Hampton Roads District Elections

“If you cry ‘forward’, you must without fail make plain in what direction to go.” – Anton Chekhov

The time has come for the Hampton Roads district of the Virginia Production Alliance to elect our 2015-2016 executive officers. After weeks of nominations, these are our nominees:

Chairman: Tom White
Vice Chairman: Dave Hobbs
Secretary: Bill Armstrong

While these individuals were nominated and are running for each office unopposed, we still need you– the VPA members to be present for the election this Monday March 16th at 7PM (meet and greet starts at 630).

Show up and begin the new year with the VPA headed in the right direction. A new direction!

We will be selling T-shirts! Cash only. VPA shirts are $10 and we will also have Lincoln and Argo T-shirts for $5.

Free admission to members, $5 admission to non-members.

Regent University
1000 regent university dr. Virginia Beach, VA

HRVPA General Meeting AND Board Elections – Monday, March 16

Mark your calendar! Monday, March 16th will be the date for the Hampton Roads VPA General Meeting and Board Elections.
(Please note: This is a change from the previously scheduled meeting on 3/10.)

Where? Regent University Communications Building. Screening Room A.
Click for MAP and directions

What time? 6:30 pm meet and greet, 7:00 pm meeting.

Free for VPA members, $5.00 for non members.

Nominations will be open until March 10th.

Email Tomeka Winbourne with your nomination. TomekaWinborne (at) gmail (dot) com
Nominees must be current in their VPA membership dues.
You must be a current member of the VPA to vote in this election.

Tactical Fighting For Film with Dave White

Ever wonder how they pull off the cool fight scenes and stunts in the Action Movies? Or how they handle the weapons with precise execution? The Extraordinary Film Choreographer Dave White will be conducting a Film Combat Workshop January 10th from 3pm-8pm and January 11th from 10am- 3pm. The workshop will be held at the Central Library in Chesterfield; 9501 Lori Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832. This is one workshop you do not want to miss! Admission is $100 for both days. Please make sure to bring a couple copies of your head shot and resume. For more information call Dave at 757-717-2038 or email him at Dlyt3@msn.com ….Space is limited!

Hampton Roads General Meeting, January 13, 2015

Welcome to 2015! The first general meeting of the new year is upon us. Come join us for a meet and greet with light snacks, and news on the upcoming year! We will be announcing State of the Industry details, new workshops, volunteer opportunities such as Film Day, and more.

We are excited to announce our first guest speakers of the year will be nationally known director Christian Faber and Keep The Change Productions’ Marlon Hargrave.

Please remember we will NOT be at Regent this month.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015  6:30pm- 9:00pm
Location: Dupont Training Solutions – 500 Studio Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Admission $5 for non-members and free to VPA members.

Keep the Change Productions *Script Decoding /Analysis Workshop: Scoring the Script*

Mission statement
Keep The Change Productions mission is to professionally train and prepare directors and actors for acting in the new millennium by utilizing time tested and proven techniques from Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Hagen, Shurtleff, and Spolin, the greatest theatrical minds of the modern era.

Script Decoding /Analysis Workshop: Scoring the Script
This interactive workshop examines the complete understanding of how to breakdown a script by asking and answering a series of questions pertaining to the script as a whole. Techniques from scoring the script is the catalyst for full character development. Workshop Key Points: reading of the script, Uta Hagen’s 9 questions, Michael Shurtleff’s 12 questions, and Constantine Stanislavski’s marking the beats and units of thought.

The class will be taught by Marlon Hargrave.

$50 VPA members *
$65 general public.

When: Saturday & Sunday, January 10th & 11th from 12:00 – 4:00pm

Where: 3447 East Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23509

To register: Email marlon.hargrave(at)gmail.com or call 571-422-1422
(*VPA members – please include VPA in the email subject line for your discount)

Keep The Change Productions Workshops and Training for the Virginia Production Alliance

Mission statement

Keep The Change Productions mission is to professionally train and prepare directors and actors for acting in the new millennium by utilizing time tested and proven techniques from Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Hagen, Shurtleff, and Spolin, the greatest theatrical minds of the modern era.

*Pre Taped Audition Boot Camp Workshop: Executing Video Auditions  VPA 12/13/14 and 12/14/14

The purpose of this workshop is to professionally prepare actors for executing video/pre taped auditions. Attendees in this 4hr workshop intensive will learn how to make themselves stand out in a video audition. Pointers, tips, and techniques will be given on how to make your pre taped audition a memorable one. A variety of professional techniques will be highlighted to improve audition skills. Mock auditions will be recorded and critiqued to improve your skills.

Workshop Key Points: Michael Shurtleff’s 12 step script scoring technique, character development, name slate,  film presence/presentation, focal points, moment to moment acting: verbal/nonverbal

$100 for VPA members
$150 for general public.

December 13th will be held at 3447 East Ocean View Ave Norfolk, VA 23518

December 14th TBA

Tactical Fighting for Film with Dave White

Ever wonder how they pull off the cool fight scenes and stunts in the Action Movies? Or how they handle the weapons with precise execution? The Extraordinary Film Choreographer Dave White will be conducting a Film Combat Workshop November 15th and 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM @ Keep the Change Studios! 3447 E. Ocean View Ave Norfolk VA. This is one workshop you do not want to miss! For more information call Dave at 757-717-2038 or email him at Dlyt3@msn.com ….Space is limited!

Hampton Roads General Meeting, November 11, 2014

Come join us for a meet and great, updates on current projects and festivals, news on upcoming workshops, guest speaker and more. This will be the last general meeting before the new year.

Guest speaker Sean Gaffney- Writer

Attendance is free for VPA members and $5 for non vpa members.

Meeting will be held at Regent University, in screening room A at 6:30pm.

Regent University, 1000 Regent University Dr. Virginia Beach, Va

SEVA Fest at Regent University

Learn visual storytelling from the guy who blew up the Death Star in the original Star Wars movie!

SEVA Fest is the Mid-Atlantic Conference for film professionals held in SouthEast VirginiA. SEVA invites veteran filmmakers to share their experiences and teach what they have learned while working.  It is open to anyone with a desire to network with other film professionals, discover new talent, and to better learn the creative technologies, techniques, and tools of the industry.

The inaugural SEVA Fest will be held at Regent University on October 18 and 19, 2014. It will feature workshops and panel discussions hosted by Bruce Logan, Alister Chapman, Sean Gaffney, and Michael Copon – with the emphasis of storytelling using today’s modern technology.  Space is limited. Don’t miss out on this exciting inaugural event!

Over the course of two days you have the opportunity to attend the following exciting and informative seminars:

Bruce Logan and Alister Chapman team up for a 2 day Visual Storytelling Workshop – “From Script to Screen:”

  • Preparing for the Written Page
  • Director/Producer Relationship
  • Selecting Crew
  • Storytelling with Light
  • Working with Green Screens
  • Understanding and Working with the Technology of Digital Cinematography
  • Gamma Curves:  How to Get the most Dynamic Range

Actor/Director Michael Copon:

  • How to Break into the Industry as an Actor
  • Meisner Technique
  • “From pre-production to distribution”
  • Michael will also be sharing stories of his Hollywood experience and what he has learned as an independent film producer, and what pitfalls to avoid.

Writer Sean Gaffney:

  •  The Essentials for a Strong Story
    • The Film Idea
    • Structure for Success
  • Dealing with the Exposition Hump, and Visual Storytelling
  • Sean will draw on examples from current cinema, studying what works and creating a road map to avoid pitfalls.

Convergent Design:

Join Convergent Design’s Mitch Gross for an exciting and in-depth demonstration of the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q OLED Monitor/Recorder on Saturday Only

  • The Odyssey7Q combines Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor. Odyssey7Q is a brilliant 7.7″ OLED monitor with 3400:1 contrast, true blacks, 1280×800 resolution and comprehensive monitoring tools.
  • Odyssey7Q is the best tool in your kit…Powerful and lightweight! It’s also the best and most versatile portable recorder, enabling you to record 4K RAW, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Canon RAW, Sony FS700 RAW, ARRI Raw, Multi-Stream and more…

Sony:

  • Working with 4K – Sony’s latest in Digital Cinematography tools including the F55, FS700, and 4K projection
  • We expect to have Sony F5, F55, FS700, A7S, and the new FS7 cameras on site the entire weekend!

Virginia Production Alliance:

  • Students who pay to attend will receive a one year membership in the VPA, free of charge.
  • Bring your Student ID and your paid registration with you to the registration table to receive your free one year VPA membership

Www.sevafest.org

Monster Fest!

We need a few volunteers to represent the VPA at Monster Fest from 10AM -4PM this Sat, Oct 4th.  Ideally, one or two people in two hour shifts would be enough, but if you can help out for one hour or four, we can use you.  You can even come in your favorite monster costume and get into the spirit of the festival.  Contact Dave Hobbs at DLHOBBS62@hotmail.com.  

The VPA needs YOU!

Monster Fest is the FREE annual one day home grown horror event that kicks off the Halloween season in Hampton Roads! In it’s 11th year Monster Fest will have over 60 dealer tables and special guests. Check out the website: www.monsterfestva.com for a list of guests and vendors. Panels all day long, treat or treating for all kids in costume and a double feature movie night with live band the Sons of Frankenstein before the movies. Monster Fest starts at 10 am , closes at 5 pm the doors open back up at 7;30 pm for the double feature monster movie night!

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