Update: The film mixer featuring Headcase VR co-founder Lucas Foster has been cancelled. Foster could not attend because of an illness, according to the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office.
Will the films of tomorrow feel more like a visit to Star Trek’s holodeck? What once seemed a possibility only within the realm of science fiction now seems close to reality with technology like Oculus Rift on the market. Now, the question may be whether the makers of art are prepared to work in an immersive world. Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, wants to ensure filmmakers on the Suncoast have the knowledge they need regarding virtual reality. “This is the latest and greatest breakthrough in filming techniques,” Corcoran said. Continue reading Film Commission to focus on virtual reality at next mixer→
At a quarterly meeting last week, leaders for Film Florida decided to hold the organization’s annual meeting in Sarasota. The event, tentative slated for late June, will bring the biggest voices in film to this area for an annual awards event and to discuss its policy agenda. Of course, one of those voices is here full time. Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office director and co-chair for the Florida Film Commissioners Council, spoke with SRQ about Film Florida’s policy focus in the coming year. Continue reading Corcoran Presses for Florida to Renew Incentives→
As episodic television explodes on the small screen across a growing variety of distribution channels, the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office is bringing in writers who have created content to air on network, cable and internet outlets. Luisa Leschin and Max CiVon, the husband-and-wife team behind Tortuga Productions in Los Angeles, will speak Tuesday at a film mixer hosted by the film commission at the Ringling College Auditorium.
Jeanne Corcoran, Film and Entertainment Office director, said Leschin can offer solid advise to local creatives because she has continued to be a successful writer even amid a paradigm shift in the way episodes are consumed by the public. “She has been involved in traditional outlets,” Corcoran said, “but is also now actively earning a living from these new channels of distribution. Leschin, one of the top Latina writers in Hollywood over the past couple decades, has written for network shows including George Lopez and Everybody Hates Chris, as well as for cable shows such as Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally and TBS’ Are We There Yet? Right now, she works as a consulting producer for El Rey Network on the Netflix series From Dusk Til Dawn and through Tortuga Productions is writing the upcoming Amazon Prime series Just Add Magic.Continue reading Luisa Leschin to discuss modern TV distribution at Sarasota event→
Efforts have been ongoing for years to turn the Sarasota-Bradenton area into a filmmaking hub, with varied success. Institutions like the Sarasota Film Festival leave their mark each year, while expensive blunders like the failed Sanborn Studios project lend a bitter taste to the whole operation. This year, an announcement from Ringling College of Art and Design regarding a new 30,000 square foot professional-grade sound studio and post-production facility reinvigorated the conversation, leading many to ask what exactly the next step entails if Sarasota is to one day be what the burgeoning film community hopes it could be.
Among the many players involved – government institutions such as the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (the Office), community leaders like Mark Troy and the filmmakers themselves – each perspective gives a slightly different picture and the way forward remains uncertain…