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?
…if you wanted to be a player in the industry you had to live in Los Angeles or New York city. Thanks to the Internet, that is no longer the case.
Each month we talk with an influential individual in our film community. This month we had the pleasure of speaking with yet another incredibly talented Kansas City native Tuc Watkins. Tuc Watkins is an actor and producer known for his roles on successful ABC shows like One Life to Live and Desperate Housewives, NBC‘s Parks and Recreation, in hit films like The Mummy, and in web series like Where the Bears Are. He is incredibly versatile, with credits ranging from broad comedies to stark dramas, and nearly everything in between. With a long career spent starring in both daytime and Primetime television, as well as film, Tuc has a unique perspective on the industry. Tuc was kind enough to talk with us about his career, life and his love for his hometown.
KCFO: What is your story from Kansas City to Hollywood?
TUC: I grew up in Mission and Prairie Village. I went to Indian Hills Junior High and would have attended Shawnee Mission East, but my family moved to St. Louis when I was in high school. My family moved back to KC while I was attending Indiana University. After graduating I spent my last summer in Kansas City, working odd jobs, saving money so that I could move to Los Angeles. When I had saved $6,000 I jumped in my jeep and drove to California.
Parks and Recreation
KCFO: What was your very first job in Hollywood?
TUC: When I arrived in Los Angeles I was lucky enough to book my first commercial audition: Miller Lite Genuine Draft Beer. We spent a week shooting on the beach in Malibu. Between Lee Majors’ house and Bob Newhart’s house. It was an awesome experience to say the least! Continue reading →
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 →
One of our favorite locations to film at was the “Italian Villa” which was an amazing home located only about 15 minutes south of downtown…we could not have asked for a better place to shoot our Italy scenes. The funny thing was, we filmed the family home in “Chicago” right across the street, that’s how diverse some of the neighborhoods are in Kansas City.
It’s not everyday that an independent film gets a deal with the AMC Independent program. But that’s exactly what Kansas City filmmakers Sandra Martin (SM), writer/director and Isaac Alongi (IA), cinematographer have done. Their film, Trust Fund, opens in KC on January 8 at AMC Theatres. We invited Martin and Alongi to be the January KC film spotlight to celebrate the release. Congratulations to these incredible KC film talents and to all the cast and crew!
KCFMO: How did you film KC as Chicago and Italy? Tell us about your location selections.
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!!
For the first time our industry will be giving a “show and tell” from Script-to-Screen on Level B at Union Station’s Maker Faire June 27 & 28. Last year 15,000 people came through Maker Faire and this year we expect 17,000-18,000! The public will get to know our world interacting with us as we show them what we do – staged readings of original scripts, storyboards, talent, casting, cameras and equipment, makeup, wardrobe, post-production, special effects, screenings of work and special presentations.
Main Stage Presenter (Saturday & Sunday)
Allan B. Holt (Saturday 3 p.m & Sunday 3:15 p.m.)
Allan will present and Q&A on both days of the maker Faire at the main Innovation Stage. Allan has done character work special effects for the last 20 years. His credits include Captain America, RoboCop, Pacific Rim, Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens, Thor, Alice in Wonderland and many more…
He was the founder and first president of KU Filmworks and graduated from KU in 1999.