By David Niles White | Saturday, February 4, 2012
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®.
For more information about the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival visit Sbiff.org.
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 Directing
• 2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers
• 2011 SBIFF Writer’s Panel: It Starts with the Script
• 2011 SBIFF Women’s Panel: Creative Forces: Women in the Business
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
Interested in more?
• All of the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel coverage on lynda.com
• All lynda.com documentaries
By David Niles White | Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Our last post from this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival shows you five of the many faces behind our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations. We were honored to have two of our documentaries, Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist chosen as official selections to be screened at the festival.
At the request of the festival, director Scott Erickson and I made ourselves available for questions and answers from the audience. For our premiere evening, we were we joined by editor Tracy Clarke, editor/cinematographer Mia Shimabuku, and co-founder Lynda Weinman. Here’s a rare opportunity to see our team in front of the camera… and to see me wearing a sport jacket.
By David Niles White | Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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 Crystal McCullough | Monday, February 7, 2011
The Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) Teen Press visited our offices, and did a great job interviewing Lynda and Bruce recently about what inspires them, why they sponsor the festival, their history, and more. Watch the entire series:
P.S. If you don’t get the See’s Candy reference, watch The logo story.
By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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:
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 1, 2011
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 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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.
Geoffrey Rush receives his 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.
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
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.
Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.
Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DeCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.
Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.
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