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Our Founder

Marianne with DP Doug Leviton and Reality TV Star Ryan van DuzerMarianne Leviton is an award winning producer/director and the president of Whistling Boulder Productions, Inc.. She founded the Boulder Filmmaking Incubator in 2006 to create an active network of filmmakers who support and inspire independent filmmaking.

Ms. Leviton states, "Creating a filmmaking incubator is a terrific way to give back to your filmmaking community.  Bringing together filmmakers from all levels of experience supports and empowers our creative processes.  And when the going gets tough... you can count on your colleagues for a good laugh, a pat on the back, or, perhaps, the much needed kick in the pants!"

Marianne has directed and produced more than two dozen narrative shorts and documentaries. Her films have won numerous awards including Best of Screenings at multiple film festivals, Best Directing, Best Acting, and Best Art Direction.

Current projects include two feature documentaries:  "Historic Motley County Jail"- the story of an Old West town and "Connected for Life" - the heart warming and heart wrenching journey of friends facing the need for kidney transplant; "Behind the Fires", a short documentary that follows the national Hellitack team as they fight devastating Colorado wildfires in 2010 and 2012; and the Cut to Cut Showcase Project.


News/Announcements


April 4, 2014

"The Art of Filmmaking" - Boulder Arts Week

Boulder Filmmaking Incubator is hosting, "The Art of Filmmaking: An evening of Films and Filmmakers", as part of Boulder Arts Week. Friday, April 4, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, at Boulder Digital Arts.  Free!

Boulder has been voted one of the best towns in America for filmmakers to live and work in.  Meet some of our filmmakers as they screen their short work and discuss the art and business of independent filmmaking.

Over 100 artists and arts organizations are expected to participate in the first ever Boulder Arts Week, taking place March 28 through April 6, and is expected to draw thousands of attendees. Boulder has the eighth largest concentration of artists in the nation – here is a fun-filled week to get a taste of what's happening in our vibrant arts scene.


February 21, 2014

Director, TC Johnstone, at Last Night's Meeting

Director/Producer, TC Johnstone, talked about his amazing journey making the feature doc, “Rising from Ashes, ” and his strategy for making it a film festival success.







January 24, 2014


Producer, Meryem Ersoz, at Last Night's Meeting

Boulder Producer, Meryem Ersoz, shared an insider's perspective onProducing and Distributing Independent Feature Films to a standing room only crowd.

Meryem recently served as production supervisor for the Leonardo di Caprio production, DEAR ELEANOR, a feature film starring Jessica Alba and Luke Wilson. She produced the feature, MIND'S EYE, featuring Malcolm McDowell, which is now under distribution.

Ms. Ersoz comes to producing by way of a background in cinematography. Her work has appeared on NOVA, Comcast Entertainment Channel, Versus, and Lifetime. She has worked on major commercial shoots for companies such as Audi/Ducati, Conoco, and Wendy's. She reinvented herself as a feature film producer in 2009 and has produced three films since that time.. She is currently working on a slate of new films which she is working to bring to Colorado.

What a great meeting to start the New Year!


November 1, 2013
Sole Fixation Movie Poster


Yes, Sole Fixation is wrapped... but the work goes on.  For PR and the film festival circuit, there's nothing like having great assets.  Incie, Carlos Mata, is creating the movie poster.  Waddaya think?  Do you feel safe with these guys? 










October 4, 2013

Color Corrector, Rick Gougler at Last Night's Meeting

Color correction is a powerful tool in your post production arsenal.  At last night's meeting, Rick generously shared tips and tricks used by the pros to create visual cohesiveness as well as mood and atmosphere. He also let on that DaVinci Resolve Lite is free.  The bells and whistles not included are hardly missed.  It's a nice option instead of FCP Color.

September 7, 2013

Colorado Film Commissioner at Last Night's Meeting

At last night's monthly meeting, Donald Zuckerman gave a fascinating talk about the future of incentivised big budget filmmaking in Colorado.  He also provided insider tips on financing films over 10 million dollars - the techniques can be useful with much smaller budgets as well.

Check out the commissioner's full talk about raising financing.


July 1, 2013
Screenwriter Selected!

Boulder Filmmaking Incubator is pleased to announce that screenwriter, Jody DePaemelaere, has been selected to write the final script in the Incubator’s Cut2Cut Project; a project designed to showcase screenwriters and to present an opportunity for independent filmmakers to network and collaborate.  Read more about this creative project in our news feed, below.

Jody eagerly accepts the challenge of designing the final script of the Cut2Cut project as its own stand-alone short film, while assuring that it will cut seamlessly as the 3rd act of this suspenseful trilogy.  We know that Jody will triumph over the challenge and will deliver a gripping film filled with twists and surprises. 

Ms. DePaemelaere has extensive screenwriting experience, having completed 5 feature-length scripts. Her most recent script, Marlo and the Dolphins, is a drama about a light traveling angel.  Her previous script, Silencing Shamus, was a dark psychological drama.  Ms. DePaemelaere’s talent in writing supernatural, dark drama will be an asset to completing the Cut2Cut trilogy. 

We are excited to have her on-board. Welcome, Jody!

February 16, 2013
Terrific Talk Last Night w Robert Maxfield

Robert Maxfield, from the sets of Mission Impossible and The Walking Dead, spoke at last night's Boulder Filmmaking Incubator meeting. Robert gave an up front and personal story of working in the big leagues of Hollywood; interspersing his on-set anecdotes along with a comprehensive tutorial on getting good sound on set.  Among his many accomplishments, Robert was on the sound team that was Oscar Nominated for “Best Sound in a Motion Picture” for Twister

Over the last 35 years he has written screenplays, directed and produced dozens of videos, acted in numerous commercials, recorded hundreds of voice overs, and recorded dialog for over a hundred commercials, TV series, and feature films.

February 5, 2013
Script Workshop

The third and final script for the Cut to Cut Project will be written in-house. Scripts for the first two movies of the project, Dead Ringer and Soul Searching, were selected from a nation-wide call. Our Incie screenwriters have too many good ideas to let the concluding script out of their hands!  We look to shoot it in October.


January 18, 2013
Standing Room Only Crowd!

The "Making of Soul Searching," a Boulder Filmmaking Incubator production, premiered to a standing room only audience tonight.

This fast paced short gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the busy (and sometimes goofy) cast and crew.

Soul Searching is currently in post-production.  Its premiere is scheduled for Spring 2013.

December 7, 2012

Matt Abraxas, Art Director, animating models.The animated movie,"BreaK OuT"will premiere at Boulder Filmmaking Incubator's December 14th meeting. 

This Incie project provided a team of new animators an opportunity to make a movie using both 2D and 3D animation.  A fun learning experience!

Don't miss it!


October 30, 2012
Cut to Cut Project to Film
the Sequel to Dead Ringer

Andrew Katers, The Boulder Filmmaking Incubator is gearing up to shoot, "Soul Searching," the sequel to "Dead Ringer."
 
This suspenseful follow-on with hints of horror will, again, star Rafael Hernandez (Diego).  He will be joined by Andrew Katers (Alex), playing a miscreant who faces the repercussions of his dubious ways.  Stay tuned!
Andrew Katers
        "Alex"


January 8, 2012

Incie Animation Project


Great kick-off meeting for the Incubator animation project! Script tweaked, characters went into design, and storyboard to be completed by the end of the week.

Look for its December, 2012 premiere.


Executive Producer/Writer: Marianne Leviton; Director: John Decker; Art Director: Matt Abraxas; Composer: Joshua Taylor; Sound Design/Animator: Diana Socash; Camera: Iain Paterson; Tech Advisor/Grip: Doug Leviton.


October 7, 2011
The Cut to Cut Project Announces
the Premiere of Dead Ringer!

Mark your calendar for the premiere of Dead Ringer -Thursday, October 20, 8PM at the Bug Theatre, Denver.

Dead Ringer is part of the line-up of spooky/suspenseful films at the Bug's October EFP. This is a fun venue. Only $5 admission plus free beer!

This short, suspenseful movie was produced by Boulder Filmmaking Incubator as part of the Cut to Cut Showcase Project. With a strong cast, starring Rafael Hernandez, and experienced local filmmakers, this movie is not to be missed!

Directed by Marianne Leviton, award winning producer/director and founder of the
Boulder Filmmaking Incubator

Edited by Mike Scalisi, associate editor of Academy Award winner - The Cove

Music Composition by Steve Glotzer - music featured in movies and TV such as Diane Sawyers's Documentary "Children of the Mountain", Desperate Housewives, King of the Hill, and the MGM movie A Guy Thing.

Come out and support your local, independent filmmakers... You'll be glad you did!


August 17, 2011
Second Script Selected!

Screenwriter C.J. FletcherWe’re on our way to the next C2C sequence!  Congratulations to writer C.J. Fletcher. His screenplay, Vitality (wt), has been selected for production.

"The plot thickens as a cavalier young man struggles to survive the consequences of his actions."


C.J. Fletcher

July 6, 2011
Second Script Call for Cut 2 Cut Filmmaking Project!
Screenwriters... Here's your chance to have your work produced.

 The Boulder Filmmaking Incubator announces the second call for scripts for the Cut 2 Cut Filmmaking Project.  We have wrapped principal photography on the first installment of the project and it's now in editing.  We are excited by the intriguing story and high production value created by the first creative team.
 
Now we are seeking talented screenwriters to submit scripts for the next installment.  Submission guidelines are below.  Write us to request a synopsis, the shooting script, and the storyboard of the first installment script. Integrate the first installment into your submission for the 2nd installment in any way you wish – as a dream sequence, as a movie playing on a computer or TV, as opening action. The first script does not have to drive the rest of the story, but could do so, if you choose.  You can write in whatever genre suits you: suspense, black comedy, drama…
 
This is an all-volunteer project that provides an unparalleled opportunity for filmmakers to collaborate and create movies. 
 
General Guidelines:



  • In your script we must learn the main story facts and be introduced to the main characters. Use characters from first installment or create your own.
  • We must learn what the high stakes crisis is, what is at risk?
  • The first installment movie must be integrated into your script.  Be creative.
  • Genre?  Your choice.
  • Keep in mind the ease of production.  Complicated or unusual settings, props, costuming, or special effects will probably make your script un-shootable for this project.
  • Suggested length is 10 – 20 pages with 3 to 5 scenes.  If your submission needs to be a little longer or shorter, that’s fine.  This is the 2nd of an estimated 3-5 calls for scripts.
  • The script must end on a cliff-hanger or turning point to provide sizzle for the launch of the next script.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to participate
  • Deadline is Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:00 AM, MST.



 
To request the first installment script and storyboard or for more information write to info@filmmakingincubator.com.
 
Where does it go from here?
We look forward to your submissions! 
 
...Scroll down for more info on the Cut 2 Cut Filmmaking project...


June 5, 2011

That's a wrap!

Principal shooting for the Cut to Cut project's  script 1, Dead Ringer, is completed.  It was a great time with a very talented cast and crew.

LIKE our facebook page to stay in the loop as the production progresses! http://facebook.com/IndieFilmmaking

Stay tuned for the premiere!


April 24, 2011
Announcing  the Script Selection for the First Cut to Cut Call!

Congratulations to Brett Hursey for submitting the first script to be shot for the Cut to Cut Filmmaking Showcase - Dead Ringer.
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 "Tension builds as a mysterious man waits in a darkened house."


Be sure to see the finished movie at the ICCE event in October at the Nomad Theatre, Boulder, Colorado.

Keep an eye out for the next script call!

March 2, 2011

Announcing the Cut to Cut Filmmaking Project
 
The Boulder Filmmaking Incubator has launched an experimental filmmaking project called, Cut to Cut (C2C).  The aim is to provide a platform for filmmakers to showcase their talent by creating a collaboratively produced movie – sequence by sequence.
 
Each sequence will be produced by its own Creative Team with a commitment to achieve the highest level of production quality.  With the oversight of a dedicated Steering Committee, each sequence will be designed to flow into the next in an engaging, if not surprising, manner.
 
The Steering Committee will determine the time to produce the final scene for the movie.   Final movie length will depend on the natural progression of the sequences.  The goal is to wrap the movie in less than twelve months.
 
The mission of the Cut to Cut Filmmaking Project is to foster collaboration between Colorado creatives while promoting recognition and providing the opportunity to explore new directions in the art of filmmaking.
 
There is no financial compensation.  This is an all-volunteer project. 
 
Cut to Cut Overview
 
Scripts:
·Writers will submit scripts of 10-20 pages in length. (Shorter or longer scripts may be considered)  

·Any specific requirements such as genre or characters will be described in the call for scripts

·Scripts will conclude with a plot point, turning point, or cliff-hanger that subsequent scripts will build upon

·Complete stories are not acceptable – the movie is built upon sequences

·Submissions are evaluated by judges based on strength of concept, execution, characterization, dialogue, plot, and production feasibility.  Judges’ decisions are final.

·Submitted scripts must be original works, owned entirely by author(s) and cannot be currently under option, sold or produced.  The writer must have the right to grant all rights in and to the submitted script.

·Email your script with a Title page that includes author(s) name, address, phone numbers and email address to info@filmmakingincubator.com
 
 
Production:
·The  Creative Team will be overseen by the Steering Committee who will make final, creative decisions - as needed

·Sequences will be completed in a timely and professional manner

·The Creative Team and Steering committee will strive to provide a collaborative, creative, and fulfilling experience for participants
 
Screening:
·Each sequence will be screened at the Indie Colorado Cinema Experience (ICCE) at the Nomad Theatre in Boulder, Colorado

·Each sequence will be submitted for screening to the Emerging Filmmakers’ Project (EFP) at the Bug Theater in Denver, Colorado

·Sequences may be played on the internet to promote the project and the Boulder Filmmaking Incubator

·We aim to screen the completed film at film festivals


Thanks

Thank you Colorado Filmmakers:

View the ICCE intro reel!

Well, we put out a call for clips and we got them!  The Boulder Filmmaking Incubator production was enthusiastically received by the audiences at the ICCE event.  There was a wonderful ovation – boy o boy, that felt good!   If you didn’t make it, no worries, the ICCE Intro Reel can now be seen on Youtube.  Visit our Watch Movies page for a look at what dedicated Indie Filmmakers can do in a week!  Once there, you can also view some of the individual filmmaker clips in their entirety.
 
Thank you:  Bruce, Ken, Doug, Auston, Danice, Gary, Katrina, Megan, Larry, John, Chris, and Serac Adventure Films for your film contributions.  And thank you:  Doug, Larry, Chris, Emily, Fletcher, and Jordon for your production contributions.

Special Thanks to the Presenters at our Incie Meetings:

October, 2010: Using Kickstarter - Erin Kelly, www.rockroseentertainment.com
November, 2010: Build your own Teleprompter - Doug Leviton
January, 2011: Using a Steadicam - Alan Dague-Green, www.runningshot.com
February, 2011: Field Producing The Amazing Race - Jesse McDonald
March, 2011: DIY Filmmaking Gear - Auston/Jossendal, www.DVRebellion.com
August, 2011: Behind Video Production- Bruce Borowski/www.peopleproductions.com
October, 2012: View from an 8-Legged Bird-Larkin Carey www.SkySightRC.com
February, 2013: Great on-set Sound, Robert Maxfield, Sound Dept.,"The Walking Dead"
March, 2013: Role of a Hollywood 1rst AD, Vincent Gonzales, Boston Legal, Gray's Anat...
April, 2013: PBS Executive Producer, Cynthia Hessin
May, 2013: Feature film director, Glenn Berggoetz
June, 2013: Michael Watson, DP, Hollywood Features and TV Series
Friday, Sept. 06 -  Colorado Film Commissioner, Donald Zuckerman
Friday, Oct. 04  - Rick Gougler - The Art of Color Correcting
2014
Friday, Jan. 24 - Producing and Distributing Independent Feature Films w Meryem Ersoz
Friday, Feb. 21 - Finding Film Festival Success w Director TC Johnstone
Friday, Mar. 14 - Focus on Filmmakers Night
Friday, Apr. 4 - The Art of Filmmaking, Boulder Arts Week - Boulder Filmmakers
Friday, May 9 - Network, Collaborate, Create
Friday, Jun. 13 - Soup to Nuts: Making a Short Film w Writer/Director Matt Abraxas
Summer Hiatus July and August
Friday, Sep. 19 - Sell Your Script - Trai Cartwrite, Hollywood Script Consultant
Friday, Oct. 12 - No Meeting
Friday, Nov. 21 - Network, Collaborate, Create
Friday, Dec. 12 - Get the Score, Music Can Make or Break Your Project - Tim Cissell/Music Director/Wishbone

and to our meetings host,  Boulder Digital Arts

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