The TradeVine – Entertainment Article Highlights – week ending Jan 23rd

Published: Friday, January 23rd, 2015


Welcome to the TradeVine whose purpose is to encourage the entertainment industry to read their trades: Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, etc. Enjoy learning about your industry.

Each Friday, The TradeVine seeks out a few of the informative trade articles you may have missed. Please visit the trade, itself, for the entire article.

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Back Stage, January 21st – Knowing When to Keep Quiet, by Jeremy Gordon.

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon


There are times when sharing is encouraged and there are times when saying nothing is the better plan. We live in an exciting time of social media. It’s very easy to share our thoughts with the entire world in two seconds with the click of one tiny “send” button. While you’re standing in line at Starbucks, it’s very easy and very tempting to fire off a tweet or a Facebook post about how you hated last night’s episode of ______ or what a disappointment ______ was. Before you publish your thought for everybody to see, ask yourself, “Should you?”Sharing information, sharing experiences and providing feedback is a great way to help others. You may shed some light on a particular company or person that provides a service that may help another actor decide to engage their services or not. This is an important part of business: word of mouth. As actors, you are business men and women selling your brand every single moment of every day. How you portray yourself will directly affect your business. It will affect how much of yourself you are able to sell. At the end of the day, all we really have is our reputation.
See entire Article here


Hollywood Reporter, January 21st – Sundance: How the Fest’s Quirky Indies Have Won Over the Academy, by Scott Feinberg.
sundance oscar


Films that are first screened in January are often forgotten by awards season later that year — unless they screen at Sundance, which for the past 25 years has served as a springboard for small but accomplished films, helping them to find distributors which, in turn, help those films find Oscar buzz toward year’s end. These days, many prognosticators refer to a “Sundance slot” in the best picture category, assuming that at least one of the brilliant films that screens in the snowy mountains of Utah will make it all the way to the red carpet of the Oscars in competition for the top prize. This year, two did — and, for the first time ever, a film that debuted at Sundance might, in fact, win the best picture Oscar.
See entire Article here


Variety, January 15th – Are Screenwriters Becoming Obsolete in Hollywood?, by Peter Bart.
Writers in hollywood


We have plunged into the season of back-to-back awards and acceptance speeches, when every winner reminds us that film-making is a collaborative endeavor. In these recitations of all the collaborators, however, screenwriters are rarely if ever mentioned. Such omissions have become increasingly apparent lately, since more and more films have either been written by the director or perhaps not written at all. Arguably, the visually arresting Interstellar would have been a far more satisfying film had a talented writer worked on its dialogue and plot (Chris Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, are listed as the writers). Boyhood plays as if the actors, year after year, invented scenes as they slowly aged. Good writing doesn’t necessarily create good film-making. To the contemporary filmmaker-writer, panache and camera movement are more important than compelling dialogue. Superheroes don’t have to talk pretty. Raccoons in an outer galaxy are not expected to be eloquent. See entire Article here



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