Film fans now have a reason to look forward to Mondays. Continuing to highlight its year-round programming, the Academy has launched a new video series titled "Academy Originals." Each video, appearing to be around five minutes in length, will go live each Monday.
Film fans now have a reason to look forward to Mondays.
Continuing to highlight and bolster its year-round programming, the Academy has launched a new video series titled "Academy Originals." Each video, appearing to be around five minutes in length, will go live each Monday.
To launch the series, the non-profit organization put three documentary-style videos on its new YouTube channel on Monday, May 19.
The Academy's in-house digital team is producing the series, which draws on the expertise of the organization's more than 6,000 members, its vast archive and its unique position within film community.
"Our membership represents the most creative minds and talented storytellers in the world — professionals with incredible expertise to share," said Josh Spector, the Academy’s managing director of digital media and marketing, in a statement. "Academy Originals will serve as a platform to share that perspective with the world and to tell stories nobody else is telling."
The series, teased on April 1, gives "a unique look at the people who make movies and the lives that are influenced by them," according to its website.
In the first video, titled "Let's Go to the Movies," comedian, movie geek and the Academy's go-to film personality Patton Oswalt dives into its Film Archive to find something to screen. He chooses "Blast of Silence," a 1961 crime thriller and film noir directed by Allen Baron. He watches and then analyzes it with friend and comedian Karen Kilgariff.
Called "Not Much To See," the second video looks at the impact movies can have on blind people. It's worth watching.
In the final video, screenwriter and director Tina Gordon Chism talks about her creative process. She explores how she develops her ideas while writing a screenplay.
Future videos planned include interviews with Academy members Kathleen Kennedy, Paul Haggis, Phil Tippett, Mike White and Ava DuVernay. Topics to be covered include the making of "Jurassic Park" and a profile of the Inner-City Filmmakers program in Santa Monica, Calif.