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David Gershenson

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Entertainment Agent and A Voting ...

Phone: (310) ***-****  HQ Phone
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90211
United States

Company Description: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men...   more
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Employment History

  • Film Coordinator
    Farm
Web References
Las Cruces Sun-News Local's picks actually meaningful
www.lcsun-news.com, 26 Feb 2005 [cached]
Every year about this time, David Gershenson needs to set aside some time to watch movies.Not just any movies, mind you.Movies with Oscar-winning potential.The Silver City resident receives dozens of DVDs and videotapes each year from movie studios because he's a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences - essentially a small say in who an Oscar is going to each year."I got about 51 movies this year," the former L.A. publicist said."The academy almost stopped that last year because of the piracy situation.It was almost out of control. but they found a way to track a film so that if it's copied, they'll know whose copy it came from."Gershenson's been a member of the academy for about 40 years and he's keeping tight lipped about who he feels is Oscar-worthy."I'm forbidden," he said."I mailed my ballot last week sometime, but it says not to sign it and not to reveal to anyone how you voted."Regardless of his choices, Gershenson said voting for an Oscar is all about a voter's own bias."It's always difficult.First of all, it's a matter of preference and taste," he said."In terms of what you vote for, it's personal preferences, but there is no right or wrong.Very often it's a dilemma."Las Cruces movie buff and film coordinator for the Farm and Ranch Museum Jeff Berg said he's not too big on the Oscars, but said most of the films nominated this year are worthy of the gold guy."I've seen ‘Sideways' twice and I failed to see just what the point is," he said.
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Gershenson agrees."The reason people like to watch is because of the movie stars," he said."It's glamourous and exciting. ...
Las Cruces Sun-News Filming in Silver City needs extras
www.lcsun-news.com, 2 Feb 2005 [cached]
David Gershenson, a Silver City resident who is an entertainment agent and a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with producer credits, said that he did not know any specifics about this weekend's casting call, but that he could speak in generalities about the process and what people attending might expect."It's usually very quick, especially if it's what's referred to as ‘atmosphere,' just being in the background with nothing approaching acting," Gershenson said."They're usually looking for a physical look.In general, when you're casting extras, it's a look, age-wise, ethnicity ... they may want a concentrator worker or a secretary.But the look is all in the minds of the casting people and directors."Gershenson said people would be surprised how often movie-makers don't bother to recruit people with experience in a job or role being portrayed in a film."If it's a film about miners and a miner watches it and says, ‘hey, that's not how you do that,' then the movie has lost its authenticity," he said.
Silver City Sun-News Movie seeking local extras
www.scsun-news.com, 1 Feb 2005 [cached]
David Gershenson, a Silver City resident who is an entertainment agent and a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with producer credits, said that he did not know any specifics about this weekend's casting call, but that he could speak in generalities about the process and what people attending might expect."Its usually very quick, especially if its what's referred to as ‘atmosphere,' just being in the background with nothing approaching acting," Gershenson said."They're usually looking for a physical look.In general, when you're casting extras, it's a look, age-wise, ethnicity ... they may want a concentrator worker or a secretary.But the look is all in the minds of the casting people and directors."Gershenson said people would be surprised how often movie-makers don't bother to recruit people with experience in a job or role being portrayed in a film."If it's a film about miners and a miner watches it and says ‘hey, that's not how you do that,' then the movie has lost its authenticity," he said."It makes sense for them to want people who know what a miner does.It's for overall authenticity.What you bring to the table is knowing what that activity is.You don't have to be instructed and you know better than they will."In general, Gershenson said, casting directors will have a Polaroid camera to take photos at the casting call."But the reason they ask for pictures and a resume is your pictures are probably going to be of better quality," he said.
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