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The Director's Chair Issue #10 – Jan. 31, 2001 (Convergence: The Reality)

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
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January 31, 2001   Scene 2 – Take 1
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Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
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CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Looking for Volunteers
3. Action-Cut-Print!
4. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
5. Quote of the Month
6. Special Feature Article – “Convergence: The Reality”
7. The New Media – What is the Future of Television?
8. Directing Tip – Character Objectives
9. Film Links of Interest – Television Resources
10. Special Update
11. Out Takes – 10 Things You Need to Become a Film Director
12. Share This Ezine
13. Suggestions & Comments
14. Copyright Information
15. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue # 10 of The Director’s Chair (January 31, 2001)

a) This month I have a Special Feature Article on “Convergence:
The Reality” which was the main topic at the Lights! Camera!
Convergence! Symposium I attended in Vancouver BC last weekend.
(January 27-28, 2001). This Symposium was hosted by The Directors
Guild of Canada, British Columbia District Council and organized
by the ever-efficient, Michele Porter.

b) There is no QUESTION AND ANSWERS section this month because I
did not receive any Questions. Please send your film production
Questions to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

c) I have included an UPDATE section this month on The Director’s
Chair and my website, Action-Cut-Print!

Enjoy!

Peter D. Marshall

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2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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Calling all Volunteers! If you would like to contribute articles,
tips, links of interest, industry news, interviews, special event
dates or other resources to The Director’s Chair, please contact
me at: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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3. ACTION-CUT-PRINT! – A Web Site for Filmmakers
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If you are a Film or TV Director; a working professional who
wants to Direct; a film student who wants to learn more about
Directing; or a “student of film” who just wants to know more
about Filmmaking from the pros, Action-Cut-Print! is for you!

Take a moment now to visit http://www.actioncutprint.com where
you will find over 1200 Online Resources for Filmmakers, a Film
and TV Bookstore and Film Directing Workshops.

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4. BACK ISSUES OF “THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR”
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To read back issues of The Director’s Chair, visit:
http://www.actioncutprint.com/ezine.html

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5. QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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“Duct tape is like the force; it has a light side and a dark
side, and it holds the universe together.”

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6. FEATURE ARTICLE – Convergence: The Reality”
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“Convergence: The Reality”

This was the main topic at the Lights! Camera! Convergence! Symposium in
Vancouver BC on January 27-28, 2001.

The panel consisted of representatives from companies on the
cutting edge of the digital evolution: interactive media, HDTV,
visual effects, streaming media and post-production services for
the film and television industry.

Steve Billinger, from ExtendMedia: http://www.extend.com./1_relaunch.htm
gave the opening address and the panel discussion after gave us a
peek into the future of the New Media and how filmmakers can use
this new technology to shoot, edit and market our own films and
videos.

Here is a capsulized version of this panel discussion.

1) Content is still king! This is the bottom-line. All the
technologies that exist today, and in the future, are there to
help you produce and distribute your content (the story) to an
audience. And this content creation will have to come from you!

As filmmakers, it is our job to create this vision, but with New
Media comes New Rules. Your story has to be designed for maximum
emotion from the audience and they have to want to see more of it
and to interact with it in as many places as possible. This is
the goal of today’s New Media Filmmakers (or should I say, the
goal of today’s “New Media Content Creaters.”)

We have to find stories that (a) people will want to interact
with – think of “the Blair Witch Project”, “The Rocky Horror
Picture Show” or even “Run Lola Run” – and (b) your content has
to be valuable for the audience – they have to get something from
it (Entertainment, News, Information etc.)

NOTE: According to an article in “The Standard,” entertainment is
the most desired type of online content among US online adults.
And at least 40% of online entertainment users access more than
one type of content.

2) According to Steve Billinger, the goal of interactive media
“is to create a compelling, emotional experience for your
audience across multiple media (platforms) that results in a
consumer transaction.”

The audience today is demanding more interaction in their stories
– they want to participate more. (Look at the video game industry
as an example.) If you want people to see your story today (and
pay to see it or buy products related to it) you have to create a
rich and detailed story world and find the best media/platform to
distribute it.

As the creator of your content, you need to decide which
platforms (media) are best suited for your individual project.
This means that your story has to be available in all possible
media platforms such as television, films, CD Rom, internet,
video games, books, newspapers & magazines, wireless devices,
theme parks, comic books, t-shirts etc. etc. etc!

3) Directors today have to work with the technology – you have to
collaborate with the technicians to help create your story and
distribute it to the right audience in as many places as
possible.

From the filmmakers point-of-view, it is imperative that we
understand the technology that now exits – but not be afraid of
it or let the New Media Technologies rule us.

Remember – Content is still everything! People will still watch
TV, search the Web, read a paper, play a video game because of
The Content! That is never going to change.

TIP: Looking for content to write and produce? Talk to your kids
– they are the ones who know what they want to watch.

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7. THE NEW MEDIA – What is the Future of Television?
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1) The Television in Your Future

As the National Association of Television Program Executives
convention winds down today in Las Vegas and all of the TV buyers,
programmers, and producers head off to drink their last round of
cocktails at the Luxor or the Bellagio, a question remains to be
answered. As technology evolves and corporations consolidate, what,
exactly, will constitute “television” in the future?

Read the full article at:
http://www.thestandard.com/newsletters/NLdisplay/0,2936,116-2709,00.html

2) Envisioning the Future of eTV

What’s the future of interactive TV? That is the question for the
American Film Institute’s New Media Ventures wing, which sponsors a
workshop that links Internet and digital media companies with TV
producers to create prototypes of what the “prime time of tomorrow”
might look like.

Read the full article at:
http://www.thestandard.com/newsletters/NLdisplay/0,2936,116-2522,00.html

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8. DIRECTING TIP – Character Objectives
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Actors and Directors have to come up with as many objectives for
a character as possible. A character’s objective should be
something that will engage the other characters in a scene; it
should create it’s own obstacles; and it should be something the
actor can believe in and commit to.

But there is one important rule to remember when choosing
objectives for a character. An actor can only play ONE objective
in a scene! Always ask yourself “What is the character’s need in
this scene?” and then make sure the actor plays that objective!

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9. FILM LINKS OF INTEREST – Television Resources
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1) AOL Search-Television: http://aolsearch.aol.com/cat.adp?id=28

2) The Classic TV Database: http://www.classic-tv.com/tvlinks/

3) Information Resources for Film and Television:
http://www.library.ucsb.edu/subj/film.html

4) Film and TV – General Information:
http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/FA/MLFTV/geninfo.html

5) THE ZONE – TV LINKS: http://t-z.com/tv/links.htm

6) Exciting TV Links: http://www.secv.com/tvlinks.html

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10. UPDATES – The Director’s Chair/ Action-Cut-Print!
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(1) The Feature Article you read each month is an original
article written by myself and comes from years of practical
production experience on various Television and Film sets I have
worked on.

I have personally worked in the North American film and TV
industry for over 28 years – as a Director, First Assistant
Director and a TV Series Creative Consultant. I have given dozens
of workshops over the years ( http://www.actioncutprint.com/workshops.html )
and I am now starting to write several books on film directing and film
scheduling.

But I know that there are many more industry professionals who
read The Director’s Chair who have as much production experience
as I do and who are just aching to share their knowledge with
others.

Well here’s your chance! Every month in The Director’s Chair, I
ask for volunteers – volunteers like YOU who can contribute
articles, tips, links of interest, industry news, interviews,
special event dates or other industry resources.

I have had several responses so far and I will begin to include
these guest articles in the next issue. But I’m greedy for
knowledge…and I want more!

So how about it?

a) What special knowledge do you have that the rest of us would
like to know?

b) What is different about filmmaking in your country than from
my experiences (Canada/USA)?

c) What little tricks and tips have you learned over the years
that you can share with other filmmakers from around the world?

d) Are you a documentary filmmaker? A director who just shot
their first project? A commercial director? Did you just produce
a film for the internet? … What stories can you share with the
rest of us?

This is what The Director’s Chair is all about: the sharing of
Film and Television production knowledge. And with the rise of
the New Media (HDTV, Web Broadcasting, Digital Video) there is
just too much for one person to experience and to know.

Okay – I’ve said my piece so I’ll get straight to the point. If
you are interested in writing articles, supplying Directing Tips,
keeping us updated on Festivals, digital video production, films
for the Internet or anything else, please email me at:
pdm@actioncutprint.com (At the end of your article, you
will be able to plug your company, your services, your film/video etc.)

You won’t regret it – and neither will anyone else who reads The
Director’s Chair.

(2) One important section in The Director’s Chair is QUESTION
AND ANSWERS. This area gives filmmakers a place to ask
questions…and give answers. If you have a Film or TV Directing
question you would like answered, send me the questions so I can
include them in future issues: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com
Remember – The Director’s Chair is for you. I do not like to work
in a vacuum, so I need to know what production information you
are interested in.

(3) When you visit Action-Cut-Print!, you will notice a
slightly-new look and some added benefits. I have added more
filmmaking resources and included two new sections to the
website:

a) I now have over 1200 Online Resources (links) for filmmakers at:
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b) NEW: Film Directing Workshops:
http://www.actioncutprint.com/workshops.html

c) NEW: Film and Television Bookstore:
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Check them out and let me know what you think!

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11. OUT TAKES – 10 Things You need to Become a Film Director
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10 Things you need to become a Film Director
http://www.exposure.co.uk/eejit/10direct/index.html

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