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Welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Greetings and welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s new web site!  Brimming with new features and up-to-date information, we invite you to come in and look around to get a peek at what Memphis & Shelby County have to offer film productions of all sizes.  Take a minute to browse our location library in Reel-Scout, check out our diverse production guide, or get a taste of productions that have shot here and utilized our crew base over at Film Memphis TV!

Supporting Partners of The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission:

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at Live From Memphis for their outstanding hard work in making this web site possible. Thanks also to content editor Jon W. Sparks.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, like other publicly-funded film commissions in the U.S.A., works only with funded productions and does not assist producers in securing funding for projects.

The Film Commission's Website makes available hiring/casting information from third parties. This information is to be used as general information only. Although such information is believed to be generally reliable, the posting of the information on the commission website does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or solicitation from the Commission. Nor does the Posting imply any assurance regarding the accuracy of the information, the funding of the project, the completion of the project, or the payment to crew/vendors/cast.

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Livingston Rodgers

Former Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission Livingston Rodgers once spent some time on the small screen with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who died last week at the age of 95. She appeared in three episodes of the popular series "77 Sunset Strip" as Janet Lake. And she knew how to handle a gun with gloves.

 
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Hall Prewitt's Classic Caddy and the Princes

Hall Prewitt's Caddy - appropriately decorated with The Union Jack - in which Carnival Queen Lizzy Wilson rode over the weekend to meet her Prince Charming and the "other" princes who came visiting from London. Yet more local work obtained through the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission ... and through Hall's incredible expertise, which has led him to provide classic vehicles for various projects, including "Walk the Line."

 
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Casting Notice

Kiem Media/The Netherlands is casting for an independent, non-union TV documentary series, broadcast on National Geographic. The local project is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Shoot dates are May 19-21.

Several short, multi-episode documentaries will be shown in Holland. Needed are people who look like traditional stereotypes of Dutch persons and persons who appear to be of North African descent.

Actors will be compensated. Prior acting experience is not required unless specified. All cast members will sign a non-disclosure form. If interested and available, send head shots and contact information to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Synopsis: For the Dutch audience, broadcast on National Geographic, a staged “hostage” scene will be created. Four short documentaries contain informational aspects about a hostage situation where a Dutch family needs to be saved. The rescuers will show their specialties and communicate/work together to rescue the family from the house where they are kept hostage. This scene is simulated to be in Africa, so talent that appears to be North African is needed as extras and as “terrorists.” Aerial photography, explosives and gear props will be used (all under supervision).

Character Descriptions:

The hostages are a mother, father and daughter. Mother and father between 40-55 years old. The appear to be Dutch, so preferably blond / light brown hair and typical Northern European apperance. Daughter should at least be 17 years old or older. The father is passed out and injured on his leg (special effects makeup will show his injury: cuts and bruises makeup will be applied to face and leg). Should look like a family since family portraits are needed.

NOTE: This is a set up hostage scene, so it needs to appear to be frightening.

Imprisoners appear to be Tuareg-looking North African men between 20-45 years. Some acting experience will be needed. They will keep the family hostage, holding special gear, look threatening. One of the three will play that he got shot.

Extras include a North African-looking man between 20-45 years / 50 years or older. No lines in the role, so less acting experience is needed. He will be standing and walking on the shooting area.

Interpreter is a North African-looking man between 25-40 years old. Some acting experience is helpful, there will be a scene where he’s not feeling well and one of the rescuers will help him.

   

Double Booking: Pick One Tonight

Two film workshops are happening tonight (Tuesday, April 29), so you'll just have to choose one.

FuelFilm: Memphis and Signature Advertising are hosting a discussion on marketing and crowd-funding independent films. It will cover current Independent Memphis films seeking financing through crowd-sourcing and the marketing campaigns that accompany them.

It’s at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Signature Advertising, 1755 Kirby Parkway. It’s free and open to the public. For more info: http://fuelfilm.org/

Meanwhile, Indie Memphis and Corduroy Wednesdays Films are partnering to offer Script Bucket, a DIY Screenplay Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Playhouse on the Square Theatre Cafe. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/448937915209135/?source=1

FuelFilm on Marketing:

There will be a presentation from Memphis filmmakers on their current campaigns and projects with discussion of marketing strategies, online marketing companies and their services. This will be an open discussion about resources and strategies, with local filmmakers interacting with  advertising and marketing professionals.

With more platforms for distribution now more than ever, having a successful grasp of the film distribution market and where its headed is paramount for the independent filmmaker.

Producer Jen Sall says, “Point blank, build an audience around your film now.  Long gone are the days where you can rely on the festival ‘sale’ to get you in the theater and start raking in the box office sales. It is prudent to you and your team to develop a digital footprint and build an audience as soon as possible.” With as many VOD and self-distribution platforms, and the ability of social media to build your audience, opportunities abound for the Indie filmmaker to find their markets.

Indie Memphis/Corduroy Wednesday on Screenplays:

Indie Memphis and Corduroy Wednesdays Films are partnering to offer Script Bucket, a DIY Screenplay Workshop Tuesday, April 29 at Playhouse on the Square Theatre Cafe.

Aspiring or active screenwriters are invited to experience the process of Script Bucket, how it strengthens writing, and how you can form your very own Script Bucket (with no franchise fee!)

From Edward Valibus, “We’re comedy guys, so we meet regularly to share skit and comedic short film screenplays. We critique them, workshop them, and perform cold reads. The process keeps us in practice to write, write, write. One script is good, but two is better, and ten is even better than that. So when it’s time to choose one to go forward into production, the cream has risen to the top already.”

Corduroy Wednesday’s latest short film currently on the festival circuit, Songs in the Key of Death, was cowritten by G.B. Shannon & Edward Valibus and was workshopped through the Script Bucket process.

You’ll not only learn the process but will also be given the opportunity to meet other writers with similar genre tastes, goals, and turn ons/offs.

It gets underway at 6 p.m. to mingle and 7 p.m. for the workshop.


   

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