Tag Archives: filmmaking

VIDEO: Creative Spark: Screenwriter, Eric Roth

Today’s video, courtesy of Academy Originals, features screenwriter Eric Roth, known for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Good Shepherd, Munich, Ali, The Insider, The Horse Whisperer, The Postman and Forrest Gump, among other screenplays.

Eric speaks about how he comes up with ideas, his writing process, what he feels makes a good writer, working with Studios, how he deals with writer’s block and much more.


VIDEO: Day In The Life: Production Designer, Jane Musky

Today’s video, courtesy of Academy Originals, features Production Designer Jane Musky, known for numerous films including Hitch, Mona Lisa Smile, Maid in Manhattan, Finding Forrester, The Object of My Affection, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ghost, When Harry Met Sally…, Young Guns and Raising Arizona, among many others.

In this micro-documentary, Jane takes us through her typical day, in this case on the upcoming film Freeheld, and gives us a brilliant inside look at what her role as Production Designer entails and, by extension, just how much her decisions and creativity can impact on an actor’s decisions once they are in the environment she has created.


VIDEO: Creative Spark: Costume Designer, Mark Bridges

Today we bring you a video, courtesy of Academy Originals, featuring Mark Bridges as he talks about the creativity involved in his work as a Costume Designer for film.  Mark is highly regarded in this field with numerous awards and nominations for his work to date and a long list of film credits including Inherent Vice, Captain Phillips, Silver Linings Playbook, The Master, The Artist,  The Fighter, There Will Be Blood, I Heart Huckabees, The Italian Job, 8 Mile, Blow, Magnolia and Boogie Nights, to name a few.

With fascinating information about how he sees his work in relation to how it effects and assists actors, the collaboration process between himself, the actor, the director and the production design department, what creativity means to him, how he problem-solves and how he sees his role in the filmmaking process.  A lot of what Mark shares can be also applied to acting – particularly the research aspect, reminding us that every role in the filmmaking process in interrelated and as vital as each other.  Enjoy.

VIDEO: Creative Spark: Screenwriter, David Seidler

Today we bring you a video, courtesy of Academy Originals, featuring screenwriter David Seidler.  Best known for “The King’s Speech”, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, David talks us through is writing process, his inspiration and how he engages his creativity.  Also how he uses fly fishing to feed his creative mind.  It is a fascinating look at how one writer writes and understand the process behind one of the most important aspects of filmmaking.