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NYC Create is the Official Newsletter of the Platinum PIAs Awards

The big news is that NYC Create is the official newsletter of the Platinum PIAs awards. Since the PIAs are based in New York City it is a natural that they would partner with an NYC organization. Working with NYC Create means that the newsletter will still be packed with tips on creative career advancement but when the Platinum PIAs nears its launch date NYC Create will give you the latest relevant details.

NYC Create’s most recent edition reveals some important insights into how to make money as an artist. In fact, the current blog entry is the first in a series of 6 such installments. Each installment will give you information on how to profit from your creativity. For instance, this week’s content focuses on utilizing education to bring in an income stream. That’s the idea behind this entire 6 week series: providing you the artist – including musicians, writers, filmmakers etc. – with income stream ideas you can implement. The more streams you create the more income you will receive.

Platinum Pias Video

platinum-pias-audienceIt’s been about two and a half weeks since the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists and we’ve been getting requests for showing a video of the event.

For this reason we created a Platinum Pias compilation film that runs about three and a half minutes and can be seen here on the Lights Camera Read blog.

The Platinum Pias, as we mentioned right after the event, was an extraordinary experience. Many said it was the best Pias yet and marked the public introduction of Art Gush which is a proprietary feature film creation methodology for actors that involves no crew.

Also the production for the movie “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder” was begun. Some of the filming that evening will be seen in the final sequence of the movie!

Cast members of “Thrillumentary” were present in the audience. Watch the video and see if you can pick out who the “Thrillumentary” cast members are.

Yianni Stamas Announces Tomorrow is the Platinum Pias

Yes, tomorrow is the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Actors and Artists who are Making a Difference in their Communities and Internationally! The Pias are no cost to attend because they are a community project!

What: the Platinum Pias
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, near Canal Street
When: Monday, March 20, 6:30pm
Why: to celebrate actors and artists who are making a difference

See you there!

Yianni Stamas Lets the Cat Out of the Bag Regarding New Movie Funding

As someone who speaks to college classes on occasion, I inevitably get asked about movie funding. Why? Probably because it is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire funds for movies or other creative projects, therefore new approaches are needed.

One of the reasons that it is becoming more difficult to get funding for films is because for small independent motion pictures, unless they are using alternative online distribution, are not as easily getting viable distribution deals. In other words, if an investor invests in a for-profit movie venture, she or he is not usually going to make a profit, let alone get her or his money back.

A possible solution is to go nonprofit rather than for-profit. This means that rather than getting investors for your movie, you are getting donors. But how do you get donors? They key is to have a film that addresses some important public issue therefore there is an interest in getting the word out.

The strategy then is a three part process as seen in this article.

 

 

Platinum Pias Nominees are Named

Things have been quite busy here at the Platinum Pias headquarters with the holidays and all, so we didn’t get around to formally announcing yesterday’s latest.

The big news is that the nominees of the 2017 Platinum Pias have been named.

Please check it out if you haven’t already. As you will see there are some new categories and the emphasis is on artists,

We’ve been receiving questions along the lines of “Why just artists?” The answer to this question is that it was a natural evolution of the Pias finding its “voice.” A lot of artists gravitated toward the Platinum Pias Awards shows, so to “go all artists” so to speak, was a natural step.

Platinum Pias Date is Set

platinum-pias-logoBreaking news from the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists front – the date has been set for the program! It is, Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Downtown Community Television Center at 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY.

Yes, we are doing a second year at DCTV. The environment is very conducive to neighborhood gatherings and therefore appropriate for the Platinum Pias. The exciting thing about this ceremony is that it will focus on artists who are making a difference in their NYC and international communities.

For example, the much heralded “Thrillumentary” International Band have been nominated with its members collectively making music from their respective countries.

The performance will again be, as it was last year, at the 7th Annual Pias, a combination of video introductions with live readings of the winners.

Tickets will be available to subscribers of the NYC Make a Difference newsletter.