May 9, 2014
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Success Stories

Uptone Pictures

After starting his Film Connection apprenticeship in Raleigh, NC with Mike Davis at Uptone Pictures, Grant Gilbert worked on the TV lifestyle show “Loving Life” running cameras and assisting on the set. Now, Grant is taking the next step in his career, coming to Los Angeles to pitch his TV series “Small Town Blues” to Hollywood! Here is the show’s synopsis:

Grant Gilbert

“Small Town Blues” is a coming-of-age story about an aspiring rocker, Jake, and the trials and tribulations he experiences growing up in the small town of Clayton, where secrets don’t stay secrets for long! Over the course of Season One, Jake learns a lot about himself and the friends he’s surrounded by, as their lives take different directions due to the choices they make while trying to escape the small town blues.

Grant grew up in Clayton, NC, and this isn’t the first time his hometown has inspired his work. In high school, he worked with some friends on a parody series of “Dawson’s Creek” called “Clayton’s Creek.” You can catch a couple of episodes in the “Apprentice and Mentor Media” section below. Best of luck, Grant!

Asaf Fulks

Founded by producer/engineer Asaf Fulks, OC Recording Company is a preeminent world-class studio in Orange County, California that was awarded Best Orange County Studio by OC Weekly in 2012. OC Recording is also a popular mentor studio for the Recording Connection, and several graduates of the program have stayed on to work with Asaf on a variety of projects.

“Cody Sanchez and AJ Santos graduated Recording Connection and work as producers and promoters for our studio,” says Asaf. The two have gone on to produce several hip-hop tracks for the website, which OC Recording owns and maintains.

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Another Recording Connection grad, Eric Sheffield, now works alongside Asaf as his assistant in the studio. “He is a great producer and engineer and really picked up the material fast,” says Asaf. “He recently helped me produce and engineer original tracks for Skylar Stecker, Alias Music Publishing, Joseph Vincent, Whosoever South and a track for the Eddie Mantello Band that was this year’s Boston Marathon theme song. Eric recently engineered voice over sessions for the Orange County Toll Roads and Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon.” Congrats to our graduates!

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Media Vision

Film Connection student Clinton Noble, who apprentices with Jeff Jacobs at Media Vision in Lexington, KY, recently got a huge career boost when he was hired to do production work at local ABC affiliate WTVQ (channel 36) in Lexington! His mentor is obviously very pleased. Congratulations, Clinton!

Michael Blume

Michael Blume relocated from Seattle to Los Angeles, CA to be a Film Connection apprentice with producer/director Daniel Sollinger. Since starting his apprenticeship, his mentor has helped him land six different acting gigs! Michael is also exploring the production, business and writing sides of filmmaking. Congratulations, Michael!

Jonathan Edwards

Film student Jonathan Edwards, who is apprenticing at Olegna Productions in Harrisburg, PA, visited LA Center Studios in Los Angeles this week to pitch some of his ideas—most notably, a sci-fi postapocalyptic style film which he compares to The Road. “What drives this script is the character development,” says Jonathan, who describes his human protagonist as a broken shell and his female lead, an alien, as ironically very human. Jonathan directed and acted in the scene he shot, but doesn’t plan on getting into acting for the long haul. While at the studio, Jonathan also pitched a feel-good adventure rom-com as well as a high school supernatural TV series fit for ABC Family. Best of luck, Jonathan!

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In the past four newsletters we have announced that the Recording, Radio and Film Connection has a brand new supporter of our program. We have received thousands of emails attempting to guess who it is that supports our mission to educate you in real recording studios, radio stations and film production companies. We want to thank you all for your entries!!!

And now for the answer...
Oliver Stone

Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Natural Born Killers, Born on the 4th of July) is our new BFF!

This legendary director with one heck of a rebellious streak is also a producer, published author, combat veteran and an all around great guy.

Oliver Stone supports the way we train people inside real production companies and agrees that traditional trade schools are too expensive and a waste of money.

This week's Mystery Supporter

This week’s Mystery Supporter for you to guess: _______________ is a world renowned audio engineer and music producer who lives in Los Angeles and has worked on 3 very different records: one for Lady Gaga, one with the legendary Johnny Cash and one for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. And on one of these he won a Grammy.

He is one of the most sought after engineers and producers in the business and he is a full supporter of the Recording Connection and the way we teach - one on one inside real recording studios.

We reveal who our new best friend is in June. If you’d like to guess, please sign up here. Guess right, and you could win a brand new Abelton Live or Pro Tools software package in the box! Entry must be received by 6/6/2014 - Good luck!

Contest rules: Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen in drawing from all correct entries. The complete list of rules for this contest is available on the contest sign up page.

Mentor News
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The Recording Connection is pleased to count composer and guitarist Brian Tarquin among our mentors since October 2013. Owner of Jungle Room Studios, BHP Music and a music publishing company called Film Trax, Brian is a noted music industry pro with three Emmy awards for his music for television, as well as an author of several books! Here’s an excerpt from his bio:

Brian Tarquin

The Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an “Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release; This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90’s. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch and High Life and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career. In 2008, Tarquin produced and wrote Fretworx, which showcased new recordings by guitar greats, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Frank Gambale, Andy Timmons, Will Ray, plus many others. The album featured, exclusively released tracks inspired by those who lost their lives on 9-11, in which a portion of the profits were donated to the Friends of Firefighters 9-11 Foundation. It also contained rarity tracks from Steve Vai, Santana & Tommy Bolin, plus personal liner notes written by Hal Lindes of Dire Straits.

Some of his accomplishments include, composing the theme music for MTV’s Road Rules, as well as producing music for many other TV shows such as CSI, ABC’s Making The Band, Extra, TMZ, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film, The Watcher (see list of credits attached). For many years, he has produced/composed for such Music Production Companies as First Com, Sonoton, Megatrax, One Music and Zomba Music. In fact, Brian composed and produced the successful Megatrax series, Megabeats. In 1998, he formed the rock/electronica band, Asphalt Jungle, which composed the MTV Road Rules theme, “Witchcraft” and “Tekken”.

Film producer Alex Keledjian (Project Greenlight) is in the house!

Project Greenlight

Last week, Film Connection had a special visit with producer Alex Keledjian of Project Greenlight at Los Angeles Center Studios! Alex came in to host pitch meetings with Film Connection apprentices Mark Doster (Denver, CO) and Grant Gilbert (Clayton, NC). Alex had many insightful points to share on the art of pitching, which we share with you below:

  • Find some common ground with the producer such as favorite films, people you’ve worked with, etc. Talk about who you are and where you’re from, what you like to do. Ask them what they like to do. If you’re not originally from NYC or LA, talk about your first experience there.
  • Some key phrases you’ll want to avoid at all costs: when a producer says, “It’s great” what it means is, “It sucks;” and if they say it’s “Well-written”, what it really means is “I can’t sell this.”
  • Adopt an “I’m here to help” can-do attitude, to keep the positivity and thoughts flowing while keeping the communication open.
  • When the conversation gets dull (which it never should), be sure to change the pace with a new idea, something fresh.
  • Keep your posture eager, excited, and ready. Sit straight and converse your ideas openly.
  • Bullet-point your story in sections to help outline your plot points. If you’re pitching a TV show idea, don’t be afraid to name each of the episodes – most of the time, they will be self-explanatory enough.

Read more about Alex on his IMDB page:

Recording Connection mentor studio Inner Ear working with Foo Fighters!
Inner Ear Recording Studios

Back in February, Inner Ear Recording Studios (one of our mentor studios in Washington, DC) recorded songs for the highly anticipated new Foo Fighters album! During the sessions, Dave Grohl’s film crew Roswell Films shot a lot of footage in the studio, which is to be used in an HBO production in October.

Apprentices at Work!
Fabrice Murgia

Fabrice Murgia, Film Connection apprentice at Cinemaviva in San Diego, recently got to help his mentor Horacio Jones with a 2-camera shoot in Los Angeles for the World Radio Summit, held at the Roosevelt Hotel across from the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. “I first shot some B-roll of the event and then climbed on one of the platforms with the rest of the cameras and shot the session!” says Fabrice.

Matthew Furci

Recording Connection apprentice Matthew Furci has been hard at work at his mentor studio, Studio Du Chateau in Quebec. “Work is great, been working on sound capture for a video game,” he says. “It’s been quite an adventure.”

Clayton's Creek

In high school, Film apprentice Grant Gilbert and his classmates created their own version of Dawson’s Creek called “Clayton’s Creek” about their hometown, Clayton, North Carolina. Check out a couple of the episodes here.

Shot from Faruk Begovic's Assignment

Film Connection apprentice Faruk Begovic turned in his scene from Chapter 17 of the curriculum. Check it out here!

The Mixed Fighter by Dmitriy Huizenga

Check out this short video mixed and edited by Film apprentice Dmitriy Huizenga!

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Adam Reese

“It was a great environment; my band will most likely be going there for some mastering soon for our EP. There are a lot of talented people running that studio and my mentor was very down to earth and knowledgeable.”

-Adam Reese, Recording Connection apprentice at Rax Trax Recording

Film Set

“Editing reminds me of back in the day when I was rapping and I had software on my computer for making beats, along with beat machines. I would spend countless days and nights perfecting one beat so it would sound theatrical and make the song come out the best it could. For me, editing brings me back to the roots of solving the puzzle of a film and making the audience feel.”

- Dominic Matich, Film Connection graduate, Rochester Hills, MI
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Nick Pulito

“Another great studio visit. During the last session, I had the opportunity to sit in while my mentor worked on a mastering project. It was great to have a chance to see a real ‘master’ of the art at work, especially for my very first time seeing someone master. Very much looking forward to learning more about that process in the weeks to come.”

- Nick Pulito, Recording Connection apprentice, New York, NY

David Rogan

“My first lesson went very well. I really like my mentor and feel comfortable around him. We went over my test and he re-asked the questions from the test to make sure I understood them. Over all it was great and I cannot wait for my next lesson!”

- David Rogan, Recording Connection apprentice, New Castle, PA

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