Filmmaker Fusion – Marketing and Publicity

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Featured, Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Coming Wednesday, October 15th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

FILMMAKER FUSION FINDS A NEW HOME!  Filmmaker Fusion will now be taking place at Scottsdale Community College.  We are very excited to be working with the school and their students.  The event is open to the public, as always.

October 15th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  October brings the topic “Marketing and Public Relations” and will feature local experts discussing how to best gain attention for your film. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“What are some things I can do to draw attention to my film with no budget?”

“How can I take the design of my marketing materials to the next level?”

“What are some mistakes filmmakers keep making with presenting their film?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed October Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: Scottsdale Community College (Room SL-107)  Click here for the campus map.

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Filmmaker Fusion – September Cancelled

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, Filmmaker Fusion will not be taking place in September.  We are as sad as you about it.  Fret not!  We will be back October 15th with a new venue and a new topic!

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Filmmaker Fusion – The Producers

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Coming Wednesday, August 20th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

August 20th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  August brings the topic “The Producers” and will feature a panel of local producers discussing how to successfully put together a project. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“How do you maximize your low/no budget?”

“What are some mistakes indie filmmakers make during pre-production?”

“How do you find the perfect crew?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed August Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: University of Advancing Technology, Room 136 (enter back of building by security) (2625 W Baseline Road, Tempe AZ 85283)

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Mystery Box Challenge Tickets are available now!!

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Featured, Filmmaker Challenges, IFP/PHX

What is Mystery Box?

It’s a fun challenge that allows all the registered teams to participate.  It kicks off in September, and teams have 3 weeks to make a short film based on some pretty fun requirements.

How does it work?

When a team registers, they submit 2 lines of dialogue along with all their particulars.Then, at the kick off, each team will draw a number, in order of registration.  The number will correspond with 2 randomly paired lines from their fellow teams AND a  prop.  Each team will choose one line and use these items to make a short film!

Want to see the films?

 

The screening is Thursday, October 30th, 2014 @ the Phoenix Art Museum, and tickets are only $12!!

Head on over here to get yours.

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Filmmaker Fusion – Shooting a Pilot

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Coming Wednesday, July 16th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

July 16th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  July brings the topic “Shooting A Pilot – Building a Series” and will feature a panel of local artists discussing how to create a pilot for the web or television and leverage that into a full series. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“How do I organize a series?”

“What makes a pilot exciting?”

“Who do I market my pilot to?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed July Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: University of Advancing Technology, Room 136 (enter back of building by security) (2625 W Baseline Road, Tempe AZ 85283)

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See Crowdfunding in Action!

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Member News, Seminars and Workshops

See Crowdfunding in Action!

As a follow up to the seminar on crowdfunding IFP Phoenix presented on Saturday, May 31st, we are showcasing two local filmmakers as they actively try to apply what they learned!

We selected a team of two local filmmakers (and IFP members) who will provide regular updates on their project and its progress. We will be featuring those updates on the IFP website in order to highlight the techniques that worked and give the community perspective into crowdfunding in action.

Meet the Team

Working together under the moniker of Resonant Films, the team selected consists of Bill Wetherill and Kristin LaVanway. Both Kristin and Bill are members of IFP- Phoenix.

Bill Wetherill holds a BFA from Arizona State University’s School of Art. He is an Arizona native, and has worked as a home builder, firefighter, arborist and artist. Though he has had a lifelong passion for cinema, he took the leap into actual filmmaking and acting 3 years ago, drawing on his diverse life experiences and fine arts background for inspiration. Bill graduated from the Kevin Phipps Meisner Program in 2013, and has already contributed to numerous local productions, including Grief, Within, and Celestial Hunt.

Kristin LaVanway approaches filmmaking from a unique perspective. As a mechanical engineer turned real estate agent, and a prolific producer of YouTube videos, she possesses a diverse skill set that has prepared her well for her roles as writer, director and producer. Originally drawn to comedy projects, Kristin is moving towards more dramatic projects, with strong, well-defined characters and a quirky aspect. She is currently attending Kevin Phipp’s Directing Actors series of classes.

Together, Bill and Kristin are an award-winning film-making team. In the course of producing a combined 10 short films in the last two years, including Bleaker Street, the 2013 IFP Breakout Challenge 3rd place winner, and Conundrum, the 2014 IFP Breakout Challenge 2nd place winner, they have built a core group that will enable them to produce bigger projects, namely their first feature film, Brazilian Wood.

About the Film

Brazilian Wood is an intersecting journey of two men, each coping with their own dark secrets and struggling to come to terms with events outside of their control. The script, written by Kristin LaVanway and Elizabeth Newlin, has matured and evolved over the last year to become a compelling, character-driven story. They are planning to produce the film for a total of $8,000 and while they hope to raise funds for promotion, perhaps though crowdfunding, the immediate focus is their production budget.

The team expects to start their Crowdfunding Campaign in July. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014.

The Goal

Bill and Kristin have set an initial goal of, at a minimum, raising $4,000 while self-funding the remainder of the budget. Previous collaborative productions have been entirely self-funded and this is their first attempt at crowdfunding which gives them a real opportunity to raise the bar. They have not decided which crowdfunding platform to use and hope to get a better understanding of their options from the seminar.

In addition to fund-raising, they also view the Crowdfunding Campaign as an opportunity to promote their film while building a larger fan support base for future projects. They have already produced a short teaser to use in the Campaign that will give the audience an intriguing peek at the story and characters.

Check Back Soon!

Bill and Kristin will be back next to give us more information following the seminar. The IFP thanks them for agreeing to share their progress with other local filmmakers and wishes them all the best in reaching their goal!

Updates here:

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