Jun 07

Filmaka members Varda Hardy and Ian Allen Lim have been selected for SHOOT magazinesNew Directors Showcase.” They flew to New York to participate on a Panel with other up in coming directors and Varda tells us all about it!

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New Directors Showcase Directors Ian Allen Lim, Oliver Power, Bill Bruce, Alex Beh, Varda Hardy and Lora Schulson, co-executive director of content production for Y & R New York

I noticed Filmaka’s Jason Haikara’s Facebook Posting announcing Shoot Magazine’s “New Director’s Showcase”. Filmaka member, Jonathan Newman had been selected to be showcased last year and good things came to him from this honor, so I paid attention to Jason’s posting. I submitted two of my projects “Race to the Sky” and “What Kind Of Planet Are We On?” just making SHOOTS’s deadline by the skin of my teeth.

Two weeks later, when checking my e-mail, I discovered a note from Roberta Griefer, publisher of SHOOT Magazine. When I read it, I actually gasped. Roberta was congratulating me on being selected for SHOOT’s New Director’s 8th Annual Showcase. Wow! “SHOOT” is a highly respected advertising/commercial production industry magazine and since I very much want to make commercials, I found this honor especially exciting!

I flew to New York for this event and was accompanied by LiveTribe Productions Executive Producer Karen Lavender and Producer Jamie Bullock both of whom play key roles in many of my projects including “What Kind Of Planet Are We On?” which was screened as part of this event. Kate Salvino representing Current Content Creation (whom I’ve recently signed with) also flew in from L.A.. Between the three of them, I was surrounded by smart & beautiful company.

…Stay Tuned for Part 2!

Mar 21

Deepak Nayar is the founder of Filmaka. Nayar has a particular ability for nurturing new talent and has been behind a number of successful directorial debuts. He produced the Golden Globe- and BAFTA-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, and was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar for Buena Vista Social Club. In this interview, Deepak shares some insight about his career, why he enjoys producing films, and tell us why he founded Filmaka.

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Mar 20

Tim Delaney, the founder of Leagas Delaney Ad Agency, is a renowned innovator in the London and international advertising worlds. In this interview, he shares insights with us about the development of innovative ads and explains why he is excited about working with Filmaka as a jury member.

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Mar 20

Wim Wenders is a prolific writer, director, and producer who has worked on films such as Paris Texas, Wings of Desire, and Buena Vista Social Club. During this interview, he discuss the importance of creating a unique voice as an artist.

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Mar 20

Paul Schrader is a writer and director who has worked on films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Affliction, Bringing Out the Dead, and The Walker. In this interview, he shares some advice with us about how to develop an excellent script.

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Mar 20

Bill Pullman is an actor who has starred in films such as Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day, Lost Highway, and The Grudge. During this interview, he shares some advice with us on how directors can motivate and inspire their actors and tells us about his experiences as a Filmaka jury member.

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Mar 20

Zak Penn is a prolific writer and director who has worked on films such as Last Action Hero, Behind Enemy Lines, The Incredible Hulk, and X-Men: The Last Stand. In this interview, he discusses his experiences in Hollywood and gives advice to filmmakers about how to develop projects.

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Mar 20

John Madden is the director of films such as Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love, and Proof. In this interview, he discusses the collaborative nature of filmmaking and many of his other ideas about the foundations of filmmaking as an art form.

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Mar 20

Neil LaBute is a writer and/or director of films such as Lakeview Terrace, Nurse Betty, Possession, and The Wicker Man. In this interview, he tell us about how how he broke into the film industry.

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Mar 20

Colin Firth is a world renowned actor who has starred in films such as The English Patient, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Love Actually, The Last Legion, and many others.

During this interview, Colin shares some of his insights into why he believes that “Filmaka is a way to democratize the filmmaking process.”

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