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Alums: Want to gain insight into writing for a primetime, network TV show? Here’s your chance.
EPISODE COMMENTARY: CSI MIAM with Brian Davidson
Saturday, December 1st, 6pm
In keeping with the mood of October, the Act One Alumni Association is inviting you to buy your tickets and join us to see our friend Scott Derrickson’s new film SINISTER on FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 8-ish at the ARCLIGHT, HOLLYWOOD.
WHAT: Act One Alumni MOVIE NIGHT, SINISTER
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26
About the writer: Scott Derrickson is a Christian screenwriter perhaps best known for his film, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.
Pixar’s animated adventure Brave has gotten a lot of press for its firsts. Until now, the studio behind the Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up, and more has never made a movie with a female protagonist. In spite of its long association with Disney, Pixar has never made a fairy-tale film, or a film set in the historical past. The studio also got some unwanted irate media attention in 2010 when representatives boasted about Brave’s Brenda Chapman being its first female director—then fired her from the feature a month later. She’s credited as co-director on the final film, along with Mark Andrews, who took over the story of a young Scottish princess and expert archer named Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly Macdonald). In Brave, Merida fights against her domineering mother (Emma Thompson), who insists Merida should marry into an ally clan; but her attempts to change her mother’s mind with magic backfire spectacularly, leaving her with bigger problems than she started with.
Bring a blanket and escape to the movies under the stars this Summer!
Oscars Outdoors is a summer screening series at the Academy’s new open-air theater, located on the Academy Hollywood campus.
Food Trucks provided by Roaming Hunger. Trucks will vary each night and will be tailored to the movie showing whenever possible. Trucks are subject to change.
Please check back regularly for updates.
Friday, June 22
RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Food Trucks: Trailer Park Truck, King Kone, Gravy Train Pouterine, Brasil Kiss
Saturday, June 23
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)
Food Trucks: After School Special, Good Times Classic Ice Cream, Buttermilk Truck, Brasil Kiss
Friday, June 29
A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Food Trucks: Chasing Paradise, Del’s LA, Crepe’N Around, Brasil Kiss
Saturday, June 30
THE GOONIES (1985)
Food Trucks: The Lime Truck, S’cream Truck, Funnel Cake Frenzy, Brasil Kiss
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996)
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
Friday, July 20
PILLOW TALK (1959)
Saturday, July 21
THE KARATE KID (1984)
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)
Friday, August 3
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
Saturday, August 4
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)
Friday, August 10
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
Saturday, August 11
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
Friday, August 17
Voting starts soon – watch this space.
Saturday, August 18
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) SING-ALONG
C. McNair Wilson lives his life at the confluence of faith and art, a bustling intersection these days. McNair — a San Francisco Bay Area resident — has worked professionally as actor, director, teacher, playwright, Disney Imagineer, coach to public speakers and corporate executives, author, cartoonist, magician, and ventriloquist (retired).
McNair travels the world (33 countries) and has performed his two one-man plays, The Fifth Gospel and From Up Here at colleges, conferences, and churches of every flavor. He has taught his trademark IMAGINUITYTM process (now on video) for clients as diverse as IBM & the Salvation Army.
The Great American Pitchfest, at the Burbank Marriot Hotel and Convention June 1-3
Free classes! Click here for more information!
A great article from one of Faculty and the former Act One Writing Program Director, Christopher Riley, best known as the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style. Chris spent 14 years in the script department at Warner Bros. as well as writing for Paramount, Mandalay, and Touchstone Pictures. More recently he produced the thriller Red Line, directed by Robert Kirbyson and starring Nicole Gale Anderson and John Billingsley, and taught in Pepperdine University’s MFA program in Screen and Television Writing. Chris and his wife Kathy wrote the psychological thriller Crawlspace, currently in development at Yellow Line Studio with Amardeep Kaleeka to direct.
The good news is there is a process to finishing your screenplay The bad news: the process doesn’t make the shoe easier to chew…
Great article from www.the99percent.com.
Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want. Then perhaps you employ Google’s shopping search to price out the options and find the best deal. All of the sudden, it’s four hours later. You’ve found the perfect camera, but your purchasing triumph is tainted by a creeping feeling of, well, disgust. Couldn’t that time have been used better?
This post is a little dated (2004), but still good. Here’s an excerpt:
Screenwriter Tom Schulman (WHAT ABOUT BOB?, WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT) had a confession to make at the latest edition of the Writers on Writing Series, sponsored by the Writer’s Guild Foundation. As far as the craft of screenwriting goes, “nothing came natural” to him. After all, he only “fell into writing because [he] wanted to direct,” and he felt he needed material to leverage the studios. So Schulman had to work long and hard on story, character and dialogue to become a “natural.” This from a guy who won an Academy Award for DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989), his first feature script! Schulman had many other bracing, no-holds-barred comments about the art of writing, and the equally important art of surviving Hollywood, during an interview and later Q & A at the Writer’s Guild of America in Los Angeles.