Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 10/30/15
  • Present the Perfect Pitch from Shark Tank Boardroom Kevin OLeary

    How to Present the Perfect Pitch : From the Shark Tank to the Boardroom

    Oct 29, 2015

    During shooting, I’m usually the last Shark to stroll in, around 7:30 a.m. While my head is being powdered, a producer gives us a broad rundown of the day, during which we’ll see anywhere between ten and twenty pitchers. That’s far more than the average venture capitalist will see in a day, but whether you’re prepping for a TV show or to present in front of a board of potential investors, the number-one rule is to make your pitch incredibly dynamic.

    Here are 10 tips to make sure you ace your pitch in the Tank, or in the office boardroom.
    1. Keep it simple.
    Make sure you can explain your business to an eight-year-old. The producers on Shark Tank aren’t business experts; they’re in the business of making a TV show. If you think the Sharks are impatient, you haven’t met the average reality TV producer. If it takes more than a couple sentences to explain the opportunity you’re presenting, your idea needs more polish.
    2. Keep it lively.
    If you’re talking about a dry business like security software or an agricultural product, you must find creative and entertaining ways to demonstrate it, or you will not make the cut. We love to see all kinds of business, but you must make every effort to turn your presentation into a production worth watching and enjoying. Believe me, if you think I’m vicious in the den, try boring me in my own boardroom.
    3. Watch the show.
    You’d be surprised by how many people vying to be on Shark Tank haven’t ever watched an episode. Very dumb. Watch and learn! By the same token, know everything about the business people to whom you’re pitching. Get the prospectus; read the website; Google the hell out of them. You can’t simply wing it in the Tank, or in the board room.
    4. Keep props to a minimum.
    On the show, every single prop has to pass muster with the show’s director. He has sweeping authority to put the kibosh on your elaborate graphics, life-size mannequin, or anything else that might clutter the shot or make it difficult for the cameras to get the angles. Just as in real life, there’s a big difference between a solid pitch that happens to dazzle, and one that needs to dazzle to hide its lack of substance. Less is usually more. If yours is a good idea, it won’t need bells and whistles to make the grade.
    5. No entourages.
    Don’t show up with your Aunt Betsy who’s a big fan of Robert. The greenroom is small, the days are long, and the producers are cranky. The Shark Tank shoot is expensive, fast-paced, and intense, so there’s no time for visits or wandering. And in real life, if you’ve got several partners who all want to make the case to potential investors, keep the cast to a minimum. Bring only key players. For my money, I need to have the CFO present because all my questions will concern money. VPs can usually wait in the car.
    6. What not to wear.
    Don’t wear anything white, busy patterns, hats, costumes, or distracting garments that haven’t been approved by a producer. We shoot in the summer and air in the fall and winter, so dress accordingly. Shorts look stupid on TV in February. In fact, your terrific little pitch could hit the cutting room floor because of the way you look. Same goes for making that crucial first impression in the boardroom. Dress the part of a winner—whatever that looks like in your field.
    7. Be safe and practical.
    Remember, it’s a long day. Bring something to read and something to eat. And in order to get into the Tank you have to walk down a long hallway of shiny hardwood floor. Keep that in mind when choosing footwear. No one’s slipped and fallen yet, but you don’t want to be the first. That’s a scene that won’t likely hit the cutting-room floor.
    8. All numbers on the table.
    Nothing bothers me more than when entrepreneurs want to keep some of their numbers off the record. You must be prepared to disclose all relevant info, no matter how succulent the margins, how big the profits, or how many competitors you fear might be watching the show. Put your figures on the table—on TV and in the boardroom—all your figures, period. Or stay home.
    9. Do your own PR.
    If you are selected to be on the program, you won’t get much notice, so be prepared to launch your own media blitz. Gather local media contacts, write yourself a press release then hit Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook like crazy. Big and small businesses are increasingly required to be social media savvy.
    10. Get ready to fill orders.
    Millions of people will see your pitch if it’s aired on the show. So stock your product, update your website, and man the phones. Time and time again, entrepreneurs aren’t prepared for the influx of customers that come with Shark Tank Friday, only to have their websites crash within minutes. This often means missing out on.

    Kevin Oleary - Present the perfect pitch

  • 10/28/15
  • Attention Horror Movie Makers

    First published as a special pull-out section in MovieMaker's Fall 2015 print issue, the eBook edition has been expanded, from 32 pages to 42, with extra stories unavailable in print or online. Content includes the following articles:  
    •    An examination of what makes a truly scary scene, with a breakdown of  frighteningly memorable moments in recent horror classics The Babadook, Splice and We Are What We Are
    •    An interview with Eli Roth about his Knock Knock/The Green Inferno two-hander and advice for a career in horror filmmaking
    •    [New story] Directing lessons from Alfred Hitchcock, by Hitchcock expert Jeffrey Michael Bays
    •    An in-depth discussion of RADiUS's smash success It Follows, and a study of the contemporary horror distribution landscape
    •    A comprehensive guide to horror festivals across North America and the rest of the world
    •    [New story] A guide to navigating the horror fan universe
    •    [New story] A case study on the Paz brothers' JeruZalem, the first English-language horror feature made in Israel 
    •    Plus: a poll on the scariest scenes of all time, Nicolas Winding Refn's 10 favorite horror classics, and a horror sub-genre flowchart.

    The MovieMaker's Magazine's Guide to Making Horror Movies eBook is on sale for $2.99 via Barnes and Noble, Apple, Amazon, Kobo, Inktera, Baker & Taylor Blio, Scribd, txtr, Overdrive, Oyster and Smashwords. More platforms to be announced shortly here.
    MovieMaker's Fall 2015 issue, featuring Benicio Del Toro of Sicario, went on sale September 22 at major U.S. and Canadian newsstands and retailers. (84 pages, U.S. $6.95.) The issue is also available for digital download via iTunes and Pocketmags, accessible on all mobile devices. Print and digital subscriptions to MovieMaker can be purchased here.
    About MovieMaker Magazine:
    Now in its 22nd year and publishing five issues annually, MovieMaker is a progressive mix of in-depth interviews and criticism, combined with practical techniques and advice on financing, distribution and production strategies. The magazine's core readership is independent filmmakers, film students, festival-goers and film aficionados. MovieMaker's next issue, to be released November 2015, is the annual Complete Guide to Making Movies (2016), featuring advice on screenwriting, development, production and from seasoned filmmakers.

  • 10/13/15
  • Casting Notice


    Open auditions for casting of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" 

    Lead Roles:

    ALLAN MONTRESOR (20’s-early 30’s)

    THOMAS FORTUNATO (20’s-early 30’s)
    ELIZA CLEMM MONTRESOR (20's -early 30's)

    Shoot Dates: January 23-24, 30-31 2016


    If you're interested, please submit your name, age, phone number, email, and a current photograph. Include your resume if you have one. 

     Nathaniel Turner Writer/Director - 



  • 10/13/15
  • Casting Notice

    Short film script with one lead role (whose dialogue happens over a phone call), it is a film project for the State College of Florida’s Digital Cinema program. This character can be played by a wide range of people:

    -Either gender—this role can be taken on by either a man or a woman
    -Any ethnicity  
    -And a wide age range--minimum age late 20’s up to mid 60’s.

    The story is about a character who has committed
    embezzlement, and the role calls for an actor who can run through a range of motivations and emotions in just a few minutes—manipulation, apathy, cruelty, deviousness, evasiveness, fear, and then as the story takes a very unexpected twist at the end, a mental breakdown.

     Exact date TBD. It will be shot sometime in November before Thanksgiving, it will obviously call for rehearsals between myself and the actor, I will play the person on the phone line.

    If you're interested, please submit your name, age, phone number, email, and a current photograph. Include your resume if you have one.

    Send it straight to my email at

  • 10/08/15
  • Casting Call


    We are looking for MALES in their late 20s to 30s for a Ringling College short film "Extracurriculars!"

    SHOOT DATES: October 17, 18, 24, and 25


    If you're interested, please submit your name, age, phone number, email, and a current photograph. Include your resume if you have one.


    producer - Extracurriculars



  • 10/07/15

    Still missing a couple of roles!

    Title - Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer (Season 1)
    Pilot Shooting Dates – October 10th, 11th
    Please send a head shot and acting reel (if applicable) to:

    Details - We are looking to cast for the first season, with regulars having the potential to follow up in future seasons. This is a multiple episode season, so you will be contacted for future episodes if you are cast. Listed below are the series' regular roles. If you don't see a description or character that fits, but are still interested in the project, please contact us, as there are many day player roles that will need to be filled.

    David Hampton: Male, Late 30’s, 40’s

    Inappropriate and offensive, David is not only the bully of the office but he is also the boss. He is Barry’s cousin and constantly harasses him and anybody else in sight. David is an all American type of guy that loves boobs, beer, and blowing things up. He still lives with his mom, so he can tend to have a childish side.

    Alex Green: Male, 20’s

    Alex is your classic hipster. He loves photography, and doing what’s cool or in. He is obsessed with social media and electronics. He is more into himself than any girl at the office.

    Rose Miller: Female, Late Teens-Early 20’s

    Rose is the intern at the office. She is a Goth, and loves all things dark and twisted. She finds serial killers fascinating and fantasizes about joining a cult. Her sarcasm is way to advance for the average person. She gets annoyed very easily.

    Email: for more info on casting and auditions.

  • 10/06/15
  • SCFEO Fall Film Mixer October 6, 2015

    Luisa Leschin, one of Los Angeles' top 5 Latina/Women television writers, will be speaking in Sarasota, together with her writer/producer husband, Max CiVon, co-owner of Tortuga Productions in
    Los Angeles.

    For all of you who have likely enjoyed many of the programs that Ms. Leschin has been a writer or writer/producer for, who want to learn more about her "Florida connections" as well as the future of digital productions for television and for web/online, etc.,
    please do plan to join us!

    Below are just a few of her noteworthy credits and accomplishments: 


  • 10/05/15
  • Wind Walkers Premiering in Tampa

    Please join us and spread the word!!  WIND WALKERS IS PREMIERING IN TAMPA on Friday OCTOBER 16 at STUDIO MOVIE GRILL in UNIVERSITY MALL.  The final time should be released the Tues before, but it should be around 7:30 pm.  


    Wind Walkers is a horror/thriller (NOT a slasher film) based on Native American folklore and filmed in Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa.  The film is more of a thinker’s movie than typical horror fare as the director intended to start a discussion about the blowback effects of war - in this case using a virus as a metaphor for PTSD, which infects soldiers, impacting not only them but those who love them.  That said, it’s not a political film; more of an exploration of the human psyche -   it looks at a group of friends whose close bonds are challenged when one of them is suspected of hiding a horrific secret.  (It’s crazy how your friends treat you when they think you want to eat them, right?)

    The film is getting some amazing reviews and we’d love to have you join us.   One of the lead actors, J LaRose (Saw III, Saw IV, the demon in Insidious) will be on hand, so if you have any friends of horror, please do invite them.  Trailer, reviews and poster are below:



    " 4 Stars. Friedenberg's impressive feature depicts nothing less than a sickened society eating itself...he expertly crafts a heady, impenetrable atmosphere, like a collision of The Deer Hunter and Ravenous" (Anton Bitel)

    "Unremitting and furious, Wind Walkers breathes fresh air into the genre, venting against the horror of colonial evil. An implacable allegory."  4 Stars (The Dark Side Mag)

    “A delirious, supernatural nightmare that cranks up tension levels to the max!” (Metal Hammer)

    “4.5 Stars. Wind Walkers is a darkly atmospheric tale stained with guilt, uncertaintly and primal lust for life.’ (Eye For Film)

    “4.5 Stars. With alternatively beautifully and wisely low key cinematography, Friedenberg turns a landscape many will associate with holidays into something primal and filled with unknown threats” (Eye For Film)

    “Wind Walkers is a fascinating film…unique and compelling… Friedenberg delivers!” (Hickey’s House Of Horror)

    “Poignant, powerful and petrifying… WIND WALKERS is an intense horror film that will hunt you down! (Love Horror)

    “Blends psychological chills with monster movie fun…fresh and confident” (Sci-Fi Now)

    “Director Friedenberg makes great use of the Florida Everglades which at times makes Wind Walkers feel like Predator and even The Evil Dead.” (Internal Cinema)

    “4 Stars. An effective little slice of horror that leaves you hungry for more” (Movie Ramblings)

  • 09/30/15
  • Jeanne Corcoran Nominated to AFCI BOD

    The Association of Film Commissioners International Elect

    Director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

    To a Two-Year Term on Board of Directors

    Press Release

  • 09/15/15
  • Casting Notice

    Ringling College Student Short Film "Extra Curriculars"

    Synopsis: A rumored sex-offender re-appears in a town littered with lives that could have been. Here the community trudges on without wealth or purpose. Bonnie is a high school girl, trapped beneath the constructs of her parents’ vision for her future. There is little room to dream in her household where she’s stuck in the streamline, working hard towards lofty but impersonal goals. Bonnie searches for her own way of life by hanging out with devious-natured friends, Ryan and Kevin, but it’s not enough to distract her claustrophobic life style. She finds the danger she seeks during a run-in with the rumored sex-offender as she tries to find liberation through self destruction.

    SHOOT DATES: October 17,18,24, and 25

    LOCATION: Sarasota, FL

    Speaking Roles Seeking To Fill :

    •Bonnie - Asian American Female (teens to early twenties)
    •Ryan - Male (teens to early twenties)
    •Kevin - Male (teens to early twenties)

    •Jeff - Male (early twenties to thirties)
    •Military Recruiter - Any gender (early thirties to forties)

    If you're interested, please submit your name, age, phone number, email, and a current photograph. Include your resume if you have one. 


    If you'd like to learn more about the project and view sides, please visit our website:

  • 09/10/15
  • Recently Shot in Sarasota - Future of Power with Steve Curtis

  • 09/08/15
  • Casting Call- Florida entrepreneurs needed right away

    Florida Money Makers Needed! 

    The series will feature passionate and inventive entrepreneurs who see big-picture success where others just see risk. Looking for real go-getters who thrive on finding innovative ways to make money and build dynamic businesses.

    Rebeccas is happy to answer any questions you may have, and looks forward to hearing from you soon!


    Rebecca Ringley
    Casting Producer

    Sharp Entertainment

  • 09/01/15
  • Special... Thank You to the film communtiy!

    It was MAGICAL 

    2015 GIVING CHALLENGE, We so appreciate everyone who participated in the challenge!

    – With much gratitude, Jeanne

  • 09/01/15
  • Broken Rules


    Media Contact: Magida Diouri


    Burns Court Cinemas and USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus, 

    Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015.

     Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota and USF Sarasota/Manatee campus, September 18, 19 and 20, the fifth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival is continuing its tradition of celebrating diversity with 3 days of the best of LGBTq cinema.  The Fabulous IFF is a broken rules and Harvey Milk Festival co-production with all the proceeds going to HMF.  Tickets $8.50, opening and closing night films $10 are available at  www.fabulousiff.com and at Burns Court Cinemas on the days of the festival.  New this year: the centerpiece film will be a free outdoor presentation on the Sarasota/Manatee campus in the courtyard, with donation suggested.

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival six awards winning films - DROWN, FOURTH MAN OUT, IN THE GRAYSCALE, LIZ IN SEPTEMBER, OUT TO WIN, TANGERINE are all eligible for the audience award.

     Opening Night Film TANGERINE presented by Watermark Media, it’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block after being locked up for 28 days.  She and her best friend Alexandra take us on this rip-roaring odyssey through the various subcultures of Los Angeles in search of her rumored unfaithful pimp boyfriend (James Ransone).  FOURTH MAN OUT presented by USF and Stew Carrier from the BOX Office Bulls starring Evan Todd, Parker Young and Chord Overstreet is a funny, touching film following Adam, a car mechanic, coming out to his best friends on his 24th birthday.  This is a refreshingly unique take on coming out of the blue collar closet.  DROWN directed by Dean Francis known for his highly regarded “Boys Grammar,” is a superb drama exploring the forces unleashed by deep-rooted unsatisfied desires. This powerful film, not for the faint of heart, delivers strong performances.  Closing Night Film OUT TO WIN is a documentary examining the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world.  The locker room is one of the final frontiers for LGBT visibility in this country and OUT TO WIN celebrates the pioneers who have worked to make the world of sports a more diverse and inclusive one. Featuring interviews with Martina Navratilova, Brittney Griner and John Amaechi among others.  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER directed by Fina Torres (WOMAN ON TOP), is shot on a beautiful Caribbean beach where a tight-knit group of lesbian friends, lovers, and cordial exes meet every year to relax and let their guard down, without having to hide who they are, until Eva, a straight stranger, crashes the party.  IN THE GRAYSCALE this tenderly told tale of sexual discovery follows Bruno (Francisco Celhay) who faces challenging decisions about his identity.  This film which offers no easy answers, has earned comparisons to Andrew Haigh’s Weekend for its beautifully realized portrayal of two men in love. 

    We are proud to add two locally made shorts: 

    LET ME GO a Ringling School of Art + Design production directed by Nathaniel Allen Turner, will precede FOURTH MAN OUT at the free centerpiece screening on the USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus.

    WHEN THE PARTY ENDS directed by KT Curran produced by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and SOURCE Productions, will precede the Closing Night Film OUT TO WIN

    Sarasota Film Society, USF Sarasota/Manatee & Stew Carrier from the Box Office Bulls, Watermark Media, Janice & John Shelton, Embracing Our Differences, Smokin’ Joes, RCMoore Construction, Sarasota Day, Through Women Eyes, and Strand Releasing are among the Fabulous IFF sponsors making this festival a reality.  M.A.D.E. is our Opening Night Party sponsor, Ain’t No Thang food truck will be at the USF Sarasota/Manatee campus for the centerpiece presentation and will donate a percentage of their sales to the Harvey Milk Festival.  The complete list of sponsors is featured on the Fabulous IFF web site,

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival

    Burns Court Cinemas (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236)

    USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus’ Courtyard (8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243) bring chairs and blankets.

    For press info, please contact Magida Diouri at 941.284.3059 or

  • 08/31/15
  • Casting Call - Student Film

    10min – 15min. Comedy.

    Josh (18) is in the middle of taking his last final in high school when suddenly his pencil snaps. Of course he forgot to bring any extra and is forced to
    quietly ask the people around him for extras. Unfortunately, his abrasive moderator, Ms.
    Meyers, catches him and believes him to be cheating. Josh is sent to the principal’s office
    and loses all hope of gaining an academic scholarship for college. While waiting to meet
    with the principal, he meets Annie (17), a very bubbly student who, after much
    convincing, agrees to help with Josh’s situation.


    JOSH Male, Age Range: 17-21 (look high school), Any Ethnicity.
    Tries to act like he’s calm about everything when really he’s freaking out on the inside.
    Doesn’t want to appear to be trying too hard.

    ANNIE Female, Age Range: 16-20 (look high school), Any Ethnicity.
    Has a very bubbly personality and is not afraid to say it like it is, even to people she has
    just met. Does not want to appear to get anything she wants at school because she’s the
    principal’s daughter

    MS. MEYERS Female, Age Range: 45-60, Any Ethnicity.
    The classic spinster looking teacher that we all dreaded having in school. An extreme rule
    follower and doesn’t care what the “guilty” party has to say.

    MRS. DANSWORTH Female, Age Range: 45-50, Any Ethnicity (similar to Josh)
    Wants only the best for her son but tries not to put pressure on him.

    MR. DANSWORTH Male, Age Range: 45-50, Any Ethnicity (similar to Josh)
    Stands by his wife and also wants everything for his son, but is very relaxed and tries to
    keep things upbeat in the house

    SECRETARY Female, Age Range: 25-30, Any Ethnicity
    Only says a few lines. First job right out of college.

    Please contact the director if you are interested or have any questions or concerns.


  • 08/27/15
  • Roy W. Dean Film Grant Deadline 9-30

    Applications are now being accepted for the fall Roy W. Dean Film Grant.   The grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  The winner receives $3,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film products and services to use to complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.


    The grant includes some very unique and exceptional prizes.  Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music and score for their project.  David recently provided music for the Emmy award and Roy W. Dean Grant award winning documentary “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey”.  Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield will donate $6,000 in animation services to the winner.


    Other prizes awarded the grant winner a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, a 25% discount on Artbeat’s royalty-free stock footage, 35% off post production services from Solvent Dreams, and 50% Discount for linking services, cells, walkie-talkies from Linking Systems and more from many heartfelt donors


    Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a board member of  From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant. 


    You can apply for the grant at  


    For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098


  • 08/25/15

    UNLEASH YOUR MONSTROSITY CREATURE FEATURE CONTEST Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network is celebrating the deadly, disgusting monsters of the silver screen, and wants to see your ultimate creature creation. Submit for the chance to have your creation professionally modeled, printed, painted and featured on El Rey, brought to you by Skittles.

  • 08/20/15
  • Casting Call -Student Film Shoot

    Casting - Looking for two men in their fifties or sixties as well as two high-school aged boys. For more information or to submit resume and headshot please send to this email address. 

    More details 

  • 07/31/15

    BEWARE!!! Per REPORTER TINA JENSEN OF FOX 13 news: A RECENT AD RUN IN TAMPA AREA says ""Guys, girls, do you love the Disney Channel? How about TV shows like Crash and Bernstein or Jesse? Well, how would you like to be on the Disney Channel?" the ad says, announcing an exclusive upcoming event for the “first 200 callers.”" This is NOT a casting call, but a company trying to sell "memberships" and thousands of dollars worth of photo packages etc. They do NOT get talent jobs, do not cast productions. See article here: Disney Weighs In: A spokesperson for the Disney Channel says producers hold open casting calls a few times a year that are promoted as “official” casting calls and advertised on their website and social media pages. “There is no affiliation between Disney Channel and any advance-fee acting school or acting workshop, and Disney Channel has not authorized talent searches or casting through any advance-fee event organizers,” said Patti McTeague, adding there’s no fee or contract associated with official Disney Channel auditions.

  • 07/10/15
  • Casting Call

    Venice Theatre Seeks Performers for Rock Musical Hair Directed by Ben Vereen


    Ben Vereen is seeking more local performers to audition for Venice Theatre's MainStage production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Vereen will be directing the production. Michelle Kasanofsky is the music director. They are holding a second round of auditions for the roles of Berger, Claude, Hud and child singers. Auditions will be held at the theatre located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice on July 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Auditioners must make an appointment with stage manager Lisa Million by calling 941-258-0704 or emailing



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