Happy Birthday Lincoln, here’s how Hollywood celebrates you…


It’s President Lincoln’s birthday here in the US of A and what better way to celebrate the man than to show some behind the scenes footage of  the movie “Lincoln”, and well if you are a shopper I guess there are sales you could go to and celebrate that way instead. But if you enjoy movies and reading, checkout these videos and articles.

If you aren’t up to speed on Lincoln the movie, here is the link to the official website: http://www.thelincolnmovie.com/ or you can view the trailer here for a quick overview http://www.youtube.com/lincolnmovie

Can’t get enough of behind the scenes action? Checkout this great interview and video spotlight with Daniel Day Lewis discussing how he interpreted the role.



And because I feel the crew never gets enough spotlight here are some of the great workers behind the making of Lincoln

Composer– John Williams

Producer- Kathleen Kennedy

Visual Effects Supervisor- Ben Morris

Costume Designer- Joanna Johnston

Production Designer- Rick Carter

Editor- Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

Director of Photography- Janusz Kaminski

Executive Producer- Jonathan King

Executive Producer– Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer- Daniel Lupi

Screenplay- Tony Kusner

For full cast and crew credits here is the link to IMDB.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm#cast And if you aren’t familiar with this url it is Internet Movie Database, the leading authority on all things movie, TV and celebrity information.

And for more interesting info just to stir things up a bit, checkout this article that gives you the scoop on what Hollywood got wrong about the Lincoln era.


Further more updated information there is an open letter sent about criticism of the errors. And you can read that here as well.


Happy Lincoln’s day! Hope you enjoyed the trip down Hollywood’s version of history and learned some behind the scenes info on how we get things done in the entertainment world.




5 great ways to start the marketing of your film


Film slate

I just finished 2 days of shooting a short film I co-directed and produced with OneRiver Media and prior to shooting I did some research to decide how best to market my film. Big name production companies have full PR/marketing departments to get the word out and create buzz for their project, but small indie films like mine have to do it all themselves. For a start here are five great ways to begin marketing your film.

1. Logo – Capture the essence of your film with a great logo. Never underestimate the power of a logo to create a visual identity that the audience will connect with. It must be something that immediately strikes a chord in the heart of the moviegoer. Pay close attention to colors that will make an impactful statement. Think of red for horror movies and blue tones for action movies.

Check out American Horror Story and their use of red in their logo. http://www.fxnetworks.com/ahs/ The use of red adds the element of blood and violence to its logo.

On the lighter side of things look at how Ice Age chose to use blue in its logo to define the edges and added a 3D effect to the font. http://www.iceagemovies.com/us/ The color capitalizes on the theme of water, hence the use of blue.

For more in formation about the uses of color, view this link http://www.colormatters.com/color-symbolism/color-symbolism-theories

2. Trailer – Your trailer should be, in a few words, DRAMA, COMEDY, TENSION and MEMORABLE. Creating a trailer for your short film is one of the most crucial elements toward marketing your film. What you include and what you leave on the cutting room floor will determine if your audience will hand over their hard earned cash to see what you have to offer. Know specifically what category your film belongs to and cut the trailer towards that end result. Add key words from the movie that give the audience something to connect with and couple it with high impact scenes and you will have yourself something worth viewing.

3. Print/Marketing materials – Most movies have print and other types of marketing materials to create visuals that coincide with the film. Indie films should be no different in this respect. Create postcards, posters, stickers, standees or whatever to get the word out about your film. Create some promotional giveaways to entice viewers to connect with your social media and follow the films progress. Which brings me to, the use of social media for film.

4. Social Media Vimeo/YouTube – Creating attention online is a great way to gain attention and attract followers to your film. The big three, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are always a good start to get the marketing ball rolling. However there are more social media outlets available to garner attention. Check out the following and see how they might contribute to your marketing potential: Vimeo, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, Tumblr and Instagram.

5. Forums/ Groups/ Networks – The marketing fun doesn’t stop at social media. If you belong to any forums, online industry groups or online networks, these places are a great way to share your film. But a word of advice, don’t spam the groups with blatant promotional posts and links. Find a more subtle way to educate and entertain your colleagues by creating posts that share what your learned or challenges you had to get them interested in what’s on screen as well as behind-the-scenes. LinkedIn has a variety of groups available in the filmmaking community, as does Facebook. Choose groups that closely resemble the niche that you are involved with. Be active in the group and support other filmmakers works. Grow your network through engagement rather than solely relying on self promotion.

So there you have it, a quick sure fire way to start promoting your film.  I’d love to hear what you are doing to be creative in your endeavors, leave a comment or questions. Contact me for a setting up a private consultation to strategize for your film.


Go forth and be creative!



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Promotional poster of American Horror Story.

Promotional poster of American Horror Story. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Casting Notice- MALE ACTORS

Looking for one dark haired male aged 30-40 years old and one light haired male 50-70 years old for principal role in short film, primarily funded by Blackmagic Design and OneRiver Media. More info and updates on Suzette Mariel FB page.

Shoot to be held January 17-18, 2013 with the possibility of one other shoot date TBA. All locations shot within the SF Bay Area.

THIS IS A PAID, NON-UNION JOB. Pay scale is determined by experience. You will receive screen credit and financial compensation.

This film is scheduled for viewing at film festivals, the SF Supermeet, Atlanta Cutters, NAB, Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat, Editor’s retreat in Cancun, Mexico, and various additional workshops and presentations associated with Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera.

Please contact Suzette@suzettemariel.com if you are available and interested. Please submit a professional digital headshot, and I will get back to you with an audition time.

Include your name, email address, phone number, website if available, headshot, and a photo that shows your physique, and acting resume.

You may contact Suzette Mariel directly for more information. Subscribe to the Suzette Mariel FB page to follow the updates associated with this film, future projects, events and workshops.

Two words that made me happy to lose my job… Giants Win!

No one knew that the Giants would sweep the World Series after having done so in 2010. But once again the hardworking team gave baseball fans an excuse to party. And as a result I am happy to say that I am out of job and loving it!

It isn’t often that as a freelancer I am happy to be out of work but when you sit back and think about it, there actually are some pretty cool reasons that not working is to your benefit. For example the situation I am facing today.

The San Francisco Giants swept the World Series in Detroit and are not returning to the Bay Area except for the Halloween Victory Parade on November 1st, 2012. And for that sort of publicity, I am not needed. Therefore, out of a job until next baseball season and we start all over again.

For a very long time I have worked with the San Francisco Giants in some form or another and have always eagerly awaited the return of baseball season. I wasn’t always a fan of baseball, but anyone who knows me personally knows how intimate with baseball I have become. (See my bio at www.ejsports.com for more information about my baseball business.)

Another really cool reason to be out of job as a freelancer is when a film project comes together and the martini shot is in the can.  Who doesn’t love seeing the end result of months and months worth of work?

Furthermore, another reason to be happy to be out of work is to evaluate your next adventure. It’s all about gratitude and seeing things in a positive light. I love that I am out of job because the Giants won.

The phone is ringing, must be my next gig. So much for being out of a job as a freelancer.



Got acting talent? We have a position for you…

Zette Media is working with OneRiver Media to produce a short film and we are looking for talented people.

I was invited to play along with in this secret venture to produce a fun and entertaining piece using a very special camera. (Of which will be revealed after the NDA time frame allows.) Come join us if you have acting skills or crew experience.

We are a proud supporter of the MMTB- Making Movies Throughout the Bay Area. If you aren’t familiar with MMTB check out my profile here and be a part of the experience.


MMTB is also in need of funding. If you like independent film and appreciate our local talent of cast and crew donate what you can for a great cause. Here is the link: MMTB  Funding Campaign


What I’m looking for:

1 Male actor needed for 6PM call tonight. Age 25-65 to play German Police Officer. A few spoken lines. Location: Walnut Creek, CA

1 Makeup Assistant- preferably with makeup kit and experience doing light hair.

1 Wardrobe Stylist- preferably with kit and some experience.

Compensation: lo/pay, meal provided, single screen credit, press release, behind the scenes photos, footage for your demo reel, blog post article with link to your personal website.

Contact: Suzette Mariel  suzette@onerivermedia.com or call 415-608-9713


photocredit: Filmstrip by pixbox77

World Book Night USA 2012

I had the pleasure being one of the book givers for this amazing event. It helps connect books with light readers and fosters and interest in reading. If you are interested in helping reignite the passion for reading this is a great avenue. Hope to see you as a book giver along side the rest of us book lovers next year. Enjoy the video!

Creative Closeup- Behind the Scenes

It’s been a goal of mine to shoot a series. And today that goal came true. I won’t reveal all of the details but I will tell you that it feels amazing to check off a goal that has been in the works for years. I met with solo entrepreneur, Joy Light of Joy Hand Painted Silk from Ashland, Oregon.

We talked about the greatness of being an independent business owner and the trials of being on the road promoting your business. Joy creates some of the most amazing silk creations on this planet. In fact her creations are so awesome she named her blog Planet Joy to house all of the greatness that comes from creating. Check out her behind the scenes information and upcoming events at http://www.joysilk.blogspot.com

Joy and I had a great time on set and we met lots of great people at the festival. The fun had to end sometime, since there is so much post production that needs attention. I have all of the editing to do, music to choose, an intro to shoot, VoiceOver talent to acquire and lots of other production tidbits to arrange. But starting is the hard part. And today I moved past that hurdle to push forward to a new frontier. To boldly go down a path that I haven’t taken before. And it has me walking on clouds.

Check back for more information on my journey with Joy and future updates on the show. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions about production, or anything at all for that matter. Leave a comment below or tweet me @suzettemariel .



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