10 Questions for Film Producer Gaylyn Fraiche

Andrea Davis Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, Performing Arts, Production, Television

Film Producer and Development Executive Gaylyn Fraiche has numerous credits spanning many years with experience that covers making flight reservations (her early years) to cultivating relationships with feature and television writers, making casting and crew decisions and solving on-set problems. She deploys her gracious Southern manners to good effect and is as comfortable chatting with gaffers on set as she …

Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago Celebrates Creativity

Christine Griswold Animation, Film, Opportunities, Performing Arts, Production, Visual Arts

Help Restore Walt Disney Birthplace Home while Celebrating and Encouraging Creativity and Innovation. Join in the Walt Disney Birthplace Indiegogo Campaign. Award-winning Themed Entertainment innovators Dina Benadon and Brent Young of Super 78 Studios celebrate and awaken creativity in others by restoring the home where Walt Disney was born, and establishing The Center for Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation (CECCI) …

How Linda Borgeson Finds Creativity in Post Production

Christine Griswold Career Advice, Film, Post-Production, Visual Arts

Linda Borgeson (Senior Vice President of Feature Post Production at the Walt Disney Studios) has worked on over 200 films in her 25+ years in the film business. Linda spoke with Artzray to help demystify the world of post production, highlighting why it is important for young filmmakers to understand and embrace this integral part of filmmaking. Post-production sits at …

Confessions of a Young Filmmaker: Constantina Konugres

Samantha Jacobs Beyond, Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, Performing Arts, Production, Student Resources

Like most recent college graduates/Millennials, aspiring filmmaker Constantina Konugres is not taking a traditional route to her desired career path. Majoring in Public Relations in USC’s Annenberg School for Journalism, Constantina chose to pick up a minor in USC’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts in order to get involved in the film industry, while crafting her own curriculum within the …

How to Launch Your Creative Project Now

Marshall Ayers Acting, Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, How To, Performing Arts, Tips

Actor and director Charlie Kennedy shares his tips for turning your dream creative project into a reality. One of my favorite college professors said: “why make something easy, when it can be fun?” That’s a pretty good description of the spirit in which any creative project is done. Now that I’m out of college, I know first hand that getting …

7 Must See Holiday Movies For Artists

Andrea Davis Film, Performing Arts, Screenwriting, Writing

Artzray presents our list of offbeat holiday movies that artists will love. Film has the power to transport you worlds away from the aggravations and absurdities of Black Friday, Cyber Monday or grandma getting run over by a reindeer. Film can also hold your eyes open and make you think, “I guess I don’t have it so bad this Christmas. …

Top 10 List of Animated Films (by a real animator)

Christine Griswold Animation, Film, Visual Arts

Top Ten Theatrically-released animated films (in no particular order) according to Chuck Sheetz, Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons and UCLA Theater Film and Television Professor.  1. King Kong (1933) I have watched this film more times than any other. I never get tired of it. It has a flawless script. The smash cut from Carl Denham shouting “Kong, the Eighth …

What do UCLA and The Simpsons Have in Common? Chuck Sheetz

Christine Griswold Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Education, Film, Media Arts, Practical Advice, Television, Tips, Visual Arts

Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons and UCLA Theater Film and Television Professor Chuck Sheetz gives advice on “How to get into Film School” (and a few other things.) Full disclosure, I had the privilege of working with Chuck Sheetz over a number of seasons on The Simpsons, and for a bit of time on Disney’s Recess. Among the things …

5 Things to Do Before You Shop Your Screenplay

Andrea Davis Beyond, Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, Getting Started, Screenwriting, Television, Tips, Writing

So you wanna write a screenplay. We’re not going to tell you to rewrite it and make it the best story you can. We’re assuming you already know that and will do it. These are practical points from story analysts who have read thousands of scripts . . . each. Story analysts (casually called “readers”) are employed by studios and …