Friday, April 25, 2014 06:12

Douglas Pritchard, Director

Douglas Pritchard Director of Inner Beauty

Douglas Pritchard directing an establishing shot with actors Abbey Karr and Mike Kalinowski for the short horror movie “Inner Beauty.” 

Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s “Casque of Amontillado” – written by Jaime Jessup, produced by Starfield Studios & Cadenza Entertainment. 

Read the Director’s Notes about the production.

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Recent Film Projects

Douglas Pritchard Film Director Douglas Pritchard is currently finishing post production on two short horror films which he Directed and Produced: The Shed, which was written by him as well, and Inner Beauty which was written by good friend and screen writer Jaime Jessup.  Both films are slated for use in the upcoming horror/thriller anthology style feature film entitled “The Manslaughter.”  The film is intended for domestic and foreign distribution with a release date in 2011. 

Douglas Pritchard also provided the resources of Starfield Studios and staff to help with the production of the upcoming feature film The Whisper Home.  Some of the contributions involved were use of studio space for casting callbacks, table read & rehearsals, costuming, meetings and other studio support needs.  The film is scheduled for release in Spring/Summer 2010. 

Film projects currently in development by Douglas Pritchard and Starfield Studios include the psychological thriller “Alter Ego,” and a western style action/thriller entitled “Maniac.” 

Oscar StatueMr. Pritchard also recently performed as a musician on the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s remake of Inglorious Basterds which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture of the Year in 2009. 

 

Entrance into Film and Video

After founding the successful Artist Management, Music and Event production company known as Cadenza Entertainment in the late nineties, Douglas turned his attention to independent film and television production shortly after entering the new Millennium. 

In 2005, Cadenza Entertainment was doing so many productions in the area of film and video that a decision was made to split the company into two separate entities – thus, Starfield Studios was born.  Douglas now heads the new company and runs it with his wife Julia Gessinger and life long friend Shaun Stewart, both of whom are also Executive Producers in the company. 

In 2007, Douglas produced and directed a documentary segment entitled “Making the Music” for an animated short film entitled Once Upon a Christmas Village which featured the voices of Jim Belushi and Tim Curry.  The motion capture animation project won numerous honors including Telly and Aurora awards along with top prizes in many international film festivals.  Douglas also served as the Live Recording “Music Supervisor” on the film.  It is now being developed into a full animated feature film called Snowyville

Also in 2007, Mr. Pritchard wrote, directed and produced the acclaimed “Voyage to Vaudeville,” a short, silent featurette about a group of Vaudeville performers.  

Voyage to Vaudeville Cast 

The film was created for use in a show he wrote and produced for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra entitled “From Stage to Screen” which featured the Vaudeville performers from the movie “coming to life” and interacting with the audience in a blend of circus, musical theater, film and orchestral performance.  A huge success, the production is being discussed for future consideration as a Broadway style variety show. 

Douglas Pritchard Julia Gessinger Dani Donadi receive Telly AwardsIn 2008, Mr. Pritchard Directed and Co-Produced the Telly Award winning “Ms. Mola’s Make-ola!”  A children’s show with a creativity and recycling theme, the educational program has aired on PBS affiliates throughout Florida, and in April 2010, was extended for an additional 13 episode season. Douglas is attached as director along with his production companies Starfield Studios and Cadenza Entertainment. 

Mr. Pritchard’s screen credits as a musician/actor include a television appearance for “Sea Quest,” “Weddings of a Lifetime,” the reality show “Platinum Weddings” and on Sarah Brightman’s “La Luna” DVD. 

Past Production History

Douglas Pritchard began his career as a director & producer while working in Artist Management and Show Production in the late nineties.  During that time, and as the founder of Cadenza Entertainment, he directed and produced numerous award winning music videos, behind the scenes interview segments and short films. 

This period also led to his handling the creation and promotion of live shows throughout the United States, including events in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and at several Orlando based theme parks such as Sea World and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. 

During this exciting period of growth for Cadenza Entertainment, Mr. Pritchard also wrote, directed, conducted and produced two sold out musical productions for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Sounds of Summer” series. 

High Notes – A Musical Background

Both a conductor and instrumentalist, Mr. Pritchard has performed as a violist for over thirty years.  He won a nucleus position as Section Violist for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra by audition in 1997.  He also served six seasons as principal violist for Opera Tampa under Maestro Anton Coppola, and served two seasons as Assistant Principal Viola of the Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach. 

Douglas Pritchard studied music performance at the Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Fl.  While in attendance there, he twice received Dean’s List Honors, and earned the record as the youngest principal viola of the University Symphony, Opera, and Chamber Orchestras. 

Douglas Pritchard - Musician ProfileMr. Pritchard’s early professional career included over 150 tour concerts over a seven year period throughout major halls in Europe with the American Sinfonietta Orchestra.  Also during this time, Mr. Pritchard served for seven seasons as Assistant Principal Viola with the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Myers, Fl. 

Other orchestra roles have included numerous concerts with symphonies in Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah, as well as a 10 year position with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and a one year Assistant Principal role with the West Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. 

Professional music festival appearances include seven seasons with the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington State, and a five year position with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. 

Douglas Pritchard has performed with hundreds of celebrities over the past twenty five years, including Itzhak Perlman, Lucianno Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Henry Mancini and many others.  He has recorded albums and soundtracks with major artists such as Sarah Brightman, Julio Iglesias and Jose Carreras on labels including Sony Music, Summit and Transcontinental Records.

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