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Friday, Sep. 24, 2010
This column has been a strong proponent of commercials and branded content gaining eligibility for tax credits, rebates and other filming incentive programs. Thankfully a growing number of states has seen the prudence of such inclusion yet ironically California--long regarded as the film/TV...
Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
spot.com.mentary: John Urie
After a long illness, John Urie passed away on June 26 at his home in Santa Paula, Calif. He was 83. The loss of his life has been felt by assorted people throughout the industry because he gave life to so many of their careers and made so many friends along the way. Before the web and new director...
Friday, Jun. 18, 2010
Coach/philosopher John Wooden recently passed away at the age of 99. He is generally regarded as the finest sports coach ever, not just for improving his players' basketball games but more importantly for helping them to improve as people. His life lessons have often taken the form of so-called "...
Friday, May. 7, 2010
As SHOOT's 8th annual New Directors Showcase approaches, there's context to be had from and for a first-time SHOOT event that same day (Tuesday, May 11) at the same venue, the DGA Theatre in New York City. The evening New Directors Showcase event has been expanded to include the launch of a daytime...
Friday, Apr. 16, 2010
Our ongoing Cinematographers Series--the last installment of which appeared in our March 19th Spring Directors Issue--has put us, and hopefully you, more in touch with the artistry of assorted shooters over the years. Yet putting us even more deeply in touch with that artistry--and its potential to...
Friday, Mar. 19, 2010
According to the seventh annual AICP Survey of the Commercial Production Industry (see separate story), Southern California's share of spot production stood at 48 percent in 2008. While that sounds like a healthy figure, clearly the business is eroding in the Golden State. For '07, the AICP Survey...
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
In this week's "Then, Now and Looking Ahead" feature, part of a series marking SHOOT's upcoming 50th year anniversary in which industry notables reflect on how the business has evolved, Rich Silverstein, co-chairman/creative director of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners , expresses dismay over...
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
As we kick off a yearlong "Then and Now" series in this issue to commemorate SHOOT's upcoming 50th year anniversary, it occurred to me that a recent panel discussion I moderated had some of the elements our anniversary coverage will uncover relative to reflections and observations on changes in the...
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
An American Cancer Society spot ( SHOOT's "Best Work You May Never See," 10/9) told the story of Dan Brodrick who lost his job as a truck driver due to a back injury. Along with the job went his family's health insurance and efforts to get new coverage were to no avail. Last year, Dan's wife Sharon...
Friday, Sep. 25, 2009
SHOOT Editor's Column: spot.com.mentary
In marking the recent eight-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I thought we should revisit part of the column that appeared shortly after that tragedy. While we came together in the days, weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, over the long haul it seems like our...