Trigger Street Productions

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Trigger Street Productions
Type Private
Industry Film
Founded 1997
Founders Kevin Spacey
Dana Brunetti
Headquarters Los Angeles, United States
Products Motion pictures
Social Networking
Website www.triggerstreet.com

Trigger Street Productions is an entertainment production company formed by Kevin Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti in 1997. The company's credits include Captain Phillips, Shakespeare High, Safe, The Social Network, 21, Shrink, Fanboys, the Emmy-nominated Bernard and Doris, Emmy-winning Recount, Mini's First Time, Beyond the Sea, The United States of Leland and The Big Kahuna, as well as stage productions of The Iceman Cometh and Cobb.

The name "Trigger Street" is a reference to an actual street in Spacey's boyhood home of Chatsworth, where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (and Roy's horse Trigger) had their ranch. Spacey and his childhood friends dreamed of opening a neighborhood theater where they could stage their own "Trigger Street" productions. Val Kilmer lived in Roy Rogers Trigger Street home.

"I didn't grow up on it. I lived near it, but one of my best friends did live on it. And we had always dreamed about building a theater on Trigger Street. We were going to call it the Trigger Street Theatre. So when it was time to name my company, I thought back to those days and Trigger Street was born." -- Kevin Spacey, Venice Magazine, November 2004

Trigger Street Labs[edit]

Trigger Street Labs was developed by Dana Brunetti and launched in 2002 as an online community for unrepresented writers and filmmakers. It proved immensely popular in its first few years, with thousands of online users uploading their work, reviewing work by their peers and participating in online competitions and short film festivals. The site was previously sponsored by Stella Artois, and in October 2009, Artois hosted the Stella Artois Short Film Project. The project was hosted on the site, and awarded the grand prize of $50,000 USD to Jason Klein, for his short film "A Perfect Time".

"I’ve done incredibly well, and I’ve done incredibly well because the material I found early in my career was from first-time writers, first-time directors, first-time playwrights. If it weren’t for that talent, I wouldn’t have a career. If one person gets a break then it’s been successful." -- Kevin Spacey discusses Trigger Street Labs, Marie Claire (UK), April 2003

"We're not just giving an opportunity to somebody, but also trying to nurture them, trying to protect them, trying to give them as many resourceful tools, and a crew and a cast, to help them make their dream come true. And at the same time, help them learn what it's like to work with producers; to negotiate yourself in what's sometimes the treacherous waters of trying to make your dream happen." -- Kevin Spacey discusses Trigger Street Labs, 'Moneyline with Lou Dobbs', October 18, 2002[1]

Trigg.la[edit]

Trigg.la is a spin-off website from Trigger Street Labs. It hosts several podcasts, a filmmaking blog, and information about other Los Angeles based industries.[2]

Triggla podcasts[edit]

Triggla's podcasts, which are now off-air, were catorgorized under the headings of the arts, music, society and culture, and technology. In addition there was a podcast by the porn star Kayden Kross called 'Kayden's Review' which reviewed mainstream films.[3]

One of the podcasts, 'The First 15', was co-hosted by Carter Swan, Vice President of Trigger Street Productions and screenwriter Philip Eisner. The show featured a different would-be screenwriter each week who was interviewed via Skype and advised on how to make improvements to the first fifteen pages of their script. The screenplays originated from the Trigger Street Labs website.[4]

The Arts
Podcast Presented by Description Date/time
Comicast Jessica (The-comic-book-girl) Tseang News from the comic book industry. Weekly, Mondays at 2.00pm PST.[5]
Fashion Matters Johanna Argan News from the fashion industry. Bi-weekly, Fridays at 11.00am PST.[6]
The First 15 Carter Swan and Philip Eisner Analysis and critiques of the first fifteen pages of screenplays (one script per podcast). Bi-weekly, Thursdays at 5.00pm PST.[4]
The Script Reporter Joshua Stecker Interviews with professional writers from different genres. Bi-weekly, Thursdays at 5.00pm PST.[7]


Music
Podcast Presented by Description Date/time
Filmtracks Andrew Alderete and Jessie Faye Kalikow Discussion about music used in films. Weekly, Tuesdays at 5.00pm PST.[8]
Musicast Palace Parker The latest in new indie music tracks. Weekly on Fridays, at 5.30pm PST.[9]


Society and Culture
Podcast Presented by Description Date/time
The Experts Alexis Diana Experts in different subjects and professions. Bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 5.00pm PST.[10]
Hindsight Tom Berry and Matthew Leddy Discussions about some of history's forgotten stories, bizarre happenings, and intriguing curiosities. Bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 5.00pm PST.[11]
The 'Pen' Carter Swan Sports news podcast. Weekly, Mondays at 4.30pm PST.[12]


Technology
Podcast Presented by Description Date/time
The Tech Mob Jenna Hannon Podcast covering the latest technology from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Unknown.[13]


Miscellaneous
Podcast Presented by Description Date/time
Kayden's Review Kayden Kross and Dane Hanson Review of mainstream films by porn star Kayden Kross. Weekly, Mondays at 5.00pm PST.[14]

Jameson First Shot[edit]

In 2012, Trigger Street Productions teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to create Jameson First Shot, which was the unique opportunity to give three up-and-coming filmmakers a 'first shot' in the movie business by producing their short film starring Kevin Spacey. The First Shot competition had thousands of applicants, and only one was selected from each of these three territories - the United States, South Africa, and Russia. The resulting films were a success, and screened online on Jameson's YouTube channel. The films were The Ventriloquist by Benjamin Leavitt, Envelope by Aleksey Nuzhny, and Spirit of A Denture by Alan Shelley.

As a result of the success of the first year, Jameson opened up submissions for a second year competition with Trigger Street with Willem Dafoe as the lead actor. These second-year films will be produced/exhibited in the Spring/Summer of 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Films
Direct-to-video and TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everything Kevin Spacey
  2. ^ Together Now. Blog by Dana Brunetti from Trigg.la, 8 November 2011. Retrieved on 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ Behind the Scenes - TrigglaTV, YouTube, narrator behind the camera - Dana Brunetti, 17 October 2011, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  4. ^ a b Triggla (2011), The First 15, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  5. ^ Triggla (2011), ComiCast, Triggla (iTunes), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  6. ^ Triggla (2011), Fashion Matters, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  7. ^ Triggla (2011), The Script Reporter, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  8. ^ Triggla (2011), Filmtracks, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  9. ^ Triggla (2011), MusiCast, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  10. ^ Triggla (2011), The Experts, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  11. ^ Triggla (2011), Hindsight, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  12. ^ Triggla (2011), The Pen, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  13. ^ Triggla (2011), The Tech Mob, iTunes (Triggla), archived from the original on November 2012, retrieved 3 July 2013 
  14. ^ KaydensReview (2011), Kayden's Review - "Interns" (commercial for the podcast), YouTube, archived from the original on 26 July 2011, retrieved 3 July 2013 

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