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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
An AICP road show was recently wrapped but it's not the one the industry has come to know. That well established event, of course, is the AICP Show and Next Awards which plays throughout the country and internationally to bring the very best work--and insights into that work on the Next side--to...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Assuming that not even our sorry lot of politicians is inept enough to plummet us over the so-called fiscal cliff, the industry's attention--with 2012 drawing to a close--turns to what's in store for 2013. Informed observations from a cross-section of the business as to the significance of what's...
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Even in these challenging and seemingly all too cynical and jaded times, there's much for those of us in the advertising and entertainment community to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a holiday to reflect on all the blessings for which we can be grateful--and a time to come together and share...
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
There's both inspiration and exasperation to be found in the search for emerging talent. Consider last month's International Cinematographers Guild's (ICG) Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) which represent in many respects the sheer joy of discovery and providing opportunity, giving a boost to...
Friday, Sep. 21, 2012
In our multi-part The Road To Emmy series of feature stories these past few months, it became clear that in some very notable cases gratification over a project went well beyond gaining peer recognition via a nomination or even nominations. For example, Philip Kaufman, who directed the HBO telefilm...
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Though I hadn't talked to him in some 10 years, I was saddened to learn of Ted Goetz's passing last month at the age of 84. Ted was one of the first people in the business I got to know when I joined this paper in the late 1970s. He was a straight shooter, a mentor of assorted producers in this...
Friday, Jun. 15, 2012
For its Muse2Music event last month, the Association of Music Producers' (AMP) West Coast chapter commissioned three shorts and got in return for its investment a dozen distinctly different films. Getting 12 for the price of three sounds too good to be true, but it's because of the sounds--more...
Friday, May. 18, 2012
SHOOT's annual New Directors Showcase has come a long way since relatively modest beginnings 10 years ago when it took place in conjunction with the Clio Awards Festival in Miami. We've gone from a small meeting room in a Miami Beach hotel to our long-running, ongoing venue, the Directors Guild of...
Friday, Apr. 20, 2012
I had a classmate in college who quipped that she wanted to bring about positive change and to do good for society--that's why she had narrowed her career choices to either real estate or advertising. The joke still brings a smile to my face but thankfully there's some truth to her tongue-in-cheek...
Friday, Mar. 23, 2012
The title of this installment of spot.com.mentary is a prevalent theme throughout this Directors Series issue as filmmakers ranging from emerging to established continue to be sparked by their passions, yielding notable work. On the established director front, consider the POV below this column in...