Santa Barbara International Film Festival Writers Panel – An Unfinished Script

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INT – 28th ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL WRITERS PANEL – DAY

WRITERS GATHER AT THE LOBERO THEATRE

As the panelists are introduced and the moderator ANNE THOMPSON sits we begin the Writers Panel.

One of the panelists is STEPHEN CHBOSKY, writer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

A second panelist is ROMAN COPPOLA, writer of Moonrise Kingdom.

Another panelist is JOHN GATINS, writer of Flight.

Still another panelist is RIAN JOHNSON, writer of Looper.

Yet another panelist is DAVID MAGEE, writer of Life of Pi.

The location is Santa Barbara. Our narrator REBEKAH, having just watched the panel, is taking notes.

INT – HOME OFFICE – NIGHT

REBEKAH

(typing)

For some, it’s primarily about the parties, the celebrity tributes, or the nearly 200 films being screened all across town over the ten-day period. While I participate in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as much as time allows, ultimately for me it’s all about the writer’s panel.

As a writer, I relish any opportunity to hear from accomplished (that is, recognized) writers about their process, and as a movie lover, this panel cracks open the world of “the people behind the people who say all the things we tell them to say” as one panelist put it. We rarely know their faces, but we are enchanted with the worlds they render and the words they put in other people’s mouths. Having them come out from behind the page and speak about their process results in sometimes surprising revelations—for instance, there are plenty of wonder boys and girls who seem to have magically landed in the Hollywood inner circle (or maybe not so magic—if your last name is Coppola, you might have an in), but there are also plenty of tales of writers struggling to finish scripts for years, struggling to sell the story, struggling to make mid-career thematic switches. Enough to make you stop fantasizing about quitting your day job and thinking maybe some of them should get a day job. Except—there they are up on stage.

Stephen Chbosky, writer of both the novel and screenplay The Perks of Being a Wallflower (sidenote: how common is that? I’m curious whether that is common…), and arguably the sweetest guy up there (all guys this year, by the way), handled a clumsy questioner from the crowd who rambled about having his scripts taken from him by some of the top producers of our time before asking the panel if anyone would read his script, but not before saying that he had a bad feeling about the whole industry. Chbosky replied, in essence, “I hope your experiences haven’t soured you too much…I think I can speak for everyone up here that we’ve all had bitter experiences…and you’re looking at us in probably our best year yet. Three years ago, maybe we wouldn’t be feeling this way.” Maybe we won’t all have the chance to sit on a panel like this, reflecting on an Oscar-nominated film that has our name attached to it—but it’s inspiration regardless.

Other note: some work collaboratively with the director on the writing process (David Magee with Ang Lee and Roman Coppola with Wes Anderson), some use outlining extensively (Cbosky, Johnson and Magee) while others have a more “chaotic” process (Coppola) or write themselves into corners they have to get out of (Gatins). They all agreed: get an agent. They all agreed…

 

TIME CUT – FLASHBACK SEQUENCE

INT – SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL WRITERS PANEL – DAY

WRITERS SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS

FADE IN

DAVID MAGEE

Realities of production helps distill, because while you don’t want to think about the studio’s needs during the writing process, in truth, you probably don’t need all five parades you wrote into the first draft.

STEPHEN CHBOSKY

Writer’s block can be cured by going through the editing process, because once you’ve seen it all on the cutting room floor, you become less precious. Also: inspiration is great, but if you don’t have it, just do it like a job. (Interesting point that he thinks being a director is more similar to being a novelist than being the screenwriter, because they both get to create the entire world.)

ROMAN COPPOLA

Fresh out of film school (or just getting started), grab any opportunity you can whether it’s making films with friends or something quasi-professional. Do what you love and if it becomes a profession, great.

JOHN GATINS

The only way out is through (Who first said this? He is coy about revealing the source of this quote). Also: Yes, Syd Field’s rules are golden, but there’s room for breaking them, for “showing a different shape.”

RIAN JOHNSON

To create sci-fi that checks out with even the most hawk-eyed fans, create a framework for your world and stick to it.

(For more information about creating a realistic Sci-Fi world check out Ten Tips for Creating a Vivid and Solid Science Fiction World By Theo Baker in Cinema Perfecto Magazine.)

REBEKAH closes her laptop to feed her daughter, the story is unfinished but the blog waits for no one.  The article get published to great acclaim.

FADE OUT

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Cinema Perfecto Productions Typical Adobe Premiere Workspace

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Our Standard Adobe Premiere Workspace

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28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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We are excited to once again be covering the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (http://sbiff.org/)
Cinema Perfecto will be on the ground filming, blogging, tweeting, interviewing and watching films so keep checking back to this blog and follow us on Twitter @CinemaPerfecto.  We are editing some clips from last years directors panel that we will put up in the next day or two.  In the meantime check out some excerpts from this years press release:

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Santa Barbara, CA –The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by lynda.com, announces its stellar line-up for 2013.  The 28th edition offers a vast array of films representing 49 countries and a rich selection of films sure to delight audiences from all reaches of the globe. SBIFF is proud to welcome many promising and established filmmakers, as well as honorees to join in its grand tradition of celebrating independent film. The Festival begins Thursday, January 24 and continues through Sunday, February 3, 2013.

“As we deliver the 10th edition of SBIFF under my helm, I feel this year’s festival offerings are the most varied, mature and fun we’ve ever had,” remarks SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT GALAS
SBIFF 2013 will kick off at the historic Arlington Theatre with the U.S. Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot.  Disconnect holds a mirror up to our community and our obsession with all things technical. The story introduces us to a vast collection of characters: A lawyer, an estranged couple, a widowed ex-cop and an ambitious journalist who are all strangers, neighbors and colleagues whose stories collide in this compelling drama about ordinary people desperate for a human connection.  Filmed with a somewhat voyeuristic style, Disconnect marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern.   Opening night, sponsored by Studio 7 and The Hollywood Reporter, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 24, 2013, with director and cast expected to attend.
On Closing Night, SBIFF proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of Wasteland, written and directed by Rowan Athale, marking his feature directing debut, and starring Matthew Lewis, Timothy Spall and Iwan Rheon.  In this exhilarating heist thriller, a young ex-con hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild — and risky — revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin.  Closing night, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Sunday, February 3, with director and cast expected to attend.

INTERNATIONAL GALA
SBIFF will present an International Gala Screening of Pablo Larraín’s film, “No,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal.   The film, which is about an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum, was a favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and winner of their Art Cinema Award.  Director Pablo Larraín and Gael Garcia Bernal will attend.

2013 VIRTUOSOS AWARD

SBIFF continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers with The 2013 Virtuosos Award.  The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are:  Ann Dowd for her layered and subtle performance as Sandra, a fast-food restaurant manager who allows terrible things to happen to an employee in Compliance, Elle Fanning for bringing intense emotion to the screen as Ginger, a teenager living in London during the Cuban Missile Crisis in Ginger & Rosa, Ezra Miller for his role as the vivacious Patrick, a high school student struggling with being gay in The Perks of Being A Wallflower), Eddie Redmayne for his powerful and emotional portrayal of the love-stricken Marius in Les Miserables, Omar Sy for mastering honesty and humor as Driss, an excon who develops an unlikely friendship in The Intouchables and Quvenzhané Wallis who at such a young age, astonishes with her performance as the brave little girl, Hushpuppy, in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
“The Virtuosos Award is about taking notice of a performance that is extraordinary,” Comments Durling.  “The Virtuosos Award is all about performances that caused us to take notice and this year’s honorees have left an indelible impression on us all.”
The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year.  Last year’s recipients for this award were Demián Bichir, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis and Shailene Woodley.
The Award presentation, moderated by Fandango’s Dave Karger, and will take place at the Lobero Theatre on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

THE TRIBUTES
SBIFF has become an important showcase for Academy-Award® frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar.   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival proudly celebrates some of the year’s finest work in film.  The complete list of 2013 Honorees (in date order) is as follows:

  • Ben Affleck will receive the esteemed Modern Master Award, Presented by lynda.com, moderated by longtime SBIFF friend and film historian Leonard Maltin on Friday, January 25 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis will receive the Montecito Award, moderated by Hollywood Reporter columnist Scott Feinberg on Saturday, January 26 at the Arlington Theatre.  Sponsored by Bridlewood Estate Winery.
  • 2013 Virtuosos Award, presented to Ann Dowd (Compliance), Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa), Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being A Wallflower), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Omar Sy (The Intouchables) and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), in recognition of the year’s emerging film artists.  The evening will be moderated by Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent at Fandango and host of “The Frontrunners” on http://Fandango.com, on Tuesday, January 29 at the Lobero Theatre.
  • Amy Adams will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the American Riviera Award on Friday, February 1, moderated by longtime friend and Awards strategist at Deadline, Pete Hammond at the Arlington Theatre.
  • Jennifer Lawrence will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, moderated by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling on Saturday, February 2 at the Arlington Theatre.  Sponsored by UGG® Australia.

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Neil – My First Screenplay/Storyboard

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Neil - My First Screenplay/Storyboard

My first screenplay/storyboard about my younger brother Neil circa 1979ish. I like that it’s got some medium shots, a two shot and a closeup.

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PR: Bollywood Jumps Into 3D

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Hi All,
The good folks at Edelman PR and Adobe recently sent me an interesting press release:

Adobe Powers India’s First Stereoscopic 3D Animated Feature Film ‘Krishna aur Kans’
Reliance Animation leverages groundbreaking techniques to create a stunning visual experience

New Delhi, India — July 31, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that “Krishna aur Kans”, an animated feature film presented by Reliance Animation, has been powered by Adobe technologies including Adobe® Flash® Professional, Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects® and Photoshop®. Set for release on 3 August 2012, Krishna aur Kans will be India’s first stereoscopic 3D animated feature film marking a milestone in the Indian animation industry. A team of over 1,200 exceptional artists have worked over the last five and a half years on this movie using a host of Adobe technologies to bring to life the narrative of Krishna, who is set to mesmerize the audience with his charm and valor. While most of the global releases (in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu) are in stereoscopic format, the film will also be released in 2D.

For this project, the team at Reliance Animation used Adobe Flash Professional and After Effects extensively, giving the age-old heritage of Indian story telling a digital avatar. In fact, the animation in the film has been done primarily using Adobe Flash software, crafting a magnum opus canvas to help viewers relive the time of Krishna. Additionally, the film has been specially made to support multiple contemporary platforms such as theatres, televisions, computers, tablet devices and mobile screens. The team also used Adobe Premiere Pro as one of the key software in their workflow for offline editing.

“It is indeed a proud moment for our team as we release this film in India. A lot of people have been pleasantly surprised when they hear the film is produced using Adobe tools like Flash, After Effects and Photoshop. For them it was impossible to believe that a full-length animation feature film of such international quality can be made on these tools. This film is a firm testament to the fact that Indian film makers and animators are capable of technical brilliance in film making and animation much touted in the west. Krishna aur Kans as an animated feature film assures ground-breaking quality and mastery of a gripping narrative,” said Ashish S K, Executive Producer of the film and CEO, Reliance Animation.

Commenting on the release of this film Umang Bedi, Managing Director, South Asia, Adobe Systems said “The Indian media and entertainment industry is undergoing a transformation as viewers today demand higher-quality and engaging content. We have been working closely with the team at Reliance Animation on this release and are absolutely excited with the level of technical excellence the team has brought into this animated feature. This film is set to raise the benchmark for the Indian animation industry, which has seen a robust growth over last few years.”

Director of the movie, Vikram Veturi, lists four key factors behind choosing Adobe tools to make this movie:

  • Seamless integration between Adobe tools including Adobe Flash, Photoshop and After Effects made the entire creative workflow time-efficient as well as economical.
  • The talent pool required for working on the movie with Adobe tools was easily available.
  • The learning, adoption and usage curve was not as steep for the above Adobe tools, enabling even newer artists working on the project to deliver superior results.
  • Adobe Flash technology was at the core of the movie’s production pipeline and utilized two amazing features: ‘Shape Tweens’ and ‘Motion Tweens’, enabling the creative team to create magical effects in the movie.

The voice cast of the film includes Om Puri playing the role of Kans and Juhi Chawla features as Mother Yashoda while Prachi Save plays Krishna. The film also features Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, AK Hangal, Sachin & Supriya Pilgaokar and Mukesh Khanna lending their voices to various prominent characters. The movie also features songs sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Babul Supriyo. The music director of the film is Shantanu Moitra and the lyrics are written by Swanand Kirkire.

About the technology

Adobe Premiere Pro enables users to edit professional productions with greater speed and precision and is a leading cross-platform video editing software. Adobe After Effects enables film makers to deliver cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics for animation and compositing that offers complete creative control while delivering amazing performance. Building on a strong foundation of industry-leading pixel-precise drawing tools, professional typography support, and efficient coding features, Adobe Flash Professional provides powerful and intuitive tools and integrated support for reaching audiences across devices. Adobe Photoshop provides a rich set of features necessary to design, perform advanced image manipulation, edit motion‐based content, and composite images including tools for 3D design and image analysis.

Watch the trailers for Krishna aur Kans here: Hindi, English

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Keep it Safe When Shooting On Location

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Hi All,
Reportedly actor Kristen Chenoweth was struck in the head with lighting equipment on the set of “The Good Wife” during a gusty day of shooting.  This should NEVER happen.  Here is a sample of safety checkpoints that would prevent this (note: there are many more safety points than this, we will be covering this further in future issues of Cinema Perfecto Magazine)

  1. Your pre-production location scouting report should contain a section for potential environmental dangers, this should literally include everything potentially dangerous including wind conditions.  These should be considered when deciding on what to bring to the set, or whether to choose a different location.
  2. Have an on set safety checklist that is the responsibility of the Key Grip, or in a small indie production the Cinematographer, Sound Technician or Director.
  3. No talent steps on the set until the Key Grip gives the OK.
  4. The Key Grip should make sure that any lighting at height is attached with a safety lanyard and properly and securely attached to the stand or truss.  Everything else should be sandbagged down, this can include sandbagging umbrellas in the shot or over the actor chairs as well as any other loose items on the set that can catch wind such as monitor tents.
  5. Any lighting stands should be at a minimum sandbagged.  In high wind conditions the stands should have multiple guy-wires attached preferably to a permanent anchor or a truck.

Lets all wish the best for Kristen and remember to keep everyone on the set safe!!!

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NAB Wrap Up

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Hi All,
Back from the NAB show in Vegas.  For those who aren’t familiar, this is the National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show where all the heavy hitters in the world of broadcast, film and online media gather to show off their wares.  Since I am a filmmaker and a gear head this is a fun event where I basically drool for a few days, talk to folks, test gear and make connections for selling the equipment in the Cinema Perfecto store, reviewing the gear in Cinema Perfecto magazine or buy the equipment for use in our work on various productions and sometimes all three.

Every year there seems to be a buzz that is usually different than the theme the NAB sets.  Last year it was all about 3D.  This year it was clearly the new cameras.  Everywhere you went people were talking 4K, fps, bit rate, high iso, etc…

Here are a few things that I thought were awesome for indie productions, run and gun filmmaking and HD pro videography.

Sony NEX FS7000U High Speed 4 K Camera.  Sony was showing off the new cameras and I have to say I was blown away by this camera image.  They had set up a basic professionally lit set in a nighttime spectrum and had tango dancers do their thing.  They filmed at 120 fps and played it back through production monitors at 24fps for a nice slow mo.  No color correction, no post, just fresh off the hard drive.  It looked incredibly filmic.  A very pleasing image and beautiful, smooth slow motion.

Sony 4K Theater.  Sony had a 4K projector showing off nicely shot shorts from the new 4K cameras.  I felt like the image on the screen was the most immersive image I have seen.  I felt like I as IN the film.  It was quite startling.

Eddie Hamilton, Film Editing Presentation at the Avid Booth.  Great presentation on the editing steps from scenes from the movie Kick Ass.  I liked the Avid Media Composer work flow.  While we use Adobe CS5.5 here at CP World Headquarters, I think I would feel very comfortable using Media Composer, particularly because I am a long time Pro Tools User.

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The Steadiseg.  I could totally picture rolling the Steadiseg right down the ramp door of the Cinema Perfecto grip trailer and be shooting steady, dolly shots over every terrain in 60 seconds.

Indie Dolly Systems Portable Dolly Kits.  This is well designed, ingenious, lightweight dolly systems at a reasonable cost.  We plan to do an extended review in a future issue of the magazine

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Black Magic Camera.  The buzz is sweeping the land.  I loved the big touchscreen, the 2.5 K resolution (to give you some headroom to do some zooming in post and still be at 1080) and recording to solid state drives which are both reasonably priced and available anywhere.

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And Finally…

The Red Epic.  Just felt right.

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