National Sitcom Writing Contest

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Are you a closet Sitcom writer in a 9-5 job, a college kid with a cool idea, a mom with a knack for writing killer dialogue, or maybe even a professional writer looking for a break? Regardless of who you are, the 2015 National Sitcom.com Writing Competition --- www.sitcomcontest.com -- is looking for a few good scripts to be reviewed by Hollywood executives, with the potential to be developed for production.

The competition is open in two categories although three awards will be given, which include cash prizes and winning scripts that will be shared with Hollywood execs (see highlighted text below) for possible development:

·         Scripts for an Original Pilot  ($250)

·         Scripts for Existing Shows ($250)

·         Best Overall Script ($500)

The 2015 National Sitcom.com Writing Competition opens March 1, 2015 and closes June 30, 2015.  Registrations can be made at www.sitcomcontest.com.

A special script-writing workshop/webinar will take place May 16 (check website for times) with veteran writers Bo Kaprall and stand-up comedian and writer Scott Hansen. Kaprall's credits include writing for  "Saturday Night Live" and writing and producing shows like "Laverne & Shirley," "Welcome Back Kotter" and many others.  Kaprall is also the Creator and Executive Producer of a new  TV series called "Outlaw Country," debuting February 24 on the WGN America. Hansen has written for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr and others, plus appeared on HBO, Showtime, E and PBS.

All entrants will also have the opportunity to get their work critiqued by well known working writers and producers, attend a professional sitcom writing workshop and have their submissions read by studio executives and producersincluding Emmy Award Winners Louie Anderson, Jeff Cesario, Elaine Ko, Supervising Producer for "Modern Family," and Jonathan Collier, Executive Producer for "Bones," ""Monk," "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill."

Entertainment Industry Always Looking for New Talent, Hot Scripts

"The National Sitcom Writing Competition is an excellent opportunity for students, professional writers and others to develop their funny stories, ideas, and life experiences into a pilot for a new television series or for an existing TV sitcom," Kaprall notes. "The industry is always looking for new talent and fresh ideas and the Sitcom.com Writing Competition is an effective way to get an inside track. In fact, two 'spec scripts' were just recently picked up by Sony TV by writers who were previously unknown. "

Read the whole story here: http://deadline.com/2014/11/grandma-dearest-comedy-spec-season-1201289691/

Past Sitcom Winners Found Experience Invaluable

Winners from the first Sitcom contest expressed their thoughts on how valuable the experience was -- and where it might lead:

"The chance to be a part of the contest was a unique and thrilling experience.  I took part in the writing workshop with Bo and Scott, and I can honestly say I wouldn't have won had it not been for their expert tutelage in regards to properly crafting a script," said Alex Walker, a Minneapolis writer who submitted the First Place work titled "Grow Up."  "They also don't sugarcoat anything -- they tell you exactly what it takes to write a good script in addition to what it takes to make it as a scriptwriter.  I received critiques from Hollywood executives regarding my script, and was even offered help in finding an agent. "

 

"It was lots of fun to have a table read and meet other screenwriters," noted Iowa-based writer Spencer Loucks, who wrote the Second Place script "Fathers," while Andrea Elizabeth Gardner, co-writing with Amanda Dawn Jacobson,  found the table read of the top three winning submissions -- including theirs', "Halloqueens" -- invaluable. Both were from the Twin Cities.

 

"The table read allowed us to see what worked and didn't work with our script. Seeing our characters come to life also gave us the confidence to pursue taking all of our projects to the next level. It may not be the easiest road to travel, but we now know we have what it takes to make it," Gardner emphasized.

 

"The competition is a terrific opportunity to discover if you have the gumption, passion, and talent to make it as a scriptwriter," Walker summarized -- "without having to move to LA to find out."

 

 

Contact Info

Phone: (612) 812-1608

Email Address: bokaprall@gmail.com

Website: http://sitcomcontest.com/

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Casting Call: Spring/ Summer '15

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Headcase Films & Fashion is ramping up towards the official launch of our clothing line, and there are a number of modeling & acting opportunities that will be created as a result. We are looking for the following:

-Promo Models for events around the Cities (16+, must be in good shape, must be comfortable talking to people, taking pictures, etc...)

-Website Models (13-23, must be in good shape, this is to model the clothes for use on our website i.e. American Apparel)

-Actors & Actresses (any age, we will be filming a series of ad's/ commercials/ fun promo videos for use throughout our Social Media platforms)

-Runway models (16-26, must be in great shape, tall is ideal, VERY IMPORTANT, this Late- Summer/ Early- Fall event is where we will officially launch our line)

INFORMATION:
-We are looking for models to fit the above categories, and in addition are seeking official "Headcase Girls" who would be our go-to models for photo shoots/ events/ video & more. After the fashion show we will choose from our candidate pool to select 3-4 girls who would then be given the option to work with/ for us in exchange for photos & merchandise. 

-Please read the descriptions and know which opportunity(s) you'd like to apply for when contacting us.

-Please provide a photo & resume when submitting. Any submission without a photo (does not have to be professional) will not be considered, and if you do not have a resume please provide details about you experience in the body of your message. 

MEETINGS:
-In order to be considered for any of the above opportunities a face to face meeting is required. We set meetings on Mondays at a Starbucks in Saint Paul. We're flexible and understand schedules, so explain any conflicts once we have asked to meet with you. 

-We cannot meet with everyone, and some of you may simply not fit what we are looking for at this time. However please follow Headcase Films & Fashion (FB, Twitter, IG, G+, Polyvore) for more opportunities throughout the year and beyond, even if you do not hear back from us this time. We love our people (you) and we'd love to work with you even if it doesn't happen right now.

LASTLY:
- If you are asked to meet with us, please know something about our company and be prepared to tell us why you'd be a good choice to rep us. 

-LTL. Know what it means (hint: look through the photos on our FB page).

If you'd like to submit, just email us with the required info. and we'll get back to you if we'd like to set up a meeting. Good luck to you all, and remember:

Be yourself.
Pursue your dreams.
Never apologize.

-Headcase Films & Fashion

 

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Email Address: nbarghini@hotmail.com

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Twin Cities Retro Horror/Sci-Fi Director Celebrates 10th Feature Film in Ten Years May 20

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"Danny Johnson Saves the World," the tenth horror/sci fi film released in ten years by award-winning Twin Cities director Christopher R. Mihm, will premiere Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. at The Heights Theater in the Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights.

 

Described by Mihm as a mixture of "The Princess Bride," "ET-The Extra-terrestrial" and "The Goonies," the film is promoted as a family-friendly movie done in the style of the black and white science fiction films of the 1950's. As with his previous films, Mihm served as producer, writer, cinematographer, director and editor of the final product.

 

Inspired by years of watching late night horror and sci fi flicks with his late father, and as a tribute to him,  Mihm kicked-off his career with "The Monster of Phantom Lake," (multiple indie film award winner and still fan-favorite),  followed by "It Came From Another World," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror From Beneath The Earth," "Destination Outer Space," "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "House of Ghosts," "The Giant Spider" (which won the Forrest J. Ackerman Award at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival) and "The Late Night Double Feature."  Most of his films are available at amazon.com, and all are available at www.sainteuphoria.com.

 

Advance tickets are available at www.sainteuphoria.com with limited tickets available at the door. 

 

For information contact Mihm at 651-341-8106.

 

Contact Info

Phone: (763) 807-2639

Email Address: jonorgard@yahoo.com

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6-10 DANCERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

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A prominent, local (#MN), independent artist is seeking (ages 16-30) male and female dancers for a live show (2 songs) on Friday, March 27th, 2015. These dancers need to be high-energy and well-versed in Hip Hop dance. The timeline for auditions/rehearsals is less than two weeks--rehearsals starting week of March 22nd, so quick-studies to the front. You will also need to have your own transportation. If you have your own make-up or know of decent and reliable make-up artists willing to work the event, please mention that in your email.

 

We will be flexible with schedules, but production dates are as follows:

*TBD MEET & GREET* Sunday, March 22nd @ 12:30PM - 5PM

 

*FIRST REHEARSAL* Monday, March 23rd @ 6:30PM - 9PM

Tuesday, March 24th @ 6:30PM - 9PM

Wednesday, March 25th @ 6:30PM - 9PM

*DRESS REHEARSAL* Thursday, March 26th @ 6PM - 9PM

*PERFORMANCE* Friday, March 27th @ 6PM - 10PM

 

We will provide credit, video copy of the performance, social media coverage and promotion. There is also a high possibility to be first picked of dancers when auditions for the artist's music videos are to be shot during summer 2015.

Email Alyssa at joecharley@yahoo.com with:

-YOUR NAME

-PHOTO (Doesn't have to be professional, but CLEAR)

-PHONE NUMBER

-[3] AUDITION DAYS AND TIMES IN THE WEEK OF MARCH 15th-21st

 

 

To schedule an audition before Saturday, March 21st. The latest we are accepting auditioners is Sunday, March 22nd. 

 

 

Contact Info

Phone:

Email Address: joecharley@yahoo.com

Website:

Frozen River Film Festival (volunteer opportunities)

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Frozen River Film Festival is a non-profit Festival located in Winona, MN. FRFF offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world. Year after year FRFF is made possible by the help of volunteers and staff members. This festival is located on the Mississppi and runs from February 18th - 22nd. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering follow the link below: http://frozenriver2013.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=6723 

All volunteers recieve:

   A free weekend film pass to the festival (a value of $65) 

 

   A free limited edition T-Shirt if signed up before January 24th 


Learn more about Frozen River Film Festival here

 

Contact Info

Phone: (612) 723-7199

Email Address: rrichter7@gmail.com

Website: http://frff.org

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Mad Men meet Satan at The Trylon

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A double feature of films from Minneapolis director John Ervin will be presented at The Tylon on Thursday, March 12 to raise publicity for his upcoming local feature film production "Group Session With Satan". "Made in Berlin", Ervin's 1998 homage to German expressionist cinema, shot on 16mm black-and-white filmstock, will be followed by "The Tiki War", his 2014 film noir set in a tiki bar in "Mad Men"-era Chicago and filmed at Minneapolis' vintage Red Dragon. The screening will begin at 7 pm on Thursday, March 12 at The Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave in Minneapolis. For more information on "Made in Berlin" go to www.ervinflix.com and "The Tiki War" go to www.thetikiwar.com.

 

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Email Address: berlin@usiwireless.com

Website: http://ervinflix.com

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Acting Intensive with LA Casting Director

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 Acting Intensive with LA Casting Director

LA based Casting Director, Sara Wallace will be teaching an acting intensive workshop in Minneapolis the weekend of Feb. 6-8th.  In L.A., Sara teaches under the Will Wallace Acting Company umbrella, as well as at the SAG Conservatory in Hollywood.  However, Sara is most well known for her recent casting credits.  Sara & her casting partner, Jaime Gallagher, cast 13 films in the last year, now in various stages of post-production, and they now have 3 features that they’re currently casting, as well as their first pilot. 

Sara Wallace Bio: Sara has been working as a casting director for roughly 8 years and has cast many feature films. Early on, Sara cast “Rock Slyde”, starring Patrick Warburton, Jason Alexander and Andy Dick; & took a producing credit on “Clear Lake, WI”, starring Michael Madsen.  More recently she cast “The Appearing”, starring Dean Cain, “Red Wing”, starring Bill Paxton, Luke Perry and Frances Fisher, & “Chuck Hank and the San Diego T wins”, starring David Arquette & Troian Bellisario.  Sara is currently working on “Stagecoach”, “Northstar” and “the Untitled Will Wallace project”.  As an actress Sara worked in Soaps for years, starred in “Cake, A Wedding Story”, and just worked with Christian Bale and Shea Whigham, on the new Terrence Malick film, “Knight of Cups”.

Class Information: This class will cover audition technique with a focus on how to make your audition stand out. We will also work on improv drills, cold-reading techniques, character development, and talk about the business of acting and get the inside scoop of what goes on in the casting room.  Everything will be geared towards TV and film.  Teens & Adults welcome.

Class time & Date: Fri., Feb. 6th- 6:00pm- 9:00pm; Sat., Feb. 7th – 12:00pm-4:00pm;  & Sun., Feb. 8th – 11:00am-2:00pm.

Class location: TBA

Cost: $250.  Early Bird Special- $200 (if you sign up by Jan 30th)

*A $50(non-refundable)deposit it due upon signing up to secure your spot, this goes towards the cost of class.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED

How to Sign Up: Contact Sara via email: willwallaceactingcompany@gmail.com                                   

www.willwallaceactingcompany.com

 

Contact Info

Phone: (805) 490-6716

Email Address: willwallaceactingcompany@gmail.com

Website: www.willwallaceactingcompany.com

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America's Next Top Model Casting Call

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Local CW affiliate is having a casting call event to search for applicants to appear on Cycle 22 of America's Next Top Model.

Producers are looking for men & women, 18 - 27 years old, in all shapes and sizes.

The Casting Call takes place on Dec. 30 from 6pm - 10pm at Tin Whiskers in Saint Paul.

Applications and other details can be found on our website.

Cycle22

 

Contact Info

Phone: (651) 646-2300

Email Address: promotions@thecw23.com

Website: http://www.tinyurl.com/antmcasting

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Casting Call- PAID

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*CASTING CALL*

 

We are looking for 3 female models for a PAID "Headcase Girls" photo shoot. You'll be modeling our new trucker caps. 

 

-Please be at least 5"5

-Any ethnicity

-Agency repped is okay (include this info. when you submit)

 

Send us a message (with a headshot) for more details. 

 

Thanks,

 

-Headcase

 

Contact Info

Phone: (612) 701-7334

Email Address: nbarghini@hotmail.com

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