One of the wonderful things about making a film such as "Revelations" is the experience to meet and work with many talented people, many of which are now good friends of mine, and I love to see them all succeed. A great deal of skill helped make "Revelations" possible and most were people I had never met. They were contacts I had simply cold called or people who emailed me and we started a communication. With close to 200 people from around the world to make the film it is remarkable to have worked with some many wonderful and dedicated people.
One of the goals of "Revelations", other than to show our own talent and work, was to do a project to showcase as many artists as we can find and provide them with a strong professional project in which their work could be seen by a large audience and the industry as well. It was a chance for talented artists, and there are a good deal of them out there, to show their work and perhaps jump start their careers or get them a shot.
One such team we had the privilege to work with was 328 Studios.
I met Wes Kawaja, the founder and owner of 328 Studios, when he emailed a simple message to me saying,

" I really enjoyed watching your teaser trailer for your star wars film "Revelations" and I have to say it is looking remarkable, but the sound design you have really isn't that good. Take a look at this clip I am sending you in which I have taken your trailer and redone the sound. See how you like this and give me a call."

At the time of releasing the "Revelations" teaser trailer I didn't have sound designers or engineers and I simply did the sound work myself. I knew it wasn't that good, but I didn't think it was that bad, so I downloaded and took a look see at what this 328 studios did to my trailer. Wow was it good. It made the teaser so much stronger and the design work and detail was excellent. I immediately called Wes at 328 and said " You got the job if you want it!"
And that started our relationship.

At the time 328 Studios was just trying to get off the ground and they had never done a sound design and mix for a film and especially one of the scope and size of "Revelations". It was a learning process for us all, but 328 was dedicated, committed and did some excellent work for us. So much so that Wes just contacted me a few days ago letting me know that they were awarded a Telly Award for their sound design work on "Revelations".

Now, they have seen a great deal of work come in from their work with us and the fact that they worked so hard and did such a great job on "Revelations" it now has them doing futher film work, commercials, music artist mixes and so forth. When I spoke with Wes he stated they are actually crazy busy and doing really well. Nothing makes me happier! If I never go on and do anything but people who worked with me get discovered or further their careers through what they did with us is what it's all about and I love it. It makes me feel so good that such talented people might get their careers started or get their shot because of what we did.. That is awesome and we will root for you all the way guys!! Congrats to 328 Studios, you guys Rock!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Spielberg "On the Lot"

A new reality TV show "On the Lot" is currently taking submissions for aspiring filmmakers who think they have it and are willing to prove it. Mark Burnett, the creator of hit reality shows such as "Survivor", "American Idol", & "The Apprentice" to name a few, has teamed up with award winning Director Steven Spielburg in a new exciting show called "On the Lot".

This is a very exciting concept and I am very interested to see how this show plays out. I am a fan of most of Burnett's shows and think this one will be really good and I know entertaining. Unlike "Project Greenlight" which though interesting, this new show will actually select 16 filmmakers who will each be assigned to create a film every week. They will write it, shoot it and edit it within one week’s time and the audience will vote who goes home. This is much like "American Idol" but this time it's filmmakers who are needing to shine and show us what they really got. Pretty cool huh?

The winner will be offered an actual $1-million development deal with Dreamworks and get on the lot!

Airing next spring on FOX, this unscripted series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers who will compete to win the support of the show’s viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote. The competition will air over two nights weekly, with a one-hour “Film Premiere” episode, followed the next night by a half-hour “Box Office” results show.

Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They’ll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and maybe even Hollywood celebrities.After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the “Film Premiere” episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week’s featured genre. But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all … the public.

If any of you are interested you can submit your film here
and fill out an application to be on the show here:

Maybe I will throw my lot to the wind and see what flys back to hit me in the face :)
I have read some comments on this show that audiences are not interested in the BTS of film making and that this new show "On the Lot" will flop, as the interest just isn't there. Actually I think it's a brilliant idea and one I will be sure to watch. Audiences today are much more sophisticated (for the most part) and actually have seen the smoke and mirrors of how movies are made. Sales for DVDs are greater with the bonus disk of BTS and "makings of" footage on movies. More people are fascinated and enjoy this material. If you put it in perspective, think of it this way.. most people dream of making movies and within almost everyone one of us is a secret desire to be a big time filmmaker or actor or involved in entertainment.

Why? I am not sure, other then how we loved movies as kids, how we fantasize at the gross wealth of stars and the glamour and fame. Filmmakers and stars are the royalty of our world and of course everyone dreams to be a prince or princess. the sad truth is that it is a hard ass, back breaking job and I think this show will really let people see how hard film making is and how many man hours goes into making a film happen. It's not some fat guy sitting in a chair smoking a cigar yelling action, but sleepless days and yelling and biting and that goes with it.. sounds like fun huh? Yeah, we love it. Either way I am sure to watch and who knows maybe try to get on.. yeah :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fans Invade Hollywood

5/15/06 NEW UPDATE - Watch my interview clip with Sci-fi Studios. CLICK HERE

(If you look closely behind me you can see a small look at the next film I will be releasing soon. This interview was done while I was in the studio finishing the film)

I have some great news to share with you guys and something I think is a remarkable idea and concept. Since my interview on MSNBC with Tim Brazeal (the creator of and I have kind of been working with Tim and helping him and his remarkable team form a new and astounding idea called SciFi Studios.

The idea and concept is to give fans a voice in the industry and make films, stories, TV shows and more through this community of industry professionals and fans all working to create product they want to see. Scifi Studios is an out of the box thinking and could change the face of filmmaking and give the fans a strong influence of what we see and enjoy in terms of entertainment.

Tim Brazeal and his team (yes I am a part of it) have created a remarkable community in which fans can submit their ideas, opinions and even be involved in the production. You can be a producer, actor, writer, whatever you have a dream or interest to aspire to be.. here is a real chance. And fans are not alone in this as veteran talent and top hollywood professionals are meshed in with the scifi studios team and working alone side and with the fans. What an exciting concept!

Big names in the industry are putting their names to the project. What kind of names?
Here are just a few:

Rod Roddenberry- son of legendary science-fiction creator, Gene Roddenberry, whose television series, Star Trek, changed the face of television.

Manny Coto: Co-executive producer of Star Trek: Enterprise. He has written some of the most well-received episodes of the series, including "Similitude," "Chosen Realm" and "Azati Prime."
Co-executive producer for the hit series 24.

Jim Uhls: Wrote the screenplay for Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and directed by David Fincher; as well as the NBC television film, Semper Fi, produced by Steven Spielberg.

Jon Karas:Producer, personal management business since 1990 with notable writer and director clients who include Roger Towne (The Recruit, The Natural), Norman Steinberg (Blazing Saddles, The Cosby Show) Douglas Day Stewart (An Officer and a Gentleman), Clancy Sigal (Frida), Raymond and Eugenia Singer (Mulan, Iron Jawed Angels), and Robert Collector (Memoirs of An Invisible Man, Believe in Me)

And of course the big guy himself Tim Brazeal who is the brilliant mad man behind it all. I tell you, I have been behind the scenes and have been talking with Tim for a year or so while he has been working on setting this idea up and it is amazing what he has coordinated and made happen. He may not be much to look at but Tim is the real deal and is a real mover. He is one hell of a guy and I am honored to be a part of the adventure.

These are just a few. Go to the "Who is Scifi Studios" to read more of who is involved, and more talent is signing on and getting involved.

So go check it out guys, sign up and see what this new idea can do and produce. Think about it, you can be involved in making films happen, your ideas and talent could go up on the big screen and you can be involved. This is a huge community and a deep site that has really pulled out all the stops. With a 'myscifi' community that is already 326 users rich and growing, with it's doors only being open for 4 days. wow. So if you have a story you would like made or if you would like to be behind the scenes of the film industry and make something happen here is your chance. This could really change the face of the entertainment world and start a whole new thing.
I hope to see you over there.