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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, September 23, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

The recently released Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist installment of our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations, had the documentary team racking up some serious mileage. We followed Marian to her one-woman show in Toronto, filmed her at her home on secluded Bowen Island (off the coast of Vancouver), and filmed segments in New York and Los Angeles. Marian is a delightful travel companion and always gave us her best whether the camera was on or off. This Creative Inspirations also features an original score written and produced by composer Reg Powell. We’re looking forward to a screening of the film at Phoenix Symphony Hall on October 14th as part of AIGA’s Pivot Conference. Marian will be in Phoenix and will be interviewed by design legend Michael Bierut after the screening—and of course, our cameras will be there.

The bonus feature release shows Marian’s presentation to a packed auditorium at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. She speaks extensively about her creative process, including why rest and relaxation plays an important part in generating new ideas.

By David Niles White | Friday, August 26, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Stefan G. Bucher

lynda.com’s documentary team is pleased to announce an addition to the Creative Inspirations series: bonus features. Starting this week, we’ll begin to roll out a series of extras that were produced to enhance the viewing experience of our flagship documentary series.

After release, we often screen our films for a theatre audience and bring the person featured in the documentary to the screening to be interviewed on camera. The topics discussed are frequently derived from feedback we receive from our members. These bonus features put you in the front row, and let you become inspired all over again.

Stefan G. Bucher

After the screening, Stefan G. Bucher answered audience questions during his interview with Terry Lee Stone.

This summer, lynda.com had a special screening of Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer in the Ahmanson Theatre at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After the lights came up, Stefan came up on stage to enthusiastic applause to be interviewed by Terry Lee Stone, a writer and creative strategist who teaches the business of design at Art Center. This lively discussion (which included audience Q&A) covers a wide range of topics and brings us up to date on Stefan’s most recent endeavors. Highlights include Stefan’s thoughts on choosing projects and (the question that’s on everyone’s mind) what’s next for the monsters! As usual, Stefan brought along his sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor.

The bonus feature can be found at the end of the table of contents on the documentary page: Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer.

By David Niles White | Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free screening of Stefan G. Bucher Creative Inspirations documentary

On Thursday, July 28, join lynda.com and Art Center College of Design as we present a screening of the new film from the lynda.com Creative Inspirations series, Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer. Follow Stefan from his first illustrations, through Art Center College of Design, Portland agency Wieden+Kennedy, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and finally his own company, 344 Design. If you’re in the Pasadena, CA area, it’s a great opportunity to check out our latest documentary on the big screen, meet other lynda.com members, and attend a Q&A with Stefan Bucher.

Admission is free, as space permits.

Event details:

Stefan G. Bucher, Designer, Illustrator, and Writer Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, Pasadena Ahmanson Auditorium

Thursday, July 28

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Screening 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A with Stefan

RSVP to alumni@artcenter.edu by July 25.

We hope to see you there!

By David Niles White | Thursday, June 09, 2011

Doyald Young documentary selected for London film festival

Doyald at his drafting table.

We’re very pleased to announce that one of our Creative Inspirations documentaries has again been accepted into a major film festival. Doyald Young, Logotype Designer has been selected to screen at the Open City London Documentary Film Festival on June 17, at 1:30 p.m. BST.

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.

By David Niles White | Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Creative Inspirations screening Tuesday at UC Berkeley: Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist

On Tuesday, April 19th, we’ll be screening Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist on campus at UC Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive Theatre, located at the Berkeley Art Museum, 2575 Bancroft Way in Berkeley, at 7:00 p.m.

Director Scott Erickson and I will be there to introduce the film. After the screening, Koci will take the stage to be interviewed by Jeremy Rue, a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. We’ll have cameras at the event to record Koci’s interview for publication on lynda.com at a later date. Hope to see you there!

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