LUNACY SALUTES FEMALE FILMMAKERS!

LUNACY SALUTES FEMALE FILMMAKERS!

In honor of Women’s History Month, this March your friends at Lunacy will be posting content celebrating the contribution of women to the film industry. We kick things off this week by asking our staff to tell us about a female filmmaker who has inspired...

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LIFE’S KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: Practical Advice On The Film Industry From Actor William Mapother

LIFE’S KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: Practical Advice On The Film Industry From Actor William Mapother

William Mapother has appeared in over ninety films and television shows, including the Oscar-nominated In the Bedroom. He’s also a founding partner of the tech and film finance company Slated and is a former National Director of the Screen Actors Guild.

His involvement in so many projects is no accident. It’s precisely this diversification – and relentless work ethic – that empowers him to survive and succeed in a volatile business. Recently he was kind enough to share some of his advice for aspiring filmmakers.

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HAVE SOME CLASS: 5 Reasons An Acting Class Will Make You A Better Director

HAVE SOME CLASS: 5 Reasons An Acting Class Will Make You A Better Director

Sounds awful right? Standing in front of an audience and pretending you’re someone else. You’re a director after all – you’ve specifically chosen directing as a career because it keeps you behind the camera. But we’re not suggesting you should consider acting in your own films, going on auditions, or prepping headshots.

But trust us: Taking an acting class will make you a better director. Here are five reasons why.

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MAKING THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT: An Interview with Kyle Patrick Alvarez

MAKING THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT: An Interview with Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Kyle Patrick Alvarez is an independent filmmaker whose 2013 film C.O.G. was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in drama at Sundance, and who recently directed two episodes of Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. He also directed The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered at Sundance and won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award. Here he sits down with us to talk about how, after decades, the film finally got made.

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“THERE’S NO COFFEE?!!!”: 5 Tips to Help You Achieve Craft and Catering Success

“THERE’S NO COFFEE?!!!”: 5 Tips to Help You Achieve Craft and Catering Success

Setting up production is hard! There’s so much to plan for and (usually) so little time. While the elements in front of the camera are an obvious concern, don’t overlook the well-being and morale of your cast and crew. One colleague recalled a production where they were served nothing but Panda Express for all 18 days of production. That’s a lot of Panda Express even for people who love Panda Express. The film, ahem, has yet to be released.

When resources are scarce, one of the best ways to incentivize your collaborators is through their taste buds and stomachs. Full crew, happy crew! Follow these quick guidelines to make sure your Craft Services (and Catering) serve to boost morale rather than bring it down.

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PITCHING YOUR SHOW: An interview with television writer and producer Bruce Romans

PITCHING YOUR SHOW: An interview with television writer and producer Bruce Romans

Bruce Romans is a screenwriter, whose credits include Falling Skies (Steven Spielberg Executive Producer), the Emmy nominated Netflix series Marco Polo, and four seasons of the hit AMC period drama Hell on Wheels. He’s also served as Supervising Producer for Marvel’s The Punisher and is Co-Executive Producer for Messiah on Netflix. He took time away from his busy schedule to talk to us about working in television and what writer’s can do right in their pitch meetings.

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