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Short Film “When Does Love Begin?” Selected for Magwill Film Festival in Hollywood

Magwill Film Festival

A film project headed up by Nella Citino, Chair of the Video and Film departments at Madison Media Institute was recently selected for the Magwill Film Festival in Hollywood, California.

When Love Begins“When does Love Begin?”  is a dramatic short produced and written by Nella Citino.  Most of the film was shot in the Madison area with local actors and actresses, but Magwill Film Festival recognized that the film had “something.”  As stated by the festival’s Chief Executive Officer Alex Goodeam,  “We’re trying to see the drive inside, any new ideas, fresh stories. We believe that there are many interesting ideas and new names but it’s a hard work to find them out. That is why we created this film festival and why we selected this film.“

The film’s director Francisco C. Torres maintains, “One often hears the phrase “it’s an honor to be nominated”. In an industry where you are competing with tens of thousands of great films and videos every year, that phrase rings truth.”  He continues, “ Having worked on this film with a great cast and crew, this nomination comes forth as a reward for the outstanding efforts by each one of these individuals.”

As the main focus of the festival is to find new names with potential ability to produce high level films, the selection process occurs four times per year.  There are spring, summer, fall and winter festivals.  The next one happens in the summer.

In addition to this, there are several levels in the contest aspect:  If selected, there are awards with grants. There are also awards without grants, nominees and, of course, winners.

The festival was founded by a distribution company which is also looking for new content as well.  The Magwill Film Festival is also an online theater and film market. Magwill encourages filmmaker throughout the production, selection, and distribution process.

Nella Citino

Nella Citino

Producer and writer Nella Citino states, ”I can only give credit to the people on the crew and the support I receive from my colleagues to do this type of film. The Magwill Film Festival has a different approach to the festival circuit and  I would highly encourage our students submit their work since this is the type of festival that is seeking fresh voices and fresh perspectives.  Not only that, you can win money.”

 

The next call for entries is for the summer festival.  Deadline is May 27th, 2015.

Visit our website for more information about the Video & Film programs at Madison Media Institute.

MMI Sweeps Category in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Student Awards

WBA Awards

On Saturday, March 7th, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) announced its award winners for outstanding and exceptional student productions.  Competition included entries from universities and colleges throughout the state.  Madison Media Institute swept the Long Form Production (TV) Non news category.

In first place, Video and Motion Graphics student Steve Waas won for his short promotional video describing Sustain Dane’s Big Share program.  Sustain Dane is a non-profit organization committed to creating sustainable solutions for home, school, business, and municipalities. [More…]

Independent Digital Film Project Chosen for Door County Short Film Festival

Door County Short Film Festival

MMI is proud to announce the first project from the Independent Digital Film program, titled “The In Tandem Show”  has been accepted into the Door County Short Film Festival.  The script was written by Sean Little and produced by a team of MMI students, staff and alumni. Sean Little fills us in on how “The In Tandem Show” developed from an exercise in writing into a short film. 

I wrote a script for a sitcom in hopes of submitting it to a contest.  I don’t remember the name of the contest, but the mother of a former student emailed me with the information that Scott Hansen, a comic and comedy promoter from Minneapolis, was running a contest for a sitcom located in the Midwest, with the hopes of producing it locally for the internet, or possibly a small television station.

Being a writer and always looking for a new project, I jumped at the chance to expand my horizons with this challenge.  I had written screenplays before, of course.  In my undergrad work, my senior project was writing the pilot for a sci-fi show, and then doing all the groundwork toward figuring costs in production.  I had written sketches for comedy shows, and I had dabbled in playwrighting, but I had never written a sitcom.  A sitcom has its own set of rules and structure, yet the story still has to be obvious, and there needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end. [More…]

Every Day!

SOUNDS FUN!

This weekend Ross tracked a live show for Darnell Davis and the Remnant that we’re going to releasing as a DVD.  Jaycen Tichi, recent grad, assisted him. The were at North Central University in Minneapolis and the setup consisted of drums, bass, guitar, 2 keyboards, organ, 3 lead vocalists and about 15 backing vocalists.  Plus a giant fog machine.

STUDENT SERVICE!

Minneapolis has created a “Student Success Center”.  We have shifted some of our most valuable players into one space in order to best serve our students!  Kristen and Drew share a large space.  This allows students  a central location to meet their needs.  As well as Youa and Katie are in the area to help with FA and Registration.

MADISON…..
Does really cool stuff, but keeps it to themselves!  SHARE!!!!! Thanks to Nella, Will, Biff and the rest of the team that consistently send me stuff!

We make things happen EVERY DAY!!!!!

Every Day

GREAT NEWS!

Both campuses had Open Houses this weekend that were very successful!  Woo Hoo!  Very exciting times!  Congratulations to everyone.

WOO HOO!
Pamela McNeil’s “Rumours and Dreams” show just got picked up for 2 more nights at The Chanhassen Theater in July.

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY!

On April 19th MMI instructors Nella Citino, Robert Gee and Tim Mickleburgh joined Hanah Jon Taylor in the Chula Vista Resort to act as judges in the 2012 SkillsUSA contest. They judged high school students competing in the categories TV and Video Production, Advertising Production and 3D Animation, and were impressed by the high standards of the winning entries. Hanah Jon Taylor was on hand to inform interested students of the opportunities available at MMI.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ben Obi just completed a mix on a Remix of RCA recording artist, Usher’s single – Climax. The remix was produced by Minneapolis based producer DJ Unwind.

We make things happen EVERY DAY!

Every Day

GREAT NEWS!

Ben Illies, MN Grad, landed a gig working for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board through a lead from Tim Anderson. He’ll be running live sound for a huge number of bands in Minneapolis, working up to 30 hours a week. It’s a great opportunity for him to earn some money while getting to meet a ton of new people every time he works.

MMI ON THE TOWN…..

On April 19th MMI instructors Nella Citino, Robert Gee and Tim Mickleburgh joined Hanah Jon Taylor in the Chula Vista Resort to act as judges in the 2012 SkillsUSA contest. They judged high school students competing in the categories TV and Video Production, Advertising Production and 3D Animation, and were impressed by the high standards of the winning entries. Hanah Jon Taylor was on hand to inform interested students of the opportunities available at MMI.

VERY COOL!

James Davis (JD)  Minneapolis faculty, recently signed on to consult for the Major League Baseball team Washington Nationals; on a concert they are doing with mult-iplatinum country singer Dierks Bentley. It’s June 2nd.

OH AND DID YOU KNOW…….

Chris Taylor, Gary Paul, Hanah Taylor and Stev Briggs visited River Grove H.S. for a career fair. We talked with students and gathered leads. Steve demonstrated IP control (over IPad and IPhone) of a networked media player that that can store hundreds of movies and play them across a local area network. We talked about all of our programs at Madison Media Institute and had a very enjoyable day.

We make great things happen EVERY DAY!