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Monday, April 30, 2012
Michigan Film Office Goes Mobile with New iPhone App!
Michigan Film Office Goes Mobile with New iPhone App
LANSING – The Michigan Film Office has launched a new iPhone app that puts the office’s online directories at the touch of a button for producers, directors, location managers and filmmakers. Michigan is one of the first film offices in the country to have a mobile app for locations and crew databases.
“We are always looking for ways to be more customer-friendly and responsive to the industry, and this is a terrific tool to compliment the incredible locations and talented crew Michigan has to offer,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “As we move forward under the state’s new film incentive program embracing innovations like this app will play a key role in giving Michigan a competitive edge in attracting great projects.”
The app, created by Reel-Scout Inc., is free and utilizes a mobile friendly platform that allows users from large and small projects alike to tap into the Film Office Locations database and Michigan crew and vendor directories directly from their iPhone.
Directors, location managers and scouts on the road can access 78,000 photos of more than 5,400 locations across the state and with the app, searching by region, city or landmark – anything a scene might call for. For convenient referencing, the app also allows users to map the locations directly to their phone – a feature that provides an advantage for users scouting in Michigan for projects. Users will also be able to submit new locations or modify existing photos in the database directly from their mobile phone.
“The Michigan Film Office team is constantly developing innovative ways to keep Michigan a top choice for productions,” said locations manager George Constas. “This new iPhone app is an amazing tool that showcases the beauty and variety of our state, while at the same time creating a more efficient filmmaking process. This app will also show the world how synergy between producers, our film office, and local location managers can be maximized.”
The complete Michigan Film Office production directory of Michigan crew and support services is also accessible through the new app. These entries include contact information, resumes and credits for industry professionals in the state, which can be tapped by projects looking to hire. Users may also utilize the app to register or update their entry in the production directory in real time.
An independent film impresario - Sam Logan Khaleghi’s writing, directing and producing credits include the upcoming character drama APPROACHING MIDNIGHT featuring Jana Kramer (co-star of CW’s ‘One Tree Hill’); His freshman effort into the world of cinema came with his crime-drama LOVE IS A THIEVES' GAME which was shot during college years on location in Detroit, Michigan as well as New York City. In the world of television, Sam served as associate producer on the season finale (8th season) of MTV's Emmy winning series MADE; As thespian he made his television debut with a small role in Lifetime TV Networks PRAYERS FOR BOBBY * starring Sigourney Weaver and appeared in the season finale of Touchstone Pictures' Television's DETROIT 1-8-7. He can currently be seen in television commercials for the national ‘Pure Michigan’ campaign.
Sam is a graduate of the Master of Science in Communication Management program at Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of of Music and Drama in London, England.