This page is set aside to give us an opportunity to keep our visitor abreast of what is going on with Maxima Vision Films and our film school. At the same time we encourage our visitor to write us anything they feel may be of interest in film and television to our community. Many of these articles are written by our own CEO who is serious about keeping our whole community up to date with any breaking news and events we may be involved with. In the event you write to us a story we find the community may want to know about we will post here on this page. These stories may be of any kind pertaining to the film and television industry, from casting calls our community may want to know about, to events in the area, to a new story ideas you come up with you think might make for a good film or television production.
The most exciting news we have at present is our move to Nashville Tennessee and our setting up our headquarters in Nashville, and the tremendous investment opportunity that we are offering as part of this move. We strongly suggest you visit us at our “Nashville Investment Opportunity” page by following http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/nashville_investment_opportunities.
Rarely does such an opportunity present itself. Now, for as little as a $5,000 investment you can join us in becoming a major contender in the film and television industry and the making of Nashville being known in the future as not only “Music City USA”, but soon, “Movie and Music USA.” At this same time we have ambitions of using the power of the mediums of cinema/television to help shape our culture positively verses negatively by telling stories that matter, stories that all have at least a redemptive message of hope for a hurting world.
Slaughter/Brown Productions has contracted Maxima Vision Films, and our Senior Staff Script Writer/Script Doctor, Dr. Randall Maxwell to adapt their novel by the same name to a screenplay.
This is a EPIC FANTASY ! You may follow Slaughter/Brown by going to their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-The-Soul/416115875124272 or go to the book website at http://beyondthesoul.tateauthor.com/ This novel is a must read regardless! Casting is already in progress, seeking local talents for major speaking roles. To be considered for role, please go to the book website and then go to film on the site.
Suddenly, the creature drew in a deep breath as he turned his hideously ugly head toward them. The demon altered his face into a ruthless smile, showing a mouth full of teeth and fangs.
Jason screamed, “Run!”
The searing blast of energy bounced around the ground, ricocheted off the nearby trees, and then finally struck three of the slaves dead.
Man Burner is the most powerful evil force to invade Aralia, a once peaceful land. When three unlikely but well-intentioned groups of mighty people join forces to battle the demon, they face challenges within and without. Their variegated backgrounds, including slavery, military, and commoners, must be overlooked if they are to stop Man Burner’s evil quest. The powerful and precious Atma stones must be kept secret if the world is to be saved.
Will Man Burner be able to succeed on his quest to find the Atma stones? And is this demon the end of their troubles? Are these good people able to conqueror their own souls and achieve victory, or will their souls fall victim to the power of darkness even before they have a chance to destroy the Man Burner?
Announcement from Maxima Vision Films & Academy of Cinema/Television and the Performing Arts Consortium; March 30, 2013
This email is going out to all who have expressed any interest in Maxima Vision Films or our Academy of Cinema/Television& The Performing Arts Consortium during our first year in the Texas Region. This is whether you have auditioned for one of our feature films as an actor, or been interviewed for any crew positions, taken advantage of any of our workshops or have expressed any interest in our academy of cinema/television and the performing arts consortium. We send out this email so that everyone can keep abreast of all that is going on at Maxima.
As of this date; March 30, 2013 we have received notice from our investment group that all funding for the films we had slated for the year 2013 will be suspended until further notice. This delay is expected to last a couple of months, postponing production of every film by a couple of months.The reason for this suspension is due largely to the fact of us not yet having our film school, which is attached to our production company at the point where our investment group had wanted it by summer of 2013. Another large factor is not finding a large enough pool of talent here locally who have enough professional film experience or training to allow us to completely cast four feature films per year, let alone finding enough professionally experienced crew.
Thus, one of the things we are now awaiting is hiring a casting director in Hollywood to cast any remaining major speaking roles for each film we have been unable to cast thus far. To read the whole story, please go to our site “Breaking News Page” @ http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/breaking_news_updates__events and read at top, “Announcement from Maxima Vision Films & Academy of Cinema/Television and the Performing Arts Consortium.”
One of the major things we are in the process of doing as we await casting director in Hollywood to cast the remaining major speaking roles for our four feature films slated to go into production 2013 is putting together our “Summer Feature Film Consortium” which may be viewed by go to our site @ http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/summer_2013_feature_film_consortium. This is an all out effort to raise the bar in this region of professionally trained actors as well as crew. At this summer feature film consortium; Whether you are an aspiring producer, director, script writer, editor, animator, actor, cinematographer, or just want to learn the ins and outs of the film making industry, you may begin as early as the summer of 2013 building your working resume by participation in our Summer Feature Film Consortium!
Continued from the email announcement as of March 29, 2013
PS. Are you serious about pursuing a career in Cinema/Television and passionate about being involved with a production team who are committed to using the power of the mediums of Film and Television to help shape our culture positively, by telling stories that truly matter? Well, we have serious investors who share our same passions who are willing to put their money where their mouths are. Let us commit ourselves then together to perfecting our craft of film making and television production by committing to professional training and stop spending money with so-called agencies who are simply in business to sell schools and photos, but have no real connections to even consider making even a feature film. It is a very sad thing that so many have been lured into such scams and have been taken advantage of, but now it is time for change and a part of this change is a must, raising the bar of excellence. It is now time for us to show our investors that we are willing to invest in our future so that very soon they will allow us the opportunity that all of us can make a very good living doing what each of us love doing and that we are extremely passionate about.
This film school has always been and will continue to be always a very special part of our production company and our plans for the future as a means of keeping well trained professionals continuing to come on board with our production offices, from professionally trained actors to crew. This keeps fresh ideas coming through the doors, but more importantly it allows us to always know we have the most highly skilled actors and crew that money can buy. Our investment group has always made the film school a stipulation on their investing in our feature films and will continue to do so.
One of the biggest concerns of our investment group is to keep from happening here what happened in Louisiana, where their film makers were at least diligent in getting their law makers to raise the incentives to entice major film production companies like Maxima to come into their state to produce films in their state. They were able to do this by quoting statistics which prove, when major film production companies come into your state and begin producing motion pictures, they bring with them literally millions of dollars into the local economy. In Louisiana, they experienced tremendous success in enticing these companies into their state.
Unfortunately, these companies came by the droves, however, once there they found there was not enough professionally trained talent already there to produce the number of films they wanted to produce, causing them to have to hire the bulk of their needed talent out of state. Because these incentives are based on hiring local talent, these companies when they were forced to hire outside of state talent, they lost their incentives. They began leaving as quickly as they had arrived. Louisiana has since worked diligently trying to get professional instructors in their public schools and universities to train up a workforce of professionally trained film and television professionals to salvage what they can of the professional production companies who have remained and tried working with them.
At Maxima Vision Films, we have experienced the same thing in this region as far as finding sufficient professionally trained talent to do here what we had planned to do in this region. When I speak of this region, I am speaking of the region of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. We have two investment groups, one of which has already committed to funding four feature films or television productions per year over the next five years here in this region with Maxima. We want to shoot films that matter, films which can help to shape our culture positively as opposed to negatively. We want to produce two types of films, one very preachy and on the noose. These films will be marketed directly to the Christian community, which when one considers 70% of the USA population are professed Christian, this is an enormous market. The second type of film we want to produce in this region are to reach the un-churched. With these films we hope to at least plant a seed of truth without being preachy, and to leave our audience with at least a redemptive message of hope for a hurting world.
Our formula is really quite simple; if we are to look at all the distribution outlets there are today in this digital world, if we were to just look at television, there are literally hundreds of television networks that have to provide content 24/7, and just look at some of the things America is watching. Today you even have small networks like Si/Fi who are paying between $600,000 to $900,000 to run your film for 60-90 days. We are certain if we can keep our production cost down under a million dollars the odds are in our favor of at least breaking even if not making a few dollars, especially considering telling stories that matter. If we can keep our films under $500,000 the odds go up even further, and we know one film in 6-7 will make a substantial return. Our investment group wants us to produce two films per year with budgets between $250,000 and a half million and two films per year between $500,000 and 2.5 million over the next five years.
Using the formula above, this gives us 20 films over the next five years, at least three of them giving us substantial return on our investor’s money, but we should at least break even if not make a few dollars on each one. Our main goal though is telling stories that matter, that might help shape our culture positively, and we can all make a decent living while doing what we are all passionate about doing.
To accomplish all of this though, we are going to have to raise the bar here in this Texas region as far as talent goes. We are diligently seeking those individuals who have a real passion for film making and television productions, who are driven by this passion to do whatever it takes to one day be able to make a living in a industry that chances are very bleak in anyone getting to a point of making a living. However, one thing is for certain, to have any chance at all, the more one is willing to do in the industry, whether it be sweeping the floors, taking coffee to the director, or being the lead role, or simply investment of time, energy, and money to keep perfecting their craft, all tends to lead to work, which gives us more exposure, that in turn leads to more work, etc, etc, etc…
The point is this; we have investors, which is something, if not the one and only thing which keeps most from doing what they truly want to do in this industry! These investors are seeking individuals like yourself who are like minded, those who have a real passion for film making and television productions, but who are also just as passionate about telling stores that matter. However, the real key is finding these like minded individuals who take this business very serious, as serious as our investors take it, those who are willing to invest into their own future, so as to help them to perfect their individual craft so that they are the very best they can become, so that as a collaborative art form we are able as a group of individuals creating a quality product.
This is the ultimate experience, to produce film after film, year after year, combining our individual talents and resources to produce films and television productions that actually shape our whole culture positively, products which we can all look back on can say, “this is something we can all be proud of being a part of! Ultimately all of us making a decent living doing something we all are passionate about doing. A wise man once said, “if you can find a work that you truly love doing, a work you are truly passionate about, a work you would love to get up every morning to go do, whether you are paid for it or not, if you can make your living doing that kind of job, you will never have to work a day of your life.”
If you are truly this kind of person, you have a real burning passion about film making or television productions and can get truly motivated about telling stores that matter, stories which can shape our culture positively, then you are the person we are seeking now!
In an effort to help you become all you can be and to equip you with the professional training you will need to be a part of this explosive production team, we are now announcing our “Summer 2013 Feature Film Consortium” which can be found here on this site at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/summer_2013_feature_film_consortium.
Filmmaking veteran seeks local talent to appear in Weatherford movies
“Movies with a message”
From the Ft Worth Star Telegram http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/25/3987705/filmmaking-veteran-seeks-local.html#storylink=cpy
May 25, 2012
By Jim Jones
Special to the Star-Telegram
WEATHERFORD -- A touch of Hollywood is coming to Weatherford.
Filmmaker Randall Maxwell has opened production offices at The Texas Opry Theater and plans to produce two "redemptive" films a year about troubled people who are dramatically redeemed.
The veteran of 25 years in the film industry has issued a casting call for actors and actresses and film crews for Thursday and Friday at the theater.
They'll be trying out for his first films, including Rachel's Grace and Sister Surrendered. Both are based on true stories about people struggling with addictions and other difficulties.
"I believe God has called me to do this," said Maxwell, 54, whose company is Maxima Visions Films.
Two types of films are planned. Some will be directed to a religious audience, similar to the Left Behind series. Others will be targeted at the nonreligious.
"I don't want to just preach to the choir," he said.
Faith-based films can often get a message across to people who never attend church, he said.
"In a darkened theater, all your inhibitions come down and you identify with characters in the movie," he said. "What we hope for is that those watching will get a spark or a seed of truth that they will carry away with them."
Maxwell also said he plans to open a film school in Weatherford in September.
"I want to go back to the old system where beginners in film can start as a gofer and work their way up," he said.
His wife, Rebekah, has relatives here. And Maxwell said it's a central location with a large talent pool.
He plans to promote his movies throughout Texas.
The first two, he said, will be filmed at locations in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The goal is to use local talent in both lead and minor roles.
"There's a lot of talk about creating new jobs," he said. "We'll be creating jobs."
His vision to make redemptive films came while he was in graduate school at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.
"My goal in going to graduate school was to teach filmmaking at the college level," he said. "I wanted to utilize what I had been doing all my life."
God sent him in a different direction, he said.
Hollywood has shaped our culture, he said, and not always for the good.
"I think God revealed to me that it was time to get serious about telling good, redemptive stories that shape our culture positively," he said.
Andrew Quicke, one of Maxwell's professors and advisers at Regent University, noted that films labeled redemptive don't have to be Christian, or even religious.
"They are stories of a man or a woman as the protagonist who has an experience that changes their attitudes," said Quicke, the co-author with Terry Lindvall of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930 to 1986.
"There's a whole series of films like that, including Dead Man Walking and The Green Mile." Faith-based films take many forms, he said.
Some are successful, such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which made millions in 2004. Quicke also noted that films produced by Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, such as Woman Thou Art Loosed and Jumping the Broom, drew big audiences and were profitable.
Another phenomenon, he said, is a highly successful film produced by a church.
Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., for example, released two popular films -- Facing the Giants and Fireproof -- using professional directors and amateur actors.
Independent film producers such as Maxwell face many challenges, Quicke said.
But they have new opportunities to be profitable through DVDs and cable and satellite television.
The Trinity Broadcasting Network, for example, shows many faith-based films.
As a maker of redemptive films, Maxwell has his own redemption story.
His passion for filmmaking began in his 20s when he volunteered with film crews in Wilmington, N.C., where many well-known movies, including Weekend at Bernie's and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , were made.
"I was a nobody, carrying coffee to people," he said.
Later, Maxwell received an undergraduate degree in film and television production from Tennessee State University in Nashville, his hometown.
"I think God was calling me into the ministry back then," he said. "But Satan got me by the tail and convinced me to go to Hollywood and make millions of dollars."
Instead of taking Hollywood by storm, Maxwell got caught up in drugs and alcohol, which led to an emotional and physical breakdown in 1999.
That same year, he committed his life to the Christian ministry. After he began his own recovery, he helped set up centers to help other addicts.
"I abandoned my old life to serve the Lord Jesus Christ," he said. "God has his own way of working things out."
A Youtube video of our very first casting call in the DFW area
Article from the Weatherford Democrat
WEATHERFORD — Randal Maxwell isn’t your everyday Hollywood director.
After spending many years in the film industry, Maxwell, founder and CEO or Maxima Visions Production Company, was called to ministry in 1999, and soon after realized the opportunity to combine his faith with his film-making talents.
“My father was an ordained Baptist minister and my mother was in the music industry,” he said.
Shortly after his Hollywood career began to take off, he got involved with the wrong crowd and found himself diagnosed with a limited amount of time to live.
“Satan took me by the tail,” the director, producer and actor said. “Because of my lifestyle choices, my health began to deteriorate and I was bed-ridden. I found that I had nothing to do but give it all to God.”
With his filming experience, Maxwell realized what a powerful medium film-making was, and began to pursue projects relating to faith and Christianity.
Now, he’s looking for area actors, asking anyone interested to attend open casting calls at the Texas Opry Theatre in Weatherford, 319 York Ave. Thursday, May 31, and Friday at 7 p.m.
“With extras and everything, there are quite a few roles available,” Maxwell said. “I hope to hire as many local people here as possible.”
Persons interested should bring heads shots and a resume, or a clear photo and typed page with their experience and why they feel they should be considered, as well as a monologue. They should also be prepared to stay for awhile, Maxwell said.
The director is currently putting together two separate films, to be shot in the DFW area and filmed in September.
The first, Rachel’s Grace, written by Rebekah and Randall Maxwell, is based on a true story of Rachel, who finds deliverance and transformation from the Holy Spirit after battling demons.
The second, titled Sister Surrendered, is a drama also based on a true story of twin sisters leaving the Navy Hospital Corps. One twin struggles with an addition to prescription drugs, while the other battles doctors whose prescription anti-psychotics are driving her sister to madness and death.
“One is what I call ‘preachy’ and more for the church community and affirming faith,” Maxwell said. “The second is a film for the unchurched, to hopefully plant a seed of truth, so they’re coming from two entirely different appearances.
“I think that Hollywood is now getting the message that there are a lot of Christian consumers.”
What is happening with our current film projects?
The following article is written by our CEO
Dr. Randall Maxwell/ Written to keep our community informed
Beginning last May we secured an investment group who committed to funding four films per year in and around DFW, Arkansas, Oklahoma and LA. This particular investment group went ahead and funded what is now “Maxima Visions Academy of Cinema/Television & The Performing Arts Consortium” with the idea that if we were to fund and shoot four films per year we needed trained professionals in the area as well as fresh new ideas coming in all the time from our youth, which is the demographics that buy movie tickets. This group is committed to having our film school attached to our production company.
This investment group is especially interested in producing two types of films. With the first type of film we will focus on films which are considered preachy and on the nose which will be marketed directly to the Christian community. The second types of films we will focus on are those designed to reach the un-churched with a message of hope for a hurting world, a film with at least a redemptive message. This investment group is especially interested in getting involved with projects where the project owner has some sort of invested interest in the project themselves or have some avenue to put together a split funded project somehow, thus splitting the risk as well.
Thus, this investment group funded many trips around the country for Dr. Maxwell to travel and meet with other investment individuals, companies and groups who had expressed interest in partnerships with the films we were already in pre-production stage which were our films “Rachel’s Grace” and “Sister Surrendered”, both of which had an estimated production budget of around $300,000. We had felt with partnering with others who could double the production budget we could add at least some actors with much experience as well as other talents. Unfortunately, at this point, though we met many such investment groups who had expressed interest in split funding our film projects, most simply had projects themselves who they wanted our investment group to invest in their film projects and did not show us even any interest what so ever in split funding our film projects after our investment group paid travel and lodging expenses for Dr Maxwell to meet with these people.
With this being said, this has been a very expensive summer for our investment group in trying to put together split funded film projects. There has been positive feedback from two such investment groups, one with which has attached an additional film to the package, “Bogus Men Academy” thus making a split funded “Three Film Deal.” The three films that we have established as the three films we will be producing as part of this “Three Film Deal” are now “Bogus Men Academy”, Rachel’s Grace” and “Sister Surrendered.” This particular investment group has stated they are now prepared to give letter of commitment as well verification of funds of a total of 2.1Mil with 1.5 Mil for “Bogus Men Academy”, and $300,000 going towards production cost for “Rachel’s Grace” and “Sister Surrendered, with our investment group putting up the balance of another 1.5 Mil for “Bogus” and an additional $300,000 for “Rachel” and “Sister.”
We have also secured what looks like will turn out to be a distribution deal with Garry Brown being the director of “Sister Surrendered” with Dr. Maxwell working with him as his assistant and Echo Light Films being the distributor. After completion of this film, Garry has agreed to work as mentor with Dr. Maxwell on “Rachel’s Grace.”
In the event that neither of the investment groups discussed above come through our own investment group has instructed us to continue building up the film school established in Weatherford Texas just west of Fort Worth, as in any event we will need trained talent in order to produce consistently four films per year that are films of quality. The film school its self will be producing two feature films per year with our summer of 2013 project being its first. In fact, it is time now to begin registering for this consortium feature film. Over the upcoming “spring” semester as opposed to doing many regular classes we will be concentrating on workshops in order to get at least enough professional trained talents in order for the summer feature film to be a success. Check out our film school and 2013 summer feature film consortium by visiting us at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/academy_of_cinematelevision__the_performing_arts_open_now_in_the_dfw_area. These workshops will consist of “Producer”, “Director”, “Script Writer”, “Editing”, “Cinematography”, and “Acting” workshops. Each will be condensed workshops from our regular course curriculum in these tracks enabling us to have sufficient trained individuals to help produce our summer 2013 feature film. These workshops will also be offered at a fraction of the cost of our regular tuition as well.
Further, our investment group has decided in the event the above mentioned investment groups cannot send us letter of commitment and verification of funds by end of year that they would go ahead and fund “Rachel’s Grace” and “Sister Surrendered” with the original budget of $300,000 a piece and that we will be able to go into primary production on these two films by Spring of 2013 thus enabling us to be in post so we can go into our film school’s summer feature film consortium summer of 2013.
Unfortunately, we are still a long way from finding sufficient local talent to come close to casting the major speaking roles here. Thus, we are continuing to work hard to seek sufficient local talent to hire as much local talent as possible for every one of our films. The locals must understand though that just because you have a pretty face, perhaps worked as a stand in on a feature film or an extra on a feature, this does not make you a professional actor or actress. This is exactly why we have created the film school, to make affordable an avenue to train individuals who are serious about a career in films or television they may do so. This is exactly why most all large professional production companies hire their major roles in LA or elsewhere before they come to Texas to shoot a film. There is simply not sufficient professionally trained talent here yet.
Fact is, many states now including Texas has discovered the large amount of money the film industry can generate in a state, from payrolls, places to eat, lodging, taxes, etc, etc, etc… Many of these state including Texas are working diligently to get laws passed which will give tax incentives available to production companies to shoot their productions in their state because of just that, the amount of money which can be generated for the state and their residents. The problem many of them are running into though, even after having worked so diligently to make the incentives available, and after this has enticed major productions to come to their state, such as one of the neighboring states of Texas, Louisiana, these production companies are losing interest quickly due to simply not having sufficient talent available to them to produce quality product. By working with Maxima Vision Films and our attached film school, perhaps Texas will not make the same mistakes. Just to give our reader some idea of what has happened in Louisiana we list some quotes here from an article that the full story can be found at http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/99999999/NEWS01/706280323/Productions-short-La-workers
The article is titled:
Productions are short of La. Workers
The article begins with this paragraph; “While there may be many people eager to find work in the film industry, northwest Louisiana does not offer an abundance of experienced industry professionals. But the jobs are there to be had — and could create a positive impact on the economy.
"We've done nothing significant in the way of developing a crew, and that's the biggest hurdle we have to overcome," said Gary Strangis, an Emmy-winning TV producer who operates TurnKey Louisiana, a vendor for filmmaking equipment.
"A lot of us have said that the window is closing, and that if we don't do something, we're going to be left with a lot of work but no crew. I notice there is a lot of talk, but I don't see a lot of action," Strangis said.
Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Technical College have partnered to create the Northwest Louisiana Film Institute. BPCC hopes the institute and two-year degree programs will prepare its filmmaking and telecommunications students for entry-level jobs in the industry.”
I ask, "cannot we come together and make the right choices here in Texas on the front end?
Join Maxima Vision Films now to keep this from happening here in Texas! As stated time and time again, we want to hire as many local talents as possible! However, though we are first and foremost a Christian organization we still are very serious about making professional films with a very professional look to them with quality, professionally trained in their craft all the talent necessary to produce quality films. We are serious about telling stories that are worth telling, those who give hope to a hurting world, but we are just as serious about the quality of our productions.
We have been fortunate in finding a few quality professionally trained talents here as well as a few who are serious enough about a opportunity to break into the exciting industry of film and television production who have been willing to invest in their future by at least attending one of our professional actor’s workshops that we made available to many who had a look we have been seeking but unfortunately did not have sufficient experience in film acting for us to consider seriously about hiring them for any major speaking role without such a workshop. However, the following group of individuals paid the price and now will be considered or already had the expertise as an actor to be considered.
Those Being Considered for Major Speaking Roles in “Rachel’s Grace”
The following are individuals who we have met along the way over this past summer and fall at casting calls who we are considering hiring for roles in our feature films. The list gives their name and the role we did a test shoot on from a scene in our film “Rachel’s Grace” and where you may view them on “Youtube.” We are now inviting them as well as their friends around the world to put on the “Producer’s”, “Director’s” and the “Casting Director’s” hats and help us decide who will land the role they are seeking. This helps us decide who we will cast in the film here locally. This also allows us to allow everyone become involved in the success of our film projects locally.
Now you can go to “Youtube” and help land yourself or your friends a role in a feature film by liking it or if you are real serious about your friend landing a role, for each $5 donation you give to the ministry we sponsor by giving 50% of all profits we make “Hope Retreats International” where every dime goes to help troubled youth and at risk youth right here in our own community gives those who you like on “youtube” actually 25 likes. He who gets the most likes will stand a better chance in landing the role they are after, though we still reserve the right to cast anyone we choose. One must have at least 2500 likes to be considered & there must be at least a $25 donation to Hope Retreats that give either yourself or your friend a total of 125 likes or votes. However, even if you do not want to participate in helping us support this ministry, each like on youtube does add up, so go watch yourself or your friend now on youtube and vote yourself or your friend into a major speaking role in “Rachel’s Grace.” In order to give donation you will need to call us at (757) 636-8163 with a credit card or simply mail Hope Retreats a check at 208 West Couts, Weatherford, Texas 76086. You may check out Hope Retreat website and see what we are doing here in Texas at www.hoperetreatsinternational.org.
Youtube Video Links with name & Character one is trying to land in our upcoming feature film "Rachel's Grace."
Please note that none of these test shoots have been enhanced in any way, either by the way it was shot, by audio, by adding any audio track or editing, they are simply the actors playing out a scene. This is because our only interest is in how the actor becomes the character.
If you have done one of our workshops or did a second read that we filmed and do not see your name and link here yet, we are working on it and it will appear here very soon. Please be patient.
Remember to go to our contact us page here on this site at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/contact_us to vote for your favorite and be sure to leave us a comment as to why you feel your entry deserves the role! You will also notice in (RED) the directors choice at present. This does not mean this individual has gotten the role, it is simply the director's choice at present.
1. Mikayla's Demo Reel as Tina and Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtT5Knckm-g
2. Robert as Jason http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKFbCzynaXE Director's Choice
3. Samantha's As Abagal and Rachel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8d5IhQAkwI
4. Rebekah as Teen Rachel and Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6UkQxahNU
5. Nya's as Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neRWCSix6t0
6. Xavier's as Arkelious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9iMeyOC9-g&feature=youtu.be
7. Kendra as Rachel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9i0eghNmq8&feature=youtu.be
8. Jerry as Arkelious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtJAxGxruPI
9. Cody as Jason http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma2Q_Ga3NWg
10. Lana as Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwOxXV8Q1EY
11.Josiah as Arkelious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFAIYNPn-xM
12. Bret Finholt Arkelious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0CSdnCdEvE&feature=youtu.be Director's Choice
13. Brittany Sanders as Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tefrCagtARc
14. Deja Haley as Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDt0E8vjOf4
15. Clifton Mckinney as Arkelious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMq3-R_B2RQ
16. Jesse Swanson as Arkelious and Pastor Kris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgzGxyVBmZ0&feature=youtu.be
17. Patricia Smith as Abagal and Rachel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IY7mORgbvE Director's Choice as Abagail
18. Recee Wood as Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2KbNj53Pxs
19. Roy Tennyson as Arkelious and Pastor Kris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MFqR1w6B-c&feature=youtu.be
20. Courtney as Abagail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO9OplEi18s&feature=youtu.be
21. Destiny as Tina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ralEyXPNEf0
22. Trinity as Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDODRQLVQ3Q
23. Malerie as Rachel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kXOO_hNQTY
24.25. Sydney Michelle as teen Rachel http://youtu.be/GKIX_0IqoOY Director's Choice for Teen Rachel
26. Tara White as Tina http://youtu.be/ZidrSmguddU
27. Jeremy Rovny as Charlie http://youtu.be/NvslUorIcVI
28. Taylor Peper as Abagail http://youtu.be/VifJQ7zZ_-U
29. Will Grones as Jason http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvHO426TNgw&feature=youtu.be
30. Zach Szakin as Jason http://youtu.be/Lq8VxEbeJUQ
31. Natlie as Rachel http://youtu.be/2aOpBwLan8w Director's choice as Rachel
32. Daniel as Charlie: http://youtu.be/_Njcor-WBFk
33. Lincoln as Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm3QM9BQKU0
34. Cassandra as Tina http://youtu.be/mc94O2PpY8A
35. Jacob as Jason http://youtu.be/5_ziNepkCKQ
36. Darrell as Arkelious http://youtu.be/smYUVS28z1I
37. Halley as Charlie http://youtu.be/f2yWVIpPzEo
38. Tisha as Abagail http://youtu.be/cna82fxDPoo
Perhaps the professionals are a bit more serious than those who thought for a one time investment might get them an opportunity to get involved in the film industry, and land themselves a major speaking role in a major feature film or television production. The following is a list of individuals who have sent us a professional demo reel of themselves in a professional production. We certainly want to give these individuals the same chance to be cast in a professional production. The following is a list of professional actors and actresses who have submitted a demo reel of themselves portraying a particular character and who want your vote for one of the particular major speaking roles for one of our very own feature films or television productions. Just as in the list above, you may give these individuals the same vote you would have given another here on their “youtube” link or go directly to our website at www.maximavisionsproductions and tell us why you would have us cast them for a particular major speaking role at our contact page at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/contact_us and leave us a message as to why we should cast your choice as this major speaking role.
The list directly above, unlike the others above them, which are reels shot in one of our workshops and have absolutely no enhancements such a creative shooting, enhanced audio to give a particular feel to the scene, or enhanced editing to also give a particular feel to the scene, as those reels were specifically shot to see the actors ability to become the character entirely on their own. The reels directly above are clips taken directly from a professional production that these professional actors were a part of. Thus, this should be taken under consideration when voting for a particular individual for a particular role, as the reels directly above have been enhanced to give a scene a special effect verses the reels on top, the actor themselves had to create all special feel completely from their own acting abilities.
If you are serious about having any sort of a chance at a career as an actor, a demo reel is an absolute! Maxima is now offering to the general public an all inclusive demo reel package through our film school, which includes a workshop which teaches you "Becoming the character." Check out the details at our Photography, Videography & Cinematography page @ http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/photography_videography__cinematography
Other Stories making news around Maxima
As most all of you know, we at Maxima always try to tell stories that matter, those stories that at least bring hope to a hurting world, those stories that have at least redemptive message. The two films we are working on at present are two such stories. “Rachel’s Grace” is a story about a young lady who is demon possessed and an addict who finds deliverance by God’s wonderful Grace and is totally delivered and transformed into one of the most beautiful, caring young ladies of our time who ends up going to seminary and who now works as a Chaplin with Hope Retreats with young ladies who come from similar backgrounds.
The second film “Sister Surrendered” we have in pre-production is based on the true life story of twins who have literally done life together from the time they were born identical twins. However, after they have done the hospital corps in the Navy together their lives seem to take different paths. Darla returns to school to enhance her career while Kelli can’t quite find herself without the discipline of the military, who then suffers from anxiety and depression because the only job she seems able to land is working as a clerk at a tackle shop. She turns to the veteran administration for help who seems to just make matters worse, much worse when they begin to over medicate and experiment with new drugs though her twin pleads to have her doctors stop. Since this film went into pre-production there have been many articles written about the story. The following is the most recent written for the Military Times.
Suicide triggers lawsuit against VA
By Patricia Kime
On Veterans Day 2010, former Navy corpsman Kelli Marie Grese, 37, swallowed an unknown quantity of the antipsychotic Seroquel — her fourth suicide attempt in eight months using the same drug.
That time, she succeeded. She never regained consciousness.
Her death is the subject of a $5 million lawsuit filed against the Veterans Affairs Department in the U.S. District Court in Newport News , Va. , alleging VA physicians failed to monitor her medications and prescribed them excessively.
Her twin sister, Darla Grese, also a former Navy corpsman, filed the suit, saying physicians at Hampton VA Medical Center, Va., ignored her pleas to quit doling out prescriptions to her sister, a known addict deemed at “moderate risk for suicide.” “I’m hoping better attention will be placed on how many pills are being written and quantities,” said Darla Grese.
She traces her twin’s mental health problems to 1996, when she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a break-in at the sisters’ off-base housing in Naples , Italy .
Although migraine headaches and anxiety followed the burglary, Kelli Grese continued to succeed in her job, earning a promotion to petty officer second class and nomination as junior sailor of the quarter.
But her separation from the Navy in 1997 appeared to spark a downward spiral in her mental health. She sought VA treatment for symptoms including anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Darla Grese said her sister was prescribed clonazepam, a highly addictive benzodiapine meant for short-term treatment of anxiety, and later the stimulant Adderall, even though she had no record of attention deficit disorder, for which that drug is prescribed.
The Adderall triggered a cascade of mental symptoms, including auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia and full-blown psychoses.
“She thought the CIA was after her,” Darla Grese said. “At one point, she shaved half her head because she thought she had something implanted in it.” Medical records later noted that her psychosis was induced by the Adderall, a rare but known side effect.
In 2002, she was prescribed Seroquel to treat the psychotic episodes and hallucinations. Bouncing from VA doctor to VA doctor and civilian physicians, as well, Kelli Grese became adept at acquiring medications.
By 2009, she started having suicidal thoughts. The overdoses on Seroquel began in 2010.
Days before she died, she renewed her prescription, which was to be mailed to her house. She then persuaded a VA doctor to give her a second prescription, which she filled at a pharmacy.
She then took mass quantities of Seroquel. “We don’t know how many,” Darla Grese said. “It was paste in her stomach, the medical examiner told me.” During her decade of VA care, Kelli Grese was prescribed at least 25 medications, some simultaneously.
The practice of prescribing multiple medications for hard-totreat mental illnesses is on the rise, although studies indicate that effectiveness varies.
Dr. David Reiss, a psychiatrist in San Diego who has treated hundreds of veterans with PTSD and is not associated with Grese’s case, said the practice sometimes is appropriate, especially when using antipsychotics with an activating medication that can boost their efficacy.
But hard-to-treat patients should be handled “very carefully,” Reiss said.
Without consistent and careful care, “short-term strategies turn into permanent prescriptions and ‘stacking,’ ” he said.
VA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia declined to comment on the Grese case.
Darla Grese said she filed the lawsuit because she would like to see VA doctors communicate better and pay closer attention to their own patients’ records.
“I don’t understand how a physician can write a prescription for 450 pills and two months later write another prescription for 450,” she said. “Something’s broken. The system is broken.”
Links to other articles regarding this story; "Sister Surrendered
Article in USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/07/suicide-lawsuit-va/1754705/
Article from Rise of the Right: http://www.riseoftheright.com/2012/12/sisters-suicide-triggers-lawsuit-against-va/
Virginia Pilot Veterans Day 2012: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/11/after-navy-vets-suicide-sister-sues-va-5m
"Maxima Continues to build our talent pool, while at the same time getting everyone trained so that we are able to produce the very best quality films anyone can produce here locally."
Written by Dr. Randall Maxwell
We continue to develop our local talent in and around DFW, Oklahoma, Arkansas, La, and throughout Texas by continued training through our Academy of Cinema/Television & The Performing Arts Consortium. It is imperative in order to produce the quality of films we have ambition in producing to have enough quality trained individuals in their perspective career tracks to be able to continue to put out this same quality film for four films per year each and every year.
We are now seeking diligently those serious minded individuals who have serious ambition to making a career in cinema/television with interest in everything from producing, directing, cinematography, script writing, editing as well as a career as professional actors and actresses. We are seeking individuals who understand that just because they have a pretty face, this does not make them a professional actor, but understand that a career in cinema/television is not unlike other industries in that one is not born a star, but a star is created. We are seeking individuals who understand to master the craft of film making takes serious training like any other profession, and those who are willing to invest in their future career, and not just assume they will accidently become the next great director, producer, cinematographer, script writer, editor, audio engineer or actor and actress.
In return of these individuals investment in their careers these individuals seek to work with a committed company to excellence in film making who are just as committed to their people as they are in their projects. They seek to surround themselves with others who view the power of the medium of film and television and see it as a platform to help shape our culture for the positive through the art of collective effort, film and television productions. These individuals seek to have a positive impact on their communities, state and nation through the power of creative story telling. These are basically individuals of sound character who want to surround themselves with like minded individuals who all actually truly love what they do, and enjoy the collaborative art of film making and the impact a good story might have on someone else’s life.
We opened Maxima Vision Academy of Cinema/Television and The Performing Arts Consortium in May of 2012 at 319 York Avenue, Weatherford, Texas 76086 with the explicit intentions of training up the next generation of great film makers, to actually bring the excellence of the craft of Hollywood to Texas. Many states now are beginning to realize what a tremendous economic impact the film industry can bring to a community and are doing whatever they can to attract the industry to come to their state to bring its commerce to them. Though Texas is still behind many states in the amount of incentives they will give to production companies such as Maxima, Texas as far as our plans in becoming a major contender in the film industry, its central location in the United States is perfect, being that we already have production offices in Virginia Beach and Nashville Tennessee, Texas is simply a perfect location to develop just prior to us establishing our Hollywood presence.
During our summer semester we got off to a pretty good start in that we had roughly 40+ students who made a commitment towards their career goals of becoming professional film actors and actresses. Because we already have two investment groups, one of which has already committed to funding four feature films or television productions in this region per year for the next five years, it is imperative that we now begin making ready this next generation of excellent producers, directors, cinematographers, script writers, editors, as well as all crew personnel. Because time is of essence and our investors want us in primary production of our first feature by end of February 2013, and our second feature by late spring we will have to end up hiring many outside this region and even perhaps do some shooting outside this region to remain on track. As many of you already know, this is not something we want to have to do ever again, as it is our desire to hire as many local people as possible, but we must keep with our mission of shooting nothing but excellence.
In order to prevent this from happening in the future we have decided that during this fall semester, into this upcoming spring semester as well as the summer, other than a few students that I myself have taken on to teach privately, producing, directing and script writing, we will not be doing regular classes during these semesters. Instead, we will be holding after school workshops and a three hour sessions on Sunday afternoon that are basically application of what was covered during the week for teens. The teen workshops will be broken down into age categories, one group being ages 11-15 and the second being ages 15-18.
The concept of these workshops is that everyone who participates will learn every aspect of the film making craft. Each student will learn to take a story idea and develop it into a script. Everyone will learn what it means to be a producer, each will experience directing, each will do some camera and lighting work, and each will get their feet wet in the editing suite. Each student will also have the opportunity to act as well. The concept is really very simple, the group will look at different story ideas that they themselves come up with and decide which ones warrant developing into a short script. Then, over a 13 week period, the students will develop their story, write the script, cast the film, produce it and then edit the short film. Their film will then be invited to submit for competition for our first annual redemptive film festival. You may read about the film festival on our film festival page at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/redemptive_film_festival.
We are also making these same workshops available for adults that will be conducted during the evenings, one day a week and then a three hour application on Sunday afternoons. The adult workshops are also 13 weeks and will culminate with a finished film that they will take to the film festival.
Our whole purpose in doing these workshops as opposed to regular classes for these upcoming semesters is to enable us to get as many individuals as possible in the shortest amount of time trained up in their perspective tracks of professions so that by the time we go into our third film for 2013 we can hire them as opposed to hiring outside this region to make the same quality of film. If an individual will just invest in their career by taking advantage of these workshop opportunities this spring semester as well take advantage of the Summer Feature Film through our academy, this will give them one short film and a feature film under their belt as far as experience. This will put them well out in front in being considered for hiring them for our third feature film for 2013. The individuals who take advantage of this opportunity may quite possibly be our first permanent staff actors, script writers, producers, directors, editors and full crew.
Now is the time however! You must act now! Please go to our contact us page at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/contact_us and let us know who you are and what your interest are in the film industry. These workshops will begin end of February.
We will also be working with all the regions Christian schools as well some public schools offering these workshops as extra curriculum activities the schools can offer their kids. If your child is in one of these schools or one of their friends are, please let their schools know about this wonderful opportunity and have someone in the school contact us to see how the details may be worked out. Unfortunately, there is simply not much opportunity for young teens during their after school hours other than finding and getting into trouble. This is a perfect opportunity for any teen that has any interest what so ever in movies, and what kid today is not interested in movies and video games? So, why not allow them the opportunity to see firsthand in how they are created and actually be involved in their creation?
UMOMAXIMA, The United Missions of Maxima/Maxima Artist/ Individuals within the entertainment industry who are true followers of Christ who have been lead by the Holy Spirit to unite our individual gifts, talents and resources to build up the Kingdom of God & to bring Him all the glory through our craft in the entertainment world.
One of the more exciting stories of what we have going at present at Maxima is we are now finally organizing the true followers of Christ our Lord, who make our living by His wonderful grace in the exciting world of the performing arts. We all feel lead by His Holy Spirit to unite our gifts, talents and resources to build up His Kingdom through our craft and to help shape our culture positively verses negatively. We feel lead by His Spirit to come together as one voice and one accord, which is what we were meant to be prior to man’s laws and denominations dividing the Body of Christ.
Through this unity we feel lead by His spirit to develop stories in our craft which will at least have a redemptive message of hope for a hurting world, to share with a hurting world all the love that Christ our Lord has for it in very practical ways. In fact, 50% of all the profits we might make in any of our joint projects will go directly to Hope Retreats International, a mission whose sole purpose is to do just that, share the love of Christ in very practical ways. This ministry focuses entirely now on troubled and at risk youth by providing a Christ centered resident program of recovery from life’s perils. We combine this effort with a similar program for the elderly. We take this mandate from the Scriptures which tell us to take care of the orphans and the widows.
Though this ministry since 1999 has been involved in all kinds of Christ centered resident programs, from homelessness, addictions, battered and abused women, to orphanages around the world, after researching a survey done through the prison system in the USA, finding 97 % of all incarcerated in our prison system today in the US has a direct parallel to a childhood abuse. We feel compelled by the Spirit to help to shape our culture positively and from these statistics we can see easily that in order to really help to shape our culture positively; we must first reach the youth. You may see this ministry by going to their site at www.hoperetreatsinternational.org.
You may also go to the parent mission of UMOMaxima/ Maxima Artist by going directly to the site at www.umomaxima.org. This is where you can see our vision as well as our mission.
As far as UMOMaxima/ Maxima Artist, we will be having our very first inquiry meeting for the DFW area in February at our production offices at the old Texas Opry Theatre. We do not yet have a date set, as we are now just beginning to see what interest there is here. We will then try setting a meeting that can fit into everyone’s schedule.
Our basic concept is quite simple; through this unified effort of artist within the performing arts community is to meet together regularly to first decide on a redemptive story we might produce together. We firmly believe we have been given our individual talents as well our resources directly from our creator, God. We also believe we are all called to be co-creators along side of God, creators of stories with at least a redemptive message of hope for a hurting world, so that after knowing our story the individual might at least go and seek truth.
We also hope that through this affiliation those who participate might also take this experience back to their home church with them and convince their leaders that the power of the medium of film might have to resonate with visitors some truth their leaders may be trying to convey with their weekly message. We hope that these individuals might take what they learn from their experience with us back to their home church with them and begin producing programming for their home church which can go right along with their pastor’s weekly message. We know that everyone will at least learn how to teach Biblical truths using the power of the medium of film. We hope that these individuals will return to their home church and actually begin connect groups which will produce such films as this group is producing and actually invite their un-churched friends to a movie night at their church to enjoy such a redemptive message.
Galatians 5:14; The entire law is summed up in one command:”Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is what this group is all about. We believe first and foremost we are to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, and with all of your soul and with all of mind and with all of your strength.” Mark 12:30 Life is all about love. We also believe all of us in this industry have been given special gifts and talents to be shared with the world and that we are to come together in community and unity and love and become co-creators with God in the creation of stories that matter, those stores with at least a redemptive message of hope for a hurting world through the power of the medium & television to help shape our culture for the better.
Thus, we come together as like minded believers to do life together and to tell stories together. Think about it for just a short moment; “When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people--- people we love and have relationships with.”
IN our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about. Wisdom is learning that truth sooner rather than later.” (Rick Warren, “Purpose Driven Life”) And, just think of some of the wonderful stories such a group of true followers of Christ might leave behind to impact other lives.
So, first and foremost this group is all about love, love for God, and love for one another. This group is more than about just creating something, it is about creating stories that matter with those whom we love and care about.
Let's Just Do It Now!
So, give us a call and let us know if you have interest in doing such a group at (757) 636-8163. This group, though it is a part of our academy and production company, there is no cost for these meetings. The purpose of the meetings is brain storming to come up with ideas of stories we might tell together and how we might get these stories produced into short films, and even features.
Final story for now!
Maxima Vision’s First Annual Redemptive Film Festival
However, though this is our final story for now it is one that we are very excited about! From now through the year 2013 we will be holding workshops all over the country in mastering the craft of film making with tracks in every area of production, from producer track, director’s, editing, script writing, basic film and television production to our famous actors workshops, as well as our regular classes at our own school here in Weatherford Texas. In each of these we will do everything from taking a story idea, develop it, write the script, and finally produce the short film. We will also be inviting other film schools from all over the country to participate in this festival, as well as individuals who just feel they have what it takes to be the next great redemptive film maker who has produced a film on their own and wants to enter it into the competition. Please see the details on this site at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/redemptive_film_festival
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If any of these stories are of interest to you, please go to our contact page and let us know at http://www.maximavisionsproductions.com/contact_us. Also, please check back on this page often as there is always breaking news you will want to know about here at Maxima, that is if you are serious about a serious career in the film industry.
Introductory to this page: This page is specifically designed to keep our community abreast to what is happening within Maxima that concerns them, events which Maxima might be sponsoring or others things that might be of interest to the Maxima community, such as casting calls, workshops that might be available to enhance their craft as a film maker, basically anything of interest to the community.
This is also a place where our community might share things of interest with one another. If you know of an upcoming casting or crew call that might be of interest to anyone else here, let us know so that we might post it here on this page. Perhaps you have a new story idea you would like to share with professionals that may visit here to get professional insight into the merit of such a project. Perhaps you here of new laws being considered that might affect all of us in the entertainment industry that we all need to know about.
Whatever the case, if you think you have something of interest to the Maxima community share it with us so we might post here on this page. It could be simply an article sharing with the community you write yourself sharing your own expertise with us all.
Maxima Visions now invites you to sit in the director’s chair!
Now you can help us in the selection of major speaking roles in our upcoming feature film “Rachel’s Grace.” You may either vote for yourself or one of your friends here who you think portrays best the character we are seeking. Simply go to the above links at “Youtubube” and see who you think might be the best at a particular major speaking role. You may then like it on “Youtube” which gives it one vote or you may choose to join us in helping our troubled and at risk youth in the community by helping to support a ministry that 50% of all our profits go to supporting, Hope Retreats International (www.hoperetreatsinternational.org) For every $5 donation you make to Hope Retreats gives either you or your friend 25 votes. You must make a minimum donation to Hope Retreats of $25 by either calling us at (757) 636-8163 or by mailing us a check (made out to Hope Retreats) with the one who you want to have your votes at 208 West Couts Street, Weatherford, Texas 76086. If you will like, you may also want to write a short article as to why you feel this individual would make the best character and we may choose to share here on this page.