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Friday, April 30, 2010

20 YEARS OF NEVADA SAG JURISDICTION


It will be 18 years this summer since the Screen Actors Guild took over the jurisdiction of the failed Screen Extras Guild (SEG). As long time locals will remember, Nevada was the home of a very strong and aggressive chapter of the Screen Extras Guild, and fought for SAG to pick up the ball and run with it.

A merger attempt failed, so at the time the board had to take emergency action to claim jurisdiction in SEG zones. In the time since the battle with management has been to bring pay and numbers of SAG background actors on the sets back up to levels that existed under SEG, and secondarily under levels that existed in New York. 

New York was not SEG, as background in New York was already under SAG jurisdiction. Many actors in New York worked all contracts, with little stigma at being an extra. Actors sought any work to earn money under contract (and thus P&H) and to work in the trade.

In Nevada we have fought to expand the zone, which began as simply the then much smaller Las Vegas city limits, to include the Strip, the airport, the University and now a fixed wider radius from the courthouse downtown. These were expansions earned under contract negotiations through the National Board with management.

Expansion to Clark County, the state or perhaps national jurisdiction are all on the table, however be aware that each mile is bought at a cost to another bargaining issue when SAG and AFTRA sit opposite management in contract negotiations.

Nevada was the last issue on the table at the last negotiations, with our expansion the last “victory” for SAG’s contract. We have to thank those who negotiated on your behalf for every hour’s work that is outside the Strip and the traditional Las Vegas City limits.

Other issues under discussion in the National Background Committee are expansion of numbers on the set, increased pay and compensation, increased legal protections, fighting paid call services and internet listing services skyrocketing cost, the expansion of synthetic thespians replacing background actors, fair practices in calling people to work from “the sheets,” and various alleged discrimination issues.

Art Lynch, Lennie Turner and Mae Turner are active in representing the regional branches on the National Background Committee.

If you wish to have your voice heard on contract issues or in preparation for the next round of contract talks, please contact Nevada President Steve Dressler (and ask to be a part of the local Wages and Working Conditions Committee discussions. They are open to all Nevada members.

Firs posted 5/7/10



Art Lynch as Frank Crowe, the Man who build the Boulder Dam




Art Lynch as Frank Crowe, the engineer who built the dam [HQ]

2:09
One man show performed the fall of 2009 as part of the Boulder City 31ers celebration. This is a small part of a show that varied in length and was performed for 31ers, civic groups, schools and general audiences. Researched and written by my wife Laura and myself. It takes a moment before I start to talk...so hang in there and let me know what you think once you have seen it.

Veteran of TV and film Sid Conrad

From Variety:


Thesp Sid Conrad, who was featured in dozens of TV shows from "The Young and the Restless" to "West Wing" and "ER," died April 16 in Williamsburg, Va. He was 86.



Raised in Otsego, Mich., Conrad served in the U.S. Army during World War II going from the Bulge to the Elbe. Using the GI Bill he went to Columbia U. for his bachelor's degree in history and a master's in journalism. He later earned a master's in arts adminstration from UCLA.

As an actor he appeared regularly on TV in commercials as well as on such daytime soaps as "The Young and the Restless" and "The Days of Our Lives." On primetime he appeared on "West Wing," "ER," "Chicago Hope," "JAG" and "Moonlighting" among others.

He performed in the one-man shows "Will Rogers USA" and "Spencer Tracy" and also appeared on regional stages including in California, New York, Alaska and Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila; two daughters; three granddaughters; and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Actors' Fund, 729 7th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019. 

Dorothy Provine


SHE MADE THE 20S ROAR

Dorothy Provine
Actually, it during the 1950s and 60s that Dorothy Provine starred in everything from the ABC series “The Roaring 20s,” to “The Bonnie Parker Story” and “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
Provine was 75 when she passed away at her home in Bremerton, Washington. She had suffered from emphysema.


The above is from SAGWATCH. SAGWATCH is open for all, click on We Remember to access their full library and daily reports. SAGWATCH is not a news publication but an industry blog specializing in news concerning the Screen Actors Guild and Guild politics.


Of course I remember her most for "That Darn Cat"! As reporte by United Press International below:


LA workshops


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APRIL 30th Friday 7:30 pm
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MAY 11th Special PR / PRESS class with guest co-speaker Lauren Lien – TUESDAY 7:30 pm
MAY 21st Friday 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Live from New York at the Your local Cineplex, or on your laptop

Why would people go to the movie theater to watch liver theater telecast in HD?

They are doing it, and on computers and on DVD. Each year more people "go to the theatre" via video or film than in person.

There are several reasons.

The high cost of mounting professional theater productions is one, with ticket prices escalating and venues closing.

Another is that we live in a celebrity society, where audiences are willing to pour out money to see stars or top performers but not willing to pay even far less just to see the same production with other professional actors.

Still another is that education has cut back on arts spending and children are no longer taken to the live theater by their parents or by their school. They do not experience it and therefore do not miss live theater, much preferring their iPod, X-Box and televisions.

KCRW's Theater Talk this afternoon featured a look at current and future video theater experiences, and how they may just build a new audience for live theater and bring back the boom years. The program is posted on line on a delayed basis, so it should show up within one week of today at KCRW.com.

On Man Show "Fabulous Diva's of Broadway"



Onyx Theatre Press Release
Fabulous Divas of Broadway coming to the Onyx Theatre

Wigs, Wit and Eyelashes of Theatre's Greatest Ladies-
"THE EVENING WAS MADE FOR FUN!"
-The New York Times

One Man.
As 32 Women.
In 20 Songs & only 85 MINUTES.

THE ACCLAIMED
ONE-MAN MUSICAL FUNFEST
The Fabulous Divas of Broadway
Starring and created by Alan Palmer

After it's successful OFF-BROADWAY RUN AT ST. LUKE'S THEATRE
The new Off-Broadway musical Fabulous Divas of Broadway, in which star and creator Alan Palmer pays tribute 32 theatrical divas, has enjoyed an open-ended Off-Broadway run in New York at the St. Luke's Theatre and is touring the production throughout the United States and is making a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Onyx Theatre, May 20th through 23rd.

Creating the Character Workshop

In this exciting and always popular workshop with Hollywood Director Ralph E. Portillo, students will learn to work under the guidance of a director  to create a character. Scenes will be taped, discussed in class, then taped again. See what a difference working with a Film Director makes. Utilize your talent and his experience to elevate the level of your on camera acting skills.

Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award nominee Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten, Mario Lopez, John Savage, Richard Roundtree, John Schneider, Jeremy London and Billy Burke (of Twilight) are just a few of the actors that have worked under Mr. Portillo's direction.

Instructor: Ralph E. Portillo
Tuition: $150
Currently Scheduled Dates:

May 15th - Las Vegas, NV
Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin | 1901 North Rainbow Blvd.


Go to the REGISTRATION page to register for any of these dates

Note: This posting is not an enorsement of any workshop. It is your career and your choice. While it may not be the case for this seminar, recent changes in Califonia law may drive workshops, companies and events that previously thrived in Califoria to Nevada, Texas and other states that do not restrict workshops and workshop promotion. A workshop does not take the place of taking a class or participating in ongoing training.

Contract Negotiations Cycle


The Directors Guild (DGA) will wait until after the SAG-AFTRA seven week negotiating period, which begins October 1st, ends before entering into negotiations with management. This represents a shift from the traditional cycle in which the DGA takes the first shot at contract negotiations. The unions are taking a different approach this time around to enter in a position of increased strength should negotiations go south. Variety reports that the "DGA is in no rush to haggle."
Unofficial talks between SAG and management are expected to begin early, with many key issues unresolved from the controversial negotiations impasse in 2008 and 2009.

Ties between SAG and India Film Industry

SAG National Executive Director David White and IFFLA Industry Leadership Award recipient Uday Shankar, CEO of STAR India, at the IFFLA Industry Leadership Award Luncheon, April 22, at the House of Blues Los Angeles.

Screen Actors Guild's support for emerging partnerships between the Indian and American film industries helps us ensure that filmmakers can engage with the Guild as an industry partner that represents professional talent. In this way, Screen Actors Guild builds upon and enhances relationships throughout the global entertainment marketplace with programs that promote cinematic diversity.

Guild leaders and staff participated in events surrounding the 8th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, including IFFLA's opening night red carpet gala screening and reception. Taking part were SAG members including Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and SAG National Executive Director David White, Communications Executive Director Pamela Greenwalt and National Director of Affirmative Action & Diversity Rebecca Yee.

Additional coverage at SAG.org.

AFTRA Beefs up Organizing Staff

From SAG Watch (link to SAGWATCH on "union politics" below, and in media list in the right hand colunn of this blog - I recommend use of these direct links for best news and research results).

AFTRA today announced has added new staff to its organizing department, all veterans of the labor movement. When AFTRA increased its initiation fee from $1300 to $1600 this past summer it said the extra $300 would go into organizing – now it’s apparently following through.

The new staffers announced today are:

non paying background work for National Geo project

SAG Actors may volunteer if they shoot outside of the background zone, although I personally discourage it. This is a good opportunity for students and community members who wish to find out what it is like to be on a set and work. This is a production company, not National Geographic itself. I am also informing the union to see if this project can be organized.

From and e-mail request;
flevin@panglossfilms.com

we are currently
working on a program for National Geographic about secret CIA
 projects in the 1950s and 60s involving aerial reconnaissance
planes.  We are planning a reenactment shoot in Vegas this coming
weekend - between April 30th and May 2.  We would need different
people on different days.  The exact schedule will be confirmed in
 the next couple of days.

We are looking to cast the following (non-speaking) roles:

For a limited time, Digital Media info free from SAG

SAG presents a digital media discussion with actors and producers, about how it impacts our careers, the future and methods for breaking into New Media. It will be on the SAG home page for a limited time, so please access it now!

Former SAG NED and CEO to head Motion Picture Fund Board

Former Screen Actors Guild Executive Director Bob Pisano has kept busy. Variety reports Bob Pisano, president and interim CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, has been tapped as chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Board of Directors. Click above for additional details on the story (Variety is subscription based).

Onyx Theater hHost Pride Festival Event



THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010 FROM 8:00PM UNTIL 10:00PM

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Leaving SAG without being able to return

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  •  
  • Turning Fi-Core means you become a Fee Paying
    Non-Member (FPNM)
    .
  • Fi-Core/FPNM can NOT represent themselves as Screen Actors Guild members on headshots, résumés, electronic submissions or web sites.
  • The presumption of Screen Actors Guild is that your resignation is a permanent decision.
  • Fi-Core/FPNM are viewed as scabs or anti-union by SAG members, directors, and writers—most of whom also belong to entertainment unions.
  • Fi-Core/FPNM cannot participate in iActor, the free SAG online casting program—or take advantage of other member benefits.

    Click here to learn more about the
    BENEFITS OF BEING A SAG MEMBER
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  • REMEMBER: If you are choosing financial core because you were asked to work on a non-union project, you're missing out on an opportunity for the Guild to organize the project for you and all Guild members.

    Call the Guild at (702) 737-8818  or (323) 549-6667 or click here so we can try to organize the project before making a decision that could significantly affect your career.



    Surprised by any of what you've read? Need more information?
    We are here to help.

    Contact:
    (702) 737-8818 or (323) 549-6667.
    We encourage you to call a Guild representative to get all the facts about financial core.
  • For additional information go to http://www.sag.org/getthefacts/ficore2.html
  • or contact Nevada SAG Exective Steven Clinton at Steven.Clinton@sag,org
  • (702) 737-8818



SAG, AFTRA to Negotiate Ahead of DGA

See Early Negotiations.


SAG WATCH REPORT:

The SAG – AFTRA tandem will take the lead in the upcoming round of negotiations between the unions and the AMPTP on the all important TV-Theatrical and Exhibit A agreements. The DGA announced today that it has reached an agreement to begin negotiations in mid-November, explicitly saying “after the scheduled AFTRA-SAG negotiations.”

The DGA negotiated ahead of SAG and AFTRA last time around, during the WGA strike, and their agreement set the pattern under which all the unions eventually settled. This time SAG and AFTRA have a chance to set that pattern, but, as Jonathan Handel notes, it’s a bit of a double edged sword:
the announcement puts enormous pressure on SAG and AFTRA to conclude an agreement in October or early November of this year. If they don’t, the DGA will step in and do a deal first, setting a template that SAG and AFTRA may not like. Indeed, the announcement also says that the DGA will engage in informal discussions with the AMPTP before mid-November, which will prepare the DGA to do a deal promptly before the holiday season sucks the wind out of the town.
So, is the glass half full or half empty?

We’re hearing that the W&W schedule should be announced shortly, leading up to a joint SAG-AFTRA board meeting in September, setting up the October negotiations with the AMPTP, under the old Phase 1 rules.

The above has since been reported in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap and the Los Angeles Times. My first exposure to is and the best summary came in the release above from SAGWATCH.

Headshots from $100

This is by the photographer, and not an endorsement by this blog. The service starts at the reasonable price of $100 and several actors who have used it are pleased with the results.

Everyone knows the value of excellent headshots, and how this can mean a huge difference in your audition requests! But in addition to being expensive, we also have to deal with travel to and from LA! But now, you can get LA headshots right here in the Las Vegas area!

World Renowned LA Photographer Tony Maddox
www.tonymaddoxphotography.com

Is coming to Yellow Rose Studios in Henderson for a few days, with his full team, to shoot Las Vegas actors at a very special discounted rate. You will get exactly the same quality as if you drove to LA to his studio, and for a fraction of the LA cost!

The discounted price is based on volume, so if you are even thinking about getting headshots soon, you should jump on this offer today! We must get a minimum number of appointments scheduled to keep the price this low.

Look over the attached flier and check out Tony’s web site! SPACE IS LIMITED so call no later than April 27th to secure your appointment.  All sessions are reserved with a non-refundable retainer.  You will leave the studio with your hi-res photos on a disk, so credit card or cash payments ONLY.

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Thursday Night Industry Wrap Parties

From ATC Vegas (Talking Broadway.com):

There is a WRAP PARTY that is held on the last Thursday of every month at Torino's located at 5570 W. Flamingo (between Decatur & Jones) from 6-10pm.

It's FREE and open to all of those in the entertainment industry ie; film, tv, stage, and it's for both cast & crew members to get together and network in a casual atmosphere.

No Cover & No Minimum.

Good Food & Drink Specials.

We also can show actors and directors reels, trailers and short films on a big screen tv.

They now have Kaoroke (sp) there starting at 10pm for all of you singers to come out and show off your pipes.

Dayjobs available at NV Public Radio

Jobs open at KNPR (sales and data base)

There are two development jobs available at Nevada Public Radio (basicallly sales or data base work), one with an on-line expertise (data base included), the second with fundraising or sales expertise. Job descriptions at knpr.org or contact



Thanks,

Cynthia M. Dobek
Director of Business, Finance & HRM
Nevada Public Radio
1289 S. Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702-258-9895 ext. 134
cynthia@nevadapublicradio.org

Backers sing for rights bill


Peter Yarrow performs at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

From Variety.com:

Musician Peter Yarrow and labor leaders went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to launch a new mobilization effort on behalf of the Performance Rights Act, which faces an uncertain fate on the floor of Congress.

The legislation would require broadcast radio stations to pay performers when their music is played over the air, adding an additional royalty to the one that broadcasters already pay to songwriters. The bill is vigorously opposed by radio stations, which argue that their airplay is of critical promotional value to artists and that it will place a financial burden on them at a time when many are struggling with a weak ad market.


But Yarrow, of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, said the argument "used to be a reasonable premise, but promotion for the artist doesn't exist in the same way anymore."

Further details at Variety, which is subscription based. Actors and artists are encouraged to subscribe to Variety and/or Hollywood Reporter (links in right hand colunn).


Ted V Mikels Premiere


Candid from premier Monday night of two Grind House Films by Ted V. Mikels. Those who do not know, Ted is the one with the mustache and board tooth.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ain't Misbehavin' Cast


Stage Door Entertainment and Super Summer Theatre are pleased to announce the cast of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN':

Barron COLEMAN
Buffie LUCAS
Rachale MARIE
Primrose MARTIN
Evan WALKER

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' runs July 7 - 24, 2010, at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with performances at 8:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday.

Director: Terrence R. WILLIAMS
Choreographer: Audrey BOISTOL
Musical Director: Nancy WEST
Production Stage Manager: Robert MILLS

URL:Super Summer Theatre

8 year old girl voice for SAG film

CASTING VOICE OVER ARTISTS
ADULT TO PLAY VOICE OF EVIL 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Open to Union and Non-Union Talent

Project: Feature Film
Rate: SAG Ultra Low Budget Contract (open to Union and Non-Union
Location: Recording in Los Angeles area

The ULB SAG feature project ONE BY ONE: Death's Door seeks unique voiceover talent.

This feature stars Sally Kirkland, Tony Todd, Douglas Tait, and has Oscar winner Barney Burman (amazing!) as the special effects makeup artist. It was written and directed by Kimberly Seilhamer.

The voice we're looking for is of VIOLET. She's 8. Violet has a complex voice... innocent yet creepy... sensual... a child - woman (not too heavy on the child). Then it turns into a child demon's voice.

TO SUBMIT:
Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com, and email ALL the information requested below ASAP to:
Be sure to include:
1. Your name
2. Contact phone number
3. Please indicate if you have representation
4. Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com!
5. Record and submit your demo recording (either as an ATTACHED mp3 file or a LINK to online recording at YouTube or other such site) - Your demo should consist of your interpretation of the script/sides found at:

Free Vocal and Acting Classes

No endorsement implied, just passing on the press release below:


Free Vocal and Acting Master Class

Every Sunday in May
With Voice and Acting Coaches to the Las Vegas Pros

Ren & Coren Zai
Pros thru Beginners are Welcome
All Vocal Styles Broadway thru R&B
Recording and Live Performance
Acting for Stage, Screen and TV

Voice Teacher Coren Zai - The Complete Singer Program
Acting Coach Ren Zai - The Natural Actor Program

Some current and former Students include:
Billy Hufsey - "Fame" Television Series
Annette Simmonds - "The Producers"

"We Will Rock You" Las Vegas
Hazel Payne - "A Taste Of Honey" Grammy Winner
Gayle Bennett - "Mary Poppins"

(Understudy to Mary Poppins)

Broadway Touring Company
Paula Cole - "Saturday Night Live" Broadway "Spamalot" Broadway Touring Company
Mike Janoff - "Guilty By Association"
Sarah Thiele - Original Recording Artist,

Featured on TV show "One Tree Hill"
Diane Spencer - Top 20 Finalist "Super Idol" Taiwan

May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd
3pm
Workshop size is limited call to reserve a spot!!!

Ensemble Arts Academy
4040 N Tenaya Way
Las Vegas NV 89129
Phone: (702) 388-0014

or email




Check us out at meetup.com

Monday, April 26, 2010

A shift in the world of Indy Film


Photo CreditL Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
The filming of “East Fifth Bliss” with Michael C. Hall, center. The independent film has a budget of less than $2 million.


Hollywood has forced Indy Films to take a whole new direction, often at budgets much lower than in the past. Despite a strong downturn in both financing and distribution, The New York Times reports that the indy business is thriving, at least in New York.

Gone are the days of big buck back end deals and speculative financing. What exists now are smaller pictures that can give some assurance of making their money back without having expensive marketing campaigns and theater showings. In other words, good story, recognizable actors and tight filming schedules and budgets.

The number of filmmakers is on the increase, as are projects. Its' the money per project that is hitting an all time low, once you eliminate the tent-poll productions of the major studies (which have also cut back on the number of films they produce and distribute each year).

Hollywood Sign

Hugh Hefner and The Terminator came to the plate to save the Hollywood Sign. The Playboy founder gave over $900,000 and Schwarzenegger acted as Governor to make it easier for a non-profit to buy land around the sign and refurbish the famous landmark.

A different sort of Musical


Insurgo Musical: Hedwig and The Angry Itch

INSURGO THEATER MOVEMENT TO PRESENT HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH


Las Vegas, NV – Insurgo Theater Movement (ITM) continues its 2009-2010 season with a new production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, text by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by David Tapper with musical direction by William Waldrop. The production will run May 7 – May 29, 2010 at Insurgo Theater Movement, 900 E. Karen Ave # D114, New Orleans Square, Commercial Center, Las Vegas.



Winner of the 2001 Obie Award and Outer Circle Critics Award for best Off-Broadway Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of the ‘internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock-n-roll goddess who also happens to be victim of a botched sex changed operation, which has left her with “an angry inch”. Emotionally ferocious, feverishly brisk and crackling with an atmosphere of rock & roll excess, this must-see production transforms the surreal aspects of the story into a universal meditation on love, loss and, ultimately, forgiveness.

TONIGHT: April 26 Ted Mikels Grindhouse Reunion


Ted Mikels' Grindhouse Reunion: Double Feature World Premiere Free Admission!

On April 26, veteran Hollywood filmmaker Ted V. Mikels will unleash his latest gang of demented mutants on a new generation of grindhouse movie fans in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Where better to have a world premiere for ASTRO ZOMBIES M3:Cloned than in one of the most glamorous locations in the world?" asked Mikels. "The mutant clones are going totally first class this time! Plus, admission will be free to the public." The iconic horror movie-maker is best known for his 1971 film, The Corpse-Grinders. He also filmed the first zombie movie ever shot in color – the original ASTRO ZOMBIES in 1969, starring John Carradine and Wendell Corey. Mikels is also well-known for creating unusual promotional activity surrounding the release of his films, and this event will prove to be no exception. TVM Global Entertainment has announced that the premiere is being billed as the Ted V. Mikels' Grindhouse Reunion.

Mikels will treat his grindhouse fans to two pre-release director's cuts, offering them a double feature on premiere night. The world premiere of Astro Zombies M3: Cloned will open the show, followed by Mikels' 2009 film Demon Haunt.

"Not only will most of the cast and crew from AZM 3 be there in person, but we are expecting guest appearances at the theatre from many of my actors and production people from both yesteryear and this year," said Mikels. Fans can expect to catch a glimpse of AZM 3 stars Fletcher Sharp and Donna Hamblin, along with such veterans of Ted Mikels films as Francine York from Doll Squad, Tura Satana, from the original Astro Zombies, and Shanti, from Corpse Grinders 2 and Demon Haunt. "Plus the very talented artist who scores my music, as well as the fellow who built the original corpse-grinding machine, and many others," said Mikels. "It will truly be a Ted V. Mikels Grindhouse Reunion!"

The TVM Studios world premiere event is scheduled for 7 PM on Monday, April 26 at the 14 screen Brenden Theatre inside the Palms Casino & Resort. The theatre is located at 4321 West Flamingo Blvd, Las Vegas, NV.

Since Ted Mikels is treating his fans to free admission, cast and crew are encouraged to arrive early, as there may be standing room only. To learn more about the Brenden Theatres, where the audience is the star, visit http://www.brendentheatres.com For further information about the Ted V. Mikels' Grindhouse Reunion, contact tvmstudios@aol.com.

The above is from a press release. It is important to note that I owe Ted V Mikels a debt of gratitude as he taught me script supervision, unit publicist, audio and film editing, and many other crew skills over the years. 


The first time I saw "Astro-Zombies" it was late at night on Chicago television. "Corpse Grinders" and "The Doll Squad" soon followed, part of a series of Grind House type films aired on Saturday night, early Sunday Mornings.


I do not work as talent in a Ted V. Mikels film, as he shoots ultra low budget and has, to my knowledge, yet to do a union film. I remind all SAG actors to follow Rule One, as printed on the back of your Screen Actors Guild card. For crew and students, if you are interested in genre films or in movie making, Ted is a fantastic man to learn from and work with. 


He also host great parties!

-Art Lynch 

First posted 3/7/2010

Yellow Rose Acting Classes

Instructor DOUG PRITCHARD

FOR BOTH BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE ACTORS / ACTRESSES

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TARGET THE NEEDS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL BY COMBINING TRADITIONAL ACTING CLASSES WITH AN “ACTING COACH” APPROACH. THE GOAL IS TO GET YOU READY TO BE CAST IN A ROLE, AND TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING ONCE YOU’VE GOT IT.

EMPHASIS IS PLACED NOT ONLY ON AUDITION TECHNIQUE, BUT ALSO INCLUDES SCRIPT AND CHARACTER INTERPRETATION, IMPROV FOR ACTORS, ON SET BEHAVIOR, SCENE DEVELOPMENT, AND MUCH MORE.


IF YOU REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE AS AN ACTOR – TAKE THIS COURSE!

NEW DAYS and TIMES!

Doug has added a new Class on Thursday Evenings!
Now, class days and times for Doug are as follows:

Wednesday Mornings at 10 a.m.
Thursday Evenings at 7 p.m.
Saturday Afternoons at 5 p.m.

Class fees are $30 per lesson, or save money by paying the full course fee in advance for $100, for Wednesday or Thursday classes, or $125 for Saturdays, since there are 5 Saturdays in May!!

If you miss a class, just come to any other scheduled class to make up the missed one!

Call Yellow Rose Academy at (702) 547-3668 or
REPLY to this Email
and indicate the day and time you would like to attend!

You can audit a class for $20, and this will be deducted from your monthly fee, should you sign up for classes later.


Reserve your spot today! Class size will be limited to 15 students, to ensure that each student has plenty of individual instruction and camera-time!



Terri Lynn
(702) 547-3668
Yellow Rose Talent
www.Yellowrosetalent.com
Remington Agency
www.RTAVegas.com
Remington Talent Showcase Links -
https://www.nowcasting.com/RemingtonShowcase/
https://www.nowcasting.com/RemingtonShowcase/Showcase2.php


Yellow Rost Talent is a non-union talent agency. This posting is made as a public service, not an endorsement of classes or class options. Full disclosure, I also offer classes and coaching through Casting Call Entertainment and the city of Boulder City.  Click here.

Get ready to pay

It seems that actors are not required to nickle and dime themselves into living in their cars. Subscriptions for submission services, for call centers, for registration, for news. Paying for classes, to be "seen" (allegedly) by casting directors, to keep their agents happy...and then the needed photographs, video, audio and other newly required "tools of the trade"...and all must be kept current, so the spigot of money out never gets slower...in fact it seems to demand more and more...

Free Access to Industry News?

Pay for view for entertainment industry hard core news?

Variety is going behind a paid wall where you need to be a subscriber and the Hollywood Reporter may be preparing to go on-line only.  Hollywood Reporter will continue to offer some free content, but has always offered subscriber only services and subscription for more detailed reporting and features. Variety has offered production information and some data services on subscription only.

Both publications have already cracked down on unauthorized republication and use, however actors can and do share their subscriptions and media sources (see right hand column of this blog.

It is important to all those who are in the industry, or who aspire to be a part of the industry, to learn as much as they can about the industry.




According to reports last fall on "The Business" on KCRW:

http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/tb

http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=4985906

http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=100590642

Take Charge


“Take charge of your life by defining your place in the world instead of letting the world define you. Know very clearly who you are and believe in yourself.” 

—Mike Pniewski

Vegaswood Studios Free Seminar


Derek Stonebarger is an Emmy Award Winning TV Commercial Producer, who grew up in the Bay Area, California. Derek moved to Las Vegas in 2001 to produce news promos for the local CBS affiliate KLAS-TV. He later worked for Las Vegas TV stations FOX5 & Cox Media as Commercial Production Manager before forming Vegaswood Studios, a Television & Independent film production facility. Derek has recently completed his first feature length film, using only Las Vegas actors; I.M. Caravaggio which he produced, directed and co-wrote, and plans to enter in film festivals around the globe. Derek is in the pre-production stages of the next Vegaswood Studios feature film Snail Mail.

Derek is going to be interviewed and hold a Q&A Session at:
Casting Call Entertainment
2790 E Flamingo Rd. Ste F
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Monday, May 3rd
6:30PM

Keep in mind that productions by this company may not be SAG Signatory, despite the ease and very low cost of going "legitimate". SAG actors may not do non-union work. Your talents are the tool for all of us to help turn non-union into pre-union and then union. Go for informational purposes, and do audition for productions, but do not accept work without being a professional, the sign of which is a union contract.

Yellow Rose (non union agency) Acting Classes

May Acting Classes!
Call today to reserve your spot!!

Advanced Acting for the Camera Classes, taught by actor Paul Campanella will begin on Tuesday Mornings (beginning May 4th), at 9:45 a.m. or Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m., Beginning May 4th

Adult “Scene Study & Character Development” Classes, taught by UNLV Professor Michael Tylo (Guiding Light, The Young & the Restless, Lonesome Dove) will be held, beginning May 4th, on
Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
or Tuesday afternoons (beginning May 4th), from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Children’s Classes, taught by actress Corinna Jones will be held on Saturdays, Beginning May 1st,
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ages 4-9)
1:00-4:00 p.m. (ages 10-16)

Doug Pritchard will teach a Basic Audition Techniques and Beginning Acting class for adults, on
Wednesday Mornings, Thursday Evenings or Saturday Evenings
Saturday Evenings (beginning May 1st) from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday Mornings (beginning May 5th) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NEW! Thursday Evenings (beginning May 6th) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

So, just pick a day, time and instructor!

TUESDAY Morning at 9:45 a.m. with Paul Campanella
TUESDAY Afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Michael Tylo
TUESDAY Afternoon at 4:00 p.m. with Michael Tylo
TUESDAY Evening at 7:15 p.m. with Paul Campanella
WEDNESDAY Mornings at 10:00 a.m. with Doug Pritchard
THURSDAY Evenings at 7:00 p.m. with Doug Pritchard
SATURDAY Kid’s Class at 10:30 a.m. with Corinna Jones (ages 4-9)
SATURDAY Kid’s Class at 1:00 p.m. with Corinna Jones (ages 10-16)
SATURDAY Adult Class at 5:00 p.m. with Doug Pritchard


Call Yellow Rose Academy at (702) 547-3668 or
Email rodeoman57@embarqmail.com
and indicate the day and time you would like to attend!

You can audit a class for $20, and this will be deducted from your monthly fee, should you sign up for classes later.


Reserve your spot today! Class size will be limited to 15 students (8 students for Mr. Tylo’s Classes), to ensure that each student has plenty of individual instruction and camera-time!

Comedy Central: union roles

This casting is a promo for Comedy Central. It shoots on May 6 at the House of Blues.

Rate will be $323/8 hours for all principals and it is AFTRA covered- which means they need to sign the release that states they are either a member of AFTRA or agree to become a member in the near future to participate.

I will be casting on Wednesday. Please let me know that you will be working on this.
E-mail me picture submissions with the categories specified. There is no dialogue.

"House of Mimes"
Men and Women 30-40's. They should have some knowledge of how to MIME..Any ethnicity.

"House of Ninjas"
Men: Age open. Any ethnicity.  They should be nimble and agile. Think Cirque.

"House of Werewolves"
Men and Women: 20's-40's
All types. Regular people. They will be made up to look like Werewolves. Any ethnicity.

"House of Roadies" - They are the Backstage Rock and Roll/Motorcycle roadies. Caucasian.
Man: 60's
Man: 40's
Man: 20's

Thanks
Barbara

Barbara Lauren Casting/The Casting Co-op
702 743-1110

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CineKink NYC set for Onyx Theater LV

The following is from a press release: 

Onyx Theatre Press Release
CineKink Kicks off 2010
National Tour in Las Vegas at the Onyx Theatre
May 13th through 15th

Tied Up Events and MakeLoveNotPorn are delighted to bring NYC's only kinky film festival, CineKink NYC, to Las Vegas to begin its annual national tour. Starting with a gala fundraiser at the Erotic Heritage Museum, Cinekink brings a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide and exciting world of sexual diversity.

Teleprompter and Ear Prompt Seminar

You've probably heard Einstein's definition of insanity:

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Well, if you're looking to find that something different we like to think of the TaylorSpeak Ear (& Tele) Prompter / Host workshop as a way to help your talent get closer to accomplishing their personal, professional and financial goals.

How do we do that?  By equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in on camera hosting, commercials,  tradeshow narration and even their acting career- and we've got the track record to prove it!!  We're returning to Las Vegas to teach on Sunday, May 2nd and have one spot left .

Class size is intentionally kept small (6-8 people) to allow for individual attention and the remaining space will be filled quickly. Kindly forward all this to any talent you know  who might be interested at your earliest convenience and  while the deadline for deposits (or  they are welcome to pay in full) is Monday, April 26th- we will extend that for this last spot to Thursday 4/29.

Thank you so much for your continued support for the workshop!!  While in Las Vegas for that week prior to speak at InterOp; we'll be looking forward to both touching base and hopefully getting to see and/or speak with you  if/when your schedule permits.

Take care, thanks again, and we look forward to working again with you and your people!!

All Best-

Robert Phares & Brian-Robert Taylor@
TaylorSpeak
310/316-3078 (office)
310/594-4595 (cell)
www.taylorspeak.com

This blog does not endorse any single seminar, studio, agent or product. The seminare above (note cost not disclosed) will be at Yellow Rose Studio. Contact David Brown of Remington Agency: David www.RTAVegas.com
(702) 547-3620

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Young Performers Go on Line. Check it Out!



As of today young performers and their parents have their own on-line home at the Screen Actors Guild:
The site includes video interviews, interactive features, fun facts, important links and resoureces.
The SAG Young Performers handbook is now on-line, answering key questions and offering resources for parents and older young performers.
A glossary of terms (see also the right hand column of this blog).
Information on the Coogan law, child labor laws and work permits.
Links to Actors Fund resources and the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union.
Plus some general tips for performers.
All actors face the daunting task of protecting one’s career and image while confronting the need for prolific exposure of their likeness and name to sustain that career. And while new technologies are creating great opportunities for all Screen Actors Guild members, it is important to take pause and recognize that the Internet does, in fact, leave our youngest members most susceptible to peril. We’ve all heard stories about innocent cyber exchanges and Web postings gone bad. The realities of promoting the careers of young performers in cyberspace leave these children more vulnerable than most.

Tips and Tools for Young Performers

Parents and guardians of young performers frequently face issues that most parents do not have to address. In the course of your child’s acting pursuit, you are frequently asked to provide personal information to agents, casting directors and production companies. As your child’s union, the Guild urges you to be very cautious.
Screen Actors Guild offers the following fundamental tools to help protect young union members in cyberspace:
  1. Know your photographer. Check references. What reputation does he or she have in the industry? Is there a concern that he or she might use your child’s photographs improperly and without your authorization?
  2. Know the agent or manager you are dealing with. What reputation does he or she have in the industry? Speak to other parents who may have worked with him or her before.
  3. If a photographer or potential agent or manager asks your child to pose in a manner that makes you uncomfortable, make those feelings known. If you are not given an explanation that alleviates your concerns, follow your instincts, even if it means ending the photo shoot.
  4. Limit personal information on your child’s headshot and resume. Do not list the names of the school your child attends, sports teams he/she plays on, community activities she/he is involved with, or any other information from which his or her location could be ascertained by someone with malicious intent. Similarly, limit information that could later be used to make a stranger sound like a friend. Do not list your child’s personal email address! (If you feel an email address is necessary, list one that only you and/or your child’s agent or manager has access to.)
  5. Monitor your child’s Internet activities. Who is he or she chatting with online? Is he or she providing personal information to strangers or submitting personal information to Web sites? Federal Law, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), requires that Web sites that collect certain information from children under 13 obtain a parent’s permission prior to allowing the child to submit the personal information.
  6. Review the general tips on the Guild Web site that are applicable to performers of all ages. In many cases, these tips are all the more important for child performers.
  7. Be cautious when parting with your money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Resources

www.meganslaw.ca.gov - check the site to find sexual predators residing in your area.
Netsmartz.org – Interactive, educational Internet safety presentations for all ages.
Kidsmartz Video available at bryancranston.com
LA Police Dept Juvenile Division, Sexually Exploited Child Unit: (213)485-2883
BizParentz.org- a non-profit corporation designed to provide education, advocacy and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry.
* While Screen Actors Guild does not endorse any of the specific organization listed in the Resource list above, the Guild and SAG Foundation urge all members to be well-informed and seek legal advice when necessary. The Guild provides its tips, tools and resources below as general information. The SAG Young Performers Committee is dedicated to advocating rights for child actors via initiatives, programs and events throughout the year, many of which are made possible with the assistance of The SAG Foundation and The Actors’ Fund.

Behavior Risk

Along with verifying references and researching background, parents and guardians need to be on the alert for warning signs. The following checklist assists in identifying one or more indicators for potential behavior warnings.
  • Services that cater solely to minors.
  • Workplace is oriented exclusively to children.
  • Extensive collecting of child photographs, accompanied by the purchasing and trading of photographs of children.
  • Overly friendly to your child.
  • Disregards child, parent or guardian’s wishes and comfort level. Exerts control.
  • Uses secrets/confidences to enlist trust.
  • Portrays him or herself as the children’s only support system.
  • Offers inappropriate gifts.
  • Use of a “retreat” location other than place of business.

RUR Auditions Sunday and Monday

Auditions for Rossums Univeral Robots at the Insurgo Theater, Sunday April 25 and Monday April 26, both at 6 PM at the Insurgo Theater, 900 E Karen Ave, D114. Information at insurgobrandon@hotmail.com

Melissa Gilbert in "Fat Actress"



Melissa Gilbert in "Fat Actress" (2005) playing herself...she writes " and then there's me..attempting improvisational comedy thanks to my pal, Kirstie Alley.Okay! So I'm playing myself....but I'm not really that big a bitch...most of the time..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJw4kA82ANQ

Friday, April 23, 2010

2011 SAG Award Cycle Underway


Details for the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are firming up, with the selection of the SAG Awards Committee, randomly selected from a nationwide pool of SAG members.

The committee is responsible for determining the noms in each of the 2010 categories. The actor nominees are selected by separate film and television nominating committees, each consisting of 2,100 SAG members. Members are allowed to serve on a nominating committee only once every five years.

Submissions for nominations open July 12 and close Oct. 28 by 5 p.m. PT. 

Noms will be announced Dec. 16 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. 

TOMORROW: SAG CONSERVATORY (hit link below)

SAG Actor: SAG Conservatory Commercial Acting Seminar

Volunteers Needed for Little Theatre


We're looking for a few good ushers for our upcoming productions of "I Ought to be in Pictures" and "Swisters." Help us out, and see a show for FREE!

I Ought to be in Pictures on the Mainstage
Performs May 7 - 23, 2010
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Swisters in the Fischer Black Box
Performs May 14 - 23
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Ushers should plan on arriving at the theater one hour prior to the performance start time. If you are interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator by email at Volunteers@lvlt.org with the date(s) you are available to volunteer.

Click here for information on volunteer opportunities at LVLT