New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy: www.filmneworleans.org
Louisiana Economic Development: www.louisianaentertainment.gov
Baton Rouge Film Commission: www.filmbatonrouge.com
Shreveport Film Commission: www.shreveportla.gov
Mississippi Film Office: http://www.visitmississippi.org/film/mississippi-film-office.aspx
Books about Film, Radio, and Television in New Orleans and Louisiana
Note: This is not an endorsement of any of these books. Please verify they contain information you can use before buying any of them.
Harris, Scott Jordan, Editor. World Film Locations: New Orleans. Intellect Books - World Film Locations. Chicago, IL: Intellect Books, Ltd./University of Chicago Press, 2012. ISBN-13 978-1841505879.
Massa, Dominic. New Orleans Radio. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. ISBN-13 9781467112420.
---------. New Orleans Television. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. ISBN-13 9780738554044.
Poole, Ed[win E.], and Susan Poole. Heroine to Hussy: Women in Louisiana Films. Harvey, LA: Learn About Network, LLC, 2014. ISBN-13 9780981569574.
---------. Louisiana Film History: A Comprehensive Overview Beginning 1896. Marrero, LA: Margaret Media, Inc., 2012. ISBN-13 9780985568610.
---------. Louisiana Plantations: Real to Reel. Harvey, LA: Learn About Network, LLC, 2014. ISBN-13 9780981569581.
Widmer, Mary Lou. New Orleans in the Fifties. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2004. ISBN-13 9781589802681.
See "Chapter 9: The Glorious Boob Tube" (93-100) and "Chapter 11: Art, Architecture, Movies, and Books" (107-124) for local film, radio, and television information.
---------. New Orleans in the Forties. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2007. ISBN-13 9781589804975.
See "Chapter 14: Television, the Eighth Wonder of the World" (141-148) for local television information.
---------. New Orleans in the Sixties. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2008. ISBN-13 9781589806207.
See "Chapter 11: Television, Radio, and Books" (89-102) for local film, radio, and television information.
---------. New Orleans in the Thirties. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 1989. ISBN-13 9780882897363.
See "Chapter 5: Radio Days" (57-60) for local radio information.
If you are aware of other books that cover film, radio or television in our local, especially in Mississippi, please share them with us at email@example.com.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation / Casting Access Online for New Orleans Local Members
By Frank Peter Boimare III
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Casting Access program provides free audition preparation classes with prominent casting professionals in an online class experience for performers living outside of the Los Angeles and New York areas. Casting directors and associates from the Casting Society of America and representatives from the independent casting community lead Casting Access classes, offering actors a wide range of educational and professional insights, from approaching the text to the auditioning process to casting etiquette.
While it can be a great resource for actors, the signup process can be a bit confusing. Don’t be overwhelmed. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you get started.
1. Access the SAG-AFTRA Foundation website at http://sagaftra.foundation/.
2. Click the “Sign In” button at the top right corner of your screen. There are two different paths depending on whether you have already created your account. You must have a user account to sign up. If you have an account, skip to step 4.
If you have not created an account, follow these steps to create one:
3a. If you have not created an account, you must create one to continue. Click the “Create a New Account” link. This displays a sign-up screen that allows you to enter your account and union membership information, including your email address and a password.
3b. It is *most* important that you specify the New Orleans Local when you create your account because that is how they determine how many members from the local are participating. Select “New Orleans” from the “Select closest location” drop-down list in the Union Membership Information section. It is at the bottom of the list, not in alphabetical order.
3c. Do not forget to check the “New Orleans” checkbox under the “Email List” option in the Select Email Notices section so you get emails related to events in and for our local. It, too, is at the bottom of the list, not in alphabetical order.
3d. When you have entered all of your information and selected the notices you want to receive, click the “Sign Up” button at the bottom left of the screen to create your account. Log in to your new account using the instructions in the next step.
4. If you have already created an account, you must log into your account. Enter your email address in the Email Address box. When the system has verified your email address, it activates the Password box. Enter your password and click the “SIGN IN” button.
NOTE: If you cannot access your existing account or remember your password, you must click “forgot password” and follow the steps. Be patient. It takes a little time for the “forgot password” email to arrive.
5. When you log on after you have registered, you will see your SAG-AFTRA Foundation dashboard screen. This screen has icons that allow you to review your account settings (My Account Settings), your Casting Access profile, your Voiceover Lab profile, your volunteer profile, your eligibility, and your upcoming events and event history. It includes a FAQ and one other option that applies only to New York.
6. Check your “My Account Settings” to make sure that you selected 1) “New Orleans” from the “Select closest location” drop-down list in the Union Membership Information section and 2) the New Orleans checkbox under the “Email List” option of the Select Email Notices section. These options have only been available for the last three years, so you may have missed them if you registered before that time. Update any of your other information on this screen and click the “Save” button to save any changes you made.
7. Select the Casting Access Profile icon to display the Casting Access Application screen.
8a. Click the “Casting Access Online” button. (The Casting Access-LA/NY option does not apply to us.) The information you see on the screen is different depending on if you have created a profile.
8b. If you have completed or at least finished the “quiz” (part of the online orientation) and started a Casting Access Application, you see your Casting Access Profile. You can change your information, upload an updated resume, or upload a new headshot after you click the “Edit Profile” button at the bottom of the profile. You must click the “Update Casting Access Profile” button to save your changes. (Click the “Casting Access Rules and Guidelines” button to review the rules.)
8c. If you are trying to create your Casting Access Profile for the first time, you will see a list of rules and guidelines on the screen when you click the “Casting Access Online” button. Read the rules and guidelines carefully! You must take a “quiz” on them before you can continue. The quiz is simply designed to make sure you understand how the program works before participating in it. Scroll down until you see the quiz, answer the questions, and click the “Create Casting Access Profile” button.
9a. Successfully completing the quiz displays a screen where you can complete a Casting Access Profile. You answer a few questions about yourself and your acting ability and upload a photograph and a resume.
9b. What you put on your Casting Access Profile is sent to the participating casting directors. They will see and send feedback on whatever headshot you upload, so you should choose one that best represents you professionally.
9c. Answer the questions. Be honest!
9d. Upload a headshot — JPEG, JPG, and PNG formats only!
9e. Upload a brief acting resume — DOC, DOCX, and PDF formats only. PDF is the preferred format.
10. When you have filled the fields and uploaded your files, click the “Create Casting Access Profile” button. The system tells you that your submission was successful and that it can take up to three weeks to process your application to be eligible for the workshops. You are notified by email when your application is accepted. (If you cannot complete the required information, the system saves what you entered, but you must complete your profile to continue.)
NOTE: Make sure your dues are fully paid before submitting or you will be denied.
11a. When you click the “Casting Access Online” button after creating your profile, you can view and edit your profile.
11b. Click the “Edit” button.
11c. Edit your information or upload a new headshot or resume.
11d. Click the “Update Casting Access Profile” button to save your profile changes.
12. The Voiceover Lab Profile icon displays the Voiceover Lab Application screen. This option is only available to members in Los Angeles and New York because the physical labs are located in those cities.
13. Once your application is approved, you are eligible to sign up for Casting Access Online. (This service is not available to members in Los Angeles and New York; they have access to live workshops.)
NOTE: Depending on the number of members registered from a specific local, the Foundation can schedule events focused on that local, so SIGN UP! In addition, you will receive email notifications for events depending on what email list boxes you click.
14. You can check the Calendar of Events here or by clicking the Events option at the bottom of the dashboard screen. Set the filter to “National,” so you do not see events in Los Angeles or New York.
15. There will not be SAG-AFTRA Foundation volunteer trainings scheduled in Louisiana or Mississippi. When they travel to our local, Linda or the Board coordinates the volunteers who help them.
16. Any questions regarding the Casting Access Program should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Casting Access Online on the Foundation website for a detailed description of the programs.
Frank Peter Boimare III, the New Orleans Local secretary and newsletter editor, prepared the Casting Access Online step-by-step access instructions.