Sacramento Filmmakers Connect at Comic Con

A high powered set of Sacramento filmmakers and television producers gathered at Sacramento’s Wizard World Comic Con Saturday to help attendees learn about the variety of opportunities for production available in our region.

Comic Con panel (from left) Matthew Donaldson, Ryan Todd, Brian Jaggar, Gary Martin, Doug Stanley and Michael Rosenbaum.

Comic Con panel (from left) Matthew Donaldson, Ryan Todd, Brian Jagger, Gary Martin, Doug Stanley and Michael Rosenbaum.

Emmy Award winning cinematographer and show developer Doug Stanley (Deadliest Catch) touted plans for advancement in distribution that will help connect fans of TV shows who use Facebook.  The Ridgeline Entertainment Executive producer from Auburn loves to bring his other reality TV shows into Northern California whenever he can.

Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin told about the “Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition for 10-minute scripts featuring this region, encouraging writers to tell the stories they love and reminding them Access Sacramento has classes and the free use of equipment for those who get certified.

Sacramento’s Ryan Todd, producer and developer of one of  YouTube’s most highly subscribed video series SMOSH, said working on a budget is still “working” and he encouraged those in the room to get their start without delay.

Producer Matthew Donaldson, masquerading as the Stay Puff Marshmallow man from Ghost Busters, talked about his new film “To Find a Monster” that’s in development with likely release later this year. He said the story is critical and his new film tells how two young friends find the meaning of friendship while facing their monsters, armed only with a camcorder.

Marvel's Spiderman was busy climbing the railings at Sacramento's Wizard World Comic Con.

Marvel’s Spiderman was busy climbing the railings at Sacramento’s Wizard World Comic Con.

In a surprise appearance, TV star and director Michael Rosenbaum, (Lex Luther on Smallville) joined the panel, commenting on how Sacramento’s reputation for film and television production is growing, and encouraging beginning film makers in the room to never give up on their dreams for working in the industry.

The panel was moderated by Sacramento Playwright (The Interviews)  and “Place Called Sacramento” (Lottery Ticket) writer/actor Brian Jagger, who said he was delighted by the standing room only crowd.  He wanted to make sure the Comic Con audience knew Sacramento is the home for lots of film and television production, and that Hollywood isn’t the only place with great stories to tell.

 

Six hours in make-up in order to promote a new webseries.

Six hours in make-up in order to promote a new webseries.

Large or Small, Wizard World Comic Con fans really get into the mood.

Large or Small, Wizard World Comic Con fans really get into the mood.