It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.
Just because licensed massage therapist Karoline Eubank Marks has worked on the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t mean you need to be a famous athlete or a mathematically automorphic number to indulge in her services. At Austin ReVital Massage, Karoline performs customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages on all manner of clients, whether they’re seven-foot tall rebounding machines or white-collar office dwellers. In addition to easing chronic backaches, tension, and headaches with traditional massage services, Karoline can put her deft hands to use during more technical treatments. She holds a certificate in advanced neuromuscular massage, which allows her to help clients suffering from nerve compression and postural issues, as well as infant massage, which she is also certified to teach.
The certified personal trainers at APF Fitness are dedicated to helping their clients achieve their fitness goals through small-group boot-camp classes. Held in a spacious indoor facility, the classes incorporate strength, cardio, and endurance activities to help build muscle and burn fat in a fast-paced, supportive environment.
Led by head instructor Gary A. Schill, who has 37 years of martial-arts experience, Peak Performance Training Center instills life skills and strength in fitness-hungry students. A cadre of MMA programs spans martial arts from A to Z—from the ground-fighting smarts of Gracie jiujitsu to the elbows- and knees-focused training of muay thai—and the Full Body Fitness program includes personal training, boot camps, sport-specific training, olympic weight lifting, and yoga.
Ace Limos has facilitated comfortable and luxurious transportation around the Austin area for more than 10 years. The drivers are all background checked and tested semi-annually. The fleet—super-stretch Town Car limos with chrome on the outside and complete entertainment systems on the inside, along with polished, jet-black Mercedes with surround sound and extra leg- or stilt-room—is a veritable showroom of luxury vehicles. Put together, the opportunities are plenty for passengers to relax or party as they see fit while being chauffeured to weddings, out-of-town tours, business meetings, and airports.
When Ling treats patients, it’s really two masters at work. This is because she traces her knowledge of traditional curative practices back to not one mentor, but two: a renowned doctor of herbal formulas and a master of acupuncture, who specializes in skin diseases, allergies, infertility, and pain management. Inside her clinic, where jars of herbs and natural medicines line wooden cabinets and hardwood floors glow with natural sunlight, Ling applies this knowledge when assessing patients’ health, prescribing herbs, and treating ailments with signature acupuncture sessions.