Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pink Sneakers Offers Full Sail Students a Huge Opportunity to Pitch a TV Show!

Think you have a great idea for a reality show?

Join us for the first

This is your opportunity to present your ideas to top production executives working with the hottest networks such as MTV, Bravo, CMT, TLC and VH1! Each idea that progresses to a development agreement will be compensated with $500.00 and $5,000.00 for any idea that makes it to a television series!

This opportunity is exclusively for Full Sail students and alumni. An executed submission release form is required as well as a one page treatment prior to the pitch session – see Full Sail website or email ktrudeau@fullsail.com for more information.

Pink Sneakers Productions, located in Orlando, Florida, is a one-stop, all-inclusive production company creating entertaining, high-quality programming. Whatever the project is we embrace a distinctive storytelling style that allows characters to tell their stories in their own unique voices. From music and pop culture to medicine and health, and everything in between, we have the exceptional ability to capture incredible stories while consistently delivering high ratings for networks such as Bravo, VH1, MTV, TLC, CMT and ABC. Here at Pink Sneakers you won’t find suits, ties or TPS reports, but you will find a production team with a passion for producing entertaining, innovative, original programming. Pink Sneakers projects include: Miami Social, Brooke Knows Best, Truth Be Told, Luke's Parental Advisory, My Big Redneck Wedding, Hogan Knows Best, True Life, I Want a Famous Face, Cribs, Tiara Girls, My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding and Britney Spears In the Zone

If you are interested in more information about Pink Sneakers Productions, please visit our website at www.pinksneakers.net

If you would like to be considered for an internship or employment position, please send your resume to: hr@pinksneakers.net

Pink Sneakers Productions
1000 Colour Place, Apopka, FL 32703

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eat Your Pride and Keep Quiet if you want to Stay Employed

This may come as a shock to those fresh out of film and TV school, but it is what I've learned. The entertainment industry attracts two types of people: creative people and people with low self esteem. Creative people are great to work with. They are passionate, smart, fun, open minded and self assured. People with low self esteem (which most in the entertainment industry are) are nightmares to work with and work for.

I have never allowed myself to be insulted in the entertainment industry without speaking up. I have always talked straight down the barrel of arrogance. Sometimes, I've addressed bad and judgmental attitudes with polite, private meetings - stating my position in kind, but firm terms, and sometimes - depending on how flagrant the person is - I've told him or her to do to themselves what most people want to do to others in the bedroom.

I have no patience for arrogance and thick headed behavior. No one should. However, speaking up will lead to unemployment. Hands down. People in power (simply put, people who sign your paycheck) often cannot handle feedback from their employees. They usually love to dish it, but rarely like to hear it. The funny thing is they also enjoy pretending they have "thick skins", but end up finding ways to sabotage your reputation because they aren't brave enough to address it with the purpose of solving interpersonal issues.

I've seen interns become producers in what seems like months because they will never defend themselves and they will work for half the cost of what a seasoned producer has earned. Fathers would not be proud. It's a common tactic: the use of the inexperienced to avoid having to talk about the best approach to creative a project. Quality is lost, money is wasted, but check signers can feel better about themselves. They get to avoid constructive confrontation and relish in their illusionary power.

So, if you want to sleep at night, stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Just know, you may go to bed hungry. If you want to be able to pay your mortgage, keep quiet. At least there will be food in your fridge. It will make a nice side dish to the pride you'll be eating every day.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hitchcock: Make Killer Story Boards Using Photographs!

This is fantastic and eliminates the need for a story board artist - as long as you can take pictures! I am blown away by the simplicity of this application and by how effective and smart it is for film and TV students and professionals alike. CHECK IT OUT NOW

Friday, September 25, 2009


1. Their name is too small and they don't include their address. Your name should be no less than a 20 pt font.

2. Using fancy, hard to read fonts. Only use Ariel, New Times Roman, or another clear, legible font.

3. Over designing their resume with graphics, photos, and eye-annoying clip art.

4. Not including qualifications and scanable words like “Experienced”, “Skilled’, and “Knowledgeable”. For example, if you wanted to be a DP one day, then your qualifications should read:

a. Experienced Assistant Camera Op familiar with cleaning and mounting lenses, setting up HD and Film cameras, and cabling monitors.

b. Skilled Camera Department PA with proven knowledge about camera department protocol, equipment, and expectations.

c. Knowledgeable about HD cameras and Film Cameras including the HVX900, the Arri 535, etc (fill in the gear you know and be specific).

d. Team player willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

e. Possesses current passport (if applicable).

5. They try to pass off student experience as professional experience. UPMs, Producers, and department heads see right through that. Don’t do it. Create a section on your resume that is called “Student Productions” and detail your student experience there.

6. Not including a chronological resume that includes the month and year.

7. Adding an “objective”. The “objective” is to get a job. Don’t do it!

8. Adding “references available upon request”. Really? Are you sure? Trust me, you’re wasting valuable resume page space with this. Any good employer will want to get references from you. Bring them to the interview.

9. Applying for jobs out of state when you don’t live there! No one will call you. Apply for jobs in a state in which you have a genuine residence.

10. Not including non-industry work near the bottom of your resume. You’re fresh out school, starting out, and employers do look at the “Night Shift Manger” job you had before film school at Wal-Mart. It shows you got promoted, can lead, can punch a time clock, can work with a team, and you were given responsibilities. The same goes for military experience. I have always hired someone from the military. If you were trained in the military, production will be no problem for you.