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  • American Sniper – Movie Review
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    Film review by Michael Chasin   American Sniper—produced in 2014 and in current release—plays like a movie made in 1944. We are introduced to Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) defending his younger brother from a bully.  His father, in stilted dialog, tells him to only use his abilities to defend the weak. Quickly moving into adulthood, Kyle […]

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  • CRAFT IS KING IN 2015
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    by Michael Chasin   Just a few decades ago the opportunities for storytellers were limited. In the 1970s there were only three major television networks and only seven or so movie studios. So as a writer, director, director of photography, editor, production designer, or actor, you worked for one of those few—or not at all. […]

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  • DIRECTED BY SAM PECKINPAH
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    by Frederick Bailey   IAFT-LA Directing Mentor   David Weddle’s Peckinpah biography, “If They Move…Kill ‘Em!,” was published more than two decades ago.  It’s 500-some-odd pages and a compelling read. Primarily because Peckinpah was a compelling figure and a compelling director. One discovery for me:  Peckinpah started out doing stage work, stage plays in college theatres with […]

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  • MASTER CLASS WITH VITTORIO STORARO
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    by Michael Chasin   The 13th annual Miami Short Film Festival presented an excellent Master Class lead by three time Academy Award winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Vibrant at seventy plus years, Mr. Storaro, the son of a projectionist, focused his class on writing with light, citing, it’s not about the amount of light, but rather, […]

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  • LICENSE ME
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    by Michael Chasin   Hollywood loves the holiday season. Not only for ticket sales—but also for what can be sold, on shelves, via licensing. Product licensing—in the form of games, apps, apparel, fragrances, and especially toys (a $22B industry) —continues to be a revenue window (among many windows) for films. Some of the all-time top-licensed […]

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  • DE NIRO – A LIFE
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    BOOK REVIEW by Michael Chasin   De Niro. The name itself is synonymous with immersive, method acting—and iconic characters such as Johnny Boy, Travis Bickle, (young) Vito Corleone, and Jake La Motta. In his annotated, 500-plus page biography, De Niro – A Life, author Shawn Levy examines Robert De Niro’s life before, during, and after that […]

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  • Movie Night
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  • IAFT CEBU’s acting program presents……
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    The IAFT Acting Program presents the Half Way Show. Thursday December 11th at 6pm. Open to All. Free of charge.

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  • MAPPING
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    by Michael Chasin     Legendary writers have claimed it was merely a concept—or cool character—or line of dialogue—that was needed to start—and finish without stopping—their famous screenplays. But the rest of us—mythology of great writers aside—need to know the beginning, middle, and especially end—before we start writing. Why? Because it seems impossible to create […]

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  • PLATOON Revisited
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    by Michael Chasin   Hollywood has represented war as glorious, gory, cool, comedic, surreal, and of course, heroic. But what is truly impactful are not cinematic battles or stirring strings accompanied flag-planting—but instead—real portrayals—of being a soldier. Perhaps the best film to have revealed the raw emotions of being a soldier—is Platoon. While arguably an […]

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