INDY FILMMAKERS PANEL coming November 15th

Finance, Production and Distribution

What Works and What Doesn’t From Those Who Know

Wednesday, November 15th 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the monthly meeting of the LA/OC Chapter of the MCA-I.

As major studio output declines independent films are rising in number and quality.  Hear firsthand what it takes to get your feature film off the ground and into theaters.

Taking a crazy idea, filming it and using the festival circuit to get a distributor. STEFAN MARC,

creator (writer, producer, director and actor) of the Newport Beach-filmed “Dating Games People Play” did just that with his first film.  After being selected by a number of prestigious US film festivals —including our own Newport Beach Film Festival—he found international distribution at Cannes. Stefan is in pre-production for his next indy feature, “Tit for Tat,” a mockumentary about the independent film industry. He also has 5 other projects in various stages of development.

Learning the differences between studio and indy films—The Hard Way!  ROB HEDDEN, a Laguna Beach based DGA director and writer of “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” also has credits on MacGyver, Star Trek and Knight Rider. He spent most of his career within the studio system until his first indy Feature, “Boxboarders”  Now he’s doing an action movie, “The Condemned” for Lions Gate Films.  Rob is ready to expose the good and bad of both Studio and Indy filmmaking.

How to take a stage show and sell your soul to make it into a movie.  JOHN “JD” DEMERS, MCA-I member from Raleigh-Durham NC starts shooting “The von Trapp Children Christmas Movie” in Montana in December for 07 Holiday release. He went from producer-director of commercials and corporate videos to producing a concert tour featuring the great grand children of Maria Von Trapp, Julie Andrew’s role model for “The Sound Of Music”  What he had to do to raise the first $2 million to turn it into a motion picture and the major changes from there to the current $15 million budget are instructive, inspiring and cautionary.

The LOCATION for this event is the studios at 17522 Von Karman Ave, Irvine CA 92614 (formerly the home of Wild West Productions) Use the Jamboree exit from either the 5 or 405 Fwys. Travel to Main Street and turn North (technically, West) Von Karman is 2 blocks north of Jamboree. The studios are East of Main Street between Anchor and the RR Tracks in the back of an industrial park.

ADMISSION is $15 at the door for non members, Students and all MCA-I Members $5. Come for networking over refreshments and appetizers at 6:30 PM

The LA/OC Chapter of MCAI (Media Communications Association International) is a non-profit organization of professionals in Film, TV and all other media dedicated to supporting its members’ success creatively, technically and in business. Membership is also open to students and educators.

MCA-I is producing this event in cooperation with the Orange County Film Commission.