When SFTV alumna Jenniffer Castillo (Screenwriting – M.F.A. ’11) discovered a group of undocumented youth were walking across the country in support of immigration reform and the Dream Act, she used her personal savings to document their journey.
I Love Movies opened SFTV’s annual student film festival, Film Outside the Frame 2012. The short film was produced by SFTV students under the direction of SFTV’s resident filmmaker, Anay Tarnekar.
The Summer Creative Workshop mentors promising minority high school sophomore and junior students from Los Angeles’ underserved and hard hit middle class communities. Working in teams, students created two animated shorts and two short films from screenplay to final cut.
42: The True Story of an American Legend is currently in post-production and will be released on April 12, 2013. Written and directed by award-winning LMU alumnus Brian Helgeland ‘87, 42 tells the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Third-year WPTV student Toni Bakal saw the trailer and said the film looks “incredible, amazing, epic.”
LACMA’s newest exhibition . . . Is James Bond (opened just this past weekend in the Art of the Americas Building) pays homage to the iconic opening sequences of all twenty-two James Bond films.
The mission of Creative World Awards is to discover and advance talented screenwriters. Finalists get first looks from sought after companies in the industry such as Lionsgate/Mandate International, Inferno Entertainment, Morgan Creek and others. A grand-prize winner will receive a production award–a produced short film version of their feature script, produced in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange. The film will premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit.
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: DECEMBER 7, 2012
REGULAR DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2012
RECA Alum Alex Levy ’03 was credited with creating an innovative workflow for music editing at Bad Robot Productions in a recent issue of CineMontage, the journal of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild. Levy’s credits include the feature films Super 8 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as well as the television series Alcatraz, Lost and Alias.
Professor Marilyn Beker’s new book, The Screenwriting Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies, was published by Routledge in July. A must read for those interested in telling visual stories that motivate citizens towards positive social action.
Sarah Nicole Jones ’09 is currently a staff writer on the new A&E hit series, Longmire. Renewed for a second season, Sarah is credited as a writer on two episodes in the inaugural 10-episode run. She was recently profiled in Criminal Element’s “The Cowboy Way: An Exclusive Interview with Longmire Staff Writer Sarah Nicole Jones.”
Assistant Professor Mikael Kreuzriegler, with Pete Soto, SFTV’s Production Tech–Camera Department, and a crew of 24 students shot a feature film, Shoot That Rat!, on the SFTV Sound Stage in break neck speed and on a shoestring budget: ten 12-hour days for $12,000. The film was recently renamed The Gods of Garbage and was edited and co-produced by Assistant Professor Vanessa Newell.
Part-time faculty Ray Greene premiered his feature documentary Vampira and Me at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it which was nominated for Best Documentary.