Young man goes from producer’s assistant on The Avengers to Marvel’s Creative Exec for Iron Man 3.
What’s your role on Iron Man 3 that you’re currently working on?
My prior job on The Avengers, I was assistant to the Executive Producer, but now I’m a Creative Executive. What’s hard to explain about the Creative Exec role is that it’s so different at Marvel, in a good way, than at other studios because Marvel is so tied in with the comics, and the toys, and the merchandise, and Comicon…Part of [my job] is script revisions and keeping the script pages up-to-date. But I love it when I find myself on the phone with Creative Executives from Marvel’s other films, and we’re comparing notes about elements of our scripts — making sure they are honoring the overall Marvel Universe and timeline, keeping each other honest in that way (…).
Trenton Waterson, Marvel-ous Producer
Digital director changes the face of interactive entertainment, creeps us all out.
When I watched [Take This Lollipop], I felt my most visceral reaction hit when your lead actor, Bill Oberst [above], breaks the fourth wall and addresses the viewer directly. It gave me chills.
That shot was so important to me because I think that when he is looking at your Facebook and then he looks at you… it’s that “Oh shit, what have I done” moment. What’s interesting is that a lot of what has surfaced because of this film is about the future of entertainment and how engaging it is going to be. It’s lead me down a really interesting path (…).
Jason Zada, Unforgettable Director
Reading a book no longer stops at the last page, thanks to a new way to envision the Storyverse.
Which leads me to my next question — why is Small Demons better than just Googling something?
Ease of use, context, and connections…We have hard boundaries at Small Demons — the universe of the site starts and ends with stories — for a very particular reason. Any path you follow starting from any topic on the site will lead you ultimately to a story, a book… So while Google and Wikipedia may satisfy an immediate “tell me what this is” impulse, what we’re far more interested in is “show me the story where I saw this and everything else it relates to.” Along the way we also provide information about “what this is,” most usually drawn from Wikipedia and Freebase. But the connections are what’s unique to us (…).
Vall Vakili, Storyverser
Self-proclaimed “nobody” lands role in new Todd Phillips blockbuster, then throws a huge party.
So here’s my question. Why did you want this one so badly?
That’s the weird thing! I think about it sometimes, I don’t know. I’d never had an audition before, and I… I don’t know. I felt like maybe, if I live in LA, I should try to get a fucking audition. I was reading the sides, and I was like, I can play this character. No question I can play this character (…).
Oliver Cooper, Actor X
Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute have successfully replaced a man’s heart with a pump. The patient, who would have died within the day if the operation had not occurred, now has a working circulatory system no longer plagued by an abnormal accumulation of organ-block proteins. He also no longer has a pulse, because the rotors of the pump keep the blood flowing continuously, like a garden hose. Jeremiah Zagar created the above 3-minute documentary of the breakthrough. (via DesignTaxi)
Vegas filmmakers/sister duo make the most popular Twilight, Harry Potter, and Lady Gaga parodies on the internet.
What was the moment where you both realized people were noticing you?
Hannah: Actually, “Twilight Parody” was going to be our last video. Our audience wasn’t growing and we’d worked for two years and thought, “Well, maybe the ship has set sail.” Then it was like 100,000 hits overnight and it was like a wake-up call from the Man above (…).
Hilly & Hannah Hindi, Crowd-Funded Parody Masters
Yousef Imagination caught our attention recently. Despite having no formal education, having only been working for two years, and shooting most of his work on Canon digital still cameras rather than camcorders, the twenty-four-year-old Jamaican has been producing some awesome work. He has produced ads, short subjects, and music videos, and right now is working on Zombie Film—Jamaica’s first zombie movie—which he is uploading to YouTube as he completes sections. Above is the first section.
(via Dangerous Minds)
17 y.o. works with Spielberg and Michael Bay, can be seen in 2012 Great Gatsby and Paradise Lost adaptations.
Have you studied acting in school?
I did a bit of drama in school… But no, I haven’t studied acting the way I’m doing it… I am someone who tends to watch TV and films and also just people, and without thinking about it, some of the character traits I see in life can end up in a role I have done or may do in the future. This works for me (…).
Callan McAuliffe, Young Gatsby.
Jazz virtuoso brings the age-old classic musical genre into the 21st century.
It’s interesting. That said, you don’t really do any marketing or a huge push to promote yourself… yet your shows are always sold out.
I don’t really care, man. I actually like not pushing this super hard and having people interested. I’ve learned that “what’s fast don’t last, what’s slow is sure.” We’re going to be here for a long time. Not a flash in the bag, famous for a year, or the jazz taste of the month (…).
Jonathan Batiste, Jazzician