Around 11 years ago, as a student at Columbia College Chicago, I founded Beyond the Nametag Productions. It is meant to be an independent label to launch content from across the entertainment spectrum. While starting as a stamp for my student films, it was meant to grow into more. We’ve been quiet for too long, which is why I’m here to re-state our mission, build lasting relationships and keep you abreast of what’s in store for 2017.
Beyond the Nametag Productions exists to create thought-provoking content. Specifically, art pieces that peel back the labels and look beyond our first perception. We’re here to burst your bubbles, not conserve them (which is something we need now more than ever).
Collaboration is key; we hope to spread our knowledge through education, consultation and partnerships. That is why our blog will be much more active in 2017, featuring articles surrounding my individual experience and those of my colleagues. The door is open for consulting, whether you need advice for an independent feature, or full-service supervision of post production. With a career in the making that is 9-years and running, I’m blessed to have a network with depth and diversity to help bring these projects to reality. So be ready to take advantage of my experience this year.
While film and video remains our focus, future projects include a graphic novel in the fantasy genre and a sports podcast. I’m looking for us to stay busy and explore all of our creative outlets. This year, you can hold me to it.
Dave Bullis, who is an independent filmmaker and runs his own indie film Podcast, recently had Shawn on the show to talk Post Production, WWE Studios and his work here at Beyond the Nametag Productions. Check out the tweets and links below!
In case you missed it before, Shawn has also been a guest on the Unleaded Logic “Logically Thinking” Podcast. Take a look at the original tweets below and listen to what they have to say about breaking into film, coming of age and gaming.
Shawn Montgomery here! First official blog post on beyondthenametag.com. Wow, has the site been growing over the past month. Our social media initiatives to reach out to the Independent Film community have cultured some great relationships and led to a spike in viewing on our Vimeo page. Expansions to YouTube, Instagram, SlideShare and Tumblr are coming soon. But enough about us, let’s discuss the state of producing entertaining content in the digital age.
Living in Los Angeles certainly has its perks, especially when it comes to accessing professional film industry events like the Produced By Conference put on every year by the Producer’s Guild Guild of America (PGA). I’ve been a member for three years now and this is also my third Produced By Conference. Leave it up to the PGA to bring the biggest names from film and television to the table for panels with prestigious moderators that ask how can we break into an ever-changing landscape of entertainment.
I was able to attend three sessions on Saturday, June 7th at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. These panels included discussions moderated by esteemed Producers such as Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz and Michael De Luca, with big-name talent such as Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Cean Chaffin and the one and only, David Fincher. Also in the groups I attended were talks with Producer Jessika Borsiczky (House of Lies, Flashforward), TV Agent Peter Micelli from CAA, President of Scripted TV at Slingshot Global Media Quan Phung and Head of Drama at Amazon Studios Morgan Wandell. Here’s the run-down: