Sunday, December 31, 2006

Peek at Pirates

As Pirates of the Caribbean: World's End nears its late May release date, more pictures surface. The most sot after image (click for larger view) is that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones in a cameo roll as Captain Jack Sparrow's father, as Johnny Depp was quoted as drawing on Richards as inspiration for his character.

A new clip of video of an interview with Depp showed up on YouTube.

Monday, December 18, 2006

New Stargate in devolpment

While two direct-to-DVD films are being produced for a third series in the Stargate Universe is being developed. A 2008 launch is expected as there will be time needed to finish developing the series and create a leading from the currently running .

The first of the SG-1 videos is slated to hit stores this fall, after its final ten episodes air this spring on the US .

Stargate: Atlantis has ten more episodes left in its third season and is greenlit for a fourth season this fall.

Every expectation is that this new series will be filmed in where all the Stargate television series have been filmed over the last 10 years.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales

This is from the B5 Scripts Team:

As I write this, we have finished principal photography on "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales," coming in under budget and finishing a full day ahead of schedule.

This first DVD, entitled "Voices in the Dark," covers the same 72 hour period of time as Sheridan travels on board a Presidential Cruiser en route to Babylon 5 from Minbar for a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Interstellar Alliance. One part of the story follows Sheridan as he picks up an unexpected visitor on the edge of Centauri space, Prince Regent Dius Vintari, and a warning about what will come afterward delivered by the techno-mage, Galen. The other part of the story is set aboard Babylon 5, as Colonel Lochley summons a priest from Earth space to deal with a problem that may have dark supernatural overtones. The two parts of the greater story intersect at certain key plot and thematic points, so that they overlap and complement each other while telling separate, but simultaneous, stories.
The first DVD is going to require nearly 200 EFX shots, taking us all over Alliance space, and Babylon 5, which is being redesigned using the latest CGI technology. The same CGI is being used to create virtual sets a la Sin City, but on an even more detailed basis, in many cases integrating them with practical sets based on the original blueprint designs for Babylon 5. A number of behind-the-scenes pieces were shot for inclusion on the DVD, as well as a number of original short pieces that will be filmed in February which feature glimpses into the future of Babylon 5 and her characters. We have set-up a temporary webpage of photos from the shoot from my personal collection. These images mark the very first photos to emerge from production.

[http://babylon5scripts.com/TLT-JMS-photos.html]


Will this suck and look stupid (like Episodes I-III) or look cool (like Sky Captain or Sin City)? Time will tell.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Coach takes acting class to Powell River

One of Canada's top film and television acting coaches is coming to Powell River.

Jacqui Kaese, founder of Nanaimo's Spotlight Academy for Actors and Models, will be in town Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 for three workshops and a free question-and-answer session.

"The information session is geared toward people who just want a general background in terms of what's available and how feasible it is living in Powell River," she told the Peak in a telephone interview.

The workshops are geared toward people who have little or no acting experience and will cover basics and pitfalls, helping hopeful actors market and motivate themselves.

Kaese said technology is enabling people from rural and remote communities to be seen and heard by industry professionals through the use of audition tapes.

"We've persuaded casting directors that we're a force to be reckoned with and through modern technology we've become more available," she said. "We've gone from being able to courier VHS tapes to emailing audition pieces."

She said there is still some skepticism and naivetie around remote auditions, but a lot of film crews in the United States will now accept taped auditions.

"At some point or other they've got to be prepared to make the journey," she said, adding that most commercial work requires actors to audition in person. "When you're in Vancouver, it's a 20-minute commute to the studios. With us, it can be an overnight trip," she said.

Because of the distance, Kaese said it's important for hopeful actors to know what it takes to market themselves in the business.

Kaese has more than 1,500 hours of on-set coaching experience, collected over 25 years of working in film, TV and commercials. Spotlight Academy's alumni include Cameron Bright, star of X-Men: The Last Stand and Thank You For Smoking; Colin Ford, star of Dog Days and Dungeon Siege and Blake Woodruff, from Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2. Kaese's latest success story is Beau Mirchoff, appearing on screen as one of the leads in Scary Movie 4.

Prices for the workshops range depending on age. For a complete list of times and prices readers can visit www.powellriver.ca or call 604.485.2891. Kaese said she could soon be a regular presence in Powell River. If these sessions are successful, she'll be back twice a year to train more young stars. Readers wanting more information on Kaese's projects can visit www.spotlightacademy.com.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Oh, The Pain Of It All!

Step into the Agony Booth: site devoted to painful movie and TV experiences. It was named after the torture device from the Mirror Mirror episode of Star Trek TOS. You're forced to endure waves of pain. Kind of like Steven Seagal's 2005 opus, Submerged.

If you like bad movies and most of Star Trek, give this site a looksee.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Star Trek : Original Series With New Special Effects

This from Digital Bits:
...On The Bits before it has been announced that Star Trek: The Original Series (which was shot and finalized on film) is currently being given new high-def transfers by CBS for future HD syndication, as well as eventual release in the new HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats (click this link and slide down a few paragraphs for that story)...

Now... going into the panel this weekend, I was wondering about The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. All three of those shows were post-produced and edited in 4x3, standard definition video... but the episodes were all shot on film. CBS could, in theory, go back to the original film elements for those episodes, re-transfer them all in high-definition and re-do all of the special effects with new CGI at high-def resolution. The result would be rebuilt HD versions of the episodes. All that would be required is the will to do it and the money to get it done right. This possibility was discussed during the panel.

So here's where it gets even more interesting. In doing some digging with our industry sources over the last few days... I've found out something that's going to come as a major surprise to a lot of you. It might be one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood in recent years. Never mind The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager: It turns out that CBS Video, as part of their high-definition remastering of The Original Series, IS giving a lot of the special effects shots a new CG face-lift! Specifically, they're re-doing all of the spaceship shots. This to me is a very exciting idea... in principle. As anyone who saw the Mirror Universe episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise will tell you, the old TOS ships look awfully damn good in new CG. The replicated TOS sets, the original ship designs... rather than looking dated, they actually hold up VERY well by today's standards. Re-doing the effects will give new life to The Original Series and could help it appeal to a new, younger generation of fans. Unlike, say... the Star Wars films... the original versions of these episodes will always be preserved in GREAT remastered quality on DVD. And it would be extremely cool if CBS would release BOTH versions of the episodes on HD-DVD/Blu-ray, such that you can choose which version you wish to watch... the original or the new enhanced version.
Since the Last Starfighter came out in the 1980s, I've heard word that the original series will be redone with updated effects. We'll see if they eventually do this or not. Given the cost (like $100k per episode), it's not much to prepare a series for re-issue. The original series has paid for itself 10 times over so this is almost a freebie exercise.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

X-Men coming back too Victoria?

X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner says contract renegotiations are the biggest stumbling blocks in order for X-Men 4 to become a reality. "The newer cast members are signed, and the older cast members are not," Shuler Donner advised L.A. Daily News columnists Marilyn Beck And Stacy Jenel Smith.

"Next, we're going to do Wolverine, but not before the end of the year because he's in the Baz Luhrmann film," Shuler Donner confirmed. "We have the [Wolverine] script and are working on it. ... We also have Young Magneto in development." Hugh Jackman is a producer on Wolverine for Fox via his Seed Prods. shingle.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Black Adder Revolution

Black Adder movieEdmond Black Adder may be headed to the silver screen. Rowan Atkinson is said to be in development with screenwriter Ben Elton for a big screen version of the greedy scoundrel that we all love, and his hereditay assistant Baldrick.

Its actualy been seventeen years since the end of Black Adder Goes Forth and only one special has been done since, in 2000.

This movie is expected to be set during the Russian Revolution of 1917 where over the course of a year the ruling royal family of Tsar Nicholas II was ultimately replaced by the Communist Bolshevik party led by Lenin that paved the way for the formation of the Soviet Union.

Stephen Fry said on Monday "I chatted to Rowan at the weekend. He's been doing a Bean movie in France and confided that he missed the joys of Blackadder rehearsals and all that. Ben wants to do a Blackadder movie set in the Russian Revolution with a Russian branch of the family. He has some brilliant ideas. Maybe it will happen".

Monday, June 19, 2006

Meat Market 3 Teaser

Frontline FilmsBrian Clement's Meat Market 3 is in the editing process and he has relesed a teaser for fans. If you serf over to his Frontline Films site you can watch a better quality Quciktime or Windows Media clip.


At this time I can't embed a copy of the 1:10 YouTube clip, but if you follow the links you'll get your first look at the film set for a Halloween premiere.

Image courtesy Frontline Films. click for larger view.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Spider-Man 3 Shooting in NY

Video of Spider-Man 3 shooting in New York city, just the other day. YouTube scores again. I'm sure this isn't Toby Maguire performing the stunt, and none of the cast seem to be in sight. This means this is a second unit filming. Kristen Dunst and Thomas Haden Church would be with first unit production somewhere else in the city.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Underwold 3 coming soon

Underworld 2
Underworld Producer/Director/Creator Len Wiseman was recently interviewed by iF Magazine in regards to the news that he will be directing the next Die Hard film. It was what he had to say in regards to Underworld 3 that was of interest. Len Wiseman said, “The third film is going to be a prequel. It will be the origin story and we find out things we didn’t know about Lucian; he’ll have a much bigger part in it. It will be about the creation [of the races] and what started the war. It will be a period piece. In terms of the writing, a lot of the writing has been done. We’ve been developing Underworld 3 for a while. I won’t be directing Underworld 3; I’m just going to be producing and writing.”

Will this movie involve Selene, played by Kate Beckinsale? “It will be in the time period before, but it will overlap into the creation of her as well. We’re in the process of seeing how far we go with that.”

Friday, June 09, 2006

Sean Connery in Indiana Jones 4?

Sean ConneryGeorge Lucas told Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos he is pushing to get Sean Connery to appear in Indiana Jones 4. Last night at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, the American Film Institute honored Connery, the Oscar® winning actor, with the Life Achievement Award. Legendary director, Lucas, was among those there to honor Connery.

Despite reports that Connery is retired, Lucas told Menounos last night, "I would love him to be in the next 'Indiana Jones'...maybe I can push him into it." When asked if he knew whether or not Connery wanted to appear in the film, Lucas said, "I think he does." Lucas jokingly added, "We are writing him in whether he wants to do it or not."

Monday, June 05, 2006

Post X-Men: The Last Stand news

Avi Arad, no longer with MarvelWednesday saw a move that really caught Wall Street off guard, Avi Arad, called by some the real superhero of Marvel Entertainment, resigned as chairman and CEO of the company's film studio and chief creative officer of the parent company. He will now head his own company, Avi Arad Productions, which will continue to produce films featuring Marvel's superhero characters, including next year's Spider-Man 3. The move comes just days after X-Men: The Last Stand set a Memorial Day record at the box office and on the same day that Arad sold 3.15 million shares in Marvel Entertainment, worth $60 million. Some analysts speculated that Arad was leaving the company because he disagreed with its decision to fund several upcoming films on its own through a $525-million debt facility set up by Merrill Lynch. "This is not a ringing endorsement of company strategy," Banc of America analyst Michael Savner told Daily Variety. "He may understand something about the Hellfire Club's White Queencompany the street doesn't," said Evan S. Wilson of Pacific Crest Securities in an interview with the New York Post. Marvel's shares tumbled by more than 5 percent on the news Wednesday.


X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed to USA Today that Wolverine will likely head into production next year, at the same time 20th Century Fox production president Hutch Parker says "We've also talked about doing something on the kids in the school, focusing on their lives, and less of a global adventure for the team".

Meanwhile the paper also reports that the studio is also exploring a movie with Three Kings director David O. Russell based on the character of Emma Frost, a sexy mutant telepath known as The White Queen and a member of the Hellfire Club. She is an X-Men comics regular but was not featured in the movies. Now the speculation can begin on who will play the femme fatale.

Monday, May 29, 2006

X-Men Super-sizes the Box-Office over Da Vinci


The Da Vinci Code
$34M
VSX-Men: The Last Stand
$120.1M


A HUGE four day weekend in the US has seen the largest Memorial Day Box-office premiere. The Second biggest opening day in Box-office history for X-Men: The Last Stand with $44 Million on Friday and it kept going as the weekend progressed. Saturday saw a $32.1 Million pull and Sunday took another $25.5 Million. For a movie that was criticized as being rushed and poorly reviewed, this is a huge triumph. In comparison to X-Men: The Last Stand, The Da Vinci Code only saw $10.4 Million on Friday.

It was a great weekend for film watching, as McKellen vs. McKellen. Next weekend we have only one minor comedy, The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. I have a feeling that X-Men will win on this one.

Monday, May 22, 2006

News Bits: X-Men, Birthdays, Brit-sci, Star Wars Death Ray


18 clips from X-Men: The Last Stand on iesb.net

It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Birthday (May 22, 1859)

It's also Richard Wagner's Birthday (May 22, 1813), Wagner is know for his compisions, including Flight of the Valkyrie

British Science-Fiction Film Director Val Guest past away at 94, link to LA Times Article.

My friend Mike has found a long lost scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, oh yes and he wants a death-ray.

I got a chance to see The Da Vinci Code yeasterday, and I'll post a review later this week.

X-Files the Reunion

X-Files MovieX-Files co-Producer Frank Spotnitz talked with the Sci-Fi Channel about the work going on for X-Files 2 the movie.

Although the script isn't written, the idea is already developed and Fox likes the idea - "No, we're not going into the mythology, one of the things that was exciting about doing it is to not make it a mythology story, and it's like one of the stand-alone episodes. It's a bit scary. Of course, we will catch up with the characters and what is going on in their lives, but it's not about the alien conspiracy. It's not about that".

Will Scully and Mulder shoot the film in Vancouver to give it the feealing the old series had, or will camers rool in LA?

Blade ready for Spike TV

New cast images for the Vancouver produced Blade TV series have been released and as Dreamlogic.net comented "...it looks a little more polished than expected." If you can't wait untill June for a look at the show, how about looking at the trailer, at the bottom of the story. Click the images below for larger versions.

Blade CastBlade TV

*** EDIT *** Sorry that the Trailer has been removed. Too many complaints that it played on loading of the page.
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Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and GrendelThe Gerard Butler film, Beowulf and Grendel, shot in Iceland by Sturla Gunnarsson (Da Vinci's Inqest) has recieved some distruabution in six US theatres.

June 16th Seatle - Varsity
June 30th San Francisco - Opera Plaza
July 7th New York - Quad
July 14th Chicago - Century
July 28th Los Angeles - Westside Pavillion
August 11th - Kendall Square

Offical WebsiteQuicktime TrailerWindows Media Trailer

The Da Vinci Code Vs Mission Imposible III


The Da Vinci Code
$77M
VSMission Impossible 3
$11M


Well up here in Canada it's the Victoria Day long weekend and the box-office race has declared a winner. Early results put Tom Hanks' The Da Vinci Code miles ahead of Tom Crusie's Mission Impossible: III. M:I:3 had explosions and action but Dan Brown's mystery, religious themes and controversy won out.
Also knocking M:I:3 to third place in its third weekend at the boxoffice was the animated animal romp Over the Hedge pulling in a cool $37.2M. Amimated films tend to have summer box office staying power, as kids want to see them over and over. So what will we see next weekend, as X-Men: The Last Stand staring a slew of celebs, including Vancouver Island's own Cameron Bright, steps up to the plate?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Blockbuster Boxoffice Vs winner


Poseidon
VSMission Impossible 3


This is the first competitive weekend of the summer box-office season. While Mission Impossible 3 was a weak starter for the season last weekend it was sketchy as to its strength against the new entry, Poseidon. How did it go?

MI: III got the win with $24.5M over Poseidon's $20.3M, a close first weekend but now Tom Cruise has to go up against Tom Hanks' Da Vinci Code.

TOM Vs. TOM see the results next week.

Dath Vader is on the line

Ever wonder what the coversation between Darth Vader and Dath Sidious would be like when Vader had to tell him of the events at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope? Well check the video below for a good laugh.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Two new productions in town


Anyone looking for work in Victoria's film industry may want to conntact these two production companies.




Scare Tactics - Feature
Tactical Road Productions Ltd.
758 Queens St.
Victoria, BC
tel: 250-380-6000
fax; 250-380-6001

Mermaid Chair - Feature
Egret Island Productions Inc.
740 Discovery St.
tel: 250-382-3128
fax: 250-385-1004

New Trailers online


New X-Men: The Last Stand video clips at Yahoo and Latino Review while Dell has a nice seven minute long preview of the film. If you're not afaid of spoilers then it's worth the watch.

Superman Returns TV spot is up at aintitcoolnews and Quicktime has a new trailer for Cars, the latest Pixar film.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Hot new X-Men: The Last Stand pics

wolverine and pheonix in X-Men the last standImage from Superhero Hype of Wolverine and Pheonix in a flaming hot possision.
Then ING (not the online bank) has some great TV spots archived on their site for your viewing pleasure.

X-Men: The Last Stand opens May 26 in theatres everywhere.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Victorian in Blade TV

Blade Television seriesBlade the Television series from Spike TV, is coming and features local seven year-old actor Quinn Lord. Quinn lives in Victoria and has appeared in shows like The L-Word, Reunion and Terminal City he also has a part in the upcoming movie White Noise 2: The Light. Lead actor in the Blade series has posted a preview clip of the show, but it seems that the site’s bandwidth has been exceeded; maybe he should use YouTube for future postings of the video. But I did manage to find another copy of the Blade preview at UGO.com their video is slow to start and has an ad at the begining but at least it's accessable.
Quinn has a blog site started at QuinnLord.BlogSpot.com

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Trialers Now Online: Super, Pirate, Royale

Superman ReturnsA few new trailers have shown up for this summer's blockbusters. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Superman Returns have both posted new preview trailers online. While I grew-up as a huge comic book fan and I saw the majority of the original series of Richard Donner’s Superman films I have to say, I do not really like the look of this new Superman. It’s flashy and prettier than the seventies and eighties series but there doesn’t seem to be any more substance.
Pirates on the other hand has new villains, new situations for the heroes and what looks like exciting new adventure for Jack, Will and Elizabeth take a look at the two trailers and tell me what you think.

Other new Trailers worth taking a look at:

Casino Royale

Invincible

Peaceful Warrior

Marie Antoinette

Over the Hedge

Watch and enjoy

Monday, May 01, 2006

Attractions May 2006

In The Land of WomenThe month starts with the May 5th opening of In the Land of Women. Shot in Victoria last year and starring Meg Ryan, Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart and Olympia Dukakis. Locations included Oak Bay neighborhoods standing in for suburban Michigan, and Mayfair Mall as a shopping centre with a Cineplex.

In the Land of Women is a romantic comedy / drama about trying to makes sense of love. Adam Brody plays Carter Webb who has just been dumped by his true love. In depression and need of a change Carter escapes Los Angeles to suburban Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother. Soon after his arrival, Carter stumbles into the lives of the family living directly across the street: Meg Ryan, and her two daughters Makenzie Vega and Kristen Stewart. Through his relationships with these women, as well as with his grandmother, Carter discovers that what felt like an end was only just the beginning of something else.

Cameron Bright in X-Men the last standI have to wonder if Cameron Bright is being type cast at the tender age of thirteen as a pivotal plot character actor? If you look at the films Cameron has been in since The Butterfly Effect in 2004, Godsend with De Niro and Greg Kinnear Cameron plays both the child that is killed and the story focused cloned child. Later that year in Birth starring Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall. Cameron is the reincarnation of the husband Nicole lost ten years ago. Early this year he’s Running Scared from Paul Walker and then he’s the son who makes tobacco’s biggest spokesperson realize the effect he’s having on what he cares most about, in Thank You For Smoking with Aaron Eckhart and William H Macy. Now Cameron’s other film, already out this year, was the Sci-Fi / Vampire-esque auctioneer, Ultraviolet, in which Mila Jovovich must steal a biological weapon called Six, Cameron, from a government lab before it destroys her people. In late May Cameron’s role is as Leach in X-Men: The Last Stand, and while I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as Twentieth Century has worked so hard to conceal it, I can say after careful examination of the trailer, online at apple.com/trailers, Cameron is again the key element to the whole film, while not being the lead actor or having his name above the title.

In late April at the Nanaimo premiere of Thank You For Smoking Cameron was on hand signing autographs and raising money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, something that afflicts a fellow actor and very close friend of his.

X-Men: The Last Stand premieres May 26, 2006 and in it a "cure" for mutants threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them from society, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test, triggering the war to end all wars: a Mutant war, or as Magneto would say the war for the survival of Homo Superior. A lot of rumors exist that this will be the final film of the X-Men franchise but even with two spin offs in development, Wolverine and Magneto, I can’t see Fox or Marvel not returning to this highly profitable and tie-in saturated series.

Star Trek XISpeaking of film franchises that make money, Paramount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.

The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission. (**Edit: Abrams has since, denided this plot**)

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

If you’ve got your passport in order and are looking for a reason to excursion state side, the Seattle International Film Festival runs May 25th to June 18th at various venues including Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. Check out seattlefilm.org for more details and a list of the Danish films highlighted at this the 32nd SIFF

You can get more updated info from the newly revised Victoriawood blog at Victoriawood.blogspot.com. Don McCaskill wrote morning news for The New VI and has contributed on and off to local news media including radio since 1986. Don has been a writer for Attractions Arts & Entertainment magazine for seven years.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

There be sentinels on X-Men: The Last Stand


The April 28 edition of the Tonight Show featured Leno sitting down to talk with Hugh Jackman about his role as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand and they revealed a clip with Colossus giving a canon-ball special and Wolvie ripping the head off a sentinel.

Someone got smart and posted the piece on YouTube and I've posted it here too:



Thursday, April 27, 2006

Looking for a Commissioner

The Greater Victoria Film Commission announced yeasterday that they have posted for a new Film Commissioner of the Greater Victoria Film Commission.

The GVFC is a not-for-profit organization that services film production; promotes the locations, skills and creativity inherent in Victoria and Vancouver Island to the global film industry. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Film Commissioner is responsible for the overall activities of the GVFC, including operations, production/location services, community liaison and providing industry information and statistical data to media, industry, labour and government.

From the posting, some details on the possition:

Working Conditions:

* Generally Monday to Friday business hours with provision for call out evenings and weekends to service production requirements
* Indoor/outdoor environment
* May require some overnight travel


Selection Criteria:

Education:
* College graduation, courses in business, media, public relations would be an asset


Experience:
* Minimum five years of industry experience at the Locations Manager level.

Knowledge:

* Knowledge of the film industry including production services, studios, facilities, unions, equipment, crews, transportation and accommodation, weather stats and resource info
*
Some knowledge of film production companies, their organizations and how they work
* Knowledge and understanding of not for profit organizations and their structure
* Knowledge of municipal politics, infrastructure and bylaws
* Excellent working knowledge of digital cameras and associated software
* Basic knowledge of small business, including preparing and managing operating budgets, contracts and facilities.


Skills and Abilities

* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Ability to manage multiple priorities and produce results in a high-pressure environment with limited human and financial resources
* Excellent judgment, negotiation and persuasion abilities
* Excellent organizational and administrative ability
* Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with industry personnel
* Ability to manage stress and meet deadlines

More information at MediaJobSearch

X-Men get new wings

Seems the X-jet will be a little different in this movie. FilmForce has an interesting article about the modifications and changes made visually and functional to the plane that started out in the comic as a SR71-Blkackbird, capable of crossing the Atlantic London to New York in under 2 hours.

Trek talk follow up


Seems some of the information in the last article about the new Star Trek XI film was not completely accurate. It appears that the man behind the lens of MI:III is not jumping in to the directors chair, yet.

"The whole thing was reported entirely without our cooperation," says director J.J. Abrams with a hint of regret. "People learned that I was producing a Star Trek film, that I had an option to direct it, they hear rumors of what the thing was going to be and ran with a story that is not entirely accurate."

What story are they going to pursue? "We've made a pact not to discuss any specifics" So it seems the whole Academy days idea is out the door. The movie might not even contain know cast or characters.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

New Begining for Star Trek

Star TrekParamount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.


The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission.

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

Star Trek gets a new begining

Star TrekParamount is looking within to resurrect is most beloved franchise. Lost and Alias creator and Tom Cruise’s MI:III director, J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm the Enterprise and her crew in the eleventh installment of the Star Trek film franchise by fulfilling the ultimate slash role. In Hollywood, a slash is anyone who works more than one major role on a film or television project, in this case Abrams will perform as Producer / Director / Writer, sometimes known as a double slash.


The as yet untitled script by Abrams and long time co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to look at the early days of the crew from the original television series, James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet during their Academy days and first mission.

To date Star Trek has had ten films and 726 television episodes in six separate series. Things will have to move quickly as Paramount wants this film out in two years, and they still have to script and cast it before starting to film it next year.

Friday, April 21, 2006

X-Men set for Premiere

X-Men the Last StandPremiere Magazine has the X-Men on the cover for its May issue, on stands now. Two versions of the cover exist for Collectors, one with Storm, Wolverine and Iceman the other features Pheonix, Beast and Mystique.

The issue looks at the hot summer line-up at the Box-office and who's going to finnish at the top of the heap.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

X-Men 3 website comes alive?

I was going to report on the opening of the X-Men: The Last Stand web site, which is fabulous, but I don't know if it's just me but I can't get it to open in the popular Firefox browser. Internet Explorer works fine for the site.
The site has expanded beyond the trailers and now features picture downloads (image to left: Kitty and Bobby skate on a frozen pond, shot in Victoria). Don't miss the mutant profiles and type in a mutant name at the top for a search. There is a mobile phone section marked as coming soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bill Duke Talks X-Men: The Last Stand

Bill Duke
Bill Duke has given an interview to blackfilm.com in regard to his role in next months release of X-Men: The Last Stand. The conversation covers many parts of his role and again talks about Ratner's control over the script:

Duke: I hadn’t read all of the comic books. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t read the script that we shot. We weren’t allowed to do that. All you read was the scene that you had and you never saw the script at all.

Check out the rest of the article on blackfilm.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

New X3 Video


MSN has posted a behind the sceens look at the largest movie shot in Victoria, X-Men: The Last Stand. The video clips include interviews with Hugh Jackman and Brett Ratner.
The problem is you must have and use Internet Exporer 6, Windows Media Player 10, and Flash 7 to see the sneak peek.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Images for In The Land of Women

In The Land of Women
Blackfilm.com has posted a slew of new images from the film In The Land of Women, shoot here in Victoria back in the spring of last year. The movie stars Meg Ryan, Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Makenzie Vega and Olympia Dukakis. Most of the film was shot in the Oak Bay area and some in Mayfair Shopping Centre doubling as a Mall with a cinema.

The film tells the story of a man, Adam Brody, who moves to Detroit to care for his Grandmother, Olympia Dukakis, after breaking up with an actress. Not planning it he forms a bond with the family across the street.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New office for Film commission

Christine Larsen, the new Administrator of the Greater Victoria Film Commission announced that the offices of the commission have now officially moved to #201, 468 Bellville Street. This is next to the Wax Museum in the Blackball ferry offices building.
To write the office the new mailing address is:

Greater Victoria Film Commission
PO Box 34
794 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1H2

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fan Films worth seeing... got more?

Zelda fan filmI have been aware of the world of fan films since the eighties when Karl and Dan created Revenge of the Socks. The internet has created a perfect forum for the showcasing of these films as places like Filmforce and ifilm have popped up to host things like Troops and Grayson.

Now something new for video game fans, Zelda: The Hero of Time, a fanfilm made because they could. Fan films are a world unto themselves and the trailer for this one looks great. Check it out, and if you see any other fan films that are worthy drop me a line I'd love to check them out.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Last Trimester Shoots


So, on friday I walk across the bridge to Vic West for a Managers meeting and discover the set-up for Last Trimester shooting at the old empty Humpties Restruant.

Then Saturday I'm downtown and see the crew setting up on Langley St. near Fort St., just south of Bastion Sq. and they were still there Sunday.

So far all I know abou this film is that it stars Chandra West.