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I am sharing an article written by my client MarieAnna Dvorak, a Director/Writer, who lived through some harrowing times in the former Czechoslovakia in post war times. She has a movie project called "Rise of Dawn" based on her true story of these times. MarieAnna sent me this article yesterday because she was concerned about America not supporting NATO and coming to Europe's aid such they need it. She asked me to share the article on my social media sites.

NATO - HIGHEST DEGREE OF HUMANITY
MarieAnna Dvorak

NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was created four years after the bloodiest war in history by the United States, Canada and several Western European countries for security against the Soviet Union. NATO is an alliance that consists of 28 independent member countries to protect each other from aggression and maintain peace. "One for all, all for one" is a central principal of the NATO alliance.

Recently there have been indications of a threat in Europe. Listening to the NATO Secretary General at the NATO summit on July 8th brought tears of appreciation to my eyes. It is a European problem, one would argue. But think hard! Even if we ignore that US is a member of NATO since its birth, we cannot ignore that this country exists because of Europeans. Their sacrifice and dedication to build a better future for their children and grandchildren are all around us. Many of them are your ancestors, which include most of America's presidents. Your roots are in Europe. Thus turning your back on Europe means turning your back on your own roots and history. Let me remind you of one of the President Roosevelt's most profound thoughts: "Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."

Have you ever thought of what would have have happened to America if there was a selfish president during the Second World War? America was lucky to have such a great political leader who had a big heart and enough courage to stand against a tyrant who thought too big.

"Think big" are two powerful and encouraging words that mostly relate to the materialistic mind. It is true that big thoughts can lead to progress and prosperity, and who doesn't prefer Bugatti Veyron to beat up Ford? But thinking big can also lead to selfishness and possessiveness. It can even turn into delusion and cause great material loss as well as a great loss of human life. However, if you "think big" in the materialistic term, think as well of peace and being there for others. For it's true: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -- Sir Winston Churchill.
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Bury the Yesteryears? Director/Writer MarieAnna Dvorak
 
No. But move on, yes. Some memories stubbornly sit in our subconscious minds all our lives and surface against our will. But who wouldn't embrace a memory that brings a smile to our face, even though the situation in reality wasn't a bit funny. 
 
It seems like yesterday when I finished shooting my last film and returned from European woods and castles to the dark room in Burbank, California, that looked like a dungeon filled with strange machinery. It was the vintage editing equipment already defeated by a digital technology, and the dungeon was my future home, together with a dear friend of mine--an editor for Universal Studios. Viewing my creation on the same KEM as did many great filmmakers before me gave me a tremendous thrill. The last one was Sandra Bullock. Operating Moviola used to be every editor's secret. But not anymore. And so, I became the assistant of an editor to whom I looked up as the most significant author of my film as well as the greatest teacher I have ever had.  His eagle eyes caught every insignificant mistake I made in the woods and wasn't aware of. He even recognized the morning time when the camera started rolling. "What were you doing all the morning," he would ask. I had to admit that my crew saw the Castle Bouzov in the air after rejoicing at night.  
 
 For three months the projection of immense length of film footage and millions of frames in the miniature window of Moviola ran silently back and force in front of our eyes, day after day. In my case, also night after night. I forgot to ask my friend back then how many frames he lost in his nightmares. Well, it's too late now. For we both moved on as quickly as did the editing technology.  
 
But the wonderful memory of him losing footage in daytime will stay with me forever. His Italian blood suddenly rose, and like a lion in his kingdom, he roared in his editing jungle, "Where's the piece of the moon footage!" Alas! the situation was really tense before he discovered the piece hanging around his neck and his strong laughter echoed  throughout Burbank followed by his favorite song: "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." 
 
Editing with Moviola was a crazy job. Unbearable sometimes. Yet in the dark room, in the maze of film footage, the filmmaker got a chance to learn the real art of motion pictures. These were my uneasy yesteryears that I will always remember with a smile. 

Director/Writer MarieAnna Dvorak
Dvorak Productions
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RISING of NOVEL CHARACTER in "RISE of DAWN"
Director/Writer MarieAnna Dvorak

Truth of the novel THE ​UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING is revealed in RISE of DAWN motion picture.

"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

In a long-ago time, in the youth of the main character of the Rise of Dawn story, the writer of The Unbearable Lightness of Being was inspired by her article "Odyssey of Home-comer." It was her first and the only confession of mistrust for the totalitarian regime that culminated in years of living under a strict surveillance from the secret police behind the Iron Curtain. The accusation of conducting espionage for the USA was false, but fear from political prison and
​experience of machine-guns pointing at the heads of her children have remained as real as if it all happened just yesterday. So, I am now coming out with the true story, for I am certain that millions of people who read the book and saw the movie would appreciate knowing the true destiny of one's life that is documented in the historical facts.
 
The​ story vividly portrays life in the regimes of contradictions ​that have existed since the beginning of civilization. ​And there is no saying how dangerous these differences are to the whole world​​ today and tomorrow. ​There couldn't be a better time for this ​movie​ than right now when the world is dealing with related issues​. It will be filmed in the major European film studio​ that enables our production to produce a film of exceptional quality at the lower cost that can compete in appeal with high-budget films of the same genre. The creators of the film project are now seeking investors.
 
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Motion Picture - Director/Writer MarieAnna Dvorak

THINK BIG is a true and prosperous psychology, but everything has its limit. There are failures, struggles and hard work before achieving the big dream. This especially applies to the film industry business where millions of dollars are at stake and a film's success is destined by millions of people from all walks of life.

The reason I am taking my time with writing this article is the growing number of uneducated and unaccredited producers and directors in the independent film industry. It makes me wonder if they have any idea what is all behind a feature film production. They convinced me of one thing though. They definitely think big.

Some time ago I was shocked by the answers to the question whether a filmmaker needs an education. Out of 700 people only one third said yes to education. The film industry is the most demanding and most misleading industry of all.

The success of a movie lies in an absolute excellence of all production elements from story to editing, for it must beat the heavy competition and achieve commercial distribution. If the film is not marketable, the distributor will not finance P&A (Promotion & Advertisement.) Approximately 700 pix are made in USA each year and only one third is distributed commercially. Some struggle with distribution, but most of them never see the light of day.

A motion picture is a form of art before its completion. It carries a unique process that requires unique talent and ability from numerous and various artists. These are the actual creators of the product. The film industry is perhaps the most critical industry where art meets with business. And the difference between an artist and a producer/businessman can be compared to a priest and an aristocrat due to the differences in the right and left hemisphere of our brain.

There are not many directors comparable to James Cameron who has the ability of artistic and dramatic aspects, as well as the technical. Being able to visualize the finished film is essential. However, this mental imagery is not available to every director, and a director is the creative force in the production who is responsible for its success or failure.

Let me give you a couple of examples. My longtime friend, who is a lawyer and also directed a few movies, ​responded to​ my complaint about missing depth in his movies: "But have you noticed the perfect camera angles?"

Some years ago I met an agent who was willing to finance my project of a children story I had written for myself to direct. But the agent insisted on his client to direct my ideas. I was impressed with his huge amount of credits till I found out that none of his movies made a return. But his camera angles were perfect.

However you slice it, a motion picture is an art, and art comes from the deepest depth of our hearts. It is called "talent." An abstract that is still a myth and lies in the right hemisphere of our brain.

The entire production is not a myth, but it is a complicated process and a huge responsibility for the producer who takes upon himself such as serious task as is the return on investment.

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Destiny in Motion Picture by MarieAnna Dvorak
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Introducing Francis J. Thomas, Owner of JackyJac Productions – French Riviera

JackyJac Productions, a company primarily focused on producing photography and video was founded in 2008 in San Jose, California. Francis Thomas, the owner, is known for his unique style and personal touch that is often missing in today's world. His goal is to make your experience truly memorable.

JackyJac Productions is now based in Grasse near Cannes on the French Riviera, and continues its passion for producing images while collaborating with other professionals to deliver each specific competency needed for video and photography projects. To realize and enhance these productions our 2100 square feet facility includes a TV studio that can also be used for webinar and a fully equipped photo/video studio.

On the audiovisual pole we are producing reports, documentaries, interviews, events follow up, and many other video formats as well as broadcasting solutions.

The infrastructure of JackyJac Productions is extremely flexible and making the production of small, medium, and big projects possible. Our teams work with clients and their exigencies, in order to propose more solutions of services by adapting themselves to professional demands.

Our photographs shot in studio exhibit the value of products or services. Exigency and quality are our master words for the creation of your media through publications or videos.
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RISING of NOVEL CHARACTER in "RISE of DAWN"
Director/Writer MarieAnna Dvorak

Truth of the novel THE ​UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING is revealed in RISE of DAWN motion picture.

"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

In a long-ago time, in the youth of the main character of the Rise of Dawn story, the writer of The Unbearable Lightness of Being was inspired by her article "Odyssey of Home-comer." It was her first and the only confession of mistrust for the totalitarian regime that culminated in years of living under a strict surveillance from the secret police behind the Iron Curtain. The accusation of conducting espionage for the USA was false, but fear from political prison and
​experience of machine-guns pointing at the heads of her children have remained as real as if it all happened just yesterday. So, I am now coming out with the true story, for I am certain that millions of people who read the book and saw the movie would appreciate knowing the true destiny of one's life that is documented in the historical facts.
 
The​ story vividly portrays life in the regimes of contradictions ​that have existed since the beginning of civilization. ​And there is no saying how dangerous these differences are to the whole world​​ today and tomorrow. ​There couldn't be a better time for this ​movie​ than right now when the world is dealing with related issues​. It will be filmed in the major European film studio​ that enables our production to produce a film of exceptional quality at the lower cost that can compete in appeal with high-budget films of the same genre. The creators of the film project are now seeking investors.
 
Dvorak Productions
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/dvorak-productions.html
Sfp1010@gmail.com
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The Fact of LIfe
Director MarieAnna Dvorak

"There is history in all men's lives," stated William Shakespeare. George Bernard Shaw expressed the same idea: "The man who write about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time." The logic of their philosophy has cut through my thoughts when the Ukraine issue occurred. It was something I had experienced more than four decades ago, and which brought me to the realization that history is really repeating itself. And it must, for most of the great acts were done by people due to the contradiction in ideologies or obsession for power and wealth. This is not just a matter of yesterday and today, but also tomorrow.

Much has been said about WWII, but the Cold War era behind the Iron Curtain seems to be forgotten. It was the time when the wounds of Nazism were quickly replaced with psychological torture and tyranny of Stalinism. After all, both of the regimes promoted totalitarianism and utilized mass violence. It was the time when people were left to live their lives in quite desperation in their fatherland where defense or fair trial were practically non-existent, and where even a suspicion for anti-state action was reason for imprisonment in hard-labor prison. It is estimated that some 1.5 to 2 million people had been punished in one way or another for political crimes in a country of 15 million population. Many of the imprisoned did not survive the psychological and physical torture. Some were executed, others preferred to commit suicide. But millions of men and women were subjected to psychological torture that had never ceased as there was no defense. This method of torture creates unbearable fear and often results in long-term psychological effects.

One such life has served as a plot to a book written during that time by a noted writer. Although I price his work highly, I found it hard to accept his casual style in such serious matter. When I finally did, a U.S. film adaptation of the book was released. Only the dangling plot lines have remained. Their characters lived free lives behind the Iron Curtain upon their arrival from a western country. In reality, these people lived under a strict secret police surveillance due to the suspicion of espionage, which was the highest degree of criminal offense. But the filmmakers were more interested in the erotic games and they made it by humiliating the political victims and twisted history facts. Some call the movie a zombie-like. Since then, the novel writer no longer allows any adaptation of his work. But those, who haven't experienced the painful facts of life, have appreciated the erotic games. The film has received 7 wins and 13 nominations. Two Academy Awards nominations for Best Writing and Best Cinematography. Unbelievable.

As for me, I stand behind the statement of Sigmund Freud who was once a native of the country I am speaking of: "Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past." History teaches us what man has done and thus what man is. Therefore I find it necessary to return to the historical facts in this time of the crucial political crisis in a motion picture that speaks the truth. It is the life of the same person the novel was based on, someone very dear to me. The production will be held in a major European studio and needs an executive producer.
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    Phillips International helps clients market their business to an international audience through social media, email marketing and strategic alliances. http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com My clients: I am an independent international finder in the motion picture & film industry working on behalf of Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Ken Kimmelman, and his company Imagery Film Ltd, and on behalf of Czech-born director/writer/producer, MarieAnna Dvorak of Dvorak Productions. I help international business consultant, Morris Kaner and Associates, and Doobie Sabbo of Tours of Israel with international business promotion and social media marketing. I work as the international marketing representative for the Swiss solar energy company Swissmango and The Swiss Solar Technology Consortium. I'm a scout for the on-line television network eWave TV locating quality shows for their 20 channels My work background in the USA and Switzerland is diverse: legal, small business, advertising, architecture, General Motors Europe.
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American/Swiss. I studied International Relations at City University in Zurich

Phillips International helps clients market their business to an international audience through social media, email marketing and strategic alliances.
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com

My clients:

Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Ken Kimmelman, and Imagery Film Ltd 
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/imagery-film-ltd.html

Czech-born director/writer/producer, MarieAnna Dvorak of Dvorak Productions
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/dvorak-productions.html

Morris Kaner and Associates
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/morris-kaner--associates.html

Doobie Sabbo of Tours of Israel
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/tours-of-israel.html

Swiss solar energy company Swissmango
http://phillipsinternational.weebly.com/swissmango.html

eWave TV
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  • City University of Zurich
    International Relations