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Friday, May. 20, 2016
As final preparations are being made for SHOOT’s 14th annual New Directors Showcase (NDS) set for next Thursday (5/26) at the DGA Theatre in NYC, I hearken back to some of the significant talent recognized at the event over the years. Among the many who made an impression is Elliott Lester who...
Friday, Apr. 1, 2016
With this year’s Oscars and Guild awards behind us—and the AICP Show, Cannes Lions and Emmys looming ahead—we are in an interim stretch which allows for some reflection on the awards season. And strangely it’s not the gala award shows that stand out for me but rather a less heralded event that took...
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...