Yianni Stamas Lets it Be Known that Thrillumentary will be Filmed at the Platinum Pias Tomorrow

Let it be known that “Thrillumentary” will be filmed at the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show tomorrow. If you’ve never attended the Platinum Pias and would like to, this will be a good one to visit because we will also be shooting the “Thrillumentary” motion picture there. For more information on attending, go here for info.

Thrillumentary Presence at the Platinum Pias Awards

“Thrillumentary” has a presence at this year’s Platinum Pias in a couple of different ways. The first is through mentions during the show as well as in the program. The other is via the fact that a scene from “Thrillumentary” will be filmed at the event!

And not only that, the show is in just over a week! If you are in the New York area and would like to attend the Pias this year, check out this blog entry on MovieProcess.org.

How to Get Funding for Your Movie or Creative Project

We will be giving a university lecture next month as a part of a State University of New York, Empire State College clinic on arts and entertainment. The topic will be “How to Get Funding for Your Movie or Creative Project.”

This will be ushering in the new wave of funding for movies working with nonprofit rather than for-profit organizations.

Although it is a bit of a spoiler (though there will be much more information at the lecture), we are going to give you the 3 steps you need to take to raise funds for your project if you are a nonprofit or have a nonprofit umbrella.

Remember, getting a nonprofit umbrella is easy working through such service organizations as Fractured Atlas. This will mean that you are able to accept donations for your movie or creative project and the donor can write off the donation on his or her taxes.

Here now are the three steps:

  1. First off take care of old while you bring in new. Now find the right fit because you need to be presenting what it is you do to an appropriate like-minded audience.
  2. Next engage that audience in something interactive. How do you somehow get them involved in what you are doing?
  3. Now interact with them. Figure out a way to continue to interact with them. Develop in the mind of the potential donor a reason why they would want to be involved with your project. Listen to their needs and desires. Remember, be a solution to their problems and you’ll be able to make “the ask.” Next repeat the 3 step process.

Hope this was helpful.

Documenting Our Filmmaking Process

May 21, 2016 at 11am it all started – the reading of the very first draft of the theater/web/film undertaking, “Thrillumentary.” The script, which was written earlier that month (in a just a few short weeks), was read by some talented union actors. We wanted to use these actors in the actual project, but unfortunately, due to budget constraints and the fact they were union, this didn’t seem possible.

So instead, on June 4th, 2016, we embarked on the Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking with an emphasis on doing the production nonunion. This was a process of taking the steps to make the film, then documenting our steps on the newly created membership site artgush.com.

The Art Gush membership grew quickly and soon we were developing a movie, sharing the three steps a day that we were using, and in turn having folks apply these same steps to their own motion pictures in development!

The great thing about the Art Gush Method is that it simplifies the filmmaking process for those who have a basic understanding of using camcorders (or mobile phones) and have a bit of knowledge about editing apps.

Sometimes, people talk about making feature films but never undergo the steps to do it. By taking just three steps a day, lasting a half hour to two hours a day (most days), we look forward to having a finished full length movie within only two years!

Can a theater piece become a web series and then a feature film all within two years? Stay tuned!

“Thrillumentary” Thrilled to be Mentioned in Lights Camera Read Blog

“Thrillumentary” is thrilled to be mentioned in a recent Lights Camera Read blog entry. We were also commented on in today’s NYCmakeAdifference.com Newsletter.

We’ve been asked about our relationship with the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists and how we fit in together.

The Platinum Pias and “Thrillumentary” are both being produced by Lights Camera Read.

In fact, there is a literacy aspect to the plot of “Thrillumentary” in that one of the characters is a librarian.

Regarding “Thrillumentary” Audition Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the audition for “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder” as seen in “Backstage.” At this point we’re casting for the table read and promotional trailer only.

They say it is going to be a bit chilly tomorrow, so bundle up!

The audition will be at the Producers Club at 358 West 44th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York, NY.

If you have an appointment it will occur at some point between 11:00AM and 12:10PM and then there will be a brief open call from 12:10PM to 12:45PM. We will see as many people during the open call as we can and then will collect resumes from those remaining.

We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received for this audition. We are also in awe of how many talented actors there are in New York City.

But I guess it makes sense that the quality is high because as the saying goes – if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…

It is not going to be easy selecting a cast for the table read and and trailer, and there will be several people involved in those choices.

We have been asked how we are going to determine who will be picked for what role? All we can say is that it will be an intuitive thing based on the actor’s craft, creativity and fit for the part.

We’re not so much interested in specific “types” as much as temperaments.

We are not going in with any preconceived notions. Only open hearts and our own acting training and experience.

We are grateful for our team tomorrow which includes A. Baynes (our casting director), Rodger Taylor (our second CD (of WurkNprogress.com) as well as Richard T. Oliver (engineered and co-produced 2 Grammy winning records!)

See you tomorrow!

The Lights Camera Read Team

“Thrillumentary” Will Have a Presence at the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists

We’re very happy to be a part of the Platinum Pias process. How are we a part of the process? We’ve been told by the Pias that if we can finish it in time, we can premiere our preliminary trailer at the event. We will be doing more casting soon. We plan do do a reading with the actors and then the trailer. More news on this as it unfolds.

The Platinum Pias NYC Community Awards Show for Artists is fast becoming a New York City institution. Each year it gathers more and more momentum. And 2017 is no different. The team at the Platinum Pias Awards have decided to put the spotlight on artists, for 2017 and for years to come.

We think this is a splendid idea and support the Pias for their choice. Artists, especially now, need all the support they can get.

On another Pias subject, the nominees for the Platinum Pias 2017 show have been announced. We look forward to being there!

Yianni Stamas Announces New Thrillumentary Website

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the new “Thrillumentary” website. It is this location, in addition to signing up for the NYC Make a Difference newsletter, that you’ll find the latest updates for this theater/web/film project.

“Thrillumentary,” as many of you know, is a creative endeavor that is being done in three phases: first it will be a theater piece, then a web series and finally a feature film.

At the time of this post, the fourth draft of a script exists for “Thrillumentary” and we are engaged in the casting process.

The big news though, is that “Thrillumentary” has been selected to be the official “learning film” for the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Awards for Artists. This means that educational information about the evolution of “Thrillumentary” will be included in the ceremony itself. Also, the date of the Platinum Pias has just been announced as well as where it will be held in NYC this year.