Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Our Latest Project - "Matt's Story" video

Got a few of the Smoky Quartz Crew* together for another volunteer project, this time helping the Boys & Girls Club of Concord & Allenstown, NH. We produced a seven-minute video, entitled "Matt's Story," for their Breakfast of Champions Fund Raiser, which you can see on YouTube.  Enjoy!

*Crewing up with us for this 7-minute project were:
- Adam Jones, Director
- Carol Morse, Executive Producer
- Kent Rich, DP & Audio
- Tom Dooley, Lighting Assistant
- Mary-Catherine Jones, Art Director
- Susan Tinkham, Set Designer
- Annette Sousa, Hair & Make-up
- Dave Bradley, Editor
- Abby & Leo Myskowski, Production Assistants
- Dana Biscotti Myskowski, Producer

- Matt Anderson
- Tom Parizo
- Lorry & Paul Anderson

Special Thanks to:
- Christopher Emond
- Bob Carter
- Krystyna Anderson
- The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
- NHTI, Concord's Community College
- The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub
- The Boys & Girls Club

(Thanks to P.A. Leo Myskowski for his artwork; PLUR stands for Peace, Love, Unity & Respect.)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Here's "To the Power of You!" - Our PSA

Thanks to everyone who helped us pull off this project--the 7DayPSA competition entry for Big Sisters of Rhode Island that garnered five awards:

  • Best Public Service Announcement - Smoky Quartz Productions
  • Best Director - Adam Jones
  • Best Cinematography - Gary Anderson
  • Best Editing - Marc Dole
  • Official Client Selection
We'll supply a link to the sixty-second video clip of the Public Service Announcement soon.  In the meantime, surf to the 7DayPSA website where you can link to Big Sisters of Rhode Island, which will also host a copy of the PSA.  For those of you who live in the Rhode Island television market, watch for our PSA as it begins airing next week.

Read more about our awards and our process at the NH Film & Television blog.

(Photo above of the video paused in mid-clap, surrounded by the five trophies awarded to the Smoky Quartz Production team.)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Signed, sealed, delivered...

It's in.  Our entry into the 7DayPSA competition.  Maybe now we can sleep....

Director Adam Jones avoids shut-eye syndrome during the editing process.

Producer and editor Marc Dole, CEO of Hatchling Studios, gets "back" to his editing.  We pulled an all-nighter to meet our deadline.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's a Wrap!

Great shoot, everyone.
Yesterday at the Boys and Girls Club of Concord, New Hampshire, we had a blast shooting a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the 7DayPSA Competition.  More than 40 actresses drove from points in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to join in the fun.

We shared a ton of fun, a whole bunch of "hurry up and wait,"
and many rehearsals.  (Never mind who taught you the slightly not quite right handclap movements in the lobby before you went to the gym, ladies!)  Okay, okay, it was ME...I admit it.

And now, while the actresses and our incredibly talented and dedicated crew have returned to life as normal, we last few will be up editing into the wee hours of the night, both here in Portsmouth, NH (visuals) and in Savannah, Georgia (audio).  

And tomorrow a couple of us will drive the final versions -- a 60-, 30- & 20-second PSA -- from here in Portsmouth to Providence, Rhode Island.  By ten o'clock p.m.  And Friday I will sleep.  Maybe.

What an incredible ride--thanks, all, for participating!

(Top photo: Director Adam Jones talks about the next shot. Next Photo: Production Coordinator Adam Donovan types up the logs while Hair & Make-Up Artist Annette Sousa watches the next shot.  Above: Production Assistant Heather Anderson helps the actresses remember their lines. Below: the crew grabs the dolly shot of our fabulous actresses; crew, left to right, include Swing Erik Jones, Dolly Grip Paul Querceto, Boom Operator Brian Gregg, and on Audio Stan Barker.  Center photos by Producer/Editor Marc Dole; top & bottom by a friend of the production team.)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

We're Casting!

Non-union Actresses - Ages 7-15 AND 20-n-OVER* needed for On-camera for 7DAYPSA competition project shooting in New Hampshire, exact place TBA on Tuesday, February 2 (likely from 3-6 PM).  The winning public service announcements will be shown for one year on Rhode Island television stations and longer on the web site for Big Sisters of Rhode Island.  For more information on the competition, go to

*We need 10 to 25 PAIRS of Ethnically Diverse** younger actresses/older actresses (to represent Big Sisters/Little Sisters pairing groups).  

**We'd like to compliment the populations already served by our client; accordingly, if we can match the percentages approximately as the client's currently exists, it would look similar to this: 
African American (Little sisters - 10%/Big Sisters - 4%)
Asian (Little - 1%/Big - 1%)
Caucasian (Little - 48%/Big - 84%
Hispanic (Little - 18%/Big - 3%)
Native American (Little - 3%/Big - 7%)
Other Multiracial (Little - 20%/Big - 1%). 

Email picture and resume ASAP to:
Producer: dana biscotti myskowski
Subject Line: “7DAYPSA Casting”

(Photo above of Dana and her daughter Abby outside her school at the time, Trinity High School in Manchester.  Now she's in college.  Oy. Where does the time go?)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Crewing Up

Bravo to the Rhode Island International Film Festival for launching the 7 Day PSA Competition.  It offers cash-strapped non-profits the opportunity to gain a professionally produced set of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that will be distributed to local media outlets, while also permitting filmmakers and students to hone their craft and strut their stuff.  

It's an all-volunteer effort and we appreciate the opportunity to participate on Thursday, January 28 - February 4.  While I will produce and write for our agency team, Smoky Quartz Productions, Adam Jones will direct and Gary Anderson will DP.

Follow our progress as we gather a list of potential locations, possible actors, musicians, and crew....

(Photos of Gleason Falls, Hillsborough, N.H. & of the White Mountains, Madison, N.H. by Jan Myskowski.)