The San Antonio Film Makers had the pleasure of inviting the San Antonio Film Comissioner, Krystal Jones, to come and speak at our program about what the city is doing to bring more film and TV shows to the city. San Antonio has one of the best filming incentives, out of all the other Texas cities, with 7.5% of tax credits on top of the state tax credits which makes SA the best place to come and film at. She mentioned that as long as 60% of the crew is hired from the local area then the whole production is able to take advantage of these amazing benefits.
Krystal then talked about how she wants to create a local film crew resource database that lets all crew members and actors register in this system which then connects them to local and out of state productions looking to hire. That local database would then connect and automatically update to the current Texas Film Directory. She is kept busy with trying to bring a lot of great talent to the city and we are glad to have her come and meet all our members.
Starting January 2017 Paid Membership
Our program is doing great and expanding with new members each week. We started back in June 2016 and ran for 7 months as a free program. In order to help take this Film Makers program to the next level we will now have different rates for new members. Starting Jan 2017 new people who plan to join our program can benefit from paying in two different ways.
Monthly Membership Access
Film Makers who want a consistent film making program to join are encouraged to apply for the monthly membership ticket. $45 dollars a month gets you entrance to all the sessions for each month. This allows you to get invovled with as many projects as you want to take on.
- Access to all sessions each month
- Lets you take on as many film projects as you want
- Access to members only portal for communicating with all members and sharing content
- Keeps you updated on Film projects in San Antonio and Texas
- Helps you build your film and acting resume faster with experience
If you are not sure about joining our program and want to find out how our program works then you can pay per-event to attend for a rate of $30 dollars. You will be able to float between productions and determine if you want to join. Then you can sign up for a monthly membership rate of $45.
- Allows you to pay only for events you attend
- Lets you experience how our program runs without any commitments
- Non-Members can provide simple hand experience during the session attended
Monday night our Film Makers came together and shot an entire short in one night using just digital apps. We had one app that was designed just for editing and rending and another app for adding artistic effect, thought bubbles, and in some cases, costumes. We had three "camera" people shooting on their smartphones at the same time to reduce time shooting and then transferred all the files together online into one storage depot online where our editor can pull all the footage from, upload it into the app, edit, and then send the finished edited product over to the final app where it will be rendered and then uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Our writers and members sit and watch our actors preparing their scene. Our writers are creating their lines as they improv their scenes. The members are watching and taking notes for how the scenes will be shot. We had a new member join us that took on the role of Director which they were happy to do.
We are excited that last night we finished up with our latest short. Its a spooky thriller that I'm sure everyone will enjoy. The crew and actors worked hard. Fun Fact: This short was shot for a total of 3 days and no more than 10 hours.
Our second podcast is uploaded. We talk about Richard Linklater's efforts to open a studio house in Austin, filmmaking in China, and the interview that Jonah Hill just did with Variety. We touch on a couple of film news in Texas as well. Leave comments on our sound cloud account for each podcast.