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Sophie Serafino

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I’ve known Sophie for a little while now and think she is an amazing talent. She has just released her new song Is It Love? which is an amazing track available on ITunes, Cdbaby and more.

So a new interview was a must. So you can listen to the interview here. It’s an MP3 and 17MB. Don’t use any where else with out my permission.

Sophie was a pleasure to interview again, she a real sweetheart and a real talent alongside being gorgeous as well. She gonna be huge, she already doing good things. so listen and go purchase Is It Love? aftewards alt

Enjoy  Chris

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Working in the music industry like most industries, you’ve got to write press releases and really sell who you are managing and if your a  label what you are selling eg if after reviews & air play.

I’ve been doing it for a few years now and I’ve written plenty of press releases and since having a new laptop I needed a pdf editor and since the bigger products cost a lot of money. I came across Infix PDF Editor and boy did it do the job for what I was needing to do. It was very simple and actually made the press release the way I wanted it. I could drag and move the text to where I wanted it. Being able to resize the image of the band was a huge plus.  I could have the text centered on the right. company logo on the left.

It basically is a pdf version of a word processor, looks and feels like one. But for some one like me who need a program to do files in pdf to send out to get my bands name out there, This program is a huge relief.  If you are needing a solid pdf editor with heaps of good functions and is quite simple to use. This program is it.  I will be using this a lot for all the up & coming gigs I’ve got happening.

 You can trial the program out here.   http://www.iceni.com/

 

Talented singer songwriter and violinist superstar Sophie Serafino who I’ve known for a little while has released her latest song Is It Love? 

 It’s a cracker of a track and Sophie voice is in fine form. I can’t wait to see her play again. She an extremely talented lady and one of my fav singer songwriters in aussie.

  

LINK TO BUY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sophieserafino

 Will be available on ITunes soon.

 SO go purchase the tune off Itunes, CDBaby now and spread the word.

Interview about "Finding Sky" with Emily Sandifer

 


I interview Emily Sandifer a few months back and like what she was doing, thought she had a lot of talent. Not only does she take photos & act. She has a directed a film called Finding Sky which will no doubt get her name out there and get her some awesome work. I for one can’t wait to see the film. So read on what she has to say about, the making of this film.

"Finding Sky" is a feature length independent film shot in Los Angeles and Southeast Idaho. It follows the story of an aspiring actress Sky Hamilton (played by Sandifer), a small-town country girl from Idaho, who moves to Los Angeles with big dreams but is disappointed when her career is quickly going nowhere. She returns to her familyís ranch for a vacation, only to question where she really belongs. She has an instant connection with her familyís ranch-hand Sam De La Cruz, but just as she thinks sheís found her place, an unexpected turn of events in her career takes her back to Los Angeles. Sky is left to do some soul-searching, and must decide which of her two worlds completes her most.

1) How did the film come about?
In April 2009, I started writing a short screenplay based on a short story I wrote in college a few years ago at Boise State in Idaho. It was somewhat autobiographical, loosely based rather, but started from what my mom said should be called "The Girl in the Red Mustang" – a story about all the strange boyfriends and experiences I’d had in my short 20-something years.

I moved to California in 2008 with big dreams and unrealistic goals. I soon realized that if I wanted an acting career in Los Angeles, I’d have to create my own characters, my own stories, and my own films. So, I started writing "Finding Sky" solely to have footage for my reel.†

We filmed the short in the summer and fall of 2009, had one or two scenes left to film, but put out some teaser trailers on Facebook and YouTube. The trailers got positive response and we were encouraged by fans to turn it into a feature length film. So, I rewrote the screenplay and turned it into a feature length. ìWeî refers to my production partner Sergio Z. Bernal, a graduate of Los Angles Film School, who is the cinematographer for "Finding Sky" as well as the actor playing Sam De La Cruz opposite of myself. We’ve worked on several short films together. Most of the production has been just the two of us.

2) What was the inspiration behind the story?
My family’s ranch was the inspiration for the story. It’s very near to my heart and I wanted a piece of work that documented it, something I could show my children and look back on when I’m too old to remember the ranch when I was a certain age. There aren’t too many places left like our ranch; ití’s truly an unexplainable beauty. You don’t know the power of it until you’ve been there. 

Los Angeles was also inspiration. And primarily, the contrast between the two landscapes: the wilderness of the Idaho ranch and the sprawling cityscape of Los Angeles. And the contrast between a girl who co-exists in both landscapes.

3) How long did it take to film the movie?
We started filming in August 2009 and just finished during Labor Day weekend of 2010. We took two different trips to Idaho and also did filming as our schedule allowed in Los Angeles, so it was a long process.

4) How was the process of choosing the actors for the film like?
I wanted to use actors I knew so I could give them experience and work with people I enjoyed being around. So, after writing the script, I cast from fellow actors in my acting class I thought were right for each part. Some characters were inspired from the actors themselves, even if the characters are nothing like the real actors. A few of the extras were found via casting notices; we had to match a very specific look. So I met some new actors as well through that process.

5) Was it hard to make the film with a very low budget?
I used about every possible resource I had, so it kept the budget really small; in fact, ridiculously inexpensive as far as feature films go. The budget came solely from my own pocket until this summer when I raised about $600 on IndieGoGo.com to cover film festival entries and other expenses. Every location we used, we didn’t have to pay for permits, which saved a lot. We used my apartment, my photography studio, my familyís ranch, and also guerilla-filmed the outdoor locations in Los Angeles. Sergio already owned a camera, a Panasonic HVX 200A, and I also own a Canon 5D Mark II. We used the photography studio’s equipment and lighting, so we didnít have to spend money on renting equipment. All actors were generous enough to donate their time to the project and we also had a few crew members help out on various days free of charge as well. The only thing I really had to spend money on was traveling expenses to Idaho, craft services, a shotgun mic, and a few props. We were very lucky to have so many resources. Obviously, we probably could have done a lot more with a bigger budget, but we think weíve been very successful at giving ìFinding Skyî a bigger-budget feel than it actually is. I think the entire project is under $1,500 so far. The biggest expense will be marketing and film festival entries. Hopefully we can pay back some of our actorsí time as well. 

6. Was it hard to get financing for the film?
We didnít get financing. I just paid for it all. The funds we raised on IndieGoGo, however, were more than we expected. I posted the project on Facebook and within a week or so, we had a lot of amazing supporters donate money. And we appreciate every donation since all of it is going to marketing and festivals in order to get the film out there to the public.

7. What did you learn from making of this film that you can use for
future features? Is there anything you would or wouldn’t do next time that you did this time in regards to the making of the film?
I can’t wait to start the next project ñ but I will go about it much differently. I did "Finding Sky" a little unorthodox just because it started out as such a small project and grew to something I didn’t expect. Next time, I’ll write the entire feature first, get contracts through SAG before filming, and also get funding before filming. And will hopefully never have to ask people to donate their time again, but actually pay them as professional actors and crew! So, in the future, I think I’ll have everything much more organized and it’ll be a faster process. 

Also, I think Iíll have someone else cast it. I am so thankful for all my actors, although I know there were a few fellow actors that were hurt they weren’t included. That’s a bit of drama not needed, especially when youíre trying to write, direct, produce, and act in a film. 

8. †Has the internet played a good part in promoting the film and generating sales?
Definitely! It’s played the only part in promoting the film! I can’t afford print marketing, so the internet is an economical way of getting the word out there about it. Especially Facebook, where friends of friends learn about the film, so your audience keeps growing. But, you can only status-blast people a certain amount, so once we get the film in a festival or two, I think weíll be able to promote it in other ways, get distribution, and have the audience expand even more. IMDB has also been a great help; it just adds to the legitimacy of the film and has gotten a few distribution companies interested in "Finding Sky".

10. What’s next for yourself?
I’m working on some ideas for webisodes and script ideas, so we’ll see what gets developed first. Right now, I’m concentrating on my craft. I learned so much from "Finding Sky". I kept seeing a change throughout the filming process, so I can’t wait for the challenges to come with future projects. Basically, I just hope that bigger and better things are in store for everyone involved. Time will tell. 

11. Did the actors stay pretty much to the script or was improv allowed?
A little bit of both. I wanted the dialogue and behavior to be as organic and natural as possible, so I gave the actors freedom to change a few words here and there. We didn’t have much rehearsal time, especially since most of my actors are from the San Diego area and we were filming in Los Angeles. One scene was completely improvised, with just an outline of what we needed to accomplish with the dialogue, so that was really fun. But for the most part, everyone stuck to the script as close as possible, which I really appreciated as the writer. It’s so fun to see your words come alive. 

12. Were there any major problems when making the film?
We were very blessed with no major problems. I think the biggest problem was a light fell over during set-up and we had to repair some damage. Also, although not really a problem, but more of a process, was recasting a few characters during the re-write. Courtnie Long, who plays my character’s best friend Trish Ryan, was originally cast as a production assistant in the last scene of the short film. So when I recast Courtnie as the best friend, we had to reshoot the production assistant scene with a different actress, now played by Unnur Fridriksdottir. Same thing happened with Taniel Pogharian, who was originally our talk show host in the short film version, later to be recast as my character’s ex-husband Alex Braden. So, we also had to reshoot the talk show scene with a new actor, Mark C. Hanson. So, just a little reshooting due to script expansion. 

13. Is it hard to make an independent film in this day and age?
I don’t have much experience with film making yet. So, I don’t really have anything to compare it to. I think it’s much easier to make a low-budget independent film now, especially since there are so many great digital cameras out on the market today at affordable prices. But I think itís also tougher competition. Everyone is trying their hand at filmmaking; everyone is posting videos on YouTube and Vimeo. And even festivals like Sundance, which used to be the prime place for newcomers and no-namers to get their films discovered, is now much harder to get noticed in. You’re competing against independent films that still have huge budgets and huge stars, just not financed through a major studio. Sometimes it’s a little disheartening, but I’m very proud of my film and how far it’s come along. 

14. What advice can you give to some one wanting to make an independent film?
Just do it. Don’t wait, don’t procrastinate. Just apply yourself, do what you need to do, and make it happen. It’s very simple, broad advice, but really, I think a huge part of the process. And have fun and be patient. 

Become a fan of "Finding Sky" and get updates on screenings, clips, and more at:
www.facebook.com/findingsky

Like it on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659203/

George Katt 

 

George Katt is an american actor who I first came across because of my friendship with fellow actor Michelle Page. He talks why he became an actor, what is his favorite role to date,how he prepares for role. His thoughts on why fellow actor Michelle Page is an actor to watch out for, which I agree with. So read on.

 

1. How did you get into acting?

I was studying filmmaking at a young age during high school year. At the time I was really into Elia Kazan, John Cassavetes, Scorsese, etc and my film teacher suggested that if I truly wanted to some day be a great director, I should have a great understanding of actors and of the craft of acting itself. He recommended I take an acting class.

I did. That was it. Some sort of magic apparently happened in my first improvised scene in front of the class and my drama teacher, Verna Lauria, at the time saw something in me and then pushed me, guided me, pulled things out of me. In a way she became my Stella Adler. She turned me on to amazing films, actors and work… She spoke about truth in the craft, emotions, not faking anything but living the moments. It took hold of my heart ever since.

2. What has been your favorite role to date?

I don‘t have a clear answer to that. I can say that the recent work and films I have done this past year have absolutely been my favorite roles. It’s most likely because of the growth I have gone through as an actor and person. They say actors are like wine… better with time…

I do have to mention that I just finished a beautiful feature film called "Conquering the Rose" and my role, Jeremiah Mouthy, has been one of my favorite roles to work on to-date because of his intricacies. His complexities and the arches he goes through within the amazing and powerful story by Jenna St. John were extremely different from previous things I’ve done character-wise. I say I left a piece of my heart in that film. I feel it was a blessing of a project I had the opportunity to do.

I take on very different roles because I believe an actor should challenge themselves, grow, and play with different paradigms. I gravitate towards that. I used to be very internalized and it took time for me to work on the characterizations. The films I completed in 2010: In Montauk, Delta Zulu, Leave Day, The Man Who Would Live, Being Patient, The Shade, Father’s Day, and Conquering the Rose I am extremely proud of. They have given me a chance to step outside of myself in many ways.

I did a lot of research this past year. That’s also a wonderful thing about acting. You experience so many different things. I got a rapid education on so many different topics and subjects this year. I studied and researched art and artists like Pollock (Conquering the Rose), the economical downfall effects on people and areas (The Shade), silent films of Keaton and Chaplin (Leave Day), war veterans (Father’s Day), journalism, apocalypse and war (Delta Zulu), and I used my imagination… stepped outside of myself into a really dark arena (The Man Who Would Live)… I mean it’s always an amazing once-in-a-lifetime journey… I even had my education on parenthood, pregnancy, IT work and what it feels like for a couple that is trying to conceive but can’t and the turbulence and stresses it can cause to disrupt marriages (In Montauk). I love it man… I absolutely live for this stuff and I love all of it.

But I won’t ever play the same thing twice. I refuse too… unless it’s a sequel or prequel of sorts… Delta Zulu (wink wink)… but even if I had to revise a role there would always be a different approach for me… a different story to tell and a different way to tell it.

3. What do you do to prepare for a role?

I put myself through hell… (laughs) It’s a lot of work for me. I like to do a lot of prep work. I like to originally go with my instincts because they are always right… then I build and build off of that.
I take what I do very seriously.

4. Any techniques you use to remember lines?

First I need to know my character really well. I have a tendency to work out and memorize at the same time… it’s a subconscious embedding of sorts. But when I know my character’s intentions it is much easier. God knows the lines I’ve had to learn this last year… tremendous amounts. But it’s like a muscle. You work it out and it gets easier and easier. I also try not to worry too much about the lines. It never helps to worry too much about them. I like to adlib in the moment a lot in film. Sometimes the most brilliant moments aren’t scripted and no words to… it just happens in the moment and magic.

5. If you could work with anybody, who would it be?

Listen, you know… everyone has their wish lists of people to work with… I’ve been really grateful and blessed this last year… I’ve worked with some actors that deserve to be up there on those A-lists… extremely giving and talented actors like Leonard Dozier, Meissa Hampton, Nina Kaczorowski, Kera O’Bryon, Jenna St. John, Francis Abbey, Vinny Vella, Bree Michael Warner, Samara Kelly… directors like Kim Cummings, John Michael Whalen, Sean Nalaboff, David McKay, William Heins, Chris Hickey, Harold Jimenez… I’m mentioning these people because I WANT to and feel I need to… they deserve it to the utmost degree. They are true loving artists and creators…true indie spirits… whole-heartedly passionate about what they do and what they believe in. They aren’t selfish people. They gave back during the work. They guide and give… with heart, man… that’s how it should be when you work with true artists and good people. You give and they give back. You build together. I absolutely adore so many people I’ve had the opportunity to work with this last year.

Give me Robert Duvall, Johnny Depp, Daniel Day Lewis, Sean Pean, Forest Whitaker, Robert Downey Jr., Marty Scorsese… any day… I adore them… but it wouldn’t mean a damn difference to me in comparison to these people I mentioned above.

6. Have you had any bad experiences yet?

In the span of my career… hells yes I have… it comes with the territory. You take the bad and learn from it. You don’t run away from it. You turn it into a powerful thing to work to your advantage. We all have bad experiences.

7. Are you excited about directing your first film?

Oh yes… oh yes… oh yes… it will be an accumulation of everything I‘ve been working for. It will be a climactic point in my life and career and a dream come true. It’s what I intended for in the first place. It will be fantastic when the time is just right and that shouldn‘t be too far away.

8. Are you looking forward to be working with Michelle Page?

Ofcourse I am. Michelle is very similar in her choices. She’s never the same. She challenges herself and she is an amazing actress. Another one that should be up there. Mich has a great edge and strength to her. It’s rare to find in a lot of female roles and she plays that so well. We have been friends for a couple of years now and I adore her.

9. How has internet helped with your acting career?

It just made the transition easier from the days of carrying around black and white headshots in 4 feet of snow to cold calls for theater auditions in NYC to staying a little warmer and making things more colorful… (laughs)

It’s just a more extravagant and flamboyant headshot and resume on a boob tube.

It does make things easier. More accessible. Less hassle. Good way to show your stuff and a great way to communicate and pursue things. But the internet doesn’t help or progress your ‘career’ persay… you do… the actual ‘work’ does. The internet is helpful and informative is all but the WORK is what moves an actor’s career along.

How would the internet help your career if you have nothing to show for it?

10. Do you think it’s a valuable tool in promoting and generating work?

Yes it’s great for promoting. Generating work… maybe… it helps because you have the access in looking for work. Again, no one is going to cast you because your on the net. It’s helpful in seeking work and auditions and great projects but in the finality of things… you’re going to have to audition or act or have something to show.

But yes, great for promoting because people put a lot of weight into the net nowadays. The industry definitely does.

11. What your views on Celebrity Bloggers and Tabloid Magazines?

Fuck ‘em. A modern-day gladiator arena. Love to build people up, just to tear them down. Devil leeches. Only lowlifes are paparazzi and tabloid writers. Karma is a bitch though… they have to live and die with themselves and look at themselves in the mirror morning, noon and night.

I feel really bad for some celebs that are invaded. A contradiction for this country to have such things restraining orders given out freely as if they were fucking tic-tacs for civilians with a simple complaint… but yet our laws and government allow these fuckers to do as they please and invade private lives and humans with families. It takes away from their lives. Then people file fucking suits for emotional distress… can you imagine what emotional distress these guys cause celebs?

We are so ass-backwards in our ways with laws. But it will never change… and you know why? Because it’s money. Everything is a business… and the money runs us – these money-making machines of our corporate-owned-and-run country.

13. Is it hard to make an independent film in this day and age?

Not at all. When all we had was 16mm or 35mm film to use it was difficult… film is very expensive. A big reason why independent film has flourished has been technology. More affordable, more efficient cameras that have amazing picture quality nowadays.

You don’t need big crews or huge action sequences. You can tell a beautiful character-driven story. Indie film is some of most beautiful work I have ever seen.

Anyone can make an indie film… but it’s ’what’ you make… does it have Meaning? Value? Performance? Story? Will it affect an audience?

14. How has the film industry changed in the last 10 years?

It’s changed tremendously. Everything about it. The net, reality tv, the windows of studio work have gotten smaller. Indie film has flourished. Films can be made cheaper… contracts have changed… the studios have changed… tv has changed… distribution has changed… NY and LA have changed… I’m making movies all over the U.S. now…

In the last 10 years we have seen tremendous shifts in our industry. It’s been rapid and intense. An overflow and a cramming.

One thing I do know though that has stayed the same… my love for the work itself.
That will never change.

Go to www.georgekatt.com for more

Thanks for the great questions Chris.

Amy Bissonnette 
Interview By Chris
Photos by DV Studio

Amy I interviewed a few years back and have kept in touch with her online, I think she is incredibly gorgeous and smart and also got a killer body, I wanted to see what been happening with her. She kindly did another interview for me, she a real sweetheart and I think she awesome, so read on

1. How has life changed since being in PB?

1) Daily life hasn’t changed much, except for when new people I meet find out what I’ve done. I feel as though being a part of the Playboy family automatically puts you in a separate category from other girls. When people find out, they are either pleasantly surprised and intrigued, or hesitant to take you seriously and automatically want to place you in a stereotype. I know employers use Google a lot and I wouldn’t be surprised if its cost me several prospective jobs, but that’s the risk I agreed to when I took those pictures.

2. Do u get offered much modeling job because of it now?
2) I signed up for a Model Mayhem profile and mentioned my work with Playboy. I got A LOT of offers to shoot, but its usually for unpaid work as a trade with aspiring or new photographers. I think they want to be able to put that they’ve worked with a Playboy model on their resume to boost it up, which I don’t blame them for.


3. What was it like being on a television show like Millionaire Matchmaker?

3) The Millionaire Matchmaker was such a fun experience! I love being on a set in front of cameras, so just that alone was really cool. I would have liked to be portrayed in a slightly different light on the show, but overall I received a lot of positive feedback. After it aired I got recognized quite a few times, even got asked to take a picture with a teenage girl, and I just get a kick out of that.

4. Was it is a good experience?
4) For me, it definitely was. I don’t think reality television works out well for everyone. Editing can really alter what actually happened behind the camera, but I was lucky enough that my personality was portrayed pretty accurately.

5. What you worked on recently you enjoyed the most?
5) I recently had a role as a dancing secretary in a political parody music video that hasn’t been released yet. That was so much fun because I was a dancer for 11 years and really enjoyed getting to revisit that in a laid-back, comedic fashion.

6. Who would you most like to work with?
6) Well I can’t really pick out one individual I’d like to work with, but if I had a choice I would absolutely LOVE to be on Glee. That show is totally me in a nutshell – the theatrics, the sporadic singing and dancing, the element of pop culture brought to an otherwise lame high school club. The producers should know that I’d be perfect for it, haha.

7. Has the internet helped you get modeling job?
7) The internet has opened doors to really getting myself a head start in modeling. Model Mayhem would be an extremely useful tool, however, I don’t utilize it to its full potential. If I did I’m sure I would have an extensive portfolio right now.

8. What was it like filming a political parody video?
8) Being a part of a music video was something I’ve actually wanted to do for a while. Granted I always had a mainstream music video for an artist/band in mind, but this was a really cool experience as well. I’ve been told that its going to go extremely viral when its released, so I’m interested in seeing what the reaction will be like since its a bit of a controversial issue.

9. Do u get much jobs out of modelmayhem?
9) I get many, many offers to do modeling for trade (I get free pictures of myself and in turn the photographers get to shoot a model for free), but like I said I don’t utilize it as much as I could. If I was offered good compensation for my time through Model Mayhem, I’m sure I’d use it a lot more.

10. What are you listening to lately that you have enjoyed heaps?
10) My favorite song at the moment is "Break Even" by the Script. Beautiful lyrics that I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life.

11. Any plans to get into acting?
11) Acting is something that I have an interest in, but at the same time I don’t have interest in being an "actress." It really requires a huge commitment to acting/improv classes, head shots, agents, auditions, etc. and I just can’t see where any of that would fit into my life.

12. What is next for amy?
12) Well I decided that getting work in the entertainment industry is something I really enjoy and consider a hobby. I love being in front of camera, performing, dancing, singing, and modeling and I’m always keeping my eyes and ears open for any fun opportunities. I don’t consider becoming a star my main goal in life by any means. I just have a fun time doing this kind of work, so as long as I do I’ll always be up to something. Besides the music video release I mentioned, I will also be filming a popular dating game show in the upcoming weeks that I will give more information about in the future.