Yearly Archives: 2014

Prairie Lights Film Festival Brings in Nebraska Filmmakers

Lincoln said he hopes the festival with grow year by year, with more films and more people coming to see and learn about Nebraska's film industry.
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Monday’s NCC Salon: Script Doctor Michael Brown

The Doctor is in the house.  You (and your unsold screenplay) will not want to miss Monday’s Salon with one of Hollywood’s top screenplay consultants, Script Doctor Michael Brown.You’ve written a wonderful screenplay. It’s your masterpiece. Your baby. And it’s ready to go out and rock the cinematic world. Or is it? Let’s look at the picture a month from now. Your script went out on a Friday to a dozen producers. You were certain that by Monday morning they’d be fighting over it in a bidding war. But the phone didn’t ring. A few days later, the letters started trickling in. One of them mentioned “structural problems.”  They liked the writing, but it wasn’t for them.  By now it’s painfully clear something in your screenplay doesn’t work.  But what?If only you’d shown it to a script analyst before you sent it out.  If only you’d rewritten it with the help of a professional, a veteran script doctor who has worked for the studios, and who knows what producers look for.  Perhaps then you could have fixed your screenplay before you burned it through those producers. Well, now you have access to just such a script consultant at Monday’s Salon.

As a veteran production executive, script analyst, writer, and director, Michael Ray Brown has developed many successful screenplays for both television and the movies. Now he can help you make your screenplay the best it can be!

While a student at the University of Nebraska, he directed six short films, several award-winners. Upon moving to Southern California, Michael began to focus on where it all begins:  the screenplay. As a free-lance story analyst he synopsized and critiqued scripts, novels, and treatments for producers and literary agents. As story editor he cultivated relationships with agents, writers, and publishers to get a first look at new material. Michael subsequently became a staff story analyst for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century-Fox, MGM/UA, and Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures. Besides reviewing submissions, he wrote development notes, and evaluated independent films for acquisition.

As founder of script analysis company, Story Sense, Michael’s reputation is unparalleled.  He has recommended and/or developed the screenplays for many successful films, including Lethal WeaponDoc HollywoodThe Last EmperorCity SlickersRegarding HenryUnder SiegeFree WillyWhile You Were SleepingApollo 13BraveheartMy Best Friend’s Wedding, Red CornerContact, and many others. Michael has himself written more than 50 hours of prime-time television and has been a staff writer on eight series, in addition to producing and ghost writing many television and feature projects.

At the Salon on Monday, he’ll bring you tips on how to write a screenplay that Hollywood will love, and how to get it past the gatekeepers. 

The September Salon is Monday, September 8th with Script Doctor Michael Brown. Hope to see you there!


ONE-DAY VOICE-OVER INTENSIVE
with Top Voice-Over Pro MARI WEISS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th   10am – 4pm

This one day workshop puts you in the studio, on the mic, with a working professional who can get you started on your VO career. The small class size means lots of mic time and one on one attention, helping you find your strengths, your range, YOUR voice.

The cost for the day (lunch included) is: $195
>>>SPECIAL DISCOUNT for NCCers: only $160<<<
Class size is small so secure a spot now. A $100 deposit required by September 10th. To sign up or for more information, Email: mari@mariweiss.com

Mari is a Nebraska Alum and has worked in Voice-Over for over 23 years, as an actor, producer and teacher. For more info on Mari go to: www.mariweiss.com

“Mari was born to teach this stuff. You will not find a more caring, more helpful and more nurturing teacher out there. Hands down my favorite VO expert. The best investment I’ve ever made in a class. There is no aspect of the business she can’t help you with.” – Steve Lewis, Actor and Nebraskan

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Eastern NE Film Office issues statement on “COPS” shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Eastern Nebraska Film Office has issued a statement on the police officer involved shooting in midtown Tuesday night that ...
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We even have our own coach parody. Gotta love Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Faux Pelini Comes Clean

We all knew that Nebraska is far more varied and beautiful than folks give it credit for. Now check out some beautiful footage showing Nebraska in many forms.

Clip from “worldfromaboveHD” channel on youtube.

September Networking Event

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Dates: September 13-26, 2014


 

Movies.  We are so enamored with them that we often mimic what the characters say, as well as criticize, parody, embrace and emulate.  We can HEAR the voices:

“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”

“You can’t handle the truth!”

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

“…Bond. James Bond.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

THAT is the power of film. Many thanks to the celebrated and unheralded screenwriters who put these words to paper. Whether they were critically lauded, or well-paid, or underpaid, the fact is they have entertained generations of moviegoers. They made their mark.

You want to make your mark.

But to make your mark, you have to start somewhere, and for most us, we don’t have A-List celebrity parents to give us the heave-ho up, so we’ve got to do it the old fashioned way — hard work, talent, persistence and little bit of luck.

Here’s how your luck is about to change — what we do have is access to an excellent A-List teacher and mentor, Lew Hunter, and his Indian Summer Screenwriting Colony is just around the corner!

learn more >>   And for even more try www.lewhunter.com 

The Indian Summer Screenwriting Colony is designed to provide you with a productive, cocoon environment for your writing where you will be encouraged to progress from story idea, to treatment, to step-outline and finally to complete the First Act of the Screenplay (30 pages).

We will avail ourselves to the Victorian comfort of our small town, and immerse ourselves in the pursuit of writing. Every day will be filled with lecture, workshop and/or writing time. Lew Hunter will lead the workshop and the lecture, and will facilitate the best writing by creating an atmosphere of constructive feedback for all participants.

All skill levels of writing experience are encouraged to apply and to participate. We can easily accommodate the most basic beginner to the most experienced professional. All writers will be respected, honored and supported through the writing process.

The Indian Summer Screenwriting Colony fills rapidly and it is strongly suggested that you submit an application at your earliest opportunity to ensure acceptance and availability.

It would be a blessed event if one day you overheard someone mimicking a piece of dialogue from one of your own movies, because at that moment, you would know you have made your mark. But until then, you are ready to start your journey…and it starts this September. Here!

 

 You now have extra time to register for this exclusive class.

Mari Weiss, actress, lived in Lincoln, NE.

Mari Weiss

One Day Voice Over Intensive

Brought to you by: Mari Weiss

Saturday, October 18  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This one day workshop puts you in the studio, on the mic, with a working professional who can get you started on your VO career. The small class size means lots of mic time and one on one attention, helping you find your strengths, your range, YOUR voice.

The cost for the day(lunch included) is: $195 but for NCC folk: only $160

Class size is small so secure a spot now.

A $100 deposit required by October 11th.

To sign up or for more information, Email Mari at: mari@mariweiss.com

Mari is a Nebraska Alum and has worked in Voice-Over for over 23 years, as an actor, producer and teacher. For more info on Mari go to: www.mariweiss.com

“Mari was born to teach this stuff. You will not find a more caring, more helpful and more nurturing teacher out there. Hands down my favorite VO expert. The best investment I’ve ever made in a class. There is no aspect of the business she can’t help you with.” – Steve Lewis, Actor and Nebraskan