Friday, October 24, 2014

Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - Laggies

Seattle Video Production - Lynn Shelton - Laggies

Do you love film in Seattle, and yearn for a real film industry, 
where Artists get paid?

Then run and buy a ticket TODAY for Lynn Shelton's new feature movie "Laggies."

Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" is available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Comcast. Don't miss it! Every sale helps Lynn make more movies, and that helps YOU. Do it!

Either do that, or admit it's all been just talk.

How do I figure that?

At every filmmaking step, you SPEND money.
Only one step EARNS for you - selling your movie.

Are you selling your movie?

I will give you examples. All those people at the American Film Market (AFM) every year, raising money and making deals, they are selling their movie.

Will YOU be there, or are you making plans to go next time?
If you are not, or you are not in some other way selling your feature movie, (for cash money), you are just pretending. You are not even playing the game.

Lynn Shelton's movie "Laggies" opens today in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Lynn has been all over the media, and is selling her movie. 

If you support Lynn (and you should), go to the movies today or Sunday, and buy a ticket and see it.

Your dollars go toward the only thing that matters in the Movie Biz - box office. If there's enough dollars, Lynn's Distributor will keep playing the film in more and bigger theatres, and she'll find money for her next one. 

That's how you can help Lynn sell her movie. Her success will help YOU, in ways we cannot even guess.

All those people who spend their time just talking and thinking, taking or giving endless classes, entering contests and film festivals, with the result of only making short films that cannot be sold commercially...not so much.

Now, how about YOU?

Do you have a finished feature film? Are you working toward that?
Are you calling and writing and wheeling and dealing?

Are you selling your movie?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck

Seattle Costume Designer - Janessa Jayne Styck

When I'm doing a show or film, in Seattle or Hollywood, my first choice for Costume Design is Janessa Styck. Her designs are classically elegant, perfectly suited to the Production, and remarkably well-priced. All those make my little Producer heart go thump thump thump!

Just look at her designs! She's a wizard with fabric and an era. She has highest ratings from her Customers, and Reviewers who have seen her shows and films. She's worked with top Tony-nominated professionals. Can't recommend her enough. Just go to her webpage, and see what she's got for your show.

Janessa demo video

Janessa Jayne Styck
Seattle Costume Designer
Hollywood Costume Designer
Seattle Costume Design
Hollywood Costume Design


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.

Lord Richard Attenborough - Actor - Director - There Was A Man Dept.

He was riding high, when I met him. 55th Academy Awards, in 1983. He and his picture (Gandhi) had just won eight Oscars, and he'd made a fine speech about it, and he was positively giddy with triumph.

It was my first Academy Award ceremony
, and I really wanted to talk to the Best Picture's Best Director, Sir Richard Attenborough.

It's a funny thing about the Ceremonies, It's nothing like you see onscreen.

There are boos and screams and funny noises, and weird things happening all the time, but such brilliant Camerawork and Floor Direction, you never see any of that. Anything out of the ordinary, switch to stock shots, or remote cameras, or an Ad.

In this particular instance, once Best Picture was announced, much of the Audience arose and swarmed the exits, heading home from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to beat traffic, although you would never know that, at home on TV.

Sir Richard spoke of "Gandhi," his film, and Gandhi the man, and what Gandhi means to our times. He was quite moved, and he delivered his message, even though he spoke to a mostly (and increasingly) empty room.

Then the show was over, and he gathered his thoughts on his lectern. I approached, with my program and pen. He gave me a warm, white movie star smile. I only had a moment, so I was somewhat direct.

"I loved 'Gandhi,' it was wonderful!"
"Thank you."
"And you were in one of my favorite pictures."
"Which one?"
"The Flight of the Phoenix."
His smile got brighter and wider.
"Oh! With James Stewart! That is one of my favorites, too!"

We chatted about it, and I asked for his autograph. He took my pen, with a flourish.

"How shall I sign it? Shall I sign it 'Sir Dickie?'"
And he did. "To Sam, Sir Dickie."

I wrote him after that
, when he made the wonderful "Chaplin," and when he became a Lord, (my salutation then was "Dear Lord," and I hope it made him smile).

I think his last picture I saw was "Jurassic Park." His grace and his decency always came through, in his pictures.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"

Nancy Beiman Reviews Elliot Cowan's "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"

A delightful and revealing review of Elliot Cowan's new Animated Feature "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead," by the great and renowned and greatly renowned Animation Guru, Nancy Beiman.

Nancy tells how exactly Elliot created his feature film, using only two years, talented hard work, and a tiny budget. Actually, Elliot's entire film cost less to make than many Animated television commercials!

Nancy's conclusions are especially interesting to me, because of her thorough grounding in Feature and Television Animation. It is quite good to get a glimpse of Elliot's film, through Nancy's trained and Professional eyes.

Nancy herself is a most interesting person, quite witty and intelligent, with a long and excellent Animation career, and is the Author of several books on Professional Animation.  I enjoyed her review, and look forward to seeing Elliot's film.

Nancy Beiman
Prepare to Board
Animated Performance

Elliot Cowan
"The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead"
Sam Longoria

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is raising money from a crowd,
hopefully your crowd, that you cultivate online. They know you, and they know your work. There is nobody who wants your success like your crowd, and you want to entertain and inform them. 

There's much 
superficial Crowdfunding information, but every so often a simple idea how to play the Crowdfunding game is published. I found just such an easy article, with the right mindset, and I want to share it with you.

I'm a big Humphrey Bogart fan, and there's just something about Bogie's no-nonsense character. Every filmmaker should pay attention to him, and what Bogie knew instinctively about playing to a big group of people.

Woody Allen described Bogie's viewpoint, in Allen's 1969 Broadway play, "Play It Again, Sam," (perfect title for me Crowdfunding my movie). It's all simple and brutal, with a touch of pathos.

As Woody's Bogie put it, so sensitively,"I never saw a dame yet that didn't understand a good slap in the mouth or a slug from a .45."

John T. Trigonis's article gives you that slap upside the head, to get your film funding on track, and your Crowdfunding house in order. Put it to use, Sweetheart!

Woody Allen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

Amazing! Such a career! Rick Baker has played King Kong,
brought life to "An American Werewolf In London," and to Bigfoot
in "Harry and the Hendersons." Great films! 
"Star Wars,"
"Planet Of The Apes," "Men In Black," oh 
his list goes on and on.

Most recently, Rick has applied his Special Makeup Effects Artistry
to "Maleficent."

Rick Baker got started making Halloween makeup for the other
, and he did it so well he freaked out his neighborhood.

I've met Rick at the Oscars, (he has 7 of 'em), and I always
ask him for an Autograph on my program. He signs it
"Beast Wishes!" What a great guy.

Rick has 6 Filmmaking Tips for you.
Please enjoy, and let them soak in.

King Kong
Star Wars
Rick Baker
Men In Black 
Dino DeLaurentiis
Planet Of The Apes
Harry and the Hendersons
An American Werewolf In London

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

My friend Nancy Beiman, a lovely lady with the greatest Animation résumé in like, ever, is also a learned college Professor, a truly sweet person, a witty wit, talented Artist, Animator, Director, Author...AND an absolutely lethal punster. Our Pun Duels are legendary!
(Which is why I prize her above rubies). 

Nancy gave a talk to the 2014 Society of Animation Studies conference in Toronto, on "Charles Chaplin and Animation," which soon will be a half hour academic presentation at a Chaplin conference, in Bologna, Italy. (You never sausage a town!)
A wonderful review by Alex Williams, in the "FLIP" Animation Blog, covers Nancy Beiman's Charlie Chaplin talk. Enjoy "Nancy Beiman Explains Why Animators Ought To Study Charlie Chaplin."

Nancy's wonderful Animation book: ANIMATED PERFORMANCE

Nancy Beiman

Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Bologna, Italy

Sam Longoria

Friday, March 07, 2014

Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")

Movie Food - Egg and Onion Sandwich (From "Harvey")

1 Egg 
2 Tbsp Butter 
2 slices Buttered bread
2 slices Onion (I like thinly sliced, you may prefer thick)
Sprinkle Salt and Pepper to taste 
Ketchup (or spicier) on top

Break egg into bowl, and beat it mercilessly.
Melt butter in pan at medium heat. 
Fry egg, and fold into bread size.
When solid, spatula egg onto bread.
Top with Onion slices, Salt, Pepper, and Ketchup.

An excellent snack. To neutralize onion breath,
eat Parsley. Or make an Egg and Onion Sandwich 
for your girlfriend, so she doesn't notice.

Yummy snack! Good any time.

Harvey? Well I'd better get goin'

Oh, but Marvin, you haven't
finished your egg and onion.

Business before pleasure, Honey.
Even if it's a pleasure bein' with you.
You make a great egg and onion, kid.
A great egg and onion.

This sandwich takes 10 minutes to make, well worth it.

Oh, Doctor, I - I - (stammers) 
Years ago, my mother used to say to me -- 
she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must 
be --' She always called me Elwood.
'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh,
so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for
years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
And you may quote me."

From the James Stewart picture "Harvey," by Mary Chase, 1950

© 2014 Sam Longoria, All Rights Reserved 

movie food
mary chase
egg & onion

james stewart
egg and onion

elwood p. dowd

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Front Projection For Filmmaking

Front Projection For Filmmaking
by Sam Longoria

Kind of a lost art today, front-projection was the Next Big Thing for studio and independent filmmaking, in the '70s and early '80s.

Does it still work? Yes! Good, quick, cheap, and remarkably convincing, front projection will enable your production to pull off many shots you'd find difficult with live or greenscreen techniques. View it through the viewfinder, real-time, no computer or monitor!

Is it easy? Not exactly. It takes a whole lot of testing and tweaking, to find the "sweet spot," where it all works. And you can't pan or tilt much, and your projector fan makes noise. Not much, but some.

What is the main advantage? Speed. When you write up the camera report and can the film at the end of the day, your composite is done!

Overhead View

Simple explanation of Front Projection


sam longoria
beam splitter

front projection
retroreflective screen
front projection screen

independent filmmaking

Friday, February 07, 2014

Seattle Premiere "The Last Light" SIFF Center

Seattle Premiere "The Last Light" SIFF Center

"The Last Light"
has its Seattle premiere this Saturday 11:30am, at the SIFF Center, 305 Harrison Street, 206-633-7151  

It screens with other films, as part of the 2014 Post Alley Film Festival. Tickets: $15 General, $12.50 WIF/SIFF/NWFF Members, $10 Students/Seniors 
"The Last Light" was Written by Persephone Vandegrift, and is Produced by Lisa Cooper, and Directed by Jennifer Cummins.

"The Last Light" stars Telisa Steen, Sarah Dennis, Elora Coble, Randall Dai, Pearl Klein and Danika Collins.

The film shows a mother's journey through grief, after the loss of her youngest daughter.

Screenwriter Persephone Vandegrift is an award-winning Writer ("All Things Hidden," "Death of a Mortal Woman").

Producer Lisa Cooper is an award-winning Documentary Filmmaker ("Beyond Naked," "The Coffinmaker").

Director Jennifer Cummins has Directed and Produced videos for Sunsports and ABC News. To make "The Last Light," she selected the script, funded it with a IndieGoGo campaign, cast it, shot it over a weekend, edited it, and submitted the film to a dozen national and international Film Festivals. Wow!

"The Last Light" was Scored by award-winning Composer Catherine Grealish ("Reversal").

"The Last Light"
 has been approached by the American Online Film Festival, to participate in its 2014 winter showcase in New York.
Jennifer Cummins 206-445-5138
Jennifer Cummins or Lisa Cooper
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Farewell Peter O'Toole!

Farewell Peter O'Toole!

Peter O'Toole passed away the other day, 14 December 
2013. He was 81, and quite a wonderful Actor.

Groucho Marx described him as "The only Actor with a double phallic name."

More than just the sum of his parts, 
Peter O'Toole was such a Great Actor. He started right at the top, and...stayed there. Here is the way I want to remember him.

Lawrence Of Arabia - His first starring role! Seriously.

My Favorite Year - A fun one from Richard Benjamin and Mel Brooks

A play he did at London's Old Vic Theatre, "Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell." (Bad Language, but mostly right at the beginning).

Teddibly witty. A fine turn for the actual son of a Bookie.

I will always remember his famous exchange with Peter Sellers, in "Casino Royale." If you remember, there were THREE Directors of that picture, and it got confused, poor thing.  Also confusing.

Only loosely based on Ian Fleming's book "Casino Royale." And I use the term "loosely," very loosely.

In the midst of some scene of wretched excess, Peter O'Toole marches up, in a foggy column of far-too-many Pipers.

Are you Richard Burton?

No, I'm Peter O'Toole!

Then you're the finest man that ever breathed!

Just in case you don't believe me. Casino Royale.
Now, that's a cameo!

Mr. O'Toole was nominated eight times for a Best Actor Oscar, but his peers had the unfortunate tendency to award it to other persons.

That makes him the most-nominated Actor, who did not alas, win. I am sure that was some small consolation.


1962 Lawrence of Arabia     Gregory Peck, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
1964 Becket                    Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
1968 The Lion in Winter      Cliff Robertson – Charly
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips    John Wayne – True Grit
1972 The Ruling Class       Marlon Brando – The Godfather
1980 The Stunt Man              Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
1982 My Favorite Year       Ben Kingsley – Gandhi
2006 Venus            Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

In 2003, he was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, for all his work and lifelong contribution to film. He wrote the Academy back, saying he was "Still in the game," and would prefer to "win the lovely bugger outright."

Academy said they were giving it to him, no matter O'Toole's preference. O'Toole's children talked him into accepting, and it was presented to him by Meryl Streep, who has been nominated more times than any other Actress.

Peter Sellers
Peter O'Toole
My Favorite Year
Lawrence Of Arabia
The Lion in Winter
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Ruling Class
The Stunt Man
To Kill a Mockingbird
My Fair Lady
True Grit
The Godfather
Raging Bull
The Last King of Scotland
Casino Royale

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg!

Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg! 

You are great, and have achieved so much.
18 December 1946

Steven Spielberg filmography


1959 The Last Gun
1961 Fighter Squad
        Escape to Nowhere
1964 Firelight


1968 Amblin'
1971 Duel
1974 The Sugarland Express
1975 Jaws
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand
1979 1941
1980 The Blues Brothers
        Used Cars
1981 Continental Divide
        Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (Segment "Kick the Can")
1984 Gremlins
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
        Room 666
1985 Fandango
        Back to the Future
        The Color Purple
        The Goonies
        Young Sherlock Holmes
1986 An American Tail
        The Money Pit
1987 Batteries Not Included
        Empire of the Sun
        Harry and the Hendersons
        Three O'Clock High
1988 The Land Before Time
        Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 Always
        Back to the Future Part II
        Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 Arachnophobia
        Back to the Future Part III
        Gremlins 2: The New Batch
        Joe Versus the Volcano
        Roller Coaster Rabbit
1991 A Wish for Wings That Work
        An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
        Cape Fear
        Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
        A Brief History of Time
1993 Jurassic Park 
        We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
        Schindler's List 
1994 The Flintstones
1995 Casper
1996 Twister
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
        Men in Black
1998 Saving Private Ryan 
        The Last Days
        The Mask of Zorro
        Deep Impact
1999 Wakko's Wish
        Medal of Honor
2000 Shooting War
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
        Jurassic Park III
        Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
        Vanilla Sky
2002 Minority Report
        Men in Black II
        Austin Powers in Goldmember
        Catch Me If You Can 
2003 Double Dare
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
        The Terminal 
2005 Directed by John Ford
        War of the Worlds
        The Legend of Zorro
        Memoirs of a Geisha
2006 Flags of Our Fathers
        Letters from Iwo Jima
        Monster House
        The Shark Is Still Working
2007 Transformers
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
        Eagle Eye
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
        The Lovely Bones
2010 Hollywood Don't Surf!
        True Grit
2011 Paul
        Super 8
        Transformers: Dark of the Moon
        Cowboys & Aliens
        Real Steel
        The Adventures of Tintin 
        War Horse 
2012 Men in Black 3
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction
        The Hundred-Foot Journey
2015 Jurassic World
        American Sniper
        The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sam Longoria Quotes

Sam Longoria Quotes

"Seattle has only two weeks in August you can shoot movies,
and you don't know until September, which ones they were."
 -- Sam Longoria 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Happy Birthday, Woody Allen!

Woody Allen was born 1 December 1935, and is 78 years old today. He has 71 films and tv to his credit, as Director (71 credits) or Writer (71 credits) or Actor (44 credits). How many have you seen?

2014 Magic in the Moonlight
2013 Blue Jasmine
2013 Fading Gigolo
2012 Paris-Manhattan
2012 To Rome with Love
2011 Midnight in Paris
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2009 Sdelka
2009 Whatever Works
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 Cassandra's Dream
2006 Scoop
2005 Match Point
2004 Melinda and Melinda
2003 Anything Else
2002 Hollywood Ending
2001 The Concert for New York City
          ("Sounds from the Town I Love")

2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
2000 Company Man
2000 Small Time Crooks
2000 Picking Up the Pieces
2000 Company Man
1999 Sweet and Lowdown
1998 Antz
1998 Crimes and Misdemeanors
1998 The Impostors
1998 Celebrity
1997 Deconstructing Harry
1997 Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs
1997 Wild Man Blues
1996 The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie)
1996 Everyone Says I Love You
1995 Mighty Aphrodite
1995 Une aspirine pour deux (TV Movie)
1994 Bullets Over Broadway
1994 Don't Drink the Water (TV Movie)
1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery
1992 Husbands and Wives
1991 Shadows and Fog
1991 Scenes from a Mall
1990 Alice
1989 New York Stories ("Oedipus Wrecks")
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors
1989 Somebody or The Rise and Fall of Philosophy
1988 Another Woman
1987 King Lear
1987 September
1987 Radio Days
1986 Meeting Woody Allen (Documentary)
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
1984 Broadway Danny Rose
1983 Zelig
1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
1981 The Subtil Concept
1980 Stardust Memories
1979 Manhattan
1978 Interiors
1977 Annie Hall
1976 The Front
1975 Love and Death
1973 Sleeper
1972 Play It Again, Sam
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
          But Were Afraid to Ask
1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
1971 Bananas
1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You
1970 Hot Dog (TV Series)
1969 The Woody Allen Special
1969 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
1969 Take the Money and Run
1969 Don't Drink the Water
1967 The World: Color It Happy (TV Movie)
1967 Casino Royale
1967 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
1967 Woody Allen Looks at 1967
1966 Gene Kelly in New York, New York
1966 What's Up, Tiger Lily?
1965 What's New Pussycat
1963 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)
1962 The Laughmakers (TV Short)
1961 The Garry Moore Show (TV Series)
1960 Candid Camera (TV Series)
1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)
1959 At the Movies (TV Movie)
1958 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)
1956 Stanley (TV Series)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)

Woody Allen
Golden Globes
Academy Awards
Birthday 1 December
Motion Picture Academy