Production Underway on Giant Ape Media’s Bullet

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Giant Ape Media in partnership with SC Films International and American United Media has announced that production has begun on Bullet an upcoming feature length motion picture starring Danny Trejo (Machete). This fast paced action picture finds hardened detective Frank Marasco battling to bring down a deadly criminal gang. While facing off with his nemesis ruthless cartel leader Carlito Kane he unravels a deadly plot that could destroy his family in a race against time. Bullet directed by Nick Lyon (Species: The Awakening Punk Love) is based on a screenplay written by Nick Lyon Ron Peer and Byron Lester. The film also stars Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Carlito Kane and Julia Dietze (Iron Sky) as provocative cartel attorney Brooke Madison who walks a fine line of legal ethics. Danny Trejo and Jonathan Banks onscreen appeal will definitely captivate audiences of this genre said Gen Fukunaga president and CEO of Giant Ape Media. We're excited to add this film to our diverse slate of releases already in production.” Simon Crowe of SC Films said This is an intelligent fast paced action script that is thoroughly entertaining in the spirit of Die Hard meets Taken Its top notch cast will appeal to worldwide distributors and audiences alike. I am thrilled to be working with Danny Trejo on Bullet said Robert Rodriguez managing director of American United Media. The goal is to bring a top-notch action movie to life by creating a film that combines an ever-thickening plot with intense dialogue and stand out characters. The opportunity to be working on Bullet is very exciting. The film is produced by Matthew Joynes and Robert Rodriguez co-produced by April Bennett and executive produced by Gen Fukunaga and Chris Moujaes and is scheduled for a late 2013 release. ,3944
IKA Creates Promo Campaigns for Fox Series The Following,2013-03-14,For the launch of the new psychological drama The Following which marks Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award-nominated actor Kevin Bacon’s primetime series debut  Fox Broadcasting Company again turned to the creative production/post studio hybrid IKA Collective to produce one of the multi-spot promo campaigns that led to the series’ highly-rated premiere. IKA had previously worked on successful series launch promo campaigns for several other Fox series including New Girl Raising Hope and The Mindy Project. They also produced the extravagant promo for last season’s So You Think You Can Dance premiere. “We’re proud that Fox again entrusted us with this crucial series launch ” Ian Karr founder/director at IKA Collective and executive producer on this project  said. “Launches are a huge deal – for the networks and for IKA. Whether it’s assembling an A-list team or coming up with creative solutions to logistical and production challenges we thrive in that high-stakes environment.” Directed by Kerry Shaw Brown and filmed by Anthony Arendt  production on the two promos (entitled Footsteps and The Raven) proved especially challenging because it called for multiple visually unique promos to be shot in just one day. That meant finding a location that not only captured the sense of urban dystopia that drives the creative but one that also provided enough space to build a jail cell and an FBI office set. Karr and his production team used an abandoned grain elevator in Brooklyn as the primary location for the sequence in which series co-star James Purefoy and his many followers walk through a graffiti-filled decaying building leaving behind bloody footprints as they walk toward a stone-faced Bacon. The other sets were built in an adjacent structure creating a “pop-up” production studio on the Brooklyn waterfront. “The Fox team came to us with epic creative concepts and everyone performed at their very highest level ” Karr said. “The spots turned out great and more than 20 million viewers tuned in for the premiere. It doesn’t get much better than that.” ,3945
Iron Man 3 Promotion Seeks Young Inventors of Tomorrow,2013-03-14,The Discovery Science Center Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios along with Visa Signature and the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood have teamed up to sponsor a nationwide Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair in conjunction with the May 3rd release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair will win a trip to Southern California provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios a meeting with Disney Imagineers a trip to Disneyland and a visit to Discovery Science Center. Inventor and Innovator Fair finalists will also have their projects on display at the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood California from May 3 through June 20.  The competition concludes at the El Capitan Theatre on May 3 when four Grand Prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony on stage prior to the showing of Marvel’s Iron Man 3. Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation are invited to participate including those who have competed in Broadcom Masters a program of Society for Science & the Public. “Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair participants are the next generation of forward thinkers and innovators that will lead us into the future with scientific breakthroughs engineering feats and technological advances. They are the real-life Tony Starks of tomorrow ” said Mike Pasciullo Marvel’s senior vice president brand planning and communications. Participating students are being asked to produce innovative inventive projects based on themes from Marvel’s Iron Man 3 —science technology engineering and math-related concepts and practices. Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Inventor and Innovator Fair competition is encouraging students to submit projects that align with the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering. Some of the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges related to Marvel’s Iron Man 3 are: (1) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods including projects involving themes of eco-friendly car development; (2) Engineer Better Medicines with projects that focus on global disease prevention limb regeneration and the study of body armor that protects injured body parts such as the heart; (3) Secure Cyberspace inspiring projects that can lead to the development of new technologies that can redefine innovative security measures; and (4) Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery in fields such as micro-technology aeronautics or robotics.    For more information rules and how to apply visit ,3947
Kodak Accepting Entries for 2013 Scholarship Program,2013-03-14, John Bailey ASC a renowned cinematographer known for his artistic contributions to cinema will spearhead a panel of judges for the 2013 Kodak student scholarship program. This international competition acknowledges student filmmakers who demonstrate exemplary filmmaking skills and creativity at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The deadline for entries is May 17.

 Accredited film schools around the world may nominate up to two students for consideration for the Kodak Student Scholarship Award and one cinematography student for the Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Award. The cinematography student nominee may also be nominated for the Kodak Student Scholarship Award. Nomination forms can be downloaded at

 Bailey has a long list of memorable feature film credits including American Gigolo Ordinary People The Big Chill Silverado The Accidental Tourist Groundhog Day In the Line of Fire As Good as it Gets Incident at Loch Ness Brief Interviews With Hideous Men The Greatest Country Strong When in Rome and Big Miracle He also blogs for the American Society of Cinematographers – John’s Bailiwick – on a range of topics that affect the art and craft of filmmaking.
 “John’s experience and mentorship skills make a huge contribution to this scholarship process ” says Kodak’s Johanna Gravelle. “Students from around the world will receive feedback from him to assist in their efforts to succeed in filmmaking. We are extremely grateful to John for his ongoing commitment to this program and to sharing his knowledge with the next generation.”
  Kodak in collaboration with the University Film & Video Foundation (UFVF) holds this annual scholarship to encourage students pursuing a career in filmmaking. As part of the competition the judges will review sample reels as well as evaluate the students’ faculty recommendations and academic achievements. 
The following prizes will be awarded to the finalists and announced in August:

 Kodak Student Scholarship Award: Gold: $4 000 tuition scholarship and $5 000 Kodak motion picture film grant
Silver: $3 000 tuition scholarship and $4 000 Kodak motion picture film grant Bronze: $2 000 tuition scholarship and $3 000 Kodak motion picture film grant

 Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Award: First Place: $3 000 tuition scholarship and $5 000 Kodak motion picture film grant
 Honorable Mention: $1 500 tuition scholarship and $3 000 Kodak motion picture film grant Since 1991 Kodak has been supporting future filmmakers and encouraging excellence in the field of motion picture education. The company’s ongoing efforts include a range of opportunities that students and educators can use to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking including educational materials and discounts in addition to sponsorship of film festivals awards seminars and student showcases that raise awareness about emerging talent. For more information visit ,3948
LA Comedy Festival to Convene April 4-7,2013-03-14,L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition  the largest comedy film festival nationwide  premieres in downtown Los Angeles April 4-7. Now in its fifth year LACS is a non-stop celebration of comedic short films with screenings industry panels red-carpet events cash prizes and many of today’s top comics including Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. The duo will be honored with LACS’ 2013 Commie Award said LACS Festival director  Jeannie Roshar and artistic director Gary Anthony Williams. The festival kicks off with screening blocks at L.A.’s Downtown Independent Theater. “We couldn't be happier ” says Williams. “Submissions are higher than ever before. Not only did we get great shorts from all over the US but we've been watching funny stuff from all over the world. I've learned to belly laugh in German and French. And yes I've even chortled a few times in Farsi. We're feeling real International over here! And with some new sponsors jumping onboard we anticipate this year's attendance to exceed last year’s 5 000. Yay comedy.” Winners of the weekend’s Film and Script competitions will be announced during the closing night festivities. Award recipients will receive cash prizes and the amazing opportunity to meet with some of Hollywood’s biggest titans dealmakers and influencers including agents managers studio executives and actors. “We are blown away by the level of talent in our filmmakers and so are the execs agents and companies that work with us says Roshar. We're proud to be the pioneer event for short comedies in the festival world and have been excited to watch the short comedy format become increasingly important to the industry throughout these five years. Visit for more information.