Cold Spark FilmsMonterey Media is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in the creation, acquisition, distribution and sale of motion pictures and other programming. monterey media is actively engaged in all areas of domestic media, including theatrical distribution to theatres, film festivals, and other distinctive venues.Pan Asian Publications publishes animated picture books on DVD.
Archive for August, 2008
If you voted in the KIDS FIRST! Top 100 survey last spring, your voice is getting heard. Over the next few months, look for mentions of your favorite flicks in numerous magazines across the nation as they highlight the KIDS FIRST! Top 100 list. These magazines reach a wide variety of readers. A partial list of the magazines to look for includes:
Grand Magazine, which will run the list in their September/October issue.
Parent Guide, which will run the list in its Sept/Oct. issue
Dominion Publications, which will run partial list in September issue and feature the full list online.
Moving Pictures, which will run the list in its Fourth Quarter Issue
Bare Essentials, which will run the list in a future issue.
Family Circle, which will feature the Top 100 in November or December.
New Jersey Family, which already ran mention of list.
The OrganWise Guys Inc.Cleargate Productions brings a fresh perspective and an eclectic group of professionals to the production business. With their group they have the capabilities and experience to take projects from conception to completion.Dynamic Digital Pictures, LLC, formerly Media Revolution was founded on the principal that the power of media requires that producers be responsible in what they choose to produce. They believe that the only media worth making is media that is beneficial to individuals and society. They’re dedicated to producing entertainment that is uplifting and makes a positive impact. Instead of pandering to the lower inclinations of human experience they seek to do work that elevates them as producers, the audiences they create for and society in general.I Can Be… “I Can Be” says it all. Whatever you can dream, you can be. “I Can Be” is all about possibilities. They believe you can accomplish your career goal and they want to help you do it. I Can Be” is a TV and DVD series and a web portal to information on all sorts of careers.
Race-car champion Norman Hunter’s film, “Her Best Move,” made its debut on screens such as the KIDS FIRST! film festival, and is now coming out on DVD on August 19.In case you missed it, check out the interview with Hunter in me previous blog entry.For more information, check out the film’s website.
“Wormhead” has been selected for the very first New Orleans International Film festival on August 16-17! The event commences three years to the month after hurricane Katrina & is free to all New Orleans residents. It is truly an honor. Details are here.Also during the month of August, “Wormhead” as well as “Obara & the Merchants“ will be screened at the Lola Kenya Screen Film Festival in Nairobi Kenya, East Africa’s largest Children’s film Festival. Both films will also be screened at Philadelphia’s Street Movies film festival, along with “Wormhead’s” Spanish translation, “Pelo de gusano.”
Animal Wow Entertainment is an award-winning new children’s media company that teaches kids good values and life skills by turning pets into best friends. 75% of all families with children have pets. Even if a child does not have a pet, Animal Wow also helps kids to satisfy their natural curiosity about neighborhood pets safely.The Brainy Baby Co. produces award-winning products, which introduce educational subjects such as letters, shapes, animals, art and music. Brainy Baby® videos feature multi-ethnic children, toe-tapping original music, nursery rhymes and instrumental classics. Their product line now includes over 100 product offerings including videos, CDs, books, games, and toys!Know Knowledge Limited specializes in educational multi-media productions. From Pre-school through to life long learning. ‘123 it’s a fruity abc’ DVD is the first of a number of early learning products to be followed shortly by ‘123 it’s a fruity number tree.’ A group of Creative industry individuals working together to deliver creative thinking for education.”
Our family has a new favorite film. “Nim’s Island” captured our attention, treated our eyes and pulled at our hearts as we watched it. Now our kids want to show it to their grandparents. Families attending the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival have the opportunity to bask the magic of the film, too. Here’s the inside scoop on the film from directors Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett:
CP: What is the story behind getting this classic tale up on the movie screen?
ML & JF: The book “Nim’s Island” was shared with us by Walden Media, Fox and the film’s producer Paula Mazur. We were inspired by the character of Nim, an adventurous and heroic young girl. She at once reminded us of our own daughter, and seemed like the kind of hero that young girls don’t get to see in movies these days. We spent several months working on the script, trying to imagine what the life of a girl who grew up only on a deserted island must be like. Jodie Foster discovered the script and decided that she would like to play the role of Alexandra Rover, which was one of the great days of our lives when we heard that. Abigail Breslin was the first girl we met for the role of Nim and, once we met her, we knew we shouldn’t bother to continue looking. She has a very sincere and winning everygirl quality which we felt was perfect for the role of Nim. We didn’t want Nim to be too Tarzan-like but very real and identifiable. The final piece of the puzzle came together when we lit upon the idea of casting Gerard Butler as both the father and the great adventure hero Alex Rover. Until that time, we had thought we were going to cast the roles separately, but Gerry inspired us to use one actor for both, enhancing the storybook quality of the movie.
CP: What were some of the more difficult aspects of filming this particular movie?
ML & JF: There is an old saying in the film business that you shouldn’t work with children or animals, and on this movie we worked with both. Certainly, when the child is Abigail Breslin, it’s not a problem at all The animals were a slightly different story. The sea lions (there were two) were quite experienced, on loan from Sea World. They did a variety of tricks and became easily bonded with Abigail. The pelicans (also on loan from Sea World) were a slightly different story. Pelicans are less trainable than sea lions and, if you get to close to them, they might peck at you dangerously. We spent a lot of time and energy trying to get the pelican and the actors into the same frame together. In “Nim’s Island”, there were also many giant storms which is always a challenging aspect for a film crew, having to create wind and rain and lightning and roll cameras through the whole thing.
CP: The cinematography is amazing, and the mix of mediums added a lot to the story, how did you come up with the mix?
ML & JF: Our cinematographer was Stuart Dryburgh, a highly talented fellow who had shot movies like “The Piano” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, two very different movies that we admired. When we first considered the look of the movie, we discussed “enhanced realism” — making it feel real, but slightly better than real at the same time, which seemed appropriate because Nim lives so much in her imagination. The opening of the movie is created entirely out of paper, which was created by a special team from our art department. It took dozens of weeks to designed and create and puppet the cut-outs for each of the shots in the beginning of the movie. We wanted it to feel handmade and slightly childlike, like a kid who grew up only on books might imagine a story.
CP: Please tell me an anecdote regarding something that happened on set that was ether funny or inspiring or both.
ML & JF: When we started making “Nim’s Island,” Abigail confessed that she was a bit concerned about all the climbing and swimming and running she would have to do. She had never done a role with so much physicality before. She asked “What if when I’m running, I fall down.” We said, “If you fall down, just get up and keep running because that’s the most important thing about Nim. She keeps going.”
CP: What does it mean to you to have your title featured in the KIDS FIRST! film festival?
ML & JF: It’s great to have a festival dedicated to quality movies for kids which has always been very important to us. From the first movie that we wrote “Madeline,” through “Little Manhattan”, through “Nim’s Island,” we’ve tried to make films that reminded us of the films that entertained and inspired us when we were young. It’s a pleasure to have “Nim’s Island” included in KIDS FIRST!