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Sam Longoria Filmmaking Blog

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Florida's Fun Couple


Florida's Fun CoupleBrian Scott Phraner and Darylyn PhranerToday is Brian and Darylyn's 24th Anniversary!Happy Anniversary 24, Brian and Darylyn!Every day is an Adventure!So much fun with them in Orlando, Florida.They saved my life at least once, andthen we had a great visit.It's always great to see their smiling faces,now in Darylyn's Phabulous Phraner Photos!Florida's Fun Couple[...]

David Mamet Masterclass Review - Is It A Scam?


DAVID MAMET MASTERCLASS REVIEW - IS IT A SCAM? Review by Sam LongoriaThere has never been a better time in the history of the world to be a Screenwriter. Today all the movies in the world are on YouTube. You can look at movies all day long as reference, if you want to. You can E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anyone on the surface of the planet for guidance, or advice, or even a structured Mentorship. Here’s where a seasoned Professional Viewpoint will help you understand what actually you are trying to accomplish, with your story and your screenplay. If you want to find, and approach, and then learn from a seasoned Screenwriting Professional, it would be good if his work is celebrated, and he has picked up an Award or two. I am thinking here of the Pulitzer Prize. By those criteria, it would be difficult to find a Screenwriter in higher esteem than David Mamet. In any review, a good and standard bit of advice is, “do your due diligence.” Look for other’s opinions and put them to service, in forming your own opinion. Get out there, do your homework. Any money you earmark toward it is an investment, so shop, shop, shop! The Masterclass is an excellent brand. For Actors, Dustin Hoffman teaches Acting, Werner Herzog teaches Filmmaking, and Steve Martin teaches Comedy. Many other experts, each teaches his own particular field. Today, I’m here to tell you about “David Mamet Teaches Dramatic Writing.”Mr. Mamet has written 17 books, 29 screenplays, and 36 plays. He has directed 11 films, some of which are my own favorites, like “House of Games,” “Things Change” and “State & Main.” His credentials are solid, he is a recognized authority, and the chance to learn from him is, in my view, most worthwhile.The Masterclass videos have several levels: The video itself, a community discussion arrangement, the class structure to process the Interactive Assignments, and an “office hours” setup, where you can query Mr. Mamet himself, and receive an answer. The class will be achieved over six weeks, at a cost of $90. Compared to a Film School at $20,000, or any number of higher-priced college courses or institute seminars, it is a remarkable value. For $90 you get about six hours of video, to be seen and reviewed, as often as you like. That’s about $15 a week. If you bought a ticket to a David Mamet lecture to cover some of the same material (and they won’t let you record it), that alone is a serious improvement. Mr. Mamet starts with the basics, at the very beginning of Literature and Drama, at Aristotle’s Poetics! I read it in college, and now that I’m older and know more, it is wonderful to see how it actually relates to the movies and screenplays that I love.My years in Hollywood, and working on others’ and my own films during those years, have taught me the importance of a good script. "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage."I value simplicity and what is a good Screenwriting class. This one is good. All the elements, and their underlying principles. It’s all here. And you can back up and replay, until you get it, which in real life only tends to annoy instructors in a classroom.Mr. Mamet begins by discussing his theory of Drama and its rules. “The story has a Premise, and a Hero. The Hero wants something, just one thing. That is his Objective. He has to go through Hell to get to it. Once he achieves his objective, the movie is over."He says that Structure dictates that every scene must be necessary to the play, and every word of the Dialogue must be necessary to move the story along. Or else, out it should go. What is the purpose of Drama? Mr. Mamet is very clear. The purpose of Drama is to hold attention, and fill the Audience with curiosity, as to what happens next. He says, “The purpose of Drama is not to make people better, or to teach. It is not the purpose of drama to be cautionary tales." He says something I've not heard elsewhere, that the story must challenge the Writer, to the point where he doesn’t necessarily know the ending[...]

Margot Escott Interviews Sam Longoria on Movies, Improv, and The Firesign Theatre.


Margot Escott - Interviews Sam Longoria on Movies, Improv, and The Firesign Theatre.
Sam Longoria interviewed by Margot Escott, Sam was in Hollywood, Margot was in Florida. They chatted about fasting, Ghostbusters The Firesign Theatre Stan Freberg Bill Cosby Donavan Freberg Richard Edlund George Lucas ILM 2010 keywords Sam Longoria filmmaking film production Keyword Planner filmmaking film production 2017-08-02 at 04-37-37 academy award winners academy awards best director director greater movie hollywood cinema hollywood movies los movies movie editor oscar award oscar nominations oscar nominees oscar predictions oscars best picture screenwriter the oscars 1920 movie 2014 oscar nominees 2016 oscar winners 8mm movie academy award for best animated feature academy award for best picture academy award movies academy award nominations academy award nominees academy award winners 2016 academy award winning movies academy awards 2016 academy awards best picture award winning movies best film editing best films best movies ever made best picture nominations best picture oscar best short films china hollywood creation movie film companies film crew film director film editor film la film producer film script film sitesi film techniques filmon tv foreign movies greatest movies history of film hollywood film hollywood new movies how long does it take to make a movie how to write a screenplay independent films indie films la movie lafs list of best picture winners list of oscar winners los angeles movie make a movie make movie make your own movie most oscar wins movie director movie film movie producer movies los angeles new films new hollywood movies oscar award winners oscar for best picture oscar list oscar movies oscar movies 2016 oscar nominated movies oscar nominated movies 2016 oscar nominations 2016 oscar nominees 2016 oscar winner oscar winners 2016 oscar winners best picture oscar winners list oscar winning actors oscar winning movies oscar winning movies 2016 oscars predictions sam online school movies screenplay format screenplay writing script writing shooting movies short films the academy awards the best movies ever the producers movie the world's most interesting man tv producer tv production writing a screenplay

David Mamet - Teaches Dramatic Writing - MasterClass


David Mamet - Teaches Dramatic Writing - MasterClassI first discovered David Mamet when I got onto his screening list, for his feature movie "House of Games," with Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, and Ricky Jay. Screenings were at MGM in Culver City.I watched several iterations of his movie, dutifully filled out my audience cards from my arrogant young view as a Filmmaker and Editor, and was invited back, called by an Assistant, to see subsequent edits.Before my wondering eyes, I saw his movie grow from the original tight straight linear story, to a more artful, lighter telling of the tale. Minor changes usually, but once I saw a whole section put into a different order, and the whole was quite improved.I had built my improv theatre by that time, and all I knew of David Mamet was, if you got "David Mamet" as a style suggestion, the quickest way to a laugh was do a scene of foul language. That was our understanding of him.Seeing the changes he made, in repeated viewings of his first commercial feature film as Director, gave me an entirely different view of him as an Artist. I more understood what he wanted to do. Seeing what he shaved away, and what he carved off in chunks, showed me what he thought important, and what was inconsequential. I also went to screenings of his "State and Main," which also was excellent.He definitely has an ear for Dialogue, and a clear view of how he wants it to serve his scenes. He doesn't put anything in, which doesn't push his story forward.I am delighted Mr. Mamet has a video Masterclass. I know it will be good, and it will be insightful. Please tell me if you get into it, and how it helps you.-- Sam LongoriaImprovMasterClassMaster Class David MametJoe MantegnaScript WritingTeacher VideoOnline Classes State and MainLindsay CrouseHouse of GamesHow To Be A Writer How To Be An Actor Glengarry Glen Ross Writing Short Stories Glengarry Glen Ross PlayDavid Mamet MasterClass[...]

Movie Tech - When Did They Invent Gun Sound Effects For Movies?


Movie TechWhen Were Movie Gun Sound Effects Invented?Vanessa, of Seattle Washington, asks:Pondering who invented the "sound" of gunfire?Vanessa, The very first motion picture was driven by an electric motor, and had synchronized sound. Did you know that?Unfortunately, Mr. Edison's Kinetoscope - Kinetophone (Camera - Projector) 1894 show, entitled "Dickson Experimental Sound Film," did not alas have gunshots in its track. Commercial sound movies wouldn't be offered until 1929, but another popular medium - Radio - developed soundtrack production, all through the 1920s. Dramatic shows on radio often needed guns, BUT... gun sounds were problematic. Gunshots are "impulse noise" which means "very suddenly very loud," and then the decay must match a room characteristic. Echo, reverb, etc. That means "real" gunshots only POP weakly, like firecrackers, because they just shut down mics and electronics. It took a long while to learn to record them.During development of Sound Movies, Mr. Jack Donovan Foley created the Art of "Post-sync recording," at Universal, in 1927. We still call "Performing sound effects live to picture" by his name - "Foley." If anybody invented movie "Gunshots," it was he.Sound movies arrived in 1929, with Warner Brothers' "Don Juan" and "The Jazz Singer." When movie tracks needed guns, it was quickly noticed that the sound of REAL guns is flabby, ineffective, and weak.Often, the Radio technique of hitting a cardboard box with a wooden slat was used, because its Attack was softer, a slow sound to simulate gunshots. They tried everything else. Hitting an oil drum, hitting a wooden box, etc.For 1930s - 1940s Westerns, they recorded the sound of full-load blank cartridges, black powder rounds, making a softer sound than modern smokeless powder, and smaller (1/4 and 1/8 sized) powder loads.When it became possible to edit sound effects, on optical film and then magnetic tape, sound was improved, and whole libraries were compiled. Each studio had its own jealously guarded Sfx (sound effects) library, on disc and tape and magnetic and optical film.They recorded everything - Bullet striking flesh, bullets striking wood, bullets on pavement, bullet ricochet,etc. Gunshots, percussion cap weapons, machine guns, and automatic rifles.For a long time, the best Sfx libraries available were the BBC Library, and the Valentino Brothers Library. I had both, and it was a big deal when they became available for sale. Then three movies changed movie sound, and one could license their Libraries for use. All this changed seemingly overnight.When Walter Murch created the sound (and the term "Sound Designer") for Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," he had to create all the location gunfire and other tracks, from scratch. All this great war footage - and it was all silent. Mr. Murch invented a way to record Foley...outside, to video playback.They recorded guns, with modern mics and electronics, even the sound of spent brass cartridges, hitting the ground. Then they equalized them, boosting the frequencies they wanted to hear. Dynamic range was controlled by careful electronic limiting. Suddenly guns sounded close-miked, big and fat, and more real then real.Same thing happened with the Sfx for George Lucas's "Star Wars" movies (1977 - 1983) with Sound Design by Ben Burtt. I never heard such good sound effects, as were in those films. "Raiders Of the Lost Ark" (1981) brought in newly recorded new guns, and movie gunfire and location effects now were fresh and exciting to listen to. Ben Burtt and his crew cheated big guns over little ones, and for me, from "Apocalypse Now" to "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," THAT is where gunshots really started sounding great.INDIANA JONES Sound Design Featurette part 1INDIANA JONES Sound Design Featurette part 2-- Sam Longoria[...]

THE EPIC JOURNEY OF BERTHA DEBLUES - Gina Wilhelm - Sam Longoria - Big Bertha's Big Breakthrough - Seattle Tunnel Boring Machine - @BerthaDeBlues Bertha Deblues


Big Bertha's Big Breakthrough - Seattle Tunnel Boring Machine - @BerthaDeBlues Bertha DeBluesScroll Down - Read UpwardTHE EPIC JOURNEY OF BERTHA DEBLUESGina Wilhelm - Sam Longoria4 Years To Travel 1.76 Miles! (2013-2017)Cost $500 million!Bertha DeBlues by Gina Wilhelm @BerthaDeBluesSam_Longoria by Sam Longoria  @Sam_Longoria Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 21 minutes agoNo longer underground, but still tweetin'!Sam Longoria‏‏ @sam_longoria 21 minutes agoHere to helpTHE ENDBertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 21 minutes agoI'm SO free. Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 21 minutes ago Dusty, rusty, and tired. But oh!Sam Longoria‏‏ @sam_longoria 12:56 PM - 5 Apr 2017 @TedLandK5 @BerthaDeBlues Bertha! Good work, good job, you've actually Broken Through! Lots of dust, lots of noise. How are you, Bertha? Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 29 minutes ago What a long, strange trip it's been. Seattle's tunnel boring machine Bertha reaches end of long, troubled journey Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 39 minutes ago I'm reborn! I'm a born-again tunneler. I feel like going door-to-door.Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 39 minutes agoI'm so cute, with my big head and little(ish) body!Sam Longoria‏ @sam_longoria 39 minutes agoYou're a reborn born-again, Birtha! @BerthaDeBlues! Waaaaaaaaaaa! Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 41 minutes ago Hinky! Bertha @BerthaDigsSR99 Fun fact: #BerthaBreakthrough is happening on the Alaskan Way Viaduct's 64th birthday. Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 3 hours ago #IEndMyDayBy triumphantly emerging from the ground! #Howdyalikemenow Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 3 hours agoGoing! Sam Longoria‏ @sam_longoria 3 hours ago Go go go, Bertha! Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 3 hours ago What's the lesson What is the take-away Don't mess with Bertha when she's on the break-away #BerthaBreakthrough #MoanaBertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 3 hours ago Had my own darn #PrisonBreak today.Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 3 hours ago BTW, where was the sun? I'm highly disappointed.Sam Longoria‏ @sam_longoria 3 hours ago Go go, Bertha! @BerthaDeBlues Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 4 hours ago Always lead with your chin. Bertha @BerthaDigsSR99 Still can't see the cutter-head. The machine is rising at a 4 degree angle, so the bottom of the head will appear first. #BerthaBreakthroughBertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 4 hours ago I'm so close, I can FEEL it!Bertha @BerthaDigsSR99 Contractor reports the cutter-head is about 1 foot from daylight. it remains very dusty in the pit. #BerthaBreakthroughBertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 5 hours ago Bertha's busting out all over!Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 18 hours ago Ready or not, here I come! #berthabreakthrough Sam Longoria‏ @sam_longoria 3 hours ago Go, Bertha! @BerthaDeBlues Bertha DeBlues @BerthaDeBlues 20 hours ago The end is near! Abandon all hope, ye who exit here! The end is near for Bertha... @washtimes Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 20 hours ago It'd be way easier to push a giraffe through that giant tunnel behind me. #justsaying Marsh Ray @marshray FB is having a race between a giraffe transiting a birth canal and a tunnel boring machine. @BerthaDigsSR99 @BerthaDeBlues Sam Longoria‏‏ @sam_longoria 3 hours ago @BerthaDeBlues @KING5Seattle ONE SIDE - SHE'S COMIN' THROUGH! GANGWAY! - STEP LIVELY! - #BERTHABREAKTHROUGH Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 18 hours ago The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. I hope. #scusemewhileiseetheskyforthefirsttimeinmonths #berthabreakthroughSam Longoria‏‏ @sam_longoria 16 hours ago @BerthaDeBlues @KING5Seattle Hot plate! Comin' Through! Nothing to look at here, only the Biggest Boring Machine in the world! Make way! Make way for Bertha DeBlues! Bertha DeBlues‏ @BerthaDeBlues 22 hours ago @sam_longoria @KING5Seattle Hot sou[...]



BERTHA DE BLUES - SEATTLE TUNNEL MACHINE - NEVER BORING"Bertha De Blues" is Gina Wilhelm wonderful Twitter character.@BerthaDeBluesBertha is a digging machine, far below the city of Seattle,digging a tunnel through the cold, dark, wet sand, dirt, and concrete.BERTHA’S FAVORITE MOVIESAlpha and Omega: Dino Digs (2016)At the End of the Tunnel (2016)Bertha & Bruno (2008)Bertha (1972)Bertha (1988)Bertha Boma (1998)Bertha Claiche (1905)Bertha Navarro (2007)Bertha Polaski (1954)Bertha Skye (2000)Bertha's Attic Song (2014)Bertha's Birthday (1909)Bertha's Birthday Party (1985)Bertha's Grandchildren (2010)Bertha's Mission (1911)Bertha, the Buttonhole-Maker (1914)Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926)Berthe (1976)Berthe Morisot (2012)Big Bertha (1928)Big Bertha (1962)Boxcar Bertha (1972)Carl & Bertha (2011)Chunnel (1995)De Bertha (1914)Dig (1972)Dig (2015)Dig It! (2011)Dig It! (2012)Dig This! (1959)Dig Two Graves (2014)Dig! (2004)Dig! (2013)Dig, Dig, Dig (1961)Dig, Dig, Dig! (2016)Digging (1979)Digging (2013)Digging For... (2007)Digging In (1996)Digging Up the Marrow (2014)Digging for Britain (2010)Dig That Uranium (1955)Digging for Fire (2015)Digging for the Truth (2005)Digging to China (1997)Digs (2013)Lisa & Bertha (2011)Neanderthal Apocalypse (2015)Old Bertha (2014)Salut Berthe! (1968)Soft for Digging (2001)Straight from Bertha (2015)The Car Is Born: A Documentary About Carl & Bertha (1997)The Dig (1969)The Dig (2016)The Night They Robbed Big Bertha's (1975)The Tunnel (1980)The Tunnel (2013)Tunnel (2016)Tunnel Rats (2008)What Is the Source of Bertha's Bliss? (2010)BERTHA'S FAVORITE MOVIES[...]

Gore Vidal Books and Movies


Gore Vidal Books and MoviesHe constantly was famous during the '50s-'90s, he was all over those eras. He was nominated for a Tony for one of his plays, Nominated for a Primetime Emmy, and got a National Book Award. I remember him mostly as a Novelist, but Mr. Vidal re-wrote many drafts on the shooting script for "Ben-Hur," (the real 1959 one, not the recent "Ben Hur Lite.") The film was nominated for 12 Oscars, and took home 11. Sole loss was Best Adapted Screenplay, probably because it had a big Credits dispute. Although Gore Vidal re-Wrote (many drafts) with Christopher Fry on the first shooting script, the original Scriptwriter got credit, and Gore Vidal ended up uncredited. Ouch.He wrote the 1955 TV play upon which Jerry Lewis's "Visit To A Small Planet" was based. (The Teleplay became a 1957 Broadway show that ran for a year, and the resulting Jerry Lewis film was nominated for an Oscar). And some 45 others. He must only have taken breaks from Writing to appear on TV talk shows. I remember him as constantly on TV, usually making some droll pronouncement, and then plugging a book or film. He even Acted in some. His X-rated 1970 "Myra Breckinridge," with Raquel Welch and Rex Reed, was made from his remarkably depraved and yet oddly best-selling 1968 novel. Mr. Vidal's book was successful, but that film lost $1.5 million. Production was a trainwreck, Criticism was savage, and it is justifiably considered one of the worst pictures ever made. The Director has never been allowed to make another movie. During Production, the White House demanded all footage of Shirley Temple be removed from "Myra Breckinridge." Seriously. And Loretta Young also sued to have herself removed from it. When Mr. Vidal heard the Director was now working in a pizza restaurant, he said, "This is proof God exists."Did he write any other depraved movies? I guess, if you count "Caligula" (1979).As a Groucho-phile, I know Mr. Vidal wrote a TV show for Groucho, based on an L. Frank Baum book, which was titled "The Magical Monarch of Mo." (Sound familiar? Mr. Baum is better-known for his also-better-known "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.") In 1960, the Groucho TV show didn't get made. Too bad.Gore Vidal died in 2012, at the age of 86Here's a nice article by Peter Bogdanovich. Sam Longoria CaligulaBen-HurRex ReedGore VidalJerry LewisRaquel WelchGroucho MarxLoretta YoungL. Frank BaumShirley TempleChristopher FryGore Vidal BooksMyra BreckinridgePeter BogdanovichVisit To A Small PlanetThe Magical Monarch of MoThe Wonderful Wizard of OzGore Vidal Books and Movies [...]

Chris Ross Leong - Amazon "Scary Stories" Kindle Author - Gives Away His Ninth Novel, "Evanescent!"


Chris Ross Leong - Amazon "Scary Stories" Author - Gives Away His 9th Novel, "Evanescent!"Want to read something...scary? Ross Leong's Book "Evanescent" giveaway ended with 1700 entries, and Chris made it onto more than 240 to-read lists! Thank you for participating, and please read Chris's books, and review them. It's easy to do, it really helps, and he appreciates it ever so!For more information about talented Author Chris Ross Leong, click here: 21 September 2016, GoodReads gives away 10 free paperback copies of Chris Ross Leong's  ninth novel, "EVANESCENT." Get yours, today!A Recent Review said,"This is a heart-stopping, good-natured, up-close look at the International Fashion Industry, by one who's been there, and learned something. Chris Ross Leong went out hunting, and brought it all back for us. A really great story. I really enjoyed it!"-- "Recent Reviews (2016)"Chris Ross Leong's Book "Evanescent" giveaway ended with 1300 entries, and Chris made it onto more than 240 to-read lists! Thank you for participating, and please read Chris's books, and review them. It's easy to do, it really helps, and he appreciates it ever so! For more information about talented Author Chris Ross Leong, click here: ReadsKindle BookScary StoriesChris Ross LeongShort Scary StoriesInternational Fashion Industry[...]

Roger Corman's 90th Birthday - Happy Birthday Roger!


Filmmaking - milestonesRoger Corman, the elegant "King of the Indies"turns 90 years old today! Go Roger!I had dinner with Roger Corman, on a boat in Seattle yearsago, and could not get over it, this elegant gentleman in acashmere sweater was the same man who Directed a moviecalled "Bucket of Blood."Years later, I worked at his secret Venice movie studio,and learned a lot about making movies, perhaps the mostimportant thing is, Don't listen to anybody who says you can't.Back when, Roger had a rubber stamp and a ream of typing paper for his stationery, dressed in simple elegance, and refused to waste a cent. He wrote the book on the subject.Ninety years old is quite an achievement, so I senda heartfelt (and cheap) Happy Birthday Roger Corman![...]

LeftJet Studios - Does It Have To Be A Pumpkin? - Halloween - Photo Studio - Movie Studio - Film Video Production Studio


LeftJet Studios - Does It Have To Be A Pumpkin? - Halloween - Photo Studio - Movie Studio - Film Video Production Studio

LeftJet Studios
2020 Airport Way S
Seattle WA 98134

(818) 533-8538 (LEFT-JET)

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Seattle Videography - LeftJet Studios


Seattle Videography - LeftJet StudiosSouth of Seattle's Downtown and Sports Stadium, on Airport Way, across the street from the Mercedes Dealership, is LeftJet Studios. Owned by Joshua Redmond, who created it as a labor of love, both for himself and many Seattle Photographers and Videographers and Filmmakers, for whom it is their creative home.LeftJet Studios has two main stages."Hangar A" (above) has a curved Cyclorama wall, which means persons and objects may be photographed with no apparent horizon or shadow. Before the "Cyc," objects can be photographed as separate from the real world, to be recombined with other backgrounds and elements, for a seamless representation of a new and created "reality."With 24 hours notice, the "Cyc" can be repainted a particular shade of electronic green, to allow combination of all the elements, in the Visual Effects compositing computer. "Hangar B" is a large open space, with flat walls, and many rolls of photo background paper. Any setting or location can be created in it. Recent use has yielded a bedroom, a kitchen, a spaceship, and a shanty kitchen for a black-and white period comedy!(818) 533-8538 (LEFT-JET)LeftJet Studios2020 Airport Way SouthSeattle WA 98134-1603videographycompany videovideo equipmentvideo productionphotography studioseattle videographyseattle photographerproduct photographywedding photographyseattle company videovideo production rentalseattle video equipmentseattle video productionproduction photographyseattle photography studiovideo production companyseattle production companyseattle product photographyseattle wedding photographyseattle video production rentalseattle production photography[...]




Photography Jobs - Cinematography Jobs - Where The Cameras Are


Photography Jobs - Cinematography Jobs - Where The Cameras AreFirst, don't look for Camera work on Craigslist. He wants you to bring your own camera and gear, which means invest in his show, so maybe all you get is screen credit - if you get that. Don't take those jobs, if you can avoid them.Let me tell you a secret. When you decide not work for free, all the Paying Jobs show up. Once you're good enough to charge money - Charge it, and be proud to be worth the money. Don't take hobby-jobbies!You have a Gift. You know what the shot should look like, and which two shots it goes between. They wouldn't know a well-composed and beautifully taken photo, if it clutched them around the neck. So they need you. They really must pay you - You have the gift, and they don't.Look on Mandy, and look on ProductionHub, and work little jobs for cheap at the start, but always get paid and always do a Pro job, to build your Pro reputation. Your reputation is really all you have - protect it. If you hear somebody talking smack about you, bring it to his attention, fast! But get to be friends if you can.Don't pass along bad rumors about anybody. Denigrating somebody is amateur night, both in real life and (especially bad) online. Some guys think they're safe behind a computer screen, so they print outrageous things about you. If he does that, he's just jealous. Report bad behavior, and go on.Just focus on your own job - and do it, quickly and jobscamera careersphotography jobsphotography careerscinematography jobscamera job descriptioncinematography careersphotography job descriptioncinematography job description[...]

Seattle Film Industry - Where Is It?


Seattle Film Industry - Where Is It? "You wouldn't say there was a Beef Industry somewhere, just because they eat a lot of hamburgers there. Even if they bought a lot of forks, and discussed forks and hamburgers and cattle incessantly. You wouldn't call them cattlemen, you'd call them enthusiastic beef consumers." -- Sam LongoriaLots of Film Classes - Speedy Film Contests - Endless Local Film FestivalI've been working here in Seattle (the city of my birth, where I made my first 35mm feature) on projects for the last two years, just working and holding my tongue, really.I don't see a "Seattle film industry" here. All I see here is "meetings," and "begging for state money," and "meetings about begging for state money." I see people working in media, and in television, and corporate video, but no movies. If you don't know those are different businesses, you don't get it. I see a great big Seattle film TEACHING industry.I'm about to move along to the next phase of my projects, and I'm mentioning this in passing. I don't expect anyone to listen to it, because I grew up here, and I know how resistant people can be.I am discouraged so much energy here is spent making short films that will never be seen, (except at the local endless film festival) and filmmakers rushing to "the next one" when they don't even bother to sell "this one." Not my problem, but it is discouraging, even to watch. An "industry" means SALES. No sales, no industry. Just a lot of activity. Busy for no reason.If you knew a pumpkin farmer, and he grew fine pumpkins, but never took them to market to sell them, he just piled them in his yard, and left them to rot, wouldn't you think he was crazy? What if there was a club for "Pumpkin Farmers," and that's all any of them did? And they got together often, to discuss it endlessly? Pretty weird, it seems to me.There is much talk in Seattle about the local "Film Industry." Honestly I don't see one. Certainly not the "Selling The Film" part, which is what pays for all the other parts. I see a whole lot of enthusiasm here for making movies, and God bless it, but very little attention is paid to "Selling The Film." (Which, I can tell you, takes away all the problems of filmmaking). You get money, time, and wherewithal to make "the next one," and even get enough to eat, and to buy new gear, by "Selling The Film." All those mansions in Beverly Hills? They were paid for by "Selling The Film." They were not paid for by "Making The Film," and certainly not by "Talking About Making The Film."Why is there no emphasis here on selling? (Not just the lame discussions of "Distribution," or which streaming service is best). I mean learning how to SELL your movie, and sell tickets to it, which is more than just hanging them up for people to take or leave.It is obvious ALL the money in Filmmaking comes from "Selling The Film." So why is Seattle film focused only on cameras and gear, endless pointless meetings, and on making lame-o, poorly conceived, poorly written, poorly acted, poorly made, unfunny, undramatic, unpaid shorts, and NOT on making one good marketable feature movie, and selling it? Why?Somebody explain it to me. There is a disconnect here, and it's not mine. I've spent a good deal of time thinking about it, and I still don't get it.If you're a Seattle Filmmaker, and you want to spend your time making commercial full-length movies that get SOLD so you can make the next one, and the next, get in touch. If enough people get together who feel that way, and take ACTION - great things will happen.seattleseattle filmseattle moviesseattle featureseattle feature filmseattle film industryseattle feature moviesseattle mo[...]

Beatles In My Life - Paul Rutan - Restoring The Beatles Films


Beatles In My Life - Paul Rutan - Restoring The Beatles FilmsIt was the middle of the Burbank night, 3 or 4 am, working late at my film printer, and Paul Rutan called me. "Sam, get over here, you're gonna want to see this."I got over there. Paul is a master film restorer, and archivist, always working on great stuff, and he'd showed me some amazing things. I was really not prepared, though. Really not.The room was dark, lit only by his printer, clacking away,and Paul handed me a film can. Black and white."That is the original negative for "A Hard Day's Night."Wow. Slowly sinking in. I carefully read the label. Beatles.I set it carefully down on the film bench."And this is the original for 'Help!"Beatles. Colour. Wow.I was dizzy. A lot to take in. I held in my two hands the original film from two favorite movies. Light bounced off John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and was focused onto this very roll of film I was holding."Hard Days Night" was photographed by Gil Taylor BSC, who also shot "Dr. Strangelove," and "Star Wars.""Help!" was photographed by David Watkin, who shot "Three Musketeers," "Four Musketeers," "Out Of Africa," and "Chariots Of Fire."Just wow. Overload. What could top this?The door creaked open, and an elderly man entered the room,and Paul politely introduced us."Mr. Shenson, this is Sam Longoria."I was dumbfounded, and answered, "You're Walter Shenson."Mr. Shenson smiled, and said, "Do you know me?"I said, "Of course, you Produced the Beatles movies."He said, "We're just finishing up. Mr. Rutan has just restored them."We chatted a bit. I had to remember to breathe slowly.Mr. Shenson had an amazing deal with United Artists. They paid for the Beatles films to be made, and because they didn't think pop stars had market longevity, the rights reverted to Mr. Shenson, fifteen years later.He'd released "Hard Days Night" through Universal in 1981 (I ran it at my movie theatre), and wanted them to look even better now, so Paul had done a high-quality photochemical restoration.That was in the '90s, and I just found Paul Rutan Jr. on Facebook. Hurray! Such an amazing person, still restoring great movies, so great to re-connect with him. Paul knows all there is to know about movie picture and sound.Paul restored many films, including "Spartacus" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," and two other Beatles films, "Magical Mystery Tour," and "Yellow Submarine." He's been restoring classic films for 40 years.If you want to restore your classic movie, or make a new one, Paul has my highest recommendation.You can reach him at or http://phoenix-archival.com was the process.The restoration of "Help!" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="420"> "Help!"Paul Rutan"Spartacus"Sam Longoria"A Hard Day's Night""Yellow Submarine""Magical Mystery Tour""The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"[...]

REVIEW - "FIRST YOU JUMP" by Eva Moon - Directed by Gary Schwartz


REVIEW - "FIRST YOU JUMP" by Eva Moon - Directed by Gary SchwartzI love North Bend, and saw a great show there. Eva Moon wrote and Gary Schwartz directed "First You Jump," 24 January, at the Valley Center Stage, which is a modern black box theatre, located in the North Bend Masonic Hall for the past 11 years.North Bend is East of Seattle, past Issaquah and Snoqualmie. All trees and little town. Pound for pound, so much more going on than in Seattle. Nice movie theatre and restaurants, world-class improv and jazz, wonderful live theatre, and the original "Twin Peaks" diner. (Mar-T's, now Twede's), beneath majestic Mt. Si."First You Jump" is a deceptively simple show. Up on the raised stage, its clever set unfolds differently for each of the show's five scenes. Director Gary Schwartz introduced the evening on that stage, with only a flag and lectern, draped in red, white, and blue, there with him.Each of the show scenes is introduced by its own song, written by Eva Moon, and sung by Kathleen Roche-Zujko. The songs are sweet songs, bluesy, funny and ironic. Not too "on the money," which is the danger here. They don't give away the scene beforehand either, and they are good.Each scene is essential comedy, leading us to believe a certain situation, and then... something important is revealed, which changes everything.I love a good story, especially with a good surprise. I don't enjoy being able to predict what will happen next, or when it turns out there is no surprise. Each scene in "First You Jump" has a good surprise, and delivers it.Eva did a wonderful job of protecting her five little surprises until exactly the right script moment, while Gary's direction delightfully heightens and explores the implications of where those surprises lead. The Cast nimbly played the material really well.I can't really tell you exactly what happens here, because I don't want to wreck it for you, but obliquely...Scene 1 - Damage ControlSharon (Rocelle Wyatt) spins an odd situation.Scene 2 - Red AlgernonDolores (Robin Walbeck-Forrest) has to decidewhich candle to be - bright, or tall.Scene 3 - Gepetto's FuneralPinocchio understands control, more than most.IntermissionScene 4 - Growing FeathersCorinne (Robin Walbeck-Forrest) is drawn to a newsituation, by a dark and compelling need.Scene 5 - Terminal VelocityEsther (Gretchen Douma) meets her hardest choice.Scenes are almost certainly not what you think from their titles. Early scenes tease their structure, in their setup and reveal, but after Intermission, they play with the form, pack serious emotional power, and the stakes are high. I was still thinking about them the next day, which is the test of good show and ideas, for me.Props and Sets created by Fred Rappin, Jonathan Seaton, Gary Schwartz, and Craig Ewing.Simple and effective Lighting Design by Fred Rappin, Brandon Comouche and Gary Schwartz. Brandon Comouche rendered Lights & Sound, perfectly.Capable House Managers were Wanda Boe, Tina Brandon, Gary Schwartz, and Becky Rappin.This show is over far too soon, and I can't really say that about many shows. I really enjoyed it, and I'm sure you will, too. After the show, I really recommend Boxley's, for live music and good food and drink.SAM LONGORIAhttp://valleycenterstage.org[...]

Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - Laggies


Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - LaggiesDo you love film in Seattle, and yearn for a real film industry, where Artists get paid?Then run and buy a ticket TODAY for Lynn Shelton's new feature movie "Laggies."(UPDATE - Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" is available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Comcast. Don't miss it! Every sale helps Lynn make more movies, and that helps YOU. Do it! do that, or admit it's all been just talk.How do I figure that?At every filmmaking step, you SPEND money.Only one step EARNS for you - selling your movie.Are you selling your movie? will give you examples. All those people at the American Film Market (AFM) every year, raising money and making deals, they are selling their movie.Will YOU be there, or are you making plans to go next time?If you are not, or you are not in some other way selling your feature movie, (for cash money), you are just pretending. You are not even playing the game.Lynn Shelton's movie "Laggies" opens today in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Lynn has been all over the media, and is selling her movie. If you support Lynn (and you should), go to the movies today or Sunday, and buy a ticket and see it.Your dollars go toward the only thing that matters in the Movie Biz - box office. If there's enough dollars, Lynn's Distributor will keep playing the film in more and bigger theatres, and she'll find money for her next one. That's how you can help Lynn sell her movie. Her success will help YOU, in ways we cannot even guess.All those people who spend their time just talking and thinking, taking or giving endless classes, entering contests and film festivals, with the result of only making short films that cannot be sold commercially...not so much.Now, how about YOU?Do you have a finished feature film? Are you working toward that?Are you calling and writing and wheeling and dealing?Are you selling your movie? bizbox officefilm artistslynn sheltonsam longoriafilm in seattleartists get paidseattle film industryseattle film productionseattle video productionseattle movie production[...]

Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck


Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck

When I'm doing a show or film, in Seattle or Hollywood, my first choice for Costume Design is Janessa Styck. Her designs are classically elegant, perfectly suited to the Production, and remarkably well-priced. All those make my little Producer heart go thump thump thump!

Just look at her designs! She's a wizard with fabric and an era. She has highest ratings from her Customers, and Reviewers who have seen her shows and films. She's worked with top Tony-nominated professionals. Can't recommend her enough. Just go to her webpage, and see what she's got for your show.

Janessa demo video

Janessa Jayne Styck
Seattle Costume Designer
Hollywood Costume Designer
Seattle Costume Design
Hollywood Costume Design


Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.


Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.He was riding high, when I met him. 55th Academy Awards, in 1983. He and his picture (Gandhi) had just won eight Oscars, and he'd made a fine speech about it, and he was positively giddy with triumph.It was my first Academy Award ceremony, and I really wanted to talk to the Best Picture's Best Director, Sir Richard Attenborough.It's a funny thing about the Ceremonies, It's nothing like you see onscreen.There are boos and screams and funny noises, and weird things happening all the time, but such brilliant Camerawork and Floor Direction, you never see any of that. Anything out of the ordinary, switch to stock shots, or remote cameras, or an Ad.In this particular instance, once Best Picture was announced, much of the Audience arose and swarmed the exits, heading home from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to beat traffic, although you would never know that, at home on TV.Sir Richard spoke of "Gandhi," his film, and Gandhi the man, and what Gandhi means to our times. He was quite moved, and he delivered his message, even though he spoke to a mostly (and increasingly) empty room.Then the show was over, and he gathered his thoughts on his lectern. I approached, with my program and pen. He gave me a warm, white movie star smile. I only had a moment, so I was somewhat direct."I loved 'Gandhi,' it was wonderful!""Thank you.""And you were in one of my favorite pictures.""Which one?""The Flight of the Phoenix."His smile got brighter and wider."Oh! With James Stewart! That is one of my favorites, too!"We chatted about it, and I asked for his autograph. He took my pen, with a flourish."How shall I sign it? Shall I sign it 'Sir Dickie?'"And he did. "To Sam, Sir Dickie."I wrote him after that, when he made the wonderful "Chaplin," and when he became a Lord, (my salutation then was "Dear Lord," and I hope it made him smile).I think his last picture I saw was "Jurassic Park." His grace and his decency always came through, in his pictures.I was distressed to hear last year, he was in ill health. And today, he's gone. I love his great movies, and his talent, and his charm.I'm going to see "The Flight of the Phoenix" again soon. Such a great picture.I love what it says - do your best, make the best of a bad situation, and be decent, even though things are catastrophic. That focused effort in the right direction is worth taking. Stout heart, and courage, my fellows. Rest in Peace, Lord Richard Attenborough. Lord Dickie.GandhiChaplinJurassic ParkSam LongoriaJames StewartThe Magic ChristianRichard AttenboroughThe Flight Of The Phoenix[...]

Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"


Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"

A delightful and revealing review of Elliot Cowan's new Animated Feature "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead," by the great and renowned and greatly renowned Animation Guru, Nancy Beiman.

Nancy tells how exactly Elliot created his feature film, using only two years, talented hard work, and a tiny budget. Actually, Elliot's entire film cost less to make than many Animated television commercials!

Nancy's conclusions are especially interesting to me, because of her thorough grounding in Feature and Television Animation. It is quite good to get a glimpse of Elliot's film, through Nancy's trained and Professional eyes.

Nancy herself is a most interesting person, quite witty and intelligent, with a long and excellent Animation career, and is the Author of several books on Professional Animation.  I enjoyed her review, and look forward to seeing Elliot's film.

Elliot Cowan tells of his film and its difficult journey.

Nancy Beiman
Prepare to Board
Animated Performance

Elliot Cowan
"The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"
Sam Longoria

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding


Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - CrowdfundingCrowdfunding is raising money from a crowd, hopefully your crowd, that you cultivate online. They know you, and they know your work. There is nobody who wants your success like your crowd, and you want to entertain and inform them. There's much superficial Crowdfunding information, but every so often a simple idea how to play the Crowdfunding game is published. I found just such an easy article, with the right mindset, and I want to share it with you.I'm a big Humphrey Bogart fan, and there's just something about Bogie's no-nonsense character. Every filmmaker should pay attention to him, and what Bogie knew instinctively about playing to a big group of people. Woody Allen described Bogie's viewpoint, in Allen's 1969 Broadway play, "Play It Again, Sam," (perfect title for me Crowdfunding my movie). It's all simple and brutal, with a touch of pathos. As Woody's Bogie put it, so sensitively,"I never saw a dame yet that didn't understand a good slap in the mouth or a slug from a .45."John T. Trigonis's article gives you that slap upside the head, to get your film funding on track, and your Crowdfunding house in order. Put it to use, Sweetheart!Woody AllenCrowdfundingSam LongoriaJohn T. TrigonisHumphrey BogartPlay It Again, SamThe Maltese FalconCrowdfunding Bible[...]

Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard


Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

Amazing! Such a career! Rick Baker has played King Kong,
brought life to "An American Werewolf In London," and to Bigfoot
in "Harry and the Hendersons." Great films! 
"Star Wars,"
"Planet Of The Apes," "Men In Black," oh 
his list goes on and on.

Most recently, Rick has applied his Special Makeup Effects Artistry
to "Maleficent."

Rick Baker got started making Halloween makeup for the other
, and he did it so well he freaked out his neighborhood.

I've met Rick at the Oscars, (he has 7 of 'em), and I always
ask him for an Autograph on my program. He signs it
"Beast Wishes!" What a great guy.

Rick has 6 Filmmaking Tips for you.
Please enjoy, and let them soak in.

King Kong
Star Wars
Rick Baker
Men In Black 
Dino DeLaurentiis
Planet Of The Apes
Harry and the Hendersons
An American Werewolf In London

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain


Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

My friend Nancy Beiman, a lovely lady with the greatest Animation résumé in like, ever, is also a learned college Professor, a truly sweet person, a witty wit, talented Artist, Animator, Director, Author...AND an absolutely lethal punster. Our Pun Duels are legendary!
(Which is why I prize her above rubies). 

Nancy gave a talk to the 2014 Society of Animation Studies conference in Toronto, on "Charles Chaplin and Animation," which soon will be a half hour academic presentation at a Chaplin conference, in Bologna, Italy. (You never sausage a town!)
A wonderful review by Alex Williams, in the "FLIP" Animation Blog, covers Nancy Beiman's Charlie Chaplin talk. Enjoy "Nancy Beiman Explains Why Animators Ought To Study Charlie Chaplin."

Nancy's wonderful Animation book: ANIMATED PERFORMANCE

Nancy Beiman

Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Bologna, Italy

Sam Longoria

Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")


Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")1 Egg 2 Tbsp Butter 2 slices Buttered bread2 slices Onion (I like thinly sliced, you may prefer thick)Sprinkle Salt and Pepper to taste Ketchup (or spicier) on topBreak egg into bowl, and beat it mercilessly.Melt butter in pan at medium heat. Fry egg, and fold into bread size.When solid, spatula egg onto bread.Top with Onion slices, Salt, Pepper, and Ketchup.An excellent snack. To neutralize onion breath,eat Parsley. Or make an Egg and Onion Sandwich for your girlfriend, so she doesn't notice.Yummy snack! Good any time. WILSONHarvey? Well I'd better get goin'Myrtle. MYRTLEOh, but Marvin, you haven'tfinished your egg and onion. WILSONBusiness before pleasure, Honey.Even if it's a pleasure bein' with you.You make a great egg and onion, kid.A great egg and onion.This sandwich takes 10 minutes to make, well worth it.ELWOODOh, Doctor, I - I - (stammers) Years ago, my mother used to say to me -- she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be --' She always called me Elwood.'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh,so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, foryears I was smart. I recommend pleasant.And you may quote me." the James Stewart picture "Harvey," by Mary Chase, 1950© 2014 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved harveysandwichmovie foodmary chaseegg & onionjames stewartegg and onionelwood p. dowd[...]