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HOW WE MAKE MOVIES: On this episode, meet Mark Gantt, the man behind the hit web series The Bannen Way.

Welcome to How We Make Movies, the new indie centric live podcast from the film collective, We Make Movies (http://www.wemakemovies.org). Hosted by Amanda Lippert and taped in front of a live audience at The Whitefire Theater in Los Angeles, the show profiles successful working movie industry professionals as they reflect on how their journeys got them to where they are now.

FILM THREAT: DONOR IS “A STRAIGHT UP ACTING SHOWPIECE”

Film Threat reviews DONOR, calling it “a straight-up acting showpiece, as it captures a moment in a day and lets the camera soak in the performances on display. Alexis Boozer and Trevor Algatt do an incredible job with the short time they’re given to make an impression.”

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On set today. More deets to come.  (Taken with Instagram at Topanga Canyon)

On set today. More deets to come. (Taken with Instagram at Topanga Canyon)

My August Newsletter

Mark Gantt August Newsletter

Well it’s been a bit since my last newsletter and if you’re not on Facebook all the time you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to. And if you are, you know and you’re over it. But I’m feeling really grateful and wanted to share about all the cool stuff I’ve been a part of this year so far.


Besides the usual hustling to collaborate with talented people to create cool shows, I’ve picked up some great acting gigs along the way -

What Lucky People Do Different

spytap:

Great morning read.

Recently I came upon a fascinating study by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire. Wiseman surveyed a number of people and, through a series of questionnaires and interviews, determined which of them considered themselves lucky—or unlucky. He then performed an intriguing experiment:

A spec commercial I shot and directed a few years ago with Brianne.

"Sexy Spot for Sarah Jessica Parker’s LOVELY (by officialmarkgantt)”

Check out a few more I directed on Youtube page or on my site - http://bit.ly/MG_Director

He did it! Zack (@BurnEditor) reached @Kickstarter #GOFAR $10k goal! W/ 4 Days left help raise enough 4 all prod - bit.ly/h26jAJ - Please RT

WE DID IT!!!!

Update #2 posted 6 days ago

I just passed my goal of $10,000!!!! That means your generous donation is now secure! Whether you are a $5 donor or a $1000 donor, I am equally thankful. I am here because of you.

I cannot thank all of you enough for your support. I am very passionate about this film and have been working to get it off the ground for a long time. This is the first time since I came up with the idea that I have confidence the film will be completed. Chris’ message and legacy will have the opportunity to live on and reach people the way he did while he was alive.

I now have the funding I need to travel to Las Vegas and shoot my interview with Jerry Lewis. That will happen in September during the MDA Labor Day Telethon, so please be aware it will be several months before I can post video clips so you can see where your donation money went. Until then it will be safe in a high-yield hedge fund invested through Bernie Madoff’s company….kidding.

But the journey is far from over. The next step is to raise enough funds to travel to Michigan for a week and shoot the remainder of my interviews with Chris’ family, friends, and colleagues. I plan to reach out to the University of Michigan film department and get as much help as a I can to save money, but there will still be travel expenses and five days worth of crew salaries.

With the 10 days I have left, my goal is to raise an additional $15,000.

Bold, yes! But with $25,000 I will have covered my entire production budget and can shoot all of my material. Then the next step will be raising money for post-production, and the final leg of the journey is funding the finishing & mastering process (composing music, sound mixing, color correction, etc).

Please continue to pass along this site to friends, post to your loyal followers on Twitter, and to all of your Facebook friends. Every little bit that comes in now is extra and secure, so every donation now counts no matter what!

THANK YOU. You are helping to spread a positive message.

Check out the site: GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Actor or Filmmaker You Love

Are you, or someone you CARE about, an Actor or Filmmaker who’s frustrated w/ their CAREER?
Are you tired of the same old crazy Christmas SWEATER from your Aunt Jane? Feeling like 2011 is going to be your year but need a little push? Ready to take some RISKS?

HERE’S THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

Have your Aunt/Wife/Girlfriend/Husband/Boyfriend/Mother/Father/Uncle get you something that will BENEFIT YOU this year:
 


REGISTRATION FOR MY WEB SERIES WORKSHOP!


This from a Workshop Attendee:
After getting to know Mark and his kickass work, I was dying to check out his web series workshop. I was tight on money and stressed I couldn’t afford to go, when my amazing girlfriend SURPRISED ME WITH A TICKET. I was totally floored. I went, learned a ton, and am moving forward on my own projects YEARS sooner than I ever would have otherwise. BEST. GIFT. EVER. - Trevor Algatt Inside Acting Podcast


Register for TAKE ACTION! - A KICK-ASS WEB SERIES WORKSHOP WITH MARK GANTT in Los Angeles, CA on Eventbrite

Pre-Registration - $99 until Jan 8th
Registration - $149
STREAMY AWARD WINNER MARK GANTT PRESENTS WORKSHOP “TAKE ACTION! – A WEB SERIES WORKSHOP”
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 – 12pm – 6pm at THE SHOWBIZ STORE & CAFÉ
The Six Hour Event Will Showcase The Success of One of the Biggest Web TV Series “The Bannen Way” from Conception to Distribution
TAKING ACTION - A KICK-ASS WEB SERIES WORKSHOP - In this workshop, Mark Gantt will be sharing how they created The Bannen Way and give you the tools needed to create your own series. The daylong class will cover the gamut of web entertainment topics like “Producing for the Web,” Monetizing Your Content” and “Benefits of Pitch Website.”
STREAMY AWARD WINNING actor, writer, director and producer MARK GANTT presents a down and dirty web series workshop. In this one day event, Gantt will speak about the practical details of developing and producing online content. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of creating a hit web series from concept to distribution. 
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A new BRANDED SHORT FILM for The W Hotel. Nice play on Antonioni’s BLOW-UP written and directed by Edoardo Ponti (BLOW-UP producer Carlo Ponti’s son). I’d like to direct the next one!

(Source: brandchannel.com)

Breathless & Contempt - Godard Tonight

In anticipation of my double feature tonight at the New Beverly tonight at 7pm