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Sacramento Filmmaker’s Horror Movie to Get National Theatrical Release

We slept on this because that is what we do best, but for an independent filmmaker out of Sacramento to get theatrical distribution is a pretty impressive accomplishment.  Congratulations Deon! I can’t think of any others off the top of my head.  If you know of any, let me know.

Sacramento filmmaker Deon Taylor is on the verge of a huge breakthrough: a national theatrical release for his horror film, “Chain Letter,” that was filmed here.

read the rest from the Sacramento Bee

MovieMaker Magazine Lifetime Subscription for $49

Here at Dumbworld, some would say we are lowdown cheapskates.  We prefer frugal- so this deal sounds like the new black to us.  Moviemaker magazine lifetime subscription for $49.

Meet David W. Valetin of ILM at the California Film Meeting (Sacramento)

David W. Valetin is a VFX coordinator and producer for the likes of Quentin Tarentino’s Grind-House, Hero with Jet-Li , Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and The Green Mile, and will talk about his experiences in the industry, April 2, 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Studio Center (915 Fee Drive, Sacramento, CA)

David will also be leading a discussion at the Sacramento Film Festival, at the Digital Odyssey Conference April 24th, on new methods of promoting films.

See the California Film Foundation for more info.

Scoring a Film

For some reason this really interested me.  Matt Mariano, performing and recording the score to Made In China.

Update: Just saw some additional scenes from Made in China, and producer James Choi spoke on the film.  Was shot on the HVX200, won the grand prize award at SXSW, was shot for “a little more than $10,000” and got a distribution deal.  Just shows what you can do with a good story.

Dumbworld Hearts Sacramento Connect

Dumbworld  is one of the sites “handpicked by Sacramento Bee editors for their consistent quality” to be included in the launch of their new Web 2.0 network called Sacramento Connect.

Don’t worry. We won’t let it go to our heads, and we will continue to give you the lack of quality that you expect from Dumbworld.com.  Below is a video on how to use the network.

Update: More on Sacramento Connect from The Sacramento Business Journal

Making a Music Video

A good primer into the world of independent filmmaking can be a low budget music video. Videomaker has an article on music video making, including an interview with MTV contributor Ali Santana (Automatic Writing) and independent film director Jessie James Jackson, Jr (Oh Jesus).

Workshop on How to Create Your Own Animated Characters- Sacramento

A drawing workshop with storyboard artist Larry Scholl, whose credits include work with Disney, Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network (Mulan, a Star Wars Special and Robot Chicken), is taking place Saturday March 20th, from 4-7pm at the Capital Art Center S12.  The cost is $50. See Sacramento365.com for more details.