Saturday, December 7 @ 5PM!
We look forward to kicking off the Christmas season with our Act One Tribe! Please remember it is also a food drive with LA Food Bank, so bring a canned good or two or three and impact the City this season!
If you haven’t already – RSVP for the Act One Christmas Party. Space is limited. Let us know if you are bringing a guest!
Saturday, December 7
5 pm to 9 pm
Planet Dailies at the Grove
6333 West 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Small appetizers will be served. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from the bar, including a special “Act One Cocktail.” Raffle tickets for $2 each will also be sold. Some prizes will include:
- Cinebag Camera Bag for your DSLR, HD Cam, or Laptop
- Thunder Studio Messenger Bag + goodies inside
- Birns and Sawyer Filmmaker Videos
- 2014 Morning Mentor Sessions (This is an invite only, limited participants, Mentoring Session with Act One Faculty and Guest Speakers including Producers, Executives, Agents, Lawyers, Writers, & Directors) (Valued at priceless)
- Free Admission to the next Act One Event
- Be Christina Lee Storm’s guest for the pre-release screening of LONE SURVIVOR – Q&A to follow with cast member Mark Wahlberg and Producer/Writer/Director Peter Berg
- And many more prizes! Either for you or make it a Christmas gift!
RSVP by emailing Lara Sumera.
by Phil Cooke
If I’m not careful, at any given moment I could have a stack of movie scripts or book manuscripts on my desk that have been mailed to me, and are waiting to be read. In fact, it’s been that way too many times in the past. I totally understand that many well-intentioned, passionate, and sometimes desperate writers (I’ve been there) are eager to get someone they respect to read their work and give them thoughts and feedback. But the fact is, if most producers said yes to everyone that asks,we’d have little time to accomplish anything of our own.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2013
Christian Entertainment Program Announces New Digital Initiative
Hollywood, CA – Act One—a premier training program for Christian screenwriters, producers, and executives announced today that it will be kicking off its new digital initiative during its alumni weekend on August 16 and 17 at Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The digital initiative will continue through a six week Technology in Storytelling Series —which will look at how technology has changed storytelling.
“We work in the most dynamic industry in the world that evolves every day and we want to be on the cutting edge, embracing and leading that change. Right now that applies to technology and the role it plays in storytelling,” said Christina Lee Storm, Executive Director of Act One.
“The motivation behind our TECHNOLOGY IN STORYTELLING is to equip our writers and producers with the latest information in technology, and to provide the tools so that we can be on the forefront in Hollywood of inspiring new ideas and exploring new frontiers,“ added Storm.
Details for the alumni weekend on August 16 & 17 include:
- Alumni Spotlight with CLARE SERA: Your Next Comedy Feature: Adapting to Studio Budgets. Clare is a 1999 Writing Program Alum. She is the writer of the feature film screenplay “Blended”, a recent Happy Madison purchase, currently in production, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
- Alumni Spotlight with JIM BRANDON: Jim is a 2010 TV Track Alum and NBC “Writers on the Verge” Alum. He is most recently known for his writing role on the 4th season of “Arrested Development,” aired on Netflix.
- Alumni Spotlight with KEVIN WILLSON: New Media as a Starting Point: Kevin is 2001 Writing Program Alum. He has teamed with many Act One Alumni to produce Doritos commercials which have aired in the past three Super Bowls. His 2012 entry, “Sling Baby,” earned First Place and a million dollar purse in the Doritos Crash The Super Bowl Contest.
- Expert Panel 1: Engaging Your Audience through Digital & New Media.
- Expert Panel II: Exploring the Changing Landscape of Television.
For details and registration for the Alumni Weekend, go to: actoneprogram.com/alumni-weekend.
For all the details about the digital initiative please visit: actoneprogram.com/events/technology-in-storytelling/
About Act One
Act One is a faith-based organization that since 1999 has trained writers and producers to create cinema and television to reach and inspire a global audience. Master classes and seminars are led by many Oscar winning producers and award winning writers through hands-on projects in a variety of media. The Act One Alumni is 700+ strong; they are ground-breakers and innovators in their fields as well as an active part of the entertainment industry, and its reach extends to the very creative and production core of studios such as Warner Brothers, Disney, Pixar, ABC, CBS, Paramount, NBC, Fox, and many independent production companies. You can read more about Act One at http://actoneprogram.com
On behalf of the Act One Board, I wish to welcome Christina Lee Storm as our new Executive Director.
Christina is a wonderful blessing to Act One, at an opportune time. We are expanding our programs to equip the members of the Act One community as they move through their careers. Christina brings her professional background as a filmmaker and producer and also her experience in equipping and educating as a leader in the Producers’ Guild. We will draw fully on this experience and on all her other great qualities and gifts. God is good.
In addition, I want to thank Terence Berry, who has led us for the past three years. He strengthened our programs and organizational abilities at a crucial time. While we will miss his daily presence, he will still be involved in the life of Act One in several ways, even as personal priorities have drawn him back east for a season.
Act One has a rich heritage. Since the founding class of 1999, we have endeavored to raise the bar on the one thing that truly matters in this industry: storytelling. We have seen success — TV writers working on shows like 24 and Lost; Film writers penning movies like Blended (with Adam Sandler) and Snowmen; Producers and Executives staffed with companies like Alcon and Warner Brothers, creating content that has made lasting impressions on our culture. These successes are great, but we can not rest, satisfied with what we have accomplished. As an organization, as a family, we want to constantly be moving forward, looking for new ways to tell our stories and to set ourselves apart in the industry.
Which brings us to a new phase of Act One.
The future of storytelling is here and it’s digital. Technology is available that allows us to create and distribute our stories at a higher level, at a faster pace and in a more cost effective way than ever before. Act One is embracing this Digital Initiative and we are gearing up to equip our community with the latest, emerging technology.
While we embrace the digital revolution and continue our core programs, we will also focus on the opportunity to become Content Creators. We have Writers. We have Producers. It’s time to bring our community closer together and create content that matters.
For Act One to succeed and to move forward, we need you, the Alumni. You are the one’s that will push us through, into the future. The dreams and desires for Act One can only come to fruition when the Alums are activity involved, actively supported, and actively advancing in their careers.
As you have seen, Alumni Events are rolling out to aid and assist in building the vibrant community we all are looking for. Events like Upfront and the newly expanded Alumni Weekend are examples of things to come. Be on the lookout for information regarding Act One Retreats and Festival Field Trips in the near future.
Working in this Industry is often challenging. Our faith is often battered by the winds of discouragement and disappointment. We are going to be here for you. Later this summer, Act One will renew it’s focus on Spiritual Growth by holding meetings, creating fellowship groups with a focus on prayer, and offering Spiritual Direction to those that need and want it.
In the very near future, you will be given access to new Alumni Programs that will equip you with the additional tools you need to advance into the Digital Initiative. To launch the new Programs, we will be offering a six week course titled “Technology in Storytelling”, which will cover things like the Second Screen, Video Games, Web Series, Visual Effects, Environments/Set Extensions, and more. Be on the lookout for more information regarding this course and others on the horizon.
How will all of this be funded? In the next few weeks, we will announce our Capital Campaign and one of our New Revenue Streams. We are looking to strengthen and grow Act One’s financial base. The Capital Campaign will be presented to you, the Alums, and to the public at large, with hopes of raising $1 – 2 million in funds over the course of three years. Our New Revenue Stream is designed to give us a larger online teaching presence and to come alongside our Capital Campaign, providing financial viability for years to come.
Great new things are ahead. I am humbled and privileged to be a part of Act One’s New Phase. I want to thank the Act One Board for this opportunity, as well as Terence Berry’s hard work during my transition. I look forward to all that we will accomplish in the weeks and months ahead.