Tampa Bay Film Society

Above the line

TBFS Newsletter

Volume 10, January, 2020

Message from the President

scholarship fundraiser

On behalf of the Tampa Bay Film Society, I would like to thank our generous Sponsors and Donors who contributed to our 2nd Annual Scholarship Award Fundraiser. I am happy to report, that we once again reached our goal of $1,000.00. Without your support, we would not be able to help a graduating high school media student further his/her education.

TBFS Promo

Tampa Bay Film Society Promo starring Shawn M. Goudard, Simmy Pappachen, Eric J. Harpel. Written by Shawn M. Goudard of Goudpappa Entertainment and Directed by John Williams of Paparazzi Filmz

Thank you! TBfs Scholarship sponsors!

Thank you donors!

Ann Scott
Bob Goodspeed
Brian Nelson
Chuck Durbin
Cindy Karafilis
Curt Middlebrook
David Vogel
Ellen Schnur
Ernie Sheppard
George Petrick
Glen Arnette
Holly Hans
Isabella Hicks
Jamie McWilliams
Jennifer Msumba
Jonathan Rivera
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Quinn
Linda Fickes
Richard LeBeau
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Westerfield
Ron Regan
Sheree Johnson
Wendy Robbins
Werner Jauch
Please join us on Tuesday, January 21st at the Holiday Inn Express in Oldsmar, FL 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM for Industry Night. Our guest speakers are Screenwriter Becca Stallard and Filmmaker Carlos Seguro.

becca stallard (screenwriter)

Becca earned a bachelor’s degree in English & Communications with a minor in Theatre and Creative Writing at Missouri Western State University in 2001.

In 2016, Becca’s screenplay, "Stranger Step Softly", was chosen as an Official Selection in the Filmmakers International Screen Writing Awards in Hollywood, California. Later that same year, Becca’s screenplay, "Look at the Stars", was recognized as a quarterfinalist in the WeScreenplay Feature Screenwriting Contest in Los Angeles, California.

In 2017 Becca won two additional awards for her Screenplay, "The House of Esther Bird", which was an Official Selection in both the True Story Screenplay Competition and Filmmakers International Screen Writing Awards in Hollywood, California.

Later in 2017 Becca co-wrote the feature-length screenplay, Christmas at the Chateau, which was filmed in 2018 and released on both, Amazon Prime Videos, and Showtime in November of 2019. The success of Christmas at the Chateau brought Becca to the Tampa Bay area where she is now working on her next project. You can see Becca's works on www.PoeticShores.com

Carlos Seguro (filmmaker)

(UPDATE: Carlos Seguro will not be attending industry night. )

Born in Massachusetts as an only child I’ve always been imaginative and from an early age found I had a talent for illustrating comics as well as creative writing and story telling. Creative arts took a backseat as I became an adult and went to work.

20 years later as technology made movie making more accessible I decided to pick up my IPhone, grab my friend and his black mustang and make my first short film, The Car, and haven’t looked back since. 10 short films, several comedy skits and music videos later with my latest project a full length movie currently in production.

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I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. First, I wanted to thank our members for their continued support. Film Florida is funded entirely by our members so our ability to advocate, promote, and provide important professional development and networking opportunities is completely dependent upon the support of our members. Without that support from our members, we are not able to provide the representation that we do throughout the year. Our membership continues to grow which allows us to be more active and we are grateful for the confidence our members have shown in our work.

Although some of our legislative efforts get more attention, Film Florida, at its core, is a marketing and professional development organization. Our top priority has been and will always be to market the state of Florida, the industry, and our members as a way of bringing more projects, jobs and money to Florida to help grow and strengthen the industry. Regardless of the state of incentives in Florida, or elsewhere, our focus will always be to convey the message that Florida is open for business and interested in competing for high-wage jobs in the film, television and digital media industry.

That said, because our membership, and the industry overall in Florida, has said legislative issues are important to them, we continue to focus on those efforts as well. Florida's independent film and commercial production continue to thrive in Florida, along with the growing tech clusters throughout the state, and we look forward to further enhancing those aspects of our industry. There are now 7 counties (Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, all members of Film Florida), and 2 cities (Miami Beach, North Miami) with some form of program to enhance production work in their region. These local programs are seeing excellent return on investment with the increased number of projects in their regions.

From the statewide perspective, the 2020 Legislative Session begins on January 14 and is scheduled to end on March 13, 2020 and Film Florida is advocating for bills already filed for session. SB 530 from Senator Joe Gruters (R- Sarasota) and HB 497 from Rep James Buchanan (R- Sarasota) would create the Film, Television, and Digital Media Targeted Rebate Program. SB 530 has already passed favorably out of one committee. Film Florida, along with our Government Relations firm, is making efforts daily to get the bills on additional committee agendas. While a bill has not passed in recent years, great progress has been made with building relationships with legislators. Our membership has done a tremendous job, on a completely volunteer basis, meeting with legislators to help educate them on the importance of the film, television and digital media industry. Our goal continues to be to build relationships with legislators that put our industry in the best position for success in Tallahassee. Notable progress has been made the last two years in significantly building momentum, engaging in encouraging conversation and garnering positive media coverage for the industry. With the continued help and support from groups like Florida TaxWatch, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), and the Florida Chamber of Commerce just to name a few, we will continue to push legislators to pass a program that helps the industry while provides a positive return on investment to Florida taxpayers.

Michael Keaton attends the LA premiere of Spotlight. [RICHARD SHOTWELL | Invision/AP]

By Paul Guzzo
December 16th, 2019

Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Michael Keaton might be starring in and executive producing a movie in Tampa.

This week’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting agenda requests that a portion of the Museum of Science and Industry on Fowler Avenue be rented to a production titled Nothing Like the Son to be used for interior filming for three months beginning Jan. 2. The production can extend the rental for up to two months if needed.

Renée Frigo of Oak Street Pictures confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that the movie is hers but said it is too early to provide details.

According to Oak Street Pictures’ website, the movie written and directed by Eric Fleming will star Keaton. It’s about a teenager who “survives his senior year of high school alone and homeless, when his single mother is forced to return to Puerto Rico just before the devastating hurricanes of 2017.”

Keaton will portray “another survivor” and “a recovering addict who faces challenges with humor and an unorthodox wisdom” as he forges an “unexpected father/son relationship” with the teen, according to the website.

In September, the County Commission put aside $2 million from its BP Oil Spill Settlement funds to be used to potentially turn part of the 400,000-square-foot MOSI exhibit hall into a permanent film studio.

An official vote on the endeavor will be held after the Hillsborough County Film Commission completes a study on whether there’s demand for a large-scale production studio in the area.

Facing costs pressures amid declining attendance, MOSI left the main exhibit building behind and reopened in the smaller “Kids in Charge” building nearby.

According to this week’s County Commission minutes, the production needs “just under 10,000 square feet and associated parking.”

The county estimates it will not take no more than $15,000 to prepare the space for production purposes. That includes moving supplies stored in that area. It will cost $5,000 a month to rent the space. Those fees will be deducted from the film’s approved production incentive allotment.

The county can provide productions up to 10 percent back on what is spent locally. The county predicts the Keaton movie will spend more than $1 million in Hillsborough.
Film Commissioner, Tyler Martinolich
As 2019 and the Holiday season comes to a close, it's a good time to remember what the new year brings to Tampa Bay. Everyone's favorite pirate season is just around the corner, and with it comes several special events, closures, and blackout dates that have the potential to affect productions through early March. To provide as much notice as possible, below, you will find pertinent information and dates.

BAYSHORE BLVD will play host to not only our world-famous Gasparilla Parade, but also several other events and races. Fencing and bleachers will start to be deployed Jan 5th along much of Bayshore, and will not be fully removed till Mar 2nd. While filming along Bayshore during this period may be possible, bleachers, fences, and tents will obstruct the majority of sight lines.

Filming is prohibiting in the following neighborhoods between 1/15/20 - 1/28/20 as well as 2/21/20 - 2/24/20: HYDE PARK PRESERVATION, HISTORIC HYDE PARK, and BAYSHORE GARDENS. This restriction is to ensure event organizers and vendors have unobstructed access to the parade or event routes.

Popular event parks are also affected by Gasparilla festivities. CURTIS HIXON PARK and JULIAN B LANE park will be unavailable during the following dates. Curtis Hixon Park: 1/6/20 -1/12/20, 1/22/20 -1/28/20, 3/4/20 - 3/10/20. Julian B Lane Park: 2/26/20 -3/3/20. Note, the previous dates are blackout dates, filming outside of those dates may still be disrupted by setup, wrap, or maintenance. We strongly encourage you to reach out as soon as possible so our office can help coordinate and advise potential dates and times for park use between Jan - Mar.
Late Deadline, December 31, 2019,
Extended Deadline, January 15, 2020,
Notification Deadline, February 1, 2020,
Late Deadline, January 10, 2020,
Extended Deadline, January 31, 2020,
Notification Deadline, February 22, 2020,
movie night
Members can submit their films at no charge to Marcus Kempton. Non-members can submit thru FilmFreeway.
Film Review Tampa is currently accepting short films (20min and under), music videos, trailers, pilots, sizzles and any other art medium.

Join us Thu, Jan 30 7pm-9pm at Tampa's soon-to-be newest Creative Co-Work Space and Studio, "211 Meridian" in the Channelside District.

January's Industry Speaker is Curtis Graham. Curtis Graham is an established filmmaker in Tampa Bay. A successful director and producer, his talent has brought him all over the world, stretching as far as regions of North Africa. Curtis is a mentor and an example of what great filmmakers in Tampa Bay can strive to accomplish. Please arrive early so you hear about his film war stories and award-winning career at 7pm.
Screenwriters of Tomorrow will meet on Saturday, January 25th at 12:30 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Library . Admission is free.

This 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 first 45 minutes of each meeting is a writing lesson dealing with different aspects of the craft followed by readings and critiques. Several members of the group sign up monthly to read 10 to 30 pages of their script.

To be put on the mailing list as meeting reminders, email Ellen Schnur at eschnur4@gmail.com with your email address. First time drop-ins are welcome, but, since we meet in a small room with limited (15) seating, we request that you contact Ellen if you plan to be there
Fred Wright is an adjunct instructor at St. Petersburg College. He teaches two motion picture writing courses for the college, both online. The first level, FIL 2100, Motion Picture Writing I, will be offered in January, starting Jan. 16.

Since this is an elective course, it is not required for a person to be a degree-seeking student tin order to sign up.

The course lasts 16 weeks, uses one of Syd Field's books as a text, and includes critiques of the student's script segments, brief research reports, journal entries, and other script-promoting assignments.

If anyone has any questions about the course, please contact Fred at this email address: travelword@aol.com If you or anyone in the society has any questions about the course, please contact me at this email address.
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