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Thursday, December 24th, 2009
6:01 pm

Got this on email - posting on in case its of interest

International Competition for Talented Directors

‘Words into action’

What are you doing over Christmas? Want to unwrap your directing future? Well grab a mulled wine and celebrate because this could be your chance…
VibeTV is offering you the chance to create your own 10 minute pilot. The best present you could give to yourself over this festive period. Entering 2010 with a bubbly bang!

VibeTV are collaborating with International writer Walter Quiroz for this dynamic and exciting project. This is a great opportunity for an unknown but talented director to produce a 10 minute pilot. ICTD aims to promote a positive industry and audience exposure for work that would otherwise not be seen.

Each prospective director, will be sent three excerpts from a script and will be asked to choose one section that they believe will best suit a 10 min pilot, and why? And to create your treatment for it. We MUST receive the treatment by 1st March 2010. Therefore, plenty of time needs to be left between submitting your entry form & admin charge and the final deadline. This will ensure that you give yourself enough time to write a treatment.

The overall winner will be announced on 2nd April 2010. The winner will be invited to direct a 10 minute pilot which will be filmed in June/July 2010.

All rules and regulations, along with more information and entry form, are available for download from www.vibetv.tv.  If you have any problems downloading these files, please email editor@vibetv.tv . If the form won't download by clicking the link, please try by right clicking the link and selecting 'save link as', which will save it to your computer and should then open with ease.

So put down your mince pies and get cracking!

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Sunday, December 20th, 2009
6:12 pm

Hope this is allowed, its a list of free legal software that  I put togther for members of a community theatre gourp I founded, thought I would share it with you as well. Legal free software for sound, video, graphics etc. Audacity (audio) Wavepad (audio) Videopad (video) Blender 3D (this is a powerful CGI creation program similar to Pixar) The GIMP (a graphics program similar to Photoshop) Openoffice (this is free office software, but very useful) MuseScore - free music composition / notation software Free media files (pictures, music, video. Please check licences in each item before using) Copyright free music DVD Styler - free DVD burning software.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
7:20 pm - X-posted

EUNICE INK-   a film by Drew Guillory

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  <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Kp8GRbThZ-k&hl=en&fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D18" />
  <param name="wmode" value="transparent" />
<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowScriptAccess="never" allowNetworking="internal" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Kp8GRbThZ-k&hl=en&fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D18" height="344" width="425" wmode="transparent" />

My youtube user name is    drewguillory    if you'd like to see more vids and/or subscribe. Thanks.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2008
12:02 pm

Question on Any Video Encoder

I wanted to save some of my video files from youtube and turn them to WMVs after loosing some files on my PC. Now although I have set the login thing on AVE, it cant seem to login (I have triple and quadruple checked the passwords) ... so I got another free program to download the flv files from Youtube, thinking I could then convert to WMVs afterwards.... but AVE then just sits for an hour saying Encoding, 0%.

I have looked in the help section and cant find anything... what am I missing, or can you reccomend another free (legal) program? 

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
2:43 pm - filmstaff.com?

has anyone used filmstaff.com to actually get jobs? i am hesitant to pay for access unless i know it's paid off for someone.

can you suggest other sites used to find film work (besides mandy, craigslist, shooting people)? i am nyc-based and generally work in the art department.


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Friday, December 29th, 2006
3:08 am

1.) Name: JF.

2.) Film schools/courses: Digital Photography Course w/ Exhibit at Recoleta Cultural Center (completed)
Haciendo Cine Workshop, 2005-2006 (completed)
Image & Audio Design at Buenos Aires University (attending)
Argentinean Center of Cinematographic Investigation (attending)

3.) Career goals: To direct. To create, innovate, trascend. To tell stories and encapsulate life experience, to make what's so desperately ephemeral into something lasting and beautiful. And on a much larger scale, to attempt to elevate film from popcorn fodder to art.

4.) Favorite film style: Tough question. I like everything from slapstick comedy to melodrama to action. Mostly I like movies that are able to incorporate elements of many genres. Right now I am very interested in Czechoslovak new wave (specifically Jiří Menzel) and the work of Andrei Tarkovsky (my favorite director).

5.) Favorite film: I have a few. Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" is probably my favorite of all time, if I have to pick one. Of course, Federico Fellini's "8 1/2", I still get choked up during the closing scenes of "Adaptation" (Jonze + Kaufman FTW). Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" is up there as well. Dziga Vertov's "The Man With the Movie Camera". Carol Reed's "The Third Man". Most every Tarkovsky movie is definitely up there, but "The Mirror" (original title: "Zerkalo") takes the cake as far as sheer beauty and feeling goes.

6.) Anything else?: I will whine endlessly about how expensive this career is to study. I do believe that Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino are painfully overrated. I am a fan of alcohol, unrequited love and bad poetry and my scripts usually revolve around, or incorporate, those subjects. I am very interested in the use of magic realism in cinema. I am a pretentious, loudmouthed asshole who just happens to really love the art he's decided to dedicate his life to. Oh, and I currently work for Microsoft. Nice to meet you all.

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
11:25 pm - Support your fellow student filmmakers!!!

Greetings fellow filmmakers! I am pleased to announce that MIGHT OF THE TRANSIT EMPLOYEE, the 3min. video my friends and I made in 24 hours for Apple's Insomnia film Festival is on Apple's contest gallery and we need YOUR HELP to make it to the top! Basically we need to accumulate as many votes as possible before the close of voting on December 2nd. If we can at least make it to the top 25 most voted movies, our project will be eligible for judging. Here are the details on how you can help.

You're going to need an Apple account before you can vote. Registering is really simple and free.

To sign up an account:


To see and vote for our project:


Movie Synopsis:

The evil Lord Mercade is desperate for world domination and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He hopes to utilize the scientific knowledge of Dr. Worthington as well as the magical powers of Chamomile the Pixie to destructive ends. Biff Blazer, a full time transit employee is unwittingly flung into the midst of this otherworldly chaos and becomes the only one who can set things right.

Our team was given 24 hours to write, film, edit a 3min. movie and incorporate at least 3 elements Apple released at the start of the contest. The list of elements included:

Required character named: Alex Kona
Required Dialog line: "No, you don't understand what it's like growing up here."
Required costume: Leather jacket and dark sunglasses
Required prop: Ice
Required side kick: Pet monkey
Required setting: Abandoned building
Required shot: Clock with 4:11 on face
Required makeup: Fake eyelashes and blue eye shadow
Required genre: Sci-fi/fantasy
Required Camera effect: Crane or boom shot
Required editing device: Musical montage

Remember our project is called MIGHT OF THE TRANSIT EMPLOYEE. There is an icon of fairy eyes attached to the project. To vote, look in the upper right hand corner of the page and select the "4 stars--Excellent" option. Then click the arrow to the right for the vote to go through. Please get as many friends and family members as you can to help. Really spread the word and the link around; every vote helps! THANKS YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

~Emily ;}

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
7:11 am


This is my first no budget video about my super cat.......... Hot Cat

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
6:16 pm

does anyone need an operating manual for a Canon 8mm e400/e600 camcorder.  doesnt have the front cover but everything else is intact. I only want postage for it (UK: £0.75p, overseas £1.50 - it is a bit fat!) paypalled is easier I guess, I just would rather not bin it if it is of use to anyone. ???????? Email me on bardic_dreams@yahoo.co.uk, first email I get claiming it, will get it. (if I dont reply til late its coz I am involved in a filmshoot this week and over the weekend).

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Monday, August 22nd, 2005
1:05 am - hiee

1.) Name: heather cunningham

2.) Film school you attend(ed): NYFA summer camp, summer 2001 in boston/harvard, St. John's Univerisity, Queens(transferd), Bergen community college for lil while but the few film classes areall theroy/watching movies and suck, now takign a class or two at F/V arts this fall and maybe a program at NYFA again closer to winter?

3.) Career Goal: making a few horror/thriller/comedy shorts to call my own, getting a lil recognition in festivals, i dunno if i;m cut out for director but defianly wantto do somethings in editing, art department, special effects makeup areas as well

4.) Favourite film style: hitchcock has had a lot of influence on me growingu p so i guess his style i love, love old black adn whites, love clever horror films and corney slashers that dont take themselves to seriously, i love dark, smart sarcastic comedy as well as obvious silly potty humor, i;m a jersey girl and kevin smith is just the shit i grew up on his stuff too

5.) Favourite movie: too long of a list, pretty much anythign by: hitchcock, tim burton, kevin smith, terry gilliam, david koepp, etc etc etc...top five movies for now: evil dead/ed2/AOD, nightmare before christmas, sleeping beauty, still breathing, mallrats

6.) Anything else? hey everyone!

current mood: amused

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Thursday, June 9th, 2005
9:24 am

It is I!Collapse )

current mood: cold

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
2:41 pm - I'm starting a zine

Doodlez Magazine

I'm starting a zine called Doodlez, So...
Send me your doodles your personal notes, poems on napkins, your Socials Homework, and everything in between, pictures, little bits and bobs of any old thing... just make sure it's flat enough to photocopy!

Send all submissions to:

Austin Muir
(If it's a package make sure the name is Alex Muirhead)
#2 - 7275 Old Kamloops Rd.
Vernon, B.C., CANADA
V1H 1X8

If you want your submission back just put a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with your submission OR a piece of paper with your address in it and a reasonable amount of $$ to cover Shipping back to you.

If you would like a copy of the zine make sure to leave a note in the letter with your e-mail and I will contact you with the price when it's finished!

Website or LJ community is comming soon!

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
9:41 am - I can't remember if I filled this out or not

1.) Name: Austin Muir

2.) Film school you attend(ed) I plan on attending G.I.F.T.S. this summer.

3.) Career Goal Anything that gets me into the film enviroment (if anyone needs any help with any projects and wants to pay the amount it costs for me to get... wherever you are... e-mail me I'll do anything!)

4.) Favourite film style

5.) Favourite movie
Run Lola Run, Memento

6.) Anything else?
I love Star Wars too...

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Saturday, May 21st, 2005
9:29 am

1.) Name- Jacob Knowles Allen

2.) Film school you attend(ed)- I refuse to join one, as the vast majority of talented people will say to refuse any film school, and simply spend that cash upon your own movies. Though I have joined a few general Portland OR. College courses relating vaguely to moviemaking, in efforts only to make some more film fanatic friends to run ideas around with, that sort of pal situation.

3.) Career Goal- Why of course a few eye widening short films that gather attention, and then lots of budget to get any number of my own movies, and certainly direct a few other scripts I didn't write. Learn you up good I bet it would.

4.) Favourite film style- Does this mean to ask my favorite genre? Who could possibly have a solitary favorite?

5.) Favourite movie- Impossible! One? Bah! I'll say, favorite filmmakers, who include Howard Hawks, Fritz Lang, Martin Scorsese, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, Joel and Ethan Coen, Brian DePalma, Terry Gilliam, Woody Allen, Sam Peckinpah, Wes Anderson, William Friedkin, Kubrick (obviously), and Oliver Stone, to name just a few.

6.) Anything else?- I'm sort of looking around for people in the Portland OR, Vancouver WA area who have the filmmaking obsession. I've done a poor job in keeping my movie interested friends, and not only feel guilty but anxious to hang out with some who share these fascinations and would love to encourage work on one anothers assortedly low budget projects. Sort of A Life Cinematic with Jacob Allen, though I don't demand we all wear red caps and speedos.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005
12:40 pm - that survey crap...

1.) Name: Director name: dex Miramontes

2.) Film school you attend? AFI in summer to try and make a film with daren aronofsky..bitch!

3.) Career Goal: to make a great indie film that everyone talks about with that saying: dude have you ever seen the Wonder where that guy..."

4.) Favourite film style: drama, comedy,documentary

5.) Favourite movie: PI, rules of attraction, requiem,waking life,the little mermaid...bitches..lol

6.) Anything else? my greatful sponsor ....my rich hippie mother..she is whos name is on the credit card that buys that light fixture thats is lighting my drug scene...lol shhh

current mood: artistic

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Friday, February 18th, 2005
7:18 pm - survey

1.) Name-Zack; Munkee

2.) Film school you attend(ed)-None. The film school of life. I recently graduated with a B.A. in technical theatre.

3.) Career Goal-Right now I just want to get somewhere. Maybe be able to buy food.

4.) Favourite film style-low budget horror, anything with style.

5.) Favourite movie-so many

6.) Anything else?

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Sunday, January 30th, 2005
8:46 pm - Stuff

Okay, I'll start...

I learned most of the abstract stuff I needed to know from an introductory level video production textbook. Then, I learned from a Sidney Lumet book called "Making Movies," which is actually useful even though it's geared more for the audience than for the filmmaker. I also bought another book, but I don't have it here so I can't tell you what it is.

The best thing (I think) to do when making films, is obviously to shoot on whatever you have. But it also helps to shoot stills on 35mm film so you can understand how light works, and what makes a good shot.

Um, what else...

$50 halogen work lights are cool, and shining one on window drapes from the outside makes it look like daytime even if it's pitch black out... (especially if you can cover the window with blue stuff)... and DON'T FORGET to check the sound environment IN ADDITION to the visual one, because I did that once and halfway through the shoot realized that there was a giant heating unit in the other room that was louder than the subject.

Plan for 2 hours or more of lighting (at least, if you're me), don't expect people to show up unless you pay them, but on the other hand... if you act in charge you ARE in charge (people are easily fooled in this way ~.^), and finally, don't forego eating just to save up for a movie project--as appealing as that may sound.

I don't have any links yet except for the one to my own website... but that will eventually have useful links on it, so if you check it, maybe I won't have to post again right? =P

Enzyme Productions

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11:29 pm - MOD ANNOUNCEMENT *yes I will keep repeating untill I get feedback from all*

Hello all! I would like to add more this community to help each other in out time of need...of filmmaking and keeping our sanity during the productions. I'm thinking of holding a weekly discussion about a topic of Pre-Production, Production, Post-Pro, dealing with actors, writitng tips, etc. Add links to usefull websites. Reviews on films. Reviews on film books. Personal statements about their own film schools. I want to know what you fine group of filmmakers think. Would like to see, happen, and so forth. So please give your ideas and thoughts.

Thanks and happy filmmaking!!


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Thursday, January 27th, 2005
7:48 pm

1.) Name: Nathan

2.) Film school you attend(ed): None. I'm a freshman at the University of Idaho, majoring in Radio/TV/Digital Media Productions (a journalism degree.) I will transfer to a film school in a couple years, and I will go on exchange to Europe second semester of next year--probably to France or Italy.

3.) Career Goal: I will be a film director. Duh. =P I would love to be able to sustain myself doing that, so maybe I'll make a blockbuster and get a shitload of money, then go off and do whatever I want. Kubrick did it; it can't be too bad.

4.) Favourite film style: I don't know, but I DO know what I HATE. I hate to see cinimetographers take this LOVELY shot, then see the editors fuck it up by cutting through it too fast. Hollywood editors are bullshit. You don't need 20 shots to make a scene; in fact it makes the scene worse every time I've seen it. As for what styles I do like, I guess whatever works is just fine with me.

5.) Favourite movie: Damn, difficult question. Um... I have to say Eyes Wide Shut.

6.) Anything else? My dad pays for $2,000 of my college; scholarships and loans pay the rest. I work part-time, and spend $2-3/day on food. That leaves me upwards of $80/month for filmmaking. And I've used it all up. Yay! ^_^ (Once these troublesome models are done, I will start location scouting, and as always, revising the script. Then, just before shool is out, I will look for actors for my series of shorts!)

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Friday, January 21st, 2005
5:03 pm
the_inner_void 1.) Name: Lawrence

2.) Film school you attend(ed): Southern Illinios University; Major: Cinema and Photography

3.) Career Goal: I hope to make independent features that I write/direct/produce.

4.) Favourite film style: I don't have a particular style that I'm prone to watch.

5.) Favourite movie: So many...at the current moment I love to watch and rewatch City of God and the same for Buffalo 66'

6.) Anything else? I get to take a French New Wave class this semester AND they are showing only one Godard film! yay!

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