Archive for February, 2011

SBMS Teen Press interviews Lynda and Bruce

Published by | Monday, February 7th, 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.

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

Published by | Friday, February 4th, 2011

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

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

Published by | Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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.

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

Published by | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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.

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

Published by | Tuesday, February 1st, 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

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.

Create a molten letter effect in Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques features the creation of glowing embers of type. In under eight minutes, Deke shows you how to employ a combination of layer effects to create the burning glow, and then apply filters to create the ripples of heat coming off the incendiary text. Although the letters appear to be on the brink of destruction, they nonetheless remain completely editable underneath, so you can alter your burning message to suit you (or your client’s) whim. And if this isn’t hot enough for you, lynda.com members can watch exclusive Deke’s Techniques videos from our Online Training Library® during which Deke actually sets the letters on fire. Okay, he virtually sets them on fire, but that explains why they’re glowing.

Deke’s got something new for everyone every week, so stop back by next Tuesday for another useful technique, always brought to you in under ten minutes. Meanwhile, lynda.com members can view the entire ever-growing collection of Deke’s Techniques in the Online Training Library®, including the weekly members-only episodes. And keep the ideas coming for what you’d like to see Deke cover in future episodes.