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By David Niles White | Tuesday, February 08, 2011

2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers

A great weekend of panels culminated with the 2011 SBIFF  Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers.

For obvious reasons, I always feel at one with this panel. Whether the budget is small or large, producers share similar concerns. Whether you’re only shooting for 24 days (Blue Valentine) or as many as 90 (The Social Network), the producers job is the same–we’re here to preserve the director’s vision of our projects and pick the right times to help or stay out of the way. Such is the case with the Academy Award nominated group of films featured in this discussion.

I found particularly fascinating the MPAA ratings battles that continue to rage amongst the filmmakers. The King’s Speech, searching for a broader audience, is seeking a PG-13 rating, though can’t get it because of one scene (you’ll have to see it to know which one). And Blue Valentine fought off an NC-17 rating, winning an appeal to the board with a unanimous vote to overturn.

There was also a lively discussion about making films based on real people and real events as is the case with The Fighter, The Social Network, and The King’s Speech.

This panel includes: Darla K. Anderson – Toy Story 3 Iain Canning – The King’s Speech Alix Madigan – Winter’s Bone Todd Lieberman – The Fighter Mike Deluca – The Social Network Jamie Patricof – Blue Valentine

By David Niles White | Friday, February 04, 2011

The 2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel now available in the Online Training Library®

A great weekend of panels continued with the SBIFF Women’s Panel, Creative Forces: Women in the Business. The panel is now available for all to watch in the Online Training Library®.

This was a very diverse group of women from many areas of filmmaking, including animation, visual effects, costume design, documentary and dramatic film. All are top industry award winners and nominees.

Toy Story 3 producer Darla K. Anderson shared some insights into the four year production cycle at Pixar. The producer of Waiting for Superman, Leslie Chilott, shares how documentary filmmaking can be a powerful tool for social change. And the visual effects producer from world class facility Digital Domain, Gloria Borders, talks about how to get started learning new technologies.

This panel includes: Darla K. Anderson – Producer, Toy Story 3 Colleen Atwood – Costumer Designer, Alice in Wonderland Gloria Borders – Executive Visual Effects Producer at Digital Domain (Tron: Legacy) Leslie Chilcott – Producer, Waiting for Superman Alix Madigan – Producer, Winter’s Bone

By David Niles White | Wednesday, February 02, 2011

2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script now available in the Online Training Library®

writers' panel

The writer's panel at the Santa Barbara International film festival featured (from left to right) moderator Anne Thompson (indieWIRE), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Charlie Mitchell (Get Low), David Seidler (The King’s Speech), Scott Silver (The Fighter), Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

My favorite part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has to be the industry panels. Over the weekend, I watched the writer’s panel. As a member of the Producer’s Guild, I’m fortunate to have screened most all of the Academy Award nominated films, and right there in front of me were the nominated writers!

The panel was a lighthearted and candid look at how these writers’ scripts have found their way from the keyboard to the big screen. What’s clear is that there’s no formula, no easy path, and no shortcuts. The writers reveal the obstacles each overcame on the way to seeing their vision realized. The anecdotes range from stories of triumph over adversity to remarkable collaborative efforts to just plain luck.

Here’s a small taste: David Seidler, writer for The King’s Speech, requested permission from the Queen Mother to tell King George’s story. She gave her permission with the proviso that it only be produced after her death since it would be too painful to re-live on the screen. She died just short of age 102, nearly 25 years after he made his request.

This year’s panel, moderated by Anne Thompson of indieWIRE, features these screenwriters: Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network Scott Silver – The Fighter David Seidler – The King’s Speech Charlie Mitchell – Get Low Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right Michael Arndt – Toy Story 3

How did Michael Arndt come up with Spanish Buzz Lightyear for Toy Story 3? Does Aaron Sorkin have a Facebook account? Find out by watching 2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script. All movies in this course are availble to watch for non-members, as well as members.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, February 01, 2011

lynda.com documentaries screening this week at SBIFF; tickets still available

Doyald at his drafting table.

A scene from Doyald Young, Logotype Designer. The film is one of the lynda.com documentaries selected for screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

We are incredibly honored that two of our own documentary films have been selected for screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and we hope you’ll be able to attend one of the showings. Ticket packages are still available on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival site.

The films we will be screening were produced by lynda.com as part of our Creative Inspirations series of documentaries. The first is Doyald Young, Logotype Designer, directed by lynda.com senior live action director Scott Erickson. In this film, we look at the incredible life of and work by this legendary typographer, logotype desinger, author, and teacher who has inspired thousands of artists and students throughout his career.

Next will be our film Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist, also directed by Scott Erickson. The film explores Koci’s journey of discovery from a wide-eyed kid at the Ansel Adams Gallery to photojournalist and teacher of multimedia storytelling at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The films will be shown on:

  • February 3 — 7:00 p.m.
  • February 4 — 10:00 a.m.
  • February 6 — 4:00 p.m.

All screenings will be at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and each will be followed by Q&A sessions with members of the lynda.com documentary production team.

We hope you’ll be able to join us at a screening and take some time to catch some of the other films and events taking place.

By Bruce Heavin | Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Geoffrey Rush accepts the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Geoffrey Rush visited with us last night straight from leaving a stage production in Australia to appear in Santa Barbara, California at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He received the Montecito Award at a tribute to his body of work at the festival. Indeed his body of work is outright impressive.

Geoffery Rush

Geoffery Rush at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Geoffrey Rush being interviewed.

Geoffrey Rush being interviewed.

Later in the evening, Colin Firth, who co-stared with Geoffrey Rush in The Kings Speech came to personally award Geoffrey the Montecito Award.

Colin Firth at the podium.

Colin Firth at the podium.

Geoffrey Rush receives his award.

Geoffrey Rush receives his award.

Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush wait to receive the Ensemble award.

Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush wait to receive the Ensemble Award.

Helena Bonham Carter accepts the Ensemble Award. She also appeared in The Kings Speech.

Helena Bonham Carter accepts the Ensemble Award. She also appeared in The Kings Speech.

Geoffrey cut things so close that when he left the stage, his transportation whisked him off to the airport to get back on a plane to make the play in Australia the following day. I admire him for his generosity in sharing this time with us.

By Bruce Heavin | Monday, January 31, 2011

Christopher Nolan receives the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival highlighting the Modern Master Award ceremony sponsored by lynda.com.

On Sunday, lynda.com was the presenting sponsor of the Modern Master Award to Christopher Nolan at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in honor of his body of work. Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Christopher’s latest film Inception, presented the award. Christopher talked, among other things, about his upcoming Batman and Superman film projects (both films will be release in 2012). We couldn’t be more proud to get behind such a remarkable event.

As Lynda mentioned in her earlier post, we will also be hosting recordings of the director’s, producer’s, women’s, and writer’s panel discussions online at lynda.com, too, like we did last year. What’s so remarkable about these panels is that we get to see how films are made from a variety of perspectives from some of the best in the business.

Here are just a few photos from the Modern Master Award event:

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DeCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

By Lynda Weinman | Monday, January 31, 2011

From the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Greetings from the 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival! This year, lynda.com is a presenting sponsor of this world class event, which gives us unprecedented access to the festival so we can share this wonderful experience with our members and employees.

Bruce and Lynda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Bruce and Lynda at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, opening night.

Lynda and Bruce answering questions on the red carpet.

Lynda and Bruce answering questions on the red carpet.

Sarah's Key, opening night

Opening night of the festival featured the US premiere of the wonderful film Sarah's Key. The director, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, spoke before the film about his struggles to get the movie made, and how he persevered and brought it to life.

I’m struck by this year’s festival theme, ‘Dream a Little Bigger’, probably because it’s so much of what we encourage our own members to do. We aim to give our members the opportunity to help realize their dreams, no matter how small or how grand.

As we did last year, our crews will be covering the four major discussion panels taking place at the festival. These panels have historically included all the major players who will be in contention during awards season. Here are last year’s if you’d like to take a look at them again:

It Starts with the Script – Writer’s PanelCreative Forces: Women in the Business – Women’s PanelMovers and Shakers – Producer’s PanelDirectors on Directing – Director’s Panel

Finally, I’m particularly proud that two of our Creative Inspirations documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist, were accepted into the festival from 800 documentary entries. There will be three screenings of each film and we’ll be there with cameras to capture the Q&A session with members of our documentary production team.

We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the festival throughout the event. We hope you’ll join us and share the magic.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Free NMC webinar on Wednesday with Lynda Weinman: Love to Learn

Love to Learn - webinar with Lynda Weinman

On Wednesday, November 10 at 12pm PST/3pm EST, Lynda will be sharing her thoughts and ideas about the co-founding of lynda.com, her life, and her passion to share the love of learning. This webinar, hosted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) will be a special opportunity to hear from Lynda and her view on how our company has made a difference in so many people’s lives.

The webinar will take place in the NMC Adobe Connect Seminar room, and is free and open to anyone interested in participating. Additional information, including about how to configure Connect, can be found at the NMC web site.

We look forward to having you join us!

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