Who’s Who at Hollins U?

Hollins University is a little, hidden gem. The gorgeous campus is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where cicadas buzz about while you sit in a rocking chair on the front porch. It’s mostly known as a women’s college and has some famous alumnae, such as children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. But the university also has fantastic, low-residency, co-ed, graduate programs. Among them is the summer graduate screenwriting and film studies program. Since this unique program runs for only six weeks during the summers, students here have had the opportunity to learn from numerous industry professionals, whether they serve as professors or guest speakers. The specialties of our visiting faculty include horror, children’s television, comedy, drama, minorities in film, and production. While we have many professors who join us summer after summer, no two summers have the same line up of professors, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn from as many industry experts and make as many professional connections as possible from other universities such as UCLA and NYU. Included is the list of professors who have graced Hollins University in past summers and who will be joining us this summer. See any familiar names? Great! Come learn from them here at Hollins.

See the full list of visiting faculty here: Hollins University Summer Graduate Screenwriting & Film Studies Visiting Faculty

See the full list of Program Faculty here: Program Faculty at Hollins Summer Graduate Screenwriting & Film Studies

How to Become a Film Director

Stephanie Forshee with Backstage provides some insight and guidance to budding and aspiring film directors. She answers every question such as what does a film director really do, how to get started, and how to find your artistic style as a director. She discusses several examples of how some of the most famous directors got their start. She reminds readers of one truth of the business: everyone’s path is different

Read the Full Article Here: How to Become a Film Director

How to Handle Yourself Like a Professional as You Navigate the Acting Business

Okay, so you’ve gone to twenty gazillion auditions, it feels like, and you’ve heard nothing yet. But you HAVE to know the results of your auditions. You’re desperate to book work. So what do you do? When should you hear something? Do you follow up? How often should you follow up? To quote Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. So, what should you do while you’re waiting for a “yes”? Rachel with Cast It Talent offers insight for actors on how to stay on their radar in a professional manner as you work your way into the acting business.

Read the full article here: How to Stay on a CD’s Radar (Without Annoying Them to Death

How to Become an Actor Later in Life

It seems like the only to be successful in the world sometimes is to start your career when your ten, especially if you aspire to work in the entertainment industry. Sometimes we settle on a career because we think that’s all we can do. Sometimes there’s that one dream that won’t leave us be until we actively decide to pursue it. Sometimes, we don’t decide it’s time to pursue that dream until much later in life. Well, Stephanie Forshee with Backstage offers insight on how to pursue your ambitions of becoming an actor for those who decide to pursue acting at an older age.

It’s never too late to chase your dreams.

Read full article here: How to Become an Actor Later in Life

Advice and Inspiration from Greta Gerwig

Ken Miyamoto shares some morsels of inspiration from the brilliant mind of Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of Lady Bird. He shares her insight through a series of interviews with the actress turn writer/director. Here are a few highlights:

  • Writing Words that Don’t Look Like They’ve Been Written
  • Taking the Time to Prepare Yourself
  • Story Structure Is Embedded Within Us All
  • You Have to Take the Leap
  • Don’t Judge and Dismiss Your Own Writing
  • Listen to Your Characters
  • Treat Each Character as If They Could Have Their Own Movie About Them
  • Great Screenplays Should Be Like Poetry

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Advice From LADY BIRD Writer/Director Greta Gerwig

Outlines, Treatments, and Scriptments: What’s the Difference?

Writing requires a tremendous amount of work and that work often happens in phases. If you were to look at the first drafts of Hamilton or Harry Potter, they would look undeniably different from their final products. First, you brainstorm. Then you create outlines about your story, the characters, the plot, and every other detail imaginable. Writers do this several times in several different ways. Then they write the first of many drafts. Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft discusses the difference between outlines, treatments, and scriptments and how each of them is important to the story development process.

Read the full article here: Outlines, Treatments, and Scriptments, Oh My!

Taxes for Actors

Attention Actors!! Tax season is upon us. It’s never really a fun subject to discuss, but it is very important piece of the business side of being an actor. So to help, Angela Anderson at Backstage compiled a guide to filing taxes as a working actor. Yes, working as an actor and in the field of entertainment is such fun work, but there are some serious and boring aspects of it, but those serious and boring things are very important to take care of.

Read the full article here: The Actors’ Guide to Filing Taxes

The MacGuffin

Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft discusses the MacGuffin, what it is, and how to properly use it to tell your story as effectively as possible. He uses films such as James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Citizen Kane to illustrate how the MacGuffin can be an effective storytelling tool and add conflict to the story.

Read the full article here: How Screenwriters Can Master the MacGuffin

Common Misconceptions About Hollywood

Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft discusses common misconceptions about Hollywood, debunks the myths, and discusses the changes that the industry has experienced.

Read full article here: Top 5 Misconceptions Novice Screenwriters Have About Hollywood

Watch Greta Gerwig in Action

Hunter Harris at Vulture shares a Vimeo clip of Greta Gerwig directing onset of “Lady Bird”. It’s always inspiring and fascinating to watch the behind-the-scenes work of anything that gets created. This video shares a small glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of one of the most beloved films of the year.

See full article here: Warm Your Icy, Jaded Heart With This Video of Greta Gerwig Directing Lady Bird