May 2, 2014
Latest Jobs & Opportunities

This week we are offering these jobs to our students:

  • Producer 2nd Assistant, Hiring Immediately! – Los Angeles, CA
  • Assistant to CEO Of Film/TV/Digital Entertainment Co. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Assistant to V.P. Of TV Development at Major Studio – Los Angeles, CA
  • Executive Assistant for Film Studio – New York, NY
  • Editor Needed for Sci-Fi Festival Short – Anywhere
  • Eclectic Beale Street Music Festival Hiring Now! – Memphis, TN
  • Assistant to President of Boutique Management Co. – Los Angeles, CA
  • Audio Engineer, Hip-Hop Studio/Performance Space – Philadelphia, PA
  • Manager for Bi-Coastal Film Acquisition/Distribution Co. – New York, NY
  • Counterpoint Music Fest Accepting Band Applications – Kingston Downs, GA
  • Sound People Needed for National Historical Archive Project – Nationwide

Visit the RRF Job Board for more opportunities, and the RRF Blog for news & updates!
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Success Stories

Gordon Maniskas pitches his film, “Monsters and Men” — and scores his first gig in Los Angeles!

Gordon Maniskas

Film apprentice and actor, Gordon Maniskas, finally made the big move to Los Angeles this week and pitched some of his ideas, mainly “Monsters and Men” a futuristic feature film which he describes as a toss-up between Lord of the Rings and Lethal Weapon. During Gordon’s stay in Los Angeles, he plans to eventually get signed with an agency with the help of the Producers of Film Connection in LA. Evan Astrowsky has already introduced Gordon to UTA (United Talent Agency) to do some work with scripts. On Wednesday afternoon, Gordon found out that he got the job! Way to go Gordon!

For the last year or so, Gordon has been working with screenwriting mentor Peter Foldy on developing this particular script as well as a few other ideas. The script has strong undertones of politics and current events with the impact of unearthly creatures and creepy happenings only found in science fiction books. Gordon is also an actor and aspiring director. Looks like he’s on the right path to taking over LA!

Characters from Monsters and Men
Recording Connection apprentice Brian Bischof getting immersed in the Nashville studio scene!
Brian Bischof

Originally hailing from the Cincinnati area, Brian Bischof relocated to Nashville to focus on hip-hop recording and production, apprenticing with Ric Web at South Street Studios. Since then, Brian has wasted no time getting plugged in to the scene. He’s worked closely with Ric and other Recording apprentices on a variety of projects, not the least of which is the opening of Ric’s new studio, Rare Fame Studios. Brian has also collaborated with fellow Recording apprentice John Curtis in bringing in new bands and working on recording projects with notable hip-hop artists like Young Buck! As Brian continues to work closely with his mentor, he’s decided to take his education to the next level by continuing into the Recording Connection master’s program when his initial apprenticeship is complete.

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Mentor News

Azmyth Recording

Learn here with Recording Connection! Azmyth Recording - Indianapolis, IN

Ryan Adkins is a Recording Connection graduate turned full time studio owner and engineer, currently working with Mike Lions at Azmyth Recording Studio in Indianapolis. Together, Mike and Ryan have worked with everyone from Eminem (on the first D12 album) to Mike Posner, MTV (“Catfish”, “Made”), and Project Pat.Currently, Ryan is working on mixing and tracking a few songs for “The Bleeding Keys”

Check them out online at azmythrecording.com!

Mentor News

Welcome new Film Connection Mentors: Judi Levin and Ben Lewin of Such Music Films!

The Sessions

The Film Connection is proud to welcome the husband-and-wife team of producer Judi and writer/director Ben Lewin to our team of mentors! Their production company, Such Much Films in Santa Monica, California, recently released the acclaimed feature film The Sessions (starring Helen Hunt and John H. Macy), which received two Golden Globe Shot from The Sessionsnominations, an Oscar nomination and multiple film festival awards, including a jury prize at Sundance. (Check out the film trailer here) Such Much Films has more than a dozen projects in development, so their new apprentices will have plenty of opportunities to assist on everything from screenplay coverage to marketing to shooting.

Here’s a bit more about Judi Levine and Ben Lewin from their website:

Judy Levine

Judy Levine

Born in Melbourne, Judi Levine began her producing career in Australia after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in film and drama, and then working her way up the production ladder. In addition to producing in her homeland, Levine’s work has taken her to France and England, and to Los Angeles where she has been living for almost two decades. Levine has been associated with award-winning film projects since her first short feature Plead Guilty, Get A Bond which won an AFI award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film. Her other producing credits include the critically acclaimed comedy feature Paperback Romance starring Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides and the documentary Hollywood Gold which was made for The Discovery Channel and is a wry insider’s look at the jewelry trade of Beverly Hills and Hollywood that guarantees audiences will never view the Oscars the same way again.

Levine’s most recent feature film The Sessions won numerous international awards including Audience Awards at the 2012 Sundance, San Sebastian and Mill Valley Film Festivals. In addition, the film won a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, the lead cast of The Sessions also garnered two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Actress, as well as two Golden Globe nominations in the same categories and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Ben Lewin

Ben Lewin

Ben Lewin’s career as a writer and director is spread across three continents and includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, miniseries and episodic programs. Born in Poland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1949. As a young man, Lewin showed great passion for photography and creative writing, and also studied and practiced law. He left his work as a criminal barrister when he was offered a scholarship to the National Film School in England. After graduating, he joined BBC Television as a director on the Nationwide program, followed by other documentary and current affairs programs for Thames, Granada and Channel Four Television. His breakthrough project as a writer/director was The Case of Cruelty to Prawns, a comedy-drama that won the Best Television Film Award at the prestigious Melbourne Film Festival.

Apprentices at Work
Misha Tot

Film Connection apprentice Misha Tot (Toledo, OH) has submitted a short film to the HollyShorts Film Festival and has made it to the 3rd round!

Follow them on Twitter (@hollyshorts) and submit your short films!

Ambrose Boswell

Recording Connection student Ambrose Boswell (St. Charles, MO) has opened his very own studio for less than $6000. “The studio I built is in my basement,” says Ambrose. “Total cost so far [is] about $5000, including a vocal booth, sound room and recording room.”

Pawan Gupta

Pawan Gupta, a Film Connection apprentice in Los Angeles, is currently working on pre-production for a new film with his mentor, director Richard Brandes. The shooting is scheduled to start by end of May or early June!

Recording Connection apprentice Hannah Finegold is finishing up her apprenticeship in Los Angeles. Along the way, she’s learned some of the ups and downs of the business and got a great opportunity.

Hannah Finegold

“I am still working on my last produced track for my certificate. There were some issues with musicians not being able to participate any longer so I had to give my original vision for the song a huge makeover. It’s a blessing in disguise because now I know I am capable of producing the same song in many different ways. It’s coming together and we should be recording ASAP. I may even have the opportunity to record it at Ocean Way Recording (in Hollywood), but I am still working out the details.

“Speaking of Ocean Way, I have made some great contacts. One of the engineers there is producing a band and asked if I would want to run Pro Tools for his bass session. He said he was just bringing in a session musician, but when I got there it wasn’t just a session musician, it was Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction. He was amazing to work with and just the nicest guy. I will be helping further on this album and I am looking forward to hearing the end result!”

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Tiffany Parker

Tiffany Parker is a current Film Connection student from Louisiana who is concentrating on editing films, shorts, and other videos. Check out her cut of the Weiss Awards Ceremony held in New Orleans! You can read more about Tiffany’s progress on her Student Blog.

Check out the new song by Recording Connection apprentice Paul Schultz! /follow/share!

Check out Blackwood KingsInto the Blue”, engineered by Recording apprentice Martin Schoeps (Victoria, BC, Canada) /follow/share!

Check out the new song by Recording Connection apprentice Paul Schultz! /follow/share!

Shot from 'Mirror Pop Live at The Griffin' by Fabrice Murgia

Take a look at a clip from Film Connection apprentice Fabrice Murgia (San Diego, CA):

“Shot and edited myself:” [click here to watch]

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Reggy Luck

“I really enjoyed the personal insight [my mentor] gave me – comparing today’s industry with 20 or 30 years ago (which is when I began working in TV and radio). I think what was most valuable was learning Pro Tools. It placed a very different view of the recording studio for me from the old days.”

- Reggy Luck, Recording Connection apprentice, Swing House Studios, Los Angeles

Alondra Castro

“I found a student who attends the Art Institute and we are going to collaborate together to work on short films that I will write for him. I am currently working on that and hopefully we begin shooting something soon. We plan to enter festivals or contests with them! I am very excited for that!”

- Alondra Castro, Film Connection apprentice, ES Creative, Dallas, TX

Blake Laitner

“Life is all about breaking out of your comfort zone.”

- Blake Laitner, Film Connection apprentice, AO Creative, Eugene, OR

“I’ve been working my tail off in and out of the studio. I’m learning to play the piano now out of the studio, and in the studio I’m learning everything from mastering to cleaning up!”

- Gregory Saltarelli, Recording Connection apprentice, TallCat Productions, Phoenix, AZ

Michael Stewart

“I arrived around ten, [and] my day was spent learning about and the ISO, the Iris, Zoom, Shutter Speed and Frame Rates. I also played around with those functions for the rest of my time there. I must say that slowly I am starting to understand [these] functions and I look forward to my next lesson!”

- Michael Stewart, Film Connection apprentice, Studio 713, Houston, TX

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