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Blog Post - "Fear Sucks - Until You Go Through It"
I know I need to do something when it scares the shit out of me. Wait... that's total bullshit. I only know that once I'm in it. In the beginning it usually starts with a thought like, "Hey, I want to do a workshop to help people get started on their own web series.' That thought is usually followed quickly by my wonderful critic who says, "why would anyone come to your workshop? there are so many panels and workshops already, why start another one? you're a piece of shit and don't know what you're talking about..." Those thoughts freaking suck. They paralyze me and make me want to curl up in bed and not do anything. This last couple months have been filled with several of these moments, shaving to a mustache on THE TEMP LIFE...
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Blog Post - "If You Build It, He Will Come" PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Mark Gantt   
Sunday, 24 October 2010 18:28

I guess it's usually misquoted, people usually say, "If you build it, they will come." But in Field Of Dreams, Kevin Costner's character hears "If you build it, HE will come." I guess, in a way, it actually works the way it was said originally. I'm realizing that I am a BRAND, a BUSINESS. I'm no longer just an actor with a 'B' job. I think as artists, it's hard to think of us as a business and well, to even think with a business mind. I just overheard a make-up artist on set say she'd never worked in an office. She said that the joke with her fellow Emory classmates is they're not good at math. "That's why I date Jewish men so they can figure out the tip." But what I heard was, that she's an artist, she doesn't do the 'business thing' it's not her strength. I also saw a tweet from Felicia Day today, mentioning digging up W-9's and getting credit reports and that the business stuff takes longer than the creative at times. I'm rambling a bit, there's a lot of stuff rolling around in my head lately.

One of my teachers, Richard Lawson talks about the misconception of an actor and as a character. He'd take two tapes (before digitally recording critiques at The Beverly Hills Playhouse) and hold them up. He'd say, "This is you as the actor, this is you as the character. They look identical, but they are different. You have to learn to let that character go. You created it, put it out there and now it's done." I took that literally and said, well my 'acting career' is that over there, disconnected from me, Mark, the person.
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Last Updated on Friday, 29 October 2010 21:55
 
Mark Gantt - One Minute Reel 2013

 
Psychophonia Poster Released

 

ARROW IN THE HEAD: Poster & first details on Blanc/Biehn Productions' Psychophonia

Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed THE NIGHT VISITOR 2: HEATHER'S STORY, is set to direct PSYCHOPHONIA, a new thriller from Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions, and we've got the first details and some early art to share with you.

Barbara Stepansky wrote the screenplay based on a story by producer Lony Ruhmann about...

After her husband Jeremy is brutally murdered, artist Lilly Tarver struggles with his secret sex life and coming to terms with who he really was. While diving into his dark and potentially dangerous world, a mysterious caller might hold the answers to his death.

PSYCHOPHONIA stars Vedette Lim ("Chicago Fire", "True Blood") in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast are Andrew W. Walker (2 BEDROOM ONE BATH), Kellee Stewart (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 1 & 2), Adam Rose, Daniel Quinn, Mark Gantt, Mitchell Fink, Lucie Pohl, Sean Hemeon, Nikita Black and Jenimay Walker.

The film is Executive Produced by Michael Biehn (ALIENS, THE TERMINATOR), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Lony Ruhmann, Brianne Davis, and is produced by Mark Gantt.


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Blanc/Biehn and partners ready Psychophonia

SCREEN DAILY EXCLUSIVE:

Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions are ramping up production on the thriller.

Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky wrote the screenplay based on a story by Ruhmann about a widow who comes to terms with who her recently murdered husband really was as she probes his secret sex.

Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story, will direct.

Vedette Lim will play the lead and the key cast includes Andrew W Walker, Kellee Stewart Adam Rose, Daniel Quinn, Mark Gantt, Mitchell Fink, Lucie Pohl, Sean Hemeon, Nikita Black and Jenimay Walker.

Mark Gantt produces Psychophonia while Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (pictured) serve as executive producers alongside Ruhmann and Brianne Davis.

Blanc/Biehn Productions recently released Treachery through Traverse Media and completed post on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut The Night Visitor.

WTF is handling sales on Hidden In The Woods – The Remake.

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The Night Visitor 2 Poster Released PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:23

Be Thankful for this Poster Debut for The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story

Blanc/Biehn Productions wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and to add a bit of spookiness to your holiday, they’ve just released the poster art for Brianne (“True Blood,” Among Friends) Davis’ directorial debut, The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story was written by Kevin and Bradley Marcus and Mark Gantt. Caitlin Carmichael, Mark Gantt, Chip Coffey, Jennifer Blanc, and Michael Biehn star. Frequent Blanc/Biehn collaborator Lony Ruhmann is executive producer.

Synopsis:
The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story is a sci-fi thriller that runs parallel to the original The Night Visitor, telling the story of Heather (Carmichael), a special young girl who must protect her family and the planet from the same other-earthly being. The sequel delves deeper into the mysteries that plagued the Stevens family and their son, Ricky, with the help of psychic and medium Daniel (Coffey).


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Horror Movies - Fear The Second Reign of Night

We have here an interesting low-budget film based on the ancient occult practices originating out of Egypt. Currently in post-production, The Second Reign of Night comes our way as one of many films that base their story around Egyptian theology and spiritual practices. This is Antoni Sole’s first project as director, but he has produced such indie titles as Zone of the Dead and Night of the Sinner.

Fear The Second Reign of Night

This movie is brought to us by Odin’s Eye Entertainment and explores the history of the Khufu tablet which is an artifact associated with the pharaoh with the same name who has been accredited for building the Great Pyramid of Giza. You know, one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World. Although the stills and trailer don’t show any hint of the pharaoh making an “undead” appearance in this movie (like the Mummy franchise), it looks like it should be due out to DVD and VOD soon. No word on a release date yet, but when we know, you’ll know.

Boston professor Johan Meyer, an eminent anthropologist and lecturer is highly regarded for his translations of Egyptian pre-Khufu tablets. Approached to evaluate an ancient text, his mysterious client requires urgency so Johan works around the clock. As the hours pass, strange occurrences take place as Johan’s dreams become drenched in bizarre visions. It all seems a strange coincidence until the translation is almost at an end. It is only then, when Johan realizes the parchment contains a ritual that brings to life Ereshkigal thus awakening the dead and plunging the world into eternal darkness.

 
Backstage Article on Streamys

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

The Web is meant to be a bastion for indie TV producers and actors but even the Streamy Awards, which were created to honor the best of Internet entertainment, have some prominent mainstream performers among its honorees.

Ken Marino won for his performance on “Burning Love” last year. Weird Al Yankovic won in 2010 for his guest appearance on “Know Your Meme” and Neil Patrick Harris took home a statue in 2009 for his turn on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” And this year Zach Galifianakis, a past winner, is nominated for his “Between Two Ferns” interview with President Obama. These are hardly performers who were on the brink of stardom before receiving a Streamy.

Still, the awards can give a boost to actors who are struggling for recognition beyond the Web, according to Mark Gantt, a Los Angeles-based performer who won Streamys for his acting and producing on “The Bannen Way” in 2010.

“It opened a lot of doors,” he told Backstage. “For me as an actor, it’s still not an Emmy. The Streamys hasn’t hit that place in the mainstream consciousness, but with agents, managers, and casting people who are aware of the space, having won those awards has helped me.”

“The Bannen Way,” which Gantt co-created with Jesse Warren, is an action-adventure series that was produced for Sony’s Crackle as a feature-formatted as a Web series. Gantt believes it was able to stand out because the medium wasn’t as saturated. “Four years ago there wasn’t a lot of mainstream talent out there doing [online series],” he said. “The reality now is digital studios and multi-channel networks are basically cable companies, and they’re looking to do half-hour and hour long series.”

That makes it more difficult for indie TV producers and actors to find an audience online. “In terms of you having $250 and a camera to go shoot something, you’re one of thousands—how do you stand out and create something different? It’s much more a challenge now,” said Gantt, who’s set to direct his first feature, titled "A Place Apart," later this year.

Gantt said he understands the tension between honoring YouTubers and established talent for Internet-based awards like the Streamys. Still, he said, “they can’t ignore somebody with a name that is out there doing stuff in the space. It is tougher for an indie person who's unknown to create a show and get known.”

Actors should still try their hands at producing their own content, he adds. “You have to keep going 'next' all the time. Something will pop.”

His advice to aspiring Streamy winners? Have passion and don’t go it alone. “We surrounded ourselves with professionals who could do this in their sleep,” he said of his 2010 production.

The 4th Streamy Awards are set to air here Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

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Directing Awards & Nominations

DONOR
(short Film)
Currently being distributed on SnagFilms


Winner "Best Director - Short Film"

FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Fest 2012

Winner "Best of the Fest"
Indie Cinema Series Festival 2012

Official Selection
Beverly Hills Shorts Festival 2012

Official Selection
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival 2012

Winner Best Actress - Alexis Boozer
Unofficial Google+ Film Festival 2012

SUITE 7
(Digital Series)
Currently distributed on LIFETIME.COM

Shannen Doherty - Best Individual Performance
Webby Awards 2012

Best Dramatic Series
BANFF Rockies Award 2011

MARTINE
(Short Film)

Winner Best Horror/Suspence Short Film
New Orleans Media Festival 2004
Official Selection
Newport Beach Film Festival 2004

Official Selection
New York Short Film Festival 2004

Official Selection
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2004



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