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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

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