This is a very exciting opportunity, as Ringling’s Film department has been ranked #16 in The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest scorecard of American film schools, and Film Head Brad Battersby was recently named by Variety as “mentor of the year.” Visiting artists to the program have included writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks), actor Justin Long (dozens of screen credits), actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), actor Dylan McDermott (dozens of screen credits), cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception) and many more. (Just FYI, Ringling’s Computer Animation department ranks #2 in the country!)
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This marks the wrap-up of my time at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (which is closing — lock, stock and barrel — on June 30, 2018). I moved into this office in 2010, when hired as full-time screenwriting faculty for the University. Our high watermark — as a department — might have been in 2016 when we were named by trade publication Variety as one of the “entertainment schools on the move.”
Certainly that was our goal.
Final graduation at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), where I’ve served as professor of screenwriting since 2009. The University’s shuttering its doors, and once I move out of my faculty office in June, I’ll be 100% back to the freelance life. My faculty colleagues and I feel we accomplished a lot, and alumni from the past decade are now busy forging their lives and careers. It’s been a great ride, and one I’ll always treasure.
In the meantime (while I do some traveling and then start packing up the office), I’d love to invite you to check out the independent feature film I’m writing and co-producing: 2-WAY. Head to the website, then jump on the social media links and like/follow our feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: whatever flavor(s) you like). Final chapter on SFUAD in June, once I’m out of the office…
Thanks so much to all of you who have already liked our 2-WAY Facebook page; it’s really appreciated! (And if you haven’t yet, this is the perfect time to click on the link and like/follow the page — or you can always search for @2waythemovie in Facebook, and find us.)
Dozens of likes can move us into hundreds of likes which can ultimately move us to thousands of likes. And this is actually really important, as it helps us in lining up territorial pre-sales, product placement, and crowdfunding (it’s 2018, and social media performance helps with everything). This is what independent feature films have to do to gain traction in a very crowded marketplace.
In the meantime, if you also have an Instagram account, we’d love to have you follow us there as well: again, you can search for @2waythemovie — or click on this handy link. While content will overlap between our Facebook&Twitter feeds and our Instagram feed, you’ll definitely find some unique content on Instagram, since we’re trying to communicate solely using perfectly square imagery. 🙂
In the coming days, we’ll let you know how we expect to intersect with New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute and Dona Ana Community College’s Creative Media Technology department — and there’ll be lots of other news as well!
I’ve kept a very low profile online this past year, partly because I’ve still been employed full-time as a screenwriting professor at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and partly because I’ve been working on several new projects that will gradually begin seeing the light of day in the months ahead.
Thus, I’m very excited to publicly unveil 2-WAY, a feature film screenplay of mine that I’m also exec-producing. As is usually the case these days, my partners and I will be documenting the development, pre-production and production journey of 2-WAY via the Web and social media, and we would love you to share the journey!
You can like 2-WAY‘s Facebook page here, keep tabs on 2-WAY‘s Twitter feed here, and check out 2-WAY‘s Instagram feed here. We’re easily findable using the handle @2waythemovie. And we encourage you to use the hashtag #twowaythemovie if you’re sharing any posts or information with friends (and we really encourage you to do this!). Continue reading “New Horizons”
Last minute notice, but I’ll be moderating a free post-screening Q&A with New Mexico documentary filmmaker Melinda Frame (principal of Frame+Work) and Santa Fe University of Art and Design faculty colleague (and Outdoor Vision Fest collaborator) Tom Miller this Monday, November 20, 1pm, at The Screen (SFUAD’s arthouse cinematheque).
The screening is of Melinda’s new documentary “66 Mile Radius“, which documents an art exhibition of the same title at Albuquerque’s renowned Tamarind Institute, a nonprofit center for fine art lithography. (You can view the trailer here.)