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VPA Wrap up in Film Music Weekly

Film Music Weekly Magazine

Film Music Weekly Magazine editor Peter Alexander released an article on the recent talk given by Dan Portnoy to the Virginia Production Alliance in Richmond, VA. Check out his take on new media, processing through the info and including a lot of links to see New Media in action.

See the article here.


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Virginia Production Alliance
Join Dan Portnoy on May 19th at ArtWorks in Richmond (320 Hull St.- click here to view map) for a seminar with ideas on how you can take your film and harness the tools freely available and bring it to “market”. Sponsored by the Virginia Production Alliance – start time is at 6:30PM (more…)


Cult of Sincerity Launches

The first full length feature film releases to Youtube this week – It’s a milestoneCult of Sincerity Launches


THE DROP Featured at Radio Magazine

Radio Magazine Radio Magazine sat down with Dan Portnoy about a month ago to get the skinny on Radio options in the digital age. (more…)


Meet The Casting Director


Join Jerold Franks, CSA (EMMY and ARTIOS winning casting Director and also the Casting Director from the Hit show “LOST”) Ransford Doherty, Actor and Dan Portnoy, Producer – for two dates in Virginia.

A three-hour lecture will be followed by a one hour, Q&A session with the panel.

Topics Include:

  • The Business of Acting
  • Tools of the Trade (Head Shots, Resume & Demo Reels)
  • Acting for Children – Modeling to Acting Crossover
  • A Working Actors Perspective
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Scams to Avoid
  • Music and Movies
  • Digital Distribution
  • Meet the Casting Director Any Questions??? Email: or

    Click here to see the news coverage of the workshop


    Dear Hollywood Studios: Let My Video Go

    Dear Hollywood Studios: Let My Video Go


    We’ve Moved!!!

    It’s March Already! So much happened in the month of February that it’s thrown off our space/time continuum. We relocated to Sunny Southern California to better work with some clients. And heres the updated address:

    556 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite. 101 #318
    Pasadena, CA. 91101
    ph. 434.426.8523

    The dust is still settling and as the shelves get filled with our vast collection of Precious Moments Dolls we plan on rocking the southern California business community with New Media Expertise


    Film Day!

    Abandon Films and Superhero Pictures collaborate again for The Virginia Production Alliances Annual Film Day. This year so much is on the line in tax incentives that can allow many film professionals to keep with working in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Check out the Video by clicking the picture above (more…)


    David Byrne’s Take on the Music Industry

    David Byrne’s Take on the Music Industry as featured in Wired Magazine


    Road Trip Releases DVD with “Road Show”

    Traveling Road Show
    The Great American Road Trip pushed the envelope of New Media by releasing to the web. To keep with the nature of the film, the DVD release couldn’t be anything ordinary. So Spring 2008 the guys from the show will be joining up with special venues and musicians from the soundtrack for an evening of entertainment and independent film.

    The Lineup

    The DVD is only a part of the experience and will feature an additional 2 minutes vignette on each episode, crammed with special features including out takes and blooper reel.

    In an effort to make the arts more accessible, Abandon Films and Superhero Pictures are teaming up with 4 independent filmmakers, the DVD will be pulp in nature with no feature longer than 8 minutes. Interspersed with the episodes of The Great American Road Trip will be 4 original short films by independent filmmakers. The concept of short film makers banding together to create a larger audience than any single producer could get on their own is nothing new but in this way the films will be easily accessible to thousands.

    Roanoke, VA –
    Lynchburg, VA –
    Arlington, VA –
    Washington, DC –
    Virginia Beach –
    Richmond –
    Durham, NC –
    Mt Airy, NC –

    Are you an independent filmmaker? Have you got what it takes? Submit your film for consideration to be added to The Great American Road Trip Traveling Road Show. Please contact us at film@thegreatamericanroadtrip with a link to your posted work online or please mail it to:

    The Great American Road Trip – Traveling Road Show
    PO Box 4434
    Lynchburg, VA 24502