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By David Niles White | Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Introducing Jerry & Maggie: This is not photography

The lynda.com documentary team is pleased to announce the release of Jerry & Maggie: This is not photographyour most ambitious film to date about photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor.

Jerry & Maggie: This is not photography was shot in California, Florida, Wyoming, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, where we spoke with a diverse cast of museum curators, academic historians, digital wizards, and artists.

We spent over a week shooting with Jerry and Maggie at their compound in Florida, including an amazing six-hour session under safelights in Jerry’s darkroom to capture the first live documentation of Jerry creating an original piece of art. Fortunately, we were able to shoot this film on two brand-new Canon EOS C300 cameras, which have an ISO range up to 20,000!

We’ve entered Jerry & Maggie: This is not photography in a number of 2012 and 2013 film festivals. First up is the ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival in Los Angeles, where entry into the festival is contingent on community votes. If you’d like to vote for Jerry & Maggie: This is not photography, visit the ArcLight Cinemas Facebook page now through October 14, 2012 and select “Jerry and Maggie” in the Biographical/Historical Documentaries category. If you’re not on Facebook, you can also vote by clicking the Like button associated with the “Jerry and Maggie” trailer on the ArcLight Cinemas YouTube page.

We’re extremely proud of this film and hope you’re as inspired watching it as we were making it.

Director Scott Erickson with a Canon EOS C300 camera

Director Scott Erickson checking the shot with a Canon EOS C300 camera.

Cinematographer Mia Shimabuku with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera

Cinematographer Mia Shimabuku waiting for her next shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

Cinematographer Aron Ives with a Canon EOS C300 camera

Cinematographer Aron Ives shooting a scene with a Canon EOS C300 camera.

Interested in more? • The entire Jerry & Maggie: This is not photographydocumentary • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next: • Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist • Natalie Fobes, Photographer • Rick Smolan, Photographer • Bert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Directors’ and Producers’ Panels

As the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, lynda.com is pleased to take you inside the festival’s entertainment industry panels featuring some of Hollywood’s top directors and producers.

Directors’ Panel Moderated by Peter Bart (vice president and editorial director of Variety) the Directors on Directing panel features a who’s who of Oscar®-nominated directors speaking candidly about the importance of great casting, a strong story, and the ability to listen to their audience through pre-release testing. Gore Verbinski (Rango) explains how he arranged for the ensemble cast of his animated film to record their voiceovers together, in order to take full advantage of their comedic interactions. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) talks about the challenges of getting a black-and-white silent film made in the 21st century. Terry George (The Shore) describes how he found humor in the otherwise serious conflict in Northern Ireland. Chris Miller (Puss in Boots) talks about leaving room in his script for improvisation. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) shares her darker moments during production, assuring a nervous studio that everything would work out. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) talks about rewriting parts of the script to take advantage of actress Melissa McCarthy’s comedic genius.

Directors on Directing panel discussing the importance of the script.

Directors on Directing panel discussing Silent Movies.

Directors on Directing panel discussing The Man Speech.

Producers’ Panel Moderated by Patrick Goldstein (Los Angeles Times columnist), Movers and Shakers was a panel of top-of-their-career producers with Oscar®-nominated films ranging from big-budget effects movies to smaller, ensemble-cast dramas. Graham King (Hugo), describes how he worked with Martin Scorsese to shoot their first 3D film together—and their first with kids and animals. Michael De Luca (Moneyball) explains how he developed a working relationship with Major League Baseball, which had final cut on his film. Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life) talks about the 10 years of obstacles he faced on the way to getting his film greenlit. Jim Burke (The Descendants) talks about shooting on location in expensive Hawaii. Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris) discusses the unique working relationship she has with director Woody Allen—who’s also her brother.

Movers & Shakers panel discussing how a great film doesn’t have to cost much.

Movers & Shakers panel discussing how to keep the studio happy.

Movers & Shakers panel: Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris) discussing the unique working relationship she had has with director Woody Allen, who is also her brother.

Interested in more? • All 2012 Santa Barbara Internationl Film Festival Directors’Panel—Directors on Directing movies on lynda.com • All 2012 Santa Barbara Internationl Film Festival Producers’ Panel—Movers and Shakers movies on lynda.com • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:2012 SBIFF Screenwriter’s Panel – It Starts with the Script2012 SBIFF Women’s Panel – Women in the Biz2011 SBIFF Director’s Panel: Directors On Directing2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers

By David Niles White | Saturday, February 04, 2012

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival womens’ panel

As the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, lynda.com is once again pleased to open the door to four entertainment-industry panels that feature some of Hollywood’s top talent from the world of producers, directors, and screenwriters. Panelist are carefully chosen during the awards season and include many you’ll see on the Golden Globes®, Emmys®, and Oscars®.

Moderated by Madelyn Hammond from Madelyn Hammond & Associates, the Creative Forces: Women in the Business panel features five female filmmakers whose talents range from animation to independent films. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Picture Paris) talks about her short film written by husband/writer Brad Hall and her journey to the other side of the camera as producer. Dede Gardner tells us why Fox Searchlight chose not to include images of star Brad Pitt while promoting Tree of Life. Mellisa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda 2) talks about the organic process of producing an animated feature that allows an ongoing evolution of the story during production. Denise Ream (Cars 2) shares her journey in feature animation though the creative juggernaught that is Pixar Animation. And Leslie Urdang (Beginners) talks about the experiences of working with legendary actor Christopher Plummer who was presented with the Modern Master award at this year’s festival.

For more information about the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival visit Sbiff.org.

Leslie Urdang (producer, Beginners) speaks about distribution opportunities for indy films.

Denise Ream (Producer, Cars 2) talks about collaborating with John Lassiter and 40 car companies.

Dede Gardner (producer, Tree of Life) on promoting the movie without using Brad Pitt’s face.

Interested in more? • All of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival women’s panel coverage on lynda.com • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:2011 SBIFF Director’s Panel: Directors On Directing2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel: Creative Forces: Women in the Business

By David Niles White | Saturday, February 04, 2012

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel

As the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, lynda.com is once again pleased to open the door to four entertainment industry panels that feature some of Hollywood’s top talent from the world of producers, directors, and screenwriters. Panelist are carefully chosen during the awards season and include many you’ll see at the Golden Globes®, Emmys®, and Oscars®.

Moderated by Anne Thompson from indieWIRE, the It Starts with the Script panelists talk about the development of their films, their research before sitting down at the keyboard, the evolution of the script, and finally, getting it to the screen. What’s clear is that there’s no formula, no easy path, and no shortcuts. The writers candidly reveal the obstacles each overcame on the way to seeing their vision realized and discuss how “write what you know” ultimately became their life’s mantra while they worked on their screenplays. The anecdotes range from stories of inspiring life experience, to the process of transforming a book into a film. Panelists include Mike Mills (Beginners), Will Riser (50/50), Jim Rash (The Decedents), Tate Taylor (The Help), and J.C. Handler (Margin Call).

For more information on the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel visit Sbiff.org

Will Riser (writer, 50/50) shares the common elements of his life story and the film.

Tate Taylor (writer, The Help) tells how he responded to the studios once they discover he owned the screen rights to The Help.

Mike Mills (writer, Beginners) wrestles with moving between past and present day in the script.

Interested in more? • All of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel coverage on lynda.com • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:2011 SBIFF Director’s Panel: Directors On Directing2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel: Creative Forces: Women in the Business

By David Niles White | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two lynda.com documentaries accepted into the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

We are very pleased to announce that two of our Creative Inspirations documentaries, Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writerand Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist, have been selected for screening at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The first film, Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writer, follows the journey of Stefan Bucher, a prolific artist who is seemingly obsessed with finding impressive new ways to put ink on paper, from his first illustrations for The Donaldist (a magazine dedicated to the exploration of Donald Duck comics), through Art Center College, Portland agency Wieden+Kennedy, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and finally his own company, 344 Design.

In the second selection, Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist, graphic designer Marian Bantjes discusses her creative process and shares her views on design and designers with the lynda.com documentary team on location in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and in Marian’s home and workspace near Vancouver.

The documentary team at lynda.com is honored by the recognition that our films have received, and we’ll continue to strive to deliver excellent, compelling, and inspiring stories.

Members of the lynda.com documentary team will be in attendance at the screenings to answer questions. For more information on the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 26th through February 5th, visit http://sbiff.org. Hope to see you there!

Interested in more? • The entire Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artistdocumentary • The entire Stefan Bucher, Designer, Illustrator and Writerdocumentary • All lynda.com documentaries

Suggested courses to watch next:tokidoki, Character Illustrator Ron Crabb, Digital IllustratorBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyBert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Friday, December 23, 2011

Stefan Bucher shares his behind-the-scenes story of designing the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti

At the final lynda.com employee quarterly meeting of 2011, Creative Inspirations subject Stefan Bucher made a surprise appearance. And he brought a friend. . . well, about 300 of them.

Upon being asked by Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City to create a Yeti plush toy for sale during the holiday season, Stefan came up with dozens of Yeti options to present to Saks, who ultimately left the final decision up to him. The complete Yeti-plush package included a Yeti hangtag book created by Stefan (complete with proper care and feeding instructions for the Yeti) and a customized bag designed by Stefan and dotted with snowflakes created by another Creative Inspirations subject, Marian Bantjes, with which to properly carry the Yeti (since the Yeti doesn’t fit in any of Saks’ standard holiday bags).

Stefan finished his December presentation by revealing the Yeti from his snowflake bag before handing the spotlight over to lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin. Bruce then revealed that as a special holiday gift, each lynda.com employee would receive their very own Yeti. Stefan was kind enough to autograph Yeti paws for employees after the presentation.

To purchase a Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti of your own while they are still in stock, visit www.saksfifthavenue.com.

Interested in more?Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and WriterMarian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

Suggested courses to watch next:tokidoki, Character Illustrator Ron Crabb, Digital IllustratorBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyBert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Thursday, December 22, 2011

Introducing the Ed Emberley Creative Inspirations

The lynda.com documentary team is pleased to share with you our newest Creative Inspirations installment on children’s book writer and illustrator, Ed Emberley. Earlier this year, we spent time with three generations of talented Emberleys in their 17th century home in beautiful Ipswich, Massachusetts. We filmed as he gave a drawing class to local second graders and traveled with him to Portland, Oregon to meet with his iPad/iPhone app developers, all not long after his 80th birthday (see a demo of Ed’s “Shake and Make” iPhone app). Many of the artists in Portland had never met Ed, but a number of them learned to draw with his books in grade school. Ed is truly a lifelong learner, continuing to absorb new technologies and apply them to his craft. Whether you have children or you still feel the spark of youth, you’ll enjoy this look into the mind, and heart, of this gifted artist.

Ed Emberley getting prepped for lynda.com documentary

Director Scott Erickson and Cameraperson/Editor Tracy Clarke setting up a shot with Ed Emberley on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

lynda.com employee with Ed Emberley drawing

Cinematographer Mia Shimabuku at the Notre Dame Academy in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where Ed Emberley taught a drawing course.

Suggested courses to watch next: • The full Creative Inspirations installment on Ed Emberleytokidoki, Character Illustrator Ron Crabb, Digital IllustratorBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyBert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator

By David Niles White | Friday, November 11, 2011

Marian Bantjes at 2011 AIGA Design Conference

This week and last we’ve released two great Creative Inspirations bonus features—one with hyper realist Bert Monroy and the other with graphic artist Marian Bantjes.

We filmed Bert speaking at St. Mary’s College of California, located in Moraga, California. He speaks to an attentive audience about the difference between Photorealism and his style that he terms Hyperrealism. He tells us that it’s his obsessive attention to detail that breaths life into his images.

Marian Bert with Michael Bierut at AIGA Pivot Conference 2011

Creative Inspirations guest Marian Bantjes is interviewed by designer Michael Bierut from Pentagram in NYC during AIGA's Pivot Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Then, we went to “Pivot,” the 2011 AIGA Design Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, to screen our latest film in the Creative Inspirations series featuring graphic artist Marian Bantjes. When the lights came up, Marian took to the stage surrounded by thunderous applause to be interviewed by design legend Michael Bierut from Pentagram in New York City. Following their candid discussion, they took questions from the audience. And of course, our cameras were there. Marian Bantjes’ entire Creative Inspirations segment, including our footage of Marian’s interview with Michael Bierut at the 2011 AIGA Design Conference, can be viewed in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Interested in more? • Movies from Marian Bantjes in the Online Training Library® • Movies from Bert Monroy in the Online Training Library® •  All design courses in the Online Training Library®

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