Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chris Norby is an idiot or State Assembly does the right thing!

The California state Assembly did the right thing today and voted to extend tax incentives to filmmakers who shoot in California.  The only person who voted against it was Assemblyman Chris Norby.  He said, if you want to support the film industry, go see a movie.
Idiotic statements like that one is part of the reason California is in financial ruin. IN MY OPINION.
By giving these tax incentives, you are keeping movie production within the state instead of allowing other states in the union (who are obviously smarter than Norby) to steal productions away by offering these incentives.  Why would you want to support a Hollywood Fat Cat Producer?  Because you are NOT.  You are bringing work to California workers.  And whenever a movie shoots in a location, that area MAKES MONEY - sometimes MILLIONS per film shoot.  Independent filmmakers like myself can stay local and work toward making their smaller films.  Toronto, Canada believes so much in offering AMERICAN filmmakers incentives and studios to work in, that they have spent over $700 MILLION dollars just constructing studios and stages for these filmmakers to use.  Now why would they do that IF THERE WERE NO MONEY FOR THEM IN THE DEAL?
Norby says he hasn't seen a movie in years (his non-support of Hollywood), wonder how many other things he's out of touch with?  Hmmmmm.  Do we need someone like that in the state Assembly who is so obviously out of touch?  Maybe the Norbster should get a freaking clue!
For deets, read on:
The state Assembly voted Tuesday to extend incentives for California's entertainment industry for five more years, approving up to $500 million in additional tax credits to help keep movie-making jobs in the state.
The California Film and Television Tax Credit Program enacted in 2009 has already helped keep some $2.2 billion in film and television production and 25,000 crew jobs in California, said Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Sylmar Democrat, arguing for the extension.
The Assembly voted 72-1 to extend the program from 2014 to July 2019. The bill goes next to the state Senate.
Supporters said other states and nations have been stepping up their incentives to lure away film and television work.
California lost production jobs for years until the credit took effect, said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, and it was carefully crafted for economic benefit to the state.
"You had to create the job here to get the credit," he said.
Democrats and Republicans both backed AB 1069 as a way to preserve California jobs, though some GOP lawmakers said other industries needed the help as much as Hollywood.
Only Assemblyman Chris Norby voted against the bill, saying the tax credits tilted the level playing field of business competition.
"This is about picking and choosing economic winners and losers," Norby said. "If you want to support Hollywood, go see a movie. I haven't seen one in a long time."
Los Angeles area legislators had pushed for a production tax credit for years without success until then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got behind the idea in 2008. His backing was pegged to a decision by the producers of the ABC Studios television series "Ugly Betty" to move production from Los Angeles to New York, costing about two-thirds of the 150 crew members their jobs on the $3 million-per-episode show.
New York had offered the producers a 35 percent tax credit.
California's credit, against income or sales taxes or both, is not quite that rich. It covers up to 25 percent of production budgets spent in the state and applies to films with production budgets of up to $75 million, TV movies, miniseries and certain series. It sets aside at least $10 million of credits for independent films from the $100 million available each year.
The California credit took effect in 2009, when the recession and tax credits elsewhere helped cut on-location filming days on the streets of Los Angeles by 19 percent from the previous year, according to FilmLA, a nonprofit that tracks city film permits. The decline would have been even larger without the tax credit, which helped keep 10 feature films in town, the group said.
Producers taking advantage of the state perk helped increase movie and TV commercial production in Los Angeles by 15 percent in 2010, the first full calendar year the tax credit was in effect. The group reported that permits showed 43,646 production days in 2010, up from 37,979 in 2009.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Big Bang Theory Episode or a WOMAN solves a decades old problem

A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break.
Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash University's School of Physics, locating the mystery material within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies".
Monash astrophysicist Dr Kevin Pimbblet explained that scientists had previously detected matter that was present in the early history of the universe but that could not now be located.
"There is missing mass, ordinary mass not dark mass ... It's missing to the present day," Pimbblet told AFP.
"We don't know where it went. Now we do know where it went because that's what Amelia found."
Fraser-McKelvie, an aerospace engineering and science student, was able to confirm after a targeted X-ray search for the mystery mass that it had moved to the "filaments of galaxies", which stretch across enormous expanses of space.
Pimbblet's earlier work had suggested the filaments as a possible location for the "missing" matter, thought to be low in density but high in temperature.
Pimbblet said astrophysicists had known about the "missing" mass for the past two decades, but the technology needed to pinpoint its location had only become available in recent years.
He said the discovery could drive the construction of new telescopes designed to specifically study the mass.
Pimbblet admitted the discovery was primarily academic, but he said previous physics research had led to the development of diverse other technologies.
"Whenever I speak to people who have influence, politicians and so on, they sometimes ask me 'Why should I invest in physics pure research?'. And I sometimes say to them: 'Do you use a mobile phone? Some of that technology came about by black hole research'.
"The pure research has knock-on effects to the whole society which are sometimes difficult to anticipate."
Way to go Amelia!  Go high!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Damn, I wish I could draw or Here's a grant for artists!

Request for Qualifications: New Central Library (Austin, TX)
Budget: $385,000
Webcast Artist Info Meeting:  June 1, 2011, 3 pm (CST) 
Application Deadline: July 6, 2011, midnight (CST)
Eligibility:  Professional artists who live and work in the United States

The City of Austin's Art in Public Places (AIPP) Program seeks to commission a professional visual artist to create a signature piece of artwork for the new Central Library Art in Public Places project.  AIPP requests qualifications from professional visual artists who live and work in the United States.  Up to three finalists will be selected and paid to visit Austin and create proposals. From the group of three finalists, one artist/artist team and one alternate will be recommended for the project.  Applications must be submitted online at

A web-interactive artist information meeting will be held at 3 pm (CST) on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Austin City Hall (201 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701), and webcast live/recorded for future viewing.  Art in Public Places staff and members of the project design team will present information on the project and answer questions from interested artists. The meeting will be viewable live via webinar at No password is required for viewing but by registering into the webinar, viewers have the option to ask questions or make comments in the "Cover It Live" chat window.

Full Request for Qualifications and more information can be found at

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Agony & The Ecstasy! or The Annual Fade In Awards!

Win an iPad, $5,000 & Your Winning Project Sent to Hollywood Agents, Managers & Producers!
The Fade In Awards were established in 1996 to assist talented new writers 
and writer/directors with getting recognized within the Hollywood community 
in order to begin a career as a working filmmaker.

In the last fifteen years, the competition has done just that:
  • After Jon Bokenkamp entered his thriller Preston Tylk, he signed with ICM, he was hired to write a feature for director William Friedkin, has since directed Tylk and sold his documentary After Sunset to AMC, wrote features for Julia Roberts, Halle Berry (Perfect Stranger), and Angelina Jolie (Taking Lives).
  • After Josh Gordin and Will Speck entered their short Culture, both signed with ICM, Culture was nominated for an Academy Award™ and they directed Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory.
  • After Darryl Wimberley entered his noir Kaleidoscope, he signed with ICM. He now has a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press and Kaleidoscope has also been published as a novel.
  • After George Olson entered his script Tesla, he signed with Endeavor.
  • After Grant Jerkins entered his project "An American Crime," we gave it to Fade In Advisory Board member, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Kazan who, along with writer Terry Curtis Fox, adapted it for the screen. Oscar-nominated director Barbet Schroeder is attached to helm.
  • After Mike Murphy entered his script "Clackers," he landed an option and within months began filming. Now titled Javelina, you can look for Murphy's film in theatres later this year.
  • After Matt Krentz and Vernon Whitlock entered their action franchise, "The Blaze Brothers," they signed with APA and landed a deal with American Original Entertainment.
  • After Frank Baldwin entered his genre film, he signed with the William Morris Agency, landed writing assignments with Sony Pictures and director Sam Raimi, DreamWorks and director Philip Noyce, and Paramount and director Pierre Morel.
  • After Mike Walsh entered his screenplay, he signed with Ken Sherman & Associates and optioned two projects.
  • After Howard Kingkade entered his short, Hole in the Paper Sky, the script was produced starring Jessica Biel, Gary Marshall and Jason Clarke.
  • After James R. Rothenberg entered his script, "The Last Resort," he signed with Original Artists.
  • After Haven Turleygood entered his genre film "Irish," he signed with Endeavor and landed a writing assignment with Arnold Kopelson and another with Joel Silver.
  • After Matt Healy entered his dark comedy Clay Pigeons, Healy signed with ICM, Pigeons was produced by Ridley and Tony Scott with David Dobkin directing and Healy landed a two-picture deal with Warner Bros.
  • After Max Mayer entered his drama Adam, he directed and sold the film at the Sundance Film Festival to Fox Searchlight then played in theatres to rave reviews.
  • After Eric Howell entered his short Ana's Playground, he signed with UTA & Anonymous Content. Now he's shooting his first feature in Paris.
These are just some of our finalists' success stories. Will you be next? First-round finalists of the 16th Annual Fade In Awards will be announced February 28, 2012. $10,000 in prizes will be awarded thereafter, including the Grand Prize. Fade In reserves the right to grant less than or no awards, at its sole discretion, if a lesser number of, or no entries meet the submission requirements and/or industry standards of excellence.

GRAND PRIZE:Apple iPad, $5,000, winning project sent to Hollywood agents, managers & producers.
FIRST PRIZE: $1000, script analysis by WGA writer, Waterman fountain pen, winning project sent to Hollywood agents, managers & producers.
SECOND PRIZE: $750, script analysis by WGA writer, winning project sent to Hollywood agents, managers & producers.
THIRD PRIZE: $500, script analysis by WGA writer, winning project sent to Hollywood agents, managers & producers.
Winners will appear in Fade In, along with press releases to the trades.

EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: August 31, 2011
REGULAR DEADLINE: October 31, 2011
FINAL DEADLINE: November 30, 2011

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*Contestants may enter as many times as they wish. One entry per application.