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Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Haskell Wexler: A Remembrance
Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, ASC—who passed away in December at the age of 93—will be remembered on many fronts. For his lensing of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , the last film to receive an Oscar for black-and-white cinematography. For his Oscar-winning cinematography of Bound For Glory . For...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
Many moons ago a feature director working in commercials was frowned upon in some circles. That was due to the prevalent notion that only a filmmaker with extensive ad experience would have the proper creative and political sensibilities for spots. Happily that line of separation has since...
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
In this issue, our Fall Directors Series includes our ongoing Up-and-Coming Directors coverage identifying promising new filmmaking talent. We have two such formal features a year along with regular reporting on emerging directors and of course, our annual New Directors Showcase. As we were putting...
Thursday, May. 14, 2015
It wasn’t only their work but also feedback from a directing team selected for the 2015 SHOOT New Directors Showcase that struck a responsive chord with me. The Showcase--now in its 13th year, and set to be celebrated with an evening screening, panel discussion and afterparty at the DGA Theatre on...
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015
From thousands of entrants who each submitted a :60 video on the subject “the best piece of advice I’ve ever received,” just six young filmmakers (age 18-30) were selected to be on this year’s Team Oscar, delivering statuettes to celebrity presenters on stage at last month’s 87th Academy Awards...
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
BBDO New York was SHOOT’s Agency of the Year for many reasons and on the basis of work that resonated on different levels in 2014. Much of this is chronicled in last month’s feature story titled “Lessons From Boyhood; BBDO NY Comes of Age.” But with so much work to choose from, there were several...
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Spot.com.mentary: Corroboration on Collaboration
As the year draws to a close, we thought it appropriate to highlight a message of cooperation and collaboration—which both figure prominently among this season’s Oscar contenders. Many such examples have emerged in our The Road To Oscar series of feature stories. Consider Boyhood , the remarkable...
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
spot.com.mentary: Buyer’s Market
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case cleared the way for companies, unions and other special interest groups to spend unlimited funds to try to influence elections. The high court decision was based in large part on freedom of speech protection for corporations and...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
SHOOT.com.mentary: Branded Discontent
The art and strategy of branding has been an integral part of SHOOT ’s coverage over the years. And companies branding themselves smartly is good business--not just for them but the media outlets through which they impart their message and persona. Ironically, a good number of these outlets have...
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014
spot.com.mentary: Calling The Shots
In a Los Angeles Film Festival session titled “Women Who Call The Shots,” panelists including showrunner Marta Kauffman (co-creator/executive producer of Friends ), writers/directors Debra Granik ( Winter’s Bone ), Gina Prince-Bythewood ( Love & Basketball ) and Nicole Holofcener ( Enough Said...