I have just returned from Brazil where I worked as Broadcast Venue Manager during both Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Each month we talk with an influential individual in our film industry and this month we have the opportunity to learn about a KC woman who recently worked at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Michele Fatturi.
KCFO: You’ve spent most of your career living and working in Brazil. Are there any distinct differences between producing American media versus Brazilian media – how is it the same/how is it different?
MICHELE: It is hard to trace this parallel at the moment because in Brazil I have worked for over 12 years mainly for TV and Radio but in KC my working experience is in the cinema area and not yet TV.
Brazil has a great tradition in TV and advertising, being considered one of the best in the world for its high production standards. So, both countries share leading roles in this area and highly qualified professionals. However, the US produces more globally distributed content while Brazil produces for local and Latin markets. I think that’s the main difference. Also, as we deal with much smaller budgets, Brazilian professionals are very good at finding solutions outside the box to solve problems when resources are limited and crews are smaller. It’s the so called “jeitinho brasileiro”(Brazilian way) applied positively. I would say we are very resourceful.
It is also the difference between a KC media professional and someone from New York or the West Coast, for example. With less productions and smaller budgets you guys here need to do way more juggling to get things done, what makes the local talent very versatile.
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KCFO: You’ve produced content for large entertainment companies like MTV and ESPN. Can you give us an example of a project(s) you worked on at each and what your role entailed?
Each month we connect with an influential professional in the industry. This month our Spotlight is on actress Bebe Wood.
At fourteen, Bebe Wood has had more success than many actors will see in their entire careers. Wood, a Kansas City native, has starred in some of the biggest shows on television including 30 Rock, Veep, NBC’s The New Normal, the Netflix mini-series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, About a Boy and films like A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Today, Bebe stars in the new ABC comedy “The Real O’Neals” as Shannon, the clever daughter of Irish Catholic parents adjusting to their son’s coming out and their impending divorce. We got the chance to speak with Bebe about her KC roots and what it’s like being a successful young actress.
KCFMO: What would you say is the most common misconception about being a young actor?
Bebe: Acting is hard work. I love my job and I’m blessed to have it, but it’s not easy. People think being an actor on television would be a walk in the park and tons of fun. It is fun, but it also means a crazy schedule and a lot of responsibility.
I think staying in KC helps keep me grounded. I don’t get caught up in Hollywood competition.
KCFMO: How has your Kansas City upbringing affected you and your career?Continue reading →
Five years ago Nigella Lawson visited Kansas City and she never
forgot how magical it was. Fast-forward to her newest UK-based
cooking show, BBC's "Simply Nigella" and where does she choose
to film the first Christmas special for her show? Kansas City.
Nigella is a celebrity chef with a career history as a journalist,
broadcaster, television personality, gourmet and food writer. She has
written eleven cookbooks and Simply Nigella is her most recent.
She has also starred in several of her own cooking shows -
Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, Nigella, Nigella Feasts, NigellaExpress, Nigella Kitchen, Nigellissima, The Taste and Simply Nigella.
Nigella has been a celebrity guest on shows like ABC's Modern Family,
Bravo's Top Chef, Food Network's Iron Chef and Australia's Master Chef.
I had the pleasure of working with Melissa Willis at Take Two (now HINT) several years ago. She was the kind of producer who respected the Production and everyone’s roles in it. She seemed to always stay late, she was amazingly organized, and meticulous about her production books. One of the truly great things about her is her willingness to teach young associate producers and production assistants who were interested in how to run a commercial production. Melissa is what I call a “crackerjack.” She knows her stuff and accepts nothing but the best from those she works with. Melissa is now the Senior Producer at Northpass Media in Kansas City.
KCFMO: How long have you been in the production industry and how did you start?
Melissa: I started about 22 years ago. There are many moments which shapedmy first 2 years. I answered an ad in a local paper, the Pitch, I think. The ad was asking for people to participate in a documentary. We met at the Westport Library. At that meeting I met Kirby Cobb the director and creator of the project. We met every Wednesday night. From those meetings the Independent Filmmakers Coalition (IFC) was born.
Via the IFC I met Patti Watkins the Film Commissioner of Kansas City. I interned for her during Ang Lee’s feature “Ride with the Devil” and during Frank Pierson’s HBO movie “Truman” when they were scouting Kansas City. Patti recommended me for Production Secretary on “Truman”. I’m forever grateful to her for that opportunity. My script cabinet was Emmy worthy!
Kansas City was the location for two comedy television pilots – Comedy Central’s Travel Fun Show with Al Madrigal and Jak Knight (working title) and School of Humans/Tru TV’s Eugene Meets the Mayor starring Eugene Mirman and Wyatt Cenac. Eugene Mirman played the recurring character ‘Eugene’ on the acclaimed HBO show Flight of the Concords and is the voice of Gene in the award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers. Wyatt Cenac was a regular correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Al Madrigal was also a regular correspondent on The Daily Show, is the co-founder of All Things Comedy podcast network and was a co-star on NBC’s series About A Boy. Jack Knight is a young stand-up comic and actor.
Why is Kansas City the spot for these two pilots who are hoping to be given life as serial TV shows?
We’ll never get sick of saying it – the Kansas City Royals are 2015 World Series Champs! Think about every game you watched on TV, all the highlights, the announcers, the interviews, the cool and often funny promotions. This is the domain of the production industry and our KC Production Crew was a huge part of making it all look great!
We enjoyed working with all of them….the former players were inviting and dripping with contagious spunk.
The second installment of KC Crew behind-the-scenes this post-season features the people who kept the on-camera talent looking their best, Make-Up Artists:
Staci Broski Michelle Taylor Jolie Carrillo-Allen
AROD had breakfast at the Classic Cup and did Yoga somewhere in Westport in the mornings.
KCFMO:What was your role as a crew person during the Royals post-season?
Storyboarding – “Visualizing a Film” Vince Medellin will share character development boards, environment boards and storyboards from his own work as a visual developer/art director as well as storyboards from the films of local director, Patrick Rae. You will see how a production is ‘seen’ well before any camera roll. Plus you’ll have a chance to give storyboarding a try yourself!
Casting – “Audition to Land the Part” Heather Laird of Wright/Laird Casting in Kansas City will be will be at Script-to-Screen Saturday, June 27th in the Casting Booth area. Heather has worked on 65+ films including THE GOOD LIE, PETE’S DRAGON, WINTERS BONE, ALL ROADS LEAD HOME (screening at Maker Faire) and more than 1,000 commercial and print projects such as Google, McDonalds, Walmart, MetLife, Microsoft, United Way, Time Warner Cable, Wendy’s, Sprint, Gillette, MasterCard and many more. The W/L booth will provide the opportunity to observe the audition process and for the fearless, a chance to try it yourself!!
Talent Agency Booth – “Have Your People Call My People” Several area talent agencies will be in the Talent Agency Booth – I&I Agency, Exposure Inc and Moxie Talent Agency. You may be surprised at all of the amazing talent Kansas City has – from actors, to models, to voice over artists. Stop by the booth and they can teach you about the world of booking a job from headshots to auditions – they may even send you to one! Continue reading →
SCREENINGSA big part of our industry ‘Show and Tell’ is a sampling of PG-rated (family friendly) documentaries, narratives and videos.
Downloadable Script-to-Screen schedules will be available here soon.
“All Roads Lead Home”–Sat., June 27 10:30 AM & Sun., June 28 10:30 AM
The winner of Best Feature Drama at the International Family Film Festival and winner of the Crystal Dove Seal Award from The Dove Foundation is directed by Kansas City’s Dennis Fallon. It is “the story is about a 12 year old girl who loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his young daughter who believes her father is partly responsible for her mother’s death. Belle’s maternal grandfather is a changed man since losing his daughter in the accident. He finds it difficult to have a relationship with Belle since she is a constant reminder of her mother. It is Atticus the new puppy who will change Belle’s life and the lives of those who love her.” Star-studded cast includes Peter Boyle, Jason London, Peter Coyote, Vivien Cardone and Vanessa Branch. – To view the trailer click here
“Maker – Movie” – Saturday, June 27 12:45 PM & Sunday, June 28 10:30 AM
is a movie that looks at the Maker Movement in America – a “new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies…”
“Robots Movie”– Saturday, June 27 1:50 PM & Sunday, June 28 11:35 AM
“The Monument Comes Alive – The 100 Year Union Station Anniversary Special” – Sat., June 27 2:30-3 PM with Q&A and Sun., June 28 12:30 PM
A breathtaking digital show that transformed the facade of Union Station into a 3D “mind-blowing masterpiece.” Producer Quixotic will be on-hand with Bazillion and Bic Media to discuss the project and answer questions from the audience. Get ready for an amazing ride!!