‘Million Dollar Quartet’ worth more than that to Memphis

I made the grey poodle skirt in this photo!!! Made and rented many items to MDQ. Just goes to show how well this show supported its local vendors.


Photo – April 8, 2016 – Dressed in period costumes, extras from the “Million Dollar Quartet” television show linger inside the Arcade restaurant after shooting wrapped there. Filming began this week for the show, an eight-episode series about the birth of rock and roll that will appear on CMT (Country Music Television) in November. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal)

By John Beifuss of The Commercial Appeal

“Million Dollar Quartet” more than lived up to its name by spending more than $6.3 million during 69 shooting days here this year, according to the annual report of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Scheduled to be released during the Film Commission’s quarterly board meeting Wednesday at the Malco Studio on the Square, the report demonstrates the importance of a single major production on the health of the local film industry.

However, the eight-episode CMT drama about the Memphis birth of rock and roll was only the most prominent of 74 productions — including feature and short films, TV programs, commercials, corporate films, music videos, still photography shoots and Web projects — that were shot with commission assistance during the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to Film Commissioner Linn Sitler.

“It shows that we’re back, basically, as a production center,” said Assistant Commissioner Sharon Fox O’Guin, who said the past year was the best for the local film industry since the 1990s, when such projects as “The Firm” with Tom Cruise and “The People vs. Larry Flynt” with Woody Harrelson were based in Memphis.

Compiled by O’Guin from mandatory production reports filed by commission “clients,” the report concludes that $8.5 million was spent locally during 299 local production days last year. This “direct spend” — a huge return considering the Film Commission this year operated on a $350,000 budget, O’Guin argues — ranges from local salaries to hotel expenses, supply purchases, construction costs and more.

In addition, Mid-Southerners filled 1,760 cast and crew jobs during this time (912 of these jobs were on “Million Dollar Quartet”). The jobs ranged from the creative and technical to simple labor work, so “anyone from any walk of life in Memphis could have worked on many of these projects,” O’Guin said

In comparison, commission clients spent only $1.4 million and employed 845 locals during the previous fiscal year.

Produced by Nashville-based CMT and Los Angeles’ Think Factory Media, “Million Dollar Quartet” probably spent close to another $11 million in Tennessee outside of Shelby County to qualify for the state rebates necessary to lure “Quartet” to Memphis in the first place. (The producers also considered shooting in more financially friendly if less Elvis-authentic Louisiana.) Much of the additional money likely was spent on salaries and possibly on music licensing rights.


Maker Fair attracts artisans to City Hall

Article and photo from the Commercial Appeal.


June 21, 2016 — Costume designer Alexandria Perel sets up a small tent outside of City Hall at the start of the Memphis Maker Fair featuring wares from local artists and artisans sponsored by the organization Made By Project. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal) Image credit: Jim Weber
More than a dozen artisans displayed products Tuesday as Mayor Jim Strickland kicked off the Memphis Maker Fair at City Hall.

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Memphis Makers Festival

I am here today at the Memphis Makers’ Festival, located infront of City Hall. The Mayor just spoke about how to help Makers in Memphis be able to grow their businesses.

Leading up to this festival, I had the honor of helping develop a survey that is geared to help Makers talk about what they need as local resources. If you are a Memphis Maker you can find the Survey at madebyproject.org




Please check out local media and learn more about what Memphis is doing for Makers!

27 Facts About The “Outlander” Costumes You Probably Never Knew

This article is a great behind the scenes look at one of the most beautiful shows being costumed right now.  All hand made,  hand embroidered,  hand painted. If only I had a team as skilled. 



Girls from Earlswood stole a downed German airman’s parachute to make silk knickers – Birmingham Mail

We shall fight them on the breeches…

09:44, 11 JAN 2013 UPDATED 17:50, 11 JAN 2013 BY BIRMINGHAM MAIL

The story of how Earlswood girls stole a downed German airman’s parachute to make silk knickers is revealed by visitor to Antiques Roadshow

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