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The Moon Under Glass

Production Company: 
Ellipsis Entertainment
Plot/Description: 
Waking up to another sunny day, Hal goes about without a single care. His life is perfect. Everyone loves him, and everything always just seems to work out. But these loving neighbors, faultless luck, and glorious atmospheres are the work of someone else: a man whose sole purpose is to construct Hal's world; from every car that is parked, to the words spilling out from each friend's lips. This creator, of sorts, is the one responsible for Hal's flawless life. Looking to instill Hal's world as a paradise, he crafts a playful, exciting girl named Dali. After she continuously intrigues Hal, he begins to grasp a strong connection with her and even starts tasting love for the first time. But looking for any simple sign of appreciation, the creator begins testing Hal. Simply just trying to verify that his life's work means something to the only person that matters, he consistently stages opportunities for Hal to express gratefulness, only to repeatedly come up disappointed by Hal's oblivion. Everything begins to change when the creator, fed up with Hal's lack of gratitude, removes Dali and abandons his work. But as Hal's atmosphere begins to fade away, he can only dwell on Dali's disappearance. With his mind preoccupied and his world dissolving around him, can Hal survive?
Year of Release: 
2010
Filming Locations: 
New Hampshire, USA
Contact Person: 
Jeremy Collins
Contact Phone: 
603-819-1022
Posted Email: 
jeremy@ellipsisent.com
Director of Photography: 
David Dumais
Producer: 
Jeremy Collins, Anthony Pizzurro
Writer: 
Megan Petraitis
Director: 
Jeremy Collins
Cast: 
Andrew J McGuinness, Autumn Gillette, Jonathan Thomson
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

BIRD TALK

Production Company: 
Itchy Feet Films
Plot/Description: 
A fantastically dysfunctional flight into the life of a failed real estate agent turned self-proclaimed bird expert and radio personality under the call name "Twitcher". Despite delusions of grandeur, his show's callers want more advice than avians, and the results are tragicomical.
Year of Release: 
2010
Filming Locations: 
Boston, MA & Providence, RI
Director of Photography: 
Cat Hainfeld
Producer: 
Jennifer Scharf & Ted Marr
Writer: 
Jennifer Scharf
Director: 
Richard Griffin
Cast: 
Rich Tretheway, Jennifer Scharf, Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Brandon Luis Aponte, Alex Lewis, John Woodin, Grant Maloy Smith, Cat Hainfeld
Bird Talk Poster
Contact Person: 
Jennifer Scharf
Posted Email: 
scharfjennifer@yahoo.com
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Film School in New England - What's the Draw?

By Maddy Kadish
Emerson College

In part one of a series, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Maddy Kadish investigates the allure of attending film school in New England.

As the Studio Turns: The Saga of Plymouth Rock Studios

By Kerry O’Donnell
A sketch of the proposed studio.

The story involves glitz, intrigue, and indictments. No, it's not a soap opera plot. It's the amazingly true story behind the still-proposed Plymouth Rock Studios in Massachusetts...

Local Short, Big Screen

By Maddy Kadish
Wesman's film "Shelley" screened at Cannes International Film Festival.

Andrew Wesman’s Harvard University senior thesis film Shelley comes back from the Cannes International Film Festival as it celebrates the importance of small film on the big screen.

Lessons Learned on My Latest Film Set

By Jared M. Gordon
On the Set and on Top of Things.  Sort of.  (Photo by John DeCecco)

My recent film shoot, a three-day affair for a 20-minute comedy, taught me the value of running a tight ship, as well as a few other things.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Update

By Kerry O’Donnell
Art Funding Continues to be Slashed - But All Is Not Lost (Photo by Richard Urban)

How fares the Massachusetts Cultural Council? The latest report carries bad news as well as a glimmer of hope.

The Who, the Whereuntofore, and The Why

By Kerry O’Donnell
Will Your Sins Catch Up with You?  The Why Knows...

The principal players not meeting until the day before production, The Why epitomizes the new type of collaboration in independent filmmaking.

Much Ado About Documentaries

By Maddy Kadish
Coming soon: Tara Wray's Cartoon College

Is now the right time to make a documentary in New England? You bet it is.

Film Runs in the Family

By David Pierotti
Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor's Clam Pie, seen in the 2009 NewEnglandFIlm.com Online Festival.

Filmmaking cousins Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor wrap up their first feature-length endeavor.

The Best Time You'll Ever Have at Summer School

By Kerry O’Donnell
Summer Moviemaking Camp.  Credit http://www.filmsbyhuey.com.

Maine’s New England Film Academy celebrates its fifth anniversary by opening up a second location in Massachusetts. Director Christopher Watkins talked with NewEnglandFilm.com about the organization and its goals.

Say Goodbye to Hollywood? Massachusetts Considers a Cap on Film Tax Credits

By Kerry O’Donnell
Governor Patrick signed the film tax credit law.

In an attempt to present a balanced budget, Massachusetts Governor proposes to cap the film tax incentives that have brought numerous big-budget productions to the state, created jobs and fostered local businesses.

A Free Education in Film Rules

By David Pierotti
What's the Best Way for Me to Export That HDV Footage? (Photo by Niels van Kampenhout)

The Learning Lab Series at Rule/Boston Camera Film Rental provides a valuable and free resource for the local filmmaking community.

Show Me the Money: Where to Find Local Grant Funding

By Maddy Kadish
Times Are Down, But You're Not Out

In a downward economy, grant funding for Massachusetts filmmakers still exist. Dan Blask of the Massachusetts Cultural Council offers some advice.

The Restaurant: Tasty, Talented, and Local

By Kerry O’Donnell
The Cast and Crew of The Restaurant.

Filmmakers Bobby Scali and Ted Sherman unveil their short film featuring the talents of 40 local SAG actors.

On the Set: Everything That Could Go Wrong... Did

By Jared M. Gordon
Production Still.  The Fire Was Not Planned. (Photo by Ross Beckley)

Things go from bad to worse to worst to whatever is beyond worst in this dramatization of actual events.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Boston Jewish Film Festival

By Maddy Kadish
Members of the theatre troupe accept applause at the end of their performance in “How To: Be Or Not To Be."

Boston Jewish Film Festival volunteer Maddy Kadish gives an inside-out look at a Boston institution.

Industry News - October 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"Santa: The Facist Years," screens in the Williamstown Film Festival's shorts II program.

State budget woes force Mass Cultural Council to cut programs, Williamstown Film Festival rolls in, calls for entries galore and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for October 2009.

Don't Cut This Class: Future Media Concepts

By April Gardner
Future Media Concepts recently moved to Kendall Square.

Warp speed your knowledge of postproduction through coursework at facilities like Future Media Concepts.

Not Just Pulling Stunts: Leo Kei Angelos Charts His Course from Stunt Coordinator to Writer/Director

By Kerry O’Donnell
Leo Kei Angelos started with stunt work and is pursuing his first feature film, "Pins and Needles."

From Vietnam to the United States, and from stunt coordinator to writer/director, Leo Kei Angelos charts how he has made it so far so fast.

Influx of Studio Pics Forces Actors and Casting Agencies to Grow

By Kerry O’Donnell
Anne Mulhall, of LDI Casting, has expertise in period pieces.

This summer, Grown-Ups, The Fighter, Furry Vengeance, The Town, Zookeeper, and Wichita all set up shop in Massachusetts. With the high demand on casting agencies and actors, how is the system faring?

How to Edit for Children’s Television

By Mike Sullivan
Fetch! is a reality show for kids, integrating live-action and animation.

Senior editor Arnie Harchik explains how he integrates 500 hours of studio, location, animated, and audio footage to create one season of WGBH’s Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.

Pitch-Perfect Documentary Fundraising

By Jared M. Gordon
Sean Flynn at the Coolidge Corner Theatre talks to Connect the Docs.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean Flynn discusses the fine art of concise pitching to documentary funding sources.

Next Generation Producers

By Karsten Hatch
Teens learn producing, and more, at SCAT's Next Generation Producers program.

Somerville Community Access Television (SCAT) opens the eyes of young talent.

Training a Workforce for the Moviemaking Marathon

By April Gardner
CT Film & Digital Media Workforce offers training and resources throughout CT.

As New England attracts more major motion pictures, the race is on to grow a trained workforce. This guide offers an overview of new and ongoing skill-building opportunities to secure work in all aspects of production.

Industry News - September 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"The Wing" and other films screen online at NewEnglandFilm.com this month.

The Online New England Film Festival goes live, the Coolidge Corner Theatre brings back Talk Cinema, Images Cinema exhibits animal art for a cause and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for September 2009.

Checking in with the Curator

By Carly Pifer
"Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" is one of the local films screening at the MFA in September.

Six months into his new position as the first and only curator of film at the MFA, Boston, Carter Long discusses his strategies for the museum’s evolving film program.

This Doc Stinks!

By Mike Sullivan
"Dumping Billy" digs into Newburyport's landfill "laundry."

Mary Godfrey discusses her documentary, "Dumping Billy: The Story of the Crow Land Landfill," which screens this month at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.

Seen on the Scene at NAMAC

By Erin Trahan
Diana Barton opened Walking City Production Rentals on April 1, 2009.

NAMAC presented opportunities to connect and re-connect -- Erin Trahan reports from the field.

Joey Pants Wins Over Woods Hole

By David Pierotti
Joey Pants (left) on a panel after a screening of his documentary at the 2009 Woods Hole Film Festival.

David Pierotti offers his take on Joe Pantoliano’s new documentary, "No Kidding, Me Too," which broaches the taboo subject of mental illness.