10:49 AM | |
Hollywood Assistant Training Program
The top ranks of Hollywood are filled with executives who started out as assistants. In this six week series, you will learn the skill sets necessary to be an employable, successful assistant in the entertainment industry.
Hollywood Assist will teach you about:
· Industry Standards & Etiquette
· Rolling Calls & Phone Sheets
· Written Correspondences & Submissions
· Research & Resource
· The Lay of the (Hollywood)land
· Filing & Organizational Systems
· Navigating Personalities
Led by Lisa Suzanne Blum, a Talent Manager, Producer and Act One alumni with over 14 years of industry experience, along with expert Agent, Producer, and Executive guest speakers.
and runs for 6 weeks
Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm
West Hollywood, CA
Introductory price: $349
Register today at
or call 424 202 3535.
SPACE IS LIMITED – CALL TODAY!
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8:20 AM | |
1. Link the person(s) who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged
6. Wait and see how far it spreads.
I don't see me doing number 4. My usual motif is to invite anyone who wants to be meed to join in.
1. I don't drink coffee.
2. I never learned to type. I only ever use three fingers and a thumb.
3. If there is a cat in the room, chances are I'm not completely listening to you.
4. On any given dinner plate, I only eat one food at a time.
5. I would rather be racked than hear someone tell me about a dream they had.
6. My sister says I take my glasses off and rub my eyes when I'm bored.
7:25 PM | |
Too many characters.
Too much steady cam.
Too little substance.
Too little fun.
The whole world has lost its mind.
Heath was great, although the role was completely over the top and didn't call for any subtlety of performance. And his commitment to method acting certainly wasn't worth his life. But I bet they will give him the Oscar as an attempt at a kharmic balancing act: "Sorry we ate you up you beautiful young talented person. But here is a pretty golden 8 lb. statue."
So annoyed I stopped touring heavenly Amish farm country for this latest cinematic vision of hell.... Bleckkkkkkkk.
1:28 PM | |
act one, inc.
2690 Beachwood Dr. Lower Floor
Hollywood, CA 90068
323-464-0815 office; 323-468-0315 fax
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR- ACT ONE, INC.
Background for this Position and Organizational Overview:
This position description has been created for the position of Executive Director, Act One, Inc. It serves as a framework for defining the duties and responsibilities, lines of authority, criteria, characteristics and related information about the position. There are many other aspects of the duties and responsibilities of a position, which are developed during the course of the employment relationship. Those post-hiring adjustments should be documented between the Board of Directors of Act One and the Executive Director (with appropriate approvals according to current policies) by revising this from time to time.
Classification and Accountability:
· Classification: This is a full time (minimum 40 hour) “exempt” position under the Act One Compensation and Classification program. The person in this position will be an employee “at will” as described in the Employee Handbook and will work out of office in Hollywood, CA.
· Accountability: This position, which is filled by the personnel committee of the Act One Board of Directors, reports to the Act One, Inc. Board of Directors. The position will be evaluated annually in January before the annual Board of Directors meeting which takes place in February.
General / Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
As the managing head and leader of the Act One team, the Executive Director will supervise the other members of the staff and community in support of the overriding mission and vision of Act One. The position requires an entrepreneurial leader who is eager to see Act One expand and grow in the quality and kind of services it renders, in its donor and supporter base, and in its reputation in the Christian community and in Hollywood.
Particular duties of this position include:
· Supervision of all Act One staff, volunteers, and advisory boards.
· Broad oversight of anything that carries the Act One name so that all the program’s efforts will be branded by our founding keynotes: artistry, professionalism, substance, and spirituality.
· Direction of all fundraising efforts, which includes supervising the Director of Advancement in identifying, recruiting and developing new donors and maintaining relationships with our existing donor base.
· Initiation of public relations and promotional opportunities for Act One, with a particular emphasis on mainstream media outlets.
· Ongoing development of the Act One programs’ curricula and services to support the goal of identifying, training, and mentoring candidates to become hirable for the entertainment industry.
· Initiation and direction of entrepreneurial opportunities to expand and promote Act One programs, to recruit students, faculty, and financial support.
· Oversight of the preparation of an annual budget every November for the coming year, and ongoing oversight of all program expenditures.
· Principal liaison to any other church groups, media ministry groups, universities, and industry organizations so as to advance Act One’s mission and effectiveness.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience. Competitive with comparable positions in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles.
Insurance: Medical and Dental Insurance benefits are provided as defined in the Employee Handbook. The benefits will begin after an initial three-month probationary period.
Vacation: There are three weeks of paid vacation annually for this position, including one week at Christmas, which become available after six months of employment.
Sick Leave: There are two weeks of annual paid sick leave for this position which become available after the three month probationary period.
Personal Days: The position carries the added benefit of one half day each week off for personal professional work on entertainment industry projects not affiliated with Act One. These personal development days cannot accrue as regular vacation days and will be considered waived by the employee if not taken on a weekly basis.
Skills, Experience, and Other Characteristics:
The ideal candidate for Executive Director of Act One will possess the following desirable qualities:
· Christian Commitment: It is imperative that this person is a committed Christian and can articulate a Statement of Faith and personal testimonial to that commitment. The candidate should be a person of prayer who is an active member of a Christian church. The candidate must ascribe to the norms of a Christian moral life, understanding that the witness of life is a constituent element of our service to the Act One community.
· Entrepreneurial Leadership and Administrative Abilities: The Executive Director is the principle mover and energetic force behind everything that happens at Act One. The position calls for a person with the creativity and courage to launch and support efforts that will be consistent with Act One’s mission and vision statement. Ours is a very positive, “can-do” environment with a special emphasis on service and stewardship of resources. Knowing how to motivate and martial staff and volunteers, and draw in an ever-expanding network of collaborators is a constituent element of this position.
· Professional Experience: The Executive Director should be well aware of the executive and creative climate in the entertainment industry, and should make every effort to deepen and solidify relationships with working professionals. This will ensure that the program truly serves the industry by providing training that meets the real needs of the marketplace. The Executive Director should also possess the qualities and experience necessary to develop curriculum, particularly that meets the diverse needs of students at all levels of achievement.
· Non-Profit Experience: This job requires a fluid and responsive relationship with the Board of Directors. Responding to and implementing Board priorities, and developing better communication with Board members and committees will be of key importance.
· Communications, Attitude, and Behavioral Skills: The Executive Director should have excellent communication skills, and be comfortable in public speaking, press interviews, and formal meetings. Because of the interdenominational nature of the program, the Executive Director should be a person who respects the goods present in different denominations so as to be comfortable speaking with media, faculty, students, and donors from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions.
8:30 AM | |
Here's a message about the current show from its director, Marianne Savell:
It's been my privilege to work on a production of HAMLET with a fine group of actors from Actors Co-op and a generous and talented design team. 90 minutes, 6 actors...
There are only 8 performances as this is a second stage fundraiser for Actors Co-op.
Friday, July 25 8pm
Saturday, July 26 2:30pm & 8pm
Sunday, July 27 2:30pm
Friday, August 1 8pm
Saturday, August 2 2:30pm & 8pm
Sunday, August 3 2:30pm
Box office is 323.462.8460 x400
Suggested donation of $10
Actors Co-op is located at First Presbyterian Church Hollywood
on the corner of Gower & Carlos in Hollywood
Free, well lit parking on Carlos in front of the church.
Hope you can come!
10:46 AM | |
(1950's studio boss Harry Cohn, to actress Kim Novak)
2:04 PM | |
Act One needs your help. We are looking to find two hundred people who care about the impact of the global entertainment media, and who are willing to give twenty dollars a month, the price of a movie and a Coke. Joining your small sacrifices to that of 199 other folks will go a long way to help Act One continue with its urgent mission by basically paying our rent and utilities every month. We just signed a new lease on our offices, and, I have to be honest, it was an act of faith. The rent has, of course, gone up, and I'm not quite sure how God is going to surprise us with corresponding new ways to pay it. So, here we are letting you know so maybe you can help.
For ten years, we have been here in the heart of Hollywood - ready to meet and mentor and train your kids when they feel called to work in movies, television, the Internet and the whole range of new media. We are here to counsel, exhort and encourage established professionals who are trying to do good work for the world. And we are constantly trying to hold the line in the Church that we Christians should aspire to the highest standards of beauty and professionalism in the media and stories we create. We have taken a lot of hits for being so persnickety about Christians needing to have better standards in the arts and media- but it is the bond that unites all of us at Act One and in many ways, our reason to be as an organization. If you think that nagging voice is important - calling the Church to excellence and creativity and integrity and holiness in Hollywood - we could really use a tangible "vote" of support.
We need your help! The young people who come to us are, by definition, beginners. They often can not afford even the small tuition that Act One charges. Every day, we get letters and messages from young Christians who want us to start programs for actors and directors and publicists, and high school students. But frankly, we are already stretched too thin. We need a new generation of donors to come on board with regular support, so that we can continue what we are doing now, and expand it ten-fold for the future.
If you think Act One's presence in Hollywood is important, I ask you to please consider making the commitment to show it in a tangible way. Please tell your friends and family about what we are doing, send them a link to our website, and invite them to consider becoming a monthly small donor as well. Just keep telling yourself and your friends: "What we see on television and in the movies is not going to get better by accident. Act One is a smart and effective way to put people in place in Hollywood who will guarantee long-term and permanent change in the entertainment industry."
And now its easier than ever to contribute your tax-deductible donation! Log on to www.actoneprogram.com and click on Donate Now to sign up for a one time donation or a monthly withdrawal, which can be set at any time of the month.
Just the cost of a movie and a Coke once a month. That is all we are asking from you Church out there. Won't you consider a monthly donation to Act One?
Thanks and God Bless,
Barbara R. Nicolosi
Chair, Board of Directors
9:18 AM | |
"We want a story that starts out with an earthquake
and works its way up to a climax."
12:34 PM | |
I know it's brilliant. I just don't know exactly what it is.
I know what it isn't: a kids movie. It's too cynical. And too foreboding. I say this as someone who thinks Bambi/Lion King style tragedies are good for kids. Wall-E is different than these in that it is on many levels like a bedtime story based on Al Gore's Power Point movie. And I admit that made me uncomfortable for part of the film. I remember feeling waves of disappointment that Pixar was going to become one of those companies that just couldn't resist the lure of using their power to politicize instead of entertain. Because the movie maybe does just spend a few minutes too long showing us the remains of our planet a few years from now, after we bad ol' humans have wrecked it through an orgy of consumerism.
With an agenda to try and make people think about where we are headed as a society. it probably would have worked much better if the movie were set on some far away planet, like say the way Battlestar Galactica (2003) works. That show feels safe for the audience - not like politicizing - because the issues it raises are safely distanced from the corner voting booth by thousands of years and strange planets far, far away. But in the end, I am giving WallE a thumbs up because I think it was much less about environmental wacko-ness ("HUMANS ARE EVIL AND BAD FOR THE PLANET WHICH IS GOD!") than it is about greed and materialism. And I am always all for another explication of one of the seven deadly sins.
The humor in Wall-E seems to me to be mostly inaccessible to small children. Even the older kids at the screening we attended (I'm talking the eight to ten year olds) sat there almost politely, waiting for the rush and delight of Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It only came briefly in the one sequence in which Wall-E is floating through the solar system, a sequence which had all the wonder of the undersea vistas that made Nemo so lovely to watch. Several of the younger ones were actually taken out by their parents. There was one little boy in our audience who kept asking every thirty seconds, "What does that mean? What is happening?" The humor here also wasn't the witty jabs of the Shrek movies. Wall-E's images of obese humans being moved around in digitally created fantasies was much more wry than wit. Again, it felt like the filmmakers had a bit of an axe to grind. All about how materialistic we folks out in the audience all are.
Which is rather cheeky coming from Pixar, whom I don't see returning any of the 8 billion dollars they have made on their movies, and ancillary deals to put Nemo on Whopper wrappers, and Incredibles action figures and games and costumes and books and lunch boxes and Halloween costumes and....well, you get the point. I thought while I was watching Wall-E clean up all the trash left behind by the humans that the Pixar I know and love would have had at least one of those monumental trash compacted structures be made up entirely of scuffed up Pixar generated ancillary products....But they were being just a bit too earnest here for that kind of self-deprecating humor. Too bad. It would have worked and hence helped them in their thematic goal.
WallE is in in many ways a charming old style love-story - like um, Hello Dolly maybe? There are too many wonderful craft moments to mention - but I want to send a particular shout out for the use of the music from Hello Dolly as a aural contrast (read paradox) to the visuals on the planet. It was really genius and achieves so much for the storytelling that I was in awe.
Also on a narrative method level, it was incredible to me how they took us through nearly an hour of film with almost no dialogue track at all. I felt like I was watching a brilliant throwback to the heyday of silent cinema, before all the chattering heads came in to tell us how to feel. WallE is brilliant visual storytelling. Almost too brilliant, because as the story picks up pace, there are often two or more things going on in a frame and if you aren't watching very carefully, you will miss jokes and beats.
One friend pointed out to me that the movie is unabashedly a vision of heterosexual love. I hadn't thought of that before, but I think it's probably true. You have WallE the male, loving and then risking his life to protect the female robot EVE who is carrying the seed of new life in her "womb." So that's good. Probably too late for our society which is exhaustedly hell bent on trying to pretend that gender is irrelevant. And I do mean hell bent...
I thought the portrayal of the humans on the space ship was somewhat disappointingly over the top for Pixar. It seemed to me to be a lie about human nature - we could never all of us become just fat, lazy blobs with no passions or desires to learn and grow. I get that they needed to go that way for the storytelling, but by the way it made me uncomfortable - not emotionally but as a viewer of the craft - made me conclude it was a narrative misstep.
But do go see the piece with your teenagers and adult friends. It isn't Pixar's best piece of entertainment, but I would say that it is arguably the best piece of pure art they have produced. Enjoy.
8:19 AM | |
Intermission was founded when most of us Christians in the business were deep in the closet, and the purpose of the group was mainly to encourage the faithful who were like the disciples locked in the upper room for fear. Coming out of the heart and mind of the wonderful and sorely missed, David Schall, Intermission was responsible for launching the smartest and most effective programs: Actors Co-op, Act One, Hollywood Prayer Network, the Quarterly Ministry Leaders Lunches, and Hollywood Connect.
David understood that the ministries needed to effectively equip the Christian Body, so that it could in turn effectively be a witness in Hollywood. So, all of David's initiatives had a formational and educational aspect to them - Act One most notably, but even the Actors Co-op has an ongoing program meant to deepen and render more professional the company members.
Anyway, Intermission has been reassessing its mandate now that the Church is completely out of the closet here. What is the next thing that the Body of believers needs to equip us at this and subsequent levels? I am excited to follow their progression.
11:03 PM | |
Tony is also an unabashed fan of the show, so we completely geeked out in the interview speculating wildly about the ultimate direction of the show and why it is so great as entertainment. Here's a snip...
TR: Ron Moore, the executive producer of the show, said about it, “There’s a search for truth that we explore continually.” Looking at things from a religious perspective, is the search for truth in a story enough to make it deserving of being embraced by a Christian audience?
Barbara Nicolosi: I think so. I think that one of the things we’ve been getting wrong in Catholic media is that we try and do all the work for the viewer in terms of stories. A story is a car, for example, that you provide out of respect for your viewer. They’re going to go on a journey in that car. It’s a very respectful thing to set them up on this journey, but they have to do the work otherwise it’s not going to mean anything in their life. So if you make it too easy for them and give them the answers, they’ll forget...We say to our students in Act One all the time, “It isn’t telling people the truth that saves them; it’s getting them to wrestle with the truth that saves them.” It’s the reason that when you end a Flannery O’Connor story, you’re furious at her because you say, “Well what did that mean?!” You always think there were three missing pages where she was supposed to tell you what everything meant. And what you have to do is keep going over it and over it and over it until you figure it out. That’s the process of saving you. But Flannery really respects her audience. Now granted a lot of the audience misses the deeper level. But you know what, the ones who get it – it saves their soul.
TR: Galactica is also one of the only shows that deals with religion and faith in an overt manner. At the beginning I was unsure what to make of it because the seeming bad guys were worshippers of the ‘one true God’ whereas the seeming good guys had multiple gods. How do you think the story represents religion? Is it doing it in a good way?
Barbara Nicolosi: I think it was a stroke of genius to make the humans the pagans/polytheists and make the machines the monotheists. In one sense it could just be that the machines are supposed to represent the fanaticism of the Islamic fascists who took down the towers...But it’s not that because Christianity is also a monotheistic religion. So I think that by twisting it on its head, by making the Cylons monotheists, it made it even safer for the show to talk about issues of faith and how they impact daily life...Having said that, this struggle of the people in the show (asks), ‘Are we missing something when we make decisions that aren’t guided by transcendent faith?’ That’s what the human characters on the show are struggling with.
You have some of them, like the most screwed up one, Starbuck, (played brilliantly by actress Katee Sackhoff who would've certainly piled up Emmy noms for her work here if it was a network show instead of the Sci-Fi Channel...) but she really believes that the gods know her name and that she owes them fealty. Then, you have the admiral (Edward James Olmos) and his son, Lee (Jamie Bamber), who are basically agnostics, but now they’re struggling to believe because they don’t know what to do, they have nothing left to lean on. And that’s the question of the show – when you have nothing else to lean on, does it then make sense to reach for the divine or are you just grasping at some kind of straw to save your psychological life? The show hasn’t resolved that yet, but I think it’s setting up to do that very clearly.
We talked about lots of other stuff too besides BSG. I had posted a link to the podcast before but here it is again just in case.
P.S. I have a friend back in DC who is clinging stubbornly to double ignorance about the wonder and brilliance of BSG. She said that whenever she sees a picture from the show on my blog, she just skips over the post. So, I used art work above that could reliably be counted on to attract her...
8:04 AM | |
11:52 AM | |
"Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America."
-- Dwight David Eisenhower
11:09 AM | |
ACT ONE PROGRAM BRINGS HOLLYWOOD TO ROCK ISLAND, IL
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org | (323) 464-0815
HOLLYWOOD | JULY 1. Each year, thousands of hopefuls flock to Hollywood, dreaming of making it big in the film and television business. This year, Hollywood comes to them.
Act One, a Los Angeles-based training program for writers and executives in Hollywood celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, is partnering with Pepperdine University and Heritage Church to present the Act One Working in Hollywood Seminar in Rock Island, Il. The seminar, scheduled for September 19 and 20, is an intensive weekend program designed to train aspiring writers and producers who are serious about their Christian faith eager to learn more about how to create culture that respects and enriches a global audience.
Participants will study the Hollywood storytelling process, from story development to pitching to the craft of producing spiritually engaging entertainment that is commercially appealing. Under the tutelage of real Hollywood professionals, participants will learn practical lessons on writing outlines and treatments, on creating compelling characters an stories and on the basics of screenwriting format.
Other topics to be discussed during the conference include:
- Finding Your Story: Choosing the right stories, understanding genre and what makes your story stand out from the others.
- The Big Structure Lecture: An overview of the basic three-act structure, illustrated through a breakdown of an epic motion picture.
- Pitching Workshop: Students learn pitching tips, work in small groups to complete a development assignment, and then participate in a pitching session with evaluation from Hollywood pros.
- Breaking Into the Business: A frank dialog between workshop participants and our faculty about the business of show business, what it takes to make it as a professional and as a Christian in Hollywood, and next steps for those who believe God is calling them to an entertainment industry career.
In addition to the Seminar, Act One will be hosting a Hollywood 101 Evening from 7-10pm on Friday, September 19. Open to the public, the event will feature a presentation on the activity of the church in Hollywood, a keynote address from a high profile Hollywood professional about the challenges of working on the front lines of the culture, and a Hollywood Insider Panel, which will be a provocative, no-holds-barred Q&A about life and work in the world’s most influential mission field.
Date: Friday, September 19, 1pm to 10pm and Saturday, September 20, 10am to 6pm
Location: Heritage Church, 4801 44th Street, Rock Island IL 61201
Cost: $175 if registered before August 1, $195 after August 1.
To register, go to www.actoneprogram.com, or call (323) 464-0815.
Speakers: Dr. Thom Parham (writer JAG, screenwriting professor, Azusa Pacific University); Dean Batali (Writer, producer, That ‘70s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Act One, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that has trained Christians of all denominations for careers in mainstream film and television for the past ten years. Stressing artistry, excellence, professionalism, and Christian spirituality, Act One prepares students to pursue careers marked by personal integrity and professional excellence, in writers rooms, on sets, and in studio and network offices. The end goal is not to produce explicitly religious entertainment, but movie and TV projects that respect and serve the global audience, combining mastery of craft with great depth and meaning. Over ten years, Act One has amassed a vast alumni network of writers, producers, directors and entertainment executives who are dedicated to producing excellent work for a global audience.
7:47 AM | |
It's going to take money and many new networks of established professionals in these areas to act as mentors and faculty. We invite you to please come on board and help us! And one way to do that is to buy a seat, or become a sponsor of our upcoming 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Gala celebration on October 11, 2008. Here is a message from Act One's Director of Advancement about the event.
Dear Friend of Act One:
Saturday, October 11, 6:30 pm, Act One will officially launch our 10th Anniversary year with a Black Tie Gala. The exciting event will include a cocktail party, dinner and Broadway style entertainment. It will be held at the historic and beautiful Main Concourse of Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.
We see this event as an opportunity for the faculty, mentors, alumni and supporters of Act One to come together to enjoy each other and celebrate the great goods that have come to the Church and the world through this vital program. We hope it will be an occasion for friends to introduce the program to many new friends who could come on board and help Act One meet and expand in its next ten years. If you think Act One is a good thing, we really need you to step up now and show us by supporting this event in whatever way you can.
Please do mark your calendars now, and consider attending, or sponsoring seats at the Gala if you can't be there in person. We are also looking for silent auction items if you can help us out in that way.
We have just launched a section of our web site to take reservations to the Gala. It would help us out tremendously f you are planning on attending the Gala or hosting a table, if you could make your reservation sooner rather than later. (It would be a good idea in any case because we have 700 members of the Act One community, and probably only about 300 seats at the Gala!) Would you please consider reserving your ticket or table now? Making your reservation by July 9th will not only hold a seat for you at this momentous occasion, but will also enable the Act One Gala Planning Committee to better prepare for the celebration which will mark the kick-off of Act One’s 10th Anniversary.
Ticket prices are:
$1,500/table - Table Host
Table hosts receive entrance to the private, cocktail reception; opportunity to meet the Honoree; script consultation (valued at $250); opportunity to audit an Act One Class; first look at silent auction items; recognition in program book; recognition at the gala, dinner and show.
$500/person - Lead Role Seating
Lead Role patrons receive entrance to the private, cocktail reception; opportunity to meet the Honoree; script consultation (valued at $250); opportunity to audit an Act One Class; first look at silent auction items; recognition in program book; dinner and show.
$250/person - Supporting Role Seating
Supporting Role patrons receive entrance to the private cocktail reception; opportunity to audit an Act One Class; first look at the silent auction items; recognition in program book; dinner and show.
$150/person - Principle Role Seating
Principle Role patrons receive dinner and show.
To reserve a seat, please click here
Additionally, we are still soliciting items for the silent auction portion of
the Gala. If you have items to donate, please contact Rose@actoneprogram.com
to make arrangements for pick-up or delivery.
Please do consider joining with us to mark the special occasion of Act One's 10th Anniversary of service in Hollywood. Thank you for your continued support.
Rose M. Wright, Director
Advancement & Communications