Probably one of the most awesome days I've had in a long time. Went to the Mark Gantt workshop and feel totally rejuvenated.
- Heath V.
Fantastic and inspiring workshop led by Mark Gantt of web hit "The Bannen Way." This seminar rocked!!!!Highly recommend getting the DVD of this seminar when it comes out. He lays out how they did it and much more. Really valuable - Thanks Mark for making this so affordable and practical. You walk the talk.
- Roz C.
Wow. Thanks for the inspiring, overwhelming, fabulous seminar yesterday...ahhhh...so much to do...start with write down what I want to do...no, really, do it...
- Kady D.
Just wanted to thank you for having your "create your own career" seminar. It was a tremendous help & after asking for help (I think you mentioned that) I've already had a meeting about my project. Great stuff and great give on your part. You really fucking inspire me. Thanks man!
- Scott A.
Industry Leaders Speak
Mark has that rare quality of being able to lead and inspire a crew while balancing many hats including, writing, executive producing and starring in a large production.
- Eric Berger, Senior VP Digital Networks, Sony Pictures Television
Mark Gantt is an example of not waiting for someone to tell you it is O.K. to do something. He believed in their vision and found a way to execute brilliantly.
- Amber J. Lawson, Comedy Publisher - Babelgum.com
While our network did not pick up the show, we continue to applaud how Mark and team raised the bar in terms of production values, talent and distribution in the nascent digital arena from the first pitch to the finished product.
- Cameron Death, VP Digital Content – NBC Universal
Mark didn’t sit back waiting for something to happen for him. He took the initiative, developed his own vehicle, and was very creative in figuring out how to get it financed, marketed and distributed.
- Larry Tanz, President - Vuguru
PAST WORKSHOP DETAILS
STREAMY AWARD WINNER MARK GANTT PRESENTS WORKSHOP
“TAKE ACTION! – A WEB SERIES WORKSHOP”
The Six Hour Event Will Showcase The Success of One of the Biggest Web TV Series “The Bannen Way” from Conception to Distribution
TAKE ACTION - A KICK-ASS WEB SERIES WORKSHOP - in this workshop I'll be sharing how we created The Bannen Way and give you the tools needed to create your own series. The daylong class will cover the gamut of web entertainment topics like “Producing for the Web,” Monetizing Your Content” and “Benefits of Pitch Website.”
STREAMY AWARD WINNING actor, director, writer and producer MARK GANTT presents a down and dirty web series workshop. In this one day event, Gantt will speak about the practical details of developing and producing online content. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of creating a hit web series from concept to distribution. Check out Workshop Site.
An industry leader, Gantt received international success with his series THE BANNEN WAY, which he produced, co-wrote and stars. Financed by Sony Pictures Television’s Crackle distribution arm, this unique Web Series/Feature Film, has broken records with more than 14 million views, 4 Streamy Awards including Best Actor (Mark), Best Drama, Best Director and was nominated for 2 Webby Awards. Due to its vast success, Sony Pictures Television is currently developing the project into a TV series.
Gantt recently completed filming a guest appearance on the web's longest-running branded comedy series, THE TEMP LIFE, produced by NY-based CJP Digital Media and premiering December 13th on My Damn Channel. Next, Gantt will go behind the camera to Direct Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Jaime Murray(Dexter) and Shannen Doherty (90210 and Charmed) in two of seven episodes the Branded Web Series, Suite 7, which premieres on Dec 17th on MyLifetime.com.
Patience, Persistence and Balance... Oh My!
I don't, I wish I did, but sadly it's something I struggle with all the time. I recently had several conversations with actor and filmmaker friends on the subject and realized one of of us was talking the other off the ledge. Am I supposed to be patient and let go of the results or am I afraid of doing the next step to achieve my goals? And am I enjoying my life and the journey or just focussing on my career and not being present.
It reminds me of the John Lennon lyrics "Life is what happens to you. While you're busy making other plans."
I can look back over stressful situations and see how FEAR played a huge part of it. I worked myself up in a big batch of worry over an expected outcome or desired response. Most of these circumstances I had little or no control over the end result. But you could have fooled me by the way I was worrying about them. Was I being persistent enough? Did I do everything I could do? Should I send another email? Make another call, do another draft, rework the presentation deck, call my agent for feedback or just give it all up entirely and work at The Grove?
PODCAST FROM AMERICA: EPISODE 5 WITH MARK GANTT
Welcome to the Christmas episode of PODCAST FROM AMERICA, with my special guest Mark Gantt, a talented actor/writer/producer/director, who I was lucky enough to speak to at the beginning of October. You can listen to the show via iTunes by clicking this link.
I’ve been following Mark’s career with interest since I met him on the set of Sony’s The Bannen Way, just over a year ago. He and his Bannen co-creator, Jesse Warren, were on day 18 of a 19-day shoot at the Lacy Street Studios in east LA, filming their ground-breaking high-production value web series, about a gangster who wants to go straight.
I blogged at the time that ‘Hollywood’s future was in Bannen’s hands‘, and after the series scored more than 14 million hits, and went on to be sold as a feature on DVD, I think they ably demonstrated that well-produced, original web shows can have clout. Their model is very new, but proves that there is another viable way that talented actors, producers and directors, who might otherwise not get the chance, can showcase their talents.
Mark’s now an authority on making shows on the web, and runs a kick-ass course on the subject – find out more at www.ganttworkshops.com.
He also has a host of projects coming up, including the episode of Suite 7 that he directed, starring Eddie McClintock and Jaime Murray, which is out now.
BUZZ EDITION - How To Create Your Career
Interview: Mark Gantt – How To Create Your Own Career
Tired of hearing no? There are other ways… When your career hits a speed bump, and opportunities seem non-existant, there are two paths you can take: the easy way or “The Bannen Way.” No longer are we limited by the opportunities people present to us. Current technology allows anyone to be an actor, producer, director or writer. The secret is to never settle for less that your dreams desire.
A quick check of Mark Gantt’s website or his IMDB page reveals he had a career, just not the one he had mapped out for himself. “I had my foot in the door and people were at the party saying ‘Hey come on in,’ but I was like ‘no, I gotta be an actor.’” He seemed to be gaining ground on a career path many would cherish, but even after appearing in a Sundance Short, and knowing the industry pros, his own agent still had no faith Mark would actually be getting auditions. Luckily Mark doesn’t acknowledge the word no.
SIMPLY SHOWBIZ DOT COM - Interview
It takes a thief: Mark Gantt and “The Bannen Way”
Three years or so ago, Mark Gantt found himself dissatisfied with the way his acting career was progressing. In fact, it was barely inching forward. His girlfriend had booked a film and a TV pilot, but Gantt was spinning his wheels, unable to get many auditions or meetings with casting directors. His one dependable creative outlet was his acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
One day a woman in class complained that her career was, like Gantt’s, stalled, while her sister was booking work regularly. The teacher, Allen Barton, advised, “You’ve just got to build your own door and walk through it.”
Barton’s edict touched a nerve with Gantt, setting him on a course that would result in a starring role in an original web series and feature film, both entitled The Bannen Way. Gantt would play Neil Bannen, a suave chick-magnet of a thief who finds himself torn between the examples set by his chief-of-police father and his criminally inclined uncle.
Facebook Note - Crowd Sourcing
Crowd Sourcing for your web project - Be Smart - There is an 'Art' to the 'Business' of Filmmaking.
This started as a quick response to a Live Twitter Chat (#webserieschat) that @Slebisodes hosts Wednesdays at 11am.
One of the topics that came up was: "Setting financial goals to crowd source and fund your web project."
I think this is a very acute Point of View from S.E. Olson, and is important for any filmmaker, creator or artist to hear. There is an 'Art' to the 'Business' of Filmmaking.
From S.E. Olson: "Well I'm coming at this from the perspective of someone who practiced a little entertainment law & then went whole hog as a fan of all kinds of things. And someone who's been online since 1987 so I know of many places where fans go online. Mostly I'm a fan. I'm inclined to like you & what you do. I want you to succeed (or more accurately I'm not strongly motivated to see you fail), but you have to introduce yourself to me somehow, show me what you can do, convince me (maybe even woo me) that I should at least spend a little time watching what you do & see if I like it. Then you can ask me for all kinds of things, like start with my opinion on what you're doing.Then ask me if I think it's good enough to ask my friends & people I know to take a look at it. Then you can ask me for money if you need to pay for it that way. I don't expect you to give me everything immediately and for free, but I do expect to have some idea of what it is you can do before we go to the next stage. And frankly I want to be moved by what you do. Try to make me laugh, cry, think -- whatever, but *move* me. If you succeed, I'm going to go along for more of the ride. If not, you should regroup, rethink & try again. You can even ask me what you think isn't working and I'll try to give you some constructive criticism. I may not know what's wrong, or I may not nail the problem down perfectly because I'm not the creative one (ideally you should be the more creative of the 2 of us, otherwise I could go off and amuse myself without you), but if you put a little faith in me, I'll give it an honest try. Maybe we have to sort that out together, maybe you have to sort that out by talking to other creative people, maybe it requires you to do the deep soul searching, maybe it's some combination of them all. I can't say for sure, it has to be dealt with if & when it arises. Just as I don't expect you to give me everything all at once and for free, you cannot expect me to give you all my attention, time, energy, advice, generosity & money plus access to everyone I know right off the bat. It has to go in stages & in its own due time. Looking to get $60,000 in 30 days when I don't know you would be like you seeing me on the street, grabbing me by the hair, dragging me into a room & expecting transcendent sex & undying love from me. Not gonna happen."
Blog Post - To Act... or To Direct... That Was The Question
I've mentioned this in a couple different interviews but wanted to expand on it a bit in a new unit of time. I think it was mid 2005, I sat down with my mentor and teacher, Milton Katselas to discuss my decision to QUIT acting. I was very frustrated. I wasn't enjoying acting, the business mostly, but it affected my desire to improve my craft in class. So I was going to tell Milton that I wanted to quit acting and pursue directing. I sat across from him in his incredible house and pleaded my case, "I don't enjoy acting anymore. I love directing. I realize when I assist you Milton, I'm watching you as a director, seeing how you discover what the scene's about, work with the actors and tell a story. When I watch a movie, I'm thinking as a director, as a filmmaker, not as an actor studying their choices. I am a director!" I sat back in my chair, I felt good about what I just spewed. Sitting next to me, was Art Cohan, the Senior Stage Manager of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Milton's right hand and one of my best friends. I looked over to him for reassurance as Milton began writing on his notepad in broad strokes. He wrote the words ACTOR and DIRECTOR and drew a line between them. He turned the pad to me and said, "You have to make a decision today, ACTOR or DIRECTOR... you can only do one... which?"
Without hesitation I pointed to DIRECTOR... "did he not just hear my case just now??" I was thinking. He turned the pad around and circled ACTOR and DIRECTOR and at the bottom wrote the word "BOTH". He turned it around one more time and showed it to me. He said, "YOU... can do BOTH. But you have to give a hundred percent to the acting or you'll never succeed as a director. You have to confront what's blocking you in your acting or it will block you as a director. You need the skills as an actor, you need to kill that and then you'll be able to do both... with success."
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Gantt Calendar of Events
First season of new digital series THE INN launches. Created by Steve Silvmeran and stars Crystal Chappell and myself. I come towards the end of this season.
Shooting great film with Joe Penna again. Very excited about this project!
JANUARY 19 - 20
Shooting pilot presentation for new digital series WHOA! Created by Scott Richter, starring Linda Blair and myself!
Shooting scenes from new feature film FINDING CALI
Alexis Boozer wins Best Overall Actress
Begin shooting new digital series THE INN opposite Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light, Venice the series)
Created by Steven Silverman (Pretty The Series)
First Glance Film Festival - Philadelphia
I won BEST DIRECTOR for DONOR!
Speaking at the 2nd Annual
Shooting new TV Series BLUFF in Calgary, Alberta created by Jewelle Colwell
Shooting new series MERIDIAN by Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan) with Orlando Jones. Yeah I'm playing that douchy office manager.
Producing new online series
Created and Executive Produced by Sybil Temtchine & Steve Peros
Directed by Perry Andelin Blake
Executive Produced by Mark Gantt
Starring: Sybil Temtchine, Dennis Dugan, Frank Coraci, Eric Avari, Gwendolyn Yeo, Mark Gantt, Brianne Davis and Michael Lerner
Completed shooting Pilot Presentation THE PROGRAM that I produced and starred in.
Created by Matt Lutz, Directed by Dylan Mulick
With Robert Forster, Kate Siegel and Brett Fliesher
Attending AMONG FRIENDS screening at Universal City
Shannen Doherty honored for Best Individual Performance from the 2012 Webby Awards in the SUITE 7 episode "Company" that Mark directed. Episode was written by Yuri Baranovsky and stars Shannen and Wilson Cleveland.
SECRET PROJECT REVEALED - I'm shooting HUNGER GAMES fan film STAR SQUAD playing Dr. Aurelius.
Shooting a few episodes of new digital series.