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Lecture 5: Casting and Performance

In this entry, I will be looking at the subject of casting calls, casting controversies and industry opportunities.

Lord Puttnam spoke in this lecture about the importance of casting the right actors for the role, and the vital role that casting plays in a film’s success and in helping the audience to invest in the world of the film. 3,361 more words

Standing my ground

Well, it looks like Brexit is going ahead after all, even though I reckon the Leave campaign should have needed more than a slender majority (less than 52%) to effect such a monumental change (albeit with a referendum guaranteed every few years). 831 more words


Genital Gestapo?

Sorry, folks, but it’s soapbox time again, as I’m incensed by a worrying trend in bigotry in today’s world (well, principally America, but when they sneeze we catch a cold) — and it’s reached the point that one of my oldest friends seems to agree with it! 1,076 more words


Lecture Three: Creative Resilience

In this lecture, Lord Puttnam discussed the necessity of creative and practical resilience in the film industry, and touched upon the issues of role models, the importance of retaining creative control in an industry where one can be easily taken advantage of, and of giving yourself over entirely to film. 2,256 more words

What Nobody Tells You About Hannukah

For nine out of 10 Americans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re Christian or not, Christmas is a big freakin’ deal.  486 more words


The enemies within

They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.
—2Pac, “Keep Ya Head Up” (Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.)

Just when I finally seem to be getting my life together, doing a job I enjoy and feeling happy with how, the world seems to be going to Hell in a handbasket. 1,044 more words