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FE AT UR E S Cover Story - Not Quite Fixed in Post

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Feature Story - Love For Sale

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Feature Story - The Mystery of Bunny’s Soft Mark

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C O LU M N S Ozcetera

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Voices - Good Thinking Atlanta: Creative Thinking. Community Good.

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Bring Your Camera - Up, Out & Away

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Per Diem - Buckhead

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How I Got into the Business

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Oz Scene

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Let Me Give You My Card

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Unconventional Art - Food!

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C O N T R IB U TO R S Chris Chariton is the Vice President of Supplier Marketing and Marketing Services for GlobalSpec where she oversees all direct marketing, demand generation, product management and market research, as well as public relations and advertising. Chris has more than 20 years of extensive marketing experience, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. She can be reached at: Feature Story, p. 24

Bobby Hickman is a freelance journalist who writes mostly about business and travel. He is also a copywriter and former president of The Freelance Forum. Bobby is currently ghostwriting the autobiography of a Celtic shaman in North Carolina. He is also developing a book on great Southern honky tonks, enabling him to hang out at bars and claim his drink tab as a business deduction. Bobby can be reached at: Cover Story, p. 16

Sarah Medina-Waller is a fan of the great outdoors. She has worked in and around the advertising/ graphics world on and off for years. Coming out of a hiatus from the business, Sarah joined the Oz Publishing family early this year. In addition to being a Mom to a rambunctious 7-year-old boy, in her spare time she is also a childrens’ illustrator. Her artwork can be found at: Bring Your Camera, p. 30

Andrew Duncan, known in the motion picture industry as “Drewprops” has been writing about the craft of filmmaking from the inside out since the mid-1990’s. His confusing and often embarrassing stories from behind the scenes provide a unique insight into the craft of filmmaking from the perspective of the shooting crew, artists and designers who bring your favorite films to life on the big screen. Feature Story, p. 26

Andrew Duncan, known in the motion picture industry as “Dre out since the mid-1990s. His confusing and often embarrassing of filmmaking from the perspective of the shooting crew, artis

Matthew Porter is a writer and creative consultant from Atlanta. A regular contributor to Communication Arts Magazine, Matt also writes for HOW and Neenah Paper’s online magazine, Against the Grain. He can be reached at: Voices, p. 28

There are times when a man has to step forward to sometimes the right thing to do is to get weird. And sticks around longer than it ought to. And sometimes i Superlux “We’ll fix it in post.” It’s a stock joke on every set. Post production has become an indispensable component in message making, an integrated realm both magical and arcane, its practitioners half wizard, half geek. The technology may be advanced, but trickery outside the camera is nothing new. From Un Chien Andalou to 2001 to Inception, post has been the cradle of unforgettable memories.

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To realize our homage to post production, Superlux teamed with photographer Harold Daniel and an amazing crew. Superlux is a design shop in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. Our mission is the imagination and realization of iconic moving images. Cover Design

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A TOUCH OF COKE In celebration of the 125th anniversary of The Coca-Cola Company, Craig Miller Productions developed an iPad Touch Screen technology for two traveling global museum exhibits. The exhibits were conceived, designed and produced by Gary Lee Super of Gary Lee Super Associates, Inc. The exhibits are currently touring Singapore and Turkey. Each exhibit consists of five mobile museum cases containing artifacts drawn from the archives of the iconic soft drink manufacturer. The Coca-Cola Company wanted to display as many artifacts as possible, but space inside the cases was at a premium. The company needed a space effective option that was more engaging than the traditional museum exhibit labels. Craig Miller Productions developed the solution: a commercial iPad application with on-board videos and website for each of the five museum cases. The displays also feature 17-inch flat screens with historical video programs developed by Craig Miller Productions. The exhibits took approximately six weeks to develop.

Traveling Exhibits for The Coca-Cola Company feature iPad interactivity produced by Craig Miller Productions.

STARTUP CAMP ATLANTA Games & Apps, in partnership with Semantic Seed, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), and the Georgia Entertainment Media Work ready region, held the first ever Startup Camp Atlanta – Games & Apps in Atlanta in August. The event showcased Atlanta’s thriving digital media industry. Designed to advance the local game and app development industry the Startup Camp teaches business startups how to move into the business of mobile gaming by highlighting three different segments: mobile & app developers; game artists, writers, and musicians; and venture and angel investors, experts and leaders. It is also a mobile games and apps competition focused on design, software development and product development. Developers had 60 to 90 seconds to present ideas for mobile games or apps. Teams formed around those ideas as they spent the weekend getting advice from professional mentors and investors, building a proof of concept, demo, or even a finished product. The first event was held at ATDC in Georgia Tech’s Technology Square Centergy campus in Midtown Atlanta, the center of a dynamic community of technology-based start-up companies, investors, service providers and the Technology Association of Georgia. Games may be fun, but, “There’s a serious purpose – and that is to publicize the importance of mobile entertainment and digital distribution, and to encourage more investment and development in this vital economic sector,” says Jesse Lindsley, President of IGDA Atlanta and CEO of Thrust Interactive.



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MOVIE MANIA AT BOTTLE BAR BLOW OUT THE CANDLE The Ephelis Agency is one year old! The public relations, event production and talent agency is based in Atlanta, Ga.

SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS . . . Creative Kaleidoscope is celebrating its third year with a new look, website, and focus. The company has recently undergone changes in order to better provide creative solutions for the Spanish needs of their clients. Karenlie Riddering, owner of Creative Kaleidoscope commented that, “We were experiencing such a high demand for translating and interpreting, we decided to work in our strength zone and focus solely on Spanish communication services.” The company has been partnering with video production companies, like Projections, Inc. who offer clients corporate videos in both languages, and also need Spanish-speaking talent for the videos. They have also been working closely with law firms who have a high demand for certified court interpreters, music producers seeking song translations, and other companies eager to market to Latinos.

Actress Jessica Lindsay could be seen strutting her stuff on location at the filming of a few scenes from the upcoming independent film, No Honor. Atlanta producer Tony Voorhees is taking advantage of the new film incentives being offered in Georgia. In an effort to showcase the highlights of the city, in addition to celebrating many of the area’s popular bars and restaurants, Voorhees’ film travels all over the Atlanta, including south to parts of Griffin, in the center of the City at Oakland Cemetery, and as far north as pockets of flashy upscale neighborhoods in Alpharetta. The screenplay was adapted by Michael Harper, another Atlantan, whose own film recently won best runner up at the Pasadena Action Film Festival in California. No Honor, written by Voorhees and based on true events, has a Tarantino feel with a Scorsese edge to it. The actors are feisty and have great chemistry and with the Rob Rainey Video Inc. team heading up the film work, the movie promises to be a gem! Post production will be handled by Rocket Post, Atlanta’s newest editorial and sound facility owned by director Ruckus Skye. One of Atlanta’s character actors, Michael Cole of Professional Actors Studio provided acting coaching for many of the actors in the film.


Atlanta’s thriving technology PR community. I also actively promote PRSA|GA by serving on the Social Media committee.”

Stephen Loudermilk has been awarded the Georgia Chapter’s Chapter Champion award in recognition of his outstanding volunteer work for the chapter. Loudermilk is global marketing director for Optelian, an international technology company focused on next-generation optical networking systems with a U.S. headquarters in Marietta, Ga.

Prior to his current position, Loudermilk led Alcatel-Lucent’s global media, analyst relations and social media communications program. He is also active in other Atlanta-based professional development groups, including the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Loudermilk is a graduate of Boston University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. “I became involved with the Georgia Chapter of PRSA for the opportunity to build a network of trusted PR professionals and enhance my professional development,” Loudermilk said. “In addition, it has given me the opportunity to volunteer and serve on various Special Interest Group (SIG) committees including co-chairing the Technology SIG, which aims to foster excellence across

Loudermilk is being honored for his volunteer service to PRSA-GA. He’s been involved with the Technology SIG for three years and has served as co-chair the past two years. In addition, he has been a member of PRSA|GA’s Social Media Committee since its beginning in 2010; is active in the PRSA Southeast District as a board member, and serves the PRSA National Tech Section as secretary.

WHERE CREDIT IS DUE Independent Atlanta ad agency, breensmith, recently completed work to launch Equifax Complete, a new product that combines credit monitoring and identity protection. The offbeat TV and social media effort revolves around a half-cop, half-accountant character Edwin, that isn’t afraid to mix it up while educating the public on the importance of credit monitoring and identity protection. The over-the-top character munches on half-donut, half-bagels, adorns a bulletproof vest with a pocket protector, and threatens to calcutaze viewers with his half-calculator and half-Taser – all in the name of credit monitoring and identity protection. The national TV buy and social media push helped Equifax reach its quarterly sales goals. And in just two weeks, Edwin grabbed nearly 8,000 followers on Facebook. The TV spots have been featured in Shoot Magazine, Bestads and more.



CUTTERS FORM USER GROUP Atlanta Cutters is a non-application centric user groups for all working in the post biz: editors, designers, sound engineers, animators and web or format engineers. Atlanta Cutters kicked off with a presentation of the Four A’s, (Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and Avid). Also featured was digital storage and archiving with platinum sponsor Small Tree Communications. Atlanta Cutters was founded by Walter Biscardi, Jr. (Biscardi Creative Media), Dan Daube (Turner Studios), Kris Merkel (Independent Artist) and Clay Asbury (Apple / Adobe Certified Trainer).


This American Land airs on PBS stations for viewers who care about important issues affecting America’s natural landscapes, waters and wildlife. This American Land is produced by Environment News Trust (ENT), a non-profit company that has produced and released hundreds of environmental news stories for an international broadcast and Internet audience since 2004. ENT was founded by award-winning television correspondent Gary Strieker, who reported for 20 years with CNN as a bureau chief and global environmental correspondent. Atlantan Walter Biscardi of Biscardi Creative Media is the managing producer for the series. BCM is also providing post services for the series. OZ MAGAZINE


COMPANY 3 OPENS NEW LOCATION IN ATLANTA Award-winning post production house Company 3 has launched a new location in Atlanta. Housed in sister company RIOT’s facility, Company 3 offers the same high level of artistry, creativity and technology associated with Company 3 in Los Angeles and New York, with services ranging from dailies and non-linear color grading to digital intermediate (DI) for commercials, episodic television and feature films. The new Company 3 location, part of Deluxe’s creative services group, a close-knit group of facilities overseen by Stefan Sonnenfeld that includes Beast, EFILM, Method Studios, RIOT and Rushes, leverages a comprehensive suite of end-to-end services, access to world-class artists, technical expertise and a tight infrastructure with global connectivity. The resident colorist for the new location is Company 3’s own Billy Gabor. A graduate of the Film School at Georgia State University, Gabor started his career in the south, rebuilding telecines and remastering films for Turner Classic Movies before moving on to Los Angeles and New York. “It’s exciting to come back to Atlanta where I started my career and help extend the Company 3 footprint,” said Gabor. “This new location strengthens both Company 3 and RIOT. Georgia’s tax incentives to production companies and a diverse market make Atlanta a great place to be.” Recently, Gabor has worked on campaigns for Allstate (which won AICP 2011 Creative Excellence), Febreze (which won a Cannes Lions Silver Award), Google (shortlisted in four 2011 AICP Show categories: Visual Style, Production, Production Design and Agency Art Direction.) and Duracell (for the 2012 Olympics) as well a short film for the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire. Company 3 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

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SHORT SELECTED Writer/director Leslie Lugosi’s short film, “LISTEN,” is an official selection for the 8th Annual Dixie Film Festival in Athens, Ga. “LISTEN” is a story about war and it’s hidden memories highlighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was shot in Canton, Ga. and features local talent from Atlanta and the surrounding area’s. Lugosi’s father served in Vietnam as a tank commander and suffered from PTSD later in life. “LISTEN” has been featured on 11Alive News WXIA Atlanta, and also in the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune. Gerald Edwards, a retired Master Sgt. and Vietnam veteran, served as military advisor. The short also featured recordings from the Medevac Angels of Mercy Crew.

IT’S ALL NEW AT EOS Stacey Rosen joins EOS as marketing manager.


Bonyetta Kitts joins EOS after a six month consultancy.

New space, new clients and new hires for EOS Marketing & Communications. The new office, on the top floor of the 3405 Piedmont building, was selected for its open spaces, walkability to neighboring café’s and an ancient, majestic oak just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the private offices and conference room. The most important factor, however, was an expanse of space that will be the heart of the agency known as the “Collaboration Center”, offering bar-height tables for 8 surrounded by 23-feet of five-foot tall porcelain, magnetic writing boards. New clients include Accord Services, HD Supply and Millbridge. Stacey Rosen, a marketing manager with over six years’ experience, joined EOS focusing her account management expertise on EOS’ work for The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (RAIN), American Tombow, and Reynolds Signature Communities. With other agencies, Rosen served accounts including BMW North America, MINI Cooper, Publix Super Markets, South University, and the Florida Panthers. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in advertising. Bonyetta Kitts has also joined the firm after working as a consultant for the agency. A University of Georgia graduate in speech communication with a Master’s of Science in sports administration from Georgia State, Kitts will leverage her sports marketing expertise for EOS’ clients including The Dogwood Invitational at Atlanta’s historic Druid Hills Golf Club.

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WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER Ypartnership, America’s expert in travel, leisure, and entertainment marketing, recently tapped Mountain View Group to produce television and web spot campaigns for two of their clients. Stephen Pruitt, Principal and Executive Producer at MVG, led a three-day RED shoot for Barcelo Hotels and Resorts. Directed by Tom Gliserman, the shoot was done at a brand new property in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Hurricane Irene provided plenty of wind and torrential rain for three days of prep, but kindly relented as shooting began and was completed, resulting in a :15, :30 and :60 spot. For Indiana Live!, a veritable army of cast and crew descended on the entertainment complex to feature its top notch food, sizzling entertainment, and winning casino. MVG produced three :30 spots, each one following a different character as they dance, dine, and win during “a night at the casino.” Pruitt and Gliserman teamed up again on the production side, assisted by a talented creative and technical crew. Leading the Ypartnership team was executive creative director Rob DeLuke, creative director Mark Sunderland, and account executives Summer Wright and Kathy Fordham. Raytheon Company, a leader in defense and aerospace systems, selected Mountain View Group to create a three-anda-half-minute promotional video for their Radar Enterprise Solutions. Led by executive producer Pruitt and producer Kris Johnson, the Mountain View Group team interviewed key players at Raytheon and created a high-level piece presenting the diverse capabilities of their radar technologies. The Coca-Cola Company tapped MVG to create a video for the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that would feature a compilation of some of the key partnerships, contributions and initiatives of Coca-Cola centered on sustainability. In the six-week production schedule, the Mountain View Group team travelled to multiple cities to interview world thought leaders such as Madeline Albright as they discussed how their partnerships with Coca-Cola help citizens around the globe. The eight-minute video, which combine

Still from a promo video for Radar Enterprise Solutions



the interviews with footage sourced from Coca-Cola partners and a custom-made graphics treatment, were well-received at Davos, and Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola chairman and CEO, showed the video at the next board meeting. Mountain View Group was selected by GE Energy to produce a two-minute internal communications video explaining the company’s diverse global operations. Executive producer/principal Thom Gonyeau and producer Simon Umlauf struck upon a memorable solution for the piece, using a graphic facilitator to sketch descriptive scenes on a whiteboard and then sped up the action to accompany the narration as it explained how GE Energy creates and connects across the globe. Still from Coca-Cola’s 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

MVG’s 3-day RED shoot in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for Barcelo Hotels


This month the world watched the landing of Atlantis as NASA’s Space Shuttle Missions came to an end after 30 successful years in space. While crews in Florida and Houston were saddened to see the end of an era, so was the team at CineFilm Lab in Atlanta. For the past five years CineFilm handled all the film processing and transfer services for the NASA Imaging teams. “We were proud to be part of the ‘space team’”, boasts Jim Ogburn, General Manager, “as we were a small part of history in space. It was an honor to be selected to manage this very important part of the Shuttle Program.” NASA stages over 60 cameras in both 35mm and 16mm on the ground and in the air to film all Shuttle Missions. These images include high-speed close-up cameras monitoring the firing of the huge booster engines and the separation of the fuel tanks as well as ground positions that follow the lift off down range. All of this negative must be back to the Cape in 24 hours for detailed analysis. “We have crews on stand-bye for each launch,” explains Lab Manager Tony Bifano, “and the negative is flown in private planes to Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. From there our team processes over 30,000 feet of motion picture film. We are the only film lab between NY and LA that can make positive film prints for the mission team to analyze. Original requirements called for three prints of all the material to ship to Houston, Huntsville, and Cape Kennedy within 24 hours. We work around the clock to meet their deadlines.” The quality and resolution of 35mm film is required in order to analyze any issues of debris that falls off during launch that could affect the safety of the crew. The film is also transferred to HD data files. CineFilm Colorist Ron Anderson is probably the first person to see any issues during the telecine process. “While my usual job is to make commercials and feature films have just the right ‘artistic color look’,” remarks Anderson in the Spirit/DaVinci suite that looks like a miniature control room of monitors and panels, “NASA wants a very technical, flat exposure, with crisp details to detect any small particles that could affect the mission.” OZ MAGAZINE


not Quite fIXED In

POST By Bobby L. Hickman

Georgia’s entertainment tax credits have been a boon to the production economy, but post production professionals report mixed results.


eorgia’s film and television production activities have drawn plenty of attention as the state’s generous 30% tax credit has drawn major entertainment projects to the area – producing a $1.4 billion economic impact last year. However, location filming is only part of the story. Post production houses – which offer editing, mixing, color corrections and similar services after the raw shoot – are also a vital part of Georgia’s entertainment industry. Post houses are a vital part of the infrastructure that draws moviemakers and TV producers to Georgia, offering talent and technology that brings production dreams to reality after the cameras stop rolling. Georgia is home to 37 post houses (see sidebar), ranging from nationally known outfits like Crawford Media Services and Turner Studios to boutique shops like EditLab. While the Peach State’s post facilities are not as well known as its film locations, the growing entertainment industry is providing more and more opportunities for local editors and artists to prove they can hold their own against the best across the nation.



Brennen Dicker

Crawford Media Services

Crawford’s 2011 move to new offices on West Druid Hills Road “has been a real benefit for us,” according to Brennen Dicker, director of post sales. With the company now located inside the Perimeter, “clients see us as someone easier to get to,” he says. “We’re five minutes from Midtown and five minutes from Buckhead.” The new seven-story location covers 80,000 square feet, with an ADR audio studio; video suites; eight 3D-capable editing and graphics suites; a 40-seat Dolby-certified screening/mixing/color correction studio; facility-wide, file-based workflows; and multipurpose editing and audio facilities. Crawford has also formed a media management division for film archival and retrieval services. Dicker says Crawford offers services for everyone who does post-production.

“Ad agencies are our bread and butter,” he notes, but they are also experiencing significant growth with the entertainment industry. “A couple of years ago, we identified opportunities arising from the state film incentive,” Dicker says. “We introduced ourselves to Warner Brothers and other Hollywood studios that soon began shooting movies and TV series in Georgia.” The company does dailies and ADR for “The Walking Dead” on AMC and Warner’s “The Vampire Diaries.” Crawford is “one of the last big post houses in the country,” Dicker notes. The company’s size and diverse client base have been beneficial. “When clients went away in one area, we were able to pick up clients in entertainment. Since then, we’ve been able to build up our creative team and our editors to do spot work when agency business started picking up again.” Crawford’s next big push will be on the entertainment side.” Dicker says, “We’re comfortable doing the meat and potatoes of ADR and dailies. We’re also capable of finishing a show here: we have the suites and the talent to do that. So that is the next step we’re working toward: letting the studios know we have the infrastructure to do that.” The new studios have also hosted a variety of celebrities, ranging from Ryan Reynolds to Demi Moore to Kermit the Frog. “There’s an endless list of people coming in,” Dicker says. “They’re doing movies in Georgia and come by here to finish up dialogue on other films.” He adds Crawford “knows the Hollywood work flow. They have a certain way of doing things, especially on the audio side.” Dicker says the recent state decision to continue the tax incentives has “helped us know we have legs in this for hopefully OZ MAGAZINE


three to five more years” – particularly if Georgia can stay in the top five among states hosting productions. He agrees a number of productions want to return to California after they complete their shooting. However, “so much of the business is driven by money now.” Producers understand they can get the 30% tax credit on productions shot in the state, he continues, but many “don’t realize you can do your post here and get 30% off of post.” The tax incentive is particularly appealing to independent films, an area where Crawford is getting more inquiries. Dicker expects to see an episodic series doing its post in Atlanta within two years. He notes Crawford edited the first season of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” as well as several years of “In the Heat of the Night.” “The issue becomes: You’ve done it a little bit but you need that one show that will really put you on the map in LA. LA tends to be skeptical until they see something, and then you become a feeder for them.” Dicker says Crawford foresees “a good healthy growth

for episodics and feature films for the next three to five years -- as long as tax incentives stay in place.” The company is seeking opportunities to do finishing and editorial. “We have all the capabilities in place,” Dicker adds. “It’s a matter of proving to Hollywood that we have the talent and infrastructure.”

Walter Biscardi Jr. Biscardi Creative Media

Walter Biscardi, who has been in the industry since 1990, started Biscardi Creative Media (BCM) in 2001. The company has

won 13 Emmys, 20-plus+ Telly Awards, plus multiple Peabody, Aurora and CableACE awards. The major services at BCM are editorial, color correction, and 2D animation. “Pretty much anything to do with post production, we can turn around,” Biscardi says, “either in-house or through a network of artists we work with.” Most of their clients are outside of Georgia. “We tend to specialize in long form: documentaries



that take six months to two years; half-hour and hour shows,” Biscardi says. “I prefer doing long-form over commercial; we like to see the story develop.” In early 2011, BCM moved into a new 6,000-square-foot facility in Buford. Biscardi says the new facility includes up to nine editing studios; a screening room with seven-foot HD screen with DaVinci Resolve and ProTools 5.1; color enhancement suites for TV and feature films; a 1,400-square-foot facility “that could easily be turned into a studio”; a voice booth; and a full media library for format conversions and archiving. “We overbuilt the place, so we have plenty of room for expansion,” he adds. They are also considering adding a 5,000-square-foot studio. The new facility is also set up to handle feature-length films, he notes. “We can easily have two or three feature films or episodics cutting at the same time.” Biscardi says the new BCM home is the fifth such facility he’s designed, including redesigning Georgia Public Broadcasting’s GPB post production. “I think I’ve got everything right this time,” he says. “It’s unpretentious and comfortable. Everything you need is right here.” At BCM, “we stress a creative atmosphere,” Biscardi says. The fulltime staff of five can grow to 12-20 depending on the task at hand by adding freelancers. Editing suites are available with or without editors. Most clients hire BCM to edit, but the company can also provide equipment, or clients can bring in their own gear and link to BCM’s servers.

“All my editors are storytellers,” Biscardi notes. “We work really well without a script.” While there are many people who “can cut really fast if they follow a script,” he says, “I always look for the editors who don’t necessarily need a script – who can look at all the material and create a story.” For example a recent documentary on foul water started with 250 hours of material and a two-page outline. “The entire first cut was made from that outline,” he explains. “The producer left me alone for six months. I cut it and presented it to him, and we worked from there.” BCM is currently working on episodic TV: “This American Land”, a new environmental series for PBS, and “Science Nation,” a weekly series for public television in Washington, D.C. They are also working on a series of three feature documentaries on global health that are narrated by Sigourney Weaver. BCM was part of the team that brought the Food Network into HD, Biscardi says. “Good Eats” was one of the first shows chosen for HD, so he and the show’s DP developed an HD work flow. “I ended up doing four seasons in HD and all the animation,” he adds. Biscardi is also one of the four co-founders of Atlanta Cutters, a post production user group that started in mid-2011. (The other three co-founders are Dan Daube, head of post at Turner Studios; freelancer Kris Merkel; and Clay Asbury, a certified Adobe and Apple trainer.) Biscardi says that not having a user group named for one specific software brand “opens it up to everyone: graphic artists, video editors, sound designers, and other Atlanta postproduction professionals.”

The next phase for the company is creating original content. Biscardi says, “We’re currently working on a lifestyles show that we that we hope to take into production soon.”

Pete Ballard Lab 601

Lab 601 is a full service post facility, offering “everything from editorial and visual effects to digital intermediates, color

to LA or New York or Korea, wherever they’re based, to do their post-production.” He notes Georgia post facilities have “the same equipment and the same finishing systems as anywhere else.” However, Lab 601 has been able to take advantage of the production uptick by expanding into the post-equipment equipment rental business. “We have systems and suites set up here, but what Hollywood productions want is to set up a couple of edit systems in their offices,” Ballard explains. If they decide to edit in Georgia, they fly in their own editors and rent equipment

“It took us six or seven times to figure out that people aren’t buying what we’re selling, but we could sell what people are buying,” he continues. Ballard notes rentals have gone

locally. So Lab 601 moved into rentals.

corrections and finishing -- all for digital file-based work flows,” according to Pete Ballard, vice president and COO. He says Lab 601 processes RED One, ALEXA, and other “non-film and non-tape types of projects. We specialize in the more complicated things: anybody can do the easy things.” The post house also offers stereo 3D. Their projects include feature films, television shows, commercials and corporate communications. Lab 601’s credits include post equipment rentals for “Footloose”, “The Crazies”, and a number of other Georgia-based movies and TV shows. The company did post for the first 10 pilot episodes of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” on TBS. They also did dailies for “Van Wilder: Freshman Year,” which was shot on RED equipment. Ballard’s brother, Dave Ballard, who runs the creative and technology side of the business, is working on a feature film that was primarily shot in Florida and Switzerland. Lab 601 also has the SpeedGrade Annex from IRIDAS, a PC platform, mobile workstation and 24/7 “super-wrangler.” “It’s an awesome computer built into suitcase. You take it with you, plug it in and start working onsite. We can also hook up to our 3D finishing suite.” Ballard notes the technology is handy on 3D projects because it is not as easy to monitor those results on the set as traditional filmmaking. Once the data comes off the cameras, Lab 601 can load data from the cameras into the mobile workstation. “You can essentially do 3D playback on the set, and see how those effects are working.” Ballard says although Georgia’s 30% tax credit is “awesome for production, unfortunately that’s not the case for post.” He estimates 90% of the projects that come to Georgia to shoot “go back

from “a fraction of our revenue to probably 30% to 40% this year.” There are “some good and some not-so-good reasons they’re essentially taking everything back to LA,” he says. “That’s where the executives are and for TV, that’s where writers are, so there is a lot of pull to go back to LA.” Also, the people who come to Georgia for six to 12 weeks of production “don’t want to spend another 20 weeks in Atlanta” for post. Another problem is the lack of compelling credits among the local talent. Ballard continues, “We have excellent people in Atlanta -- some of smartest guys in the post industry. But we don’t have an editor who’s edited 100 episodes of episodic TV or 30 feature films that you’ve heard of.” Looking ahead, Ballard says it is possible filmmakers may use more of Lab 601’s services in the future. He also says Lab 601 is looking at putting in satellite facilities closer to some specific productions. “It would make more sense for them to use us rather than going back to LA,” he points out. “We want to try to keep them here as much as we can, and offer the flexibility to respond to what they need.”

Michael Curtis EditLab

EditLab started as a one-man shop a dozen years ago and has “a mantra of staying small,” founder Michael Curtis says. He is doubling his staff -- to four editors. “We come at things from a dif- OZ MAGAZINE


ferent perspective than many of our competitors,” he explains. “We want to provide an intimate team…a unique team that you can’t get anywhere else.” Curtis attributes part of that approach to “my wacky personal background.” He worked in live theater as an actor and director for many years before moving to editing and motion graphics. “Our feel is different from most post houses,” Curtis continues, “Story is king for us. We try to tell stories that create change, that carry an impact.” He continues, “Video editing can be a very technical craft, so many editors tend to be technical guys and girls.” Curtis feels his diverse resume sets EditLab apart. “I write, produce, and direct, with lots of live theater in my background.” Clients are accustomed to “sitting down at our lunch table, and talking through an entire project from start to finish. It’s a more concentrated approach that makes us different from the way larger houses work with teams of 20 people.” EditLab’s two-person team has won 39 creative awards thus far in 2011. The list includes 21 Telly Awards, three Marcom Awards, 5 Aurora Awards, and two New York Film Festival Awards. EditLab won seven Telly awards for promo spots for TNT Latin America for the “Fallen Skies” series produced by Stephen Spielberg. “We had nothing to work with other than four pages of web comics for each episode,” Curtis says. “We created 36 spots that drove TV viewers to the web comic, where they could get the back story before the series aired.” Curtis notes the company also won multiple Silver Tellys for a work on an internal AT&T corporate piece. It received 17 awards for “Grounded,” a Federal Aviation Authority film on the effects of sleep deprivation. “That could have been the most boring government video in existence,” he says. “But we turned it into a tongue-in-cheek action movie – a psychological thriller that starts with a car chase.” EditLab has also evolved beyond post work into writing scripts and directing. Curtis says some clients grew frustrated with the constant need to correct shooting problems in post, “So they asked me to come on set as an extra set of eyes for visual effects. That worked well for them, and soon they asked me to direct. Now we are doing a lot more turnkey work than we did two to three years ago.” Curtis says he focuses more on the creative side of the busi-

“You won’t hear me talk much about what equipment we’re using. Almost everybody has good gear now, and the prices have come down so much. What separates us is our totally different approach and our willingness to do whatever the client needs.”

ness than the technical angle.

EditLab is “definitely growing,” Curtis says, and moved into larger quarters at StudioPlex in 2010. “Last year we almost tripled our revenue during a down economy.” He attributes that success to the company’s different approach, and because “we’re capable of doing so much with such a small team. We plan everything to



the last detail to make sure things go smoothly.” Curtis thinks the outlook for the Atlanta market is promising. “With Turner here, there is quite a bit of broadcast work. And with so many corporations headquartered here and a lot of agencies represented, I feel like the sky is the limit for Atlanta.”

Scott Stevens Guillotine Post

Fifteen-year-old Guillotine Post is primarily a post-production facility, says co-owner Scott Stevens. The company has Avid and Final Cut suites, and uses both staff editors and freelancers. Sometimes clients also bring in their own editors. About half of

Guillotine’s work is for television (mainly promos), with a third in corporate video and the balance with independent films and web content. “We used to do a lot more work for Turner,” Stevens says, “but a lot of that has been pulled in-house because they have more facilities now.” Now Guillotine does more network promos for companies outside Atlanta. “It used to be that 100% of our TV work was Atlanta-based,” he explains, and they still do projects for GMC and the Weather Channel. However, some 25% of that business is now with such out-of-state clients as Discovery Networks, TLC, Home and Garden, and the Disney Channel. “It’s primarily based on relationships with producers,” Stevens says. “Also, it’s more project-driven, rather than franchise-driven or contractdriven.” For most work, Stephens continues, “We are responsible for providing an editor and creative editorial. On probably 85% of what we do, we’re sitting in the chair editing, designing, delivering products and collaborating with clients.” The other 15% involves renting out suites where clients bring in their own editor.

In the past, Guillotine’s post work was schedule-driven. Stephens says: “Clients booked time in a suite with an editor, and we charged by the hour.” Today the work is based on projects needs. “In the past, producers and clients “would block out time, and sit in the suite and concentrate on the project with us for a predetermined amount of time.” With the advent of digital media and the “ease of moving media around,” he says, “we’re more likely to get the media and a script, and a deadline for first cut and final delivery.” Often the clients do not come into the office, relying instead on electronic transmissions of rough cuts and final products. Working without seeing the client “rarely used to happen; now it’s become more of the norm,” Stephens adds. This also allows Guillotine to handle more projects and slot them more efficiently. Rather than blocking out one editor in one suite for one project per day, “editors can jump back

“Geography has become much less of a factor so our location is not as important.” and forth between projects,” he says.

Atlanta is still a good market for post companies, Stephens said. “There is a lot of competition, and it’s fairly friendly. We refer clients to others if we’re busy.” Much of the work is driven by personal relationships and “having clients who know they can rely on you,” he adds. “When we have clients move to other companies or other networks or other cities, they will still come to us.” While Stephens thought a year ago that the region’s outlook was “completely unpredictable,” he says, “Now it feels like it is getting better.” Often during a recession, he notes, “Advertising budgets shrink and clients expect you to deliver the same quality for less, which directly affects production and post-production. We just roll with the punches.” He said Guillotine is often asked to deliver the same volume and quality for a lower budget. “We’re hoping that it will pay off in the long run, so we still do the work and deliver the same quality. We hope that when those budgets do turn around, we’ll be rewarded for not cutting corners today.”

Post Production Facilities in Georgia

Abracadabra Video, Inc. / North Druid A-V

Bruce Kauffman, Tim Avirett

Atlanta, GA 30329 Tel: (404) 633-6002; Cell: (404) 895-1637; Abracadabra Video Inc./North Druid A-V studios offer green screen & field production, edit suites, CD, DVD & tape reproduction. Diversity Training 2011 (Coca-Cola); Safety at Home (Atlanta Gas Light); Start a Career (Medix Schools); Watershed Management (City of Atlanta).

Biscardi Creative Media Walter Biscardi, Jr. Buford, GA 30518 Tel: (770) 271-3427; Award-Winning HD Editorial including motion graphics, 5.1 sound mix, DVD/Blu-Ray disc, duplications, screening room, gameroom, conference room, the outdoors & more. Good Eats HD (Food Network); Assignment Earth HD (ENT/PBS); Landscapes Through Time HD (PBS); Foul Water; Fiery Serpent (Cielo Productions); Science Nation (NSF/PBS); This American Land (ENT/PBS); Guatemala; Rising from the Ruins (CNN/TBS); The Tennessean (BVTV); The Journey (Red Warrior Records).

Cat’s Eye Editorial, Inc. Kitty Ray Swain Decatur, GA 30030 Tel: (404) 377-8803; SD & HD AVID suites in unique, relaxed atmosphere. Award-winning editors specializing in broadcast TV series & documentaries. Not afraid to be amazing! Ground Breakers (HGTV); Mega Dens (DIY Network); Fresh from the Orchard (DIY Network); Herren’s: A Sweet Southern Spirit (GPTV); EcoSense For Living (Public Broadcasting); The Natural South (Turner South); Centers for Disease Control; Supreme Court of Georgia; Kimberly Clark; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Cinema Concepts John Price, Studio Director, Joey Tucker, Director Post-Production Services, Mike Tremble, Creative Director / Executive Producer Atlanta, GA 30339 Tel: (770) 956-7460; Fax: (770) 956-8358; Smoke 2K, Flame, Lustre, Clipster 4K, Avid DS|HD Nitris, Final Cut HD, CGI & Stereographic 3d animation. Multi-resolution conversion, D-Cinema encoding, DVD, 35mm recording, duplication. Coca-Cola; Turner; National CineMedia; AMC Theatres; Regal Entertainment Group; Carmike Cinemas; Variety/Sundance Film Festival; JWT/US Marines.

Communic8 Sharon Roper, Creative Solutions, Kirk Williams, Fusion Creator Dallas, GA 30132 Tel: (770) 881-8855; Cell: (404) 903-2325, Full service creative solutions in video production HD/SD, motion graphics, 3D animations, pre-visualization, sound design, audio production/post, website enhancements, mobile applications. We communic8! NFL Alumni; PGA Superstore; City of Atlanta; FSS; Turner Broadcasting.

Company 3 Buddy Hall, Managing Director 3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30326 Tel: (404) 237-9977; Company 3 provides high-end color correction and DI services to the commercial, feature film and entertainment television industries using the latest in DaVinci technology. Credits available upon request.. OZ MAGAZINE


Craig Miller Productions, Inc. Craig Miller, CEO Atlanta, GA 30318 Tel: (404) 264-0427; Fax: (404) 264-0668; Final Cut Pro HD suite with after effects/motion compositioning, Digital Betacam, Betacam-Sp, DV & 24p sourcing. Output to HD, SD, web & multimedia. 3 fully equipped Pro Tools audio suites. Cingular; The Coca-Cola Company; AGCO Corp.; Eastman Kodak Company; Zagnoli McEvoy Foley; LLC; McDonald’s; The Weather Channel; U.S. Army; UPS.

Crawford Media Services, Inc. Brennan Dicker Atlanta, GA 30329 Tel: (404) 876-0333; Tel: (800) 831-8029; Fax: (678) 536-4912 New state-of-the-art facilities featuring tapeless & file-based workflows. Full service post with Avid & Final Cut Pro editing, motion graphics, compositing/efx, 5.1 sound design/mixing, original music, Blu-ray/DVD authoring. JWT; BBDO; Cartoon Network; The Coca-Cola Company; The Zimmerman Agency; UPS; Bigelow Advertising.

ECG Productions Jason Marraccini, President Jason Sirotin, VP Business Development Marietta, GA 30067 Tel: (678) 855-5169; Tel: (678) 855-4897; Tel: (678) 855-4909 Full service post-production, sound design, motion graphics, & 3D animation with support for RED 4K, P2, XDCAM & DSLR workflows. Verizon Wireless; Travel Channel; Coca-Cola; GE; UPS; Saab; Georgia Southern University; InDemand Networks; The Capital Grille; Atlanta Film Festival.

Eclipse Post Jennifer Mador, Jesenko Fazlagic, AnChi Pho Atlanta, GA 30318 Tel: (404) 541-9978; Cell: (404) 512-3269; Fax: (404) 541-9982 Eclipse is a post-production boutique that caters to TV series, documentaries, broadcast promos, commercials, advertising and corporate clientele. Creative editing, motion graphics, compositing and audio post. Hidden City (Travel Channel series); The Exit (MSNBC series); Mega Dens (DIY series); Boombox All Access (BMLA series). Promos: HGTV; Cartoon Network; CNN; TNT Latin America; The Weather Channel. Corporate: American Cancer Society.

EditLab Michael Curtis Atlanta, GA 30307 Tel: (404)220-8950; EditLab is an award-winning production and post-production studio, but we are really story-tellers. We find our clients’ stories and make videos that change companies. Credits available upon request

Elevation Stephen Cocks Atlanta, GA 30307 Tel: (404) 221-1705; Tel: (800) 813-2214; Fax: (404) 221-0037; Elevation is an award-winning, creative design studio focused on creating compelling & entertaining solutions involving original concepts, 2D/3D animation, visual effects, live action, motion graphics & compositing. Reel and credits available upon request

Eleven Studios Bill Robinson, EVP Business Development & Technology Operations, Tim Nunez, Sr. Production Editor Alpharetta, GA 30005 Tel: (678) 996-7272; Cell: (678) 662-2937; Tel: (800) 303-9307; Fax: (678) 455-0210 We produce over 700 projects for our clients every year with an awardwinning creative group. We say, “Strive for Perfection, Settle for Excellence.” Available upon request.

Encyclomedia Lance Holland Atlanta, GA 30307 Tel: (404) 527-3600; Complete Final Cut ProHD stations designed for carry on. Experienced crews with quick turnaround know-how. Camera crews too. DVCAM, HDV, DV. US Motivation; MC2; Saab Cars (USA); Image Zone; RJO Group; Jack Morton; Active Productions; Novartis; J&J Managed Healthcare; G.E. Equipment Services.



Greydog Creative, Inc. Jason Boucher, Owner Marietta, GA 30067 Cell: (404) 731-5618; Editor-owned specializing in HD & Digital Cinema storytelling, 2D & 3D motion graphics & animation, & high-end finishing, compositing & color grading. All major network and cable outlets and the web. Discovery HD Channel; ESPN; NBC; CBS; ABC; Golf Channel; Vs; NESN; TNT; USA.

Guillotine Post Michael Koepenick, President & Senior Editor Scott Stevens, General Manager Atlanta, GA 30306 Tel: (404) 222-0522; Editor-owned full service digital media boutique. 6 online/offline suites, Final Cut Pro, AVID Adrenaline, HiDef, 2D/3D graphics. Broadcast, corporate, web & film. Disney Channel; Cartoon Network; Boomerang Latin America; Weather Channel; Gospel Music Channel; TNT; Turner Classic Movies; Coca-Cola; Blank Foundation; GO! Productions.

Hadjo Media Rob Rogers Atlanta, GA 30306 Tel: (404) 249-9233; Cell: (404) 386-9932; Featuring (2) Avid Adrenaline HD suites & Final Cut Pro. P2 & Red Workflow, as well as DVCPRO-HD, DVCPRO-50 & BetacamSP source/record. Excellent graphics & DVD capabilities. Apple; Earthlink; Coca-Cola; AutoTrader; CBS; LMNO; Ogilvy & Mather NY; IBM; Kimberly Clark; Holiday Inn.

iEdit Creative Erich Hoberg Marietta, GA 30067 Tel: (770) 598-6749; Boutique facility offering complete 2k, 4k, & HD post production services. 14 years of experience. Familiarity with RED & tapeless workflows common in today’s productions. Road And Track (spots; Porsche); UFL (spots; University of Phoenix); Power a Community (spot; Cobb EMC); Big Girls Don’t Cry (EPK; Interscope Records); Martin vs. Army (spot; Turner Sports); Art of Suicide (trailer; Blank Stage Productions); Art of Suicide (indie feature; Blank Stage Productions).

ImageMaster Productions, Inc. Dan Johnson Atlanta, GA 30306-4348 Tel: (404) 231-3200; Fax: (404) 523-7874; Boutique style HD post production facility offering broadcast seasoned editors & directors. Uncompressed Avid & Final Cut Pro edit systems. Creative, competent, committed! Emory University; Fox Sports Net; Atlanta Gas Light Company; Scripps Networks; BMW of North America; General Electric Company; Bellsouth; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Governor’s Office of Highway Safety; University of Georgia.

Inertia Films A. Troy Thomas, Amy Taylor, Production Manager/Producer, Chris Marshall, Camera/editor Atlanta, GA 30312 Tel: (404) 681-3900; Fax: (404) 681-9400; Located near downtown Atlanta. (2) Final Cut Pro HD systems, DVCPRO HD, Betacam SP, DVCam, DV post production. International, corporate & web projects. 900 sq. ft. studio with grid. Chick-fil-A (various); Testimony: Profiles in Faith (Inertial Films original series); Georgia Tech (various); NFL Network (various); AMG International (various); Papa Said; We Should Never Forget (Museum of Aviation); The Real Winning Edge (Challenger Films); Siemens Competition; McKinsey & Co.

Jam Edit Molly Baroco, Eddie Kesler, Jeff Jay, Editor Atlanta, GA 30324 Tel: (404) 888-0112; Fax: (404) 888-0118; Creative editorial, visual effects & video finishing for nationally recognized & award-winning television commercials. HD workflow available. Bud Light; ESPN; Delta; Capital One; Toyota; Subway; New Era; Sports Illustrated; Miller Lite; GA Pacific.

Jones & Co. Video Service Rick Jones Atlanta, GA 30328 Tel: (404) 250-9671; Tel: (877) 843-3660; Fax: (404) 250-1797 An award-winning full service Atlanta video production firm specializing in assisting companies promote their brand through cutting edge High Definition productions. The Maury Show; Coca-Cola Enterprises; Cox Communications; Nokia; Atlantic Records; Easy Care Advertising; Kennesaw State University; Ron Clark Academy.

LAB 601, Inc.

Peter Ballard, David Ballard Atlanta, GA 30318 Tel: (404) 876-4601; Fax: (404) 876-4424; Tel: (800) 862-9742; Bonded experts in post supervision, editorial, dailies, DI, 5.1 audio, graphics & VFX. Film, HD & RED workflows, stereoscopic 3D, edit system rental & remote client edit capabilities. Footloose; Wanderlust; NeverFail; The Greening of Whitney Brown; The Crazies; Ben 10: Alien Swarm; Van Wilder: Freshman Year; The Mo’Nique Show; Tyler Perry’s House of Payne; The Signal.

Magick Lantern Ashley Davis, Operations Manager Atlanta, GA 30312 Tel: (404) 688-3348; Fax: (404) 584-5247; Full service editorial, animation & audio suites. Avid DS|HD Nitris, Avid Adrenaline HD, FCP HD, compositing & 2D/3D animation, DVD & Blu-ray authoring/compression. Exceptionally trained creative staff. Verizon Wireless;; BKV; TBS; Karastan; JWT; Cartoon Network; Ames Scullin O’Haire.

Meddin Studios Jon Foster Savannah, GA 31415 Tel: (912) 944-6111; Fax: (912) 236-8796; Final Cut edit suites, color grading suite w/tangent devices control panels, Pro Tools D-Command 5.1 suite, 5.1 screening room, SAN. Asset management, worfklow consultation services, transcoding/conversion. Available upon request.

North Avenue Post Larry Ritter, Audrey Baker Atlanta, GA 30308 Tel: (404) 733-6100; Fax: (404) 733-6109; Cell: (678) 215-8470 Full service, creative post production facility. State-of-the-art technology: hybrid editorial, graphic design, 2D/3D animation, compositing, duplication, sound design/mixing, original music. Aaron’s; American Cancer Society; CNN; Cartoon Network; Kia Motors; Nationwide Insurance; TBS; The Weather Channel; TNT; U.S. Marine Corps.

Omega Media Group Cefus McRae Norcross, GA 30071 Tel: (770) 449-8870; Fax: (770) 449-5463; Uncompressed HiDef, real-time multi-layer edit suites. Audio sweetening. DVD authoring for DVD-HD. HD to SD conversion. Demo reel available upon request.

ON-LINE PRODUCTIONS Steven Panayioto Atlanta, GA 30329 Tel: (404) 634-5572; Cell: (404) 293-9409; Creative, award-winning editing services, also multi-cam & green screen. Conversion services of videotapes & DVDs to Internet ready digital files (Rich Media). Available upon request.

Outpost Pictures, LLC Chris Tomberlin Atlanta, GA 30319 Tel: (404)-260-5420; Tel: (205) 822-4060; Emmy® Award-winning film/video post-production company specializing in visual storytelling. Offices in Atlanta & Birmingham. The Weather Channel; Smithfield; Red Giant Software; John Deere; Subway; Atalon Winery; American Cancer Society; Southern Progress Corporation; Lowe’s; United States Postal Inspection Service.

Plump Pixel Edgardo Santiago Atlanta, GA 30316 Cell: (404) 822-3757; Plump Pixel is a creative post production shop specializing in: Graphics, Motion Graphics, Animation, Video, & Multimedia for web.We offer fast, adapting & reliable creative services. Dreamworks; Warner Bros.; Paramount Pictures; Pixar; Disney; Universal Pictures; Columbia Pictures; 20th Century Fox; Cartoon Network; Adult Swim

R. Neely Media, Rick Neely Atlanta, GA 31139-1128 Cell: (404) 273-4814; AVID, Final Cut Studio, Photoshop, After Effects. Complete DVCam, HDV & uncompressed Betacam SP edit facility with great rates. MACBook Pro FCP workstations. Video & film transfer services to DVD. CNN; Coca-Cola; Home Depot; GPTV; American Cancer Society; Artisan Pictureworks; Magick Lantern; Crawford Communications; The BIG Idea; The Wow Factory.

RGBtv Jonathan Sargent Atlanta, GA 30308 Tel: (404) 963-2415; RGBtv is a co-op of talented artists ready to make your project come alive. It’s all about the relationship, talent and trust. Come by, lunch is on the house! Cartoon Network; TLC; Speed; Comedy Central; AT&T; TBS; HGTV.

RIOT Atlanta Buddy Hall, Managing Director, Beth Helmer, Executive Producer Atlanta, GA 30326 Tel: (404) 237-9977; Fax: (404) 237-3923; RIOT Atlanta is a creative studio providing editorial, broadcast design, visual effects, animation, finishing, compositing, sound design, 5.1 mixing, original music & web services. 22squared; BBDO; Coca-Cola; Discovery Networks; Halogen TV; JWT; Mullen Advertising; Planet Green; Turner Networks; The Zimmerman Agency.

Rocket Post Spencer Adams Atlanta, GA 30324 Tel: (404) 486-8300; Rocket Post of Atlanta is located within Cinefilm’s complex. We offer custom workflows, media management strategies, post-production services and support, as well as facility rental. Edit suites are available with and without editors. Credits and reel available upon request.

Showcase Photo & Video Eric Shipley Atlanta, GA 30324 Tel: (404) 325-7676; Tel: (800) 886-1976; Fax: (404) 321-3636 Full service video production company & post production editing facility. Non-linear editing & duplication. Specializing in corporate & broadcast video. Available upon request.

VTA Kat Adkins, Brett Player, Kelly Dellinger Atlanta, GA 30324 Tel: (404) 634-6181; Fax: (404) 835-8474; Final Cut Pro, Avid, 3D Animation & Graphics, Film Transfer/Color Correction for all formats, Insert Stage, DVD & Blu-ray Authoring, Standards Conversions, Closed Captioning & Duplication. Turner Networks; Bacardi; Ford; Dell; Home Depot; InterContinental Hotels; Scripps Networks; Emory; Zoo Atlanta; Spanx.

Wolff Bros Post Wayne Overstreet Atlanta, GA 30324 Tel: (404) 881-0020; Fax: (404) 881-1240; Final Cut Pro HD, smoke HD, Avid Express Pro, Adrenaline HD, Pro Tools Audio 5.1, ADR, Dolby E Encoding, original music,writers/producers, graphic design & duplication. TNT; TBS; Discovery; TLC; ESPN; Speed Channel; Disney; Noggin; Nickelodeon; Gospel Music Channel. OZ MAGAZINE



For Sale By Chris Chariton

Do you look for short term pleasure or long term gain? Is your advertising built for brand building or lead generation? Lead generation and branding are not mutually exclusive.

he debate between branding and lead generation is as old as, well, the battle between sales and marketing. Sales, of course, is interested in filling the pipeline today, especially in tough economic times, because that’s how they’re rewarded. “Never mind that ‘fluffy stuff,’” they say, “we need leads.” Marketing, on the other hand, tends to take a longer-term view and sees building the brand as an essential element of sales. That’s particularly true with business to business (B2B) products and services, where the decision process takes a long time and requires a great deal of nurturing. Yet, the two viewpoints are not mutually exclusive. Following are some ideas of how sales and marketing can work together to generate leads and build the brand as part of the same effort.



According to Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, authors of Inbound Marketing, pushing information out to customers and prospects is not nearly as effective as it once was. Instead, you have to make sure they can find you when they’re looking. That’s why you must establish a 24/7 online presence through directories, B2B publications, specialized search engines and industry websites. Prospects with clearly defined needs search for solutions whenever and wherever they deem convenient for them – not when it’s convenient for you. So, invest in making it easy for potential customers to find you and understand your value. That’s how you brand your company and generate leads at the same time. It’s a marketing mix that translates your best leads into your best customers.

Sales may say it wants to fill the pipeline, but what they often fail to add is “with quality leads.” So, when marketing gets the call to produce leads rapidly, B2B marketers often blindly cast as wide a net as possible in the hopes something good will come in. Unfortunately, while it may pull in a volume of leads, most are unqualified, making them a waste of the salespeople’s time and further driving a wedge between sales and marketing. Before long, the perceived value of the lead-generation campaign plummets in the hopeful eyes of management and the sales team. To dodge that trap, skip the net and instead put lines in the water aimed at attracting specific, qualified “fish.” Identify the needs and challenges of your ideal customers and deliver messages that explain how you meet their requirements and solve their problems. This approach will build the brand for the long-term while attracting more of the right leads today. And even if you don’t lure the specific customer you want, you’re likely to attract one that is pretty close to the profile, delivering more of the results you want.

The Internet is a hungry beast, and its “food” is content. There is a constant need for fresh insight and information. That can work in your favor since most B2B products and services require an education process. Help prospects learn about your industry and product category as a whole by producing a regular stream of quality content. You will generate leads while building the brand. You want to make some available free, with no strings attached, as a “taste” of what you have to offer. Then offer the rest to those prospects willing to complete a short form with basic leadqualifying questions. For example, start an industry blog that is open to anyone, but also offer webinars, white papers, application notes and other information – available to those who fill out your form. Promise to treat their information with care and respect in the text of your form. Resist the urge to treat what should be a quick questionnaire focused on their needs like an in-depth survey focused on yours.

Once your pipeline of prospects has found you and sampled what you have to offer it’s time to start nurturing them along. Research shows that, in the B2B world, up to 70 percent of business comes from long-cycle sales leads. Since you don’t know much about them yet, it’s best to use a mix of outreach methods until you can narrow down their preferences. The most efficient way to make prospect lists aware of your offerings is by sending links to your content via email. You also can post information to your website and contact reporters and bloggers who write about your space. But keep the human touch in mind, too. A well-timed call as a courtesy to let your best prospects know when new, relevant content is available can lead to more significant opportunities. Regardless of the method(s) you choose, put the word out. Be sure that every contact includes a call to action. While you may not want to use a “buy now” message, making your email address and phone number handy to prospects that want more information is an easy way to keep dialog moving.

If you’re competing with products or services that appear similar on the surface, branding becomes important as a differentiator, especially in tough economic times. You want to be considered a “safe” choice; branding can help you do that. Consider investing in marketing programs that offer lead generation and branding at the same time, such as a visible presence in online directories, a presence in relevant B2B publications, and sponsorship opportunities for e-newsletters or online events. The more you spread your marketing mix, the more familiar your brand will become to prospects. OZ MAGAZINE



The Mystery of Bunny’s Soft Mark The y say that “ talent comes in all sizes”, but in a wor ld where “ talent ” is a size D ouble -E, anything is up for grabs. by:

Andrew Duncan

I was worried for my friend Joe Thomas. As the “First Camera Assistant” on our show he was directly responsible for making sure that actors were always in razor sharp focus, no matter where they were during a scene. Like all 1st ACs he accomplished this by turning a big fat dial on the side of the camera to match the actors distance from the lens. Years of experience had turned Joe into a walking tape measure; he could actually tell how far you were from him within an inch, but just to be sure he would always hook a real tape measure to the front of the camera and stretch it over to the eyes of the actors standing on T-shaped marks taped to the ground by Joe’s assistants. For some reason some of Joe’s latest work had been coming back from dailies “soft”, meaning that the shots were out of focus. If this continued Joe would quickly find himself replaced, regardless of how much the producers liked him because reshoots on episodic television create costly delays and soft footage is the death knell for an AC. For some reason Joe’s problem seemed to be centered around a local actress hired to portray a bimbo who was sleeping with the scoundrel slated to marry our lead actress’ character.



The second scene up that morning would be a scandalous reveal of the beautiful bimbo named “Bunny”, fresh out of the shower with only a towel draped over her shoulders. In preparation for this scene my Propmaster handed me a plastic tub filled with colorful towels and instructed me to show them to our Director, Richard Lang, and to ask him to pick a color. Richard considered the tub of towels for a few moments before announcing, “One of the blue ones, Drew, but you’ll have to ask Steve which one he prefers.” “Steve” was Steven Shaw, our Director of Photography. Between his cowboy boots, his fringed Native American jacket and his little ponytail there was hardly any doubt that Steve deserved the sort of respect normally reserved for people who do everything they can to look like Steven Seagal. When I asked Steve which of the two blue towels he preferred he gestured toward the bedroom set, which was in the midst of being lit and explained, “I’ll need to see the actress under the lights.” Well of course he did, that really did make sense. So I stepped away from the set and radioed our 2nd 2nd Rhonda out in basecamp (20 yards away out in the parking lot in front of our

lumberyard-turned-studio) to inquire as to the availability of our brazen bimbo for a quick color check under the lights.

Steve turned his head toward me imperceptibly, his eyes narrowing to say,


“Don’t blow this,

No problem! I couldn’t have done any better if there was such a thing as Playboy Pizza, promising to deliver hot Bunnies in 30 minutes or less because in less than five minutes Rhonda delivered to me an attractive blonde Bunny wearing a terrycloth robe and clutching a mug of hot cocoa with both hands. I quickly explained the situation to Bunny and asked her to follow me across the room to the bedroom set, her cute little slippers shuffling across the tiled floor.

my medulla oblongata had shut down the

As we arrived I spotted our First Assistant Director, Richard Denault, lounging on the bed fiddling with the antenna on his walkie. Steve turned to greet us as Bunny’s pretty pink slippers announced our arrival and then he took a turn quickly explaining the situation to our pretty actress. Twice informed, Bunny wasted no time beginning her color test.

While my breathing had completely stopped, Steve actually appeared to be considering the first blue towel around Bunny’s neck before lifting it up and swapping it with the second blue towel, which had been draped over my right shoulder. Seven feet away the First AD was opening and closing his mouth like a fish out of water… I’m pretty sure that he was pointing at us.

She handed her cup of cocoa to me, took a half step over to the bed to drop her terrycloth robe and returned to the spot that Steve had given her, looking particularly cute in some spunky shorts and a sporty grey t-shirt that strained against all the Bunny bits packaged within.

Steve finally declared one of the towels the winner and thanked Bunny, who reached up with a dainty flick to retrieve her tiny grey shirt from my shoulder and slipped right back into it, then back into her terrycloth robe. Taking the mug of cocoa from my hand she scooted her little pink slippers back across the floor and disappeared off into basecamp.

Steve turned toward me and took the first blue towel from my hand, but as he turned back toward Bunny she did something completely unexpected: she reached down to her midriff and with a quick tug she lifted the shirt up, up, up and suddenly it was floating above her head and then it was on my shoulder.

I a

swear that cartoony “boing”



noise as the

shirt cleared her now naked bust line.

Somewhere I heard a clank, a clatter, and a shout.

Time dilated. The rest of the set stood still. Angels sang. Even though Bunny was never intended to appear topless during filming nobody had bothered to inform the local actress standing in front of us in all her double-E glory.

The warning look was unneces-

sary though because

moment Bunny’s shirt cleared her clavicle.

As time returned to normal speed I realized that there was a rather animated conversation happening behind the set wall to Bunny’s bedroom; one of our grips, Darryl Humber, was excitedly trying to explain to the other grips why he had dropped a clamp and nearly fallen off his ladder while setting a flag. You’d have thought he’d been hit by the crosstown bus. Later in the day, we were shooting an entirely different scene with a fully clothed Bunny when I saw Joe lean in and say something to one of his assistants who scooted over to Bunny’s mark (a T-shape made from purple paper tape) and replace it with a “hard mark”, which is just a T-shaped bag filled with sand.

Joe had

finally solved The Mystery

of Bunny’s Soft Mark.

It turned out that Bunny’s brain-paralyzing breasts stuck out so far ahead of her that they acted as a ledge, blocking the tape marks from her view, causing her to stop nearly a foot shy of her normal mark. The hard marks worked, Bunny was able to hit her marks like a pro and we all lived happily ever after. OZ MAGAZINE



GOOD THINKING Atlanta Creative Thinking. Community Good. by: Matthew Porter


s a professional journalist and commercial writer, words are my stock and trade. But to what purpose had I put my skills and talents? I had written volumes on the good deeds of others. I had scribbled scads on the fine work of others. I had cajoled, wheedled, sweet-talked and prodded people into buying condos, kippers, hair cream, yogurt, carpet, paper, blood thinner and flea treatment. But to what purpose? As my mid-life years ground onward towards oblivion, I feared my epitaph one day would read bleak: Down There, Somewhere, Lies late Matthew Porter Whose Intentions were Great, But Whose Actions were Shorter. Feel Free to rant On his zombie blog Shrine of the madness of “can’t,” and the shortage of time

An EPIC Awakening My awakening came in 2010. Out of the blue, I was visited by the specter of an organization called EPIC, “Engaging Philanthropy Inspiring Creative” of Chicago, and new hope was born. EPIC founder Erin Huizenga (hi-ZENGA) is a Chicago graphic designer who sought out a philanthropic organization that would make good use of her talent and energy. Finding none, she invented



it. I wrote of her in a blog for Neenah Paper’s Against the Grain October 31, 2010. In 2009, at 46, I was in a dark funk. But, with the help of friends, loved ones and clinical work, I began to crawl out of it by 2010. EPIC’s appearance in my life in 2010 was a sign, I think, that I had dues to pay, obligations to meet and haste to make. I decided we needed to bring EPIC to Atlanta. I approached some good people for their counsel: Primal Screen’s Jane & Doug Grimmett, Frank Rauss from Unboundary, Hartmut Jordan, Matt Rollins at Iconologic and Jerry Burns from Studio Burns/PC. All agreed it was a worthy pursuit. So I contacted Erin Huizenga to discuss the matter. She encouraged us. In April 2011, AIGA/Atlanta and Portfolio Center invited her to Atlanta to share her story and measure interest. She was impressed and we were inspired.

The Name of Action EPIC Chicago’s model had made it successful in Chicago: for each project a volunteer creative company serves as host and creative director to a team drawn from a well-vetted applicant pool. The team meets for eight weeks in structured sessions in which concepts are developed, tasks divided, homework assigned, work critiqued and changes ironed out. This goal is simple: define, defend, design and build communication tools that support a client non-profit organization’s (NPO) mission. The model is all action: get in, find a solution, make it and move on. Herein lies its great appeal to talented and busy people.

I Have a Dream / AD Williams 2001 While EPIC Chicago entertained the idea, we had to prove an Atlanta chapter was possible. We first assembled a board of doers then we identified an NPO we could pilot. Jerry Burns found Lisa Turner and her cause, I Have a Dream/AD Williams Chapter of 2001, an organization supported by members of two downtown Atlanta churches: Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In 2001, these people adopted 60 randomly selected 2nd grade children attending A. D. Williams Elementary School, then located in the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Bowen Homes Community but subsequently razed. Of the 60, 55 remain in school, now rising juniors. The students are at a critical juncture — a lot of resources are needed to get them through high school and ready for post-secondary education. One gasps at the weight of this ten year old promise. Led by designers Frank Rauss and Hartmut Jordan, a team that included photographers, writers and designers from across our city rallied to the cause this summer. Artem Nazarov, Ben Spangler, Bryan Condra, David Zandman, Hannah Cross, Hollis Wright and Spencer Bigum collaborated on storyline, identity, website, portraits and materials for a giant fundraiser scheduled in September at Georgia Public Broadcasting. By late August, the work was done, proving our creative community could unite a collective of competitive spirits for the common purpose of better good. Our stellar team was the “creative catapult” this NPO needed to help it reach new audiences with this story of triumph.

Good Thinking, Atlanta! Over the summer, the board of EPIC Chicago and our Atlanta leadership decided to keep missions and identities separate. While EPIC remains our inspiration, we are no longer bound to follow its Chicago-born path. Atlanta is our home: we will build an organization that serves our community. In November of 2011, we will launch Good Thinking Atlanta, a non-profit creative service provider powered by the talent of many disciplines facilitating the communication goals of qualified NPOs. We will draw from those organizations that provide services to women and children as well as those that focus on education and sustainability. We will need to rally team member volunteers, host volunteers and donations for supplies and administrative costs. Fast. At the moment, our website URL is yet to be determined (we registered several to be safe!). But readers, try or and you will find us soon. Meanwhile, if you want to volunteer, make sandwiches or bequeath us your life estate, contact me: The easy part is done: we started it. The hard part has begun: we must sustain it. Thankfully, my epitaph is yet to be written.

Good Thinking logo design: Kathi Roberts

Photography by: Artem Nazarov

Hollis Wright keeps notes on her ubiquitous Mac

Jerry Burns and Frank Rauss listen in

Spencer Bigum, designer on the rally team

Rally team member

Lisa Turner lead volunteer for “I Have a Dream”

Hollis Wright directed account management

Frank Rauss reviews design

Hartmut Jordan reviews design

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tlanta is full of urban activities. So, many of us have never dipped a toe into the proverbial pool of outdoor adventure. Some of us locals have been to one or more of Georgia’s great parks or visited at least one or a handful of destination attractions. Atlanta and the entire state of Georgia is chock full of the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, rafting, paddling, boating, ballooning, rock climbing, hangliding, paragliding, skydiving, kayaking, airplane flights over the city . . . the list goes on and on and north south east and west. Why not jump in and join the ranks of outdoor enthusiasts, even if only one time?


Set aside all the usual excuses and take the plunge. You don’t have to plunge alone. There are many resources to help along the way. One of these is the friendly, experienced group of people who run High Country Outfitters in Atlanta. High Country Outfitters offers expert advice, guiding, and outfitting in Atlanta and beyond since 1975, and they will be around for many years to come. High Country Outfitters’ Manager Glenn Orton says, “We pride ourselves on having a staff of guides who are out there doing the things they love so they can then translate that wealth of knowledge to our customers, whether that is taking a day hike or going to climb a mountain. We have ‘been there and done that’ and can allow our customers to benefit. We are most happy when a customer comes back from their trip and brings pictures, then tells us how amazing their adventure was. That’s where we get our most satisfaction - in knowing we helped someone get out there and have a good time doing it.” Orton likes to grab his family and go for a hike up Kennesaw Mountain or a bike ride along the Silver Comet trail. If he has extra time, he most enjoys getting out of the city and into the North Georgia mountains. Within two hours from the city you can do it all; rock climb near Chattanooga, backpack along the Appalachian Trail near Helen, Georgia, take a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee with High Country Adventures (High Country Outfitters’ sister company), explore a cave, or just take a nice hike to one of Georgia’s numerous waterfalls. No time for a daytrip or overnighter? Closer to the city, have a go at bouldering, a form of rock climbing, at Boat Rock near Six Flags. Take a hike along the Chattahoochee River at one of the many recreation areas. Go rafting, kayaking or even stand-up Paddle boating on the “Hooch” as well. For newbies in the outdoor world, Orton suggests that the easiest thing to get into is day hiking. The Chattahoochee Recreation Area is a great place to start. Not only is it in the city, but it is one of Orton’s recommendations for family activities. If you are game to take the family camping or backpacking, High Country Outfitters is a great resource. Orton has been taking his 3 year old daughter into the outdoors, doing everything from rock climbing to backpacking since she was just six months old! Give him a call, or check out the information and links on p.32. You will find some great resources to get you started right at your fingertips. You just need to pick up that phone or hop online to nudge yourself along the way. Come on, now, get some Outside In!

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great resources for up, out and away: Tallulah Gorge Full Moon Hikes: Tallulah Gorge is a two hour drive up to the Northeast corner of Georgia. Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes are held during the full moon in October, November, and December. Experienced guides lead you down into the gorge (6-9pm). For more info on this activity and a variety of other unusual outdoor events coming up in Georgia, visit:, and click Events! Hiking and Backpacking: There are many outdoor areas and trails with rivers, lakes and waterfalls in and around them. A good one to visit is Panther Creek Falls. Info on this trail and many others can be found at: For hiking or backpacking trips up into the local mountain wilderness led by knowledgeable guides, to contact Appalachian Wilderness Guides at:

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Rock Climbing: For those of you wanting to start inside to prepare for outdoor climbing, please check out Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center: The staff here is very knowledgeable and can help you get ready. While there, you might also want to stop by Unique Outfitters, a small, outdoor gear store located inside Stone Summit. Here too is a rock climbing staff who can help direct you to outdoor climbing areas. If you or your family included... are interested in a guided outdoor rock climbing adventure or training, contact Emily Taylor at: Ballooning: Like heights? If you want to see Georgia from a different perspective while floating through the air, visit Magic Carpet Ballooning at: Skydiving: If the daredevil in you wants to take getting up, out and away to another level, be sure to check out Sky Dive Monroe at: They are the only skydiving location on the east side of Atlanta - only 40 miles east of Atlanta and just a short drive from the University of Georgia in Athens. Kayaking, Paddle Boating, Guided Wilderness Excursions (and more!): Be sure to contact High Country Outfitters at: They can point you to a wide range of activities with ideas about how to enjoy them the most.

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BUCKHEAD Buckhead is widely known for its major commercial and financial businesses. Its modish neighborhoods feature residences located among dramatic forests and rolling hills. This uptown district of Atlanta is host to elegant hotels, a variety of restaurants for the diverse palate and some of the finest shopping boutiques around. Whether you want to take the family out or unwind with friends after a long workday, Buckhead has it all. Check it out!


Anytime you are hungry is a good time to eat! Though Buckhead offers a plethora of great choices somehow our staff seems to gravitate to a couple of mainstays: Twist, where can you go wrong? Good food, great times, and the ability to blow a big chunk of your paycheck in Phipps Plaza. As the cash dwindles and not the appetite you can find us many a Friday after work (walking distance) congregating at Tin Lizzy’s plotting our next big move over Margarita’s!



ARDEN’S GARDEN (404) 844-4477 3757 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

BONE’S STEAKHOUSE (404) 237-2663 3130 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

ATLANTA FISH MARKET (404) 262-3165 265 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

BRICKTOPS (404) 841-2212 3280 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 100 Atlanta, GA 30305

BANGKOK THYME (404) 389-0909 4969 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE (404) 601-5555 2964 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

BASIL’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE (404) 233-9755 2985 Grandview Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30305

BROOKHAVEN BISTRO (404) 846-2233 4274 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30319

BAT AND BALL (770) 986-0410 2150 Johnson Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30319

BUCKET SHOP CAFE (404) 261-9244 3475 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

BELUGA MARTINI BAR (678) 973-4619 3115 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

BUCKHEAD BOTTLE BAR (404) 474-9892 268 E Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30305

BIG APPLE CAFE (404) 841-1004 3348 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

BUCKHEAD CENTER CAFE (678) 530-9818 2970 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

ANDREW’S UPSTAIRS (404) 467-1600 Buckhead/Brookhaven 56 E Andrews Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30305

THE BIG KETCH SALTWATER GRILL (404) 474-9508 3279 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305

BUCKHEAD DINER (404) 262-3336 3073 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

ANIS CAFE & BISTRO (404) 233-9889 Buckhead/Brookhaven 2974 Grandview Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30305

BISTRO NIKO (404) 261-6456 3344 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

BUCKHEAD ITALIAN MARKET & BAKERY (404) 467-9217 3655 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

10 DEGREES SOUTH (404) 705-8870 Buckhead/Brookhaven 4183 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 103 WEST (404) 233-5993 Buckhead/Brookhaven 103 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305 AARON ROCCO’S (404) 665-0010 Buckhead/Brookhaven 950 E Paces Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 AJA RESTAURANT AND BAR (404) 231-0001 Buckhead/Brookhaven 3500 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 AMARYN’S THAI BOWL & SUSHI (404) 841-2990 Buckhead/Brookhaven 2900 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305 AMC FORK & SCREEN (404) 467-9619 Buckhead/Brookhaven 3340 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

ANNIE’S THAI CASTLE (404) 264-9546 Buckhead/Brookhaven 3195 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 ANTICA POSTA (404) 262-7112 519 E Paces Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 AQUA BISTRO (404) 816-7332 264 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

BLUE CHIP CAFE (404) 841-9637 3333 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 BLUE RIDGE GRILL (404) 233-5030 1261 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30327 BLUEPOINTE (404) 237-9070 3455 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

BUCKHEAD PIZZA CO. (404) 869-0678 3324 Peachtree Road, Suite B Atlanta, GA 30326 BUCKHEAD SALOON (404) 963-7739 3227 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 BUFFALO WILD WINGS (404) 856-5543 3535 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30326

CACAO ATLANTA CHOCOLATE CO.- BUCKHEAD (404) 467-4670 2817 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305 THE CAFE (THE MANSION ON PEACHTREE) (404) 995-7545 3376 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

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I enjoy unwinding at Eclipse Di Luna on Miami Circle. It is right down the street from Buckhead Thriftique, the non-profit thrift store I manage. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is eclectic and hip. The tapas selection is excellent. My favorite is Ensalada de Manzana, it has arugula, radicchio, granny smith apples, candied walnuts, and shaved manchego cheese. They have Salsa lessons on Thursday nights. How fun is that! DRAGON D FAST INC.@ COZZI CAFE (404) 237-8979 345 Pharr Road.N.E. Atlanta, GA 30305

FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE BUCKHEAD (404) 549-3298 3655 Roswell Road NE Atlanta, GA 30342

DRAGON EXPRESS CARRY OUT (404) 237-9929 4060 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319

COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS 404) 475-1000 Buckhead/Brookhaven 3365 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

FLYING BISCUIT CAFE (404) 477-0013 3280 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

EAST ANDREWS CAFE & BAR (404) 869-1132 56 E Andrews Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30305

FOGO DE CHAO CHURRASCARIA 3101 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY (404) 816-2555 3024 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

CORNER BAKERY CAFE (404) 816-5100 Buckhead/Brookhaven 3368 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

ECLIPSE DI LUNA (BUCKHEAD) (404) 846-0449 764 Miami Cir NE Atlanta, GA 30324

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CHICAGO’S NANCY’S PIZZERIA (404) 842-9997 3167 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

CORNER CAFE & BUCKHEAD BREAD COMPANY (404) 240-1978 3070 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

EINSTEIN BROTHERS BAGELS (404) 847-0940 4502 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

GALLERY CAFE (404) 848-8474 3655 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

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CLASSIC CHEESECAKES (404) 233-9636 3125 E Shadowlawn Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30305 COOKIE CREATIONS OF ATLANTA (404) 266-2255 3145 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

CORNER PIZZA (770) 216-8404 2163 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 CUERNA-VACA SUPERMARKET (404) 236-0022 5000 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30342 THE CUP - GOURMET CUPCAKE CAFE (678) 705-9883 705 Town Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30319 DANTANNA’S (404) 963-9389 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 DANTE’S DOWN THE HATCH (404) 266-1600 3380 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE (678) 973-4879 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30326 DIVAN RESTAURANT & HOOKAH LOUNGE (404) 467-4297 3125 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305


ELBOW ROOM (404) 231-3308 248 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

GENKI NOODLES AND SUSHI (404) 844-8319 3186 Roswell Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

ELWOOD’S PIZZA (678) 973-4665 3883 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319

GOLDBERG’S BAGEL COMPANY & DELI (404) 256-3751 4383 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

ENCORE RESTAURANT~ATMOSPHERE (678) 705-3506 2520 Piedmont Road NE. Atlanta, GA 30324

GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY (404) 264-0253 3242 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305

FADÓ IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT (404) 841-0066 273 Buckhead Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30305 FELLINI’S PIZZA (404) 266-0082 2809 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 FIRKIN & LINDBERGH (404) 814-3094 541 Main St NE Atlanta, GA 30324 FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES (404) 848-9119 558 Main St NE Atlanta, GA 30324

GRAND CHINA (404) 461-9083 2975 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 GRAPE AT PHIPPS (678) 990-9463 3500 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 THE GREAT CUPCAKE COMPANY (404) 343-1963 2829 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305 GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS (404) 254-2273 1842 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324 GYPSY STAG (404) 846-8989 3188 Roswell Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305


Right around the corner on Piedmont (next to the gorilla car wash) is Grindhouse Killer Burgers, a great spot for lunch or a quick dinner. They’ve got burgers, shakes, dogs, salads, beer and more in a fun place. I’m not talking about linen tablecloths and fancy place settings. I’m talking about onion rings, rock and roll, and all the paper napkins you need, and you’ll need ‘em. Yummy. HAL’S ON OLD IVY (404) 261-0025 30 Old Ivy Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

JIMMY JOHN’S (404) 848-7181 3324 A Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

HAVANA CLUB GROUP (404) 920-4082 3112 PIEDMONT ROAD Atlanta, GA 30305

JO’S GRILLE (770) 220-9993 2120 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319

HAVEN (404) 969-0700 1441 Dresden Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30319

JOHNNY ROCKETS (404) 231-5555 5 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

HENRI’S BAKERY (404) 237-0202 61 Irby Ave NW Atlanta, GA 30305

JOHNNY’S HIDEAWAY (404) 233-8026 3771 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

HORSERADISH GRILL (404) 963-9531 4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30342

JUJUBEE’S ITALIAN FROZEN YOGURT (404) 303-0024 4279 Roswell Road Suite 201 Atlanta, GA 30342

HOUSTON’S (LENOX) (404) 237-7534 3321 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

JUST LOAF’N (678) 701-6538 3173 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305

HOVAN GOURMET (404) 231-9018 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

KALEIDOSCOPE BISTRO & PUB (404) 474-9600 Village Place Brookhaven 1410 Dresden Dr, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30319

HUDSON GRILLE (404) 233-0313 4046 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 IL BACIO PIZZERIA & TRATTORIA (404) 467-0333 2571 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 THE IVY (404) 941-3081 3717 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 J CHRISTOPHER’S (404) 467-0110 1438 Dresden Dr Atlanta, GA 30319 JASON’S DELI (404) 231-3333 3330 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 JERSEY MIKE’S SUBMARINES (404) 846-3380 3740 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

KYMA (404) 262-0702 3085 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 LA FONDA LATINA (404) 816-8311 2813 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 LA FOURCHETTE (404) 748-1229 3133 Piedmont Rd Atlanta, GA 30305 LA GROTTA (404) 231-1368 2637 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 LANDMARK DINER (404) 816-9090 3652 Roswell Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305 LE PETIT BISTRO (404) 816-7933 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

LE TRISKELL FRENCH CREPERIE (404) 814-8208 3833 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30342 LEE’S GOLDEN BUDDHA & MOMOYA (404) 261-3777 3861 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 LENOX CUPCAKES (404) 949-0409 3500 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 LENOX SQUARE GRILL (404) 841-2377 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 LIBRARY COFFEE CO. (404) 841-8818 2523 Caldwell Rd Atlanta, GA 30319 THE LITTLE CAKE BAKERY (404) 841-8856 3792 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 LOBSTER BAR (404) 262-2675 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305 LOCAL THREE KITCHEN & BAR (404) 968-2700 3290 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30327 LOCOS GRILL & PUB (404) 816-9993 3167 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE (404) 816-6338 2430 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 LOS BRAVOS MEXICAN (770) 452-9896 2042 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY (404) 816-9650 3368 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 MARC ANTHONY’S (404) 814-1001 3677 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30341

MARCELLO’S PIZZA & SUBS (404) 239-9733 3655 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 MARKET BUCKHEAD (404) 523-3600 3377 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE (404) 237-1313 3209 Maple Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30305 MELLOW MUSHROOM (404) 266-1661 4058 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 MF BUCKHEAD (404) 841-1192 3280 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL (404) 231-1690 3722 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 MORTON’S - THE STEAKHOUSE (404) 816-6535 3379 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 MOSAIC (404) 846-5722 3097 Maple Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30305 NANCY G’S CAFE (404) 705-8444 4920 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 NATHAN’S FAMOUS (404) 812-0007 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 NAVA (404) 240-1984 3060 Peachtree Rd NW #160 Atlanta, GA 30305 NEW YORK PRIME (404) 846-0644 3424 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 NM CAFE (404) 279-5850 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326


There are so many great restaurants in Buckhead with the obvious big-name, high-concept formats. One less-known is Rain, an Asian Fusion restaurant located next to the Tara Theater off Cheshire Bridge, not exactly the heart of Buckhead. It features Thai and Japanese, and I’m told the Sushi is excellent (but not an interest of mine) and all in a stylish presentation. The décor is relaxed and quiet with a waterfall wall and the linen tablecloths give lunches a more formal feeling. Their web site states ‘Our lunch are price friendly’ in a broken English charm – and who doesn’t need that when entertaining in this economy. NOCHE (404) 364-9448 705 Town Blvd Atlanta, GA 30319 OK CAFE (404) 233-2888 1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30327 ON THE BORDER MEXICAN GRILL (404) 991-2500 1 Buckhead Loop NE Atlanta, GA 30326

PHOENIX & DRAGON CHINESE (404) 847-8727 164 W Wieuca Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 PIE SHOP (404) 841-4512 3210 Roswell Rd NW Ste E Atlanta, GA 30305 PIECE OF CAKE (404) 963-8162 3215 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

ONE STAR RANCH (404) 233-7644 25 Irby Ave NW Atlanta, GA 30305

PIG-N-CHIK (404) 255-6368 4920 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

ONYX BAR AT GRAND HYATT ATLANTA (404) 237-1234 3300 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

PINKBERRY (404) 949-0459 3637 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30319

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE (404) 266-8000 3850 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 PACES 88 (404) 563-7910 88 West Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30305

PIU BELLO (404) 814-0304 3330 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 PIZZERIA VENTI (404) 228-2013 2770 Lenox Rd NE Ste B1 Atlanta, GA 30324

PUB 71 (404) 467-8271 4058 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 RAIN (404) 325-6963 2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 RAJA INDIAN (404) 237-2661 2955 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 ROASTERS (404) 237-1122 2770 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 ROYAL OF INDIA (770) 817-1097 2144 Johnson Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30319 RU SAN’S (404) 239-9557 3365 Piedmont Rd Atlanta, GA 30305 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE (404) 365-0660 3285 Peachtree Rd Atlanta, GA 30305

THE PALM (404) 814-1955 3391 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

PLANET LIVING- SMOOTHIES, FROZEN YOGURT & JUICE BAR (404) 844-0660 2900 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

SEASONS 52 (404) 846-1552 3050 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

PANERA BREAD (404) 848-9997 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

PORTOFINO (404) 231-1136 3199 Paces Ferry Pl NW Atlanta, GA 30305

SHANE’S RIB SHACK (404) 231-1742 3247 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

POUR WINE MARKET (404) 254-5277 1418 Dresden Ave Atlanta, GA 30319

SHULA’S 347 GRILL @ THE ATLANTA MARRIOTT BUCKHEAD HOTEL (404) 848-7345 3405 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

PRICCI (404) 237-2941 500 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

SI SENOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT (770) 455-8393 2148 Johnson Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30319

PRIME (404) 812-0555 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

SUSHI MANIA (404) 364-0098 3855 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA (404) 851-9292 4285 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 PEACHTREE TAVERN (404) 842-1700 3179 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 PERO’S PIZZA & PASTA (404) 261-5077 3521 Northside Pkwy NW Atlanta, GA 30327



SUSHI YOSHINO (770) 558-3515 2150-A Johnson Ferry Atlanta, GA 30319 SWAN COACH HOUSE (404) 261-0636 3130 Slaton Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30305 TACO MAC - LINDBERGH CITY CENTER (404) 647-0396 573 Main St Atlanta, GA 30324 TACOS & TEQUILAS MEXICAN GRILL (404) 705-8225 4279 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30342 TAKA SUSHI CAFE (404) 869-2802 375 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 TAVERN 99 (404) 835-8311 128 East Andrews Dr Atlanta, GA 30305 TAVERN AT PHIPPS (404) 814-9640 3500 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 TERRA TERROIR (404) 841-1032 3974 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319 THAI SILK THAI CUISINE AND SUSHI BAR (404) 442-7522 318 E Paces Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 THREE DOLLAR CAFE JR AT CHASTAIN (404) 303-0047 4475 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342 TIN DRUM (404) 846-8689 2561 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324


My friends ask: Where should we go eat? I say: Thai Silk Buckhead (formerly Rama Five). How can you resist a place where you can bring your own alcoholic beverages and has a Masamam Curry to die for? Items to try are the Nam-Sod appetizer, the Spicy Coconut Soup and the Pineapple Fried Rice. Prices and portions are great and the service is always warm and inviting. Just GO!

TIN LIZZY’S CANTINA (404) 846-6000 3639 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT (404) 237-7601 3172 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305

TONGUE & GROOVE (404) 261-2325 3055 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

WILLY’S MEXICANA GRILL (404) 252-2235 4377 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

TRUFFLES CAFE (404) 364-9050 3345 Lenox Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326

WING FACTORY (404) 255-4460 4279 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

TWIST (404) 869-1191 3500 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

WING RANCH (770) 455-4233 2146 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319

TWISTED TACO (678) 720-9732 4269 Wieuca Road Atlanta, GA 30342

WOK N ROLL (404) 943-0083 4920 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

URBAN FLATS FLATBREAD CO. (404) 816-4981 2450 Piedmont Rd NE Ste 100 Atlanta, GA 30324 US CAFE BUCKHEAD (404) 233-2233 2591 Piedmont Rd Atlanta, GA 30324

ROBANNE SCHULMAN, WARDROBE STYLIST, PLAIDMONKEY, INC. For amazing Italian food, Antica Posta on East Paces hands down!!!!! Chops is an oldy but goody- love them because they are consistently good in food and service!

WOOFS ON PIEDMONT (404) 869-9422 2425 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 YOFORIA (404) 467-8707 1410 Dresden Dr. Atlanta, GA 30319

VALENZA (404) 969-3233 1441 Dresden Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30319

YOGURBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SMOOTHIES (Terminus, Buckhead) (404) 869-9788 3280 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 140b Atlanta, GA 30305

VERDE TAQUERIA AND CANTINA (404) 254-5319 1426 Dresden Drive Atlanta, GA 30319

YOGURTLAND (404) 846-6549 1264 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW Atlanta, GA 30327

VIA (404) 214-5404 262 Pharr Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305

ZESTO DRIVE-IN (404) 237-8689 2469 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324

WET WILLIE’S (678) 973-4644 2450 Piedmont Rd Atlanta, GA 30324

ZOES KITCHEN (404) 869-3238 3655 Roswell Rd Ste 100 Atlanta, GA 30342


Our personal favorites tend to be casual places where you can relax after a long day. One of the best is Anis Cafe; wonderful food amongst a great group of regulars with a French Patron to make you feel welcome. Other favorites are lobster tacos and margaritas at the outdoor patio of Nava and the patio at Flip for an unusual take on Burgers. So many options, so few words… relax and have fun.

WHISKEY BLUE (678) 608-2102 3377 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 OZ MAGAZINE




Assistant Editor/DIT




Department Head - Hair

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS? After attending Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture in New York City, I went to work with several high profile New York City salons where their clients were models and celebrities. I assisted on commercials, concerts and events. I later moved south to Atlanta with the intention to go to Los Angeles. Soon after, my father took ill and I moved to Florida. In Florida, I started with the Home Shopping Network and a subsidiary company. Though I was a licensed barber and hairstylist, I did hair and make up, which were necessary on commercials back then.  I did low budget independent movies, commercials and finally, music videos in Atlanta. Most unusual story that made me decide on my choice of craft, occurred on a music video shoot. This incident was earlier in my career. The director spotted a bruise on the rear end of the featured girl in a bathing suit and yelled, “makeup!” So, as she was bent over, I applied a blend of cover-up make-up on her rear, I decided then, hair was my profession. I only did make-up and hair for industrial films, commercials and movies, no matter what the budget. My proudest and fun movies were Meet The Spartans and Disaster Movie, both shot in the New Orleans area. It was spoof and character based, so I got to build, color, design wigs and looks to resemble Amy Winehouse and a Harem. It is just an artist’s dream when you get to create original and copy established looks. While living in Los Angeles, I returned to Atlanta after the Writers strike. I am a department head, key hair, 2nd, and day player. Meaning, I am for hire even with carrying two crafts, Hairstylist & Barber, I love my career.




Three weeks after I graduated from college, my uncle, who owns a local production company, called and asked me if I would like to get some real-world experience working a pro-bono job. You never know where “no pay” jobs may lead, so I gladly accepted. After that gig, another one followed suit, only this time, when it was close to completion, a production manager sought me out. She asked me what my goal was working in the industry. I told her, naturally, “to make money.” She laughed and asked if I would like to intern for the cable cooking show, “Good Eats” with Alton Brown. “I’ll take it,” I responded without hesitation. From there, I was immediately propelled into the TV production world at full speed. And even though I was considered the green-as-greencould-be intern, I loved every minute. My enthusiasm was well received, and I was asked to return next season as in a full-fledged production assistant. Another year later, my budding interest in post-production helped me land another new title: assistant editor. WHAT WAS THE BEST PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON? In 2007, I had the opportunity to travel along the Mississippi River for one month during production of the second installment of Alton Brown’s “Feasting on Asphalt.” As the DIT/assistant editor, I was in charge of managing and archiving all the digital footage shot on P2 cards. I was also featured on the show in various quirky roles. The most memorable one? Dressing up as a huge sausage and dancing on the side of the road! WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PROJECT? I would love to travel across the globe and work on another food- or music- oriented show. Those two meaty subjects are my passion, and when you get paid to do what you love, you’ll never have to truly “work” another day in your life. 3 MEMORABLE PROJECTS: 1. Good Eats 2. Feasting on Asphalt 3. Feasting on Waves





Unit Still Photographer

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS? It was a long time ago! I was working as the publicist and house photographer for the internationally renowned discothèque The Limelight when it was here in Atlanta. I struck a deal with Columbia Pictures on a Ray Stark film they were scouting for called “Slugger’s Wife”. The director Hal Ashby and first assistant Frank Bueno loved what I had to offer and selected The Limelight to shoot several key scenes for the film. One day Frank came to me and said straight out that he, as well as Ray and the other producers, sensed that I was “not a happy guy” working in the club industry. Their thinking was that they thought I would be a better match for the film business. I asked what he was suggesting, and he invited me to consider becoming a part of the film industry. So, naturally I asked, “…and do what exactly?” He suggested that I become a unit photographer. I thought about it – and next thing I knew I was getting work on film and television projects and had left the “nightlife” behind. YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT TO DATE: Without a doubt the first project that jumps to mind is “Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius” – a period piece film that shot in Atlanta. I have a weakness for lush lighting, beautiful costumes and period piece sets. Working with Tom Stern (Director of Photography) on Bobby Jones was a marvelous experience. Much of my work on that film became a major part of a coffee table book about the film. PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE: Having two international photo releases through Associated Press International: one of Anita Bryant at the Limelight and the other of Mikhail Gorbachev while working in Moscow.

I took the round about route into the film/video industry. Went to a small liberal arts college in New England and graduated with a double major in English and Politics. Following graduation, I gravitated to arts administration, working as a receptionist at the New England Foundation for the Arts in Cambridge, Mass. I moved to Atlanta still intent on working as an arts administrator. Here, I went to work for a guy named Rob Gibson who was the director of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Atlanta, as well as presenting his own shows. GREATEST JOB EVER for a college radio music geek with jazz and free jazz leanings. Next great job was working for Lil Friedlander, owner of TULA Art Center and an artist in her own right. I was the gallery director for the TULA Foundation Gallery. Specializing in conceptual and installation exhibits, we presented off the wall and challenging visual and performing work that was rarely seen outside of major arts markets. I worked closely with my tenants in the building and so when one of them, Whoa! Films, needed administrative help they called me up. I began the job knowing virtually nothing about filmmaking and the film business. Tossed into the deep end as I was, I learned pretty quickly. It was a great place to learn all aspects of the business, as most small production companies are. We produced small to medium scale commercials, corporate videos and documentaries in addition to having a full service post facility. Plus after years of working for non-profits I was thrilled to have a creative profession that came with a decent paycheck! From there I’ve worked on all sides of commercial, corporate and broadcast production. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have built an extensive resume as a Field Director/ Producer for docu-drama and reality television. A wonderful way to make a living, the film industry offers the perfect combination of creativity, tenacity, humor and grit.


Founder, Dust to Digital

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS? When I moved to Atlanta in 1996, my two main goals were to intern for a record label and work at the college radio station. I knew about the experimental-music label Table of the Elements and was able to get an internship at the company. I also began DJing at WRAS, and when one of my friends at the station departed I kept his show going but changed the name to “Raw Musics.” The focus of “Raw Musics” was music recorded in the 1920s and ‘30s when there was a boom in recordings for home phonographs. In my search for music to play on the show, I realized there was an abundance of blues, country and jazz that had been reissued on LPs and CDs. The problem was the lack of gospel music I could find, and with a two-hour show on Sunday mornings in the South, I was getting constant requests for gospel music. I started trying to track down record collectors that owned the original 78rpm records that were used for the reissues, and I came across Joe Bussard from Frederick, Maryland. He began sending me tapes of gospel music from his collection of more than 25,000 records. I was amazed at how good so many of the songs were, and I felt like it was an injustice for so much of this music to be commercially unavailable. I began reaching out to reissue labels to learn how to publish these old recordings, and almost five years later my newlystarted record company, Dust-to-Digital, issued the sixCD box set “Goodbye, Babylon.” The music, which was recorded between 1901-1960, came with a 200-page book to which musicologists and myself contributed. The compilation earned two Grammy nominations and put my wife April and I on a path to continue releasing music from the past as our main jobs. Eight years and 21 projects later, we are fortunate to count musicians like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Neil Young as supporters of our work. OZ MAGAZINE



THE ADVANCED PA ACADEMY The first ever Advanced PA Academy, held Sept 17th - 18th at PC&E, was developed by Georgia Production Partnership and Atlanta Film Festival 365. Underwritten by Georgia Entertainment Media, 107 students applied and 36 were chosen to attend. Linda Burns, Education Chair for GPP and ATL Film 365, recruited DGA ADs and Key PAs, working


with them to create the bootcamp curriculum. Topics included walkies, protocol, single and multi-cam shoots, features vs commercials, call sheets, production reports, one liners, shooting schedules, SAG rules, child labor laws, basecamp PA responsibilities, critical thinking, union vs non-union shows, DGA submission books, tools of the trade, equipment ID and usage, lock-ups, and how to create a proper resume.

Standing for 12 hours is rough!

Reading a Feature Call Sheet

Setting Background Properly

DGA 1st AD Angela Gomes & Key PA ‘ JZ’ discuss Set Protocol

Reading a One Liner

Dealing with Difficult Lock-ups


Shooting Schedules, One Liners and Callsheets oh My!

SAG rules on Minors

Setting Background Again!

DGA 2nd AD Rob Hoffman explains How to Get into the DGA

DGA 1st AD Robert Ballentine and Key PA ‘JZ ‘ discuss AD Pet Peeves

Two days of bootcamp and we still want to be PAs!

DGA 1st AD Angela Gomes and Key PA ‘JZ’ showing PA survival kit OZ MAGAZINE




10-SECOND FILM CONTEST Photography courtesy of Crawford Media Services

(L) Trey Lyda of Crawford Media Services & (R) Holt Lyda of Lyda Interactive


(L) Lolly Klingler of iCreatives, (MIDDLE) Lee Ramsaur of Craig Miller Productions, Inc., (R) Jennifer Prosperi of iCreatives

(L) Beth Helmer of RIOT, (R) Susan Cooper of Creative Outhouse

(L) Paula Martinez of StickyToePads, (R) Gabe Wardell of StickyToePads

(L) Patrick Scullin of Ames Scullin O’Haire, (R) Harry Middleton of Harry Middleton Photography

(L) Tom Roche of Crawford Media Services, (MIDDLE) Terre Love of Jayan Films, (R) Kelly Andres of Jayan Films


Viewers watch the 10 Second Films in Crawford’s Dolby-certified theater/screening room.

(L) Chris Palmer of Crawford Media Services, (MIDDLE) Nathan Bowhall of Crawford Media Services, (R) Matt Maloney of SCAD

(L) Connie Atkinson of Team Detroit, (MIDDLE) Amy Henderson Palmer of Artifact Design, (R) Jill Auerback, Freelance Producer

(L) Meagan Massa of Crawford Media Services, (MIDDLE) Margaret Snider of Crawford Media Services, (R) Nena Thompson of Crawford Media Services OZ MAGAZINE




GROUNDBREAKING! RoadTown Enterprises Ltd. joined the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority (IBA), the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, the Economic Development Organizational Board, and the Pauling County Chamber of Commerce to break ground for the new full-service film and television production facility, Atlanta Film Studios Paulding County. The studios are slated to open in Winter 2011. Board of Commissioners chairman David Austin welcomed guests, followed by Craig Dominey, Camera Ready Program Manger for the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. Also speaking were Nick Smerigan and Jeremy Hariton of RoadTown; Jamie Gilbert, Pauld-

ing County Economic Development Director; Tommie Graham, Post 3 Commissioner; and in closing, Kevin Kirby, Georgia Camera Ready Liaison for the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. Various members of the Atlanta and local press were on hand covering the occasion. Atlanta Film Studios Paulding County will be the first production facility in decades to be developed outside of Atlanta’s city center and made available for third-party rental. Productions utilizing the studios could employ up to 300 people and will stimulate many facets of the local economy. The project reinforces Paulding’s commitment to economic development and local job growth.

Atlanta Film Studios Rendering - Front

Left is David Austin - Chairman Paulding County Board of Commissioners Center (at podium) – Nick Smerigan – Principal RoadTown Enterprises Ltd. Right – Jeremy Hariton - Principal RoadTown Enterprises Ltd.



From left: David Barnett, Post 4 Commissioner, Paulding County Board of Commissioners and Chris Cochran, Owner, CM Cochran Construction, Inc.

From L to R - Jeremy Hariton – Principal RoadTown Enterprises Ltd, Blake Swafford – Executive Director IBA, Tommie Graham –Post 3 Commissioner, David Barnett – Post 4 Commissioner, Boyd Austin – Mayor City of Dallas, David Austin – Chairman Paulding County Board of Commissioners, Jamie Gilbert – Director Economic Development, Mike Jones –County Administrator, Ken Thigpen – Chairman IBA , Nick Smerigan Principal RoadTown Enterprises Ltd.

Aerial view of construction in progress at Atlanta Film Studios.

Jeremy Hariton, Principal, RoadTown Enterprises Ltd.; Craig Dominey, Camera Ready Program Manager, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office; David Austin, Chairman, Paulding County Board of Commissioners; Kevin Kirby, Georgia Camera Ready Liaison, Paulding Chamber of Commerce; Nick Smerigan, Principal, RoadTown Enterprises Ltd. Construction in progress at Atlanta Film Studios. OZ MAGAZINE






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Oz Magazine, Oct/Nov 2011  

Atlanta, GA based magazine for film & tv, print, new media, & lifestyle.