Screenwriters Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles have reason to celebrate this holiday season. Their original screenplay “The United States of Fuckin’ Awesome” won them a Nicholl Fellowship in 2014. So here is a little something they have put together as a seasonal greeting:
Fun stuff! I have interviewed Alisha and Scott. Look for that sometime in January or February 2015.
Boyhood is my pick for best movie of the year, an astonishing feat of simplicity and complexity, both in terms of the storytelling and, per the latter, the production process. Here is an 11-minute featurette on the making of Boyhood.
Boyhood is available on digital HD. If you want to see more quality movies, show your support by renting or buying this masterful piece of filmmaking by writer-director Richard Linklater.
This is a nifty gift for Coen brothers fans. And let’s face it, we’re all fans of the Coens, aren’t we? Via Indiewire:
Vimeo user Grant Pichla’s twenty-minute dissection covers the brothers’ use of similar themes, characters, dialogue and visual styles, their tendency to create existentially confused protagonists who are out of step with the socially accepted madness that surrounds them, and their love for 1940s noir and slapstick comedy.
Here is the video:
Reminder: I have a week-long online class called The Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling. That will be rolling around first quarter 2015 as part of my entire Craft series, so be on the lookout for it.
For the rest of the Indiewire article, go here.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
They hail from as far away as Mexico and Ireland, and they’ve imagined creatures with a wide range of physics-defying powers — dragons that soar through the skies, troll-like creatures who dwell underground and a squishy robot who can squeeze through tight spaces, to name a few — but the minds behind this year’s animation contenders all see eye to eye about one thing: Their films often are not given the artistic cred they merit.
This and other aspects of their unique craft were the subjects of a lively discussion Nov. 5 at The Fig House in Los Angeles, where the directors and producers behind some of 2014’s most engaging ‘toons were eager to compare notes on their varied projects, which all took years to bring to the screen. Tomm Moore, 37, director of the hand-drawn Song of the Sea, came the furthest, all the way from Dublin. Travis Knight, 41, who not only is the CEO of Laika but also served as both animator and producer on the stop-motion-animated The Boxtrolls, flew in from Hillsboro, Ore. Mexico-born director Jorge Gutierrez, 39, director of the Latin-inflected The Book of Life, traveled from his home in Dallas. The Hollywood contingent included Dan Lin, 41, producer of The Lego Movie; Bonnie Arnold, 58, producer of How to Train Your Dragon 2; and Don Hall, 45, director of Big Hero 6. Topics ranged from art (the quirks of voice casting — The Lego Movie discovered Christ Pratt before Guardians of the Galaxy did) to business (the pitfalls of audience testing and the debatable wisdom of making sequels) to the surprisingly intimate: the heartfelt stories that inspired each of their films.
Here is video of the entire roundtable
For highlights of the roundtable, go here.