The TradeVine – Entertainment Trade Article Highlights – February 14th, 2020

Published: Friday, February 14th, 2020


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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Backstage – What Is the Difference Between Commercial and TV Auditions?, By Backstage Staff

You already know Backstage is the go-to for any and all information pertaining to your craft. But now, you have the chance to get in on the action with the Backstage Community Forum. Here, you can engage with others in your industry, as well as teachers, experts, and, yep, even agents and casting directors. Below are some of this week’s most interesting new topics; drop a reply or post a new thread. Either way, fire up that keyboard and get involved right here!

Commercial vs. TV bookings?

“Can someone explain the differences between the commercial and TV show casting/booking process?” —LittleButFierce

Options other than college?

“Hello! My daughter is currently a junior in high school and we live about an hour and a half drive from NYC. Back in her younger years we spent quite a lot of time on the audition circuit with enough success (a role Off-Broadway and final callbacks to Broadway) to keep her going and enough rejection and disappointment to keep her expectations of the industry in check. In fact, I was an active member on this board during that time, and everyone was always so helpful and supportive. Once she hit what many people called ’The Dead Zone’ (Do they still call it that? Over 5 ft. tall, under the age of 18), we went back to our hometown and surrounding areas where she was fortunate enough to enjoy a variety of theater experiences, and land many leading roles, including the lead in her high school musical as a sophomore. Read Entire Article Here



The Hollywood Reporter – Filmmakers of Color Struggle Despite Sundance Success: “A White Guy Would Always Land the Job”, By Piya Sinha-Roy

Even amid an industry push for inclusion, capitalizing on festival notoriety can be a steep climb for underrepresented directors.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival saw a record number of diverse filmmakers across four competition categories, some of whom won top awards, but Hollywood’s history with indie directors of color shows they’ll likely face an uphill battle for mainstream success.

In 2014, two young filmmakers garnered buzz at Sundance, thanks to award-winning first features. One was Damien Chazelle, who stormed the fest with his tense drama Whiplash, which won the audience and jury awards; the other was Justin Simien, whose searing satire Dear White People nabbed the special jury award for breakthrough talent. Their post-Sundance trajectories are emblematic of Hollywood’s struggle to be inclusive. Read Entire Article Here



Variety – ‘The Photograph’: Film Review, By Owen Gleiberman

Big-screen romantic drama, like romantic comedy, needs a conflict. When two great-looking stars play characters who lock eyes and flirt and get closer and fall in love, the pull of that chemistry is so strong that if there isn’t something to keep them apart, you don’t have a movie — or, at least, that’s the theory. But in “The Photograph,” a love story that flows like a life-size swoon (it unfolds slowly, surely, riding cautious currents of hope and desire), Michael (Lakeith Stanfield), a feature writer for an online magazine called The Republic, and Mae (Issa Rae), a curator at the Queens Museum, come together and connect in a slow-groove way that’s so organic and appealing you can feel the film’s writer-director, Stella Meghie, not wanting to get in their way. She seems to be saying: Forget the noisy emotional clang of all that romantic conflict stuff — behold the drama of two people who chime in a world that keeps trying, and failing, to muck things up.

“The Photograph” has been timed for Valentine’s Day, which may sound like a big so what?, except that the movie isn’t the sort of cookie-cutter sugar wafer that tends to get released by studios on that holiday. It’s a looser, warmer, and more meditative romance, one that takes its time by giving its actors room to breathe. Read Entire Article Here



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