Archive for December, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter Breaks Down State-by-State Incentive Programs

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter has a great feature titled “Made In America.” It highlights all 50 states’ production and tax incentive programs and information on all its film commissions. They have an interactive map of the U.S. that facilitates your search. It also includes Puerto Rico and “D.C.” (District of Columbia). If you’re getting ready to shoot your film in America, check out what incentives your state has to offer. Click on their map to browse complete details on production and tax incentives and film commission info by state.

You can also check out Filmlinker’s Links Directory – Industry Organizations for more info on Film Commissions, Groups & Associations, Organizations and Guilds from the U.S. and around the world.

Pangea Day Wants Filmmakers to Unite the World

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Pangea Day is not a celebration of Plate Tectonics but a filmmaker’s “wish” to change the world through the power of film. The “Wish” is part of the TED prize (Technology, Entertainment, Design) obtained by the documentary filmmaker of Control Room, Jehane Noujaim [IMDB info]. Previous TED prize winners also include former U.S. president Bill Clinton and musician Bono.

Pangea Day organizers are asking filmmakers to submit their short films (5 minutes or less) for the event that will be broadcast throughout the world on May 10, 2008.

“We’re looking for films that will make us laugh, cry, and gasp. They can be fiction, non-fiction, real-life, animation, or your own unique mixture. But they should hold our attention for every second. And above all, they should tell a story that someone else on the other side of the world will be able to relate to.” [from]

All submissions will be reviewed by Jehane Noujaim and a panel of jurors. 30 films will be selected to be screened on Pangea Day. Plus, selected filmmakers will also be invited to submit a treatment for a feature film or documentary – eligible to win a grant ($20,000) and awards program established through a partnership with Participant Productions (An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, Good Night, And Good Luck).

To submit your film, go to and go to the ‘Submit a Film’ page for all the instructions.


Scorsese’s Take on “Found” Hitchcock Script

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese [IMDB info] has been seen in a few commercials this year, but this time – he directed a very interesting homage to Alfred Hitchcock [IMDB info]. It’s called The Key to Reserva – sponsored by winemaker Freixenet whose product is prominently displayed throughout this short film/commercial. It starts as a mockumentary with Scorsese describing a found, unmade Hitchcock script that he will direct the way Hitchcock would have made it. He uses several methods that give tribute to the ‘Hitchcockian’ filmmaking style. Check out for a list of these techniques that were used by Alfred Hitchcock.

Here’s the Martin Scorsese advert/film/mockumentary – The Key to Reserva: