Tag Archives: Film/Radio/Television

Entertainment Industry Voices— KS and R: Appetite for social grows as video becomes main course

What is social video and why should you care? It’s the video clips your friends and family share on Facebook, the funny prank reel you watched on repeat on YouTube and the newest dance challenge you tried to master on TikTok. These videos have become an increasingly important part of the fabric of entertainment. For some, this content represents an opportunity to reinvent what entertainment means for consumers with companies like Facebook spending over a billion dollars a year on content. The very DNA of social networks have become intertwined with video. Of the three or more hours a day consumers spend on social media, more than half of that time is spent watching videos on these platforms from news and talk shows to music videos and makeup tutorials. Click here to read the complete article co-authored by Midd alum George Chan ’05.

FUTURE NOW Leadership Talk with Disney’s Lauren Morrissey on Thursday, August 6

FUTURE NOW Leadership Talk
THURS, 8/6, 12p – 1:30p
FUTURE NOW Leadership Talk summer edition is going virtual and will feature special guest, Lauren Morrissey, SVP of Platform Distribution at The Walt Disney Company.  Join them for a let’s get real conversation with one of today’s top leaders in media.  

Lauren will share about her personal career journey from publishing to television, the critical role mentors have played in her life, how she was able to turn one of her early career missteps into the opportunity of a lifetime, and more.

Please post your questions to Lauren here and they will do their best to cover them in the talk.

Free for students!

Password:  FN2020

Is It Safe to Shoot During Coronavirus? One TV Movie Aimed to Find Out

When Jonathan Bennett — of “Mean Girls” and “Cake Wars” fame — got a call about starring in a TV movie called “Harvest of the Heart,” he was shopping. “I remember the moment the call came in, because I was at Costco buying groceries in safety goggles, an N95 mask, and gloves,” he said.

The call was from a casting director he had worked with before, offering him a part in a movie that was about to begin filming in Oklahoma — he had to ring her back after he got home and had sanitized his phone.

“I was surprised that a movie was starting this early,” Bennett said. “But my big concern was, what are the safety precautions going to be like?”

As production tentatively restarts in North America, that’s the question of the hour: Can it be done safely?

Click here to read the complete article.

The Craven Conversations with Sarah Beers, Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer: June 10 @ 7PM EDT

MNFF welcomes Sarah Beers, Emmy Award winning costume designer and longtime Middlebury resident, to the Craven Conversations tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 at 7p on Zoom.  Ms. Beers will take viewers through her process of imagination and creation of film, theater and television costumes, illuminating how the work informs and enlarges the consideration of characters. She will show research photos and sketches along with pictures of actors in costume for the film and television work she does.  She will also discuss her work on both seasons of the WGN America/SONY series Outsiders and Jay Craven’s film, Peter and John, where she mentored college students involved in the film’s ambitious costume design work.  Ms. Beers grew up in Middlebury and attended Middlebury Union High School.  Her uncle taught Spanish at Middlebury College and her grandfather was born and raised in Charlotte. She graduated from Connecticut College, where she designed an interdisciplinary major in Theater and Studio Art, and through those courses and her work-study duties in the theater department, she became interested in costume design as a profession. During her senior year in college, Beers was awarded a Watson Fellowship to study costumes at the Royal Ballet and Opera in London. She also spent time working in marionette fabrication at Marionettes de Geneve in Switzerland.

Her film credits include Maria Full of Grace, nominated for a 2005 Academy Award.  Beers won an Emmy for her work on the television mini-series The Men Who Built America.  Other television costume design credits include extensive work on the recent NBC hit drama Blindspot and the long running FX series Rescue Me.

This will be a fascinating conversation with Jay and Sarah and we invite you to register for the event and enjoy the experience.  

Click here to register for the webinar!