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Issue 4 is on us and as we prepare for issue 5, I can’t help but wonder what changes have been made and what changes remain to be made in the future. One thing is for sure, the basic concept will never change. A concept of promoting up and coming talent in the photography and filmmaking world. Models, Photographers, Actors and Filmmakers from around the world have emailed us say how much they enjoy the concept, not just the content.

Having been a photographer and filmmaker for well over 35 years the concept of giving back to the world will always be the focus of iMP Magazine. Our readership has grown from issue 1 by over 10,000% and we hope, that by giving the information that helps those young filmmakers and photographers, models and actors the inspiration to keep going is our mindset. The map of readers changes from issue to issue giving us insight into who wants to read what and from where. The ultimate goal is to give readers worldwide, the information and encouragement to make valuable and educated career decisions as well as to promote those that are truly deserving of the recognition of being published, in what we feel is a valuable tool to get the information to those that need it. Our hope is to always receive feedback in a positive fashion and we hope you, our readers continue to enjoy our publications.



thoughts that I wanted to include in my message to our readers simply because a high percentage of my past was in photojournalism. It’s basic, simple and logical. The recent events of Edward Snowden (You may ask where I’m going with this and what this has to do with photography but I will get to that). The U.S. President, Barack Obama recently declined to travel to a summit (G20) with Russian President Putin over the Russian federation granting Snowden a temporary stay in Russia. My thoughts on this? Why not save the Americans and Russians tens of millions of dollars and send U.S. Filmmakers and Photographers to meet with Russian Filmmakers and Photographers. I can guarantee a lot more would get accomplished towards international relations with the Russian One of the things an entertainment people than sending a politician to have magazine should never try to do is tea with another politician. include politics, but there is one issue in the media lately that I just can’t bite my In an upcoming issue we plan on tongue on. The issue of Photojournalism covering photojournalism and it’s and freedom of speech. Watching recent impact not only on the creative world events from the United States and Russia around us but on the impact of the got my attention and gave me some photography and filmmaking world as a

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whole. We welcome your comments and criticism and can email your comments to whitelionpublishing@ we may just print some of them in our publication for the world to see. Chris J. Clayton: Publisher, International Model and Photographer Magazine. Division of White Lion Publishing.


Welcome to Issue 4 of International Model and Photographer. This is an exciting journey for us and we are pleased you are on the journey with us. In this Issue of iMP we have a focus on Safety in the industry. Safety is of great concern in any career, but few other jobs put the employee in such a personal precarious position as modeling. In light of recent events focused on models disappearing, iMP decided it was our duty to our readers to remind them of the dark side of modeling and how to protect yourself. For our photographers and filmmakers, we have some interesting camera information and a great article on film commission and their assistance in the industry. Our next issue will focus on Male Modeling and Women Filmmakers. IMP looks forward to your comments and questions. If you are an upcoming Model, Photographer, Actor, or Filmmaker and have a question or think you could be our next feature, drop us an email with a sort bio, links to a website if you have one and one picture of you or your work that shows your style. Please put the subject as Letter to the Editor re: (say here if this is a question or audition request). Questions will be passed to an expert and audition requests will be discussed by our team.


EDITOR Donna Brayshaw Managing Editor International Model and Photographer Division of White Lion Publishing.

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Some letters to the Editor will be published with replies. We look forward to your input.




FROM THE Issue 4?? Wow, I just finished Issue 003! Since the beginning of this adventure, all I seem to be able to do is create a really deep rut in my office chair. I have been designing pretty much for four months straight, and have enjoyed every moment of it. My concept is to present a magazine with clean design with information at a glance. One that is easy to read, and features the image as well as the word. Ok, that’s it, I have to get back to laying out this magazine! P.S. Notice how much time every one else seems to have to write a bunch of stuff. :P P.P.S.S. I received a comment about the “strange rock” that suddenly appears in the middle of the magazine from a reader... so I hid one this time in this issue, just for you. I left a clue to help find it, see if you can spot it ; ) Timothy Searles Creative Director/Publisher International Model and Photographer Division of White Lion Publishing.


I live in Brantford, Ontario Canada and work in the healthcare industry and avidly pursue photography as a hobby. I had become more and more interested in photography over the years, and had graduated from various point and shots to a Fuji bridge camera. I wanted to learn more about manual settings and have more control over my photos, and eventually bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XS, about four years ago. I initially learned about photography through a lot of reading, a few classes and seminars, and by going out and shooting a wide variety of subjects in an effort to learn my equipment. Early on I challenged myself by submitting photos for approval to a few stock photography sites. This helped me to learn how to accept criticism and also how to shoot tack sharp and technically sound photos. Con’t P12



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Photographer: Crystal Young


I enjoy shooting things that interest me and catch my eye in my day-to-day life. My photography initially leaned heavily towards nature, because of this, I acquired my first lens (apart from the kit lens), the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro. This lens opened up a whole new way of looking at subjects to me. The lens’ macro capabilities allowed me to get up close to subjects and really made me pay attention to the small details, and the f/2.8 wider aperture helped to teach me a lot about presentation and what to draw focus to when composing an image. Nowadays, I shoot a wide range of subject matter – nature, sports, architecture, pretty much anything that conveys an interesting visual story. Next Page


Disney World

Another big interest of mine is visiting Walt Disney World in Florida. I usually visit once or twice per year, and even made a pilgrimage to Disneyland in California last year. There are virtually unlimited photographic opportunities at Disney World, with the opportunity to shoot everything from landscapes, to people, to wildlife, with details big and small filling the parks. What most people may not know is that there is a large Disney theme parks photography community. I first got to know members of the Disney photo community through Flickr, and have Next Page

Photographer: Crystal Young


Photographer: Crystal Young


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Photographer: Crystal Young


Photographer: Crystal Young

Photographer: Crystal Young

been able to meet up with fellow Disney photogs numerous times over the years. Sharing knowledge with fellow members of the community has helped me not only improve my photography skills but make many friends from around the world that I would have never otherwise met. There’s actually a meet up dedicated to Disney World photography, Photo Magic 2013, coming up this fall which I’m looking forward to attending. Next Page


Photographer: Crystal Young

Enhancing Skills

Another way I’ve enhanced my skills is by entering the photography competitions at county fairs. Here in Southern Ontario there are numerous county fairs each fall, and besides the usual entries for livestock and produce most also feature competitions for artistic endeavors! Entering the fairs’ photo competitions has been a good way to gain feedback on my photography, and to network with other area photographers and see local photographic subjects from their perspective. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a little bit of prize money over the years too, which helps to cover the cost of entry fees and printing. Next Page


Photographer: Crystal Young

I also joined the local camera club a couple of years ago. This has provided additional networking opportunities, as well as allowing me the chance to shoot locations and places not normally accessible or available to the general public. Next Page


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Gear & Technology I am a Canon shooter, with the Canon 50D as my primary body (although it’s getting a little long in the tooth!). My camera bag contains a number of Canon and third party (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.) lenses, everything from ultra wide & fisheye to telephoto zoom, with some fixed focal length fast primes in there too. Given the wide variety of subject matter I shoot, I like to have a wide selection available to me. I try to capture the image they way I want it in camera, and do minimal post-processing through Lightroom & Photoshop. I recently completely redid my website from scratch also, which allowed me to pare down the sheer quantity of photographs from the previous site and focus more on quality. Next page


Photographer: Crystal Young


My portfolio is primarily showcased on my website,crystalyoungphotography. com. I’m also active on social media through crystalpics, on Facebookfacebook. com/cr ystalyoungphotography and through Flickr crystalyoungphotography. I’ve made a number of great friends over the years through photography, and through the internet it’s always exciting to get to meet photographers from across the country and all over the world.


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Black Magic Now in the hands of thousands of film makers all over the world, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is globally recognized for its amazing 13 stops of wide dynamic range and 2.5K sensor for true digital film quality shooting. With RAW, ProRes™ or DNxHD™ recording, files can be opened directly in popular editing software without conversion! The multi award winning design has the features customers need to start filming straight out of the box including a super fast SSD recorder, rechargeable battery, and a large 5” LCD touchscreen. This large touchscreen monitor allows easy monitoring, metadata entry, camera settings and fast accurate focus. Available in two models, customers can choose from either the EF or passive MFT lens mount, compatible with amazing optics from the world’s leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and more. For high end work, filmmakers can shoot in uncompressed 12 bit CinemaDNG RAW. The incredible resolution and dynamic range means that more of the scene is captured, giving greater creative control for Hollywood style color correction with the included DaVinci Resolve software. “The response to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been incredible,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The tremendous support we received encouraged us to work even harder to make the camera available to more videographers and filmmakers. It’s amazing to see the projects that have already been completed and I can’t wait to see what the creative community delivers next!” Blackmagic.

Cinema Camera Key Features: A The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is available in either EF or MFT lens mount models. B Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look. C High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing shots. D Built in SSD recorder allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video. E Open file formats compatible with popular editing software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats. F Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection. G Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and “slate” metadata entry. H Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps. I Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software. J Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve color grading.

NOW FOR THE REALLY GREAT NEWS Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price for Blackmagic Cinema Camera! Fremont, CA – August 2, 2013 -a new lower price for the award winning Blackmagic Cinema Camera to US$1,995. I don’t know about you but I am putting this one on my Christmas list!.

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Q: Hi Albany, We understand the cover shoot for this issue of iMP Magazine was your very first photo shoot. Tell us how it went for you. A: Yes, it was my first shoot and I think it went really well! It was tons of fun, and the people I worked with were great! The results were awesome and overall it was a great experience. Q: What were your parent’s initial response when you approached them with the idea of modeling? A: When I first told my parents that I was asked to do a photo shoot for iMP they didn’t really know what to think. They looked into iMP and also looked into who I was going to be working with and my photographer. Everything seemed very professional so they decided to let me go through with it. They came with me to the shoot and were very pleased with the results. My parents are very supportive and actually encourage me to do more shoots. It was an awesome experience!!

Photograph: Chris Clayton


Q: What shoots have you done since the one you did for iMP Magazine and how did that go for you? A: The most recent one I’ve don’t since iMP was for a guy who contacted me through Model Mayhem. It was a basic shoot, shot in Kelowna by the beach. The photographer was great and it was tons of fun! I look forward to doing more shoots. Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years with regards to modeling? A: I’m not 100% sure what will happen in the future with my modeling, I would love to pursue it, but it all depends on what people want, but who knows what will happen! Modeling would definitely be something I would love to make a career, but if not it was a great experience and would be fun to keep going as long as possible. Next Page

Photograph: Chris Clayton


Q: How difficult did you find it to be when you set up your ModelMayhem account and what advice would you give other inexperienced models when going to their first shoot? A: One tip I would definitely give to new models who want to start up a Model Mayhem account is don’t put your email on there. That was a mistake that I made and I quickly began receiving a lot of spam messages. If people need to contact you they can contact you through messaging on MM, not email. Setting up the actual account though was very easy, they guide you through it and it’s done in no time. Next Page

Photograph: Chris Clayton


Q: What style of modeling do you think would be the most fun for you (IE: Sports, Catalogue, TV Commercials etc). A: I think sports would be my favorite for sure! I’m a major sports gal, and I love to be outdoors! Then I think it would either be TV commercials or cosplay. Cosplay I think would be so much fun cause I love dressing up, and I love getting my hair and makeup done! Q: Some more experienced models say that modeling has boosted their self image and self confidence‌would you say that is fairly accurate from your own experience as a newcomer to the industry? A: Definitely in some aspects I think it did. Every girl wants to be told that they are pretty enough or good enough to be on the cover of a magazine, so by being asked to do it I think definitely boosted my self-confidence. Next Page

Photograph: Chris Clayton


Photograph: Chris Clayton


Q: Before getting into modeling, what would you say your image of the industry and professional photographers was? A: To be honest I thought all models had to be 6 feet tall and paper thin. That was always how they looked and that was just what everybody always said and joked about. That is definitely not true though. People’s view of modeling is much different than the real thing. Not all models are paper thin and 90 lbs. It is still very important to stay fit and exercise regularly, along with eating right. QS: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. A: Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to speak with you, it was an awesome experience!

Photograph: Chris Clayton



WORLD National Film Commission Delhi 4th Floor, Soochna Bhavan, Phase 1, C.G.O Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003. Tel: +91 11243 69462|63 Fax: +91 11243 68011 Email: sunitarawat@


Turkish Film Council PHONE: (+) 1 310 202 1600 EMAIL: CONTACT@ TURKISHFILMCOUNCIL.COM 10000 VENICE BLVD. CULVER CITY, CA 90232 USA tEmail:


9, rue du Chateau d’eau, 75010 Paris France Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 83 98 98 Email:


National Film Board of Canada P.O. Box 6100 Station Centre-ville Montreal, Quebec, H3C 3H5


San Francisco Film Commission City Hall, Room 473 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102-4649 Phone: (415) 554-6241 Fax: (415) 554-6503





History (Okay, history is boring but it tells us how it came about). The first Film Commission was founded in the United States in the late 1940’s. Production companies had moved out of sound stage settings and into more natural and public surroundings. This developed a whole new set of problems. Local governments appointed liaisons to the production companies to help co-ordinate the local services and push through permits. Police, highway patrol, road and highway departments, fire departments pretty much any municipal or government services for shooting on location were handled through the liaison. The production companies saved huge. The government was paying the wages of the liaison. It saved time and much effort on behalf of the production company. They could hire cheaper by bringing in below the line labor by shooting on location. The locations benefitted by having locals hired, local establishments profited by out of town labor (above the line) spending money at hotels, gas stations or on food etc. It was a win-win situation. Next Page


What They Can Do for YOU More interesting because we know it is all about you). We have mentioned above the line and below the line, but it always comes down to the bottom line, just ask your producer or accountant. If you are shooting an Indie film, every dollar counts. Here are some of the areas a Film Commissioner can help you.

Scouting Locations: They can assist you with site locations. Tell them what you are looking for. They know the area, the buildings and people to contact to get use of those sites. If a permit is required or a road blocked off, they work with the municipal government to help make that happen. It isn’t easy to convince the local authorities to close a road and oh, by the way can you also supply a police officer to handle road control. Your Film Commissioners can usually help cut through that like butter. Next Page


There is much benefit

to hiring locally. Local Crew: Generally, the local Film Commissioners have lists of crew and talent on a data base. Locals register with them and keep their status updated. There is much benefit to hiring locally. Buyers know the best and cheapest places to buy. Locals do not require hotel stays. Locals have worked together so work cohesively as a team. Next Page


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on the film Monetary: Many commissions offer discounts or freebies such as: • Fee permit handling • Free scouting • Discounts on accommodation • Discounts on equipment rental • Discounts on transportation I have even seen on some of the sites, offers of free accommodation, office space and promotion. The big monetary benefit is tax incentives. This allows the production company to spend more money on the film because the taxes spent comes back to them. Next Page


Film Festivals Film Commissions often sponsor local film festivals. Look up “film festivals 2014�. Wikipedia lists almost 600 film festivals and their criteria with links to enter for 2014. If you want to get your name and your product out there, you must enter film festivals. If there are none in your area, talk to the Film Commissioner about starting one. Every year our local film society holds a Horrorfest in October. It is well attended and there is a bonus of $1000.00 prize money to the winner. The films are short 10 - 15 minutes long and is open to anyone, anywhere to enter. It doesn’t take a lot to organize and your Film commissioner may help you. Next Page

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new zealand How do I Find One? There are approximately 1100 Film Commissioner and Regional Media Support Offices. This link lists the commissions worldwide with links to all of them. What are you waiting for: There is no reason why you can’t be shooting on location in Italy or New Zealand. Only your imagination is stopping you and if you are reading this, I guarantee it is because you have imagination you want to share. Contact a Film Commissioner. The location is waiting for you.

Photographer: John Morrison





MODEL? Online Portfolio’s and Modeling Safety Part 1 One of the first websites young models, or hopefuls, check out is a website created in 2006 called Model Mayhem. Model Mayhem has around 7,000,000 users and is self-billed as the worlds leading model and photographer promoting website. In theory, Model Mayhem doesn’t accept members under the age of 16, but there are many members well under that age.

One of the first questions I asked myself when the first of many prospective models came to me for a TFP (Time For Print or Trade For Print… more on this term later) shoot so they could post professional images on Model Mayhem was the safety issues of posting images for the world to see. After all, there are no security features on the site that say who and who cannot contact you. There is no way to block a viewer although, there are ways to stop them from contacting you. We will get to the safety aspect in awhile but first. Next Page


The Model Mayhem Basics. It takes about 4-6 days for a profile to be admitted. After applying, they request a minimum of 4 professional photo’s although, many young hopefuls post cropped family pictures or pictures taken with cell phone cameras. The limit for a free account is 15 pictures but, for a small fee you can upgrade to a pro account which allows up to 100 depending on the level of paid account you select. Once the account and images are approved people can leave comments (known as ‘Tags’) on both images as well as the main page. An online counter lets you know how many people have viewed your images and viewers can add images to ‘lists’ created such as “My favorites” or “Local Models” The browse feature lets you search models, photographers, agents, publishers, Producers and Directors, makeup, hair and wardrobe designers by male or female, location and the surrounding distance that you wish to search. For Pro accounts these searches can be saved for future reference. Next Page

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Limits. One of the first things we noticed in the Lists category was there is little restriction imposed on nudity although, Model Mayhem does restrict images with several rules that are dependent on viewers reporting inappropriate content such as pornographic images defined as erections or openly erotic poses that include sexually explicit images (Couples having sex, no matter how artistic is forbidden). Our first warning to young models who don’t wish to view such content is that you should set your filters to “On” in the setup feature. That way you won’t be subject to material listed as “M” or “Mature”. Now for the safety factor behind new models posting on any modeling website. Once you have a profile on modeling websites such as Model Mayhem ANYONE and EVERYONE can see your profile, your images and comments people leave for you and this is without any restrictions whatsoever. Next Page


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Our first safety tip is: 1. Do NOT Post Your Personal Email Address. You will get innumerable amounts of Spam from every scam artist on the planet if you post your personal email address.

Scams to watch out for. A: The email starts with “hi, you have been selected to enter in the Miss Canada/USA/ Russia pageant” This scam has been around for awhile now and unfortunately this scam is legal…borderline but legal in Canada and the United States. Ultimately, you have REALLY been selected to pay a huge entry fee of between $1,000 and $5,000 and believe it or not each year hundreds of models fall for this. You fly to Toronto, Vancouver or some other large populated center which means you now feel important right ?..WRONG! You pay for the flight (Around $500.00) to get there and hotels (which can run $200.00 to $400.00 per night), then pay the entry fee ($1750.00 for the scam we have we seen the most). What you get is an envelope full of receipts, a paper certificate worth about $8.00 and the chance to be an ambassador for the company which allows you to subpoena other unsuspecting models to lose thousands of dollars. Publicity and career value? A big fat ZERO. Pictures you get from the pageant are often fuzzy, out of focus amateur images as the company putting on the pageant is too cheap to pay a real professional photographer. Next Page

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To sum things up..if it seems too good to be true IT IS and it’s going to cost you your college fund. B. Do NOT Post your Phone Number. The last thing you want Is a GWC (guy with camera) phoning your home with offers to meet at some public place for a shoot. He will show up but the only thing he may have going for him is a nice camera and the desire to shoot pictures of you. He may even change the shoot last minute to somewhere “more quiet”. More rules on that below. C. Do Not Post your Address. Notice a trend? In other words do not post anything that a stalker may be able to trace you too. This includes your place of work. A professional will ask you to contact them, giving you phone numbers, addresses, websites and the ability to phone a consumer bureau to check on them. A Final note on safety when posting on Model Websites. Next Page

protect your privacy Photographer: Chris Clayton


The GLODEN RULES Of Modeling. 1. NEVER go to a shoot alone, especially if you have never worked with the photographer before. ALWAYS insist on taking someone with you. 2. NEVER go beyond your comfort zone. If you aren’t comfortable doing bikini shoots then simply don’t do them and let the photographer know that you are not comfortable doing swimwear…the same goes for nudes. A general rule of thumb is wait until you really know the photographer and if you’re going to shoot nudes or erotic images WAIT until you are 100% comfortable with the photographer.

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3. NEVER give out personal information over the internet to a photographer you have never met or worked with. Websites like Model Mayhem have their own built in messaging systems and if you start getting messages you are uncomfortable with don’t hesitate to report them to the site admin. Next Page

Photographer: Chris Clayton


As a closing note, we feel one website is worth mentioning in this article. is probably one of the best educational websites on the internet for new models. There are hundreds of educational videos covering every topic from acquiring an agent to signing deal memo’s and everything in between. The site is run by a working model out of the Eastern United States by the name of Christina DeHart. You can also design and print your own Comp Cards, create your own profile and view their online casting section. Have fun and stay safe.


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Avoiding Modeling Scams What could be more flattering? Someone approaches you at the mall and says, “You could be a model. You’ve got the ‘look’ we’re after. Here’s my card. Give me a call to set up an appointment.” People have always said you’re good looking. Now, visions of glamour, travel and money flash before your eyes. It’s true that some successful models have been discovered in everyday places like malls, boutiques, clubs, and airports. But the vast majority of would-be models knock on door after agency door before work comes their way.

If You’ve Got

“The Look” . . . Look Out! Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

It’s All an Act If and when you make that follow-up appointment, you’ll probably find yourself in an office filled with lots of other model and actor hopefuls. Then the spiel starts. What you thought was a job interview with a talent agency turns into a highpressure sales pitch for modeling or acting classes, or for “screen tests” or “photo shoots” that can range in price from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Next Page


Man, woman, or child — it makes no difference to bogus model and talent scouts. Often, these scouts are after one thing — your money — and will say just about anything to get it. But what they say isn’t always what they mean.

What They Say vs. What They Mean Unscrupulous model and talent scouts have their acts down pat. Listen carefully to read between their lines. • “We’re scouting for people with your ‘look’ to model and act.” I need to sign up as many people as possible. My commission depends on it. • “Your deposit is totally refundable.” Your deposit is refundable only if you meet very strict refund conditions. • “You must be specially selected for our program. Our talent experts will carefully evaluate your chances at success in the field and will only accept a few people into our program.” We take almost everyone. • “There’s a guaranteed refund if you’re not accepted into the program.” Everyone’s accepted into the program. Forget the refund.

Then the spiel starts.

• “You can’t afford our fees? No problem. You can work them off with the high-paying jobs we’ll get you.” We demand payment, whether or not you get work. • “Commissions from our clients are our major source of income.” Our income comes from the fees we charge you. Next Page


and distinct services. Make sure you know the difference. • Modeling (or talent) agencies secure employment for experienced models and actors. Some agents require that you sign up exclusively with them; others may allow you to register with them as well as with other agencies in town.

Instruction, for a fee Pose-itioning Yourself • To break into the business, you — the talent — need professional photos. There are two types of standard photographs — a “head shot” and a “composite card.” • The typical marketing tool for an actor, experienced or not, the head shot usually is an 8” x 10” black and

white photo of the face, with your resume printed on the back. • A “comp card,” the typical marketing tool for the experienced model or the wannabe, usually features several shots on the same sheet, showing off the talent in different attire or settings. • Agencies and schools offer separate

• Modeling and acting schools claim to provide instruction — for a fee — in poise, posture, diction, skin care, make-up application, the proper walk, and more. • Modeling schools do not necessarily act as agents or find work for you — after you take their classes, you may be on your own. Next Page




“why me?”

Talent Tips • Steer clear of modeling companies that require you to use a specific photographer. • Compare fees and the work quality of several photographers. • Be suspicious if a company requires an up-front fee to serve as your agent. • Be cautious if the school has a special referral relationship with a specific modeling agency. The two could be splitting your fees, or the agency may not be suited to your needs.

Avoiding a Model Rip-Off • Ask yourself, "why me?" Don't let your emotions — and the company's flattery — take control. Think carefully and critically about how you were approached: if it was in a crowded

mall, think how many others also may have been approached. • Avoid high-pressure sales tactics. Never sign a document without reading and understanding it first. In fact, ask for a blank copy of the contract to take home and review with someone you trust. If the company refuses, walk away. • Be leery of companies that only accept payment in cash or by money order. Read it as a strong signal that the company is more interested in your money than your career. • Be wary of claims about high salaries. Successful models in small markets can earn $75 to $150 an hour, but the work is irregular. Next Page


• Ask for the names, addresses and phone numbers of models and actors who have secured successful work — recently — based on the company's training. • Check out client claims. If an agency says it has placed models and actors in specific jobs, contact the companies to verify that they've hired models and actors from the agency. • Be skeptical of local companies claiming to be the "biggest" agency or a "major player" in the industry, especially if you live in a smaller city or town. • Realize that different parts of the country have different needs. For example, New York is recognized for fashion modeling; the Washington/ Baltimore area is known for industrial or training films. • Ask if the company/school is licensed or bonded, if that's required by your state. • Verify this information with the appropriate authorities, such as your local consumer protection agency or state Attorney General. Make sure the license is current. • Ask your local Better Business Bureau, consumer protection agency and state Attorney General if there are any unresolved consumer complaints on file about the company. • Get everything in writing, including any promises that have been made orally.

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• Keep copies of all important papers, such as your contract and company literature, in a safe place. Next Page


You've Got the Cutest Little Baby Face

A special word to parents of infants and toddlers Think your child is model material? Bogus talents scouts do. And they'll gladly set up a professional photo shoot to allegedly help you get modeling and acting jobs for your tyke. Of course, they don't tell you that the market for infant models and actors is very small. What's more, because an infant's looks change quickly, the photos become outdated. In truth, few infants are marketed with professional photos. Legitimate agents, advertising agencies, casting directors and producers generally ask for casual snapshots of infants that have been taken by family members or friends. Next Page


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Justin, first we would like to thank you for this interview with International Model and Photographer Magazine. Q: How old were you when you decided to dedicate your life to filmmaking? A: I started when I was about 8 years old in front of the camera, acting in TV shows, commercials etc. and then with time I developed this extreme passion for story and seeing a project out from start to finish. I jumped over to the other side of the camera at around 18 years old and started writing scripts and shooting short films with the knowledge I’d developed over the years. At that point I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. Q: Pressed with Luke Goss, was your first successful film. What was the process like for you? A: With Pressed I really enjoyed the whole process. As a filmmaker knowing that you’re only as good as your team is so important. The whole process is a team sport and my team did a great job. My favorite part of making this film was simply seeing what my actors brought to the table and seeing how much the script altered and changed while in the moment. What might look and sound great on paper may not work in reality so we have to be prepared to adjust. Getting these actors emotionally connected to their characters was what I was most excited about. Every character in this movie has some type of back story or life that we as audience members can empathize with. To see it come to life was just amazingly rewarding. Q: What was the theme in Pressed? A: The storyline of pressed explains how people can get themselves into big jams by doing small things. Money doesn’t matter and usually we have everything we need right in front of us but we lose sight of it. Con’t Page 72


Feature Interview With Director

Justin Donnelly


Q: As a novice, it must have been difficult to get experienced talent as excited about your project as you were. How did you get Luke Goss? A: Luke’s manager found the movie through our casting director in L.A. and when I spoke with him on the phone about it, he was the obvious choice. I let him talk for 45 mins. about the character and how he feels he should be played etc. He was so passionate about the role and from there it was an easy choice. Michael Eklund is just a local legend and any role you throw him he can do. Q: Tell us about some of the funnier moments in the making of the film: A: There were so many funny moments. Michael Eklund was the cause of a lot of these moments. His character was so sketchy it came across as funny at times. Since it was such a serious film and the stakes were high, it left a lot of room for outbreaks of laughter from our actors and crew. You can only be serious for so long and then the giggles start… especially with me since I’m a pretty fun guy in general. Luke and I pulled a few tricks on crew. We changed scenes up and got in a few heated arguments that looked real to get people talking. Were both goofs so it was fun. Q: What were some of the challenges you had to overcome to get the film made and what was the shooting budget ? A: There’s always challenges in the process. If it was easy we’d all be doing it. The biggest one was financing and a lot of people didn’t know that mine fell through a week into production. I had to put together a good chunk from my savings, scramble to find an investor and rely on my family to help me over the hurdle in order to keep the production alive. Not only was it difficult to deal with the pressure of maybe having to shut down, but to direct a motion picture and stay strong minded at the same time was what was probably my biggest hurdle. I was lucky I found an angel investor that came in late and supported me with such a large amount of money. I’m truly blessed. Some other problems were dealing with the sunlight in the Okanagan and how it drops out of the sky so quickly in October. Certainly called for shorter days. Next Page

If it was easy


we’d all be doing it.


Q: Where were you born and how did you end up in Vancouver and Los Angeles? A: I was born in Vancouver. I travel back and forth between the two cities. Its where film is active and gives the best opportunity to succeed. Q: Describe the journey to become a Director and some of the challenges in the adjustment? A: I think the biggest thing is experience. The more you shoot, the more you learn and the better you get. Being a director is a full time job whether you’re on set or not. Your mind is always going and you have to keep sharp and the creativity flowing. It’s sometimes challenging to shut off. The adjustment was fairly easy for me fortunately because I’ve always been a pretty specific artist that knows exactly what I want. I didn’t have much of a journey because I became a director very quickly and climbed the ladder when most said I couldn’t. If you want something, go and get it! Q: Where can we see your films? A: PRESSED has been sold worldwide. I have a short going around festivals right now called TOMORROW. It’s a very powerful piece. Q; What is your current project your working on, where would you like to see it filmed? A: I have two bigger budget movies I plan to do with studio involvement. Derailed Dreams and The Wrong Side. I plan to do both films in Canada. Q: Describe your favorite location to make movies. A: That’s a tough question since my filmmaking journey has just begun. For now, I would have to say British Columbia. It’s so gorgeous and really gives you so many diverse looks. I recommend other filmmakers scout out the province. Great crew and great locations. Con’t Page 76


The more you shoot, the more you learn


Q: If you could recreate any film made by another director during the last century, which would it be and why? A: I find that recreating someone’s art is not something I would even want to do. I believe every filmmaker has a vision and whether we like it or not as an audience is just simply our opinion. That’s what makes us all different. Q: Who was your favorite actor/actress to work with so far? A: Michael Eklund and Luke Goss. Q: Do you have any recent films you have made that are just being released? A: One is going into production later this year, Derailed Dreams. Just casting our leading star talent at the moment. Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now? A: Hopefully with a few more films under my belt that have either won awards or received great recognition. I love what I do, so being active in the industry is all I really need. Thank you for taking the time to read and I appreciate iMP magazine doing the interview. Please look out for my upcoming work coming in a theatre near you!! I will have a website up for Donnelly Entertainment Group in the very near future with reels of current work to keep you up to date with new projects and ventures. Next Page


Here is a link to take you to a trailer of one of my projects. - Feature film trailer being released in the US theatrically in 6 different cities Cheers! Thank you for doing this interview with i.M.P. Magazine and we wish you much success in the future.

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In recent press releases ARRI, Panavision, and Aaton announced they will cease production of film cameras and will focus exclusively on digital Anyone who has watched an early movie shot on film followed by a sequel shot on digital will notice a distinct difference. Film has the ability to ground the image and dirty it up, but not in an artificial way. Film does not have to use computers to give that authentic look. It is unfortunate that major camera manufacturers ARRI, Panavision, and Aaton have made this decision to cease production of film cameras. Con’t Page 82

The Death of

Film Production




Good I suppose if you own one now, because soon it's rarity will increase the value of the one you own. I have a gramophone. Great little piece that requires no electricity and has a unique sound. An absolute necessity that cannot be reproduced by digital sound. Thus goes the way of Film Cameras. ARRI VP of Cameras, Bill Russell, states: “The demand for film cameras on a global basis has all but disappeared. There are still some markets– not in the U.S.–where film cameras are still sold, but those numbers are far fewer than they used to be. If you talk to the people in camera rentals, Next Page


the amount of film camera utilization in the overall schedule is probably between 30 to 40 percent.” Aaton founder Beauviala explains:


“Almost nobody is buying new film cameras. Why buy a new one when there are so many used cameras around the world? We wouldn’t survive in the film industry if we were not designing a digital camera.” Other causes noted for the demise of film cameras are the rise of 3D (Frankly it makes me dizzy), the nearubiquity of digital projectors, cinematographers enjoy having more tools at their disposal, and, according to New York City rental house AbelCine’s Director of Business Development/ Strategic Relationships Moe Shore “an inexorable march of digital progress that may be driven more by cell phones and consumer cameras than the motion picture industry.”

fearing new technology?

Not all of these are bad and digital is not a problem in and of itself. This isn’t a matter of the future destroying the past or fearing new technology. Digital is a tool and it’s appropriate for some movies but not all movies. If filmmakers no longer have the option to use film rather than digital, then the art form suffers. I personally am not a fan of not having options. It is like not producing oil paints anymore because Acrylic is more popular. It just is not the same effect.


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IMP Volume 1 Issue 4  
IMP Volume 1 Issue 4  

Death of the Film Camera. Model Safety for Beginners. Film Commissions.