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2010 Blue Water Film Festival – Last Week to Submit a Film!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Film Submission Deadline is Approaching

2010 BWFF Film Submission Deadline

Just a reminder that this is the last week to submit a film for the 2010 Blue Water Film Festival.  The festival runs October 6th – 9th in downtown Port Huron.

Film submissions may include short films, feature length, animation, documentary and music videos. Entrants must be postmarked by Friday, July 16, 2010.


First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
Third place: $500
Selection Committee Choice Award: $500

How to Submit a Film:

For details on how to submt a film and to download the BWFF entry form click here.

2010 West Branch Children’s Film Festival

Friday, July 9th, 2010

WBCFF Today and Saturday!

The West Branch Children’s Film Festival is holding their 2nd annual event both today and tomorrow. The film festival is being held in the heart of downtown Victorian West Branch.

The festival will feature quality family friendly movies, workshops and entertainment of various types, for the entire family. Film categories will include feature films, short films, animation, documentary, music video and experimental films.

2010 Film Festival Schedule:

Friday July 9th, 2010 from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday July 10th, 2010 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

For map/directions to the festival click here.

“The Lumberjack” Teaser

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Poison Apple Entertainment presents “The Lumberjack”

Filming began this morning for “The Lumberjack”, a Poison Apple Entertainment Film. Poison Apple is a fairly new Michigan based production company.  Here is a sneak peak of the new film.

Movie Plot:

A group of hikers set up camp in the woods. One of the hikers tells an urban myth about a lumberjack who murdered his wife and her lover in bed. Can the rest of the hikers get through this chilling story? More importantly, can you?

For more information on the film you can follow Poison Apple Entertainment on Facebook.

“Transformers 3” to Film Scenes in Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Director Michael Bay Selects Detroit

Destroy Transformers - Transformers 3 in Detroit, MI

“Transformers 3” is finally set to partially film in Metro Detroit. Several scenes are scheduled to be filmed around the area. Filming for the action movie is expected to begin in August and last two to three weeks.

“Transformers 3” is expected to open in 2011.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Replace Megan Fox!

Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cast as the female lead for “Transformers 3” and will replace Megan Fox. Rosie has worked with Michael Bay on a lingerie commercial, but has no other acting experience.

“Transformers 3” Detroit Extras Casting:

For details on how to apply as an extra visit the extras casting page.

2010 Earlybird Registration for The 48 Hour Film Project Detroit

Monday, June 14th, 2010

June 28th Deadline

Just a reminder for earlybird registration with a discounted rate for The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit is running now through June 28th! Many of you over the weekend participated in the DWIFF 48 Hour film challenge. So now you’ve got the team already in place, and you’ve demonstrated the skills first-hand in making a film in 48 hours. Now bring that to the citywide and national stage during the weekend of July 23-25th, 2010!

Returning for its third year, a mixture of new and returning teams will write, film, edit and turn in a film in 48 hours, and have it screen the following week at the Royal Oak Main Art Theatre. The overall winning team will go on to represent Detroit on an international scale as part of the ongoing competition.

We’ll also have prizes from our sponsors for the overall “Best Film” as determined by our judges, and four “Audience Choice” award winners for each screening that we hold. Also awards given out for “Best Acting”, “Best Direction”, “Best Sound” and others to be announced soon.

To register your team and take advantage of the earlybird rate, go to:

Spots are filling up fast, don’t miss out!

The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit Meet & Greet Event!

Also this week Thursday June 17th, 2010 from 6-9PM at the Detroit Film Club at Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale: The 48 Hour Film Project: Detroit Meet & Greet Event!

There’s a lot of interest from actors/screenwriters/crew who may not have a team yet but would definitely like to play a role in the 48 Hour Film Project. It’s also a chance for teams already established to meet those interested in participating.

There will be free appetizers provided by Dino’s Lounge!

We’ll have nametags to identify everyone and your interests. So come out and introduce yourself and recruit your team, or bring your team along to meet others and join in the fun!

Location Details:

We’ll see you out at Dinos this Thursday June 17th, 6-9PM!

Dino’s is on the corner of 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue in Ferndale: 22740 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI

West Michigan Film Office Location Alert: “30 Minutes or Less”

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Closed Bank Branch Needed for Shoot

We would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give in our search for a closed bank for filming scenes for “30 Minutes or Less”. Although our filming is based in Grand Rapids, we feel we’re running out of viable options in the metro GR area (although we’re all ears if someone has an idea), so we are considering anything within a 1 hour drive of Grand Rapids.

What we are looking for is the following:

A closed branch of a bank, either still owned by a bank or in private hands, with at least 6-8 teller positions and as large a lobby area as possible. If it’s a suburban branch, we’re trying to get one that is amongst other businesses and not set back from the road and heavily landscaped. Our bank needs to have the feel of being just outside downtown Grand Rapids, in a commercial district with more businesses and less residential sections like the neighborhood on Division south of Fulton, where the size of the buildings drops down to 2 or 3 stories. Ideally the bank would be a free standing building with its own parking lot. The more windows the better and a tile or terrazzo floor is better than carpeting, but not a deal breaker. We’ll need it for about 10 days (5 prep, 3 shoot, 2 wrap) sometime in August (exact dates are still being worked out), but we need to be able to show the director all options asap (in the next few days).


Please email or call with any leads, hopefully with contact names and numbers so I can vet them before driving out to see them.


Casting Associates – Real Steel Feature Film Extras Update

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Real Steel Extra Applicants

Real Steel has not forgotten about you. Casting Associates is super busy in with requests, but you will receive a phone call from their office soon. If you don’t hear back in June, just wait patiently. You may recieve a phone call in July or August! This movie runs all the way to October so there are plenty of chances to work.

Thanks for your patience.

If you would still like to apply as an extra for Real Steel, details can be found here.

DWIFF Challenge 2010 – 48 Hour Film Challenge

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

DWIFF 2010 Challenge

The Detroit Windsor International Film Festival is proud to host the inaugural DWIFF Challenge! DWIFF is committed to encouraging the film community within the Metro Detroit Area.

2010 DWIFF Registration

2010 DWIFF team registration is open through June 11th and costs $75 to enter.  If you would like to register a team visit,

How It Works

Once you enter your team in the 2010 DWIFF Challenge you will be in for one wild weekend of non stop film making… forget about sleeping, you will need every last second.

The Gun Shot!

At 7:00 PM on Friday night the 11th of June all the teams will meet together in downtown Detroit (Location TBD). Here you will get your film making assignments… each team will get a different combination of the following elements.

  • Genre
  • Prop
  • Location
  • Character
  • Line of Dialogue

Then you are off to create a short (4-8 Minutes) film in the next 48 hours.

The Checkered Flag!

At 7:00 PM on Sunday night the 13th of June all the teams will meet again to turn in their final product (On miniDV tape of DVD). This is the first cut, cross the finish line with your completed short film before 7:00 and you are in for awards and prizes!

The Celebration!

On Sunday the 27th (The last day of DWIFF) we will host a special screening of all the films completed in the competition and have an award ceremony to honor the best films of 2010 DWIFF Challenge. At this time our sponsors will award the prizes to the top teams!

The Oakland Press Community Wanderer Contest – Win a Specs Howard Scholarship

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Become an Online Host for

The Oakland Press Community Wanderer Contest

The Oakland Press is looking for an outgoing person to host ten Community Wanderer videos that will be showcased on our website. These videos will be 3-5 minute vignettes on fun, well-known, or little known things to do and places to visit in Oakland County.

Upload a one minute video of you interviewing someone – it can be on any topic and we want you to have FUN with it! Entries will be taken beginning Sunday, May 30th through midnight on June 13, 2010.A committee at The Oakland Press will choose the Top 10 submissions.

Those finalists will then be entered into the grand prize vote round and the public will vote for the winner beginning June 17 through July 8, 2010!

Grand Prize:

The Grand Prize winner will receive a full scholarship for the Digital Media Arts Program at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, $500.00, a Flip video camera and will be named The Community Wanderer. The Community Wanderer will visit, showcase and interview people and places in the County that will be featured on

For complete details visit: The Oakland Press

Raleigh Michigan Studios Building Movie Studio in Former Pontiac GM Plant

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Michigan Gets Another Film Studio!

Raleigh Studios - Pontiac, Michigan

The Oakland County Economic Development Corporation announced that $28 million in tax-exempt bonds will be awarded to Raleigh Michigan Studios, a division of Michigan Motion Pictures Studios.

Raleigh Michigan Studios will build a 185,000 square-foot movie production studio and renovate 425,000 square feet of existing space on the former General Motors plant in Pontiac, MI. The project is estimated to cost $60 million.

For more information visit: