At SxSW our very own Ian Summers scored an interview at the Dell Computers booth. We are so excited to see this video! Ian is the man.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – CALVIN O’NEAL JR.
Good news everyone!
Today is the day where we showcase our first artist spotlight with Calvin O’Neal Jr. He has been super excited to be a part of the Louisiana Film Prize since it’s inception. At of the time of this video, he has submitted his project Secret Agent Jones Takes a Lover. Originally born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Calvin is now a local here in the Shreveport-Bossier area. He plans on shooting his short very soon and we are more than excited to see his film.
For more artist spotlights, keep checking our facebook, twitter and of course www.lafilmprize.com. If you would like to be our next artist in the spotlight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, your film, when you plan on shooting and something incredibly unique. We will do our best to get you in the spotlight!
Yes that’s right folks, IndieWire has put us in the Spotlight this past month. Their compliments are so genuine! They even stated that we are going to “Spark an indie revolution!”
Louisiana is launching its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 2012 and will feature short films by anyone in the world – but shot within Louisiana’s Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival and compete for the $50,000.
Founder and exec director Gregory Kallenberg (director of the 2009 doc “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future”) gushes:
“This is the coolest film contest on the planet; It has been created to energize the filmmaking community to create the best work they can in an environment that is incredibly supportive of their endeavors. We hope that the Louisiana Film Prize will help spark a revolution in indie filmmaking in the area.”
More details and this year’s jury members (including Brandon Oldenberg, the producer of the Oscar winning animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) are below:
Each filmmaker will be provided with an ambassador, to guide them to find the appropriate resources and aids to help with production, housing, promotional events and other needs during their stay. Finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family and the public to heighten their chances of winning.
This year’s jury includes journalist/author Hank Stuever (Washington Post), journalist James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly), Steve Beckman (Cinetic), Brandon Oldenberg, (Academy Award Winning producer of the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) and Jason Neulander (founder, the Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin TX, award-winning producer of the stage play “Intergalactic Nemesis”), with additional jurors to be announced.
“This is a substantial prize that could really change a filmmaker’s life,” said Chris Lyon, the LAFP’s Festival Director. “This $50,000 could help someone create more short films or help fund a feature film. It’s a really amazing opportunity for the filmmaker.”
The film community in Shreveport-Bossier in Northwest Louisiana has rapidly expanded, with more than 100 films and television shows shooting on location in the past 5 years. Recent shoots have included The Guardian, Battle Los Angeles, The Mist, Leaves of Grass, Drive Angry, Super and Straw Dogs to name a few. Shreveport-Bossier provides great locations at low cost, as well as four sound stages, full grip/electric rental facilities, local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent. Shreveport is also home to Moonbot Studios, who recently won their first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
Earlier this month the esteemed Movie Maker spoke so highly of us. OMG! Did we not mention it?
Regular readers of MovieMaker will know that New Orleans was named the number one city to make movies in our most recent issue. But the Big Easy is far from being the only city in Louisiana that moviemakers should be paying attention to. Located in Northwest Louisiana, the Shreveport-Bossier area has seen a rise in production in recent years, with its substantial talent base, ready availability of equipment and low cost of filming drawing productions as diverse as Battle Los Angeles andSuper to the area. And while an abundance of financial incentives means that Louisiana is already a great place to be a indie moviemaker, the introduction of the Louisiana Film Prize (LAFP) means that shooting in Shreveport just got even better.
A combination contest/film festival, the LAFP calls upon moviemakers to submit a short film shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Ambassadors will be provided to help moviemakers locate and utilize local moviemaking resources while they’re there, and the top 20 films will screen as part of the LA Film Prize Festival Weekend (October 5-7, 2012). There, the festival audience and a panel of judges—including Brandon Oldenburg, co-director of the Oscar-winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, produced by Shreveport-based company Moonbot Studios— will select the grand prize winner, who will receive a prize of $50,000.
“This is the coolest film contest on the planet,” notes LAFP founder and executive director Gregory Kallenberg. “It has been created to energize the filmmaking community to create the best work they can in an environment that is incredibly supportive of their endeavors. We hope that the Louisiana Film Prize will help spark a revolution in indie filmmaking in the area.”
Submissions are open until July 9th, 2012. To find out more, visit lafilmprize.com.
One of the biggest questions I get when talking to folks out of town about the Louisiana Film Prize is “Why Shreveport?” It’s a valid question. I mean, when you think Louisiana, you think New Orleans, you think LSU in Baton Rouge – things that have and continue to be beacons for Louisiana to the nation. So why Shreveport-Bossier – a small twin city community of less than 300,00 people? The answer is simple: Location, location, location.
As anyone from the area will tell you, Shreveport-Bossier and northwest Louisiana are incredibly beautiful places to shoot films. This is particularly true in the spring, when the shooting window for the Film Prize is open. Northwest Louisiana has been a hotbed for film production since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with over 100 motion pictures, TV shows, and documentaries produced here in the last 5 years. Movies from New York to L.A. with huge shooting schedules and complicated logistics like The Guardian, Battle Los Angeles, The Mist, Leaves of Grass, Drive Angry, Super and Straw Dogs to name a few. Say what you want about these movies, but they shot here on location and no one watching all over the world would know any differently. There are quarries, dunes, forests, rolling hills, acres and acres of crops, rural communities, highways, shanty towns, a wave tank, and a downtown that has doubled for the biggest cities in the country (New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, etc)… and it’s all at your fingertips.
So what to 20th Centuty Fox, Sony Pictures, MGM, Weinstein, Dimension, Touchstone, Millennium, Screen Gems, and others know that you don’t? For starters, permits in Shreveport-Bossier City are free, public locations are free, city property filming is free, and free water access to boot. People here bend over backwards to help you out, and, of course, there’s the world-famous southern hospitality (which is totally real, by the way). There are four sound stages in Shreveport, full grip/electric rental facilities, there are local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent.
If you’re thinking to yourself… “What I want to do is pretty intense and would require all sorts of closures or traffic control” and I don’t have quite the budget of Battle: Los Angeles… well that’s not a problem either. I’ve personally burned a car for a shoot in the middle of downtown with street closure, permits, safety gear, experienced VFX supervisor and all for less than $500 and a little elbow grease. Where else can you do that? Not many places I’d imagine.
Still not convinced? I’m not sure what more I can say. If “free” and “bend over backwards” and “southern hospitality” don’t do the job, I’m not sure what will.
Oh wait… there’s that $50,000 grand prize for best film.
All that for spending a few days in sunny Shreveport-Bossier. You can do your pre and post at home. And when the final 20 films are picked, everyone comes back for a kick-ass weekend in October of crazy parties, music, screenings, and whatnot where the judges and public vote and the winner is announced through a wild 50/50 vote between judge panel and audience.
It might be a bit of a trek for some, but once you come and shoot here, you’ll fall in love with it. Louisiana has 30% tax credits for films that shoot here over $300k, and the Shreveport-Bossier will kick in an additional 2.5% on expenditures within city limits. So while your short probably isn’t going to come close to that budget, it goes to show that these cities are in it for the long haul. So come shoot your short, get a sense of the area, take a stab at $50k, and maybe you’ll love it so much here that you’ll want to come back. I know you will.
Oh, hello! Hi. How ya doing? Is that a new shirt? It looks good on you.
Yes, that’s right this is the first ever blog post for the Louisiana Film Prize. Being such a hectic time and all, I have finally taken the time to sit down and begin this blog.
Now, what should I talk about? Do they know about the $50,000? Of course they do, I mean who wouldn’t right? Oh, I know! Did you see our video? No? Of course you haven’t! Because it’s right hereà http://youtu.be/iUSjRL15JzA (I’ll make sure to post just the video)
Now, here is the cool part. We know grindhouse stuff is awesome, it was fun, but did you know it was created by no other than the OSCAR WINNING MOONBOT STUDIOS? What!? OMGz! With Gorilla Design Studio and Moonbot, we were able to make a kickin’ promo! I love that logo.
On a related/not related note, we have had our fair share of registrations come our way. That means that these wonderful contestants are one step closer to winning $50k. But you already knew that, “would he shut up about registering! I know I haven’t done it yet and I’m being lazy.” I just think it’s so great and wonderful that that people are truly taking up on this offer. It’s just…. we are so excited to see such great people come to the Shreveport-Bossier area and support with creativity in film. It fills our hearts with joy! Hearts? Joy? Cazes, you are so cheesy.
One of the things we want for S.B. is for it to prosper. I know I have said it a bunch, but it’s true! With great stuff that is coming from places like Moonbot, it reminds me how much the community here is so wonderful. S.B. becomes a better place to be every single day. I’m so very proud to be a part of this community and a part of the Louisiana Film Prize.
Well I think that’s enough for my first blog post. I can’t wait to see all the film submissions, it’s going to be so much fun. In the meantime, please check our Facebook and Twitter for updates and the like. We always are posting and responding!