Filmmaker Fusion – The Producers

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Featured, 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 is Open for Registration!!

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 More Details?

Head on over here for them!

Want to Register?

(You know you do!!) You can do that here.

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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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Filmmaker Fusion – Networking for Filmmakers

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion

Coming Wednesday, June 18th!  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.

June 18th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  June brings the topic “Networking for Filmmakers – The Do’s and Don’t's” and will feature local experts discussing how to best connect with other filmmakers. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“What is the proper etiquette when asking for something?”

“How do I add value for them?”

“What is the best way to maintain new connections?”

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 March Panelists

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

Event Details

When: Wednesday, June, 18th, 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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Beat the Clock Screening Tickets are Available Now!

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Filmmaker Challenges, Member News

Looking to see some great films?

IFP’s Annual Beat the Clock Challenge wrapped up on Sunday, July 13th.

More than 20 teams delivered films, and we’ll be screening them all on Thursday, 

The Beat the Clock Challenge is Over…but you can still get tickets to see the films!

Join us for a night of films, fun, and networking.  We’ll start with drinks, then show the films, then more drinks and AWARDS!!

When: Thursday, July 31st

Where: Phoenix Art Museum

Cost: 12$

Get your tickets here!


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