Hollins Grads at Work: Anna Fahr

One of our recent alumnae, Anna Fahr, has just released a teaser trailer for her newest project Places in Between. Anna began her script in our 507 level workshop (our intermediate level workshop), rewrote it in our advanced tutorial class (a one-on-one rewrite class with a professor), and pitched it during our annual pitch night. The teaser can be viewed on Vimeo now.

We are so proud of you, Anna!! This looks absolutely dazzling. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

View the teaser trailer here: Now on Vimeo: Teaser Trailer Places in Between by Hollins Grad, Anna Fahr

Writing Cards

This is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever run into. One writer did something quite clever and brilliant, instead of asking for photos with the renowned creators they met, they collected pieces of advice written on a notecard. That collection of notecards has been compiled into a website full of words or wisdom, encouragement, and necessary butt-kickings from the creators of your favorite work. Read up and get inspired. And don’t forget to eat lunch 🙂

See full website here: Their Writing Cards

In the Moment with Viola Davis

This is a short little blip of a round table interview with several actors, but I think what Viola Davis says about acting can be just as true for writers: You have to get uncomfortable sometimes. As writers, you’re extracting the inner workings of your mind and your emotions, putting them on paper for display, and allowing other people dissect and critique it. That can be very scary and intimidating. At least for me it can be. But you have to give yourself permission to let that out – because it could be a brighter gem than you realized; and you can’t polish that gem if you never dig it up.

Viola Davis: “The Discomfort is the Comfort”

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Most writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey and could use it to map out just about any story – on screen or in print. But a new age is flourishing in storytelling, especially in film: the Heroine’s Journey. Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft discusses the heroine’s journey and how it differs from the traditional hero’s journey.

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay

Scott Myers shares some words of inspiration and encouragement from Ava DuVernay.

Read full article here: Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay

New York Approves $5 Million in Incentives to Hire Women and Minorities

Thom Geier at The Wrap discusses the State of New York’s new initiative to promote women in the film industry by offering $5 million dollars in incentives to have women and minorities hired in more prominent roles such as writers and directors. Let’s see if other states can follow that lead.

New York Approves $5 Million in Incentives to Hire Women, Minorities as TV Writers and Directors

Interview (Part 2): Stephanie Shannon

Scott Myers sat down with 2013 Nicholl fellowship winner Stephanie Shannon to discuss her journey as a screenwriter.

Interview (Part 2): Stephanie Shannon

20 Rising Female Filmmakers You Need to Know

Women filmmakers are getting more and more attention these days – finally. Here’s a list of twenty female filmmakers who are getting more attention and definitely deserve more of yours.

See full list here: 20 Rising Female Filmmakers You Need to Know

Diane Kruger: #WomenInMotion

During the 70th Annual Cannes International Film Festival, Diane Kruger sits down with Variety magazine and discusses women in Hollywood and the gender pay gap.

Watch the full video here: Diane Kruger on the gender pay gap in Hollywood: “I’ve never been paid as much as a male costar in the United States.” #WomenInMotion

Sundance Directors Lab 2016: Pippa Bianco on the Differences Between a Short and a Feature

Pippa Bianco with the Sundance Directors Lab discusses the difference between a short film and a feature film and how they both have their own challenges and how those challenges help you grow as an artist.

Sundance Directors Lab 2016: Pippa Bianco on the Differences Between a Short and a Feature