OIL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN 2016
(OIL CITY, PA) The first Oil Valley Film Festival will take place September 1-3, 2016. Based in Oil City, the festival is designed to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film.
The festival programming will include feature and short films in competition, along with feature-length and short screenplays in competition. Day three will feature a hand-picked block of curated filmmaker to screen in exhibition, all leading up to the awards ceremony on Saturday night.
“We’ve already received submissions in each category from all over the United States, and a few Internationally, and the festival is still a year away,” said Matt Croyle, the festival’s director. “As a filmmaker myself, not only do I want to continue to make movies here, but this festival seems like a way I can use my passion to share films with the community – films they may normally never get to see in a multiplex. This is about starting something that the community can really get involved in and get excited about.”
The festival is currently in search for partnering venues, and has already partnered with Videomaker Magazine, MaddyG TV on ROKU, and the Oil City Library.
“The Oil City Library is a gem. We’re really happy to have them on board. Dan Flaherty and his staff are doing great things with that facility, and I couldn’t be more proud to have them be a part of the festival,” Croyle continued.
More information about submissions, corporate sponsorship, and general inquiries can be found at: http://oilvalleyfilmfestival.weebly.com
(OIL CITY, PA) – With the worldwide release of Matt Croyle’s first feature film, his production company, One Fish Films, has released the shooting script version of the original screenplay for the film. People are now able to download and read the screenplay for free.
The screenplay is located here: PotentialInertia-ShootingScriptPDF
The film is available worldwide at: http://potentialinertia.vhx.tv and http://www.indiereign.com/videos/potential-inertia
As I near completion of my first feature film, I’ve learned quite a few things about what not to do while making one. If you’re considering making a movie, here are five important things you must never do.
1. DO NOT SHOOT WITHOUT A FINISHED SCRIPT
While ad-libbing scenes can be a fun and creative way to create scenes with actors, and while there have been some great flicks made by simply having a treatment or outline, this is not how you want to make your first film. Chances are the actors you can afford to cast are not the wonderfully trained ad-libbers they think they are. The more structured — your first filmmaking experience is — the better.
Also, shoot the script. Shoot what is written on the page. Anything else can be done in pickups or re-shoots. The bulk of the performances on your first film will be shaped entirely in the editing room.
2. DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE FOR YOUR FILM THAT CAN’T COMMIT THE TIME TO DO IT
When you are making your first film people will have a tendency to view it as some sort of hobby or extracurricular activity — even those folks you ask to come aboard, to be part of it. Until they see some progress, or a rough cut, most won’t see it as a serious endeavor. Do NOT bring people into your project that aren’t going to be available on days you need them. That family day at the amusement park should have to wait until you get the shots you need. The actress who can’t find a babysitter needs to find one, and show the fuck up when she’s called to set.
3. DO NOT USE ON-CAMERA AUDIO
Audio is the most important part of your first feature, because chances are it’s not going to be a cinematic masterpiece. It’s going to be a stepping stone. Clean, external, audio will make your production stand out next to the kid shooting his on the camcorder. According to one of the board members at SXSW, clean audio makes a huge difference in whether or not a film is chosen to screen there, regardless of what it looks like. In other words: Your movie can look like crap, but as long as it has clean audio, that people can hear, and isn’t distracting, your movie is already better than one that looks amazing except for the fact that people can’t hear anything.
4. DO NOT ALWAYS RELY ON EXISTING LIGHT
This is a given, especially with DSLR technology. Some cameras are great in low light, but sometimes you have to light the shit out of things in order to get that clean digital look. This can always be adjusted in post by adjusting gamma, brightness, and contrast. Light, light, light.
5. DO NOT KILL YOURSELF
Making movies is a very difficult thing to do. Your first flick should be super-fun and engaging, but do not beat yourself up over things you can’t control. Making movies is fun. And if it becomes not fun, then you should probably find something else to do with your time. Relax. Enjoy the process. Good luck.
Copyright © 2014 Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.
This is a side by side comparison of scene 26 from the upcoming feature film, POTENTIAL INERTIA, and the original draft of the script.
“It’s an interesting process when you’re both writing and directing a film. You come to realize that you could be an immense prick, and make the actors say the lines exactly as written (which in some cases wouldn’t make you a prick), or you could let your actors feel the lines out the way they want to – give them a little space to work,” said writer / director Matt Croyle.
He added, “This is a look at a rough cut of scene twenty-six along side the actual script. It’s kind of fun to watch.”
POTENTIAL INERTIA is scheduled to be released in early 2014, and is finishing up principal photography.
For more info, please visit the official site: HERE.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srFsUTPCnjA]
“Jerry’s Pub”, The Award-winning Short Script By Matt Croyle, Available Worldwide On Amazon.com For Kindle Devices
(OIL CITY, PA) – Matt Croyle’s award-winning short screenplay, is now available worldwide on Amazon.com, here, for all Kindle devices.
“Jerry’s Pub”, originally written in 2006, was selected as a runner-up in the 2006 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival’s scriptwriting competition, and earned its World Premiere, as a stage play, in January of 2011, at the First Annual Canton One Acts Festival in Canton, Michigan.
The dark story is about two men in a bar with a shared past.
Follow the link above, or click the photo below to order and download today.
CANTON, MI — The world premiere of Matt Croyle’s ‘Jerry’s Pub’ will take place at TLC Productions’ first annual Canton One Acts Festival, January 21-23, 2011 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, MI. ‘Jerry’s Pub’ will be making its debut as part of a six-show lineup of original one act plays chosen from playwrights all across the United States. Show dates and times are as follows: Fri. & Sat. 21-22, 8:00 pm. Sun. 23, 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and are available online.
The cast for the World Premiere of ‘Jerry’s Pub’ is as follows: Jeff Foust of Canton, Michigan as Will O’Connell. Tim Chanko of Canton, Michigan as Ben Sullivan. Joseph Cone of Canton, Michigan as Jerry. Kyle Coykendall of Wallend Lake, Michigan as Chucky Doyle. The play is being directed by Linda Trygg.
For more info visit: http://tlcprod.wordpress.com/
Now Accepting Submissions For The 2008 Competition!
Deadline: July 4, 2008
Winners announced: September 4, 2008
|Welcome to the Scribe Playwrighting Competition. Founded by Croyle Entertainment, the competition is designed to bridge an international gap between established and emerging writers around the world. That is why the competition is open to all writers, everywhere, regardless of subject matter.The competition has two categories for sumbission. Full length plays and one act plays. Each category has its own prize for the selected winners.
The Scribe Playwrighting Competition offers the following to the winners of each category:
|SUBMIT YOUR PLAY.Plays must be submitted as follows:
As originally posted on imdb.com
I’ve read a lot of negative remarks on this board from folks who didn’t enjoy the flick. One must remeber: The joy of going to the movies is to try and immerse yourself into that picture for two hours or so, not to pick apart people’s attempts to make flicks that say something. I think that the filmmakers were trying to establish the fact that International warefare and epionage is something that will always happen, no matter how much people what to protect themselves and their families, there are things going on in governments around the world that the public has no realised or explained knowledge of, hence the first ‘Vantage Point’ of the flick: the news director played by Sigourney Weaver. This first glimpe is the end result in what the public around the world will ever know about the situation presented in the movie, and as the flick progresses and we delve deeper into what actually happened we begin to realize that corruption can get to the deepest parts of government. I think that’s ultimately what the writers were trying to say with this movie.
People also need to remember that the real time frame for this picture is only about twenty minutes, and that most of the people involved don’t realize they are interconnected in any way. Some folks want resolution with backstory on Matthew Fox’s character. All I can present is this. If he was rogue and working as a double agent and the President didn’t know about it, he couldn’t have done it alone. Which means that the operation was even bigger than we, as moviegoers, could imagine or saw on screen. Perhaps the Presidential advisors who immediately wanted to order a strike on Morocco after the attempt were possibly in on the kidnapping, then deemed disposable after they were done with thier job, or rather failed to do their job at all. Perhaps they were able to keep Fox’s character under the radar the whole time, as they were in charge of assigning the Secret Service agents to the President in the first place.
People are too eager to jump on the internet and dissuade others from seeing a flick before they’ve had adequate time to think about the movie on many levels.
I actually really enjoyed this movie. It offered an escape for about two hours, was exciting and fast, and it made me think about how corrupt our world governments can be.
As far as the structure of the film — while I did find the ‘rewinding’ a bit tedious during the viewing, I also realize that, ultimately, it’s the best way to tell this story. Again the real time frame is only about twenty minutes, and this structure enables the flick to present eight different ‘Vantage Points’ of that specific twenty minutes. After the movie ended, I realized that it had to be that way.
So, if you dig movies, seriously check this flick out. It’s a nice escape for an evening.
(OIL CITY, PA) Croyle Entertainment announces the development of the Scribe Playwrighting Competition. The competition will be open to writers around the world with the winners receiving a filmed reading of their play for developmental purposes and a cash prize to be decided before the launch of the competition. Also, the winning plays will be considered for full production by Croyle Entertainment. There will be a reasonable entry fee. Stay tuned in for upcoming information.