Q: Does the Rhode Island Film and Television Office help filmmakers get financing for their films?

A: No. However, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts does provide competitive grants for film, television, documentaries and screenplays. For further information, please go to www.arts.ri.gov and click on grants.

Q: I have just finished my first screenplay. What do I do?

A: Contact any of the following:

Writer’s Guild of America, East
555 W. 57th Street, Suite 1230
New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-767-7800
Fax: 212-582-1909
www.wgaeast.org
The Writer’s Store
2040 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90025
Phone: 310-441-5151 / 800-272-8927
www.writersstore.com

Writer’s Guild of America, West
7000 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
Phone: 323-951-4000,
323-782-4502 (agency listings)
Fax: 323-782-4800
www.wga.org

Q: Are there any books or software available for writing scripts?

A: Yes. There are many books available at your local library or bookstore.
Some of these include Syd Field’s “Screenplay”, a series of screenwriting books by Linda Seger and many other helpful publications.
Final Draft is a software scriptwriting program utilized by many professional screenwriters and there are others as well. For further information contact:
The Writer’s Store
2040 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-441-5151 / 800-272-8927
www.writersstore.com

Q: How can I be an extra in a film or tv production shooting in Rhode Island?

A: This is our most frequently asked question. The Rhode Island Film and TV Office does not hire talent. Call our hotline at 401-222-6666 for frequent updates on casting calls held in the area. You may also contact a local casting agency, LDI Casting @ www.ldicasting.net as they are accepting headshots and resumes for file.
For union actors, please go to www.sag.org or www.aftra.org

Q: What are the child labor laws?

A: The State of Rhode Island DOES NOT require a work permit for resident children under the age of 14 who are appearing in a motion picture. However, you must contact the Mayor's Office or Town Council of the community in which you are filming as they may have local requirements.

Q. Who offers film production programs locally ?

A. The following is a list of local universities you can check with:

BROWN MODERN CULTURE AND MEDIA
155 George St., Box 1957, Providence, RI 02912-1957
Phone: 401-863-2853   Fax: 401-863-2158

BRYANT UNIVERSITY   Film Studies
Wendy Samter, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Communication
E mail: wsamter@bryant.edu

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND
Alicia Lyon, Chair
Phone: 401-825-2263
E mail: alyon@ccri.edu

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
549 River Avenue, Providence, RI 02918-0001
Location: Smith Center for the Arts G66
Phone: 401-865-2327   Fax: 401-865-2761

RISD
Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903
Peter O'Neill, Dept. Head, Film/Animation/Video
Phone: 401-454-6389
E mail: poneill@risd.edu

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-9014
E mail: film@etal.uri.edu

SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY
100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-4192
Joseph Lacouture, Professor, Chair
Phone: 401-341-2255
E mail: lacoutuj@salve.edu

Q. How do I submit my name for listing on the production guide/crew list?

A. Go to the Production Guide & Crew List page and click on submission guidelines
to see how your listing should be formatted. E mail it to rifilmandtv@gmail.com