Archive for May, 2009

Hollywood Screening

May 29, 2009

Did I mention that Kimberley Browning is one of planet Earth’s most beautiful people? She is the heart and soul behind Hollywood Shorts, and many months ago made the generous offer to coordinate and present a work-in-progress screening of Old School, New School, a study on the nature of creativity.

That day is nearly here. Mark your calendars!

Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Hotel Cafe
1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
4.30pm – 6.30pm
FREE

This work-in-progress screening is intended for a target audience focus group (art students and those interested in developing their creativity). Confirmed guests for the post screening discussion include 6-time Oscar nominee (and OSNS subject) William Fraker and Michael Polcino, director of The Simpsons and Family Guy animated series. The discussion continues the dialogue from the movie about taking risks, finding your own voice, defining success in the arts, and, in general, how to “make it” in the arts.

More panel guests to be announced. The best way to keep in formed is to join the OSNS Facebook page.

Many thanks to The Hotel Cafe and Kimberley Browning for making this screening a reality.

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A Study on Genius and Success in the Arts

May 7, 2009

The experimental filmmaker Fred Worden sent me a really great video today. Malcolm Gladwell discusses success in the arts and how musicians he’s studied have come to make their masterpiece. He’s concluded that every “genius” reaches genius status my completing 10,000 hours of preparation. He notes that The Beatles performed about 12,000 times together before their big Ed Sullivan success, and that Fleetwood Mac released about 12 albums before Rumors was released.

It’s a fascinating study that, to me, touches on lot of truth. Check it out here.

Screening at UMBC

May 1, 2009

Screened for a test audience at UMBC. Good to get a visceral reaction. Students seemed overall interested in the subjects and what they had to say.

The screening was followed by a great panel continuing the discussions begun in the movie about finding your own voice, success in the arts, and overall issues on “making it” professionally in the arts. Panel: Emmy winning cinematographer Richard Chisolm, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve Yeager, choreographer Carol Hess, and the experimental filmmaker Fred Worden.

Steven Fischer (standing) with (L-R) Steve Yeager, Richard Chisolm, Carol Hess, Fred Worden. Photo John Bintz.

Steven Fischer (standing) with (L-R) Steve Yeager, Richard Chisolm, Carol Hess, Fred Worden. Photo John Bintz.