Crew Call for The Canticle of the Black Madonna Opera

We’re taking bids to make a commercial-level video of our opera at the Newmark Theatre in September. This is a big production and we’re looking to hire a high-level video crew for both production and post production. Details: 1. Work with opera production staff during production week (first week of September) to learn the staging 2. Manage a live crew (preferably 5 cameras) to shoot the show on 2-3 different nights. 3. Post production/editing Obviously preference is for experts in shooting live theater, etc. Preferred budget would be in the $20-$30k range but we’re treating all bids with equal seriousness.

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March MOPAN Meeting/Mixer – Thursday, March 13th at 6:30pm at The Cannery

March 13th  MOPAN Meeting/Mixer

The MOPAN meeting on Thursday, March 13th will be a casual schmooze/mixer event instead of the usual business meeting with a presentation of some type. The location is The Cannery, 345 E. 11th Avenue, Eugene 97401, 541-345-5435, better known to many as the site of the original Beer Stein. Per our usual practice, around 6:30 is when we’ll start gathering, and the event runs until people are done schmoozing and mixing.

The Cannery has a wide range of craft beers on draft plus a full bar, and its kitchen serves up a modest array of very good food. Our Tuesday night after-film-class group meets there every week and we find the fare delicious.

The Cannery has a TV to which we can attach a DVD player or laptop, if equipped with RCA-type AV connections, if any members want to bring along any brief video projects to show. Bring your own presentation device as well.

We hope to see you there!

– Jeff Johnston
MOPAN chapter chair

Beds for Freezing Nights project

Hi MOPANers,
I’m a founding member of one of those community organizations: Beds for Freezing Nights [BFN]
It was organized in 2009 and functions much like the Eagan Warming Centers do up there. The City certified Cottage Grove’s  Catholic and Presbyterian Churches to serve as emergency shelters on subfreezing nights each winter when the forecast is for 29 degrees and below. We have a $10K annual budget that primarily pays for a required comprehensive liability insurance policy, which covers the operations of this all volunteer seasonal nonprofit.
Would you please help me out and forward the announcement below to MOPAN folks? Hopefully there will be some members willing to help BFN pull off a successful money-making event that will provide a warm, safe place for individuals and families who want to come inside on the coldest nights of the year. Thanks!
On Friday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m. in the Cottage Grove Catholic Church Parish Hall, BFN is organizing its first community-wide fundraising event: “A Taste of The Grove: A Chefs Challenge to benefit Beds for Freezing Nights.”
It’s the usual spaghetti feed, silent/live auction event with band and no-host bar format — with a fun twist.
While the guests are eating their meal three local chefs have 45 minutes to prepare an appetizer, entree and dessert using a limited number of ingredients. Their final products will be presented to three celebrity judges [KVAL’s Weatherman Al Peterson; CG Sentinel Cooking Columnist, Betty Keizer; and another as-yet-to-be-announced celebrity judge.].
Last week I met with Garrett Bridgens, the CG High School multimedia teacher, and David Larsen, another technologist on the CGHS staff about how to broadcast the contest happening in the small-ish church kitchen onto a large flat screen TV or two smaller flat screen TVs in the dining area as the guests are eating their catered dinner. We’d like to record the contest and have the high school students edit it for later broadcast on South Lane Television’s over-the-air channel 14.4 they create content for. They told me all of the school’s consumer level equipment is not able to relay contest into the dining area and record it for later editing.
This is why I’m issuing a call for volunteer crew to help produce this Cottage Grove event. The BFN season begins on Nov. 15 and ends onMar 31. We hope to make “A Taste of The Grove Chef Challenge” an annual event for us to celebrate the end of another season and have some fun raise the money we’ll need to begin preparing for the next season.
More information about Beds for Freezing Nights is available on our website:
Anyone interested in helping us figure out this key aspect of the fundraiser designed to enhance our guests’ experience can contact me at [541] 915.0113 or by email at
Cindy Weeldreyer
BFN Fundraising Coordinator

Audiobook Narration Workshop Feb. 16

Audiobook Narration Workshop
Learn what it takes to be an audiobook narrator
February 16, 2014 • 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Join us for an audiobook workshop held in a nationally acclaimed full-service recording studio, presented by two experienced professionals currently working in the field. This is an opportunity to work on your skills in a recording session, not merely a classroom experience. If you’re interested in audiobook narration, this workshop is for you.

The Audiobook Workshop offers:
• Reading and recording using real narration scripts
• Receiving direction, playback and feedback
• Personalized advice based on your skill level
• Learning how audiobooks are produced
• Tips about production protocol
• An overview of the current state of the audiobook industry, and ideas for breaking into narration

If you are NEW to narration, you will:
• Learn the basic techniques of mic work
• Learn the basics of equipment for audiobook narration
• Learn and practice reading and interpreting scripts
• Gain practical experience behind the microphone

If you have experience with acting and/or voiceover, you will:
•  Learn how audiobook narration style is unique
•  Discover how to adapt your skills to this medium
•  Increase and refine your skill level

This half-day (4+hour) workshop is limited to 8 participants.  Deposit is required to secure your seat.

$200 per workshop, 50% deposit required. Credit card, check or cash.
Contact Don:  541-343-2692 or


Don Ross is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer.  National clients include: Sony Music, Universal-Motown, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Company, Fisher-Price, NPR, Yahoo!, and DRAFTFCB, Chicago. Don is a veteran engineer, producer, professional musician and voice talent. He was inducted into Oregon’s Music Hall of Fame in October 2011.

Heather Henderson is an audiobook narrator and voice talent with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts. From her home studio and Don Ross Productions, she has recorded books for Harper Audio, HighBridge, Blackstone, Oasis, eChristian,, and others. Her narrations include the NYT bestseller Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won an Earphones Award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine. She holds a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and is a SAG-AFTRA union member.

Free Film Screening This Week in Eugene

Our friends at Travel Lane County tipped us off this this film screening happening this week:


“OCEAN FRONTIERS: The Dawn of a New Era in OceanStewardship”

January 23, 2014, 5:30-8:30pm
Film Screening, Panel Discussion, Reception
U of O School of Law • 1515 Agate St. Room175

Ocean Frontiers is an inspiring story of citizens working together for healthier economies and seas.
Following the film, a panel with local experts will discuss the relevance of the film and report accomplishments.

Celebrate today’s ocean pioneers and enjoy live music, beer, wine & refreshments.
We hope you will join us to celebrate this national treasure!

5:50pm Film • 7:00pm Panel, Q&A • 7:30pm Reception

Ocean Frontiers

 Open to the public – Suggested Donation: $5.00
Reservations Requested:
Parking: Use metered parking on Agate St. / Campus map
Info & Trailer:

Presented by: Green Fire Productions & Surfrider Foundation
Donors: Ninkasi Brewing Company