The Toronto 48 Hour Film Challenge

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I just got out of the hospital a couple of weeks ago with some bad stomach issues. Now, I’m alive, kicking, and gearing up for the Toronto 48 Hour Film Challenge which Next Level Pictures, along with a group of very talented and dedicated people, will be taking part in. We’ll be given a challenge pack which in the past has consisted of a prop, a theme, a line of dialogue, and a location. We will then take the pack and turn it’s contents into a short film which will must run for at least six minutes and no longer than eight.

How crazy is that?!

It’s always been a blast and this year will be no different. Make sure you follow us on Twitter at @nxtlvlmg for all of our updates throughout the challenge!

48 Hour Film Challenges are huge. I love the fact that people put these on, as it’s great for filmmakers to get up, get out, and shoot something great. It also is a a great chance to work with new people. Most of these things will require a team of at least eight people, so you will sometimes find yourself reaching for teammates, which will bring new and interesting people into the mix. Hey, the lead in our current feature is an actor that we worked with on the first challenge.

So, get online and search for one in your city! I know that the 48 Hour Film Project literally tours THE GLOBE, putting on challenges in major cities. Meet some new people, see what other people in your city are up to, and don’t forget to have fun.

I’d also like to take a second to thank the people over at Toronto Film Challenge, 48 Hour Film Project, and any other organizations that put together these great challenges. Filmmakers around the globe thank you!

Link to Twitter Page


Addiction 101: The Crave – Promo

Hey Guys!

We recently put together a promo for Generation Xtra’s event, Addiction 101: The Crave. Figured it was something pretty different, so we decided to throw it on the site.

“The Struggle” Teaser Poster

Hey Guys! In true Hollywood fashion we have teaser material to show you before shooting even begins. Nothing amazing, but it is our teaser poster for the time being. As we kick pre-production into the next gear we are all very excited, and we can’t wait to give you more material to get excited about.

There you have it folks.

Thank you all for the continued support!

The Next Level Group

The Sounds of “The Struggle”! Plus, “Where the Production Designers AT?”!

Hey Guys,

So, the updates keep flowing in! As we clean up the screenplay and look to production, establishing a crew of filmmakers and actors is now a priority. First off, I’d like to formally announce that Stel “Bomber” “Ph.D.” Balamos will be composing the score for “The Struggle”! For us here at the Next Level Group, this is a huge acquisition! His unique musical flavour is something that is hard to come by, and something we truly admire here. He will definitely be huge part of the success of the short. More information will be coming up about Mr. Bomber, but we do have more news to get to this post.

As I was saying, it is time to assemble the crew. Currently, our main objective is to acquire a Production Designer. As we look to begin our work on bringing sets and characters to life, the need for a Production Designer is pounding at our door. We do leave the door open for those that have the background or knowledge necessary for the job and are not necessarily “Production Designers”. What would that be exactly? Well… a heavy background in art, ability to understand architectural illustrations, some light knowledge of art history, some light knowledge of fashion, and of course, A LOVE FOR FILM! Pretty wide field huh? So, if you yourself are a Production Designer, or by chance you match our criteria, make sure that you contact us at If not, please spread the word. You never know who might just save the day.

Thanks for the continued support!

The Next Level Group

“To The Top” Video Is Released!

Sorry about the delay folks but it has finally been released! This is the latest Connected by Blood music video and as always it is sure to knock you on your feet. We will be releasing a higher quality stream through vimeo in the coming week so stay tuned, but until then you can check out the video through Connected by Blood’s YouTube channel.

Check it out!


We uploaded it to early, so we figured we’d change over to their stream. Regardless, I highly suggest you visit the Connected By Blood YouTube Channel for this video and others, and while you’re at it visit their site .

To The Top – Connected By Blood from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo.

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2011 Demo Reel is now LIVE!!!

Alright, so now we have our Demo Reel for 2011 up! It’s great and I suggest you all take a look, whether or not you are looking for video work done. It is truly a great display of what we are capable of and the wide variety of work that we can handle. We said “Anything and Everything” for a reason! So, I’m done talking, but again, CHECK IT OUT! It’s a must. P.S. It’s always best to view the videos we do in HD! Click on the link below the video to watch the Demo Reel in HD on our page

The Next Level Group: 2011 Demo Reel

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