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I am back in Los Angeles at the Directors Playhouse, with a special run of “Story Different” my script development workshop that keeps helping writers and filmmakers win festival awards.

There are new dates upcoming in August.

If you're in town, take a look at the calendar or just stop by.

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Spielberg predicts “implosion” in the film industry.

From the Hollywood reporter:

Steven Spielberg predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next — or even before then — will be price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.”

George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.

The two legendary filmmakers were speaking at the University of Southern California as part of the festivities surrounding the official opening of the Interactive Media Building, part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Lucas and Spielberg told USC students that they are learning about the industry at an extraordinary time of upheaval, where even proven talents find it difficult to get movies into theaters. Some ideas from young filmmakers “are too fringey for the movies,” Spielberg said. “That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.”

Lucas lamented the high cost of marketing movies and the urge to make them for the masses while ignoring niche audiences. He called cable television “much more adventurous” than film nowadays.

Firefox Flicks?

It’s a video contest. it’s a chance to win small prizes. Firefox is out to color an open space available to digital makers. The Flicks contest was one example, and the Popcorn Maker is a whole new bag of tricks.

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Last year’s flicks


For more indie filmmaking info keep an eye out for the awesome NoFilmschool and the Firefoxflicks


Avant 2013 – Exp. film fest in sweden


AVANT is a yearly Experimental Film Festival in Karlstad

avant poster

Every year the subject for AVANT changes. In 2012 it was comedy with “Avant Goes Witty” and the humorous strand in experimental film, with super-8 programs by the Spanish maker David Domingo (aka Stanley Sunday), British filmmaker John Smith,  and  work by Robert Nelson presented by Mark Toscano, archivist at Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles.  
The program for august 2013 is….?AVANT 2013 will again be  free of charge with online booking.