Episode Fifty-Six: Working with Animals in Film

October 27, 2010 by cindy  
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You may be surprised to learn that using animals in your production may not be completely out of the question if you’re working on a low budget project. Join us as we listen to expert Andrea Gold  talk about her experience in working with animals in film. Tune in if you’re considering using animals for your film or even if you’re just an animal lover or filmmaker! Jeremy McGovern of Mattoid Productions sits in as guest co-host.

Andrea Gold-Animal Trainer

Andrea has been working with animals for the last 10 years. After receiving a degree in Wildlife Management and Animal Behavior, she began her career training animals for movies and television. Her specialty is training exotic animals. She works with Elephants, a Rhinoceros, Pelicans, Monkeys, Tigers, Bears, as well as dogs and cats. She has worked on projects such as: Into the Wild, Hotel for Dogs, In the Darkness, Fight Science, Eaten Alive, I Shouldn’t be Alive, and Pedigree Adopt-a-Pet. One of her greatest fears is jellyfish.

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Jeremy McGovern-Producer/Writer

In the last 12 years Jeremy McGovern has worked on marketing campaigns for Hollywood films, businesses of his own, Fortune 500 companies, charities and smaller local businesses. During this period McGovern also graduated Magna Cum Laude with his BA from Columbia College’s film program with a double emphasis in Directing and Writing for cinema and television.

During his studies at Columbia, McGovern gained the opportunity to work with Participant Productions on the release, alternative marketing, and social action campaigns for Angels In The Dust, The Kite Runner and, Jimmy Carter; Man From The Plains. In this period McGovern also gained invaluable work experience on a myriad of short films, documentaries and music videos.

While still at Columbia, McGovern was recruited by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he worked as Operations Manager for their flagship Resort/Spa and Wellness Center for three years. After leaving the corporate world McGovern transitioned back into film by co-founding Mattoid Entertainment with Jenna Edwards and Andrew Robinson where he has co-produced, written and developed projects for the company as well as working heavily in the companies cutting edge Marketing, Distribution and Social Media divisions.

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Episode Thirty-Seven: Film Finance Revisited

May 5, 2010 by cindy  
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Raising money for your film can be the most daunting task in all of filmmaking. In this episode, Securities Attorney John Cones and filmmaker Justin Evans give their pearls of wisdom about raising money and making the hard sell of getting financing for your film more attractive to potential investors.

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John & Justin’s Links

For Info on Tax Code 181- Google info on Bill HR4213
Books by John Cones
John’s Website
Hard Money- Article in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine by John Cones
Jeff Steele’s Film Closings Blog
Justin Evans Twitter Page
Humble Magi Facebook Fan Page
Humble Magi Website

Books about Business Plans:

Getting the Money: A Step by Step Guide for Writing Business Plans for Film by Jeremy Juuso
Filmmakers and Financing, Fifth Edition: Business Plans for Independents by Louise Levison

Jenna & Jeremy’s Links
In the Darkness on Netflix
Indiegogo for Who Killed Jane Finch?

John Cones- Securities Attorney

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John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney who has practiced in Los Angeles for eighteen years advising independent feature film producers and others on matters relating to investor financing of feature film and other entertainment projects.  He has prepared or participated in the preparation of business plans and/or the required securities disclosure documents, along with Blue Sky compliance for more than 250 such offerings during his 18 year securities law career, including public and private production-money offerings for feature films, television pilots, documentaries, infomercials, live stage plays and Internet companies. His clients have produced or distributed some 51 feature and documentary films with funds raised through such offerings. Mr. Cones also works with entrepreneurs on investor financing of business start-ups. In addition to several articles, he has authored six books on those same topics including Introduction to the Film Industry- A Guide for Students, Filmmakers and Scholars, Dictionary of Film Finance and Distribution- A Guide for Independent Filmmakers, Film Industry Contracts, 43 Ways to Finance Your Film, The Feature Film Distribution Deal and Hollywood Wars.  He also hosts a Q&A Internet site about investor financing of entertainment projects at http://www.mecfilms.com/coneslaw/finforum.htm He is a member of the California and Texas bar associations. Mr. Cones resides in Westlake Village, California.

Justin Evans- Producer/Writer/Director

Justin Eugene Evans began his first theatre company at 14 and began making films at 15. He is the only undergraduate in NYU’s history to complete a feature film while in school. Justin is the founder, former CEO & Creative Director of Mystic Arts in Beijing as well as the owner and producer of Humble Magi, LLC and Oojah, LLC, which have offices in New Mexico and Michigan. He has been a film professor and art director in the video game industry. Justin was also the writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor and art director for the 2007 film, Saturday Night Special.

Recently, Justin finished the feature film, A Lonely Place For Dying. The preview screening of this film won the Heineken Red Star Award at The Santa Fe Film Festival in 2008 and won rave reviews at its premiere at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, NM in 2009.

Justin has been featured twice in Variety, twice in Moviemaker Magazine, and a mini-doc about his film aired on IFC throughout January 2009. Justin is a skilled graphic designer, photographer, production designer, screenwriter, cinematographer, director & producer and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Episode Thirty-Five: Jeff Lewis and Sean Becker of The Guild

April 21, 2010 by cindy  
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Sean Becker and Jeff Lewis of The Guild and The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour join us to talk about what it’s like to work on the most popular web series!

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Links
The Guild
Jeff Lewis 5 Minute Comedy Hour Facebook Page
Jeff’s Taco Bell Video
Jeff Lewis’ Twitter Page
Jeff’s Facebook page
Sean Becker’s Twitter
Sean’s Awkward Pictures Page

Episode Thirty-Three: The Creators of In the Darkness

March 31, 2010 by cindy  
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Producers Jenna Edwards and Jeremy McGovern and Writer/Director Andrew Robinson of In the Darkness join us to talk about the making of their movie. In the Darkness was the first narrative feature to release exclusively on Hulu.

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Live show with the creators of In the Darkness

March 30, 2010 by cindy  
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Join us as we speak to Andrew Robinson, Jenna Edwards and Jeremy McGovern to discuss the release of their new film In the Darkness.

Episode Thirty-One: Directing Your PR Campaign

March 17, 2010 by cindy  
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We feel that we really can’t talk too much about publicity since it is the key to getting your film seen and distributed. In this digital age there are many opportunities to take advantage of new publicity mediums such as social networking tools. Come listen as we banter with director Jenine Mayring about press releases, Twitter and our OT topic, Star Wars.

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Jenine Mayring- Producer/Director/Writer

Born and raised in the Big Apple, award-winning multi-hyphenate Jenine Mayring began her career as a stage actor. Today, she is a producer/director/writer and President of Brooklyn Girl Productions. Jenine has won numerous awards including a Davey Award and a Telly Award. Her producer/director credits range from theater in New York to films and commercials in Los Angeles. Simone, a psychological thriller that she wrote, produced and directed, had its world premiere at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Thriller at the 2010 Trail Dance Film Festival. Jenine produced the award-winning documentary From Silence to Sound (Best Inspirational Documentary, New York International Film Festival) which tells the miraculous story of a deaf man who hears for the first time at age 27 (available on IndieFlix and Amazon). A former American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and instructor, Jenine’s credits as an ASL consultant include the hit TV shows ER and Nip/Tuck. Jenine earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts (Acting & Directing) from the State University of New York at New Paltz (alma mater of John Turturro) in only three years. Prior to that, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School with a major in Graphic Communications.

A certified SCUBA diver, tennis player and four-time marathoner, Jenine lives in West Hollywood.

To find out more about Jenine or her projects, please see one of the following links:

Brooklyn Girl Productions Webpage
Brooklyn Girl Productions Twitter Page
Jenine’s Twitter Page
From Silence to Sound
Getting Started on Twitter

Jeremy McGovern- Producer

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Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist).  In Colorado McGovern was accepted to and finished several rigorous art programs with honors.  After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.

In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles McGovern has been selected to be a part of the opening management team for flagship locations of several Fortune 500 companies as well as working as an independent contractor for smaller local upstart companies. While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Mattoid Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson. Their film In the Darkness releases on Hulu on March 30, 2010.

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Episode Twenty-One: The Producer’s Corner

December 9, 2009 by cindy  
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Episode21_photoWho better to advise on pre-”production” than a couple of producers? Jenna and Jeremy stop by to share their pearls of producer wisdom about preparing for one of the biggest projects of your life: your independent film! They also share a little bit about the new film they’re working on called In the Darkness.

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Episode Twenty-One Guests

Jeremy McGovern- Producer

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Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist).  In Colorado McGovern was accepted to and finished several rigorous art programs with honors.  After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.
In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles McGovern has been selected to be a part of the opening management team for flagship locations of several Fortune 500 companies as well as working as an independent contractor for smaller local upstart companies.
While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Burning Bridge Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson and wrapped principal photography on their first feature film “In The Darkness”.

Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist). After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.

In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles. While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Burning Bridge Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson and wrapped principal photography on their first feature film In The Darkness.

Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor

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For more information about Jenna see the About page or click here.

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