Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Having some fun with Social Media

As you know, Nominated the Movie uses Twitter actively.
Dan Pavlik is great at knock off videos,
and wanted to have some fun with Twitter.

They have a video that you can view
that is on their homepage when you
are not logged in.

If you view it, you will see just
how good this video is!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mickey Monroe Finds Work!

Since Mickey seemed like he wanted to help me
announce my new Peace Within recording, he
made this commercial for me.

It's not quite what I had in mind, but I admire
the attempt. Sales of this recording will help
benefit Educational Films of America, the
non profit that Dan set up. Please consider taking
a look at the page linked and see if it might
be for you, and perhaps someone (or several
"someones") you know. It's only $1, it should help
with feeling more peaceful, and it helps support a
great cause.

please click here for more info & to order
For fun, you can also
take a survey
about what you think of
Mickey Monroe as a Spokesperson. :-)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nominated Auditions and Request to Spread the Word!

(On Left Brian Degan Scott/On Right Dan Pavlik)

This week Dan Pavlik, the writer/director of Nominated, will be holding auditions for the film. He has had to arrange for a second day of auditions, and sadly has had to turn people away.

Dan would love to see everyone, but it's just not possible. For a person in that position, it certainly is a good problem to have.

Should he not be able to find what he needs during the two days of auditions, there will be other possibilities to pursue. So, if by some chance you aren't scheduled for any of the upcoming auditions, stay in touch, as you never know.

Working in conjunction with J.E. Talent, a San Francisco based talent agency that has been helping with the administration of the casting process, and feeling like he has many talented people to choose from, Dan is certain he'll get some really great fits for the roles.

While I'd love to be there during the process, I won't be able to, however, Dan is likely to have some behind the scenes footage, and maybe some pics, to share afterward that you and I will both be able to see. :-)

One role that won't be auditioned those two days is that of "film sponsor." You can help to get this movie made without an audition by going to the Nominated Sponsor Page, and submitting your 150x150 advertisement. As the momentum builds, there will be more traffic to the site, and you will have the benefit of all of those who come after you. Plus you get to be a part of, and contribute to, something pretty special.

Ok I am biased but, once you get to know these guys, you will be, too. (Listen to interviews with Dan Pavlik and Ken Newman, available now in the right column of this blog. Next week I will interview Brian Degan Scott)

Other bigger advertising/sponsor opportunities still remain, and Dan is being just as creative in that regard as he is in his filmmaking, so if you are interested, or know of someone who could be, click here to "tell a friend"

Last but not least, ALL help is welcome, even if it is just spreading the word. Please share with people what is going on with the movie. You never know who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone's aunt's, cousin's son that could really benefit from being a part of this somehow, even if it is just for him to spread the word to his best friend's sister's mother's best friend of 20 years who happens to work for a big studio that would love to talk to Dan about this film, and others already simmering...and he would have you to thank for it. Wouldn't that be special? (so saith the Church Lady).

Seriously, it so much easier to help than people realize. The little things add up. So even if you don't think you can help financially, or feel that sponsoring would benefit you, just letting someone else know about what's going on is perfect.

Happy Father's Day to those fathers out there - and in particular Dan, Brian, and Ken. May some beautiful and amazing things happen between now and Father's Day 2010!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nominated Audition Date Scheduled

Audition Date: June 25th
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: San Francisco
Click here for
updated role list & downloadable sides
where you will find additional
information about the
roles and process.

Oh, and btw, here is another entry
for the Executive Producer Contest:

Listen, Sleazeball - if anyone deserves a
free ride on your gravy train to success,
it's obviously me. Not to sound vindictive,
but if you don't think I'm Executive
Producer material, then you can take
your superficial promises of IMDB credits
and shove them where the glimmer of
validation doesn't shine!

(Executive Producer Essay Contest)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's All About Brian Degan Scott

"...'Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party'...
is an...ambitious mashup of burlesque anarchy,
elaborate narrative intrigue, serious
sociopolitical themes and campy dance interludes.
Plus sheer gamesmanship -- the audience votes
each night to determine the three-part show's
performance order. It shouldn't all hold together.
Yet somehow this frequently ingenious, hilarious
contraption does."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, the critically
acclaimed play written by Aaron Loeb, was performed
in San Francisco last November through January and has
now been selected for a run at the New York
International Fringe Festival (Fringe Festival Website)
from the 15th until the 31st of August.

So...What does this have to do with the movie Nominated?

It just so happens that this play also has a major role in
moving the filming of Nominated from August to September
because one of its actors - Brian Degan Scott - is also
a key actor in Nominated. Well, ahem, the *star,* really.
And, since Brian, like the rest of us, has yet to figure out
how to clone himself, he can't be in two places at once.

The yearly festival, showcasing hundreds of performances
from around the world, has produced many Off Broadway
hits including Urine Town (which subsequently moved to
Broadway and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards),
Dog Sees God, Charlie Victor Romeo and the musical
adaptation of Debbie Does Dallas (for more Fringe success
stories go to FringeNYC Success).

The exact dates and venue specifics for Abraham Lincoln's
Big Gay Dance Party have yet to be established, but as
soon as the details are known, I'll post them here, in
case you will be able to go see Brian perform in NYC.

According to Dan (for first time readers, the writer and
director) Brian performing Off Broadway is an exciting
development, and allows more time for pre-production and
creative fund raising for the budget - which includes the
Executive Producer Essay Contest. (Have YOU entered yet?)

And since this entry seems to be all about Mr. Scott,
(I certainly hope it won't go to his head) remember
that he will also be a guest on World of Perspective
with Elizabeth Alraune (yours truly) on
the 30th of the month. See the right sidebar for
details, and to listen. You will have a chance to
call in and speak with him, and if you miss it live,
you can come back afterward, and download the podcast.

If you would like to learn more about the play, here are
a few links to visit:

Fringe Festival Website

Variety Review

SF Chronicle Review

Broadway Worldcom Review

Chad Jones Theatre Dogs Review

Goldstar Events

Yelp.com Audience Review

Rah! Rah! Shish, Boom, Bah!
Go Brian, Go!

PS If You'd like to buy tickets, go to this page.
(They're only $15!)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dan Pavlik & Ken Newman Get Validated

There are The Tonys and there are The Oscars. There is also another
prestigious award that isn't heard of much outside of the industry
that is recognized by it, and that award is The Telly.

According to their site, "The Telly Awards honor the very best local,
regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well
as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the
Web. Since 1978, our mission has been to strengthen the visual
arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity.
The 29th Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from
all 50 states and 5 continents."

Interestingly, one of the reasons they invite people to submit
their work is to "Receive validation for a job well done." I pick that
particular one because that has been one of the words -
VALIDATION - that is very much associated with this film and
its story, as well as the story of the writer/director, Dan Pavlik.

How fitting as this film is gearing up for production that a work
that was directed by Dan and co-written by Dan and Ken Newman,
and featured Ken as an actor in the short, were just notified that
they won the Telly Silver Award - their highest honor. Not only
did they win one award, they won 3 in the categories of
Corporate Training, Use of Humor, and Copywriting.

(These awards are in addition to the 5 other Dan has won in
previous years).

One must consider, even if briefly, even if just in good humor, that
this must be a good sign that two people involved in this project
have been recognized - validated - by an organization that is as
highly regarded as the Tellys (at least you could feign a little
excitement, perhaps?)

In all seriousness, I think Dan and Ken deserve *APPLAUSE.*
It truly is awesome news, and hopefully you are beginning to
see why I am so excited about helping out where I can. Perhaps
it'll spur you on, too? Dan still needs all the help he can get.
Very few works of art are completed without some help, and
some with a lot of help!

If you are so excited now you want to help, write Dan at
Info at Nominatedthemovie.com. I am sure he'd love to hear
from you!

Don't have the ability to help personally? How about helping
to sponsor the film by promoting yourself? Check out the
Nominated sponsor page.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to Enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest

Here are the top ten reasons Dan Pavlik believes
you should enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest:

#10. Winning will look great on a college entrance application.
#9. If you ever wanted to meet Barry Williams, this will help.
#8. Better than spending 29 bucks of useless twitter tools.
#7. You'll get a movie credit without the usual nude scene.
#6. Where else can you use the word sleazeball and not refer to a lawyer?
#5. The search for what to put on your tombstone is over.
#4. If you go to Sundance, it's one hell of a pickup line.
#3. If you don't, I'll send @TheExpert out to work you over.
#2. You can show your parents you DID amount to something!

and the #1 reason you should enter the Executive Producer Essay Contest:

Two words: casting couch

With all that, why wait a second longer?
The Executive Producer Essay Contest

To further inspire you, here is another entry:

Although some people think only a sleazeball
would run an essay contest to fund his film...
I think it's f**** brilliant. It would be just
gravy to get the superficial validation of
another IMDB credit.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

First "Essay" Arrives! When Can We Expect YOURS?

Recently, "Director Dan" announced a new contest.

In just 50 words, tell why you should be an
Executive Producer for the film. The catch,
besides the 50 character limit, use the words

Some have told me they're not entering the
contest because they don't "do essays."

Perhaps consider that it's really just a
couple of sentences. Maybe it will make
it easier to take a stab at it. Most essays
you have to make up in totality...in this case,
you already have 5 of the words to work with.
One Tenth of your work is already done for you!

Others have said it's not for them. Yes,
the winner will get IMDB credit, and perhaps
for some it will mean more than for others.

However, wouldn't it be really cool to see
a movie in a movie theater with your name in
the credits on a large screen?

Some may also be swayed in terms of making
the payment. Please know that you can use
your credit card, without having a Paypal
account. In addition, you can now submit
your entry via mail, if you would prefer
to send a check.

This is likely the first time that a
contest of this type has been held. Wouldn't
it be fun to get in on it? This might be
a movie for the history books. You never
know when history will be made, and then
it's too late to be a part of it.

Ok..so that might be a little much...but
you never really do know, you know?

Still not sure?

Here's the first submission.

Perhaps it'll inspire you:

Tony promised me the lead in “Gravy Danger”
but the sleazeball reneged and gave the
role to Marvin Aday. I meant to deliver
only a superficial cut to his groin, but
friends now call him “Toni.” An Executive
Producer credit will provide validation
that I’m not a vindictive human being.

To submit your choice words,
to see the rules, etc,

...this might be your gravy train...
...this might give you validation...
...this might wow your superficial friends...
...this might show that sleazeball
in your life a thing or two...
...if you don't enter, and your friend does,
and wins, you might consider being vindictive.
Do you really want to risk that happening?...

What are you waiting for?

Have fun!