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Entries in 48 Hour Film Project (41)

Gearing Up

Just a quick note this time, with a couple of calls to action (mostly because I don’t have time to craft one of my typically long-winded missives).

First, with just over three weeks to go, I figured it was high time we started locking down our available team members for the 48 Hour Film Project. Several of you have gotten back to us already about participating, but if you haven’t (or if you just want to confirm your earlier notice), please speak up ASAP. We’ll be fitting people into available spots as best we can, so the sooner you can let us know the better; similarly, the more information you can provide about your experience, skills, and preferences, the more likely it is that we’ll get that fit right. Along with that, if you have any ideas for locations, costumes, or special props, please pass those along as well. (I’m only half-kidding when I say we’re overdue to draw “Western or Musical” — so if, say, you have access to a ranch, or have a recording studio in your basement, now would be the time to say so.)

And second, along with that call, I wanted to make sure you all (particularly the actors among you) were aware of this Sunday’s “Pre-Henge” casting seminars, put together by Team Jabberwocky, the crew behind the Stonehenge auditions — which, not-so-coincidentally, are taking place the following weekend, with Tohubohu very much in attendance. First is a workshop with veteran actor (and Tohubohu alumnus) Michael Gabel on finding and honing the perfect monologue in “The Prepared Audition.” Next is a session with casting director John Strawbridge, “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Casting,” which will go through the often-obscured realities of the casting process. The two sessions are $15 apiece, or $25 for both (and free for CDIA students with ID) — check out the official site to sign up. (And on top of that, there will be a limited number of specially-discounted headshot sittings available — click here for more details or to sign up.)

That’s all for now — I hope to hear from quite a few of you very soon!

We Have Liftoff!

First and foremost, I wanted to announce that the new Tohubohu Productions website, Tohubohu.tv, is officially live! After several years with the old layout, we were way past time for a little facelift. Though in actuality, this is more than just a cosmetic adjustment: In addition to all of the information on the old site, we’ve also got a more intuitive interface (including having these updates featured on the main page, rather than buried further down); full site searching capability; behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, and videos; a discussion board; more contributor biographies; and there’s plenty still to come (including some special “members-only” access options)! As for additional features, we’d love your input, so let us know if there’s something we should add.

We’re also going to be relaunching the Producer Podcast in the very near future. We’ve already got some great commentaries on “Number One With a Bullet” in the can, and will be going back and revisiting some of our earlier productions as well. On top of that, we’re planning to have segments on filmmaking tips and tricks, interviews with some of our regular cast and crew members, and maybe even some outside-the-fold guests. (No promises on the frequency of episodes, but we are definitely working to make it a regular release schedule.) Got ideas for topics (or want to help out)? Drop us a line or make a suggestion at the aforementioned discussion board!

Green HouseIn production news, we had a great screening of our newest short “Green House” at the AFI Silver Theater for the international 48 Go Green competition (along with some other really creative entries). Our phenomenal cast ended up taking home an Honorable Mention award for their stellar performances, for which we couldn’t be more proud. You can check out the trailer for the film at — you guessed it — Tohubohu.tv, and we’re currently looking into other screening opportunities (so stay tuned).

We’re also gearing up for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project — an annual Tohubohu tradition since 2004! Hard to believe we’ve been at it that long. We’re actively working on assembling our production team, so if you want to join in, let us know. As always, we can’t promise anything — we’ve had years where we’re scrambling for team members and others where we’ve got more people than we can possibly use — but please don’t just assume that we know you’re on board. (For example, we hear rumors that our friends at Integral Arts are planning to shoot a TV pilot that same weekend — April 29 through May 1 — and since we tend to share a lot of the same team members, we may be short-handed in some areas.) One area where I know we can always use some help is in sound recording (especially if you’ve got some of your own gear); but really, if you can contribute anything, don’t hesitate to speak up. And I have this sinking feeling that we’re way overdue for drawing the dreaded “Western or Musical” category, so any leads on Western-style gear or locations (or musicians and recording equipment) would most definitely be welcome.

That’s all for now. Be sure to check out the new site, and we look forward to hearing back from you soon!

48 Go Green Screening Details

Less than 24 hours to go before we’ll be busily hammering away at our official 48 Go Green competition entry (wish I could say I’m all rested up, but... not so much). But while our attention is pretty exclusively focused on getting that rolling, I do have a couple of quick updates I wanted to pass along as soon as possible.

First of all, we have our official 48 Go Green screening time set: Tuesday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. As is traditional, the screening is at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, and tickets are now on sale at the official website. Grab ’em before they sell out! (There’s also a second screening of films immediately following our set, starting at 9:30, in case you’d like to check out some of the other entries.)

And second, the dates have been locked for this year’s (regular) 48 Hour Film Project contest: April 29–May 1, 2011 (pretty much exactly what we’d figured). If you’d like to join us, be sure to block off your calendars and drop us a line. (Um, but probably not until after this weekend — we’re a little busy to really deal with that just yet.)

That’s it for now (probably one of our shortest newsletters to date). Be sure to check out our official Twitter feed (yes, we’ve got one now: @TohubohuFilm) and Facebook page for the most up-to-date info!