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Amy Lippman

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. Probably the biggest disappointment of The Produced By Conference was the “Courting the Female Audience” panel. Not because of its quality, but because of the fact that it didn’t take place in the biggest theater on the Warner Bros. lot. Since it was in one of the smaller venues, more than a few people must have missed out on what turned out to be an excellent conversation. Panelists Mara Brock-Akil (Being Mary Jane), Marc Juris (President and GM, WE tv), Amy Lippman (Masters of Sex) and Matt Warburton (The Mindy Project) quickly developed a fantastic rapport that made for a highly entertaining exploration of their experiences in television, their female audience and more. Lippman, in particular, delved into the nitty gritty of her highs and lows in television production. The writer and executive producer shared some advice that anyone hoping to go into television should know.

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Francis Ford Coppola Produced By Conference

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. The Guild also recently hosted the Produced By Conference, offering some incredibly storytellers sharing their filmmaking experiences, and the event couldn’t have ended on a better note: an hour-long discussion with Francis Ford Coppola. That’s right, the legendary director behind The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Jack, The Outsiders, and perhaps his most underrated work, and one of my favorite movies, Rumble Fish. If that isn’t reason enough to attend the Produced By Conference in the future, then what is? This panel was easily the most talked about. Up until that point, I hadn’t seen a line as long or a more packed house. Thankfully, the wait was worth it, because Coppola knows how to work a crowd. He’s charming, thorough, and exhibits no signs of an ego he’s earned. Not once did he refer to one of his many landmark films as a “classic.” In the case of Apocalypse Now, he didn’t go much further than saying it’s looked upon more fondly now. Coppola could’ve said he made one of the greatest pictures ever, and everyone still would’ve applauded his modesty. He was that charming. His 1979 epic was one of the many talking points of a panel that everyone would have been […]

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Seth Rogen Produced By Conference

This post is in partnership with Cadillac  Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. We caught up with Seth Rogen at the PGA-sponsored Produced By Conference on the Warners lot where he, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver were offering advice that might be useful for aspiring filmmakers planning to enter.

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Enlisted show

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. As such we’ll be speaking with last year’s winner Jason Shulz, who offers his experience and some helpful lessons for those filmmakers who want to hoist the trophy for themselves this year. Plus, in a segment that tears us apart, Geoff and I will chat about the pure, accidental brilliance of The Room and what it’s like to watch an unintentionally terrible movie while sitting next to its director. Last, but definitely not least, we’ll talk to Enlisted creator Kevin Biegel about why he’s fighting so hard to promote a show that’s already been cancelled. He’ll also offer some keen advice about breaking into TV writing that you won’t want to miss. You should follow Kevin Biegel (@kbiegel), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #62 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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Pura Vida

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. Your eyes are bright, your heart is full, and your optimism is high. You want to attempt to join the ranks of those creators who’ve gain notice by crafting a sensational short film. Maybe you’ve got a thousand ideas swarming your mind, or maybe you’re quietly panicking while waiting for inspiration to strike. Maybe you’ve got the camera but no crew, or the crew but no camera. Maybe your credit card is going to ache in the morning. No matter what situation you’re in, making your short film is going to have challenges — both technical and creative — and it always helps to hear from those who have come before you. Here are three producers who have all crafted uniquely excellent short films describing the biggest filmmaking problem they faced and the way they faced it.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition with the late Oscar-winning producer Saul Zaentz as its spiritual center. In celebration of Zaentz, contestants are being asked to draw thematic inspiration from his work. Fittingly, the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. At almost every turn in his career as a producer, Saul Zaentz tilted against convention. He wasn’t an outright rebel or provocateur (although he’d work hand in hand with some). It’s more like he was a man who saw what was popular in its time and chose to do something something else. In the 70s, it was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In the 80s, it was the weirdness of Amadeus and the mature determination of Mosquito Coast. In the 90s, it was The English Patient, and he rounded out his career with Milos Forman’s Goya’s Ghosts in the 2000s. But instead of judging each of these movies and their successes against the cinematic movements of their time, it’s more important to see them simply as projects that Zaentz felt passionate about. Not only was he not working within the framework of popularity, he wasn’t responding to it either. Some of these were movies absolutely no one else wanted to make, but they hit Zaentz hard enough in the gut to put his money, time and talent behind them. His punishment for being that independent was having to write so many Oscar acceptance […]

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Premium Holiday Gifts

The third and final installment of our annual holiday gift guide is presented by SONOS. Let’s pretend for a moment that your Aunt Edna just struck it big. Perhaps she won the jackpot at an international Bingo competition. Maybe she even won the Powerball this past weekend. Or she may have just been the sole name on the will when her shipping magnate husband Wilfred passed away. Either way, Aunt Edna is a lady with too much money and not enough time in which to spend it. And you’ve landed on her holiday gift-giving list. What would you ask for if money were of little consequence? Lucky for you in this potentially hypothetical situation, we’ve decided that the third and final entry into our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide should be all about the finer things in life, the premium gifts that one might get for one’s self. Or those classy, upper-echelon gifts that you’d give only to the most beloved movie lover on your list. They aren’t all necessarily expensive gifts that require Aunt Edna’s pocketbook, but they are all really great quality additions to your home entertainment experience.

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The second installment of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by Best Buy. In the first entry into our 2013 Gift Guide, we walked you through a number of wonderful options that would spruce up your home theater. Because that is, in fact, where the most movies are consumed: in the home. Be it via DVD or Blu-ray, video-on-demand or other more nefarious means, most of you watch movies at home. Over the course of the past few years though, the landscape of movie consumption does appear to be shifting a bit. Thanks to the rise in quality, affordable mobile devices with high definition screens, many more movie lovers are taking it to the streets. Their movies, that is. So bring your wandering spirit along as we dive into the second part of our annual holiday gift guide: an exploration of the best gifts for your favorite on-the-go movie lover.

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The first installment of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by Best Buy. As the purveyors of movie news and opinions, you could say that we watch a lot of movies in my home. In fact, it’s the nature of movie bloggers to work without an office, from home, so it’s no stretch for us to say that we watch the vast majority of our movies at home. It’s where we work, play, watch, nap and sometimes play the occasional video game to clear our minds. It’s the corner of the house known as our home theater. So when the folks at Best Buy approached us to sponsor the first installment in our annual gift guide, asking if we could put together a list of home theater essentials for the holiday season, we was more than up for the challenge. And we think we’ve put together a pretty solid list for you just in time for Black Friday, the kick-off of the big holiday shopping season. From essential components to accessories to Blu-rays that will make your home theater hum, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re buying for your favorite movie lover or buying something for yourself, you’ll get no judgment from us. Just a number of solid suggestions.

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Brought to you by Samsung SOS Island. Click here to learn more Although not just anyone can be a successful filmmaker, if there’s one thing that Samsung’s “SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest” live streaming survival and social media competition has illustrated, it’s that good technology sure can help. The premise: 16 contestants from all around the globe are stranded on a desert island, trained in basic survival skills by famed survival expert Les Stroud, and then left to their own devices to show off (both on the island and on social media) what they learned. Check it out…

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