SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
MY WEEK'S MESSAGE
BY DR. MEL CAUDLE
Has anyone wondered but me where in the world has the time gone. As I get older, time gets shorter. It seems like it was yesterday that I wrote last week's blog. Wow.
Exciting things happened in my production world. First, new episodes of my comedy web-series 40 & Leroy came out. That is always a lot of fun to watch. If you have joined in on the fun, you need to. But, take my advice and start at the beginning. You won't forget it.
Also, all of San Francisco and Los Angeles were excited as they were able to see the Space Shuttle, Enterprise in flight. I wish I could have seen it fly over the Hollywood sign as did one of our members who captured this amazing photograph. Thank you Bill Murray for posting it for all of us to view.
I also made plans this week for Robby and I to attend the American Film Market 2012 in Santa Monica, CA in the first week of November. YEA!!! We hope to catch up with all of our KSK family while we are there. And, speaking of AFM, I will be writing a three article series on the ins and outs of AFM, obtaining distribution while at AFM, and will do a special blog and podcast each day while at AFM.
If you have never attended AFM before and you are a film maker, director, producer, screenwriter, or actor, you need to do yourself a favor and attend. It is the most incredible opportunity to network within the industry. For producers it is a wonderful way to see what your competition is like and to meet up with potential distributors. The same holds true for directors and screenwriters. For actors, you can introduce yourself to producers and directors who have the potential of hiring you. In fact, I met many actors there the last time I attended who I still stay in contact with and are now auditioning for KSK and ADAM. I remembered them. So, as an actor it is really important for you to be seen. A word of advice, take plenty of business cards with you and never miss an opportunity to meet and greet. The cost of the pass is well worth it as an investment in your career. If you can't afford the entire cost of the pass, at least consider a day pass or possibly volunteering to work the show.
ALL ABOUT THE EMMY'S
Also this week the Emmy's on Sunday had me all excited watching the awards. Most of my favorites won, but the only thing I didn't like was the fact I wasn't nominated. I will be soon and so will many of you. I can't wait to celebrate. So, if you missed them, here is the list of the Emmy Winners for 2012.
Congratulations to all of the Emmy nominees and winners.
VARLA JEAN AND THE MUSHROOMHEADS
BY DR. MEL CAUDLE
I received word this week that the film VARLA JEAN AND THE MUSHROOMHEADS that I was the associate producer for will be showing at the New Orleans Film Festival. I am really excited about that. I had so much fun working on this film that I can't even begin to describe it. Take a look at the trailer.
A.D.A.M. INVITES STILL ARE BEING PROCESSED
by Dr. Mel Caudle
I also want you all to know that the character Dr. Caudle, isn't me. I just named the character after me. I name characters after people all of the time and not once have I named one after me. So, don't worry.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK JACK IF YOU RECEIVED AN INVITATION OR SHOULD RECEIVED ONE. HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. TAKE IT TO THE BANK THAT IF YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE AN INVITE, IT MEANS YOU DID NOT FIT THE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION WE ARE LOOKING AT FOR THIS PROJECT.
Again, the roles for A.D.A.M. are very limited.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
BY DR. MEL CAUDLE
Love, so exciting and new, come aboard, we're expecting you. The Love Boat....... Well, not exactly the Love Boat, but at least the KSK love connection is in full gear with exciting romances springing up and I would be remiss if I didn't include new friendships. What an unexpected and marvelous outcome from six months of online auditions to have this in our KSK and A.D.A.M. family. The only thing I have to say is the first born better be named after Robby and I.
How perfect! Both of us have names that are perfect for either a son or a daughter. If the first born is male, the name could be Mel Robby ____________, If a girl, Melissa Robby ______________. Well, maybe I am jumping the gun a bit, but as a grandmother who adores her three grandsons, I get excited. So, I'll take a step back and let the love blossom and wait eagerly for my invitation to the wedding.
So who are our KSK love birds.
First up is Jerry Lopez and Jennifer Rosario who first met at the face-to-face call back auditions in New Orleans. Little did I know when I paired them in the audition to read for Matthew and Dr. Elizabeth Wright, that they would become an item. Talk about testing chemistry between actors....I got that right. Just take a look at the picture of them. They look so happy and I know we all are happy for them.
Then we have Johnny Rock and De'Cha Leveau. They met at the first KSK New Orleans Social Party at CBeavers. Then again at the After Wrap Call Back Audition Party. Now, here is the funny thing. De'Cha didn't get to audition for KSK. She was too late. However, when I saw her I was already thinking about the film A.D.A.M. and I asked her that night to audition for A.D.A.M. as Agent Turner using the sides for Jones. I never saw this match coming. You think something was up or what by the picture below? Remember that night? Well, we all know they do. Take a look at these love birds.
Bonnie and Griff, do you two have something going on we don't know about? This was from the first social KSK gathering in Los Angeles. I'm not saying they are an item, but they do look happy.
Other friendships have also formed which include the "Three Musketeers" of KSK. None of these girls knew each other prior to the auditions. They include Vanessa Ross, Brooke Coleman, and Jamie Alyson. Vanessa and Jamie first met in Los Angeles at the call backs. Later, Brooke auditioned in New Orleans and somehow round up contacting Jamie. The next thing I knew, Brooke was at Jamie's house after casting was announced. Then, the three of them all went out and now are BFFs just like the script calls for. Wow! I guess they won't have to bond on set.
BY ROBBY COOK STROUD
My journey as a FEMA inspector is still full of surprises. Take a look at another page of my diary.
AMERICAN FILM MARKET® SETS TOPICS AND SCHEDULE FOR FIVE-DAY AFM CONFERENCE SERIES AT 2012 MARKET; NEW AFM WEBSITE ALSO UNVEILED
The program provides AFM attendees, who hail from more than 70 countries, invaluable knowledge, insight, access and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts all in one place. The AFM Conference Series launched in 2011 and sold out in its first year with more than 700 attendees at each event
In addition, the AFM has just unveiled its newly redesigned website (www.americanfilmmarket.com) which coincides with the opening of registration for the Fall market. The new website has an improved user interface and navigation, and has a new visual design, making it easier for AFM attendees to find the information they need. In addition, the site boasts better content capabilities and allows more seamless ways to connect with AFM’s popular social media channels including Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.
"AFM is attended by industry leaders from more than 70 countries so the AFM Conference Series has a tremendous pool of experts and innovators to draw from." said Jonathan Wolf, executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and managing director of the AFM. "This makes the AFM Conference Series unique and invaluable. We are looking forward to building on the 2011 inaugural, sold-out event by exploring topics that are most relevant to global filmmakers."
The 2012 AFM Conference Series will consist of:
Finance Conference, Friday, November 2
Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives converge to explore the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is, new opportunities and incentives, and what the future holds.
Pitch Conference, Saturday, November 3
A good pitch can get a bad film made and a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (needs to follow a tight script) and part salesmanship. Conference attendees will first learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts. Then, volunteers from the audience (you?) will pitch a panel of Hollywood decision makers. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – saying what worked, what didn’t, and why. Warning: This session is not for the weak.
Marketing Conference, Sunday, November 4
Connecting with and engaging the audience in authentic, creative ways is critical. Word-of-mouth and friend recommendations can make or break the box office results. The gurus behind the most successful and innovative new media marketing campaigns discuss reinventing the marketing wheel, explore how the consumer can be the most effective marketing tool and reveal how to win over the broadest possible audience.
Video-On-Demand Conference, Monday, November 5
Video-On-Demand is a growing revenue stream for filmmakers and content providers. Like the excitement of a gold rush, many hope for a future when all films are available worldwide and every film finds an audience. Producers, distributors and platforms will come together to disclose who is making money, how they are doing it and what the future holds – separating fact from fiction.
Micro-Budget Conference, Tuesday, November 6
New and unconventional financing, marketing and distribution resources are proving very successful for Micro-Budget films. Producers and distributors will reveal how to find the money, making the most of budgets, what distributors are looking for, reaching your audience and how these new tools are redefining the film business.
The 2012 AFM Conference Series will be held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel (101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica). For additional information, visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences.
About the AFM
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution – a truly collaborative process – reaches its peak every year at the AFM, when more than 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, premieres, networking and parties. Participants come from more than 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world's press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.
Founded in 1981, the AFM quickly became the premier global marketplace where Hollywood's decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed - on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production - making the AFM the must-attend industry event.
The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing the world's producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs. More information is online at