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Looking for a female director for Local Independent Film!

Independent film planning to film locally, and soon to launch crowd-funding, is seeking a female director to be part of an amazing project. Set in Fresno, CA, this Non-Doc, Independent Film in early…Continue

Tags: Film, Independent, Superhero, Director, Fresno

Started Oct 6, 2014

Casting Call for Local Independent Film!
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Independent film planning to film locally, and soon to launch crowd-funding, is seeking Actors/Actresses with range and talent to be part of an amazing project.  Set in Fresno, CA, this Non-Doc,…Continue

Tags: actor, actress, Fresno, script, superhero

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Kalpakoff Dec 24, 2014.


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Level of Experience:
Years of Experience:
Areas of Experience:
Writer, Producer, Actor, Director, Sound Mixer, Editor, Camera Op, Production Designer, Casting Director, Costume Designer, Voice Over Talent, Still Photographer, Other
Available for freelance work?
Tell us about yourself:
Not counting a church Nativity when I was 3 or 4, I began acting in a local series of commercials for a local mortuary when I was approximately 7 years old (if anyone has a copy still I would love to get a copy of it as mine was stolen, long story). I began acting in school plays at age 13 in middle school, and was involved in nearly every school production in middle school and high school until I graduated in 2000. I had also been a Forensics student (Speech and Debate, mostly focused on Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation and Original Prose & Poetry) all 4 years, and a member of the choir since Spring Semester 1998 through graduation in 2000 including joining the more advanced Jazz Choir my senior year. From 1997 until 2003 I participated in many local productions, most with the former Theatre 3 in downtown Fresno.

I became a professional journalist in 2004, in the newspaper industry as Page Editor of a daily newspaper (in charge when Editor-in-Chief and City Editor were unavailable and from 7pm on). In 2008, after a move to another paper for family related reasons, layoffs ended my newspaper career.

In 2010, I began working for, an Internet-based television network as Webmaster. During my time there I was also given the title of Executive Producer in Charge of New Content. In a month after working with, I started CVT Weekly News, a weekly news/talk show. I was Executive Producer, Chase Producer, Director, and sadly, host (I don't like being MYSELF on camera). During this time I also created several commercials for CVT Weekly News and for a few of the station's advertisers, doing all the editing and voice over work myself. Although I was laid off 5 months later, along with essentially the entire staff, CVT Weekly News remained. The show was voted "Number One Show" on in 2010 Vote-Tember Raffle by the station's viewers; had great guests such as author/actress Masiela Lusha, Talenti Gelato, Xtranormal, Vacaville International Film Festival, Broadway actor Edward C Smith, Matthew Sconce of Aftershock Studios, etc.; and promoted local businesses and artists of varying talents including film making. Sadly, budget concerns forced the end of CVT Weekly News at the end of 2011, almost a year and a half into production. I have however stayed on as an Independent Producer attempting to create and bring new programming to

Since winning Semi Finalist in Fall/Winter 2011 Pilot Category for "Acting Responsibly" Sitcom Pilot Script, with first attempt at sitcom writing; I have improved that pilot and written several others and a couple spec scripts. I have currently (as of 11/24/14) completed my second draft of my very first feature script. It was written to turn the whole Superhero concept on its ear and get these "epic" movies back to what originally made the concept epic to begin with, the human element. This allowed me to write it in such away that it is significantly cheaper to produce, and can easily be filmed locally and independently.

I have also had three gallery showings of my photography.

• Semi Finalist in Fall/Winter 2011 Pilot Category for "Acting Responsibly" Sitcom Pilot Script, with first attempt at sitcom writing

CVT Weekly News – Fresno, Ca
• Voted "Number One Show" on in 2010 Vote-Tember Raffle by the station's viewers

Bullard High School – Fresno, Ca
• Most improved drama student in Theatre 2000
• Real trooper award in Theatre 2000
• The Drama Mask in Theatre 1999
• Multiple awards from 1996-2000 from the National Forensics League

I have also won several non-broadcast journalism awards.
List your credits:
Independent Producer — Fresno, Ca
• Independent Producer May 2010 – Current — Fresno, Ca
• Executive Producer, Director, Chase Producer, Host of CVT Weekly News, July 2010 – Nov 2011
• Webmaster /Executive Producer in Charge of New Content, May 2010 – Sept 2010

• Commercial for local mortuary, 1988 or 1989 (still trying to recover the information)

Theatre 3 — Fresno, Ca
1999 – 2003
• Melvin McMullen in “Cliffhanger” by James Yaffe
• Sidney Lunt in “Impossible Marriage” by Beth Henley
• Bordon Eisler in “Plaza Suite” by Neil Simon
• Ronald Osborne (Herman) in “The Orphans” by James Prideaux
• Nelson Cruz in “Our Lady of the Tortilla” by Luis Santeiro
• Dorset and assorted characters in “Richard III” by William Shakespeare
(and one show I do not remember the production nor the run dates)

Second Space Theatre — Fresno, Ca
• Understudy for Young Scrooge and other parts in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Fresno City College — Fresno, Ca
• Was a costumer for “Lost In Yonkers” by Neil Simon

Bullard High School — Fresno, Ca
• Performed in and directed assorted sketches, scenes and skits for theatre; some originally written by me, some from playbooks
• Howard Bevans in “Picnic” by William Inge
• Dr. Chumley in “Harvey” by Mary Chase
• Understudy for all male roles for “Something’s Afoot” by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach
• Frank Lippencott in “My Sister Eileen” by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov
• Was Stage Manager for “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters
• Richard Stanely in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
• Assorted characters including George from “George’s Moon” from “Fifer’s People” by Jules Feiffer

Computech Middle School — Fresno, Ca
• Little John in “Robinhood: The Musical” by Tim Kelly, Arne Christiansen and Ole H. Kittleson
• Agamemnon in “The Oresteian Trilogy” by Aeschylus
Tell us about the equipment you own:
Laptop with Celtx and Movie Maker (now dead), Desktop with Photoshop, Celtx and Movie Maker, Nikon Coolpix L810. Not what you've got, but how you use it that matters. ...Not that better equipment wouldn't help.

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At 12:17pm on September 1, 2014, Meberate Brooks said…

Thanks for the add. Hope to be working with you one day. Cheers!


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