Yearly Archives: 2014

The Coast Connection Christmas Party 2014


The Hollywood Salon Holiday Party 2014 is moving…date and location…to 
Saturday Night,
December 13th


at the beautiful home of
VARIETY Editor/VP Kirstin Wilder

in Mid-City LA’s exclusive LaFayette
Square Neighborhood



Delicious food & drink from Gypsy Eats, including special homemade gourmet California-style flatbread runzas!

Live music & caroling. Visits from celebrities & Santa.
Awesome Husker raffle prizes from Nebraska Bookstore, HuskerMax & UNL.

Brand spankin’ new NCC T-Shirts for sale
plus a free gift for every good girl and boy!

All your Nebraska Friends in their Holiday Best.

Tickets on Sale NOW…
get yours now before the price jumps Wednesday at midnight!

Available here:

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
from 7:00 PM11:00 PM
Kirstin Wilder’s Home in Mid-City LA
(address will be sent to ticket buyers)


NCC Salon with STUNTS! + AFM Report

Special Guests: Stunt People Sherry Leigh, Tim Mikulecky, Steve SchriverIt’s going to be an action-packed Salon on Monday. For the first time at any Salon, we’re going to focus on professional Stuntpeople, so call this the wild and crazy “Stunt Salon.”In addition, we’ll have a report fresh from the American Film Market on how you can get your film sold and distributed around the globe.

Stunt People are a special breed. They daily risk life and limb to perform death-defying feats, on camera, for your entertainment. No action movie (and for that matter, almost any movie) could be made without their heroic deeds. Their stunts can make the unbelievable look real, and yet in their best work they will be completely invisible. At Monday’s Salon, you’ll meet three of the top stunt people working today:

SHERRY LEIGH is a Omaha, Nebraska native who honed her stunts at Universal Studios before going on to 24, THE KINGDOM, PINK PANTHER, POSEIDON and BREAKING BAD.

TIM MIKULECKY started out in Wisconsin as a water skier, before performing at Sea World and Universal Studios.  His stunt credits include DARK KNIGHT RISES, GI JOE, DUE DATE, TRUE BLOOD and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

STEVE SCHRIVER has SAG nominations for his stunts on DARK KNIGHT RISES, HEROES, TRANSFORMERS, as well as work on HANGOVER II, CSI, and NOAH.

Whether you are a producer in need of stunts, or an actor who will need a double, or a director who wants to know how to works with stunt performers, or want to get into stunt work, or just love watching stunts in the movies, at the November Salon you will get the inside scoop on stunts.  We’ll get the secrets of the stunts, from how they are done to just who are the crazy talented people who do them.

ALSO on Monday….our first-ever AFM REPORT!   

KEVIN MCMAHON is the VP of sales and acquisitions for California Pictures at Paramount Studios, and he will be giving us the run-down on the latest American Film Market.  Kevin will have an insiders report on what the international and domestic buyers are looking for and just how YOU can make your film (and trailer, artwork, poster, script) sellable, marketable and in demand.  Learn from Kevin how to make AFM work for your film, new contacts and your career.

It’s going to be a big, action-packed Salon.  Don’t miss it!



Oct 13 NCC Salon with Propmasters Dennis & Hope Parrish


Special Guest: Propmasters Dennis & Hope ParrishYou’re in for a real treat at the October Salon. We have not one but TWO of the tops of their profession. A father/daughter team who have worked on hundreds of classic films, with the best directors and the biggest stars. And they are continuing the legacy of their father/grandfather, so the Parrish clan has worked in the film business for several generations.

On Monday, come meet a family of Propmasters.

Props are anything touched by an actor on a set. A phone, a newspaper, the Maltese Falcon, a light saber. And the person who is responsible for finding these items and caring for these items throughout production are known as Propmasters.

HOPE PARRISH has been a regular at our Salons since she returned from working on Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA. At the next Salon, she returns with her famous Propmaster father, DENNIS PARRISH, who is fresh back from a talk to students at UNL’s Johnny Carson School.

Dennis was born in Culver City, the son of JAMES LAMARR PARRISH, a longtime PROPMASTER for Fox & MGM, who was invited to Hollywood in 1928 by his Ohio friend, Clark Gable!  Dennis got his start in the set dressing gang at Warner Bros in the 1950s, later landing at 20th Century Fox where he got his big break as Propmaster, Set Dresser and Production Manager for films like HELLO DOLLY, PATTON, PAPILLON, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, THE JERK, SPACEBALLS, BASIC INSTINCT, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, CASINO, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and THE AVIATOR. He has worked on multiple pictures for directors Martin Scorsese, Phillip Noyce, Herb Ross, Gene Kelly and Mel Brooks, on films with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert DeNiro, Steve Martin, George Burns, Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

Hope grew up on film sets all over the world as her dad worked on location in China, Spain, Jamaica and Canada. She then followed in her family’s footsteps with a Propmaster career that began with BACKDRAFT and JERRY MAGUIRE, through ZODIAC, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, and DJANGO-UNCHAINED. Like her father, she has a knack for working with well-known directors as well: Ron Howard, Cameron Crowe, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, and of course our own Alexander Payne.

While working on NEBRASKA, Hope adopted a stray cat named Dash, so she was able to bring a little of Nebraska back to Culver City with her.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet living cinematic histories, a family that spans nearly the entire life of the movies. They have incredible stories to share with you about their experiences, friendships and travels, and great advice for pursuing a career in the art department or in any part of this crazy wonderful business.

See you at the October Salon on Monday, October 13th!

Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.  7:30 to 10:30.
Second Floor at the Culver Hotel.
Culver City, California.

new dates…sign up now…
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 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:

“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









in Filmmaking
on Sep 23, 2014

Some filmmakers spend their summer vacations on a Greek island, lounging with their Peloponnesian lover while watching old VHS bootlegs of Cassevetes films. I, on the other hand, spent my summer vacation going to an average of one meeting a day in order to become a TV director. Mind you, I’m not giving up on indie film, but we all know the drill by now: TV is the new indie film: it pays well, it’s more creative, it’s more instantly gratifying, and all the cool kids are doing TV now. Hell, the Amazon pilot list alone has more Sundance alumni directors than Sundance Channel!

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