Archive for November 3rd, 2011

BOB MUELLER NAMED U.S. PRESIDENT OF JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY AND PRESIDENT OF JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS, CANADA

WAYNE, NJ – Today, JVC announced the appointment of Bob Mueller as U.S. president of JVC Professional Products Company and president of JVC Professional Products Canada, Inc., two divisions of JVC Americas Corp. The two companies comprise JVC’s entire professional business in North America, Latin America, and South America.

Joining JVC in 2000, Mueller held several positions including executive vice president and COO of JVC Professional Products Company and JVC U.S.A. In his new assignment, he oversees all operational aspects of the two companies, including professional video, visual systems, security business units in Wayne, N.J., and JVC’s Technology Center in Long Beach, Calif. Mueller succeeds Kirk Hirota, who recently took a senior position as general manager, media system operation, Business Solution Division of JVC Kenwood Corporation’s Professional Systems Group.

“JVC’s professional team in the U.S. and Japan is dedicated and truly inspired. In recent years, the team’s diligence has steadily raised JVC brand equity in professional markets, winning the trust of market-leading organizations across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Mueller. “Today, JVC Professional proudly counts Boeing, Scripps Howard, Televisa, L3 Corporation, Time Warner, CTV, Fox Studios, and Rockwell Collins among its many world-class clients. I’m proud of the team’s accomplishments, and JVC Kenwood Corporation’s newly announced professional business priority represents fortuitous timing to open new market opportunities for JVC.”

In a career spanning more than four decades, Mueller worked as a senior executive at Panasonic, including serving as president of Panasonic Broadcast and Digital Systems Company. Prior to Panasonic, he held several positions at Sony during 21 years, including vice president and general manager of Sony Video Communications Company, where he directed all aspects of Sony’s Professional Video Products business and is credited with rapid growth of the company. Working closely with Sony’s R&D centers, he later oversaw the launch of several new technology ventures.

Mueller is degreed from the University of Arizona with postgraduate work at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held various positions including board membership of industry trade organizations.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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The Venice Media District Kicks Off The Holiday Season With Another Vmd Offline Mixer

The Venice Media District (VMD) kicks off the holiday season with its popular VMD Offline Mixer on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 from 6-9 pm at The Brig, featuring guest host Jason Lazo, Host of Xcorps Action Sports TV. A seasonal, low-key, post-work excuse for a cocktail & conversation, the VMD Offline Mixer has grown into the “go-to” networking event for creatives working in production, post, and the media on the Westside since its inception last year.

 

Along with more mixing and mingling, there will be some fabulous give-aways up for raffle from Fiore Designs, Santino’s Restaurant. If you’re not a winner- Don’t fret! VMD will be introducing their all-new merchandise featuring the VMD and Venice Chamber of Commerce logos. VMD will also be launching their brand new QR Code that will be ready for cell-phone scanning. Pop out your smart phones!

 

Due to an overwhelming response, the Venice Paparazzi will be returning to take new Facebook profile pictures for guests in the oh-so-fabulous Venice Paparazzi Photo Booth. If all that paparazzi attention stirs up your hungry side, Downtown Dogs will be giving away a free side order with every hot dog ordered!

 

The Details:
Venice Media District
VMD Offline Mixer
Wednesday, November 9, 2011, from 6-9 p.m.
The Brig (1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291)
$5 Suggested Donation
Questions? Email: info@venicemediadistrict.org

 

Featured Host/Speaker:
Jason Lazo, Host of Xcorps Action Sports TV.

 

Event Sponsors: The Brig, Dogtown Dogs, Venice Paparazzi

 

Give-Away Sponsors for the evening include:Fiore Designs, Santino’s Restaurant

 

In-kind/event sponsors include: Famous Frames, Hype, Law Offices of Raphael Gutierrez, Motion Theory/Mirada, Ravenswork, Simply Curious Films, ST8 Creative, Venice Arts, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

 

www.venicemediadistrict.org

Futuristic Films Crafts Interactive Music Video For The Launch Of The 77kids Flagship Store

For the launch of its New York City flagship store, 77kids (American Eagle Outfitters’ new brand for toddlers and youngsters) turned to Futuristic Films director Nicholaus Goossen to create an interactive music video. Shot in black-and-white with a gritty feel, the 45-second music video utilizes motion control and high-end tracking technology that allows young customers of 77kids to have their head shot merged into the video. Elements from the music video are showcased in-store as well as on outdoor digital billboards. Personalized music videos can be saved to an iPad or posted to Facebook or Twitter.

 

To view the case study of the interactive music video, please visit: http://vimeo.com/31153369

 

“We had a great time working with space150 and 77Kids on something as interesting and unique as this project,” says Brendan Kiernan, EP at Futuristic Films. “We’ve built our production company around the idea of being able to bring narrative and storytelling into the emerging world of interactive and augmented reality video and this project is a perfect example of that fusion.”

 

“Futuristic Films and Nick Goossen did a great job bringing the music video to life and creating something that was authentic, cool and true to the style and look of the 77kids brand,” adds Brian Franks of 77kids.

 

Credits:
Client: 77kids by American Eagle
Title: “I Wanna Rock”

 

Agency: Space150
Creative Director: Billy Jurewicz
Associate Creative Director: Jason Strong
Digital Producer: Genna Freeberg
Director of Technology: James Squires
Account Manager: Nicole Pamelia

 

Production Company: space150/Futuristic Films
Director: Nicholaus Goossen
DP: Harris Charalambous
Executive Producer: Brendan Kiernan
Producer: Sarah Liles

 

Editorial Company: Nicholaus Goossen

 

Postproduction: Brewster Parsons

 

Visual Effects: Brewster Parsons
Executive Producer: Darcy Parsons

 

Music Production: HUM

 

Sound Design: HUM

 

About Futuristic Films:
Futuristic Films creates motion pictures for brands, advertising, and entertainment. We tell compelling stories of all shapes and sizes, viewed on televisions, in theaters, and on computers and mobile devices.

 

The Futuristic team believes that the evolving nature of media consumption demands an equally evolving approach to film and video production. The company was founded on the principle of bringing together the high production value and intense creativity of commercial production with the storytelling craft and substance of documentary and feature film. Futuristic Films is committed to sustainable business practices, including striving to become a fully carbon-neutral enterprise. Futuristic has offices in Denver, Colorado, and in Venice, California – both centrally located for filmmaking on planet Earth.

 

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Scharff Weisberg Supports IBM Centennial Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center

IBM Centennial

IBM Centennial

It’s not often that a giant of American industry marks its centennial but when IBM celebrated with a gala at Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Scharff Weisberg (SWI) provided AV support, including the LED wall that served as the entire scenic element for designers Batwin + Robin.

“IBM wanted this event to be theatrical, so they hired 101 Productions, a long time client of Scharff Weisberg, to produce an event that ended up being pretty spectacular,” says SWI event manager Sarah Ibrahim. “There were aerial performers bouncing on a giant vertical canvas projection surface, Jessye Norman singing ‘Great Day,’ Steve Martin playing the ukulele, violinist Joshua Bell, Patti LaBelle, a children’s choir and a dance troupe. Morgan Freeman was the emcee.”

As the exclusive AV vendor for Jazz at Lincoln Center, SWI supplied all of the video equipment and engineers for the gala evening. Upstage was the main scenic element: a 36×18-foot LED wall composed of VER Everbrighten BR7 7mm high-resolution LED display modules. Downstage was a 20×4-foot LED supertitle-style screen comprised of VER Everbrighten BR7s. For the aerial performers, quadruple-converged Christie Roadster S+10K-M DLP projectors displayed, via DVI over fiber, 1400×1050 images on a canvas backdrop measuring approximately 34×26 feet. The projectors were driven by a Dataton WATCHOUT 5 playback system with content designed by Batwin + Robin.

“Scharff Weisberg was great as always. When it got down to the time frame – we had all of three weeks for the whole project – they are the only ones who could have pulled it off,” says Batwin + Robin’s Robin Silvestri.

“The show was a jam-packed 90 minutes,” she continues. “The set consisted of 100 points of light plus the LED wall. We designed the projected backgrounds, which ranged from animated titles to a three-minute documentary to a piece celebrating IBM’s involvement in Apollo 11. We also projected the surface of the moon onto the canvas for the aerialists to dance across. It was a great show.”

Ibrahim agrees that the biggest challenge was the time factor. “The client came to us with specifications for this event only a month beforehand, and sourcing the LED was really tough. “We were lucky that VER came through for us with their 7mm Everbrighten product. It beautifully displayed a wide variety of content, including abstract graphics, photographs, and a documentary video, with the minimum viewing distance at about 20 meters. It looked beautiful.”

The aerialists’ performance against the vertical canvas also posed potential challenges. “The canvas wall behaved like a giant video trampoline, with quadruple-converged projectors displaying images of the surface of the moon,” she explains. “We anticipated that we might have issues with maintaining a coherent image given the movement of the canvas, but we got lucky and the quality was pretty wonderful. The way the dancers were lit by manned spots from the side made them really look as though they were dancing with the moon surface was moving beneath their feet.”

The IBM Centennial Gala was produced by David Binder and directed by Moises Kaufman and Jerry Mitchell. The production managers were Colleen Houlehen and Mary Duffe.

Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications are collaborating partners to clients requiring unique and imaginative solutions for their event, spectacle and large-meeting lighting, sound and video needs whether local, national or worldwide. For more information visit www.scharffweisberg.com or www.videoapps.com.

Blackmagic Design Announces Avid Media Composer 6 Support

Blackmagic Design Announces Avid Media Composer 6 Support
Major new Desktop Video 9.0 software update adds Avid Media Composer 6 support

- Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 9.0, a major new software update with advanced capture and playback for the Avid® Media Composer® 6 family of software including Avid Symphony® and Avid NewsCutter™, for both Windows 7™ and Mac OS X™.

Desktop Video 9.0 is available for download now and free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Avid Media Composer has long been respected by the broadcast and film industry. For the first time, Avid customers can use Blackmagic Design’s latest Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and PCI Express video capture and playback devices.

Professionals demand frame accuracy and flexible workflows. The combination of Blackmagic Design hardware and the flexibility of Avid Media Composer lets you work with virtually any media format including Uncompressed 10 bit YUV and RGB, Avid DNxHD®, Panasonic DVCPRO HD, Sony XDCAM and more.

Blackmagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D and DeckLink HD Extreme 3D take full advantage of new advanced 3D editing support in Media Composer 6, saving time and creating a much more fluid editing experience for 3D projects.

“We have been waiting to do this for years!” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “To have full integration with Avid Media Composer 6 with our capture and playback devices, plus AAF round trip with DaVinci Resolve, are truly defining moments for all our creative customers and for the film and television industry, this changes everything.”

“With support for Blackmagic hardware or Avid accelerated and natively integrated DX systems, customers now have more choice than ever when working with Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter,” said Angus Mackay, segment marketing manager at Avid. “Blackmagic’s support of DNxHD and AAF makes for easy project transfer and pipeline design, smoothing workflows and boosting productivity for our mutual customers, who can leverage existing hardware investments and easily add Avid editing systems into current workflow configurations. We’re thrilled to satisfy users with these advancements in openness, productivity and collaboration.”

Desktop Video 9.0 Key Features
• Certified by Avid for Avid Media Composer 6, Avid Symphony, Avid NewsCutter.
• Uncompressed and DNxHD capture and playback in Avid Media Composer 6.
• RealTime effects in Avid Media Composer 6.
• Advanced dual stream 3D workflow capturing left and right eye to separate files in Avid Media Composer 6.

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 9.0 is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design web site.

Press Photography
Product photos of Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius®, System 5, and Avid Studio. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, del.icio.us, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube; connect with Avid on Facebook; or subscribe to Avid Industry Buzz.
Avid, Avid DNxHD, Avid Studio, Interplay, ISIS, Media Composer, NewsCutter, Pro Tools, Symphony, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The Interplay name is used with the permission of the Interplay Entertainment Corp. which bears no responsibility for Avid products. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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Cinedeck EX v2.5 Upgrade Delivers Even Better User Experience And Performance

Cinedeck EX v2.5 features extensive timecode and audio enhancements, plus new deck control application and improved playback engine

Cinedeck LLC (www.cinedeck.com), the pioneering developer of mobile capture systems for motion picture and broadcast production, today announced significant enhancements to its award-winning, portable, multi-format, recording, monitoring and playback system, with the release of Cinedeck EX v2.5.

Available for immediate download, the new Cinedeck v2.5 software delivers a range of customer-requested features that support an even better operational experience for Cinedeck users. These include a new and enhanced playback engine, expanded timecode operations, upgraded audio metering displays, and a new Windows-based, desktop remote controller for multiple Cinedeck EX systems.

Cinedeck EX is already the fastest gateway from production to post. It enables any camera with an HD-SDI or HDMI output to record to a choice of the most preferred finishing standards used in editorial and VFX post production today, including all flavors of Avid DNxHD, Apple ProRes, CineForm, plus uncompressed 444 and uncompressed 422 recording.

Chief among the enhancements of the Cinedeck v2.5 release is a new playback engine, which has been completely rewritten and provides a vastly improved user-experience compared to prior versions. Crucially, the new engine enables users to take advantage of Cinedeck Controller, a free Windows-based desktop application, which provides basic deck control of the Cinedeck EX. Cinedeck Controller, which comes bundled with the new software release, allows users to remotely control up to 24 Cinedeck units, browse a list of clips recorded in the current scene folder, and to control recording and playback on multiple units independently or simultaneously.

Among the many expanded timecode operations, Cinedeck v2.5 adds support for Adrienne Electronic’s LTC devices, including the use of Adrienne’s mini USB timecode reader. Cinedeck EX already supports Ambient Recording timecode systems.

Redesigned audio meters now show audio in dBFS (full scale) from -60dB to 0dB, with levels displayed in an array of colors making them easier to read in the field. Along with a range of general playback fixes, other enhancements include new edge detection displays, with edges in red, rather than black, to increase legibility.

“Users already enjoy the experience of using, and interacting with, Cinedeck EX, and their feedback has resulted in the new Cinedeck EX v2.5 software version containing a host of enhanced features,” said Cinedeck CEO Alan Hoff. “These new features focus on usability and performance improvements to optimize the fundamental operation of Cinedeck EX where it matters most – in production. With the new v2.5 version available now, current and new customers will enjoy the Cinedeck EX experience even more.”

Cinedeck EX v2.5 will be on display at the Createasphere Burbank show November 2-3, 2011 at Sony’s booth #101, and at Keycode Media’s booth #303.

Pricing and Availability:
Cinedeck EX v2.5 is available for immediate download, free-of-charge, to customers on maintenance. Cinedeck EX is available for purchase via resellers worldwide starting at $8495USD–MRSP. Visit www.cinedeck.com to find your nearest reseller.

Founded by cinematographers, and headquartered in the heart of New York City, USA, Cinedeck manufactures innovative, touchscreen recording systems for use with all popular digital cinematography cameras. Along with on-set monitoring, playback and quality control capabilities, these recorders also unify camera-to-post workflows by offering the industry’s most comprehensive range of edit-ready output formats. Cinedeck EX, the industry’s first camera-mountable device, has proven essential to the workflow on hundreds of TV and cinema productions, and has won TV Technology’s “2010 STAR Award”, the “2010 Vidy Award,” and DV Magazine’s “Award of Excellence”. Continuing this pioneering spirit, Cinedeck LLC is also addressing the challenges of the mobile and outdoor broadcaster with Cinedeck RX, its new, rack-mounted, multi-format recorder, monitor and playback system. Cinedeck RX was awarded the prestigious “2011 Pick Hit Award at IBC 2011” from Broadcast Engineering Magazine. For more information, visit www.cinedeck.com.

Big Vision Empty Wallet Teams with Canon for National Film Pitch Competition In Search of the Next Great Feature Film with Grand Prize Valued Over $100,000

Judging Panel Includes Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), Producer Maureen Ryan (Academy Award-Winning Documentary, Man on Wire) and Actress Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Judging Panel Includes Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), Producer Maureen Ryan (Academy Award-Winning Documentary, Man on Wire) and Actress Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 3, 2011 – Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), the networking organization dedicated to bringing both emerging and established artists and innovators together and helping them collaborate, create and showcase their work, has teamed up with Canon to launch its first National Film Pitch Competition. The purpose of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s National Film Pitch Competition is to find the next great feature film and get it made. Canon will be awarding the Grand Prize Winner with a 30-consecutive-day HDSLR Camera and Canon EOS EF “L” Series Lens Package Rental, plus a 1-week re-shoot. The winner will also receive other free rental packages and services to help them get their film made from additional sponsors, including a Producer’s Package from Media Services/Show Biz Software, Quick Film Budget, Konsonant, Rotting Television and Daryl Eisenberg Casting. The Grand Prize is valued at over $100,000. An additional prize furnished by Media Services will be awarded to the Viewer’s Choice Winner for Best Pitch Video, selected through online voting.

When contestants submit to the competition they receive a free one-year membership to Big Vision Empty Wallet. Contestants must be residents of the United States. To submit, visit: http://www.bigvisionemptywallet.com/national-film-pitch

Participants must submit the following by January 30, 2012:

• A treatment for their dream feature film that they would make using the valuable prizes provided by the competition sponsors.
• A promotional video, trailer or scene that pitches their film.
• Bios of the creative team.

The Top 10 Finalists will be announced on BigVisionEmptyWallet.com on February 10, 2012, at which time, online voting will open to decide the online winner. The esteemed judges will give each finalist a score based on originality, style, professionalism, marketability, quality of work and so on. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced on March 1, 2012.

The Top 3 Finalists will have from March 1, 2012 – April 1, 2012 to complete the first draft of their screenplay and submit it for judging in the final round. Online voting for the best pitch video will continue throughout this time.

The judging panel will select the Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on BigVisionEmptyWallet.com and RottingTelevision.com on May 1, 2012.

The judging panel includes:

• Russell Carpenter – Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer, Titanic
• Maureen Ryan – Producer, Academy Award-Winning Documentary Man on Wire, Project Nim
• Heather Matarazzo – Actress, Welcome to the Dollhouse (Independent Spirit Award)
• Rik Cordero – Award Winning Commercial, Film and Music Video Director
• Alex Buono – Academy Award Nominated Cinematographer, 10-year veteran Saturday Night Live
• June Diane Raphael – Writer and star of upcoming feature Ass Backwards, Writer of Bride Wars

“It isn’t our goal to simply find the next great feature film, we will also enable the winner to get their dream film made,” said BVEW co-founder Dani Faith Leonard. “The grand prize package is huge. I wish I could win it!”

“We are extremely grateful and excited to be teaming with all of our sponsors, especially Canon during the exciting launch of their brand new cameras,” said BVEW co-founder Alex Cirillo.

ABOUT BVEW:

Big Vision Empty Wallet is an international networking organization dedicated to bringing together artists and innovators and helping them create, collaborate, and showcase their work. We inspire the creative class to create great change by creating great work.

Members Can:

FIND ARTISTS TO COLLABORATE WITH:
- Attend our ongoing events in cities around the world.
- Post casting and crewing notices on our projects board and in our member bulletin.
- Create a profile on our site where you can share your work and information about yourself as an artist and the art you create.
- Interact with other members who you want to work with by sending them a private message on the site.

CREATE WITH EASE:
- Take advantage of our exclusive member deals and discounts.
- Use our resource guide, including over 125 production forms, NY and LA vendor directories, as well as our listings of film commissions and unions.

SHOWCASE YOUR WORK:
- Screen your films or exhibit your work at our events.
- Gain free online entry to all of our online competitions.
- Upload your work onto your member profile.

AFFECT CHANGE:
Give back to your community at our local Chapter events in NY, LA, Philly and DC. We host events in other cities around the world too and will be expanding our events to Chicago, Boston, Toronto, London and Madrid! Each Chapter is associated with local charities and non-profits. Our members? work is always showcased through screenings, exhibits and performances as members network and give back.

ABOUT BVEW’S NATIONAL FILM COMPETITION JUDGES:

RUSSELL CARPENTER won the 1997 Oscar for Best Cinematography on James Cameron’s Titanic. His work with Cameron began on the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy/action hybrid, True Lies. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In the 1980s, Carpenter shot many memorable horror films including Critters, Critters 2 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. In the 1990s, he DP’d the Jean-Claude Van Damme hits Death Warrant and Hard Target. His next project, This Means War, is due out in theaters sometime next year.

MAUREEN A. RYAN is a producer based in New York concentrating on feature films and documentaries. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s 2009 Academy Award-winning Best Documentary, Man on Wire, as well as on Marsh’s latest feature documentary, Project Nim. She produced the independent film Bomber, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009, as well as 2008 Peabody Award-winner, The Gates, co-directed by Albert Maysles. Ryan also wrote the book, Producer to Producer: The Step-by-Step Guide to Low Budget Independent Film Producing.

HEATHER MATARAZZO, a successful actor since her feature film debut in Welcome to the Dollhouse at the age of 11, has been captivating movie-going audiences for over a decade. Her unique talent and on-screen charm have earned her critical acclaim, including an Independent Spirit Award. Heather quickly followed up Dollhouse with a breakout performance in Taylor Hackford’s thriller, The Devil’s Advocate. In the following years, she worked non-stop on such films as 54, Getting to Know You, Scream 3, Sorority Boys, and Freshman Orientation. In 1997, Heather joined the cast of the smash hit series Roseanne for the final season. In 2001, Heather starred in Disney’s box office hit, The Princess Diaries, directed by Garry Marshall. That same year, Heather starred in Service Men off Broadway and made her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatres production of The Women. Following up her Broadway debut, Heather went into production for the sleeper hit Saved. Heather’s focus continues in film and theatre as she chooses to diversify her body of work securing a lead role in the sequel to HOSTEL. In 2010 Heather produced and starred in MANGUS!, and independent feature film directed by Ash Christian.

RIK CORDERO was born and raised in Queens, New York and is known for applying unusual, non-traditional shooting methods in his work. He was nominated for Video Director Of The Year at the 2009 BET Awards and was the recipient of the Best Film Award for his feature film, Inside A Change, which made its world premiere at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. In 2010, Cordero was seen in Sprite’s print and television ads for their “Spark” campaign. The ads featured him as a Hollywood director discovering inspiration in very unlikely ways. He recently wrapped his latest feature Starla, a thriller executive produced by Chris Robinson and The World Is Watching, a documentary about the culture of New York City high school basketball produced by Nike and narrated by Spike Lee. Cordero was also a featured director for SHOOT Magazine’s 9th Annual New Director’s Showcase held at the DGA Theater on May 10, 2011. He is currently in production with a documentary about the closing of Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens, New York.

ALEXANDER BUONO wrote and produced the theatrical documentary, Bigger Stronger Faster, which he developed and guided through every stage from financing and production to final delivery and distribution. The film premiered in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Alex was the co-producer and director of photography of Green Street Hooligans, about London’s football subculture starring Elijah Wood, which won both the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival. In 2003, Alex received an Oscar nomination for the short film, Johnny Flynton, which he produced and photographed. He recently completed the Chinese co-production, Shanghai Kiss, starring Hayden Panettiere, and has been the director of photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit for the past 9 seasons. Other credits include the Emmy-nominated ESPN series Mayne Street. Alex is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema Arts and spent his early post-collegiate years on the camera crews of studio ?lms including Twister, Conspiracy Theory and Armageddon. ?

JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL has appeared in such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Zodiac, Going the Distance, Year One, The Dry Land and Bride Wars, which she co-wrote with Casey Wilson. She currently plays Piper on the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV, and has been seen on Flight of the Conchords, Party Down, Funny Or Die Presents, Happy Endings and Players. She currently is developing a pilot for ABC with Will Gluck called, “Walk of Shame” in addition to numerous features currently in development.

ABOUT BVEW’S FOUNDERS:

ALEX CIRILLO is a filmmaker born and raised in New York. In May 2010, she and Dani Faith Leonard launched Big Vision Empty Wallet after having produced film screenings and competitions through their sister company, Industry Power Play. Cirillo is also a Producer at Washington Square Films where she works on feature films, documentaries and commercials, and specializes in TV & New Media development. She recently worked on Margin Call, a feature film starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, which premiered at Sundance 2011 & opened in theatres this October, and Francine, an independent experimental drama starring Melissa Leo slated for release in 2012. Cirillo also serves as Grant Manager for Emmy-winning Director Robert Levi’s and Bowery Arts & Science’s National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a documentary about legendary jazz musician Hank Jones. Additionally, Cirillo is the chairwoman of New York Women in Film & Television’s Gift Bag Committee. This summer she had the honor of serving as a judge for the Boston Comedy Festival’s New York Showcase and she is currently in pre-production on a documentary about children in inner city Baltimore gaining confidence and life skills with the help of The Tender Bridge.

DANI FAITH LEONARD is a writer and actress based in New York City. She has acted in independent films and theatre in the US and overseas. She can be seen writing and performing with the sketch comedy troupe Really Sketchy. In June 2008, she founded Preen Productions under which she and business partner Alex Cirillo ran Industry Power Play, a series of monthly film screenings and events for the independent film and performing arts community of NYC. In May 2010, they launched BigVisionEmptyWallet.com, a networking organization dedicated to bringing artists together from all over the world. She currently has two films in pre-production and is looking forward to what this exciting year will hold personally, and for Big Vision Empty Wallet.

For more information and to become a member of Big Vision Empty Wallet, visit http://www.bigvisionemptywallet.com/join.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 3, 2011 – Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), the networking organization dedicated to bringing both emerging and established artists and innovators together and helping them collaborate, create and showcase their work, has teamed up with Canon to launch its first National Film Pitch Competition. The purpose of Big Vision Empty Wallet’s National Film Pitch Competition is to find the next great feature film and get it made. Canon will be awarding the Grand Prize Winner with a 30-consecutive-day HDSLR Camera and Canon EOS EF “L” Series Lens Package Rental, plus a 1-week re-shoot. The winner will also receive other free rental packages and services to help them get their film made from additional sponsors, including a Producer’s Package from Media Services/Show Biz Software, Quick Film Budget, Konsonant, Rotting Television and Daryl Eisenberg Casting. The Grand Prize is valued at over $100,000. An additional prize furnished by Media Services will be awarded to the Viewer’s Choice Winner for Best Pitch Video, selected through online voting.

When contestants submit to the competition they receive a free one-year membership to Big Vision Empty Wallet. Contestants must be residents of the United States. To submit, visit: http://www.bigvisionemptywallet.com/national-film-pitch

Participants must submit the following by January 30, 2012:

• A treatment for their dream feature film that they would make using the valuable prizes provided by the competition sponsors.
• A promotional video, trailer or scene that pitches their film.
• Bios of the creative team.

The Top 10 Finalists will be announced on BigVisionEmptyWallet.com on February 10, 2012, at which time, online voting will open to decide the online winner. The esteemed judges will give each finalist a score based on originality, style, professionalism, marketability, quality of work and so on. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced on March 1, 2012.

The Top 3 Finalists will have from March 1, 2012 – April 1, 2012 to complete the first draft of their screenplay and submit it for judging in the final round. Online voting for the best pitch video will continue throughout this time.

The judging panel will select the Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on BigVisionEmptyWallet.com and RottingTelevision.com on May 1, 2012.

The judging panel includes:

• Russell Carpenter – Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer, Titanic
• Maureen Ryan – Producer, Academy Award-Winning Documentary Man on Wire, Project Nim
• Heather Matarazzo – Actress, Welcome to the Dollhouse (Independent Spirit Award)
• Rik Cordero – Award Winning Commercial, Film and Music Video Director
• Alex Buono – Academy Award Nominated Cinematographer, 10-year veteran Saturday Night Live
• June Diane Raphael – Writer and star of upcoming feature Ass Backwards, Writer of Bride Wars

“It isn’t our goal to simply find the next great feature film, we will also enable the winner to get their dream film made,” said BVEW co-founder Dani Faith Leonard. “The grand prize package is huge. I wish I could win it!”

“We are extremely grateful and excited to be teaming with all of our sponsors, especially Canon during the exciting launch of their brand new cameras,” said BVEW co-founder Alex Cirillo.

ABOUT BVEW:

Big Vision Empty Wallet is an international networking organization dedicated to bringing together artists and innovators and helping them create, collaborate, and showcase their work. We inspire the creative class to create great change by creating great work.

Members Can:

FIND ARTISTS TO COLLABORATE WITH:
- Attend our ongoing events in cities around the world.
- Post casting and crewing notices on our projects board and in our member bulletin.
- Create a profile on our site where you can share your work and information about yourself as an artist and the art you create.
- Interact with other members who you want to work with by sending them a private message on the site.

CREATE WITH EASE:
- Take advantage of our exclusive member deals and discounts.
- Use our resource guide, including over 125 production forms, NY and LA vendor directories, as well as our listings of film commissions and unions.

SHOWCASE YOUR WORK:
- Screen your films or exhibit your work at our events.
- Gain free online entry to all of our online competitions.
- Upload your work onto your member profile.

AFFECT CHANGE:
Give back to your community at our local Chapter events in NY, LA, Philly and DC. We host events in other cities around the world too and will be expanding our events to Chicago, Boston, Toronto, London and Madrid! Each Chapter is associated with local charities and non-profits. Our members? work is always showcased through screenings, exhibits and performances as members network and give back.

ABOUT BVEW’S NATIONAL FILM COMPETITION JUDGES:

RUSSELL CARPENTER won the 2007 Oscar for Best Cinematography on James Cameron’s Titanic. His work with Cameron began on the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy/action hybrid, True Lies. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In the 1980s, Carpenter shot many memorable horror films including Critters, Critters 2 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. In the 1990s, he DP’d the Jean-Claude Van Damme hits Death Warrant and Hard Target. His next project, This Means War, is due out in theaters sometime next year.

MAUREEN A. RYAN is a producer based in New York concentrating on feature films and documentaries. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s 2009 Academy Award-winning Best Documentary, Man on Wire, as well as on Marsh’s latest feature documentary, Project Nim. She produced the independent film Bomber, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009, as well as 2008 Peabody Award-winner, The Gates, co-directed by Albert Maysles. Ryan also wrote the book, Producer to Producer: The Step-by-Step Guide to Low Budget Independent Film Producing.

HEATHER MATARAZZO, a successful actor since her feature film debut in Welcome to the Dollhouse at the age of 11, has been captivating movie-going audiences for over a decade. Her unique talent and on-screen charm have earned her critical acclaim, including an Independent Spirit Award. Heather quickly followed up Dollhouse with a breakout performance in Taylor Hackford’s thriller, The Devil’s Advocate. In the following years, she worked non-stop on such films as 54, Getting to Know You, Scream 3, Sorority Boys, and Freshman Orientation. In 1997, Heather joined the cast of the smash hit series Roseanne for the final season. In 2001, Heather starred in Disney’s box office hit, The Princess Diaries, directed by Garry Marshall. That same year, Heather starred in Service Men off Broadway and made her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatres production of The Women. Following up her Broadway debut, Heather went into production for the sleeper hit Saved. Heather’s focus continues in film and theatre as she chooses to diversify her body of work securing a lead role in the sequel to HOSTEL. In 2010 Heather produced and starred in MANGUS!, and independent feature film directed by Ash Christian.

RIK CORDERO was born and raised in Queens, New York and is known for applying unusual, non-traditional shooting methods in his work. He was nominated for Video Director Of The Year at the 2009 BET Awards and was the recipient of the Best Film Award for his feature film, Inside A Change, which made its world premiere at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. In 2010, Cordero was seen in Sprite’s print and television ads for their “Spark” campaign. The ads featured him as a Hollywood director discovering inspiration in very unlikely ways. He recently wrapped his latest feature Starla, a thriller executive produced by Chris Robinson and The World Is Watching, a documentary about the culture of New York City high school basketball produced by Nike and narrated by Spike Lee. Cordero was also a featured director for SHOOT Magazine’s 9th Annual New Director’s Showcase held at the DGA Theater on May 10, 2011. He is currently in production with a documentary about the closing of Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens, New York.

ALEXANDER BUONO wrote and produced the theatrical documentary, Bigger Stronger Faster, which he developed and guided through every stage from financing and production to final delivery and distribution. The film premiered in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Alex was the co-producer and director of photography of Green Street Hooligans, about London’s football subculture starring Elijah Wood, which won both the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival. In 2003, Alex received an Oscar nomination for the short film, Johnny Flynton, which he produced and photographed. He recently completed the Chinese co-production, Shanghai Kiss, starring Hayden Panettiere, and has been the director of photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit for the past 9 seasons. Other credits include the Emmy-nominated ESPN series Mayne Street. Alex is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema Arts and spent his early post-collegiate years on the camera crews of studio ?lms including Twister, Conspiracy Theory and Armageddon. ?

JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL has appeared in such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Zodiac, Going the Distance, Year One, The Dry Land and Bride Wars, which she co-wrote with Casey Wilson. She currently plays Piper on the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV, and has been seen on Flight of the Conchords, Party Down, Funny Or Die Presents, Happy Endings and Players. She currently is developing a pilot for ABC with Will Gluck called, “Walk of Shame” in addition to numerous features currently in development.

ABOUT BVEW’S FOUNDERS:

ALEX CIRILLO is a filmmaker born and raised in New York. In May 2010, she and Dani Faith Leonard launched Big Vision Empty Wallet after having produced film screenings and competitions through their sister company, Industry Power Play. Cirillo is also a Producer at Washington Square Films where she works on feature films, documentaries and commercials, and specializes in TV & New Media development. She recently worked on Margin Call, a feature film starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, which premiered at Sundance 2011 & opened in theatres this October, and Francine, an independent experimental drama starring Melissa Leo slated for release in 2012. Cirillo also serves as Grant Manager for Emmy-winning Director Robert Levi’s and Bowery Arts & Science’s National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a documentary about legendary jazz musician Hank Jones. Additionally, Cirillo is the chairwoman of New York Women in Film & Television’s Gift Bag Committee. This summer she had the honor of serving as a judge for the Boston Comedy Festival’s New York Showcase and she is currently in pre-production on a documentary about children in inner city Baltimore gaining confidence and life skills with the help of The Tender Bridge.

DANI FAITH LEONARD is a writer and actress based in New York City. She has acted in independent films and theatre in the US and overseas. She can be seen writing and performing with the sketch comedy troupe Really Sketchy. In June 2008, she founded Preen Productions under which she and business partner Alex Cirillo ran Industry Power Play, a series of monthly film screenings and events for the independent film and performing arts community of NYC. In May 2010, they launched BigVisionEmptyWallet.com, a networking organization dedicated to bringing artists together from all over the world. She currently has two films in pre-production and is looking forward to what this exciting year will hold personally, and for Big Vision Empty Wallet.

For more information and to become a member of Big Vision Empty Wallet, visit http://www.bigvisionemptywallet.com/join.

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