A BLAST FROM THE PAST - YEAR 1976
Researched and compiled by Lynne Moon
In 1976, several free lance crew members sat down and decided to put together an organization that could provide a a directory of names and numbers. At that time it was decided this was the best and most efficient way for freelancers to market themselves effectively. This was the only way to advertise your abilities behind the camera and build the industry while benefiting the community. There was no internet. Everything was done by phone and word of mouth. In the summer of 1977 the first pocket size directory went to print. In 1978, the membership almost doubled.
The idea was to form an organization with a directory that could provide crew for non -union film production. The original Board members were as follows:
|Jim Ferguson, President
Bob Horne, VP/Secretary
Jim Etheridge, Legal Chair
Mike Taylor, Public Relations
The Okowitas - Karen and Michael , Directory Chairs.
The 1977 The cover illustration: "MARQUEE' By THE CIRCUS & CO. Michael and Karen Okowita owned and operated this company and were crucial developers in the organization's initial branding. Later a second branding logo was designed by Arthur Sanchez and Michael Okowita. It was the cowboy on the bucking horse.
The first directory was paid for by Victor Duncan, Inc. Our first office was at 4228 Central Expressway, Suite 102 Dallas, TX 75206. Jane Sibley was the office manager and continued in that position for 17 years.
TAF/TP - The Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals had a simple mission statement: It read as follows:
"The Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals is a state wide organization of the people who work in the motion picture and video tape industry, in the state of Texas. It's membership is made up of technicians and producers alike. Its goal is simple: To promote the industry, and the people who derive their income from it in the state of Texas."
While this may not be the the most beautifully constructed sentence, its meaning is clear and simple. Our mission is still the same. It makes no difference if you are union, non-union or something in between.
TAF/TP was a major presence in the industry BEFORE any regional or state film commission ever existed. The organization provided the first printed directory and paved the way for many successful film, commercial and corporate video productions. This organization outdates the Dallas Producers Association and Women in Film/Dallas, founded by Betty Buckley, a long time TAF/TP member. For over 18 years, the TAF/TP booth that graced South by Southwest, touted all the regional film commissions across the state. We have always been there! So, if you think we are obsolete and no longer relevant, THINK AGAIN! Much of our industry across the state is here as a result of this organization. TAF/TP donated over $25,000.00 to help our lobbying efforts for film incentives. If you have worked on a network TV series in the last 10 years, you can thank this organization for helping to bring that project in.
The business has changed radically in the past 40 years and we are changing with it. The rule of thumb in marketing is 3. If your name is seen 3 times, it is remembered. Let the new Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals help promote your off camera talents. Get listed today. WWW.TAMMP.COM
TAMMP HONORS LONG TIME MEMBER KERRY RIKE
This Summer we are throwing a huge anniversary party to celebrate 40 years. We will be honoring Kerry Rike who first appeared in the directory in 1979. Come and help us honor one of our own. Stay tuned for more information.
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