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How the Weinstein Scandal Prevented ‘Mary Magdalene’ From Theatrical Release in the USA

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Easter weekend has come and gone. Many Christians made their way to theaters this weekend to see faith-based films such as Paul: Apostle of Christ, I Can Only Imagine, and God is Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness. But what was missing from the line-up was a high-budget film starring major stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin …

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ + 80’s Nostalgia Marketing

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – It’s no secret that there has been a resurgence of 80’s pop culture in recent years, with tv shows such as Netflix’s Stranger Things and GLOW, and the horror film IT. There have also been less successful attempts, such as last year’s all-female Ghostbusters remake and ABC’s tv movie remake of Dirty Dancing, to name a …

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iPhone Filmmaking: Fad, or the Future?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – There’s no denying that the iPhone filmmaking movement is growing. With a quick Google search, you can find an abundance of short films shot on smartphones; within the past eight years there have been at least five full length features filmed this way. More companies are selling lenses and shoulder mounts designed to accommodate iPhone …

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Disney + Cultural Marketing: How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Coco’ Won Audiences Before They Even Reached Theaters

In Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – In the last few weeks, Marvel’s newest film Black Panther has shattered domestic box office records, and has had a strong showing international box office, being No. 25 on the list of all-time best openings. But what has been key to these films’ success is not only the well-developed story, characters, and fictional worlds the filmmakers …

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So You’ve Written a Great Script – Now What?

In Industry Insights by Impact Admin

JPCatholic professors Chris Riley and Nathan Scoggins share their advice on pitching a script: – By Sam Hendrian – One of the most popular emphases at JPCatholic is screenwriting. Stories told through the medium of film are quite powerful when done well, and they can truly be a gift to the audience. But writing a good script and then pitching …

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The Return of Stop-Motion Animation

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

How Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs May Have Inspired Recent Oscar Winners to Revitalize A Niche Industry – By Katherine Sanderson – With the failure of Early Man at the box office last month, it would seem the future of stop-motion animation was bleak. If Aardman Animations, the original stop-motion pioneering studio, with star power like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, …

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Mentor Reflections: Chris Riley’s Advice for Screenwriters

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– By Sam Hendrian – JPCatholic screenwriting professor Chris Riley’s professional career in film has included fourteen years in the script department at Warner Brothers and multiple screenplays, including the award-winning courtroom thriller After the Truth. He also wrote The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, which is used as a textbook in film schools across …

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‘The Pursuit of Self-Discovery’: Why Independent Cinema is an Aspiring Filmmaker’s Greatest Asset

In Ben Escobar, Featured, Industry Insights by Impact Admin

– By Ben Escobar – How many times have you seen a really good movie and immediately after can’t help but say, “I want to make movies like that one day,” and then you give it a shot, but then end up failing miserably? Depending on the number of movies you’ve made, probably more than you’re comfortable with. We’ve all been …