“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

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ava_duvernay_1-560x346croppedIn May, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind-the-scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen.

Since the series launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in their local coffee shops

With Oscar emcee Ellen DeGeneres and the re-election of AMPAS President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s diversity abounds.

The “Academy Originals” videos highlight women filmmakers — including Ava DuVernay and Aileen Brosh McKenna — and other women working in film to show how their considerable contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers. Read on

Ava DuVernay, director of the upcoming Selma, relates how she writes and helms her films.

The independent artist finds that making a low-budget movie like Middle of Nowhere comes from “being out in the world. It comes from observing people, asking questions – people want to talk.”

“Movie watching is people watching,” says DuVernay

Ruth E. Carter

Two-timeOscar nominees for costume design (for Malcolm X and Amistad), more recently worked on Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Carter relates how she is inspired by a film’s director and says she “tells the story through color.”

Aline Brosh McKenna

The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter reveals her step-by-step process of writing and confides that the word game Scrabble helps fight her own procrastination.

Tina Gordon Chism

Drumline’s screenwriter and director says the stories she wants to tell are of real people and how their language can only be captured when you’ve experienced it yourselfand can add a layer of realness to the world that people respond to.”

Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith

The screenwriters of 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde show how they plot a scene and tell us that watching movies is inspirational.

Betsy Heimann

Pulp Fiction costume designer Betsy Heimann describes how she lets herself be “grabbed with the character’s voices” by throwing herself into their world. “As filmmakers, we’re all there to tell a story,”she says.

Academy Originals are drawn on the expertise of AMPAS’ more than 6,000 members, its vast collection of archival material and its prominent position within film culture and conversation.

You can catch new Academy Originals videos every Monday on YouTube.com/AcademyOriginals

On a related note, if you happen to be in the Southern California area, The Academy will be presenting the multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume, from October 2, 2014 through March 2, 2015. The exhibition will bring together the world’s most iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present. Find details here.

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