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An Inside Look at Film Production: Advice from Alcon Executives

(Pictured: Alcon Entertainment is set to release Blade Runner 2049 in October, 2017.  Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner Film.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of top executives …

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Christians in Hollywood: Advice from a Film Company CEO

(Pictured: Origin Entertainment is set to release a film on Mother Teresa titled I Thirst, that focuses on her early days in Calcutta and her struggle to create a worldwide movement to help the poorest of the poor. Other projects for Origin Entertainment include the films Fatima and Mary.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the …

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The Challenges of Parenthood: ‘Gifted’ Review

(2017—Director: Marc Webb) ★★★ (out of 5 stars)   Parenthood is difficult, especially on where a parent should steer their young children, given the talents they have begun to show. Do parents raise their children in a conventional way or do they throttle them towards the first talent they recognize or one that runs in the family? Is the correct …

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A Monster House…in Space! – ‘Life’ Review

(2017—Director: Daniel Espinosa) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) With the Alien franchise delivering a new installment in a few months and just a few years removed from the emotional and visual roller-coaster that was 2013’s Gravity, I felt positive about this new ensemble sci-fi thriller directed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44). It boasts an international ensemble cast, …

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MYTH: BUSTED! – Review of Matt Fradd’s ‘Porn Myth’

— By Carly Twehous — If you’ve ever ventured into the strange, pocket-universe of a Catholic university campus, you’ve heard the stats. If you’re here for an extended stay, I’d bet that you’ve heard the speakers and the personal accounts. I can almost guarantee, that at some point, you’ve seen one of your classmates on his skateboard, wearing the patented, …

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Navigating a Career in the Animated Film Industry: Advice from a Dreamworks Executive

(Pictured: Dreamworks’ recently released animated film, The Boss Baby.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of top executives and professionals in all sectors of the film industry in Los Angeles. …

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Why Impact Anything?

— By Professor Christopher Riley — When I was a small Kansas boy, I devised a swift and simple method of improving my world.  While my younger brother slept on the lower half of our shared trundle bed, I slid him under my upper half of the bed, trapping him like a snake inside a drawer.  My world – my …

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James Covell: Being a Light in Hollywood

— By Hannah Dorss — James Covell, a music composer who has been working in the film industry for more than thirty years, treats his work as an opportunity to impact culture for Christ. He helps directors tell their stories by creating the musical scores for numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. James sees his work as providing a subconscious …

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A Pleasant Surprise: ‘The Case for Christ’ Stands out Among Christian Films

(2017—Director: Jon Gunn) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) Preachy, typically fideistic stories with unrestrained acting and incompetent filmmaking are often the norms in Christian films. As such, they easily become the fodder of mainstream and high-brow filmgoers, discouraging Christians worldwide. Fortunately, this is mostly not the case with The Case for Christ, a biographical drama about its real-life protagonist—today a Christian …