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NOVAC’s Green Screen Pop-Up

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will be holding an intensive green screen workshop on Saturday, December 10, at 9th Ward Studios.

Green-screen techniques are becoming more prevalent in today’s film production experience, even the indie. Green Screen Pop-Up is a one-day intensive look into just what is required to take advantage of this technology and how to avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that many green screen greenies sometimes fall into.  This workshop will include both lecture and hands-on demonstrations.

Taught by seasoned Visual Effects and Compositing Supervisor and LSU Shreveport Visual Effects Instructor, Johnathan Miralles (Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix), Green Screen Pop-Up will provide you with the basic theory behind green screen techniques and will cover topics like lighting for green screen, choosing the right keying process for your film, green vs. blue screens, various screen and rigging approaches and more.

Click here to register and for more information.

Screening Date Announced for “New Hope”

Mark your calendars! R-Squared Productions has announced the screening date for the worldwide premiere of its newest feature film. New Hope will screen Friday, February 10, at First West, 500 Pine Street, in West Monroe at 7pm.

The film stars Samuel Davis (Abel’s Field), Perry Frost, and Ben Davies (Courageous), and also includes appearances by Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals and hundreds of local extras and special extras.

New Hope was filmed entirely in Ouachita Parish, and highlights basketball and cheerleading talent from many local high schools. According to the production company, “New Hope truly captures the life of the modern teenage experience: peer pressure, alcohol, sex, suicide, relationships and the need for acceptance and God’s love.”

For more information, visit or call (318) 323-6900.

Video Boot Camp in BR

La Film Workshops, LLC offers informative, hands-on workshop events, each focused on a single aspect of production such as Screenwriting, Directing, Camera, Lighting or Editing. That is, until now!

LAFW’s newest event will combine Camera, Lighting and Sound into one workshop so intense it can only be described as a “boot camp”! LAFW’s Video Production Boot Camp will feature a short classroom lecture on Friday, December 2, beginning at 6pm, then a full day of putting that information to work beginning Saturday morning, December 3.

Chuck Bush

“This is a hands-on workshop,” explains LAFW founder Chuck Bush. “Not only will we discuss lighting, but the participants will actually set up the lights! And the same for the camera and sound!” Bush will use a “team” approach to the bootcamp much like an actual production. That means each participant will put their hands on a professional camera, professional lighting and professional sound gear.

“We will also create a studio interview set and a location set so that our participants have the broadest production experience we can offer!” adds Bush. “And we are going to pull out the same gear that we have used on films, reality TV programs and commercials!”

Class size will be very limited so that everyone will have immediate access to gear and not have to stand around and wait.

For more information on this workshop or on La Film Workshops, LLC go to, or call 225-308-1177.

Free Health Care Seminar for Entertainment Professionals

The Actors Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) will offer a free health care seminar to visual and performing artists and entertainment professionals at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center (located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans) on November 2 from 6 to 8pm.

The seminar, co-sponsored by Sweet Home New Orleans and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, will address how our nation’s artists can benefit from recent health care reform. The seminar will show attendees how to evaluate their current coverage, and whether there’s a better plan or program available. Seminar topics will include understanding health care reform; applying for government programs; finding affordable health insurance and health care; getting insured despite a pre-existing condition; and lowering the cost of medications. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A and individual consultations.

The event will mark the next stop on AHIRC’s “Every Artist Insured Tour,” encompassing dozens of cities across the country. To register, call the Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 504-569-9070, or visit for more information.

Other Louisiana cities upcoming on the tour include:

Baton Rouge
Tipitina’s Music Co-Op
2600 Government St.
November 3, 2 – 4pm

Acadiana Open Channel
101 Jefferson St. Suite 100
November 4, 2 – 4pm

MPD Kid’s Club – Filming to Feed!

MPD stands for Motion Picture Development. Through this program, students have learned writing, directing, cinematography, acting, and editing for television, digital film, documentaries, and more.

Through the efforts of Digital Media Production House and the non-profit Louisiana Arts & Entertainment (LA&E), producer/director Aaron L. Williams has begun his on-camera class that is televised weekly to offer Louisiana’s children national exposure in addition to their training.

This first group of Louisiana actors featured below have been hard at work filming 10 episodes of The Informer on channel 10 weekly at noon. Now it is time for this group to have some fun and join hands with the Baton Rouge Food Bank to feed families. Filming to Feed!

Back row: (l to r) Peyton Whitcomb, Brock Kaufman, Carter Hunt, Benjamin Leggins, Logan Watts, Ben Schexnaydre, Joshua Hodgenson, Casey Alfutis. Front row: (l to r) Chaislyn King, Katie Brown, Carol Wells, Bailey Sacco, Logan Guilbeau, Ashleigh Martin, Abigail Bernard, Allysia Williams, Alexandra Johnson. Not shown: Mark Mills and DJ Mills. Picture by Pam Brown.

The cast of Louisiana actors film their last two episodes and plan on having some fun on the show while they encourage other local students to give back to the community. The cast will be at the Mall of Louisiana under the food court for a special meet and greet on Sunday, November 6, from 1 to 4pm. The young actors are encouraging other students to collect nonperishable food items from friends and family as they collect items too.

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