Archive for March, 2006

Panel Discussion on Independent Movies

Heads Up!

Star Circle Pictures is demonstrating creativity in its production techniques and innovative ways of producing independent movies. Here’s an invite put out by the Virginia Production Alliance, and co-hosted by the Virginia Film Office. If you happen to be in the neighborhood April 11….



Hear a panel of international producers and view a micro motion picture made with tomorrow’s technology! Virginia Beach-based Star Circle Pictures will give a sneak peek of Samaritan, a featurette which was the first movie to be shot with Panasonic’s new AG-HVX-200 Camera. The panel will discuss a creative Indie model for producing motion pictures without use of video tape or film stock, opening a way for more independent productions.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Social
7:00 – 8:15 VPA Update, Panel, Screening
8:15 – 8:45 Q &A

WHERE: REGENT UNIVERSITY Communication & Performing Arts Center – Screening Room A
(Off I-64, take the 286B/Indian River Road East Exit. Pass the Founders Inn, turn right onto Centerville Turnpike
then right onto CBN Center Drive at the guard house. Turn left into the Communication Center parking lot.)

ADMISSION: $5.00 for Nonmembers. FREE for VPA members, Regent students, faculty and staff.
You may join at the event and become a member through 2006. Student $15.00; Individual $40.00; Corporate $125

RESERVATIONS: Virginia Film Office at 800-854-6233 or e-mail with name,
number in party and your telephone and e-mail address.

Panelists include Star Circle Pictures producer RICHARD S. MARTEN , who has an extensive background in entertainment and general corporate law. In 1985, he oversaw the establishment of Atlantic Film Studios, Virginia’s first motion picture production facility which is now home to New Dominion Pictures. Author of two original screenplays, Richard is a principal in Trans-Pacific Partners, Ltd., a company engaged in facilitating technology transfer and trade between the United States and China. KIMBALL CARR, with a background in writing and graphic design, founded the publishing firm, Armageddon Press. He entered video via training videos and interactive productions. Kimball has continued as a writer, editor, producer of shorts and feature-length movies. Most recently, he wrote and directed Samaritan, the breakthrough HD micro feature. Star Circle Pictures CFO JONATHAN GUION has extensive financial and administrative experience, owns a commercial real estate brokerage company, develops commercial and investment properties and manages a list of successful development and investment partnerships. Samaritan star JOHNNY ALONSO graduated N.Y.U.’s Actor’s Studio, guest starred on Homicide, was the only actor to segue from a recurring role on Dawson’s Creek to One Tree Hill, and joins us from the shoot of Blu with Orlando Bloom and Robert DeNiro. Star Circle Pictures producer ETHAN E. MARTEN, will moderate the panel. Ethan has appeared on screen with Jason Robards, Jose Ferrar and Whoopi Goldberg. He co-founded OnStage Magazine, a Norfolk-based arts and entertainment monthly, co-founded 2nd Story Theatre, and was VP of Marketing for Atlantic Films. JIM JENSEN, Southeast Sales Manager for PANASONIC, will provide technical expertise regarding the AG-HVX-200, with its tapeless technology that provides instant viewing. The camera was leased to Star Circle for shooting in January, before it was on the market. Star Circle achieved 81 set-ups in two nights of shooting with the AG-HVX-200 — a mammoth task achieved on time and on budget. According to Digital Filmmaker, If that had been a Hollywood shoot, it would have cost 100 times that much.

PRODUCERS and DIRECTORS take note! Space is limited. RESERVE your place now through the Virginia Film Office, 800-854-6233 or e-mail

Marty Terry, Chair
Virginia Production Alliance – Hampton Roads
VPA Hotline: 1-888-523-1043

Hey All:

There’s lots happening on the Indie Front! Finished the third movie in January, and the edits are coming along swiftly. You can view a clip of “Samaritan” at the Star Circle Pictures site (No, really, go ahead — you’re an invited guest). I’m interested in your movie making experiences, and hearing from old and new friends.

All the Best,
Ethan Marten

Check out Star Circle Pictures

Read the Digital Filmmaker story on Samaritan