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FILMMAKER BOOT CAMP – London, ON – August 12th, 2017

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Time: 10:00AM – 4:00PM Location: 121 Studios – 211 King St. London, ON

FILMMAKING BOOT CAMP – LESS TALKING. . . MORE SHOOTING!!!

When: Saturday August 12th, 2017 (1 Workshop Only)

Time: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Location: 121 Studios 211 King St. London, ON

Cost: $195.00 per person***

Max. Attendees: 50

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Early Booking with Coupon: Save 25% off (Only $146.25 if Purchased before July 31st) Use Coupon Code: EarlyReg25%

Do you want to stop talking about making a film and start shooting it? Are you constantly running in to roadblocks getting your project off the ground? Stop being your own worse enemy, and yes, we as filmmakers are often just that. If you are an active or aspiring independent filmmaker, director or producer this one-day workshop is for you! Learn the things no film school can teach you from practical knowledge and experience.

Join Writer/Director/Producer Greg A. Sager of Matchbox Pictures as he delves into and breaks down the entire independent filmmaking process, shooting in London and lays out how to get your film projects up and going for the whole world to see.

Learn how to not limit yourself as a filmmaker, utilizing your resources, raising capital, attracting the right talent & crew and most importantly, finishing you film!

This intensive 1-day seminar covers the do’s and don’ts of independent filmmaking, from start to finish…

SCREENWRITING

“Oh, so you wrote its raining”…Choosing & writing the right project, the budgetary genre gap and working within it.

PRE-PRODUCTION

“Too much is never enough”…From locations and casting to your perfect crew and understanding the tips and tricks on keeping things moving and everyone committed and engaged.

CASTING

“You have how much?”… How to write your characters so they come alive with your budget in mind and the giant role that genre plays in your casting all while trying to not break the bank.

PRODUCTION

“Feeding the Beast”… Choosing the right camera, scheduling, the art of compromise, picking your battles and the importance of a great Production Manager.

POST PRODUCTION

“Can’t see the forest”… The highs and lows of the post process and how to get it done whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring an editor. Tips and tricks on utilizing resources you didn’t even know you had.

MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTING YOUR FILM

“Sending your child out into the world”… Letting go and what to watch out for…Deciding upon direct distribution, distributors and sales agents. Understand how distribution works and the reality of the new media era and how it affects the independent filmmaker & their films.

Q&A SESSION

‘Ask your Questions’ and get invaluable feedback about your project.

***Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or notebook and pen.***

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

London filmmaker Greg A. Sager has over 18 years of experience in film & video production and has written, produced and directed three feature films (‘Devil Seed’, ‘Kingdom Come’ and ‘Gray Matter’) that have been distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Greg has also been a regular guest speaker at Fanshawe College’s Advanced Filmmaking and Screenwriting programs over the years.

Greg A. Sager on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3419080/

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Screenwriting 101 – London, ON – August 19th, 2017

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SCREENWRITING 101

When: Saturday August 19th, 2017

Location: 121 Studios – 211 King St. London, ON

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $119.00 per person

Early Booking with Coupon: Save 20% off (Only $95.20 if Purchased before July 31st) Use Coupon Code: screenwriting20

Max: 25 people per workshop

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Join Writer/Director/Producer Greg A. Sager of Matchbox Pictures as he delves into and breaks down the process of screenwriting. Whether you’re writing a screenplay for yourself to produce or writing screenplays to sell to others…because it is far from the same thing. See you’ve already learned something. Great informative introduction for not only individuals interested in screenwriting but also an invaluable resource for producers and filmmakers too.

Some of the discussion topics…

Tips on planning, writing and structuring your screenplays…

Lessons on not writing yourself into a corner…

Software and formatting…

Spotting trends to focus your writing…

Writing for you vs Writing for them…

Q & A Session

About the speaker…

Greg A. Sager has over 18 years of experience in film & video production and has three feature films (‘Devil Seed’, ‘Kingdom Come’ and ‘Gray Matter’) under his belt which have been distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Greg has also been a regular guest speaker at Fanshawe College’s Advanced Filmmaking and Screenwriting programs over the years.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3419080/

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5 TIPS FOR A BETTER DEMO REEL

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5 TIPS FOR A BETTER DEMO REEL

All professionals in the world, no matter the field, utilize certain tools to help accomplish their goals. Chefs have all sorts of utensils, mechanics have boxes full of wrenches, and actors have… well, actors really only need themselves to do their job. However, the film and television industry is a tricky one, where the question of talent and skill can fall short of marketing and good timing. An actor’s tools usually focus more on helping them get the job rather than do the job. We’re all beautiful, talented little snowflakes (or so our Mother tells us), but we need examples and materials to demonstrate that fact to Casting Directors and Producers. Head Shots, a nice resume, your social media; all of these are tools to showcase your talents, but nothing does this more than the Actor’s Demo Reel. A Demo Reel is a short (1-2 minute) collection of clips from your previous work. It showcases your talent and really gives prospective collaborators and other industry professionals a clear picture of what you can do, by simply letting them see you do it!

The difficulty here is, however, that many actors are caught in a Catch 22. In order to get work, they need a Demo Reel… but in order to make a Demo Reel, they need to get work! This frustrating scenario can be mind-bending and has been known to break the spirits of more than a few hopeful actors. But there is hope! A few options stand out for those of us just starting out.

First, there is never a shortage of work being done by students and young independent filmmakers. Self-submitting through Actor’s Access, LA Casting, Backstage, or any number of other online utilities can usually garner a number of auditions for smaller projects. It’s a tough grind and a pretty significant investment of time and energy, usually with no pay (or payment in the form of pizza), but it’s a sure way to get some work done.

If you’re not interested in working the student film angle, or if you have been working it but fallen prey to a poor quality content or creators not sharing the copy, there are also a number of content creation services that will help to create content specifically for you and your reel. They usually have an upfront cost, but a quality team with an established process can take a lot of pressure off. Just make sure to take your time, do your research, and make a sound investment. A high-quality company can make some truly professional looking work to make you look the best you can, but it will come with a price tag. Be careful to know exactly what you’re paying for and who you’ll be working with.

For those feeling particularly ambitious, an actor can always create the content all on their own. Technology has gotten so accessible, it’s easy to get a hold of high-quality equipment. There is a significant amount of work involved in creating content, but it can be a very enlightening experience for anyone who’s willing to put in the legwork.

Whatever path you choose, here are a few tips to help ensure that your Demo Reel really works for you. Although there is no technical “industry standard” when it comes to Demo Reels, these are some good guideposts:

• Keep it two minutes or under. Most reels these days are about a minute long. One can argue that a two-minute reel is still okay for sitting on performances a bit longer. Just remember that Casting Directors are watching hundreds of demos and clips a day to find the talent. Don’t frustrate or bore them with an overly long demo.

• Always put your best work first. That’s just a given. A strong opening will keep them watching and let you leave a lasting impression.

• Have a minimum of at least 3 clips, preferably where you are speaking. You want them to focus on you and see what you can do. It doesn’t really help if you walk by in the background, even if Brad Pitt is standing in front of you.

• Loose the headshot at the beginning or end. Not a rule, just an opinion. The thinking here is that if you are on sites such as LA Casting and Actors Access, they already know what you look like. Your reel should be as short and sweet as possible. I believe in a “less is more” mentality. My editing preference is to just start the reel placing the actor’s name in the lower left or right third (depends on your framing) and then placing your name in white letters over black for 5 seconds or so. Clean and simple. Doesn’t waste any time.

• Start a Youtube channel and sign up for a free Dropbox or Google Drive account. YouTube is one of the best ways people can see you these days, and in HD to boot. Also, Dropbox and Google Drive are great ways to share and store your content. So, whenever somebody needs to see it, you can just copy a link and they can download it onto their computer. Welcome to the future. Don’t fear it, start making it work for you.
Find out more at www.rapidreelz.com

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Model/ Talent Scout Internship

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Internship Model/ Talent Scout

We are constantly on the lookout for emerging leaders to join our team. We are looking for an Internship Model/ Talent scout for our office in London.  Whether on the street, in a club or at your local gym, you need the charisma to approach and introduce yourself to Canada’s most beautiful faces.  Is that you?  If so continue below.

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