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The Society of Camera Operators: “We see it first!”

The Society of Camera Operators is an honorary organization of several hundred woman and men around the world. It recognizes and nurtures excellence in camera operation and related crafts. It sponsors an annual Lifetime Achievement Awards banquet honoring outstanding camera persons, along with Technical Achievement Awards which are presented to companies. Membership is open to camera operators of any nationality; associate membership, to directors of photography, camera assistants, and still photographers. It was founded in 1979 in Los Angeles as the Society of Operating Cameramen. Its motto: “We see it first!”

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Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents

The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, show you how.

Whether you’re planning a feature, a short, a documentary, or a large-format film, Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents teaches you how to create a business plan that can be presented to a potential investor.

In jargon-free plain language, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of your business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, and distribution.

There are supplementary exercises and spreadsheets on the included CD workbook, so you’ll get comfortable crunching the numbers — no math degree required! The latest, fifth edition contains completely revised and updated industry data, updated information on the market for short films, as well as a new chapter on nontraditional films such as documentaries. Highlights:

  • A step-by-step approach to creating a business plan that will attract investor financing for a project
  • A new chapter on non-traditional films such as documentaries
  • Bonus CD-ROM

Buy Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents now online at the Writers Store. [Movie Money]

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24 Films To Compete For The 3rd Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni Award

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Eastern Africas premier annual international audiovisual media platform for children and youth, Lola Kenya Screen, has announced the films to compete for its 3rd Golden Mboni Award. Some 24 films out of the more than 389 submitted shall seek to outdo one another during the festival that runs August 11-16, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. This award has been won by Ukraine and Israel in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

For a film to make it to the official Lola Kenya Screen competition, its content must be creative, demonstrate artistic and technical mastery, speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures and should provide strong role models for both boys and girls. Additionally, the action of such a film should be child-driven, with the stories being culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal. Above everything else, such films should be made by, with and for children and youth rather than about children and youth.

The films competing for the 3rd Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni Award are:

  • SUBIRA by Ravneet Chadha, Kenya
  • MANPASAND/The Perfect Match by Dhvani Desai, India
  • I AM ZEINAB FROM LEBANON by Salwa Saab, Lebanon
  • HELLO SPRING by Masoone Jafari, Iran
  • THE MAGIC TREE: DEVOURERS OF BOOKS by Andrzeej Magescka, Poland
  • WORMHEAD by Manauvaskar Kublall, USA
  • STI SKIA/In the Shadows by Dimitris Apostolou, Greece
  • MAX’S WORDS by Galen Fott and Jerry Hunt, USA
  • MIT MEINEM VATER LEBTE ICH AM MEER by Anke Lanzon and Jan Stutz, Germany
  • JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE by Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, Serbia
  • SIRI RAJA SIRI/King Siri by Somaratne Dissanayake, Sri Lanka
  • GAROTO COSMICO/Cosmic Boy by Ale Abreu, Brazil
  • QUAMAR/Working to Live by Preeya Nair, India
  • HOPPET/Leaps and Bounds by Petter Nss, Sweden
  • FORORTSUNGAR/Kids in da Hood by Ylva Gustavsson and Catti Edfeldt, Sweden
  • SUDEN ARVOITUS/Mystery of the Wolf by Raimo O Niemi, Finland
  • CYKELMYGGEN OG DANSEMYGGEN/A Tale of Two Mozzies by Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Moller, Denmark
  • ONNI VON SOPANEN by Johanna Vuoksenmaa, Finland
  • STANDING ALONE by Gholam-Reza Ramezani, Iran
  • KARLAS KABALE/Karla’s World by Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, Denmark
  • PORQUE HAYCOASA QUE NUNCA SE OLVIDAN/ Because There Are Things You Never Forget, by Lucas Figueroa, Spain

Besides the official competition, Lola Kenya Screen 2008 plans to shows films in seven other categories: Films by Children, Kids for Kids Africa Competition, The Prix Jeunesse Window on the World, Eastern Africa Prism, Shorts of Africa, World Panorama, and La Matatena Associa De Cine Ninas Y Ninos. The full list of selected films is online.

All the films submitted to Lola Kenya Screen 2008, even those that did not make it to any of the eight official sections, will be available for private viewing during the festival.

The film submission to Lola Kenya Screen has for the third time demonstrated that Africa has a long way to go in the making of and promotion of films for children and youth. Only a handful of films came from Africa out of which only one made it to the 24-film official competition.

The countries continuing to register their interest in Lola Kenya Screen have increased from 39 and 46 in 2006 and 2007 to 53 in 2008.

The 2008 film submission came in from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Congo-Kinshasa, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, and Zimbabwe. [Artmatters.info]

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Largest Final Cut Pro User Group meeting in Las Vegas 2008 April 16

The 7th Annual NAB Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet will convene in Las Vegas, Nevada USA 2008 April 16 18:30-22:30 at the MGM Grand Hotel, during the NAB Show. The SuperMeet is the annual event of the Final Cut Pro User Group Network, which includes user groups in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Final Cut is a Non-Linear Editing (NLE) application for editing motion pictures, including features, using Apple computers.

The NAB Show takes place 2008 April 11-17 in Las Vegas. The show is put on by the American National Association of Broadcasters. On Monday April 14, Tim Robbins will deliver the NAB show’s keynote speech. The actor-director-producer will look at the changing face of entertainment, and how new distribution and content-creation opportunities will affect Hollywood. [Apple]

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