Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

The Ocean State is going to be the site of another movie beginning this fall.  This one about the comeback of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza .  “Bleed for This” is being produced in part by Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. in East Greenwich, RI. Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci is currently part of Woodhaven Production Co.

From the Providence Journal:

Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall

Boxer Vinny Paz will see his life on film in new drama. Photo by Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal

“Bleed for This,” the film about the life of local boxing legend Vinny Paz, will begin shooting in the fall with an estimated budget of $16 million, according to the Rhode Island Film & TV Office.

Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Chad Verdi of Verdi Productions/Woodhaven Production Co. of East Greenwich, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Noah Kraft as producers on the project. Writer/Producer Ben Younger will direct.

“Bleed for This” tells the story of world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza who suffered a near fatal car accident but went on to win three additional world boxing titles in the 1990s.

via Vinny Paz film to begin shooting in Rhode Island this fall | Entertainment – Music, Theater, TV & more | Providence Journal.

VAP/DRA Students Learn Etiquette

VAPFilm Set Etiquette, that is! Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci, presented students and alumni with tips on what to do and what not to do as a production assistant on set. On Saturday, April 19th, Tom was at the East Greenwich campus along with a film crew that included assistant director, Jon Schermerhorn, also a New England Tech Video & Audio Production (VAP) Technology grad. Those who attended got real world advice from the pros and practiced making a good impression on set. Here’s what some NEIT students had to say. “It’s the little things that make a big impact on set,” stated Sebastian Cruz, a Quarter 3 VAP student. “What a great way to get your foot in the door,” according to Eric Rudman, a DRA Quarter 7 student.

Having worked as an actor/producer/director on films such as Self Storage and Inkubus, Tom will soon begin production on a new movie, Almost Mercy, a psychological thriller. He is shooting this film in Rhode Island and hopes that some of the students from the workshop will become production assistants on the film. “We may be PAs but we will be the best PAs on set. I learned so much,” stated Haley Dutra, a Quarter 7 DRA student.

Another key player, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, opened the event and offered some sound advice on looking for work in the state. VAP and DRA students may contact him at the RI Film and Television Office to learn about job opportunities at steven.feinberg@arts.ri.gov, 401-222-3456, or www.film.ri.gov.

Special thanks to Tom Strolla, Professor/Department Chair, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; Sally Kingsbury, Professor, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; and Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, for putting this workshop together to benefit our VAP and DRA students and grads.

Rhody has had more and more movie filming

Tom DeNucci – a New England Tech Alum turned Actor, Writer and Director talks about his next movie project and movie making in Rhode Island.  DeNucci is a graduate of Associate in Science in Video Audio Production and the Bachelor in Science in Digital Recording Arts programs.

 

From WPRI.com and The Rhode Show

In recent years, more and more filming has been taking place in Rhode Island, as cast and crew members flock to the Ocean State.

The Rhode Show was lucky enough to be on the scene with Rhode Island’s own Tom Denucci to get the scoop on his new movie.

“Almost Mercy is your classic revenge story. It’s about a couple of outcasts and deals with a lot of current issues that re going on right now in the news every day,” said Denucci, “So I think people are gonna be interested by kind of how ‘now’ the story is.”

These days when it comes to big time film making, its no longer all about Hollywood, but Rhode Island is a major player.

“People don’t realize what a great infrastructure Rhode Island has for making films – there’s tons of artists in Rhode Island, tons of filmmakers, and a lot of great, great talented actors,” said Denucci.

Almost Mercy has been sold to Universal, and they are aiming for a mid 2015 release.

Film, TV productions flocking to Massachusetts

The Bay State is being dubbed “Hollywood East” because it’s fast growing film and TV productions.  That is just more great news from the LA Times for our Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts students.

“Tumbledown” stars Jason Sudeikis, left, and Rebecca Hall talk with director Sean Mewshaw during a film shoot in Concord, Mass. The indie movie’s budget was roughly $4 million. (Seacia Pavao)

From the LA Times:

There were 21 movies that shot in Massachusetts last year, more than double the number in 2011, according to the state’s film office. Film and TV productions spent $313 million in 2012, up from $176 million in 2011. The state paid out an estimated $78.2 million in film tax credits in 2012, according to the state department of revenue.

The script came initially out of a place of nostalgia or even homesickness for western Maine. – Desi Van Til, “Tumbledown” writer “It was a great place to film,” “Ted” director and writer Seth MacFarlane said of Boston. “You get the tax benefits, but it’s also a really beautiful city.”

In addition to the financial incentive, Massachusetts touts a deepening crew base and a sprawling film studio in Devens that opened in January.

New England Studios is the biggest studio in the state. The $41-million studio boasts four soundstages, 20,000 square feet of office space, 16 dressing rooms, and two hair and makeup rooms.”

We now say that Massachusetts offers everything for film, television and digital media — from soup to nuts,” said Lisa Strout, director of the state’s film office.

Massachusetts has a rich history of film production that dates to 1903. But it was “Good Will Hunting,” written by Cambridge natives Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, that put the state on Hollywood’s radar in 1997.

In April, a casting studio put out a call for extras for the James “Whitey” Bulger biopic “Black Mass.” Last week the first images of Johnny Depp, who will play the notorious Boston mobster, surfaced on the Internet. The movie reportedly began filming Monday (May 19, 2014.)

Click link to read the entire story on LATimes.com via Film, TV productions flocking to Massachusetts; tax credit is big draw - Los Angeles Times.

New England Tech Instructor Making Movie Magic in Providence

New England Tech instructor Stephen Souza to appear in The 48 Hour Film ProjectNew England Tech instructor Stephen Souza teamed up with Good Natured Dog Productions and Mandy Miller, of SHIFT Communications this past weekend to film their entry for the Rhode Island “48 Hour Film Project.”

After being assigned the genre of “Western,” and a character of “plumber,” the group set off to create movie magic in just one weekend. In just 48 hours the group had to write, cast, and film their flick, which had a time limit of no more than seven minutes. They also had to ensure the film was handed in on time – just one minute late would mean they would be disqualified.

The films entered into the competition – about 30 in all – will be premiering this week at Cinema World in Lincoln, with the winner to be announced on August 17 at the Columbus Theater in Providence.