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A Day in the Life of a Voice Actor

BY CAT ELLIOTT via www.castingnetworks.com Ever wonder what it’s like to be the voice behind an animated character? How about the voice behind a commercial pitch or the lead character in a video game? Look no further. Veteran voice actor Greg Chun, known for voicing George Roberts in “Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures,” Ike in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” and Takayuki Yagami in “Judgment,” shares a typical day in the life of a voice artist and offers insights for those considering a career in the field. What’s a typical day look like for you? “I wake up and see what auditions are due in the morning, and I’ll jump in my home studio by around 8 o’clock to hammer those out. Then I’ll leave to go to my recording sessions for jobs I’ve already booked for that day. Afterwards, if I have more audition...

Meet the Cinematographers Behind Some of the Biggest Movies — Who Happen to Be Women

BY VALENTINA VALENTINI  via www.teenvogue.com There are no women nominated in the cinematography category for the 2019 Oscars. Last year, the Academy Awards did something unprecedented: They nominated a woman for an Oscar in the cinematography category. In the history of the iconic awards show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had never recognized a woman in the prestigious category. It was a major moment for representation and felt like an important step toward gender parity behind the camera. Come this year and the 2019 Oscars, the Academy did not nominate any women in that category. And they took another step backward: the broadcast initially moved the award presentation and acceptance speech for cinematography (along with film editing, live action short, and hair and mak...

2019 Oscar Winners: The Full List

Compiled by Sara Aridi via www.nytimes.com • “Green Book” won best picture, Rami Malek won best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Favourite.” Alfonso Cuarón won best director and best cinematography for “Roma,” which also won best foreign language film. • Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar for best adapted screenplay. His speech was a doozy. • Read about the best and worst moments of the show. • Read our analysis of the ceremony. See the best looks from the red carpet. Best Picture: “Green Book” Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”  Original Screenplay: “Green Bo...

Everything You’d Ever Need to Know About the Oscars

BY ESTHER ZUCKERMAN via www.backstage.com Win an Oscar and you’ll forever be referred to as “Oscar winner so-and-so.” That’s because the Academy Awards are still by and large considered the pinnacle of success among film industry insiders and outsiders alike. You can reap the glory even from just a nomination. (Or 21 nominations if you’re Meryl Streep, the reigning queen of them.) The Academy’s celebration of the year in film is Hollywood’s biggest night, breaking new ground with each glamorous annual ceremony. Last year’s Oscar nominees, for example, were filled with history-makers like Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography. Jordan Peele, the third person ever to get best picture, directing, and writing nods for his first film, also became the...

Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna Talks ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’

via www.theknockturnal.com To celebrate the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros. hosted an epic fan event in New York City on Monday, September 24. After getting all of the scoop on the costumes from Colleeen Atwood, we headed to the other side of 38 Parlor Loft to The Wand Room. Here all of the key wands were on display and Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna gave us some insight into his work on the film: The Knockturnal: Did you work on the last film as well? Pierre Bohanna: I did, yes! Luckily, I did the last film. We also did all of the Potter films as well. The Knockturnal: So you’ve been doing this for years? Pierre Bohanna: Yes.  Somehow I’ve made a career out of it. The Knockturnal: That’s incredible. And so tell me about the vision for the part...

What to Know About Being on Set for the First Time

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com As an actor trying to break into the film or television world, you spend endless days and nights dreaming of the moment you can finally step onto a set. But what happens when you actually get there? Do you know how to conduct yourself professionally on camera and off? Do you know the faux pas to avoid so you don’t give away your status as a newbie? Do you know when to pipe up and, conversely, when to zip it? Do you know how the actor’s role relates to the director and producer? It’s OK if you weren’t able to answer “yes” to every one of these questions—even Meryl Streep once walked onto a set for the first time. (Though she was probably brilliant on that day, too.) We’re all allowed to start somewhere, and Backstage wants to make sure you are starting wi...

How to Become a Showrunner

BY CORI HUNDT via www.backstage.com We are indeed in a golden age of television. Just think of all the TV series that have been recommended but are still on your to-watch list because there just is not enough time in the day to get through them all. It’s almost impossible to see everything you’ve been told is amazing! But what if you don’t just love watching wonderful TV series? What if you want to run your own one day? If you love screenwriting and the idea of producing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a television show, you might just have a future as a showrunner. What is a showrunner? What does a showrunner do? As you might gather from the name, a showrunner quite literally “runs the show” to make sure all of the writing and producing on a TV series is punctual, on budget, a...

Miriam Shor: From Acting On-Stage…To Directing On-Screen

BY RUTHIE FIERBERG via www.playbill.com The actor and director reveals the step-by-step process of directing the July 10 episode of the hit series starring Sutton Foster. Miriam Shor has a habit of stealing scenes. She’s not trying to, but her magnetism, her nuance, her timing in the small moments, and her delivery in the big ones make it so you can’t look away, whether that’s as Yitzhak in the original Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Madelaine True in The Wild Party, Jessie in Off-Broadway’s Sweat, guest-starring on television’s The Americans, or her gig as series regular Diana Trout on TVLand’s Younger. But now, she directs her first episode of television: Episode 5 of Younger’s current season. Miriam Shor Courtesy of TVLand “I always was one of those annoying people hanging out at video vill...

SNL Hair and Makeup Heads Reveal How They Create Their Weekly Transformations

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com If you’ve ever marveled at a “Saturday Night Live” cast member’s transformation from parrot to politician in one commercial break, you should know the names Jodi Mancuso and Louie Zakarian, the sketch show’s longtime hair and makeup department heads. Just ahead of the television institution’s 43rd season finale, Mancuso and Zakarian—who have 12 Emmys between them—spoke with Backstage to break down what a show week typically looks like, how their work helps actors find and get into their many characters, and the one look creator Lorne Michaels deemed too shocking. How do you typically prepare for a show week? Louie Zakarian (makeup): It starts on Tuesdays, when the host comes in and we do promos. We do the table read on Wednesday; we go through something ...

How to Become a TV Director

BY BENJAMIN LINDSAY via www.backstage.com Making it onto the small screen as an actor is one thing, but doing it as a director is another thing entirely. With this Backstage Guide, we give you the tips and tricks you need to build the experience, reel, and relationships that will one day lead to you sitting in the director’s chair while helming television’s next big thing.  What is the responsibility of the director? At the end of the day, a director’s responsibility is to organize, facilitate, and capture the desired footage that will ultimately make up a film or television program. While their day-to-day responsibilities may differ based on the medium in which they’re working, they are always one of the top above-the-liners and authority figures on set, and more often than not, they have...

Register for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Theatre Convention!

REGISTER NOW Registration for the 2018 Rocky Mountain NATO Theatre Convention is open! VENDORS (Product Reps & Companions) : Click here to register! EXHIBITORS (Theatre Owners & Employees) : Click here to register! FILM STUDIOS : Click here to register! Hotel Information Book by September 24, 2018 for convention rates! Book Here About Rock Mountain NATO Rocky Mountain NATO is a non-profit trade association that encompasses the six state area of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. The association is comprised of motion picture exhibitors, theatre owners and operators with facilities located in the six states. Our membership includes large chains, regional circuits and independent theatre owners and membership is open to all exhibitors. Size does not matter and th...

11 Great Film Markets Outside of NYC and L.A.

BY KC WRIGHT via www.backstage.com It’s no secret that rising costs, tax incentives, and the growth of new media have been moving film and television productions out of Hollywood and New York. As the work expands to other regions across the continent, so do opportunities for actors in these small (but powerful) markets. Not feeling the “big pond” of New York or Los Angeles? Here are 11 other cities where you can make your on-camera dreams come true. Albuquerque With 64 major film, television, and commercial projects produced in fiscal year 2014, according to the New Mexico Film Office, New Mexico is an excellent market for on-camera talent. Albuquerque-based actors receive tons of local support from the NM Film Office and other organizations, and schools like the ABQ Actors Studio train th...

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