VIDEO: Sarasota-made Red Wins 48-Hour Directing Award

It was an exciting evening for Sarasota film team This Oyster when their short-film Red took home the award for Best Directing at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project. And since we have an in with Evan Sigmund, co-director and SRQ Backlot senior photographer, we got the scoop on the filmmaking process and permission to share the film with our readers.  Continue reading VIDEO: Sarasota-made Red Wins 48-Hour Directing Award

Ringling College Announces Soundstage Complex; Film Community Moving Forward; Economic Development for Newtown

At an early morning press conference in the Keating Center, Ringling College of Art and Design revealed plans for its latest expansion, the Ringling College Soundstage Complex, in what appears to be a milestone for the development of Sarasota’s burgeoning film community.

The facility, to be constructed in the block between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 25th Street and stretching from Cocoanut Avenue to Central Avenue will be home to not only a soundstage, but also a professional post-production studio. Continue reading Ringling College Announces Soundstage Complex; Film Community Moving Forward; Economic Development for Newtown

Atlas Shrugged Brings Different Film View to Ringling

photo 1It took more than a decade to bring a version of Atlas Shrugged to the big screen and three films to do justice to Ayn Rand’s epic original tale. But last week producer Harmon Kaslow brought the final installment of the series, Atlas Shrugged III: Who is John Galt?, to Ringling College of Art and Design for a sneak peak. The libertarian message film brought out a more corporate crowd to the Academic Center auditorium than the normal art students that populate the campus, but Ringling president Larry Thompson said it was important to expose digital filmmaking students there to all kind of cinema.

Kaslow sat down with SRQ Backlot to discuss the film and its reception. Continue reading Atlas Shrugged Brings Different Film View to Ringling