Lizzie Borden Hacks her way into The Film Catalogue for this year's AFM

 

It’s listed as in ‘pre-production’ but we are currently in post-production on the project FYI….look to wrap it up in the next few weeks!   Again– More movies…More revenue

 

 

Microbudget surge yields big profits (VARIETY)- Charles Newberry

Though Argentina has an enviable system for state film-financing, now copied around Latin America, money remains tight, and the doling out of credits and subsidies can take years. Most of the country’s annual 100-feature output begins out-of-pocket, financed by sideline businesses in commercial and TV production or the proceeds of prior releases until a finished film can start fetching coin from festival screening fees and exhibition.

Even then, a profit is not guaranteed, despite the fact that Argentina is the busiest production market in Latin America. Production is brisk largely because of a “no matter what” attitude gleaned from years of economic crises.

“We are used to working in a crisis, and this is a source of creativity,” says Natalia Smirnoff, director of “Puzzle.”

In response, new production and exhibition models have emerged to make a profit, sometimes paying off quite handsomely.

For example, while international horror franchises (such as “Saw”) have earned a loyal following, Argentine attempts at the genre have been relegated to DVD for decades. To tap the full B.O. potential of horror pics, Pampa Films, a leading genre producer, boarded “Cold Sweat” with horror experts Paura Flics — a venture that is paying off.

The film, which earned $500,000 domestically on its release early this year, recovered its $250,000 production budget and P&A costs, paving the way for profits in subsequent sales to foreign markets, DVD and TV, says Hernan Moyano, a producer at Paura.

The model is underpinned by low-cost production, a well-practiced art in Argentina.

“You have to be very ingenious and squeeze as much as possible out of your tools,” says Moyano, who has made horror movies for as low as $6,000. The approach allowed Paura to shoot “Sweat,” a gory kidnapping tale, in 19 days (less than the low-end 25-day average).

And the strategy is crossing over to other genres.

“You have to make a film so it has as little debt as possible when it is finished,” says Ignacio Rey, who produced the low-budget fest fave “La Tigra, Chaco” at Sudestada Cine. That film started recovering its $250,000 outlay from screening fees at festivals, which brought exposure for international distribution deals ranging from $4,000 to $25,000.

Back home in Argentina, however, Rey opted for an eight-month alternative run at indie theaters, with four to five screenings per week, a strategy that grossed $5,000 on 10,000 ticket sales. A traditional commercial release would have snared the same audience in a week before the film got dropped, Rey estimates, but even if he’d earned $20,000 from the same number of admissions, it would have left him with a $30,000 debt after the $50,000 outlay in prints and marketing.

The profit potential is reviving an interest in low-budget filmmaking, with crews multi-tasking and cramming to slim budgets by 40%, says Hernan Musaluppi of Rizoma Films, a producer of Rodrigo Moreno’s “A Mysterious World.”

“There has been a revival of working hard on low-budget films with fewer people because you make more money,” he says. “It isn’t necessarily true that if you spend money you will make a better film.”

White Space’ star, Holt McCallany, among the Updated List of Potential ‘Riddick’ Cast;

copy below from Bloody Disgusting—- Monday, November 28, 2011

By: MrDisgusting
While production picks back up in Montreal, Bloody Disgusting has been digging for the full cast of David Twohy’s Riddick, the third film in the trilogy that will star Vin Diesel and Karl Urban.We have exclusively reported Oct. 31 that Andreas Apergis, Katee Sackhoff (White Noise 2: The Light, Growl, The Haunting in Georgia), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, Devil) and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption) have all been given offers. Add Matthew Nable (K-11, Killer Elite) to the list as “Boss Johns”. Apergis would play “Krone”, commander of the dark theocracy. Sackhoff would pay “Dahl”, a Nordic merc tracking Riddick.

We’ve also learned that there’s strong interest in both Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard , The Fountain, Training Day) and Holt McCallany (Alien 3, Fight Club) as “Santana” and “Vargas”, respectively.

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

White Space and GRRM's The Skin Trade Launch Official Websites

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Announces Websites, Social Media pages for ‘White Space’ and ‘George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade’ in preparation for AFM®

October 31, 2011 09:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES——Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIKP) announces today it has launched official websites and social media pages for its sci-fi thriller, ‘White Space’ and the much anticipated ‘George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade’.

“Again, all are encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’. George R.R. Martin is the NY Times Bestselling Author behind HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and Time Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People of 2011.”

In line with MIKP’s attendance at American Film Market this week in Los Angeles, the websites showcase highlights of each project to potential sales agencies and buyers. As well, steady growth in social media popularity can play a key factor in negotiations. The company has meetings lined up with key players in the industry, in hopes of identifying the best suitable candidates for sales and distribution rights worldwide.

www.enterwhitespace.com is the official website for ‘White Space’. Shareholders are also encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’ www.facebook.com/enterwhitespace. The website will feature a password protected area for Sales Agents and Buyers to view progress on White Space as producers work toward finalization of post-production.

As well, www.theskintrademovie.com is the official website for GRRM’s The Skin Trade’ and www.facebook.com/blackstonemanor on Facebook. “Again, all are encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’. George R.R. Martin is the NY Times Bestselling Author behind HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and Time Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People of 2011.

“The AFM is a tremendous opportunity for us,” states Newbauer. “Here, we will initiate discussions toward optimal profit scenarios for both projects; high-concept features with franchise opportunities appealing to any buyer in today’s market. Science Fiction, Animation and Horror lead the industry in ROI.”

Look for a company update on MIKP’s www.servenation.com in the coming days.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR SHAREHOLDERS:

Interview with MIKP CEO

MIKP BLOG

MIKP on Facebook

Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

 

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Secures Contract with Top Brand Integration Partner for Cash injection, In-Kind Gifts on Deep Space Thriller, ‘White Space’

LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIKP) announces today that it has secured ISM Entertainment as its Exclusive Brand Integration Partner for ‘White Space’, a deep-space visual effects thriller starring Holt McCallany. The feature, produced by MTP, Spoke Lane Entertainment and www.filmworksfx.com, echoes classics such as ‘Alien’ and ‘The Thing’. The film is knee-deep in post-production and ISM signed on with confidence that it can bring significant resources and cash injection to the project, increasing overall margins toward enhanced revenues.

“Our Independent Production Integration division will streamline entertainment marketing for MTP while building consumer interest for ‘White Space’ and other productions, ultimately leading to incremental consumer impressions and significant production savings.”

Formed in 1995, ISM Entertainment is a full service entertainment marketing agency specializing in Product Placement, Brand Integration, Cause Related Entertainment Marketing, Independent Film Integration, Event Sponsorship, Fusion Marketing and Cross Promotions.

Under the Agreement, ISM will procure brand partners in key categories who will provide significant cash, product and promotional support for ‘White Space’, exponentially reducing production costs through cash injection, brand integration/promotion deals and donations, as well as product/service loans, securing real-life brands for the project’s environments.

Ian McQueen, President of Entertainment Marketing at ISM saw the potential in ‘White Space’ immediately along with other projects on Mike the Pike Production’s (MTP) slate. He states, “Our Independent Production Integration division will streamline entertainment marketing for MTP while building consumer interest for ‘White Space’ and other productions, ultimately leading to incremental consumer impressions and significant production savings.”

He continues, “We’re a client-focused company and Mike the Pike Productions will be a big fish in a small pond. We have strong, long-standing relationships with hundreds of corporate brands and agencies, as well as the experience to produce comprehensive cross promotions, McQueen said.

Check out the most recent interview with MIKP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwVA_zGSKFU

Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

Contacts

The Nuemark Group
Shaun Kohlmeier, 1-888-805-6636
Investors@nuemarkgroup.com
www.NuemarkGroup.com

 

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Secures Contract with Top Brand Integration Partner for Cash injection, In-Kind Gifts on Deep Space Thriller, ‘White Space’

LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIKP) announces today that it has secured ISM Entertainment as its Exclusive Brand Integration Partner for ‘White Space’, a deep-space visual effects thriller starring Holt McCallany. The feature, produced by MTP, Spoke Lane Entertainment and www.filmworksfx.com, echoes classics such as ‘Alien’ and ‘The Thing’. The film is knee-deep in post-production and ISM signed on with confidence that it can bring significant resources and cash injection to the project, increasing overall margins toward enhanced revenues.

“Our Independent Production Integration division will streamline entertainment marketing for MTP while building consumer interest for ‘White Space’ and other productions, ultimately leading to incremental consumer impressions and significant production savings.”

Formed in 1995, ISM Entertainment is a full service entertainment marketing agency specializing in Product Placement, Brand Integration, Cause Related Entertainment Marketing, Independent Film Integration, Event Sponsorship, Fusion Marketing and Cross Promotions.

Under the Agreement, ISM will procure brand partners in key categories who will provide significant cash, product and promotional support for ‘White Space’, exponentially reducing production costs through cash injection, brand integration/promotion deals and donations, as well as product/service loans, securing real-life brands for the project’s environments.

Ian McQueen, President of Entertainment Marketing at ISM saw the potential in ‘White Space’ immediately along with other projects on Mike the Pike Production’s (MTP) slate. He states, “Our Independent Production Integration division will streamline entertainment marketing for MTP while building consumer interest for ‘White Space’ and other productions, ultimately leading to incremental consumer impressions and significant production savings.”

He continues, “We’re a client-focused company and Mike the Pike Productions will be a big fish in a small pond. We have strong, long-standing relationships with hundreds of corporate brands and agencies, as well as the experience to produce comprehensive cross promotions, McQueen said.

Check out the most recent interview with MIKP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwVA_zGSKFU

Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

Contacts

The Nuemark Group
Shaun Kohlmeier, 1-888-805-6636
Investors@nuemarkgroup.com
www.NuemarkGroup.com