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Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Branding Together
The role of brands is evolving before our eyes, as reflected on varied and various fronts. Take, for example, three of the spots nominated for this year’s primetime Emmy—Procter & Gamble’s “The Talk,” the Monica Lewinsky anti-bullying PSA “In Real Life,” and Apple’s ”Earth: Shot on iPhone.” The...
Friday, May. 18, 2018
Worlds Of Promise
The recently concluded two-day VRLA confab and expo in Los Angeles presented a dizzying array of technology. But sometimes lost in the wondrous advancements is what VR truly advances—a special connection to a story and the people in it. Engaged viewers can, for instance, choose to put themselves in...
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
True or False?
This column’s headline is the litmus test question when assessing whether a campaign will ring true and connect with audiences or if a false chord will set back a brand. Two recent endeavors underscore the peril of being disingenuous as well as the value of being true to yourself and others. On the...
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Director/Healer
Groucho Marx famously played havoc with the old adage “time heals all wounds,” concluding instead that “time wounds all heels.” While I’m not convinced as to the absolute truth of either statement, it would seem that today we have plenty of heels in prominent places whose currency is divisiveness...
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
100 Thank Yous
For the third straight year, the ad industry recently came together for 100 Pieces, a creatively driven fundraiser to benefit Safe Place for Youth (SPY), a homeless center in Venice, Calif., which opens its doors each year to thousands of people under the age of 25 on the streets of Los Angeles,...
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Progress Report
While the sample size in some cases is limited, there are signs of advancement for female directors that have emerged in recent months. For one, 9 of the 11 films slated for the upcoming AFI Fest’s New Auteurs program are directed by women. And in SHOOT’s Up-and-Coming Directors fall season...
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
A Tale of Two Directors
Amanda Marsalis and DeMane Davis—directors who made their mark in indie features and are active in commercials and branded content via, respectively, production companies Backyard and Sweet Rickey—recently extended their reach into primetime TV, helming season two episodes of Queen Sugar, the...
Friday, May. 19, 2017
Film2Future Connects With Deutsch
As SHOOT gears up for its 15th New Directors Showcase at the DGA Theatre in NYC next week (5/25), opening up opportunities for promising talent, there are other relatively new programs gaining traction which are designed to create paths into the industry for those who aspire to something better...
Friday, Mar. 24, 2017
Basking In The Glow of "Moonlight"
When Moonlight was awarded the Best Picture Oscar just moments after it had been erroneously given to La La Land, media coverage centered on what went wrong to lead to the biggest gaffe in Academy Awards history. But somewhat lost in the immediate shuffle was what the films represented— La La Land...
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Remembering One’s Roots
Jimmy Smith, an accomplished agency creative who currently serves as partner, chairman and CCO of Amusement Park Entertainment, recalled years ago awarding a young filmmaker with his first commercial. That director went on to a stellar career in spots and features. But today, Smith laughed, he can’...

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