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Allentown Film Crew Committees

NEWSLETTER: Recap of meetings, event announcements, other news.

Post to Meetup, website, Facebook

Chair: Mark Ritchey

WEBSITE: Keep updated with links to completed films and promos, photos from productions and events, make user friendly.

Chair: Open

FUND RAISING: Generate revenue through fund raisers, online crowd funding, etc. for

purpose of providing budget for general group needs including equipment

catering for productions, possibly paying actors, film festival entry fees…

Chair: Open 

POST PRODUCTION: Oversee post-production of projects, get outstanding projects completed, procure editors, music, etc.

Chair: Open

SOCIAL DIRECTOR: Plan social events like parties, group outings; post things of interest to Facebook, keep an online presence, maintain morale of group.

Chair: Open

EQUIPMENT: Maintain list of group equipment, hold or keep track of who has possession of equipment, create sign-out sheet/release for use of equipment. Keep track of receipts/warranties if applicable.

Chair: Wilfredo Aqueron

PUBLIC RELATIONS: Networking, promotion, social media. (Work with or possibly combine with Social Director.)

Chair: Open

FINANCIAL ADVISOR: Pros/cons of going non-profit, liability issues.

Chair: Wilfredo Aqueron

Allentown Film Crew Tuesday October 28th, 2014 Meeting recap

Ten crew members attended, including one first timer.
The new president, Trisha Thompsen opened with old business. Ironic, ain’t it?

The oldest unfinished project, “I’m Not Gay, My Boyfriend Is” was passed to a new editor over the summer. Poor old project. Nobody wants it. (sniff, sniff) Anyway, if he doesn’t finish it, our new member may be interested in doing it. If not, we’ll go to Craig’s list. The other unfinished product, “Two Poetic Promises, One Last Breath” will be taken over by Wilfredo Aqueron. It’s a big project (lots of footage), but somebody’s gotta do it. Right, Wil?

In new business, the next project is in pre-production. It’s a collaborative writing project, the first of its kind for our group, called Carpool. It’s a a somewhat apocolyptic dark comedy that may or may not include zombies. The next writer’s group meeting will be on Nov. 18th at Wegman’s in Allentown.

In case you didn’t hear yet, the AFC production, “Broken Dreams”, won best short film at the Pocono Mountain Film Festival. Congrats to Trisha the writer/director, Moses Garcia, producer and everyone in the cast and crew! You can view the film on our website,

We also talked about committees which President Trisha has initiated. A separate communication will be sent out detailing the committees to be established. Each will have a chairperson who will run the committee. 3 of them already have a chair, so get your applications in. They’re going fast!

The Crew will be shooting the current project, Valentine’s Day this weekend! Good luck and safe travels to all involved.

Come on out to a meeting to get involved in the next project, or a committee, or both.
We have a lot of talented people and we want to utilize our resources. Make it your group!

See you soon,

Our new project is called Valentines Day. We are in the process of getting a crew together, so here is your chance to  get involved. Contact the producer Chris Wagler at to secure your position.




Saturday July 12, 2014

10:00 am – 4:30?  (lunch break at 12:30)

Lehigh University,  Packard Lab,  Room 410

Bethlehem, PA


This lighting workshop is being offered by Ed Ballinger, a one-time fully participating member of the AFC, now returned to share some training with us. Some members may remember Ed as the cinematographer and editor on the AFC classic “The Cake”.

A PowerPoint presentation will be used to conduct the workshop and will include lecture interspersed with movie clips to illustrate points covered. The talk will culminate in a mock movie scene with a demonstration of various ways to light and shoot it. Emphasis throughout the presentation will be on lighting for art, rather than simply lighting for exposure. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it; challenge yourself to adopt a new way of seeing. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be available.

A graduate of Kutztown University’s Electronic Media program; Ed later continued his training at the world famous Maine Media Workshops at Rockport College in Rockport, Maine. For the past 13 years he has worked at Lehigh University as a Video Production Specialist in the Department of Distance Education. During that time and in addition to his normal daily activities, he has been credited for his work on nearly 50 special features or event videos for the university. Additionally he has garnered credit for over 30 freelance jobs in less than 10 years; often times as director, editor and cinematographer. Examples of his work can be seen at

There will be a lunch break at 12:30 for 45 minutes.

Participants may bring a bag lunch or can leave during break. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, including on campus. The end time will depend on participation during the question and answer session and demonstration.

Ed is very excited to bring this service to AFC. And, we’re excited to have him. We encourage members to attend, regardless of your level of expertise. This is one part in a series of presentations to educate our members, improve the quality of our productions, and give back to the community.

Please attend!




2014 has been amazing so far for the Allentown Film Crew. We have one short film (TWO SILENT POETIC PROMISES ONE LAST BREATH) in post-production from last year, one completed commercial, working on a Music promotional, and have just completed principal photography for our first short film (REDEMPTION) of the 2014. This is not including all the FILMS and personal projects that members are working on around the Lehigh Valley. We are growing and going strong.

Thanks to our 2014 Christmas fundraiser, we have reached our goal of buying our first Boom and Mic. Also, I want to give a special thanks to the hilarious Dan Maher for donating a sweet sound recorder to complete our Sound Equipment.

With principal photography for REDEMPTION completed, we are now moving on to our next Film Project.

1. There is no THEME for the next submission. So the Script can be any fictional genre, or topic that is Rated “R” and below. No documentary, music video, etc.

2. Only one script can be submitted per member. But you can bring more than one to be reviewed and later pick the one you want to submit. You can resubmit old scripts.

Screenwriters Meetup dates:

Tuesday 4/29/14

Tuesday 5/6/14

Sunday 5/25/14

Deadline for Script Submission is “Sunday 6/1/14 Midnight”

This gives everyone a good seven weeks to write a 5 to 15 minute script.

I can’t wait to see new stories for 2014. See you at the next meeting.

Moses Garcia – Screenwriter Meetup facilitator

Dec. 21, 2013 is our fundraiser at The Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in Phillipsburg NJ. We have the band Bootleg Express playing and Christmas lights going to the music. There will also be DJ Double D keeping things lively and moving. The event will be held in the barn and we will be showing our movies. There will be a food vendor and hay rides available and a souvenir photos by a covered bridge. We have Great raffle prizes to give away and a 50/50 to win.  All this will be streamed live over the internet, So come on out and be part of this NEW massive event.

The show is 3:30 to 5:30

Some of the raffle prizes are:

4 passes to Lehigh Valley Grand Prix ($75 value)

Large oil painting ($50 value)) IMG_4991.jpeg

Go Green tote bag, t-shirt and hat

Movie night basket

And more coming.

You don’t have to be present to win the raffle but you do have to be present to win 50/50. Raffle prizes have to be picked up by Jan. 14, 2014

Raffle tickets can be purchased on line at with paypal.

You can also watch the show live at home on the internet for a $10 donation which can also be purchased at  Look under the web store page  for products