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New Meetup: DSA sponsored SPEAKER - Russ Pond

From: S. L.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 1:55 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Richardson Screenwriters Meetup Group!

What: DSA sponsored SPEAKER - Russ Pond

When: June 20,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $10.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Join the Dallas Screenwriters Association Friday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. at KD Studios in welcoming local filmmaker Russ Pond share his journey from script to screen in the making of "Fissure."

He will also discuss screenwriting for the low-budget feature. Following his presentation and a Q&A, Russ will screen "Fissure," a 90-minute sci-fi/crime thriller.

Russ Pond

Owner/Producer, Top Pup Media

Producer, Director, and Editor of "Fissure"

After 16 years in corporate America, Russ decided to toss his suit and tie to pursue his passion for filmmaking.

His love for storytelling became evident early on, as he would sneak into the back of his dad's photography studio, grab the 8mm movie camera and start making movies.

Thinking his filmmaking days were long behind him, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and went to work for Uniden in 1989. However, years later he found himself wanting to return to the craft that so fascinated him as a young boy. In 1995, he purchased a video editing system that enabled him to add music, sound effects and animation to home videos. This past time became his creative outlet. It also provided an unexpected means of income. In 1998, he formed an independent media company called Top Pup Media and used this business to hone his craft as a filmmaker, working on a number of corporate video projects for various clients.

After listening to a local filmmaker talk about narrative storytelling in 2003, he decided to delve into screenwriting and film production. He experienced immediate success with his first short film ?Treasure,? which was picked up by an LA cable show. The following year, he produced another short entitled ?The Light.? His third short ?Growing Up? won the Audience Choice Award at the San Antonio Independent Film Festival the subsequent year. Winning this festival really encouraged him to take his filmmaking to the next level, which was to produce and direct a full-length feature film.

"Initially, we were going to write the script ourselves," Pond said. "But writing is hard and a very skilled craft. Done right, and it's powerful. Done wrong, and it's embarrassing."

So after deciding they were not screenwriters, they set out to purchase a script. After receiving more than 450 submissions, he and his producing partner selected the script ?Fissure? as their debut, feature film project. He knew this story was the one when he was completely captivated by the script after only 10 pages into it!

Three decades after producing his first ?motion picture? with his father?s 8mm film camera, it is with great pleasure and excitement for him to now have finished this feature film.

Russ currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with this wife of fifteen years, Angela, and their son, Caleb.

The meeting begins at 7pm (doors open at 6:30 for networking) at KD Studio, Stemmons @ Motor Street.

DSA Members are free; Non-members are $10.

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