Interview with Storyboard Artist Kurt Van der Basch (Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

A storyboard artist, or story artist, creates storyboards for film productions that are generally for large scope scenes, actions, and/or camera movements. The artist visualizes the story in collaboration with the director and sketches frames of the story on paper.

It was an honor to sit down with the brilliant storyboard artist Kurt Van der Basch, who  worked on Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course he’s not allowed to talk about it, which is fine because there are so many other questions to ask him.

Please go to his website or follow him on Facebook and view 100s of storyboards from his various credits, including: Assassin’s Creed, Sense8, The Borgias, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Illusionist, to name a few.

Matthew Toffolo: I understand that you are not allowed to talk about Star Wars! No problem. Are you allowed to say that you had a creatively inspiring…

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TV Logline of the Day: THE FIRST ONES, by Ageless

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: The First Ones

Written by: Ageless

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dark Fiction, Folklore

Logline: “The First Ones” is a scifi romance in which a lonely and heartbroken vampire tries to prevent war that could result in the extinction of humankind.. He discovers an unusually beautiful girl with abilities and what he finds out about her could alter both human and vampires’ existence.

WGA REGISTRATION: 1705216

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Fantasy Logline of the Day: DOCTOR OF THE UNFEASIBLE, by Helene Perrin-Gouron

Fantasy/Sci-Fi FILM & WRITING FESTIVAL

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay to the Festival:http://fantasyscififestival.com/

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Doctor of the Unfeasible

Written by: Helene Perrin-Gouron

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Logline: When his best friend’s legs get amputated, Gabriel goes back on the agreement he has with his father and unleashes his healing abilities in the aim of growing his friend’s limbs back.

WGA Registration Number: #1798291

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Interview with Foley Artist Marko Costanzo (Silence of the Lambs, The Departed, Life of Pi)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.

I was very fortunate to sit down with the brilliant and under appreciated Foley Artist Mark Costanzo. Marko has worked on over 500 productions and is a 2 time Emmy winner. (If the Academy had a category for Foley, Marko would have won more than a few Oscars.)

His list of credits consist of many of the greatest films of the last 30 years. See his IMDB list: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003401

marko_costanzoMatthew Toffolo: Out of all the amazing films you’ve worked on, is there one or two that stand out that you’re most proud of?

Marko Costanzo: Wow!!! That’s a really hard choice. I have favorite movies that were really challenging to work on and others that I love just…

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Today’s TV Screenplay Reading: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM by Chris Agnew

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM TV SPEC
Written by Chris Agnew
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

A spec from the classic TV spec screenplay Curb Your Enthusiasm. A fun-filled romp for the entire family.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rochelle Burke
LARRY – Charles Gordon
LEON – Aieron Munro
MS. KOTCHERY – Susan Wilson
JEFF – Rob Notman
SPENCER – Paul Falkowski
SUSIE – Maya Woloszyn

TV Loglines of the Day: FUNNY FARM, by Nicholas Geisler

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Funny Farm

Written by: Nicholas Geisler

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Comedy, Political

Logline: A hotshot young politician pus his campaign on hold when he pleads insanity to escape jail time, but he spends more time trying to earn his career back than his sanity.

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Tips on Negotiating when setting up a project

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

NEGOTIATING
FILMMAKING NOTES

How to Negotiate – Every aspect of producing involves negotiating, in one form or another. You always need to go in with the attitude that people already want to work with you.

12 MAJOR POINTS TO REMEMBER IN NEGOTIATIONS

1. PLAN WITH YOUR LIMITATIONS IN MIND

Know you limitations. In poker they call it knowing your hand and understanding what you really have. Be ready to respond to the unexpected reaction.

2. ESTABLISH RAPPORT

Have a relationship with the person you’re negotiating with. Know what they like and dislike. Find that common bond. There’s always one. Relationships are established by conversations and talking about things outside the project.

3. PITCH THE ELEMENTS

Paint a visual picture – describe the elements.Who is directing? Who wrote the screenplay? What’s the story? What’s the story behind the story? Why is the film getting made? Where will it be shot? What…

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Interview with Glen Gauthier, Sound Mixer (Spotlight, Pacific Rim, Kick-Ass)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

A location sound mixer is the member of a film crew responsible for recording all sound on set during film-making.

I recently sat down with Glen Gauthier to talk about the art of sound mixing on set. Glen’s work has spanned over 30 years, working on over 90 films and TV shows. His credits include: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Spotlight, Pixels, RED, Max Payne, Jumper, A History of Violence, Open Range, and Parenthood.

glen_gauthierMatthew Toffolo: On a major film shoot there is sometimes over 100 crew members whose job is to focus on the picture. And 2-3 people, usually in the corner, working on the sound. How does this dynamic work from a film crew unity perspective? Are you sometimes the forgotten major crew member? 

Glen Gauthier:  I have said many times that a hundred people work for camera and three for sound, but I am fortunate that I work on…

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Today’s TV Pilot Screenplay Reading: UP COUNTRY MOTORS, by John Fuhrman

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

UP COUNTRY MOTORS “Deal of the Day”
by John Fuhrman
Reading of the TV PILOT Script

SYNOPSIS:

Up Country Motors is a weekly sitcom in which over stressed Jack Matthews escapes from a New York car Dealership to manage a collection of misfits at a dealership in Northern Vermont recently inherited by the personification of a blonde joke.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
JACK – Nick Baillie
GEOFF/SANDERSON – Roman Spera
AIMEE – Melinda Michael
BOBBI II – Adam McNamara
ROLAND – Neil Kulin
NORMA – Val Cole
SHEREE – Elitsa Bako
DEALER – Kerstin Bradler

TV Loglines of the Day: THE GLITCH, by Greg Wessman

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

LOGLINE SUBMISSION


Title: THE GLITCH

Written by: Greg Wessman

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Thriller

LOGLINE: Imagine you violently die, but instead of going to heaven by “seeing the white light” at the end of some tunnel and meeting your dearly departed relatives, you suddenly awake as if you’ve just had some sort of extremely lucid dream. You are greeted by a number of your colleagues and friends casually sitting around you exclaiming, “Wasn’t that totally awesome!” You shake it off, and then realize that what you thought was living and experiencing the entirety of your life as a prolific famous person, was nothing more than an extremely realistic virtual simulation.

WGAW Registration Number: 1544111

The Pitch: Computer gaming technology in the near future will enable you to experience anything life has to offer via a true virtual reality. By purchasing a “scenario” you can plug-in, tune-out, and embark on a wild cyberdelic adventure that is as real as one can possibly imagine. You can virtually live through an entirety of a famous character’s life over the span of a couple of hours and be whoever you’ve wanted to be – a superhero, secret agent, jetfighter pilot, rock star, a flamboyant lover – anyone.

This new virtual reality experience becomes the “drug of the future”, and is so highly addictive, being near impossible to tell what is a simulation, and what is real life.

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