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WATCH: Academy Videos of 'Originals’ Focus on Craft (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2014 at 3:57PM

Taking advantage of the power of online media, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening up and sharing. Their new web documentary series “Academy Originals” uses “the expertise of the organization’s more than 6,000 members” to focus on the creative process, seminal moments in film history, and what drives some of these talented people.
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Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black

Taking advantage of the power of online media, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening up and sharing. Their new web documentary series “Academy Originals” uses “the expertise of the organization’s more than 6,000 members” to focus on the creative process, seminal moments in film history, and what drives some of these talented people.

Of the first batch, screenwriters should pay close heed to "Milk" writer Dustin Lance Black's tutorial on how to write a screenplay. Brilliant. Check it out below.

Another that’s bound to receive attention is “Let’s Go to the Movies," featuring always sharp Patton Oswalt. He's trying to figure out one title from the Academy Archive to screen. After he picks one, he chats about his choice--an under-appreciated film noir--with comedian Karen Kilgariff.

“Not Much to See” explores various relationships the blind have with cinema, and, in turn, the positive impact Descriptive Video Service leaves on their experience. Additionally, scribe Tina Gordon Chism (“Peeples,” “Drumline”) looks at the source of ideas in “Creative Spark.” It’s an interesting, eclectic start, and hopefully one that will expand with later projects.

Check the Academy YouTube channel for profiles of Academy members Mike White ("School of Rock"), Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada") and Ava DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere") as well as a small documentary on "Jurassic Park."



Four shorts are below:

This article is related to: Patton Oswalt, Video, Dustin Lance Black, Ava DuVernay, Mike White, Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Aline Brosh McKenna


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.