This video is presented by the women and men of the Pennsylvania film and television industry. Produced, Written and Directed […]POSTED ON: June 15, 2017
In support of the PA Film Tax Credit Program
This video is presented by the women and men of the Pennsylvania film and television industry.
Produced, Written and Directed by: Sam Katz
Production Supervisor: Jon Kohl
Editor: Nethaniel Attias
Camera, Sound and Light: Bethany Laible, Kevin Quinn, Nethaniel Attias
Production Coordinator: Kate Arnold
At a time when the feet of most New Yorkers haven’t yet touched beach sand, the town’s preeminent movie festival […]POSTED ON: June 12, 2017
Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Is New York Film Festival Opener
At a time when the feet of most New Yorkers haven’t yet touched beach sand, the town’s preeminent movie festival is already steeped in lining up Oscar season launches for the fall. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set as the Opening Night film of the 55th New York Film Festival the Richard Linklater-directed Last Flag Flying. The film makes its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, September 28. The festival runs from September 28 – October 15. Amazon Studios has set Last Flag Flying for a November 17 theatrical release. The film is a road movie in which three aging Vietnam-era Navy vets—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)—reunite to perform a sacred task: the proper burial of Doc’s only child, who has been killed in the early days of the Iraqi Invasion. During the trip up the Eastern seaboard, Linklater covers terrain evocative of life in the USA during the Bush era, and a striking meditation on the passage of time and the nature of truth. The latter is something Linklater has done particularly well in films from Boyhood to Dazed and Confused.
“Last Flag Flying is many things at once—infectiously funny, quietly shattering, celebratory, mournful, meditative, intimate, expansive, vastly entertaining, and all-American in the very best sense,” said New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “But to isolate its individual qualities is to set aside the most important and precious fact about this movie: that it all flows like a river. That’s only possible with remarkable artists like Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston, and a master like Richard Linklater behind the camera.”
Said Linklater: “It’s always special to be at the New York Film Festival, but to be premiering our movie on opening night, when you look at the half century of films that have occupied that slot, is a wonderful honor.”
It marks the second year in a row that a streaming service-minded company caught the NYFF opener, as last year’s fest bowed with the Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. What have been the past NYFF openers? Here’s the whole list:
2016 13TH (Ava DuVernay, US)
2015 The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, US)
2014 Gone Girl (David Fincher, US)
2013 Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, US)
2012 Life of Pi (Ang Lee, US)
2011 Carnage (Roman Polanski, France/Poland)
2010 The Social Network (David Fincher, US)
2009 Wild Grass (Alain Resnais, France)
2008 The Class (Laurent Cantet, France)
2007 The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, US)
2006 The Queen (Stephen Frears, UK)
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. (George Clooney, US)
2004 Look at Me (Agnès Jaoui, France)
2003 Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, US)
2002 About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, US)
2001 Va savoir (Jacques Rivette, France)
2000 Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark)
1999 All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
1998 Celebrity (Woody Allen, US)
1997 The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, US)
1996 Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, UK)
1995 Shanghai Triad (Zhang Yimou, China)
1994 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, US)
1993 Short Cuts (Robert Altman, US)
1992 Olivier Olivier (Agnieszka Holland, France)
1991 The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland/France)
1990 Miller’s Crossing (Joel Coen, US)
1989 Too Beautiful for You (Bertrand Blier, France)
1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
1987 Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov, Soviet Union)
1986 Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, US)
1985 Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
1984 Country (Richard Pearce, US)
1983 The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, US)
1982 Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)
1981 Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, UK)
1980 Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, US)
1979 Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy/US)
1978 A Wedding (Robert Altman, US)
1977 One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda, France)
1976 Small Change (François Truffaut, France)
1975 Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti, Italy)
1974 Don’t Cry with Your Mouth Full (Pascal Thomas, France)
1973 Day for Night (François Truffaut, France)
1972 Chloe in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer, France)
1971 The Debut (Gleb Panfilov, Soviet Union)
1970 The Wild Child (François Truffaut, France)
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, US)
1968 Capricious Summer (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia)
1967 The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria)
1966 Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)
1965 Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
1964 Hamlet (Grigori Kozintsev, USSR)
1963 The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, Mexico)
ROB OWEN Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [email protected] Allison Tolman is allergic to her co-star. That’s not a euphemism for Hollywood diva […]POSTED ON: May 12, 2017
ABC’s “Downward Dog” surprisingly proves not all talking animal shows are silly fluff
Allison Tolman is allergic to her co-star.
That’s not a euphemism for Hollywood diva behavior. Ms. Tolman’s canine co-stars literally caused her to have an allergic reaction on the set of ABC’s “Downward Dog” last fall in Regent Square.
“I take an allergy pill and I’m usually OK, but if he licks me ….” she explained between scenes with a dog in October on the show set and filmed in Pittsburgh. “The puppy was licking my face, which was adorable and I didn’t want to stop him, but then my lip got a little puffy, a little collagen-y and then makeup has to deal with it.”
Created by Pittsburghers Michael Killen and Samm Hodges, “Downward Dog” follows Pittsburgher Nan (Ms. Tolman) and her dog Martin (voiced by Mr. Hodges and played by Ned), who speaks directly to viewers through computer-generated technical wizardry, but whose voice is not heard by Nan.
The show’s biggest hurdle — internally at ABC and externally with audiences as “Downward Dog” premieres at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday before moving to its regular 8 p.m. Tuesday time slot May 23 — is how to describe the series without it sounding like every bad talking animal show that came before.
“We thought, this has got to be a complete mess,” said John Hoberg who, with wife Kat Likkel, was brought in to be the “Downward Dog” showrunners after the pilot. “We had to see how bad a talking dog show for a network is.”
After meeting with Mr. Killen and Mr. Hodges, they found themselves saying yes to working on the series.
“We seriously had a moment of, ‘Wow, they cracked it,’ ” Mr. Hoberg said. “They figured out how to do something people have been doing a long time — talking animal shows — in a cool and intellectual way and to tell real stories.”
“I feel like it’s touching but not in a crying-eating-ice-cream way,” Ms. Likkel said. “There’s emotional truth to this thing.”
Even Ms. Tolman was hesitant when she first heard the pitch.
“My first reaction was, this sounds ridiculous,” Ms. Tolman said. “And then I read the script and it was really funny and smart, but then I was still confused about how there was a talking dog in this funny, smart show. Then I saw the shorts this is based on, which are on the internet, and I was sold 100 percent. It’s a tonal thing you can’t really get from reading it and it’s hard to describe the show. I think you have to see it to get it.”
On the set
Rather than build a set on a stage, which is standard procedure for TV comedies, “Downward Dog” filmed almost all of its scenes on location.
For Nan’s house the production rented a home on Lancaster Avenue in Regent Square. The interior for her workplace, the in-house ad agency for Urban Outfitters-like retailer Clark & Bow Outfitters, was the old Hipwell flashlight factory in Allegheny West, previously used on “Those Who Kill.” (A building on First Avenue is used for exterior establishing shots.)
Other filming locations included Frick Park, West Park, the Hot Metal Bridge, Wigle Whiskey, Carnegie Music Hall, the Washington’s Landing bike path, Reed Smith, Silky’s Crow’s Nest in Sharpsburg and the East End Co-Op.
The show also has Pittsburgh-specific jokes in some dialogue that will be funnier to locals. In a later episode, Nan’s best friend and co-worker, Jenn (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), complains that her boyfriend’s parents offered to give the couple money for the down payment on a house — in Wexford.
“Oh my God,” Nan replies. “That’s, like, ground zero Stepford-Wife-Pilates-Land.”
It’s not unusual for TV series to hire cast and crew locally and to bring some from out of town and that includes Ned, the lead dog of “Downward Dog.”
Prior to the TV series, Mr. Killen and Mr. Hodges filmed a web series of the same name using a local dog, Sadie, who has a cameo in the ABC pilot in a dog training class scene. But Sadie was old and died two months after the pilot was filmed.
“We wanted an everyman dog, one that wasn’t beautiful, one that was kind of awkward and then we got this picture of this one dog who was too gorgeous, too Hollywood for our weird little series,” Mr. Killen said. “We continued to look for an older, anonymous-looking dog and finally decided, because of Ned’s eyes, we just couldn’t keep shooing him to the side. His eyes are almost human.”
Ned, who was 3 when the “Downward Dog” pilot was filmed in late 2015, was discovered by a California-based animal training company in a Chicago dog shelter. They brought him to Los Angeles for two months of training and then to Pittsburgh for production. Ned has continued to live with his trainers since.”
“He’s funny because he’s not a big people pleaser,” Ms. Tolman said. “I think I’ve seen him wag his tail a couple of times. It really becomes his set when he’s there. We cater to where he’s at that day, which is good. It didn’t give me any chance to be a diva because he was the diva on the set. He was the one in charge.”
Mr. Killen, a Millvale native and 1982 graduate of Churchill Area High School, studied graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University and began his career in TV making graphics for PBS’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” in New York before later moving to Los Angeles to study at the American Film Institute. He moved back to Pittsburgh in 1999 and co-founded the production company Animal Inc. in 2001 with Kathy Dzubiek, who also is an executive producer on “Dog,” and Jim Kreitzburg. The company specializes in making TV commercials but also branched out into documentary films, including “Blood Brothers” and “Fursonas.”
Mr. Killen, who now lives in Upper St. Clair, began animating animals’ lip movements for TV commercials while working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, including the Taco Bell Chihuahua.
“Downward Dog” co-creator Mr. Hodges worked at Animal as a commercial director when Mr. Killen mentioned his idea for a talking animal series.
“It was when [Disney Channel’s] ‘Dog with a Blog’ had come out and Michael was depressed because he wanted to do something that was cool with talking animals and he thought that was going to ruin it because it was in the market,” Mr. Hodges recalled. “I was like, why don’t you try to do something completely unlike any other talking dog thing and go against trope.”
Mr. Killen asked Mr. Hodges to try writing a script keeping that suggestion in mind, and it turned into a web series.
The series generated some interest from the “Ellen” show at Warner Bros., but Mr. Killen and Mr. Hodges got the sense Warner Bros.’ intent was to buy the idea and then go their own way. Mr. Hodges and Mr. Killen wanted to stay involved.
The fateful twist in the show’s development came when Steeltown Entertainment CEO Carl Kurlander brought Pittsburgh native and Hollywood agent Jimmy Miller (brother of comic Dennis Miller) to Animal to see Mr. Killen’s work for another project.
“I stopped the meeting to show him two episodes of the ‘Downward Dog’ web series,” Mr. Killen said. “[Jimmy] called us several times over the next couple of days and he took over negotiations with Warner Bros. We were correct that what we were being presented wasn’t a deal that was worthwhile and then he guided us on the best way to position ourselves.”
Mr. Miller called the meeting one of those “amazing moments in a career.” He believed in the creators and the project and encouraged them to develop scripts.
Mr. Hodges and Mr. Killen spent a year developing additional scripts, story ideas and a series bible. Mr. Miller introduced the pair to Pittsburgh booster Thomas Tull, then CEO of Legendary Entertainment, which was just moving into TV. Legendary came on board to co-produce “Downward Dog” and at one point Mr. Tull ensured the project stayed in Pittsburgh when there was a state budget impasse in 2015, which held up the commitment of state film tax credit funds.
“There was a sketchy two- or three-week period where it looked like the show might go to Canada or Atlanta,” Mr. Killen said. “Thank goodness for people like Jimmy and Thomas Tull who were able to keep this a Pittsburgh product.”
Having the web series to show network executives proved to be the team’s ace in the hole.
“We went out to Los Angeles and in one week pitched it to 12 places and we got, like, six offers,” Mr. Hodges said. “Paul Lee at ABC was most passionate and he swore to God he wouldn’t make it into ‘Modern Family’ with a dog.”
Mr. Lee ordered the “Downward Dog” pilot, which was filmed in Pittsburgh in December 2015. However, Mr. Lee was fired in February 2016. It was unclear whether’s Mr. Lee’s successor, former ABC drama head Channing Dungey, would share Mr. Lee’s interest in “Downward Dog.”
Ultimately, Ms. Dungey ordered the show to series in May 2016, albeit with a short eight-episode order and no spot on the fall 2016 schedule.
Then came the January announcement that “Downward Dog” wouldn’t air until summer. That wasn’t exactly a show of confidence on the part of ABC executives, who opted to give the network’s sole in-season comedy time slot to a different high-concept comedy, “Imaginary Mary,” starring Jenna Elfman. ABC canceled “Mary” on Thursday.
But also that month, four episodes of “Downward Dog” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival — the first time a broadcast network scripted comedy screened at the festival.
“It felt like [that audience] was laughing at everything,” Mr. Killen said of the show’s reception at Sundance. “It was the warmest reception I could imagine. I’ve had a lesser reception showing episodes to family members.”
Mr. Killen said “Downward Dog” producers are now happy with ABC’s marketing plans to support their show, which include billboards in major markets, influencer posts on behalf of the series on social media sites, series-themed speed dating events for pet lovers and integration with the Pittsburgh Pirates Pup Night Tuesday at PNC Park.
“It’s really up to the show now, which is the scary part,” Mr. Killen said. “We made a show we love and we think it should find an audience. ABC’s marketing effort is robust and now it comes down to if people like the show or not.”
TV writer Rob Owen: [email protected] or 412-263-2582. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.
When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday then 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting May 23, ABC.
Starring: Allison Tolman.
May 2, 2017 10:55 PM By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The filmed-in-Pittsburgh drama series “Outsiders,” canceled in April by […]POSTED ON: May 3, 2017
No reprieve for ‘Outsiders,’ former WGN America show filmed in Pittsburgh
May 2, 2017 10:55 PM
The filmed-in-Pittsburgh drama series “Outsiders,” canceled in April by WGN America, was unable to secure a new network home and will not return.
After WGN America surprisingly canceled the series, producing studio Sony attempted to shop “Outsiders” to other networks or streaming services that buy and program content.
Executive producer Peter Tolan tweeted the news late Tuesday, writing, “Apologies to our great, supportive fans, but we could not find a new home for the Farrells.”
In a series of tweets Mr. Tolan tried to explain to “Outsiders” fans how the most-watched series on WGN America came to be canceled so unexpectedly.
“This was an extremely unusual situation that had nothing to do with ratings (obviously), and everything to do with business and timing,” Mr. Tolan wrote. “Tribune, WGN’s parent company, is looking for a buyer. The company is not sure if a new owner will want to be in the business of producing content, so they canceled our show. And in terms of a new home [for the series that was] very difficult because the actor’s contracts came up for renewal, but without a new home in place, those contracts could not be renewed without serious financial exposure by Sony. So it was business and timing that did us in.”
Reports emerged this week that 21st Century Fox may be in talks with investment firm Blackstone Group about making an offer for Tribune’s TV stations, competing with an offer made by Sinclair Broadcast Group. In either scenario, the fate of WGN America, considered a non-core Tribune asset, remains to be seen.
“Outsiders” filmed two seasons in Western Pennsylvania in 2015 and 2016 and was based at 31st Street Studios in The Strip while also utilizing primary locations in Millvale and Monroeville.
“But God bless you all for caring so much,” Mr. Tolan wrote in conclusion before echoing a frequent cry heard by the show’s Farrell clan. “Really. It makes all the work so worthwhile. Bless you all, and GED GED YAH!”
http://www.wtae.com/article/pittsburgh-film-office-remembers-silence-of-the-lambs-director-jonathan-demme/9566922 NEW YORK —Film director Jonathan Demme, who filmed “The Silence of the Lambs” in Pittsburgh, passed away in New […]POSTED ON: April 26, 2017
Pittsburgh Film Office remembers ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme
NEW YORK —Film director Jonathan Demme, who filmed “The Silence of the Lambs” in Pittsburgh, passed away in New York at age 73 on Wednesday. “I’ve kept in touch with him over the years and when he got back to New York and everything,” said Rick McMaster, who serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Film Office.
McMaster fondly remembers meeting Demme as he was choosing where to shoot “Silence of the Lambs.”
“I was proprietor of the Grand Concourse for 17 years and we kind of had an unwritten agreement that if a scout team came to look at Pittsburgh for possible filming here, I would host the scout team,” said McMaster, who was tipped off that Demme was an oyster fan. “I had the chef order 13 different kinds of oysters, so he came in for lunch with the scout and I had a platter that filled the table of just oysters. So that kind of started the relationship.”
Their relationship lasted until Demme passed away from esophageal cancer.
“He was so down-to-earth. It’s amazing what he accomplished and yet how he treated the average person,” said McMaster.
McMaster still has personal notes from Demme and Jody Foster, as well as pictures to remember the times he was able to go on set and watch terrifying scenes play out in places all over the Pittsburgh area.
Demme actually stopped filming during a scene at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland when he saw McMasters and his wife on set.
“He sees me come around the corner and he grabs my wife by the hand and sits her in his director’s chair. He says ‘now you watch what happens,’ and she got to see the body fall out and all that and I mean he never met her before. He didn’t have to do that. That shows you what kind of person he was. Just an amazing human being and so down-to-earth,” said McMaster.
Point Park University film history professor Chris Sepesy met Demme during filming of “Silence of the Lambs.” He also built a lasting relationship with him.
“He was here for the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival two years ago and he couldn’t wait to talk to the students, because he wanted to talk to young people to give back and share his war stories,” said Sepesy.
“He was a great guy who loved Pittsburgh, and that makes him a winner in my book,” said McMaster.
By Maria Sciullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Even before shooting what would become one of the most decorated films in Oscars […]POSTED ON: April 26, 2017
‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Demme had warm feelings for Pittsburgh
Even before shooting what would become one of the most decorated films in Oscars history, Jonathan Demme had his eye on Pittsburgh.
“One of his best films is the  documentary ‘Stop Making Sense,’” said Chris Sepesy, a professor of film history in the Cinema Arts program at Point Park University. “And of course, one of the members of the Talking Heads [which was featured in the film) was from Fox Chapel,” drummer Chris Franz.
“He knew of the city long before he ever starting making ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ here. He would come back later, openly telling people how much he loved the city, could not say enough about the work force of this town.”
Mr. Demme died Wednesday morning in New York City. He was 73.
Mr. Sepesy was a Shadyside resident when some of the film crew set up living quarters at the Shadyside Inn.
“They were just around the corner, and we just struck up a conversation,” he said of his first encounter with Mr. Demme. Although he was working as an aid for Senator John Heinz, Mr. Sepesy was a huge fan of cinema. They all began hanging out at The Artery, a bar on Ellsworth Avenue.
Although he never asked for a cameo in “The Silence of the Lambs,” which won five Academy Awards (including best director for Mr. Demme an best picture), Mr. Sepesy said he has a very, very brief part in the film anyway.
“If you watch, you can see the top of my head” in the scene outside of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. “I tell people that was my big part.”
The two kept in touch over the years, and Mr. Sepesy said Mr. Demme “howled” when he learned he’d gotten a job teaching classes in film history. When Mr. Demme returned for a March 2015 appearance at the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival, he spoke to both CMU and Mr. Sepesy’s Point Park students.
“Jonathan came out of that 1960s idealist period, and it just stuck with him for the rest of his life. He had one of the most innate senses of justice of anyone I’ve ever known, and that shows in his films. It’s almost etched into his DNA,” Mr. Sepesy said.
Beyond the filmmaker’s obvious talent, Mr. Demme was also remembered as a great guy.
Actor Chuck Aber, who was a longtime staple on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” remembers his so-called audition for “Silence.”
“When I was called in, it wasn’t really an audition,” he said, laughing. “He just wanted to talk about Fred Rogers. They were similar kinds of people, just the nicest you’d ever meet.”
One day when Mr. Aber showed up for work, Mr. Demme drew him aside to make sure he’d had breakfast. “I thought, ‘Wow, here’s this big director worrying about me.”
So it was that “Neighbor Aber” on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” paid what might have been the ultimate yinzer compliment: “I remember saying to him, ‘You could be a Pittsburgher.’ He was that nice.”
JIM SPEZIALETTI | Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:00 p.m. When Hollywood comes to town and needs behind-the-scenes help, students in the […]POSTED ON: April 25, 2017
CCAC program stirs film passions into professions
JIM SPEZIALETTI | Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
When Hollywood comes to town and needs behind-the-scenes help, students in the film technician certificate program at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus can step in without missing a beat.
Without having a formal program in past years, George Jaber, CCAC theater professor and department head, has been able to place students in the film and television industry. With the addition of the film technician certificate program, CCAC students will get jobs with a family-sustaining income, he said.
“If you take one class here, you can get a job. If you take the full program, you can have a career,” said P.J. Gaynard, assistant professor of the film technician program.
CCAC has invested more than $200,000 in cameras, lenses and other equipment needed to make movies and commercials. But learning how to operate the camera is a small part of the course.
The program has five Apple computers with an eight-terabyte hard drives and 27-inch monitors with 5K resolution. The computers are loaded with the full Adobe Suite and Final Draft, the premier script writing program. The computers are used for the production management course.
CCAC has an agreement with Entertainment Partners to use Movie Magic Scheduling. Entertainment Partners donated 15 licenses to the school. Each license costs $500. Movie Magic Scheduling enables students to learn budgeting and scheduling.
“If you know this program, you can get a job in the film industry,” Gaynard said.
Jaber, who is a member of the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Local 489, recalls returning theater props to Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. CMU prop master Norman Beck told Jaber that there was work as a film carpenter for George Romero’s “The Dark Half.”
The work would be Jaber’s first as a film carpenter for a movie and the first show that he salvaged the scenery to benefit the CCAC theater department. Jaber dubs himself “The Sultan of Salvage Scenery.”
More importantly, Jaber saw the industry’s need for non-union help. In 2007 with the Pennsylvania film tax credit, Jaber said membership in Local 489 exploded. He said 10 percent of the membership growth came from CCAC students, many of whom are still working in the industry.
“We’re trying to make film technicians. The goal here is to have technically minded people who are capable of walking onto a film set and just being amazing,” Gaynard said.
Beyond the camera work, Gaynard said the program will teach students about the construction angle of film and how to build walls and sets. Positions such as grip electric and construction are in great need, Gaynard said.
The film technician certificate program has 23 courses. Jaber and Gaynard said the course allows students to experience all aspects of the film and television industry.
“They know how to do film work even if they are just carpenters,” Jaber said. “The key is we are training workers.”
Student Kate Traugott, 25, of Moon became interested in film after watching “The Fall” directed by Tarsem Singh. Traugott was looking for a different career and learned about the film program at CCAC South.
“I wanted to test the waters. They have a bunch of classes. I took two classes that were completely opposite,” Traugott said.
She studied film production and special effect makeup. Traugott discovered her passion with film production.
“I want to be a director and writer. I enjoy it,” she said.
Traugott also likes how Gaynard challenges the students by having them take ownership of their work.
Traugott’s final project is a 68-minute short film. She had two shoot days that lasted 12 hours both times. Two more shoot days were needed to complete the project. Instead of a final exam, each student will present their film in front of peers and professors.
The film technician program is held in the area that was once the day care center. The goal is to have a larger facility to encompass all aspects of the industry, such as construction, gear prep, sound stage, computer classroom and screening room.
“This is just the beginning, and that’s why I am excited about it,” Gaynard said.
Casting directors for a new television series that will soon begin production in Pittsburgh are looking for paid extras. An […]POSTED ON: April 17, 2017
Extras needed for new TV series set to film in Pittsburgh
Casting directors for a new television series that will soon begin production in Pittsburgh are looking for paid extras.
An open casting call for the NBC Universal International Studios series “Gone” will be held on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Filming will take place from early May through early September.
Casting directors are looking for children, teens, adults and seniors. No experience is necessary.
“Gone” is based on Chelsea Cain’s novel “One Kick.” It tells the story of Kit “Kick” Lanagan, a survivor of a child abduction case who teams up years later with the FBI agent who rescued her.
The series stars Leven Rambin, Danny Pino and Chris Noth.
Joe Otterson TV Reporter @JoeOtterson “Outsiders” has been canceled after two seasons at WGN America, Variety has learned. The drama series follows […]POSTED ON: April 14, 2017
‘Outsiders’ Canceled After Two Seasons on WGN America
TV Reporter @JoeOtterson
“Outsiders” has been canceled after two seasons at WGN America, Variety has learned.
The drama series follows the exploits of the Farrell clan, a Kentucky family that has lived atop Shay Mountain for over 200 years. But their off-the-grid way of life is threatened when a coal company decides to strip mine the mountain, leading to serious confrontations between the Farrells and the world below.
Peter Kern, interim president and CEO of Tribune Media issued the following statement on the series:
“After three years of investing in marquee, brand-defining dramas, WGN America has successfully expanded its audience, its reach, and its presence in the minds of viewers. In our next phase, we intend to expand our original and unique content to continue growing our relevance and appeal to the widest possible audience. To achieve this, we will be reallocating our resources to a more diverse programming strategy and to new structures, enabling us to expand both the quantity and breadth of content aired by WGN America. This move is designed to deliver even more value to our advertising and distribution partners. To free up the resources to reach this goal, we will unfortunately not be renewing ‘Outsiders.’ We are grateful to our production partners at Sony Pictures Television and the terrifically talented people who made the show possible.”
The series stars David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, and Thomas M. Wright. Peter Mattei created the series and executive produces along with Peter Tolan, Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and Michael Wimer. Sony Pictures Television, Tribune Studios, Fedora Entertainment, and Touchy Feely Films produce. The Season 2 finale will air on April 25.
The show was WGN America’s third original series after “Salem” and “Manhattan,” which both ended after their third and second seasons respectively. It is currently WGN’s top-rated original, averaging 2 million viewers across four airings on Tuesday night. The Underground Railroad drama “Underground,” also currently in its second season, is now the sole original series on the network. However, the network is currently in production on a pilot for “Scalped,” a drama set on a Native American reservation based on the DC graphic novel series of the same name.
The cancellation comes a month after Kern took over Tribune Media following the exit of CEO Peter Liguori, who announced his resignation in January. Ligouri came onboard in 2013 and invested heavily in developing original programming for the network, though the shows developed under his tenure have failed to achieve ratings on par with their cost.
Earlier this week, Tribune Media also abruptly shut down a national digital news service — which would have included content aggregated from its 42 local TV stations — less than two weeks before it was slated to launch as part of a broad restructuring of its digital operations.
By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ABC’s filmed-in-Pittsburgh comedy “Downward Dog” finally has an air date. The show will sneak […]POSTED ON: March 16, 2017
Pittsburgh-filmed ‘Downward Dog’ gets its premiere date
ABC’s filmed-in-Pittsburgh comedy “Downward Dog” finally has an air date.
The show will sneak preview at 9:30 p.m. May 17 after the season finale of “Modern Family” and move into its regular time slot, 8 p.m. Tuesday, on May 23, the day before the end of the 2016-17 TV season.
At one point ABC executives had thought of pairing “Downward Dog” with “Bachelorette” and airing episodes back-to-back. That’s no longer the plan, which bodes better for the show’s odds of success, although a summer run is still not ideal for any show.
“Downward Dog” stars Allison Tolman (“Fargo”) as Nan, a single Pittsburgh woman with a dog, Martin (Ned), whose narcissistic thoughts are heard by viewers (but not by Nan). That high concept for the show — a talking dog!?! — makes it a comedy outlier.
Created by Pittsburghers Michael Killen and Samm Hodges, who also voices Martin, “Downward Dog” filmed its pilot in Pittsburgh in December 2015 and returned to shoot the balance of its episodes in fall 2016.