Volume 6                                               ABOVE THE LINE                                               October 2017    

Casting And Music On Tuesday’s Program

Casting Director Bobbi Hill will discuss new ways to get that job at Tuesday’s General Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3990 Tampa Road, in Oldsmar at the corner of St. Petersburg Drive.

Musical entertainment by Paul Miller is an added attraction, so come, prepare to be entertained and learn about the fascinating world of casting films and commercials.

We’ll also tell you about some of the exciting new developments such as our own You Tube program created by Board Member Hector Soto Vasquez, our website, postings on social media and more. Come, network, enjoy the refreshments and our special program.

New Membership Campaign Is Underway

Fall brings new beginnings and for the Tampa Bay Film Society it brings an exciting new membership program with the winner who brings in the most members getting a special collector’s prize for their efforts from Committee Chair Bobbi Hill.

The Drive begins on August 15 and lasts until November 15.

New regular memberships drop from $40 to $30 while Business members drop from $250 to $200 during the campaign.

We are offering all film students, including regular students of the Carole Gordon Acting Classes and Screenwriters of Tomorrow the special $25 student fee.

New Script Contest Through December 31

Calling all Scriptwriters! Time to get on your computer and write that contest winning short script. The Tampa Bay Film Society has launched a new short script contest and is seeking two movie scripts for production in 2018.

Entry deadline is December 31. Winners will be announced at the January meeting. with production date TBA. The second script will be produced in early fall 2018.

Contest entry is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. We will offer script analysis for additional cost of $10 for all entries for writers wanting a critique of their work.

Volunteers Needed For TB Underground Film Festival

Volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Britton Theater in Tampa.

All volunteers will get a free VIP pass. This will allow them into all showings and parties including the opening night and Awards Night Buffys parties. The Buffys Awards is the biggest event in the festival. It’s modeled on the Oscars with clips of nominees and envelopes announcing the winners.

Those TBFS members planning to enter films are eligible for a $10 discount. Contact TBFS President Ellen Schnur, eschnur@tampabay.rr.com for details regarding the special Film Freeway discount code.

The Tampa Bay Film Society is now associated with the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. The Festival was founded by award-winning Bay Area filmmakers, actors, critics, artists and cinephiles to catch the independent films that fall through the cracks and end up… underground. With most independent films going straight to home video, TBUFF offers cast and crew the

opportunity to see their movie on the big screen in digital sound at a real theater, as well as marketing, promotion and accolades to shore up distribution prospects. The title of the festival has more to do with the “underground” nature of the filmmaking (low budget indies) than genre.

September TBFS Workshop Reveals Audition Secrets

What is your casting director seeking when you go to at that all important audition? Come to the September Workshop and get up-to-the minute casting tips from our very own Casting Director, Bobbi Hill and Orlando Casting Director Nancy McBride at our September 30th Workshop to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3990 Tampa Road, in Oldsmar.

Nancy is the go-to Casting Director for everything from Film, Commercials, Infomercials, and Industry videos. Her clients have included the likes of: Campus Crusades, MTV, CMT, Bass Pro Shop, Super Nanny, NASA, ESPN, C Media/HBO Casting, Atlas Films/Dr. G Medical Examiner, Jordan Direct, and many more. She is also state President of Women in Film & Television.

Bobbi has a full-service casting company, with 34 years of experience. She also is experienced in casting over thousands of varieties of projects, from feature and independent films to commercials, industrials, voice overs, television, radio, theatre, infomercials, music videos, documentaries, trade shows. Worked with clients such as Coke, Jerry Springer, CMTV, Blue Jays, Coors Beer, Cold Case files, Campaign ads, Pep Boy, Stanley Steemer, Must live in Pinellas County commercials, Reality shows, two TV series, Walk on Water, and Condo Cops, currently being aired and many more.

Bobbi and Nancy will offer casting tips and outlooks from their separate views as casting directors. Bobbi has over 34 years casting experience, and Nancy McBride, National and State President of Women in Film And Television, Florida has also made a name for herself over the years as a casting director. Cost for the workshop is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Carole Gordon’s Actors Celebrate 5th Birthday

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we sponsored Carole Gordon’s Acting Class. It’s grown a lot over the years and now includes a class in Lakeland, as well.

Through the past five years, the class met in various locations. This month, Carole moved the Tampa class to a large location, The Graham at 2400 E. Henry Ave. The Birthday Celebration included lots of food, followed by scene studies for the class’s Fourth Mini Movies project. The third project in the series is now in post production and will be screened at TBFS’s Movie Night at a date TBA.

Carole teaches a combination of acting techniques, including emotional recall, improv, scene study, being in the moment and auditioning which she learned from Hollywood acting coaches and with the Groundlings while living in Los Angeles for a number of years both as an actress and behind the scenes assistant. She also holds an acting class in Lakeland on the second Saturday of each month at My Office & More, 122 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students 18 plus. Carole Gordon can be contacted by email at cgordonla@earthlink.net.

Screenwriters Of Tomorrow Meets August 26

The Screenwriters of Tomorrow which meets at noon Saturday, August 26 at Safety Harbor Library will celebrate its 8th birthday at this month’s meeting. This screenwriting group stresses professionalism in screenwriting but is open to all script writers, whether beginners or advanced as well as actors wishing to hone their cold reading skills.

The group of dedicated writers meets on the fourth Saturday of every month and admission is free. The first 45 minutes of each meeting is a writing lesson dealing with different aspects of the craft followed by readings and critiques. Two members of the group sign up monthly to read 30 pages of their script. Space is limited to 15, and reservations are a must. To be put on the mailing list as meeting reminders, email Ellen Schnur at eschnur@tampabay.rr.com with your email address. First time drop-ins are welcome.

WIFT Monthly Meet Is August 16 At Mall

Women In Film and Television’s Tampa branch led locally by Rose Rosen, CSA continues to hold networking meetings on the third Wednesday of every month. This month, members and guests meet at 5:30pm at Irish31 at Westshore Mall for some sips and snacks before catching a flick at 7:15pm in the Westshore AMC Movie Theater. Lots of new activities coming up soon, we hear.

2017 Tampa Bay Film Society OFFICERS AND BOARD

PRESIDENT Ellen Schnur


VICE PRESIDENT Gbemi Oluwayimika

SECRETARY Miriam Goodspeed (Acting)



Hector Soto Vasquez

Miriam Goodspeed

Stan Gurvitz

Bobbi Hill


Ellen Schnur Marketing, Scriptwriters, Events, Committees

Miriam Goodspeed, Editor Above The Line

Carole Gordon, TBFS Acting Class Coach

Frank Fusco. Membership

Marcus Kempton, Contests

John Borland Legal Advisor


Ellen Schnur (eschnur@tampabay.rr.com)

Marcus Kempton (aspectratio235@gmail.com)

Gbemi Oluwayimika (alljoy2@yahoo.com)

Frank Fusco (ffusco4127@aol.com)

Hector Soto Vasquez (dragondvr410@gmail.com)

Miriam Goodspeed (keespeed@aol.com)

Bobbi Hill (castreelpeople@tampabay.rr.com

Stan Gurvitz (stanism_1@yahoo.com)


(Courtesy of The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Film Commission)

Place free listings for you or your business in local and national production guides:






State of Florida Film Commission: www.filminflorida.com

Local Film Commissions:

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Office: www.FilmSPC.com To be added to the film commission mailing

list, contact: Lisa Dozois: Lisa@FilmSPC.com.

Tampa/Hillsborough Film Office: dgordon@visittampabay.com

Florida film Festivals: http://www.filminflorida.com/wh/ff.asp

Local industry groups, organizations and websites:

Creative Tampa Bay: www.creativetampabay.com

Film Florida: www.filmflorida.org.

Film Institute Leading Market: http://filminstitute.ning.com

MPFI: www.mediaprofessionals.org.

Tampa area Professional Photographers Association: www.tappa.org

Florida Film Network http://floridafilmnetwork.com

University of Tampa FREE LECTURE SERIES: Join UT Film Society on Facebook.

In Focus Magazine www.infocus-magazine.com

International Academy of Design and Technology www.academy.edu

Online Permit Applications

Now it’s even easier to take care of business with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission’s new

online permit application system. Just go to http://florida.filmapp.com/filmspc/, choose Apply to Film, and

then register if it’s your first time using FilmApp, or simply log in. Be sure to read the Before You

Start section. Please allow five business days in advance of your start date for processing standard filming/

photography permits for shoots on city/county owned or managed locations.