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  • Marketing Power: Standing Out Above The Rest!
  • WIF.D Teams with TFC Again for P.A. Workshop
  • Global Film Showcase Celebrates International Women's Day
  • Making A Million Dollar Business
  • Meet the Panel to "We've Got That In Development"
  • We've Got That In Development!
  • Locations Scout Workshop
  • Making It Frame By Frame
  • Great Place to Start - P.A. Workshop - Aug. 2 & 3
  • 2008 WIFTI Showcase -- July 8th
  • BusinessKillers In Review

Marketing Power: Standing Out Above The Rest!


What an evening! Thank you sponsors!

Read the recap and see some highlights by clicking here. Photos courtesy of Karen Almond Photography!

Here is the Kelly McDonald PowerPoint we promised as well - click here.


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Marketing Power: Standing Out Above the Rest is a program for anyone who has a film, television project, book, or event that they are interested in promoting.  Join media experts Jeff Crilley and Kelly McDonald to learn:

1. How to Get Free Publicity -- Why pay for advertising when the news media is giving it away?

jcrilley.jpgJeff Crilley, Emmy award winning TV reporter shares the secrets of getting covered on the news. He has assembled a group of prominent Dallas newscasters who approach media PR from their inside experience. His PR team includes: Scott Murray, Clif Caldwell, Robert Riggs, Jeff Brady, Susan Risdon, Rebecca Rodriguez, and Teresa Arena, all of whom have joined forces to become a part of this dynamic new venture, Real News PR.  Jeff and his team use their "street smarts" as career journalists to help clients find their story and they leverage their credibility with the working press to actually get those stories covered. Learn from the best in the business.

2. Branding, Marketing & Publicity: The Three Pillars of Rockstar Marketing

kmcdonald.jpgStrategize with Kelly McDonald to market yourself. So what does a blond haired, blue-eyed Irish girl know about diversity marketing? Plenty! Kelly McDonald is a marketing and advertising expert with more than 20 years of global advertising agency experience, in both the General Market and Latino market. Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Sherwin-Williams, Kimberly-Clark, Budweiser, Harley-Davidson, Mattel, Ace Hardware and Nike. In 2006, Kelly was named #1 on the list of "26 Hot Speakers" by Successful Meetings Magazine. In 2007, Advertising Age named her company one of the top ad agencies in the U.S. And in 2008, Inc Magazine named her company one of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the country. Her specialization is market segmentation.

Come and join us to hear these great speakers, enjoy drinks and delicious appetizers from Kay Agnew’s Margaux's A Restaurant by Design.

Also enter to win one of these great raffles: a special wine tasting for 10 at CALAIS Winery, a boutique winery located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas; a cool book bundle from our friends O'Reilly Media; a gift certificate for a deluxe hydrating facial and a at home product, Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, a total value of $185 from Renee Rouleau Skin Care, beautiful handmade jewelry from Rosana Price valued at $100, and a pair of tickets to see Four Funny Females, June 20th with our own WIF.D Member, Linda Stogner - learn more at www.eisemanncenter.com.

Become a raffle sponsor today by contacting events@wifdallas.org. 

Location - KD Studio
2600 Stemmons Frwy, Suite 117, Dallas, TX 75207
Time - Networking and appetizers at 6:30pm
Program at 7:00pm
Cost - WIF.D Members Free! Non-members are only $15.00

Click here to RSVP - rsvp@wifdallas.org

Special thanks to our participating sponsors - KD Studio, Frozen Fire Films, Margaux's A Restaurant by Design, and Dallas Audio Post Group!


WIF.D Teams with TFC Again for P.A. Workshop


Plans are in the works for another workshop soon - look here and pre-register.

Due to the demand of the May 16 & 17 workshop, WIF.D is planning another soon.  Add your name to the waiting list by following the steps outlined below.  

WHAT IS A P.A.?


A P.A., or Production Assistant, is the primary entry level job in the film/video industry. They provide support and assistance to almost all areas of production. In doing so, P.A.s build their work experience, receive great exposure to the workings of the various departments and learn what's needed to move up the film/video production ladder.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The Texas Film Commission's P.A. Workshop is a two-day, intensive introductory course that comprehensively teaches the requirements of the job. Taught by working industry professionals, the Workshop includes instruction in terminology, set etiquette and paperwork; opportunities to ask questions and learn from crew members in all areas of production; simulations of on-set work flow; how to write an appropriate résumé; and tips for a successful job search.

WORKSHOP BENEFITS

The Workshop is designed to introduce the participants to professional crew persons that live and work in their area, thus beginning their networking opportunities for finding employment.  Upon completing the Workshop, participants receive a P.A. Workshop Training Certification from the Texas Film Commission, which can be included on a résumé, and a listing in the Texas Production Directory. Participants are also eligible for further Texas Film Commission training in specialized production departments, which may include:
 
•    Camera
•    Grip
•    Locations
•    Set Dressing and Props
•    Video Assist
•    Lighting
•    Art Department/Set Construction
•    Production Sound
•    Wardrobe
 
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE

•    Must be 18 years of age
•    A legal resident of Texas
•    Have a valid Texas Driver's License or Texas I.D. Card
•    Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
•    Must have minimum math and reading skills (English)
 
WHAT TO BRING TO THE WORKSHOP

•    Comfortable and protective clothing that can be worn OUTSIDE (such as a rain jacket, if needed), including closed toe shoes you can run in, a hat, and sun-block and sunglasses (for Workshop Day 2).

PAST P.A. WORKSHOPS AND OUR PARTNERS

San Antonio – San Antonio College
Austin – Austin Film Society @ Austin Studios
Waco – Texas State Technical College
El Paso – El Paso College
Houston – Houston Community College
Dallas – Women In Film.Dallas @ MPS Studios

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, all day --
Sorry, class is full as of 5-12-09 but we are creating a waiting list for another workshop so please follow the steps below. 

Cost is $75 per student.

Step 1 -- Print and complete Registration Form (pdf).

Step 2 -- Write "waiting list" on the top of the form.

Step 3 -- Fax or scan completed form with Registration Form in the subject line to info@wifdallas.org. Fax number is 214-630-1761.

Step 4 -- Once the completed form has been returned, Cassie Smith at info@wifdallas.org will contact you to confirm the date of our next workshop.

Step 5 -- Once location has been determined, WIF.D will post a PayPal button below or you may send a check to WIF.D, 2600 Stemmons Fwy, Suite 117, Dallas, TX 75207 (Please bring your online receipt with you the day of the class.) 

Any further questions, you may call Women In Film.Dallas at 214-954-4488. This workshop is brought to you by The Texas Film Commission and in partnership with Women In Film.Dallas, a non-profit organization.



Global Film Showcase Celebrates International Women's Day Thanks to all that came out Sunday!

2008_wifti_logo.jpg UPDATE - A crowd of independent film fans joined us for the March 8th event at Addison's Studio Movie Grill featuring short films made by women around the world, including the works of Texas' own Kay Candler, Jeanne Stern and Toddy Burton.

"We enjoyed a stellar lineup of provocative and well-made films by women from all over the world and our own backyard. My personal favorite was The Aviatrix, by Toddy Burton. Burton is currently developing a feature based on her short film and is certainly a filmmaker to watch for in the future."
-- Jessica Schoenbaechler, Chick Flicks Co-Chair

This showcase is now part of the newly expanded year-round Chick Flicks program that you can enter. Submit your short film or feature for consideration in the next showcase this spring - learn how here.
Texas Talent to be Featured at WIFTI Showcase!

Joining Austin filmmaker Kat Candler, WIF.D is adding Jeanne Stern and Toddy Burton to our local lineup! Read more about these films below and plan on joining Women In Film.Dallas as we celebrate International Women's Day with Studio Movie Grill in Addison on Sunday, March 8th beginning at 5:00pm.

This is the Fourth Annual Short Film Showcase from Women in Film and Television International and is our first of four screenings for the newly expanding Chick Flicks Film Series and Festival.
 Thank you to our Raffle Sponsors! 

Janine Turner's Trip in a Summer Dress

Cavalier Films, Inc & Familiar Strangers
Overture Films & Sunshine Cleaning
AMS Pictures & Boots
QVC Shopping Network & 14 Women
and more!

Add your name to the movie mix by
contacting us at fundraising@wifdallas.org!

SEE THE LIST OF FILMS FOR THE
SHOWCASE BELOW!


Celebrating International Women’s Day, this elite selection of female film talent will be screened in over 15 cities worldwide and will feature short films culled from over 40 finalist selections submitted by our international members and Film Festival Partners. There are currently 182 events planned from over 18 different countries to mark this March 8th occasion.

"On behalf of WIFTI's International Board of Directors and all WIF Chapters participating, I am pleased to announce this year's official selection of short films. We are honored to be showcasing the work of nine exceptionally gifted international directors from four countries. We look forward to marking International Women's Day with audiences across three continents, highlighting the strength of our network and celebrating the filmmaking talents of women worldwide." comments Kimberly Skyrme, Producer of Women in Film and Television’s International’s Short Film Showcase.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year!” exclaims Eileen Hoeter of Vancouver, Canada, current Chair of Women in Film and Television International. “For 25 years, I have been involved in an International Women’s Day celebration, and in all my years nothing matches the vitality of attending the WIFTI Showcase. This is WIFTI's fourth year producing the Showcase and it is always an unbelievable event! It’s truly inspiring to think that women around the world are watching films by women, all together on the same day.”

Women in Film Chapters are participating in China, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and 12 cities throughout the U.S. WIF.D will be adding works from local women filmmakers to this list of outstanding films.

As part of the celebration, WIF.D has also teamed with several contributors to share their movies with our audience this Sunday. The Shopping Network QVC, who is also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, is presenting the Girl Scouts of America with a very generous $250,000 dollar value donation of 25,000 DVD copies of the documentary, "14 Women," which they are also sharing with us.

This is going to be a great event! As one of our new WIF.D members coming up from San Antonio to join us at the WIFTI Showcase put it, "I'm very excited about these movies and I'm looking forward to being in a room full of creative minds."


Making A Million Dollar Business

What an inspiring evening! See the photos here.

Update - Feb. 1, 2009

What a great evening! WIF.D Members and Guests, 90 attendees, are still taking about this inspiring evening.  These fabulous speakers reminded us that success is not just about money but all about attitude and gratitude, which leads to prosperity.

Thanks to Taama Forasiepi and David Brehem for capturing these great moments! Catch all the fun here!

Special thanks to our participating sponsors for bringing us this great program -- The Magnolia Hotel, Dallas Audio Post Group, eWomenNetwork and PeopleBiz.

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"Sandra Yancey is a phenomenal speaker and extremely entertaining!"
                                                                    -- Gayle Nachlis - Executive Director, WIF - LA

"Margery Miller's guidance is unlike any other! WIF.D members and non-members alike will be inspired by her teachings."
                                                                    -- Karen Johnson, WIF.D Programs Co-chair

Join us Thursday, January 29th at the luxurious Magnolia Hotel Dallas as we kick off the new year by attracting more business your way! Making a Million Dollar Business will help our industry launch their 2009 business year with success.

Our speakers will discuss foundational principles like setting goals and strategies as well as cover topics that challenge businesses like cash flow and discuss the fundamentals of relationship networking for success.  Both components are essential building blocks for any company to grow and sustain their growth for years.

Sandra Yancey, Founder and CEO of the eWomenNetwork, the fastest growing membership-based professional
 
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women's networking organization, and Margery Miller of PeopleBiz, a successful entrepreneur who worked with American Express to create the Make Mine a Million organization to help women launch successful companies, have graciously agreed to speak and share with WIF.D members, the television and film industry, and women organizations their secrets of entrepreneurial success.

In usual WIF.D style, we will start the evening with some refreshments and networking at 6:30pm.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Networking: 6:30 pm with refreshments (cash bar)
Program: 7:00 pm
Cost: WIF.D Members FREE, Non-members only $15
Location:
Magnolia Hotel Dallas
1401 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 915-6500

PLEASE NOTE - Valet parking at the Magnolia is $12 or you can park in the Neiman Marcus parking lot at Commerce and Lane for $2 after 6:00pm.

Need directions - click here.

Special thanks to David Friedman of Dallas Audio Post Group for A/V equipment and setup and Shelbi Roach, web designer at www.vectorvixen.com, for our beautiful banner!

WIF.D Members are free but non-members are only $15 each! Buy your ticket online now so you can check-in immediately and not wait in line and miss out on valuable networking time.

Purchase your ticket via PayPal with WIF.D and your ticket will be waiting for you at check-in the night of the event!


Meet the Panel to "We've Got That In Development"

We are SOLD OUT!
Here is why! (New!)

efb.jpgElaine Frontain Bryant serves as Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming of A&E Network and Bio Channel.  Frontain Bryant oversees production on several critically acclaimed and highly rated real life series: Criss Angel: MINDFREAK, Paranormal State, Psychic Kids, and the highly anticipated series The Exterminators.

Prior to joining A&E Network, Frontain Bryant served as Vice President of Creative Development and Production at Magna Global Entertainment, overseeing the creation and production of original television programming funded by Interpublic Group's Fortune 100 clients. She was an Executive Producer on TNT's original movies The Wool Cap and 14 Hours, and CBS' Humanitas Award nominated film, Saving Milly.  She was co-executive producer of the first two seasons of Bravo series Blow Out.  Prior to joining MAGNA Global Entertainment, Frontain Bryant directed and produced two seasons of The N's teen non-scripted series Girls vs Boys and produced more than 15 episodes of the Peabody Award-winning A Walk in Your Shoes, also for The N.  She has also produced the independent feature film The Farmhouse, starring Blythe Danner. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

mp.jpgMary Pelloni is best know for launching and creating the hit reality TV series Bridezillas.  As Executive Producer of Bridezillas, Pelloni scored the WE network’s highest ratings ever for original programming.  She is a TV show veteran and has produced several national talk showsundefinedworking with well-known talk talent as Sally Jessy Raphael, Gordon Elliott, and Montel Williams. 

After several years in the Big Apple, she retired her snow boots and headed west to be a producer on The Roseanne Talk Showundefinedwhere she worked very closely with Roseanne and the comedy writers and producing all comedy sketches, celebrity guests and hour-long specials with icons like Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, President Bill Clinton among others.  From The Roseanne Show, she moved on to be the Executive Producer and partner of the Houston based talk show for teens, Teen Talk. Pelloni launched the hit makeover show How Do I Look?, featured on the Style Network.  

In 2006, Pelloni signed a development deal with Lifetime Television. Currently, Pelloni is producing partners with legendary comedian Paul Mooney on Judge Mooney and Mooney's one-hour stand up Know Your History: Jesus Was Black and So Was Cleopatra (currently airing on Showtime).  Pelloni’s long time passion project is working as the Executive Producer and Director of Paul Mooney’s documentary, In the Mind of Paul Mooney (w/t).   She currently lives in Los Angeles developing and creating TV shows.

kc.jpgKim Clemons, a California native, graduated with a degree in Radio Television and Film from San Jose State University.  She then moved to Texas where she reported and produced for local news talk programs, Good Morning Texas and Positively Texas! In 1999, Clemons relocated to New York to produce talk and reality shows for NBC Universal The Ainsley Harriott Show, GRB for A&E Growing Up Gotti, SciFi and the USA Network's Crossing Over with John Edward.

In 2004, Kim moved back to Texas and freelance produced for the WE Network with John Edward Cross Country and Bridezillas, Fox News with Hurricane Katrina coverage, and Style! Whose Wedding is it Anyway.  Clemons joined AMS Pictures as a Senior Writer/Producer in 2006 and recently produced the documentary A Colored Life: The Herb Jeffries Story. She is currently producing a wedding show pilot for WE.


kb.jpgKaren Barnes is the Senior Vice President of Development & Production at HIT Entertainment. She brings more than 20 years of television production and broadcast experience to HIT.  In her role, Barnes oversees the development and production of the Barney & Friends television series, along with all Barney™ Home Entertainment releases.  In addition, Barnes is the Executive Producer for Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, which follows an 8-year-old Angelina as she embarks on the next stage in her life at a new school where she’ll experience new forms of music and dance.

Most recently, she served as a production consultant for Sesame Workshop, Hallmark Channel and ToddWorld. Prior to that, Barnes held several positions at FOX, including Executive Vice President, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Development and Programming at FOX Kids. Barnes started her career at The Jim Henson Company, where she was head of production and development for North America.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for creative achievement, including a George Foster Peabody Award and two National Education Association Awards.  Before venturing into the creative arena, Barnes was a business affairs attorney and is also a certified mediator. She received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and JD from Fordham Law School.

tln.jpgTammy Nguyen Lee is the Director of Development and Distribution at AMS Pictures, where she oversees development of all original programming, including television series and marketing and distribution of a heavy slate of documentaries. She graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts with a degree in Cinema and received a MFA from UCLA's prestigious Producers Program. She has worked in a variety of roles in the entertainment industry, from acting, directing and producing, with experience in Hollywood at studios,, music video and commercial production, motion picture and documentary production and now TV series development. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards for her work in the arts and community.

Nguyen Lee is a firm believer in giving back and serves actively in a variety of leadership roles in numerous charitable and civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of WIF.D as Co-Chair of Membership and Programs.   In 2007, she founded ATG Against The Grain Productions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit production company that promotes Asian American education and cultural awareness and raises money for international orphanages.  She is currently producing an independent documentary, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam.


We've Got That In Development!

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Thanks to Freelance Graphic Designer Tamara Cropp for our Program Banner!
tcropp@verizon.net 

Update Posted November 12, 2008

Read the Recap and check out the great photos here...

Posted September 24, 2008 --

Join us Tuesday evening, November 11th for "We've Got That In Development" - a program for those who want to learn more about original programming and TV series development! This event is being brought to you by Texas Christian University-Radio-TV- Film Dept., AMS Pictures, The Personal Chef, and The Dallas Film Commission.

Look at this fabulous panel! Need we say more?

  • Elaine Frontain Bryant | A&E - Vice President, Non Fiction and Alternative Programming (Paranormal State, Psychic Kids)
  • Mary Pelloni | Pelloni Entertainment - Executive Producer/Producer (Bridezillas, Paul Mooney, The Roseanne Show)
  • Kim Clemons | AMS Pictures - Senior Writer/Producer (Bridezillas, Growing up Gotti, Crossing Over With John Edward)
  • Karen Barnes | HIT Entertainment - Senior Vice President Development and Programming (Barney)
  • Moderator - Tammy Nguyen Lee | AMS Pictures - Director of Development & Distribution and WIF.D Programs Co-Chair

Hear how ideas are born! Learn what a sizzle reel is and how to make yours stand out! Find out what the networks are looking for! Get a sneak peak on a show that hasn't even been aired!  Read the Panel's bios here.

Date: Tuesday evening, November 11th

Where: AMS Pictures
16986 N. Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75248

Time: 6:00 pm VIP Reception (Invitation Only)
Sponsored by Element X Creative
6:30 pm General Cocktails and Networking
7:00-8:30 Program

Cost: Tickets $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members

Raffle items include a one day audio gear package from Dallas Audio Post Group, dinner for two from Paradise Bakery, a Ipod Shuffle from the Crew Connection and PayReel family, Glaceau Smart Water, passes to the Lone Star International Film Festival, and passes to an advance screening of Twilight opening in theaters Nov. 21st.

Want to add your name to this elite list of sponsors and raffle contributors? Contact fundraising at fundraising@wifldallas.org to get in on this event that will be the hit of season! 

Seating is limited so buy your tickets now! Sorry - we are sold out! Those that bought tickets in advance, your tickets will be at the door.


Locations Scout Workshop

Thanks to all that came out! Stay tuned for more!

Did you like the PA Workshop then you'll want to attend the Locations Scout Workshop!

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WHAT: Workforce Training Program - Locations Scout Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, October 4th
COST: $45

Limited seating! Register today! Specific location information to come!

Please read the following:

What is a Location Scout?


Do you enjoy exploring geography or cityscapes? Would you like to put your imagination to use by discovering buildings and properties that can be used as a film set? Do you enjoy meeting and working with all kinds of people? Perhaps you are a Locations Scout at heart! Locations Scouts are among the first persons hired to a production. They find, photograph, and secure shooting locations based on the script and requests of production. Scouts also negotiate the rental fees for locations, obtain the proper filming permits from governmental agencies, and travel a great deal- so a reliable car is a must.

About the Workshop

The Workshop is a one-day course, taught by experienced Locations department professionals, that gives you the skills needed to hit the ground running and find locations for productions to shoot in Texas. Participants are taught the details of a Location Scout's responsibilities and tricks of the trade. They also get an overview of the responsibilities of the Location Manager. In all, participants learn the skills needed for these positions including: making contact and finding locations; photography/computer work and web research to build location files; presenting location options to clients/production team; making the "ask" to property owners; working with contracts and other paperwork; building relationships with local governments, film commissions, agencies and contacts; on-set responsibilities; and wrapping up the location after the shoot.

Workshop Benefits

The Workshop is designed to introduce the participants to a Locations professional with whom they can keep in contact, thus beginning their networking opportunities for finding employment. Participants who complete the training will have learned the nuts and bolts of Location Scouting and the tools to develop those duties into a career. Upon completing the Workshop, participants receive a Locations Scout Workshop Training Certification from the Texas Film Commission, which can be included on a résumé, and a listing in the Texas Production Directory.

Requirements to Register

Registrants must have attended the Texas Film Commission's P.A. Workshops OR have one year's production experience to participate. 

Download the application here.


Making It Frame By Frame

UPDATE - "MAKING IT FRAME BY FRAME" HITS THE MARK

Women In Film.Dallas welcomed and wowed new and familiar faces with a spectacularly attended event on August 9th. The diverse crowd of over a 100 professionals descended upon the ultra cool ReelFX, our host for "Making It Frame by Frame".  A mix of men and women, professionals and students, from every subgroup of the entertainment industry showed support and interest in the panel of speakers, moderated by Joey Cade.

game_jeff.jpgEven the WIF.D raffle was memorable as sponsor Jeff Evans of Roeder & Moon Insurance swept the prize drawing with tickets pooling at his feet while Event Co-Chairs Sara Madsen Miller and Tammy Nguyen Lee drew his winning numbers over and over again! 

Prizes and give-aways included an Ipod, Ranger tickets, and even a custom animated company logo.  Everyone in the audience took home a bag filled with treats and goodies from our sponsors and attendees sampled appetizers from Asombra Catering and sipped drinks courtesy of the KBA Group.

An informative panel consisted of Joey Cade - Business Development/Producer (Reel FX), Shell Meggersee-Briggs - Lead Modeler/Producer (Element X Creative), Joanna Ferguson - Producer (Janimation), Shanna Bassinger - Head of Production, Producer (Reel FX), Jennifer Brannon - Producer (Radium) and Aja Bogdanoff - Animator (Reel FX). The topics were more than informative, they were accessible as the speakers addressed budgetary concerns, the importance of pre-production, and adding production value at different price points. The audience ended the evening more knowledgable and better prepared to incorporate animation as a benefit in their future projects.

Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event such a hit!

See more photos here!

“At this WIF.Dallas event you can expect to get a clear and useful understanding of animation as it applies to your projects and some insight into the different facets of the gaming industry.” – Joanna “Joey” Cade – Panel Moderator
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Ever wanted to know more about animation and how you can be using it more effectively in your projects?  Or, want to know more about gaming as an industry and what is going on locally?  It is so hard to know where to begin to ask the right questions. 

This insightful, educational and entertaining program will break down all elements and show you how you can use them to bring about better storytelling and production value to your projects.

Join us and a panel of leading female producers at the top creative animation studios in Dallas to get educated on --
  • How can you use animation to help tell your story better? 
  • How long will it take, what will it cost you, and why?  
  • How to break into the industry.
  • The works of Mumbo Jumbo, Reel FX, Janimation and others!
Meet the moderator and panelists --
  • Joey Cade - Business Development/Producer (Reel FX)
  • Shell Meggersee-Briggs - Lead Modeler/Producer (Element X)
  • Joanna Ferguson  - Producer (Janimation)
  • Shanna Bassinger - Head of Production, Producer (Reel FX)
  • Jennifer Brannon - Producer (Radium)
  • Aja Bogdanoff - Animator (Reel FX)
We'll have some awesome raffle prizes and give-aways, including: an Ipod from TM Television; Rangers tickets from our friends at TapeOnline.com and Sony, and Frozen Fire Films; Paciugo treats; goodies from FUNimation ; and a custom animated company logo from Element X Creative.
 
You do not want to miss this event!

WIF.D Members are FREE!  Non-members can enjoy beverages, hors d'oeuvres, quality networking and great program only for $15.00.
Date: Tuesday August, 19th

Time: Reception 6:30 pm, Program 7:00-8:30 pm

Location and Venue Host: Reel FX, 301 N. Crowdus Street, Dallas, TX 75226

Food Sponsor: Asombra Catering
Liquor Sponsor: KBA Group
Event Hosts/Panelists: Reel FX, Radium, Element X Creative and Janimation
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Great Place to Start - P.A. Workshop - Aug. 2 & 3

The Texas Film Commission and WIF.D team up for P.A. Workshop this weekend!  Register here!
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WHAT IS A P.A.?

A P.A., or Production Assistant, is the primary entry-level job for the film/video industry. They provide support and assistance to almost all areas of production. In doing so, P.A.s build upon their work experience while getting an overview of all departments and what's needed to move up the film/video production ladder.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The Texas Film Commission's P.A. Workshop is a two-day, introductory course that comprehensively teaches the requirements of the job. Taught by working industry professionals, the Workshop includes paperwork, terminology and set etiquette; opportunities to meet and learn from crew members in all areas of production; simulations of on-set work flow; and tips for a successful job search.

WORKSHOP BENEFITS


Upon completing the Workshop, participants receive a P.A. Workshop Training Certification from Texas Film Commission, which can be included on a résumé, and a listing in the Texas Production Directory. Participants are also eligible for Texas Film Commission's training in specialized production departments, including:

       Camera
       Grip
       Locations
       Art/Set
       Video Assist
       Craft Service
       Lighting
       Props
       Construction Sound
       Wardrobe

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE


       Must be 18 years of age
       A legal resident of Texas
       Have a valid Texas Driver's License or Texas I.D. Card
       Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
       Must have minimum math and reading skills (English)
       Must be up to the physically challenge and the very long hours of the job

REGISTRATION

Cost is $75 per student. Print Registration Form (pdf) to register. Fax number is 214-630-1761.

Call Cassie Smith at Women In Film.Dallas at 214-954-4488 or email her at info@wifdallas.org  to register.
Location: MPS Studios, 141 Regal Row; Dallas, 75247

This workshop is brought to you by The Texas Film Commission and in partnership with Women In Film.Dallas and is set for in Dallas for August 2-3.


2008 WIFTI Showcase -- July 8th

We had a great turnout to our special arrangement of the WIFTI Showcase July 8th.

UPDATE - July 9, 2008

It was a full house at Studio Movie Grill in Addison on July 8th when members and new friends turned out for a fun-filled evening. 

The program featured shorts from 9 international filmmakers who each made a unique statement as artists and as women.  Poignant, thought provoking, even disturbing, these varied and unusual films each contributed a piece to the puzzle that is the voice of our experience as women throughout the world.  Women In Film.Dallas appreciates the glowing reviews received from audience members the following day and we encourage more feedback. 

Made possible with the support of SMU/Meadows Division of Cinema Television, with the assistance of Cynthia Salzman Mondell (past WIF.D president and current board memeber/WIFTI representative) and we look forward to the next annual WIFTI showcase, to be held in 2009.  Thanks to Studio Movie Grill Addison as well for being our wonderful host! 


2008_wifti_logo.jpg“This is one of my favorite events of the year!” exclaims Eileen Hoeter of Vancouver, Canada, current Chair of Women in Film and Television International. “For 25 years, I have been involved in an International Women’s Day celebration, and in all my years nothing matches the vitality of attending the WIFTI Showcase. This is WIFTI's third year producing the Showcase and it is always an unbelievable event!"

Women in Film and Television International's Short Film Showcase Celebrating International Women’s Day 2008 will be screened here in Dallas July 8th, and will feature nine outstanding short films culled from over forty finalist selections submitted by our international Film Festival Partners including Bryce Dallas Howard's directorial debut of Orchids. To read more about these talented directors and their films visit WIFTI here and then click on each title tab.

This showcase made possible with the support of SMU/Meadows Division of Cinema Television

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Together, the nine short films finalists in the Showcase have garnered over fifty international awards including:
Official Selection: Shorts Competition, Festival de Cannes France 2006 and Winner: Creative Excellence Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival for Denie Pentecost's SEXY THING; Winner: Best Live Action Short under 15 mins: Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 2007 for Sophie Barthes' HAPPINESS; Official Selection : Palm Springs International Shorts Festival 2007 for star on the rise Bryce Dallas Howard's (Spider-Man 3, As You Like It) ORCHIDS; Winner: Best Short Documentary and Best Emerging Director: 2006 New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival for Kirsty MacDonald's BLACK AND WHITE; Winner: Special Jury Prize at the Funchal Film Festival, Portugal for Susan Jacobson's ONE HUNDREDTH OF A SECOND; Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Brooklyn Film Festival USA 2007 for Valeria Ruiz's A MOMENT; Winner: Gold Remi Award: WorldFest Houston USA, 2007 for Genevieve Poulette's MEET-MARKET.CA; Winner: Best Cinematography Prize - UCLA Directors' Spotlight at the DGA, USA for Michelle Hung's CHINESE DUMPLINGS and Official Selection: Films de Femmes, Créteil and St. John's International Women's Festival  for Kate Jessop's stunning short DESIRES.

Date: Tuesday, July 8th
Time: 6:30 Reception, 7:00 Screening
Location: Studio Movie Grill Addison - 5405 Beltline Rd., Dallas TX 75248
Tickets: Members $5.00 and non-members are $10.00 - open to the entire public!


See the list of directors below or click above and if you are interested in sponsoring this special event contact events@wifdallas.org.

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A MOMENT - Directed by Valeria Ruiz
BLACK AND WHITE - Directed by Kirsty MacDonald
CHINESE DUMPLINGS - Directed by Michelle Hung
DESIRES - Directed by Kate Jessop
HAPPINESS - Directed by Sophie Barthes
MEET-MARKET.ca - Directed by Geneviève Poulette
ONE HUNDREDTH OF A SECOND - Directed by Susan Jacobson
ORCHIDS - Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard
SEXY THING - Directed by Denie Pentecost

BusinessKillers In Review

Another great example of your WIF.D committees hard at work and looking out for your future with businessKillers!


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Last Wednesday, WIF.D presented an opportunity to build your business and strengthen your long term personal and business goals through partnership with Harris Financial Group. Our participants received information on setting up their companies, how to maximize sales and tax benefits, as well as ideas to help ensure their retirement is full of rest and relaxation instead of stress and anxiety over money woes.


Special thanks to host TM Television for providing space for our networking and the program. TM Television is committed to being the leading supplier of digital video, audio and streaming products to the broadcast, production, post-production and corporate industries.


We would also like to send out a special thanks to HFG for providing the businessKillers program and organizing the additonal panelist. HFG specializes in improving quality of life through financial peace of mind. They moderated and participated in the panel and offered great advice on everything from insurance strategies and investing to estate planning.


Thank you to lawyer Sabina Bramlett for her legal insight on the panel, Bill Griffin from KBA Group, one of the largest certified public accountant firms in DFW, who shared information on corporate structure and exit strategies, and David Friedman from Dallas Audio Post Group who provided additional information on the strategies utilized by DAP to ensure that their company was organized for success and longevity.


Thanks again for all those attended and our sponsors and we will see you soon at the Topaz Awards Gala coming up March 2nd! 


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