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Oil Valley Film Festival Launches in 2016

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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

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Five Things To NOT Do Making Your First Film – By Matt Croyle

Matt Croyle – Writer/Director of ‘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.

“MONSTER” – Official selection of the 2012 LAweb Fest

(OIL CITY) – Matt Croyle’s web series, “Monster”, has been selected to screen in April at the 2012 LAweb Fest in Los Angeles, California.

This is the first Los Angeles screening for Matt Croyle and his production company, One Fish Films.

The venue for this year’s festival is the Radisson at LAX, and the fest runs April 6-8, 2012.

To watch episodes of “Monster”, please visit: monster.onefishfilms.com

For more information on the LAweb Festival, please visit: www.lawebfest.com

One Fish Films Launches Fourth Installment Of Monster, Plans Two Remaining Episodes

(Oil City, PA) One Fish Films has launched the third installment of its ongoing, dramatic web series, “Monster”. The series is described as a pseudo-fictional, documentary-style, web series focusing on a man and his attempt to explore the monster in himself and those around him.

The series debuted November 22, 2011 on its official site at: monster.onefishfilms.com with video hosting and streaming by YouTube.

“Monster” will conclude its story in its final two episodes which are currently shooting this week in Oil City, PA.

The series creators submitted “Monster” to the 2012 LAWeb Fest in hopes that it will get a screening in the greater Los Angeles area later this year.

One Fish Films Launches Third Installment Of “Monster”

(Oil City, PA) One Fish Films has launched the third installment of its ongoing, dramatic web series, “Monster”. The series is described as a pseudo-fictional, documentary-style, web series focusing on a man and his attempt to explore the monster in himself and those around him.

The series debuted last month on its official site at: monster.onefishfilms.com with video hosting and streaming by YouTube.

“Monster”, directed by and starring Matt Croyle, features music by David Goodnough and international recording artist Moby as its background score.

“Monster” shoots in Western Pennsylvania.