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Learn More About Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ in New Featurette

Here is another great little show that was filmed in Charlotte, N.C. Make sure to check it out!

NC Film News

Filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cinemax is preparing to unleash its new drama Banshee, from True Blood creator Alan Ball, next month, as a brand new featurette with behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews and some fresh footage was released this week, giving the best insight yet as to the tone of the series.

You can watch the new Banshee featurette in the player below, and then click here to chick out the show’s official Facebook page!

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‘Homeland’, Julianne Moore Lead 70th Golden Globe Nominations

Check out a few more images from this great show that I have really enjoyed working on.

NC Film News

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards this morning, including Showtime’s hit drama Homeland, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Fayetteville, NC native Julianne Moore.

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Looking inside the Creative Mind

The Creative Monkey

A monkey will use his time wisely to be creative.
©Kent Smith Photography

Being creative is something we all have inside us. I believe we are born with that creativity, but it continues to grow within us throughout the years in our work and passion for expanding our thoughts. So, is it true some people are more creative than others? Maybe. Or it may just be some are better at tapping into that part of their brain allowing themselves to flourish. Or maybe there is a formula to all of it…
Could this formula be linked to the Golden Ratio? Is it some understanding from another time or place that has made a mark on our human thinking? I’d like to think that it’s a combination of many different things including the things we see every single day, Life itself could be one of the most influential factors. Something so simple, but yet so complex has most of us spending a lifetime trying to figure it out. Could it be the influx of images that we see everyday and our own personal translation of those images that drives the mind to think outside of the box? Creative thoughts are made from a combination of other thoughts that have then been translated to another form, such as art or words. So how do we understand the thinking that goes into to this process?
We have 86,400 seconds in a day to process thoughts. From those thoughts, the creative mind captures one or two good ones that have a chance to make a lasting impression. I liken this to being a photographer. When I have to edit down an entire photo shoot to just a few images. We should do the same with our creative thoughts. We should pick our best from all our creative blurbs and turn full attention on just a couple of the best to create a masterpiece.
Unfortunately for the creative minds time is our biggest enemy. The best ideas often come from hours and even days or years of making everything just so. For me there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things I would like the world to see. But I take each day at a time and produce the best work I possibly can with the hours I am allowed.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how you get through the creative process. I think we can all learn from each other. Let’s face it, we all want to be better humans and not just another monkey hanging around.
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Studio for Rent in Charlotte, North Carolina… Built on a Gold Mine

This is the same location that many commercials, celebrity photo shoots and yes, even a movie (The Last Passport), have been made.  We think it’s a very unique place that offers lots of options and space, but not so much that it isn’t affordable!  So when you make a trip to find your next nugget of gold in Charlotte, make sure to check us out!  We have daily and weekly rates.

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Photography/Video Studio Space for Rent in South End

Studio Conveniently located in the heart of South End only 5 minutes from uptown Charlotte, our space is ready for your shoot!  Find out why this is one of the most popular studios in town.

We offer:

40’ x 40’  Very Clean Studio Space

18’ Ceilings for Any Kind of Shoot

Large Sliding Wall (can accommodate a vehicle)

Modern Dressing/Makeup Area (with good lighting, large mirrors, and makeup table)

12’ x 12’ Waiting Area

Huge Multi-Speed Fashion Fan

Mens/Ladies Restrooms

Wi-Fi Internet/ Fax Machine/ Phone (local calls)

Stereo System (CD, iPod/MP3 Hookup)


24-Hour Alarm System

Drive in Entrance (with plenty of parking, easy access ground level loading)


$250 half day

$400 whole day

$1400 week

15’ x 15’ multi purpose office that can be rented for an additional $125 which includes TV,  office desk, sound system, and chairs.

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New HD camcorder from Sony

Sony Develops

Sony has announced the development of a new HD camcorder with interchangeable Zeiss lenses.

Sony Corporation announced today that it is developing a new type of AVCHD high definition camcorder which features key technologies powering the newly announced interchangeable lens digital camera, “NEX-5″ and “NEX-3″ and plans to commercialize the new HD camcorder in fall 2010.

The new camcorder will be equipped with the same “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor to be used in “NEX-5″ and “NEX-3.” In addition, the camcorder will be compatible with “E-mount” interchangeable lenses developed for “NEX-5″ and “NEX-3″, and also the wealth of “A-mount” interchangeable lenses from the existing “α” DSLR camera lineup via a mount adaptor.

IMDB The Last Passport

We need your help to push the hits up for The Last Passport on IMDB.  Help independent films by clicking the like button.    Make sure to go to the site and click the like button on the right.  It will really help raise our stock in the film.  Thanks to all.

Lucky You Films has recently been granted the rights to produce 360!

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2010

Lucky You Films owner Kent Smith has joined with Michael Plumides and David Temple to write ‘360’, a film created and written by Smith and Plumides with Temple involved in revisions. Lucky You Films has recently been granted the rights to produce the film and has plans to start filming in Charlotte, NC sometime in the near future.

‘360’ is a film about a Rap singer, once on top of a world of fame and fortune, who loses everything in the blink of an eye. He is forced to go back home to work at his parents dry-cleaning business, all the while dreading having to face the people he shoved to the side on his way to the top. Smith, Plumides, and Temple bring sarcasm, wit and humor to a story that can all too often be true.

Kent Smith is an award winning writer, director, and producer with his roots starting in still photography. Smith’s latest success came with the film The Last Passport of which he co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with David Temple. The film won two awards at the Solstice Film Festival in Minneapolis, MN for Best Directors (Smith and Temple) and Best Actor, which went to their lead Jimmy Hagar. When Smith is not involved in making films he owns and operates an equally successful photography business, which he has been doing in Charlotte now for over 14 years. He has been featured in over a hundred national magazines for both his commercial and sports work.

Michael Plumides is a writer, and the author of the recent, critically acclaimed indie book, KILL THE MUSIC (2009). Plumides’ book has been featured in a number of print and online publications and was heralded as one of the “ten best rock books of 2009” by Fred Mills, the Managing Editor of BLURT Magazine, a highly regarded online music source. Since co-writing ‘360’ Plumides continues with his passion of writing scripts. Among the indie scripts he’s been working on is GHOST TREK, and is now partnered with Bill Walker on the film project, GHOST TREK: CONFEDERATE GHOULS, a lampoon of paranormal reality television, to be shot in the environs of North and South Carolina late summer.

David Temple is also an award winning filmmaker. He partnered with Kent Smith in The Last Passport as co-writer, co-producer and co-director. Temple is no stranger to the film word as he saw great success with two other projects he was involved in winning Best Short for both “Rewind” and “Poke the Sleeping Bear” at the Asheville and Solstice Film Festivals, respectively. Temple is currently working on his first novel set to release very soon.   He is also an actor and National Voice Over artist.

Lucky You Films is thrilled to produce another film in Charlotte, NC with Smith at the helm once again as the director of the film. Smith expects to see a lot of the same faces that were involved in the making of The Last Passport and is looking forward to further success with ‘360’.

YouTube – Puppet Warp Sneak Peak

AdobePhotoshopFB — April 02, 2010 — Many people use Photoshop to bend and twist images in unique ways. Russell Brown

via YouTube – Puppet Warp Sneak Peak.

This might actually change how animation is done.

Charlotte Bobcats Intro Video

Here is a great intro video that was done for the Charlotte Bobcats.  It uses mostly still images and then some video is added to add effect.  This was another great project that was created with the Charlotte Bobcats, Limerick studios, and Kent Smith Photography.  The still images have motion added to them to create the effect of movement.  Thanks to all who worked on this project.  Now, we need the boys to win the Championship.  Go Bobcats.

To watch the Video:  Click Here

New Directions for Independent Cinema

New Directions for Independent Cinema: Ian Calderon from Scott Kirsner on Vimeo.

For those of you who are interested, this is has some great content on where things are going in the future.  Hope you enjoy it.

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