Film Mendocino Promotes County as Location

April 9, 2011

Cora Olson wins Film Mendocino’s Gift Basket

Hello Everyone,

I just returned from Los Angeles, where I was invited to represent
Mendocino County Film at the California Film Commission‘s third annual
California Locations Reception. Film executives were in attendance to learn more about the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

Our Film Liaisons In California Statewide Board meeting was held right after the event.

The next day spent promoting our locations via table top displays at the California Only Show, April 2, 2011. Those of us with wine regions poured wine at our tables and handed out location information to nearly 300 location professionals.

This show was all about California’s locations. CFC has created a great reference booklet showcasing our regions.

As many of you know, our film industry in California is eroding as productions are migrating to states that offer incentive programs. The California Film Commission was successful in getting legislators to pass a film tax credit in 2009 for California. If you are interested in the latest hearings on the subject (03/18/2011), you can view through this link.


On the Road with Austin & Santino

September 29, 2010

The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Mendocino County Film Office were pleased to welcome Goodbye Pictures when they brought “On the Road with Austin & Santino” to Mendocino County.

The crew and coordinating producers were a pleasure to work with and we can’t say enough about how nice Austin and Santino were to the fans and attendees on the night of the celebration.

As many of us know, the economic impact of catalog shoots, commercials, television, and feature is a terrific boost to an economy. This show filmed in July, which is challenging due to the high season of the Mendocino Coast, but our local lodging in Fort Bragg worked with the budget of the project. The coordinating producers were in town ahead of time searching for special accommodations for Austin and Santino and a work space that would inspire.

We know that All Aboard Adventures, the business that Captain Tim and Cindy Lemas owns,  had received a lot of exposure from this show and their website started to see that the day the show aired.

Filming took place in Mendocino, Noyo Harbor, a business in the City of Fort Bragg, and  unincorporated parts of the County outside of the City of Fort Bragg.

You can see the episode by clicking on the link below:

Casting Call for EXTRAS on the SKUNK TRAIN!

June 24, 2010

Film shooting in Fort Bragg with the Skunk Train on Tuesday, June 29th from 9am to 6:30pm! We are looking for male extras between the ages of 18 and 40 to spend a day on the Skunk Train as WWII soldiers in the Canadian Army. All are welcome, and meals will be provided. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a film production, and a few small speaking roles will be available on the day of the shoot. Please call or email producer Alex Kefalos if you would like to be a part of the production.

(330) 631- 5779

April 22, 2010
FROM P3 Update…Written by Dyana Carmella

Richard McMillanFilm Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) has announced long-time location professional, Richard McMillan, as the organization’s new Media Relations Director. His key focus will be directing media attention to the vital role location professionals play in the production of film, television and other entertainment industry platforms; as well as highlighting the partnership between FLICS and the location industry.

McMillan will also work with the organization’s membership to emphasize the positive contributions of FLICS members to the economic well-being of their respective areas through the recruitment of commercial production.

FLICS is a consortium of nearly four dozen California film commissions and offices dedicated to promoting commercial filming in California and preserving the local economic benefits created by the entertainment industry.

McMillan became involved in the motion picture industry where he has worked for more than 15 years as a location manager and is a founding board member of the Location Managers Guild of America and has periodically served as the press liaison for the Guild since January of 2004.


April 2, 2010

Do you have an event coming up and have

• Is it your 20th high school reunion and you want to make an old boyfriend
• jealous?
• Do you have your 10th Anniversary coming up and you want a stylish outfit?
• Is it your sweet 16 and really want a “one of a Kind” dress to impress your friends?
• Is it your 30th Birthday and just want to feel 21 again?
• Is it your wedding day and want a custom made dress but can’t afford it?
• Do you have SOCIAL GALA to attend and don’t have the slightest idea what to wear?

If any of these scenarios are coming up in your life or another event that justifies a new designer outfit then we NEED to hear from you.

2 Top designers will be traveling the US looking for Amazing WOMAN to makeover from Head to Toe! We will select only a few from each state and will be designing a “one of a kind” outfit for EACH event.

Why look through your closet to wear the same dress you wore just 2 months ago when you can have something made especially for you, and especially for the event. Some would say this type of outfit would be very expensive but in actuality it is PRICELESS!

These two designers will spend the day with you, learning your STYLE, speaking with your LOVED ONES and friends, THEN they will create something especially for you.

Please send the following in an email to
1) Contact information, email, phone, address
2) Describe yourself, personality, age
3) Tell me about the event, date, who will be there, any special things to know…long lost love, daughters wedding, just lost 50 lbs?? What’s the story?
4) Pictures close up and full body
5) If this is not you please pass on this information to friends or anyone else that you feel would know of someone that would be great for this show!

He dates of the events should fall on 7.10 7.17 or 7.24


December 15, 2009

Location Scouts have been searching for commercial locations in Mendocino County, I am crossing my fingers that the one I am assisting with now will actually film here.

This coming year I will represent Mendocino County at the California Only Tradeshow in Los Angeles.  I have agreed to organize the registration and welcome station for the event. This is a great opportunity to meet locations scouts and manager from the industry, representing feature, television, commercial, and print.

Now to put together a getaway gift basket highlighting our county.

Then in the spring I will join over 20 California Film Offices along with the California Film Commission to represent our great state to the film industry. Promoting our individual regions and our state.

More to come on promoting our county to the film industry.

California Film Tax Credit

October 28, 2009

Governor cites credits as runaway prod’n cure
Incentives keep work local, but shoots still off

By Paul Bond

Oct 26, 2009, 07:22 PM ET

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Getty)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was taking credit Monday for keeping the production of at least three dozen movies and TV shows in California, which passed a controversial series of tax incentives for the industry in February as the state fended off bankruptcy.

Schwarzenegger said 50 projects have been approved for tax credits under the Film and Television Incentive, passed along with a host of other economic measures, and 36 have begun production. Movies in the latter group include Screen Gems’ “Burlesque,” starring Kristen Bell and Cher, which could receive up to $7 million in tax credits.

The 50 projects together are eligible for as much as $97 million in tax credits that can be used beginning in 2011, said Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission.

In July, the governor announced that 25 productions had qualified, including Columbia’s “The Social Network,” starring Justin Timberlake, and “Dinner for Schmucks” from DreamWorks and Paramount, starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

Among the TV shows taking advantage of the tax incentives is “Lawman” from Sony, which will start production this month in Santa Clarita. The show is set in Kentucky, and the pilot was shot in Pittsburgh. It’s eligible for up to $4 million per season in tax credits, Lemisch said.

“Thanks to the production incentive and with assistance from the guilds and unions, we were able to prevent this show from leaving California,” said Ed Lammi, executive vp production at Sony Pictures Television.

Despite the extra production, the incentives haven’t done much to improve the economy in Los Angeles. In the third quarter, filming across all categories fell 14% to 9,680 permitted production days, according to the nonprofit organization FilmLA.

“Fourth-quarter numbers will be a little more telling,” FilmLA vp Todd Lindgren said.

Still, the tax credits come with hefty restrictions that reduce the number of TV shows and movies that could benefit.

“The incentives are great, but you do have to have a tax liability to offset, and we’re finding there are productions that can’t take advantage of the credits,” Lindgren said.

As for TV, daytime soap operas don’t qualify, nor do game, reality and variety shows. Also, only new shows or shows relocating to California qualify, so “there’s nothing in the incentive program to keep television shows that are already here,” Lindgren said.

Even a show like “Ugly Betty,” which started in California but moved to New York, wouldn’t qualify if it moved back because “all prior seasons” must have been shot in a different state in order to qualify, Lemisch said.