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American Legion Post 3810 W. Kennedy (just W. of Dale Mabry) Tampa, Florida July 21, 2010 7_7:30 PM Networking 7:30 Program FMPTA Tampa Bay Area Chapter Meets 3rd Wed
Tom Garrett To Speak Wednesday
Tom Garrett, Producer of independent feature films, founding partner of Circa Films and Assistant Professor in Communications at the University of Tampa will be our guest speaker at the July 21 Chapter Meeting. Tom recently returned from Europe where he attended the Cannes Film Festival with a group of his film school students, and he will talk about his experiences at the festival as well as discuss his lengthy career in the entertainment industry. His Circa Films is a sales and distribution company which is engaged in production and international distribution of independent feature films. He, himself, has produced over 14 feature films. He graduated from the University of New Haven and holds an M.F.A from New York University, where he also taught film production, Tom has worked as line producer, unit production manager and executive producer for a number of noted directors, including Academy Award winner Jean Charles Tachella (Cousin Cousine, Seven Sundays), and Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Repo Man). He has also worked with such well known producers as Daniel Tuscan du Plantier,Ted Hope and Art Linson. Tom and his wife, Lee Morse, own Best West Productions, a production service company which has brought many feature films to the west coast of Florida. Among them, such notables as director Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien as well as the adaptation of Great Expectations which starred Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro, and Palmetto starring Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue and Gina Gershon. The company has also produced hundreds of national commercials, print and catalog advertising clients.
Tom is credited with producing and directing the 1980s movie, Death Collector, aka Tin Star Void. It has been called a "cult classic" by both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. This movie has also been called "The greatest Sci-Fi / Action Adventure / Western no one has seen, heard or celebrated," by Cult Movie Magazine, Vol. # 40, 2005.
Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at our regular meeting location (American Legion Building, corner of Dale Mabry and Kennedy Blvd. Our guest presenter for the evening will be Tom Garrett. Tom is on the faculty of the University of Tampa and teaches various aspects of film and video production. Our project to assist the Pinellas County Sheriff‘s Office with their development of some training/testing videos has been given a ―green light.‖ The final scenarios are being shot on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 & 18. This project is a great public service project for our Tampa Bay Area FMPTA chapter. Most of the cast and crew are local chapter members. One other note. As of Friday, July 16, our local web site is down. We will be getting another site up very soon in conjunction with the state FMPTA site. We will let you know when it‘s up. I think we can make some improvements. We will continue to seek suggestions regarding programs and speakers our members would like to have at future meetings. If you know of someone who has a particular skill, expertise or experience which you believe would be of interest to our group, please bring contact information with you to the meeting.
See everyone next Wednesday, July 21, at 7:30.
John Matheny, Chapter President
Federal Film Production Incentives
The information provided below is a summary of a federal program and is provided by Ernst & Young and the Directors Guild of America on an informational basis only. It should not be viewed as tax advice with respect to your production activities. The American Jobs Creation Act (H.R. 4520), signed into law in 2004, includes new tax provisions to encourage film production. Film and television benefit in three ways: 1. Section 181 — This section of the IRS tax code allows an immediate tax write-off of production expenditures for domestic film and television productions with aggregate costs under $15 million (or, in certain low income areas, productions with aggregate costs under $20 million). This means that for qualified productions, production expenses may be deducted in the year the expenditure occurs, instead of being depreciated over a period of years using the traditional income forecast method. For a production to be eligible, at least 75% of the total compensation must be for services performed in the United Stated by actors, directors, producers, and other production personal. 2. Section 199 — This new section of the IRS tax code provides for a 9% deduction for income from domestic production activities, when fully phased in. This deduction applies to multiple industries, not just the film and television industry. The amount of the credit is limited to the lesser of 9% of the net income generated by the domestic production or 50% of the taxpayer‘s W-2 wages. For a production to be eligible, at least 50% of the total compensation for actors, production personnel and others relating to the production of the film must be for services performed in the United States. 3. Income Forecast Method Clarification — The law also clarified several issues relating to the income forecast method, the traditional method of expensing production costs.
***** FOR MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THESE PROVISIONS CHECK OUT THE STATE FILM OFFICE WEB SITE AT www.filminflorida.com NEW: 2010/2011 FLORIDA FILM & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FINANCIAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM
General Production Queue Eligible productions: films, TV, documentaries, digital media projects, commercials and music videos $50,290,000 in tax credits available Minimum spend: $625,000 Maximum incentive reward $8,000,000 Commercial and Music Video Queue $1,605,000 in tax credits available Minimum spend: $100,000 per commercial or music video Must spend at least $500,000 before eligible to apply (can bundle projects) Maximum incentive reward: $500,000 Independent & Emerging Media Production Queue Eligible: Films, TV, documentaries, digital media projects $1,605,000 in tax credits available Maximum: spend $625,000 Maximum incentive reward: $125,000
DR. ROBERT NORMAN reports he had a part in the movie Grim Fairy Tales and won second place in the Jewish Film Festival for his movie gefiltefishomatic. He‘s also just gotten two of his medical books on dermatology published. ZIAD AHMED’S Z INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS will be in production for its newest movie ScapeGoat around the end of July with casting completed in June. MARCUS KEMPTON‘s AspectRatrio235 Productions has wrapped production on it Action Film Challenge 2010 production Way Of The Vigilante which is currently in post. CARL BRADFIELD will show his scripts and books at the July 26 Showcase put on by the Orlando Chapter.
Longtime Chapter Member Ted Wheeler Dead at 69
His name was Paul, but everyone called him ―Ted.‖ Paul ―Ted‖ Wheeler passed away peacefully on June 18. He was 69 years old. A large number of Chapter members attended Ted‘s memorial ―party‖ his family gave at his home in his honor. Ted Wheeler was one of those members who was always there to help out, whether for a meeting or a production shoot or a Chapter social function. And he loved it when people laughed at his jokes and his wisecracks. In spite of a 40 mile drive to and from his home in Wesley Chapel, he seldom if ever missed a Chapter Board Meeting in which he was a longtime Director or a General Meeting. Not many people knew it, but Ted had a heart transplant five years ago. It didn‘t stop him from enjoying his many activities and especially enjoying life. Ted was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on March 27, 1941 and moved with his family to Florida in 1950. He graduated from Plant High School and served in the National Guard. He attended Tampa Tech and later taught there. He was a huge Nascar fan and an avid collector of Coca Cola, Disney, Star Trek and Movie Memorabilia. A talented artist with a wicked sense of humor, he was always the life of any party. We miss you, Ted. Sleep well.
Photos By Bill Dollinger
If The Extras Group Owes You Money, Help Is Here
Sal DiMartino from ―The Extras Group‖ went out of business in May 2009. Many actors were left unpaid. Here is some new information on how you may be able to get your money. The State of Florida, as do all states, require talent agents to be licensed and bonded to do business. You can get paid through the bond Sal had as a licensed agent. Just fyi, Sal is no longer licensed and bonded to do business in the state of Florida. Here is the info on the bond and how to get paid. Once the bond runs out—that‘s it, so first come, first served: RE: Surety: Developers Surety and Indemnity Company Principal: The Extras Group Bond No: 534225C Developers Surety and Indemnity Company (DSI) is the surety on the above-referenced Talent Agency Bond. DSI requests that you complete and return the proper claim questionnaire along with a copy of your documentation in order to evaluate the claim. Developers Surety and Indemnity Company, 17780 Fitch, Ste 200, Irvine, CA 92614. 949-263-3421 direct, 949-553-8143 fax, VNava@InscoDico.com The Actors Info Booth has a copy of the claim form. Please email them and they will send it to you. In the Subject Line, write ―Extras Bond Claim Form‖ Reach owners Lisa and Laura at www.actorsinfobooth.com/ catenews or at 954-303-4269
Register Now for New State Online Production Directory
The Governor‘s Office of Film and Entertainment is now open for registration for its new state online production directory for crew and support services. Reel Crew, as the directory is known, will revolutionize the way that potential clients find the crew members and support services they need for their Florida projects! It is an expansion to the Reel Scout system that will create a searchable, electronic database of Florida‘s skilled workforce and available production resources. The new directory will allow local crew and support services to register, create a profile with information on their work history and professional credits, and even upload their resume (brochure upload will be available for businesses). These profiles will be accessible by clients all over the world looking to bring their projects to Florida. Clients will be able to create a customized directory of crew and support services for the area(s) they are looking to work in. Search for crew members and local business by category, region, union affiliation, and much more! Additionally, clients will have the ability to print their results (with just a click) in a variety of ways – e.g., by name, by category, will all credits listed, with just the most re-cent credits listed, etc. Crew members and support services may register at www.filminflorida.com
2010 CHAPTER OFFICERS AND BOARD
PRESIDENT John Matheny……………………………...813-685-4060 EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT Ralph Heath………………...727-445-8810 VICE PRESIDENT Dotty Pessillo……...………………...727-573-4625 SECRETARY Miriam Goodspeed…..………………..….727-787-1464 TREASURER Jerry Alan………………………………….813-264-4277 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bill Dollinger………………...727-452-5417 Will Hagans………………….727-772-8421 Richard ‘Hyker’ La Riviere...813-996-6008 Mike Wiatrak………………...813-968-5428 STANDING COMMITTEES Membership Dotty Pessillo...727-573-4625 Chapter Photographer Bill Dollinger...727-452 5417 Short Takes John Matheny...813-685-4060 Newsletter Miriam Goodspeed...727-787-1464
2010 STATE EXECUTIVE BOARD
STATE PRESIDENT Dr. Leslie Bartlett email@example.com EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org VICE PRESIDENT Linda Nesmith email@example.com SECRETARY Bill Williams firstname.lastname@example.org TREASURER Linda Nesmith email@example.com
Dues Payment Plan Offered Members
Those members wishing to do so may pay their dues in three installments of one third of their dues the first month, a third the second month and the final third on the following month. They must discuss this arrangement first with the Chapter Treasurer, Jerry Alan. We will permit only five such accounts to be paid under this plan at one time, as we will pay the State Treasurer the State‘s full portion of the entie dues up front. Contact Jerry Alan at a meeting or call him at 813-264-4277 for arrangements. Annual Professional dues are $75, Associates dues are $50 and Students who attend film school or film classes at school pay $25. You may of course continue to pay the entire amount of your dues in full. Checks are to be made out to FMPTA, Tampa Bay Chapter and are to be given or sent to Dotty Pessillo, our membership chairperson who makes sure your dues are up to date. Her address is: 14843 Feather Cove Lane, Clearwater, FL 33762. Just a reminder of our policy on meeting attendance. First time guests may attend two of our meetings for no charge. After that, a $10 fee will be charged or you may join the FMPTA at that time. WELCOME RENEWING MEMBERS PROFESSIONALS Glenn Suyker Robert A. Norman Fred Lasday John Matheny Tommy Allison NEW MEMBER STUDENT LaBricia Cannedy
SOME OF OUR NEW MEMBERS are, left to right,: Matt Ayotte , Senior Producer of 1-2 Punch Productions, Deborah Childress, freelance writer, Ian Stevens, Executive Producer of 1-2 Punch Productions, which is our latest Business Member, and Chapter Membership Chairperson Dotty Pessillo. (Photo by Miriam Goodspeed)
FLORIDA FILM INDUSTRY INFORMATION
(Courtesy of The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Film Commission)
For information and updates on film news in the Tampa/St. Pete area, we recommend that you visit these websites, and/or contact the following people to ask to be put on their mailing lists:
FILM OFFICES, ORGANIZATIONS and TECH INFO: State of Florida film office: www.filminflorida.com St. Petersburg/Clearwater film office: www.floridasbeachfilm.com Requests to be added to mailing list: Guy@FloridasBeachFilm.com Tampa Film Commission office: www.filmtampabay.com Production guide: www.filmflorida.com Film Florida: www.filmflorida.org FMPTA: www.fmpta.org or www.fmptatampa.org MPFI: www.mediaprofessionals.org Tampa Bay Film Society: Joe Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org Media Concepts: www.mcifl.com Tampa Film Fan: www.TampaFilmFan.com Green Room Tampa Bay: www.greenroomtampabay.com Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association: www.tappa.org Weekend Film Crew:www.weekendfilmcrew.com Tampa Film Network: www.tampafilmnetwork.com Tampa Bay Film Industry & Actor Network: http://filmind.meetup.com/294/ Film Crew Café: http://filmcrewcafe.com Crazed Fan Boy: www.crazedfanboy.com Tampa Area Screenwriters: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org JOB INFO Production Hub: www.FloridasbeachFilm.com Florida Blue Sheet: www.myfloridabluesheet.com In Focus Magazine: www.infocus-magazine.com Craigslist: http://tampa.craigslist.org/ go to jobs-TV/Film/Video UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA FREE LECTURE SERIES Tom Garrett: CircaFilm@aol.com The FMPTA, founded in 1973, is a statewide trade organizations for the film and television industry. Our members represent production personal such as Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors and all crew positions. Film students are also welcome. Monthly meetings consist of guest speakers from the industry as well as information about projects coming to an area near you. We also send out casting calls for film and television programs to be filmed in the state. We have been helpful in getting legislation passed for child actors, the sales tax exemption and the state film incentive bills. We are currently working with other industry groups from around the state to promote a tax referral credit bill for Florida film and television projects.
From The State Film Commissioner
FY2010-2011 ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATE Dear Interested Parties: The Governor‘s Office of Film & Entertainment has qualified all of the applications received to date for the $53.5 million FY2010-2011 tax credit allocation. Of the 90 qualified projects, 52 projects have been certified. This means that both the General Production Queue allocation ($50,290,000) and the Independent and Emerging Media Production Queue allocation ($1,605,000) are completely certified as of July 1st. Of these 52 projects, we have qualified eight projects, per our new statutory language, as if they have applied for the subsequent year (FY2011-2012) General Production Queue tax credits. These are all projects that are partially certified and will begin in the current fiscal year but will not complete until the next fiscal year or beyond. They have been placed in the FY2011-2012 General Production Queue, in the order their applications were received, for certification on July 1, 2011 for the balance of their credits. This will account for $35.1 million of next year‘s tax credit allocation. The anticipated Florida spend for all certified projects is $426.9 million with 26,532 anticipated jobs estimated at paying $244.2 million in wages to Floridians. All certified productions are being notified and official certification letters are being transmitted as I write this. Projects that have not been certified have been placed on the wait list for this year‘s credits. They are also being notified and will receive official written notification as to their status and options. Our office will begin posting more information on the incentive page of our website about specific productions as they announce and/or open production offices in the state. We are also launching an online searchable Production Directory, accessible from our website, which will offer crew and vendors the opportunity to list their contact and other information at no charge. This directory will eventually be integrated with our locations database and will provide a one-stop resource for productions interested in coming to Florida. I want to thank everyone for their patience with and support for our office. Since the day the legislation passed, our entire office has been working non-stop to successfully launch the new program. This has involved everything from the creation of new program materials, fielding hundreds of inquiries, pro-actively informing prospects, promoting and advertising the new program, educating other liaisons and partners, as well as receiving and reviewing the new applications, and qualifying and certifying the projects. We may be small but we are mighty! Best regards Lucia Fishburne, State Film Commissioner Governor's Office of Film & Entertainment
TBA Screenwriters Work on Sitcom
The Tampa Bay Area Screenwriters Group has completed its sitcom pilot script under the leadership of lead writer Ellen Schnur which is to be produced by our Chapter‘s Short Takes Project in the fall. Their next official meeting is Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 12650 Dale Mabry Hwy., corner of Stall Road in Carrollwood, next to Borders Book Store. Pre production of the sitcom will begin soon. The Chapter Board at its July meeting gave its approval of the script which has as its working title Mind and Body Spa. The scriptwriting group is open to all scriptwriters and actors in the Tampa Bay Area. Its usual format combines discussions of writing problems and solutions as well as live reading of scripts. Those wishing to know more details are asked to call Richard ‗Hyker‘ LaRiviere at 813-7322089 or e-mail him at email@example.com or call Miriam Goodspeed at 727-787-1464, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tampa Film Network Holds Film Festival July 31
The Tampa Bay Film Network will hold its Action Film Festival at 11 a.m., July 31 at The Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. The Action Film Festival will show films from the TFN‘s Action Film Challenge which was held from May 28 to June 27. Admission is $15 for the film showing, networking and refreshments. This is the only screening of the film festival which is part of a national festival. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes are awarded at the national event. At this local showing, there will be 14 films viewed with Judges and Audience awards to be presented at the end of the program. There will be an interval following the movies to allow scores to be calculated prior to the award ceremony. The Tampa Bay Film Network normally meets on the last Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 N. Himes Ave. #150., It is led by Dan Brienza.
ALL ABOUT THE PICTURE—Mike Wiatrak‘s talk about still photos and movie photography was a crowd pleaser at the June General Meeting. He brought lots of examples of cameras, pictures and equipment. Mike is a professional photographer and a Board Director for the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of the FMPTA.( Photo by Miriam Goodspeed)
FMPTA– Tampa Bay Area Chapter
USS Tampa Post 5 American Legion Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Picture Boats & Marine Location Ralph Heath, CEO 18328 Gulf Blvd. Indian Shores, FL 33785-2097 727-391-6211 Fax: 727-399-2923 3810 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL
Matheny Productions LLC
Last Stage Out of Town
5650 Highway 557 Lake Alfred, FL 33850-3089 1-863-956-3448 Fax: 863-956-5302 www.laststage.com
1-2 Punch Productions
1603 Coppertree Drive Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727-942-6713
St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission
13805 58th St. Clearwater, FL 33760 727-464-7240 Jennifer@floridasbeachfilm.com
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401 E. Jackson St. Suite 2100
Tampa, FL 33602 email@example.com
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