Thursday, November 4, 2010

Photo: Vincent and Liam Neeson at Savannah Film Festival


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Vincent D'Onofrio and Liam Neeson during the 2010 Savannah Film Festival.

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SCAD District
Coffee talk: Using local resources
November 4, 2010
By Cameron Belk

By Cameron Belk

At the Marshall House Nov. 2, Students and professionals gathered around couches and warmed up with coffee and doughnuts before discussing the importance of utilizing local resources in Savannah. Writer and producer David Roach, Tourism and Film Services Director for the City of Savannah Jay Self and actor and director Vincent D’Onofrio spoke of their professional experiences in the film industry and the advantages of using resources within the community.

Film and Television professor Michael Chaney began the conversation by discussing the student’s advantage of having unlimited access of film equipment and the local organizations supporting student filmmaking.

Savannah Film and Tourism Commission.

Self spoke of the importance of student filming in Savannah and how future students will strengthen the community.

“We want our community to understand the artistic value of filming,” he said. “People like to tell stories about what they know, and SCAD alumni will bring their work back to Savannah in the future.”

To protect against liabilities when filming, Self said it is important students and professionals have a permit (free of cost) to access public and private property. He encouraged students to contact the Film Office with any questions concerning filming.

He added for an example, “The city doesn’t offer electricity, but we have availability throughout the town, and it can be turned on at your convenience if requested on your permit.”

He also urged students to be safe. “If you have a fire, have a fire marshall and an extinguisher.”

Locals in the community.

The panelist agreed that people enjoy new experiences and when asked a favor involving the film industry, will often participate if they are credited in some way. If lumber, food or clothing is needed during filming, ask someone for it, but first figure out how both parties can benefit from the favor.

For “Beneath Hill 60,” David Roach needed a “no man’s land,” a war zone roughed up and filled with trenches. He found the perfect farmland, went to the farmer and asked if he could borrow the land for a few months. After he told the farmer what he planned to do with his land, the farmer agreed to let him borrow it only if he was able to rough it up himself.

Roach gave the man a small part in the film and allowed his family to visit the set at their leisure, and in turn used the land for free.

“There are some people that still see film as magical,” Chaney added, and everyone in the room laughed in agreement. “So people are willing and wanting to help you.”

Out-of-town sources.

Macon Film Group representative Tabitha Walker welcomed all students to film in Macon, a permit-free town.

“We have old homes, a lot of baseball fields and we want to help you,” she said.

Tips from the professionals.

“Two of the most powerful words you can say are: please and thank you,” said Chaney. Students and professionals should write thank you notes to those who donate or volunteer.

The panel all agreed the importance of keeping a reputation valuable. Organizations will not allow a person to use their facilities if that person has a destructive reputation.

Also, do not have 500 crewmembers when you only need 50. “Working around a low budget is very possible,” said Roach. “Don’t be afraid to ask for favors or volunteers and support the community you are in.”

D’Onofrio stressed the importance of remaining close to your classmates and local organizations.

“Get cozy with the Film Commission. They can work in your favor,” said D’Onofrio. “Remain loyal to them, and they will remain loyal to you.”

Self added: “Contact us and we will get you in touch with the right people.”

The panel left the students on a positive note, encouraging all students to make use of their local resources.

1 comment:

havers said...

Realy nice picture. Thanks for the hint.

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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