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.
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: