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2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival womens’ panel

Published by | Saturday, February 4th, 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®.

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 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

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival screenwriters’ panel

Published by | Saturday, February 4th, 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 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 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

lynda.com documentary team answers questions from SBIFF audience

Published by | Wednesday, February 16th, 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.

2011 SBIFF Producer’s Panel: Movers and Shakers

Published by | Tuesday, February 8th, 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

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.

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.

Christopher Nolan receives the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Published by | Monday, January 31st, 2011
The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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.

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DeCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.