LAIKA Committed To Keeping Staff On Payroll Through Studio’s Temporary Closure

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Travis Knight, (CEO, LAIKA) has committed to keeping staff on the company payroll through the temporary closure of the animation studio that is due to the spread of Covid-19.  Knight said, in a memo obtained and published by the Hollywood Reporter that, “When this ends, and it will end, the world will need storytellers more than ever,”  “The world will need hope and inspiration and empathy and high-spirited joy. The world will need beauty and poetry and restorative works of art. The world will need you.

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Got Content? Thinking About Submitting To A Festival?

Do you have content that you have been thinking entering into festivals?

Film Festivals’ Deadlines is a comprehensive database of worldwide film festivals updated in real-time. “Nowadays the offer of festivals on the internet is so dispersed that we understand that you go nuts looking for the perfect festivals for your films. That’s why we are here, to bring you the biggest list of festivals worldwide. If you don’t have enough money for a distribution company nor time for surfing through all the submission platforms, Film Festivals’ Deadlines is your best tool.  Here you’ll find the essential information of any festival around the world. Besides, you’ll always be on time to submit your film because the list is organized by deadlines. Consult detailed information about each festival such as; celebration dates, deadlines, fees, genres, contacts etc.  Distribute your films using “Film Festivals’ Deadlines” and find all you need to know about festivals you’ve never heard of before.”

Here is a (long) list of upcoming international and national festival entry deadlines:

KYIV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ROCK HORROR IN RIO FILM FESTIVAL
SHORT FILM BREAKS
SALTO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

CERTAMEN DE CORTOMETRAJES DE BENAGALBÓN – CORTOBEN – 07/04/2020
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE SANTA CRUZ – 07/04/2020
THE FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL – 07/04/2020
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MONTERREY – 07/04/2020
PASIFIKA FILM FEST – 07/04/2020
CRAFT FILM FEST BCN – 07/04/2020
CABRIOLET FILM FESTIVAL – 07/04/2020
SLIFF ONLINE – PRESENTED BY ST. LAWRENCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – 07/04/2020
NEW YORK LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – 08/04/2020
DEMETERA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – 08/04/2020
ANTI CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL – 08/04/2020
GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL – 08/04/2020
SAINT-PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SPIFF) – 08/04/2020
THE TRAILER FILM FESTIVAL – 09/04/2020
FICSU – UBATUBA INTERNATIONAL SURF FILM FESTIVAL – 09/04/2020
MADTERRORFEST – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES DE TERROR Y FANTÁSTICO DE MADRID – 09/04/2020
HIGHBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL – 09/04/2020
BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – 09/04/2020
SANS SOUCI FESTIVAL OF DANCE CINEMA – 09/04/2020
SIFF – SWITZERLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – 09/04/2020
FESTIVAL “LES HÉRAULT DU CINÉMA” – 10/04/2020
LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
GALWAY FILM FLEADH – 10/04/2020
PESARO FILM FESTIVAL – MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DEL NUOVO CINEMA – 10/04/2020
AFI FEST – 10/04/2020
UNDERNEATH THE FLOORBOARDS – 10/04/2020
MININDIE FEST – 10/04/2020
DIE LAUGHING FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
YELLOW FEVER INDIE FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR – 10/04/2020
SHORTS MÉXICO – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES DE MÉXICO – 10/04/2020
THE PRAIRIE STATE FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MONTAÑA USHUAIA SHH… – 10/04/2020
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ARTS FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
IFILMS FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020
CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL – 10/04/2020

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Soma Games Releases Game “Wind Up Robots Classic”

In just a couple of days, Wind Up Robots Classic will be available for any mobile Apple or Android device. This is an updated release of one of our first mobile games.

Back in 2011, Wind Up Robots was the second game Soma Games published. The basic story is that a kid named Zach is understandably afraid of the dark. His grandfather, both a veteran and inventor, creates small robots to protect Zach while he sleeps. It’s y-o-u-r job to direct the robots and make sure they attack the monsters before they attack Zach’s dreams. Easy enough, right?

As you play through the game, you’ll get introduced to new robots, each with different abilities (side note: they each have new, unique sound effects, too!). When you level up, you will also get new options for gear and items to improve your monster-fighting capabilities. Each round, you get to assemble your ideal monster and dinosaur-slaying team of robots and gear, so stay alert! Your strategy is what keeps Zach sleeping at night.

After a monster is successfully defeated, you are rewarded with a coin. Coins can be used to purchase fun extras, like hats, belts, and all other needed accouterments for a well-dressed robot. In Wind Up Robots Classic, you may also opt-in for JoyMonster “joy boxes.” Joy boxes are small white boxes with discounts and coupons for restaurants and other stores based on your location, provided at no cost to you.

The game is light-hearted, yet has enough strategy to keep both kids and adults coming back for another round. Be on the lookout, because the game is set to release THIS Sunday. And, as always, let us know your thoughts! Leave a review in whatever platform you download the game, or send an email at [email protected]

Soma Games LLC is an independent video game developer located in Newberg, Oregon. We believe video games can be far more than time-wasters. Video games hold the potential to showcase beauty, reward adventure and excellence, and challenge thinking. Our goal is to passionately and dutifully craft the games that elevate humanity rather than waste it. To learn more, check out our website.

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#OregonMade, “The Rental” Sells US Rights To IFC

The Rental

Photo: IFC

#OregonMade, horror-thriller, “The Rental,” recently sold the US film rights to IFC. This is the first feature directed by Dave Franco, (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “The Disaster Artist”) and was shot on location in the seaside town of Bandon. Starring, Alison Brie (“Community,” “GLOW,”) Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey,” FX series, “Legion”) Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and Sheila Vand (“24: Legacy,”) the story takes place at the coast when two couples “rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away” but descends into something much more sinister. Bandon was also the location for, “Golf In The Kingdom” (2010).

Read more from Deadline.

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Tomorrow: Virtual Southern Oregon Cameras & Cocktails

Southern Oregon Virtual Cameras & Cocktails April 8 from 5-7pm

OMPA is hosting a virtual Cameras & Cocktails for Southern Oregon production professionals tomorrow night (April 8) from 5-7pm.

Join us and share what you’ve been doing to keep up your creativity, learning, or work. Also, bring your questions about CARES Act benefits for Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams, IATSE Local 488 Southern Business Agent cdavid cottrill, and OMPA Executive Director Lisa Cicala. If we can’t answer your question at the meeting, we’ll send the relevant info in a follow-up email to everyone.

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In the meantime, check out our post on how to apply for government assistance.

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Adventures On Set – Bruce Lawson On “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”

Bruce Lawson, at the summit of Mount Howard with the canine co-stars of “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” – “Shadow” and “Chance.”

Disney’s, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” has become a solid family favorite – it tells the story of three pets, two dogs and cat, “Shadow”, “Chance” and “Sassy,” who escape from a California ranch and travel together for miles over rough terrain in order to find their owners who had recently moved to San Francisco. Production started in 1992 and this feature shot most of its scenes at locations such as; Joseph, Eagle Cap, the Deschutes River, the Gorge, Portland and Central Oregon among others – all doing an admirable job standing in for the California Sierras and San Fransico. We caught up with Bruce Lawson (owner of BLT Productions, LLC, partner, Elite Camera Cars, and Key Grip on Homeward Bound) who reminisced about shooting this family classic-feature in some challenging but beautiful locations around Oregon.

The crew at Mirror Lake, Eagle Cap

Oregon Film: How did you get gear to some of the more remotely shot scenes for Homeward Bound?
Lawson: We used mules and horses from a packing company in Joseph, Oregon, for our time in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. A reduced crew of 25 made our way up to Six Mile Meadow and then spent the nights at Mirror Lake, directly below Eagle Cap. It was challenging coming up with a list of gear that we would need and that we could fit onto a pack mule or horse. Camera, Grip and Electric all came up with unique ways to pack lenses, cameras, magazines, extra film, and lights and that required overhead diffusions along with frames and stands. Most challenging were the c-stands, hi-walkers, and reflectors. We had to consider the weight and also the width of the load because the first three miles were in the trees and some spots were rather tight. Now imagine a pack animal with a cat carrier strapped to each side – then imagine this 4 times over +1 and in each “cat carrier” there is a Himalayan long hair who looks somewhat like “Sassy.” Nine cats in total. It’s true that only one of these cats looked much like the real Sassy, the rest were used for wide shots, fast running shots and water work. I think a couple of them were just there for moral support! At any rate, I was stuck behind the VERY vocal cats on the way up the trail – miles of howling Himalayans! These cats were NOT excited about the adventure at all. The dogs and trainers all walked in and would take breaks along the way for water and rest. Both “Shadow” and “Chance” had photo doubles and both doubles were female. Shadow’s real name was, Ben and his double, Molly. Chance was Chance, I don’t remember his double’s name. I do remember that Chance’s double had a stylist just there to “paint” her to match the markings on the animal actor.

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Soma Games Staff Bio – Level Designer Brandon Simonds

Hello!

Soma Games LLC is an indie video game developer located in Newberg, Oregon. We believe video games can be far more than time-wasters. Video games hold the potential to showcase beauty, reward adventure and excellence, and challenge thinking. Our goal is to passionately and dutifully craft the games that elevate humanity rather than waste it. To learn more, check out our website.

BRANDON SIMONDS

Brandon is one of our level designers — he self-describes his job as, “to find the fun and be the player’s advocate.” He’s been on our team since August 2017. Below is a brief Q&A:

Question: What does your average workday look like?
My days are all so different, but I love the variety. I could be building levels, creating wireframes, designing prototypes, or any other combinations of things that take place in the design realm.

Question: What’s your favorite part of working for Soma?
The people. I really enjoy working with everyone on the team.

Question: How do you want people to remember you?
Someone that loved and served God, valued family and community, was passionate about the outdoors, and cared about environmental stewardship.

Question: What causes do you care about?
Human sex trafficking. I’ve been on international missions and worked with advocacy groups for many years. It’s a huge, global (and surprisingly local) problem that isn’t going away anytime soon.

Question: What’s your personal motto? Or, what three words best describe you?
Embrace the suck. It’s how you respond when things get difficult.

Question: What’s a goal you have for this year?
My goal is to climb the Torment-Forbidden traverse. It’s a mile-long traverse on a knife-edge ridge between two classic summits in Washington state.

Brandon invites you to learn more about him here.

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Southern Oregon Social DisDance Film Festival

The Southern Oregon Social DisDANCE Film Festival is an effort to bring folks together in a time of social distancing. The call for submissions is open to filmmakers residing in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Douglas, Coos, Curry, and Lake counties in Southern Oregon or to student filmmakers remotely enrolled in schools located in those counties.

Submission is free with the Southern Oregon filmmaker password. Check filmsouthernoregon.org or our social for the password, or email us at [email protected].

GENERAL RULES | ALL CATEGORIES

Filmmakers must reside in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Douglas, Coos, Curry, or Lake counties in Southern Oregon or be a student filmmaker remotely enrolled in a school located in those counties.

Films must have been completed after March 16, 2020.

Maximum run time is 5 minutes.

Stories should inspire, uplift, make us laugh, offer escape, or provide catharsis.

Scripted live action, documentary, animation, and music videos will be considered.

Films must have been made while observing social distancing best practices both in front of and behind the camera, including:

— Cast and crew must already be sheltering in place together or be collaborating remotely.

— Scenes may be SET anywhere, but should only be filmed at home or in open public spaces.

— Films designed to push medically inaccurate information will not be accepted.

— Films may use previous shot or found footage, but at least 51% of the film must have been shot after March 16.

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Free Learning Resources For Creatives

Covid-19  has stopped life as-we-know-it in its tracks and with many of Oregon’s creatives wondering what is next we took a look around and found many free learning, and continuing education resource opportunities to help fill the void until life gets back to “normal”.

Adobe
Previously reported on No Film School, Adobe is offering at home access to its Creative Cloud for students as well as K-12 programs. Access will be granted until May 31st, 2020. Details here. Adobe has also released a how-to work remotely series available here.

Affinity
Serif, the creators behind Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher, has made the suite available for free as a 90-day trial. There is also a 50% discount if you decide to purchase the apps.  Read More »

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Inspiration Oregon (very) Short Film Contest Submissions Ready for Voting

All of the submissions to our “Inspiration Oregon” (very) short film contest are now open for viewing and voting.

Here is a link to the Vimeo Showcase that contains all of the 125 submissions.

Please feel free to share any video you like anywhere you like, but, be reminded, that the vote count for the Top 10 winner comes from the highest “likes” and “plays” garnered solely on this showcase page on the Oregon Film Vimeo site.

Please use #InspirationOregon and, as a reminder, voting closes in one week at 5p on Weds. April 8.
Thank you, again, for helping to share this talent, insight and inspiration with everyone. Creative community is a great medicine for these times and these are just a terrific testament to that.
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