Monday, January 18, 2010

Blog: 'The Life of a Career Assistant Director'

Here's some good gyan on being an AD, who has an extremely critical role in the making of a film:

An interesting thing I have heard about Hollywood - AD owns the set. This means, in case of a major hassle, when you need to have someone leave the set - crew or cast, a director doesn't have the right to remove the person, it is the AD!

Typically, AD's position well respected and all departments look up to the person since he/she is the person who makes every thing happen.

It's a pretty powerful role, a challenging one and...crazy too - just check out the 'job description'. Most importantly, AD is the link between the producer and director.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Article: Many Successful Docmakers Attended the School of Hard Knocks

No Film School? No Problem: Many Successful Docmakers Attended the School of Hard Knocks
By Beige Luciano-Adams

Over the last half-century or so, documentary filmmaking has evolved as a formidable and expansive institution. In the US, filmmakers have built a soaring and sensible architecture by challenging ideology, pushing creative limits and distilling practice, while helping to legitimize the craft on a global stage.

But the new generation of filmmakers faces a shifting landscape, including important changes in how they learn.

Ongoing technological advances have arguably democratized the form, while the proliferation of film studies programs in higher education continues to institutionalize the profession. Whereas previous generations tended to come up through the ranks--often under the tutelage of mentors--now aspiring filmmakers can go straight through to an MFA and, at least in theory, tap alumni networks for a production job after graduating.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Script Link: Up in the Air

Just read this script, which is likely to be nominated for Oscars and Clooney is a favorite for the nominations. An acclaimed flick by the dude who I envy a lot, Jason Reitman.

Dabbles into so many themes; focuses on just three characters and sticking to one profession. A script that you can't leave reading mid-way since it's so engrossing and fun to read. Touching too.

Check it out:
Screenplay: Up in the Air