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Registration Opens for the 2010 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

Detroit 48 Hour Film Project Registration

The 48 Hour Film Project, the oldest and biggest time filmmaking competition, is coming to Detroit! In a wild, sleepless weekend, you and a team will make a movie–write, shoot, edit and score it. From scratch. In 48 hours!

On Friday, July 23rd, 2010, you’ll get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. By Sunday, July 25th, 2010, the movie must be complete. Each completed film is guaranteed a screening at the Royal Oak Main Art Theatre in the following week.

Team Registration is Officially Open!

Early-bird registration for teams runs through June 28th, 2010. Space is limited, so register today!

Early Bird Registration is $135. Teams must register on or before Monday, June 28, to get this special rate. Afterwards, registration is $155.

To be part of the 48HFP in Detroit, register your team online at: Detroit Registration

We’ll be having pre-launch parties around the area in June and July, where you can meet competing teams, and also do some recruiting for your own!


If you have any questions, please contact me (Mike Madigan), Detroit Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project at:

“30 Minutes or Less” – Ben Stiller to Shoot Feature Film in Grand Rapids, MI

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Ben Stiller to Produce Michigan Film

Ben Stiller will produce the movie “30 Minutes or Less,” which is scheduled to be filmed in Grand Rapids. The film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer and will star Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari. Filming will run through October and the film’s budget is the largest of any produced in West Michigan.

If you would like to apply for a crew position for this film, details can be found through the link below.

30 Minutes or Less Crew Call

2010 BWFF – 2nd Annual Blue Water Film Festival

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The 2010 Blue Water Film Festival

2010 Blue Water Film Festival

The BWFF announces its 2nd annual film festival in the Blue Water Area. On October 6th through October 9th in downtown Port Huron the BWFF will showcase amateur film-makers that reside, or that have filmed in Michigan.

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

All finalists will be shown on Saturday, October 9th at the McMorran Place Theatre and will be featured in the official Blue Water Film Festival program.


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

The final schedule is being completed and will be posted in the coming months at

How to Enter

Download the 2010 Filmmakers BWFF Entry Form

Cowboy and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Needed for Real Steel (Troy, MI)

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Real Steel Casting Update

Real Steel is looking for the following people and items. Real steel is a feature film shooting in Michigan starring Hugh Jackman.

Rodeo Style Cowboy

We need cowboys. Leave us a message here if you are a rodeo style cowboy available to work in the Troy area. You must have all of the authentic western wear.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle

If you have a harley davidson motorcycle and you are able to work in the Detroit area please leave us a note here.


Please send an email to and remember to include your name and number.

“Detroit 1-8-7” Makes ABC’s Fall Lineup – Watch the Video Trailer

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Michigan Film/TV Industry is Growing!

Detroit 1-8-7 has made the cut for ABC’s fall lineup. The television series was shot in Atlanta, but portions of future episodes are likely to be shot in Detroit.

Detroit 1-8-7

What does it take to be a detective on America’s most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit’s finest, offering an insider’s glimpse behind the curtain of a Homicide Unit. The cameras unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops—moments of raw exposure when they address us directly, as well as private moments when they forget they’re being filmed.

Detroit 1-8-7 stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Detective Louis Fitch, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (True Blood) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone and Shaun Majumder as Detective Aman Mahajan.

For more information about the show visit:  ABC’s new fall season

Watch the Official “Detroit 1-8-7” Trailer

The 2010 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project is Returning (Detroit, MI)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Attention Local Filmmakers

The 2010 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project

My name is Mike Madigan. I’m the new Detroit Producer for the national 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), and I’m very excited for this year! I hope you are too. Why? Because the Detroit 48 Hour Film Project is right around the corner!

On Friday July 23, 2010 through Sunday July 25, 2010, you can join hundreds of other filmmakers from around the area and make a movie in 48 hours! That’s right… write, shoot, edit and score a short film in 48 hours. Then see it premiered up on the big screen at the Royal Oak Main Art Theatre the following week.

Registration will begin online at 12:01am on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010.

The 48 Hour Film Project is going to eighty cities spanning all six continents this year. Which one of you will make the best short film and travel to Filmapalooza to represent Detroit against teams from around the world vying for the title of “The Best 48 Hour Film of 2010”?

For details on how to register visit:
2010 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project Registration

2009 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project Winners

Best Use of Character
“The most difficult thing” by Lionbelly Media

Best Use of Prop
“Book Stop” by Stare at The Sun

Best Use of Line of Dialogue
“The most difficult thing” by Lionbelly Media

Audience Choice Award
“Skill Crane” by Jacked up Films

Best Costumes
“Awesome fantasy” by Potato Clock

Best Choreography
“Love between the lanes” by Bendell – Krau Productions

Best Special Effects
“Awesome fantasy” by Potato Clock

Best Graphics
“And some birds” by Final Cut Productions

Best Sound Design
“A little knowledge” By Paradise Valley

Best Musical Score
“Love between the lanes” by Bendell – Krau Productions

Best Cinematography
“Spark” by Nineteen Angels

Best Editing
“Daddy’s little girl” by Caffeinated Films

Best Acting
“The most difficult thing” by Lionbelly Media

Best Writing
“The most difficult thing” by Lionbelly Media

Best Directing
“A Little knowledge” By Paradise Valley

Best Film
“A little knowledge” By Paradise Valley

Official Website:

Did You Miss the Real Steel Open Casting Call?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

It’s Not to Late to Work for Real Steel!

If you already sent in a picture but missed the open call you are still being considered. There is really no disadvantage. The open call group was offering some bookings so if you were not there you missed out on that. There are still plenty of other opportunities to get on the show though so if you sent in a pic already, or you are getting ready to, you will be considered and submitted to the director too.

This movie runs all the way to October so there are plenty of chances to work. Get your pictures in the sooner we have them the more scenes you will be considered for.

Apply to be a Real Steel Extra

To submit, mail a picture to:

Casting Associates
1301 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501

Dreamworks, Real Steel Open Casting Call Tomorrow in Troy!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Get Cast as Extra in a Feature Film

Tomorrow is the big day! We just wanted to remind everyone of the extras open call for Real Steel. Real Steel is a Dreamworks production starring Hugh Jackman. Don’t miss your chance to be in a feature film. This is a great addition for your resume and it’s a paid job!

Shooting begins in mid June and the production will need to hire thousands of Detroit locals to work as extras on the film. The casting call will be open to everyone, every ethnicity, ages 18 and older.

For details on the open call visit:

Real Steel Open Casting Call

Real Steel Looking for a Few People with a Horse Trailer (Detroit, MI)

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Real Steel Casting

Looking for a few people to work on Real Steel with their own horse trailer. If you have a horse trailer that you could bring to our set please send an email to

Please include your name and number. In the subject please include your name and the words horse trailer.

No other emails or calls at this time please.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the open call on May 15th!

State Fair Studios Proposal for Michigan State Fairgrounds Film Studio

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

State Fair Studios – Full Service Film Production & Post Production Studio Complex

S3 Entertainment Group has put forth a proposal to the State of Michigan to develop the Michigan State Fairgrounds into a full service film production and post production studio complex. In addition, the proposal includes the operation of the Michigan State Fair beginning in 2010 with substantial expansion of the Michigan State Fair in subsequent years.

State Fair Studios will be operational within 90 days of State approval and will employ over 500 Michigan workers and offer worker training for highly paid film industry jobs.

Michigan’s industry-leading tax incentive has attracted close to $300 million in film production to the State last year and expect close to $500 million of film production in Michigan in 2010. The film industry has created thousands of highly paid (with full benefits) jobs for Michigan workers.

About S3 Entertainment Group

S3 Entertainment Group LLC is based in Ferndale, Michigan with an office in Los Angeles, California. In February of this year, they opened S3 Studios, the first dedicated feature film production studio in Michigan. The studio is located in Madison Heights and includes a 25,000 square foot soundstage, supported by 10,000 square feet of production offices, screening rooms, post production facilities and support services. While the existing Studio is an excellent facility for small to medium sized independent projects, it cannot offer the full range of services and multiple stages required by larger films and television productions. Currently in Michigan, there are no existing feature film facilities with multiple studios available, permitting filmmakers to shoot on multiple sets during the winter months. Despite some announcements, none appear to be on the immediate horizon.

Development Phases:

State Fair Studios will be comprised of three large film production stages in Phase One, as well as a full slate of support services, post-production services, and training facilities capable of offering training and retraining of Michigan workers for jobs to be created by this facility. They will also begin restoration of the existing buildings to their original grandeur. In Phase Two, they propose building two additional stages totaling 40,000 square feet and also expand our restoration efforts of the Fairgrounds buildings.

For more information visit the S3 Entertainment Group website.