Star Wars: Episode VIII Begins Production

Announcement Video!

Looks like things are under way for Star Wars: Episode VIII! As a fan of Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), I can't wait to see his take on the franchise. Check out this announcement and the video from Walt Disney Pictures:

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016. 

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry's top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director). 

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

HBO Inspires Community Program Opportunity

THE HBO INSPIRES COMMUNITY PROGRAM

FOR PROSPECTIVE TRAINEES

WHAT IS IT?

 This program is an opportunity for local students and community members to participate  in a paid Production Assistant training program for 7 days on the setof HBO’s VEEP.

•The internship is a 7 day paid training program on the set and production office during the pro- duction of VEEP You will be working 8 hours/day, withschedules that vary according to produc- tion schedules.

      These will be department specific internships, working closely with veteran  professionals in behind-the-scenes  trades.

      Departments participating in the 2016 VEEP training program include:

PRODUCTION  • ART DEPT  • PROPS 

WHY IS THIS PROGRAM GOOD FOR MY FUTURE?

      HBO is happy to be working in your community to produce award winning stories and series content, and is working to create quality job training opportunities through its  productions.

      It can be difficult to find ‘ways in’ to the complex world of film and television production;  this type of internship program provides exposure to the variety of careers in production, as well as a basic understanding of on set etiquette, hiring practices and  expectations on large productions.

WHAT IT ISN’T

      A job or a guarantee of a job: this is a paid training opportunity. Though participants may find additional work in the industry or on the production after the training program, this  program is designed to provide career exposure in a limited time frame. 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

      Everyone is invited to apply. Your application is not a guarantee of acceptance or  participation. Your application should include your preferencesregarding department  placements.

        APPLY for the program at www.novacvideo.org/hbo/veep

        TIMELINE:

      Applications due: February 17

      Phone Interviews: February 18-20

      Notifications: February 22

      Training Program: February 25 - March

  Questions about the training program or application process can be directed to Biliana Grozdanova at biliana@novacvideo.org.

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

DADDY'S HOME, "Daddy's Lounge" in Bethesda, MD

In support of DADDY’S HOME, Paramount Pictures’ newest family comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, six Westfield Malls across the country, including the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, will be hosting special lounges just for dads! These “Daddy’s Lounges” will be available from Wednesday, December 16th through Sunday, December 20th and will provide the perfect mall madness escape just for dads!

Each location will feature flat screen TVs where Dads can watch movies and play video games, recliner chairs, massage stations, gift wrapping station, games such as foosball and Corn Hole and professional shopping experts to help Dad’s pick out the perfect gifts to make the ultimate “Daddy’s Lounge.”

Be sure to check out the “Daddy’s Lounge” at the Westfield Montgomery Mall and feel free to share the fun on social media using #DaddysHome! DADDY’S HOME will open in theaters on December 25.

Washington, DC Location:

Westfield Montgomery

7101 Democracy Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817

 

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and RED GRANITE PICTURES Present

DADDY’S HOME

Directed By Sean Anders

DADDY’S HOME” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

https://www.facebook.com/DaddysHomeMovie 

https://twitter.com/DaddysHome 

https://instagram.com/DaddysHomeMovie 

http://www.daddyshomemovie.com/

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

Film Industry Trianing Program for Southwest VA

Virginia Film Office and Virginia Western Community College collaborate on
Film Industry Training Program for Southwest Virginia

~Two-day seminar scheduled for October 17 and 18 ~

RICHMOND –The Virginia Film Office in partnership with the Virginia Western Community College recently announced that a film industry training seminar will be held October 17 and 18 at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville, Virginia. A part of the Virginia Film Office’s workforce training initiative, the class will provide essential training for anyone interested in starting a career in film, television or commercial production.  A job as a Production Assistant is an entry-level position in the film industry, and is usually the first step for those who are seriously interested in a professional career.  

The course was created in response to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 23, in which he supports workforce initiatives that provide Virginia workers with skills, training and education necessary to sustain and grow Virginia’s economy. In accordance with this order, the Virginia Film Office has been partnering with the Virginia Community College system to provide training opportunities for film industry workers. Beginning and advanced Production Assistant training seminars, and a costume and wardrobe seminar have previously been held in Richmond and the training is now expanding to other areas of the state.

Participants in the Film and Television Production Seminar will be taught the essential responsibilities of an effective Production Assistant and will gain valuable insights about on-set etiquette and protocol from seasoned filmmakers. The course will also contain information about the motion picture industry, who’s who on a film set, film set language, how to create an effective resume, ways to search for a job, and techniques for a successful job interview.

The training program will be led by Scott Carter, a Virginia-based Assistant Director and actor whose credits include Lake City, The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith, The New Daughter and America’s Most Wanted.  He will be joined by Scotty Curley, Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts at Liberty University and founder and Executive Producer of Red Cloud Productions and Glorianna Wills, who most recently worked as First Assistant Director for Shooting the Prodigal. The seminar was developed by Gary Fiorelli, an accomplished Assistant Director for film and television projects which include the television series Sons of Anarchy, ABC’s drama Mistresses and Point of Honor, produced by ABC for AmazonPrime. His film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean, Blades of Glory and the Virginia-based Lifetime movie Unanswered Prayers

“Many exciting projects have filmed in Virginia recently including feature films like Lincoln and Big Stone Gap, and television series such as the AMC network series Turn: Washington’s Spies and the new PBS series Mercy Street” said  Andy Edmunds, Virginia Film Office Director. “Virginia’s film and television industry is growing, and we are looking for trained and committed people who are interested in growing with it.” 

The film industry plays a significant role in the state's economy. In 2013, the total economic impact of the film and television production in Virginia was $383 million with 3396 jobs attributable to the industry. 

The Film and Television Production Seminar will be held at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Dalefield Virginia, off Interstate 81 near Roanoke.  The cost for the two-day course is $125.  Students, veterans and Virginia Production Alliance members can take the class for $75.  Enrollment is now open and students can register online at www.virginiawestern.edu.  For information about the course and enrollment procedures call 540-966-3984.

CONTACT:

Anne Chapman, Workforce Development Liaison
804.921.5252
annechapmancasting@gmail.com

Cassandra P. Dove: Workforce Operations & WES Systems Supervisor

540-966-3984 ext. 16

CDove@virginiawestern.edu

 

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.