Home of Katie Archer" is a feature film script
with present & historical elements, written by Jim Terr. It
will be produced as a multi-hour radio drama by KUNM-FM in
Albuquerque for local and national broadcast in the summer
Jim Terr wants to make
a movie for you. The local satirist, songwriter and sage - who has
made about 30 short films of varying types, from documentaries to
public-service announcements to comedies - has just set up HollywoodMe,
a one-man operation in which he writes, directs and produces films
to order for performers.
is a big proponent of using local film artists, and to that end
he plans to use HollywoodMe to create a short motion picture (five
to ten minutes in length) to showcase the specific talents of his
clients. He assumes that those who are interested in talking to
him about a project are serious professionals aiming for more than
just a demo tape of their work.
"I am so much into the Hollywood
mind-set, which is demonstrating with a short movie that you can
do a feature if somebody offers you enough money or that you are
a good actor if someone would just give you the right role," Terr
said by phone. "I assume that people would want something that is
interesting, engaging, and shows them off as a good actor - not
just a home movie."
Terr envisions it working this way:
a client asks Terr to make a short film developed around his or
her talents. Based on Terr's take on the client's personality, he
then writes it - though he's willing to collaborate with clients
who feel strongly about that - directs it, and gets some talented
editors to cut it. He will even set up
a Web site for
clients to showcase the film and get them DVDs of the final cut.
"I'm ready to go," he said. "Have camera, will travel."
seen short films written and produced in New Mexico that are more
entertaining than many of the Hollywood feature films that have
been shot here. -filmmaker Jim Terr
these shorts would all be done on a limited budget, using local
talent (if the script calls for additional actors and crew members)
and relying on location shooting, not studio sets. But Terr believes
he can come up with something that ideally showcases any client.
Right now he's guessing the cost would run between $2,000 and $5,000,
and that includes everyone getting paid. "Of course I would compensate
other actors," he said. "I'm past doing the 'doing it for free'
stuff. I'm not doing that anymore, so I wouldn't ask others to do
In a radio essay
that Terr delivered on KUNM, 89.9
FM, on June 6, he argued that it was time for New Mexico filmmakers
to get ther own projects going so the state's moviemaking industry
isn't always reliant on Hollywood. In Terr's mind, local movie artists
could raise - with the help of some generous patrons - a quarter
of a million dollars, enough to make a small-budget, high-talent
"I dare say I've seen short films
written and produced in New Mexico that are more entertaining than
many of the Hollywood feature films that have been shot here -with
all due respect," Terr said in his radio editorial. "Hell, I've
got scripts that are more interesting - and I'll write in your wife,
daughter, or any other would-be star and make 'em look good too."
Those interested should check out
more information. Samples of Terr's video work can be seen on www.bluecanyonvideo.com.
Terr has made a lot of amusing, quirky shorts - as well as serious
public-service announcements and minidocumentaries - and his 2001
Wrong Guy took second place at the Flicks on 66 Digital
that we want to work with actors of ANY skill or experience level --
which may not have come through in this news story.)
by natural light
Shot at location
near hospital, in Santa Fe, one hour session includes downloading and "tweaking"
(if necessary) favorite shots, putting 'em on CD for you to take, including
one or two with your
name (ready to get printed as 8x10 headshot), in MS Publisher format.
Please understand these
are not "studio" shots with highly controlled lighting,
but if you like the samples above, chances are we'll get something you'll
Total and Complete Lowdown
We produce custom
short films for actors & actresses, written to suit your needs,
personality and talent -- so that you can have a film or video of
your own, to showcase your acting. You can even submit it to film
festivals - it's yours!
It can be ANYTHING
-- dramatic, romantic, crime, comedy, bizarre, commercial, commercial
parody, news parody, documentary or documentary parody, MUSIC VIDEO
(I write a lot of original music for singers, male and female --
ask for info!)
I can post your
video on the Web, if you wish, so it can be easily viewed by anyone
-- as well as giving you DVD copies etc. of course.
from $1,000 upward, depending on complexity of project, involvement
of other actors (or not), and location.
I am located
in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, so if you want to shoot here,
it can be a lovely getaway for you. Or I can come to wherever you
"nude" are not my focus, but will be considered if the idea is creative
that this is a PAID service. I write and produce a film for you,
for a fee (see above).
Thank you for
your interest, and good luck on making your impact on the world,
with your career! If acting isn't your "career", but you
just want to make a film and give it a whirl, well, there's nothing
more fun than making a film!
videos coming soon -- check back!
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