UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - February 12, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
February 12, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Disney Channel Storytellers Launches Second Year With
TFT Alumna
Disney Channel has selected five new participants for the second year of its Storytellers program, one of them Han-Yee Ling ('15). 

Han-Yee Ling, a TFT graduate with a degree in screenwriting, won first place in the 59th Annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for Excellence in Dramatic Writing for her feature family drama, “Spaghetti Bridges.” Her pilots “The Smart Ones” and “Noodles” were highlighted at the 2014 and 2015 UCLA Screenwriters Showcases. Additionally, she was a writer on Disney Channel’s new animated TV series, “Tangled.”

Read more at Deadline.
Contact Dallas King at redrabbitpictures@gmail.com for more information.

TV OUTSIDE THE BOX: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution

UCLA alumnus and MFA Screenwriting Professor Neil Landau's new book is available from Focal Press/Taylor & Francis/Routledge and NATPE.

An L.A. Book Launch Party will take place in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:00p.m. To receive a non-transferable evite to the party, please email: neil.landau@gmail.com with your name, affiliation, and email address.
Fantastic to World Premiere at Berlinale Forum This Month
FANTASTIC, a feature produced by Iliana Sosa (MFA '12) and edited by Carlos Marques Marcet (MFA '12) will world premiere at the 46th Berlinale Forum this month.

Berlinale festival information can be found here.
Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays
Alumnus Steve Cuden's (MFA '10) new book Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays is out now.

Early praise from fellow Bruin luminaries like Richard Walter, Hal Ackerman, Howard Suber, Michael Colleary, Fred Rubin, Barbara Curry, Jill Goldsmith, Laurie Hutzler and Paul Castro can be read at this link.
Eddie the Eagle Now Playing
Eddie the Eagle, which has Story By, shared Screenplay By and Co-Producer credits from TFT alumnus Simon Kelton ('94), is now playing in theaters.                                                  

Eddie the Eagle
Alumna Colleen Bachman Opens VFX Studio in New York
"Emmy-winning visual effects house Zoic Studios has opened its new New York studio, led by veteran VFX producer Colleen Bachman as executive producer. The 3,000 square foot Hell’s Kitchen facility will handle VFX and Flame finishing for projects across TV, commercials, films, games and experiential. The studio will leverage Zoic’s in-house pipeline to collaborate with both its Culver City, Calif. and Vancouver offices. Upcoming projects through the commercial division include campaigns for Grey and Hasbro. The episodic division is working on a diverse slate of series, including season 4 of Cinemax’s  Banshee , the debut season of the Cinemax drama  Quarry  and NBC’s new drama series  Blindspot."  

Continue reading the story at ShootOnline.com.
Save the Date for BEN Oscar Party
TFT BEN East presents:
Audition Psych 101 Workshop with Michael Kostroff (The Wire)
Audition Psych 101 is a four-hour workshop for actors that deals with the mental side of the audition process. It’s mostly a lecture/conversation, focusing exclusively on the way we think about this weird show-business ritual, and how we can approach it better.

During the session, we deconstruct the ideas that make us feel scared, nervous, insecure, discouraged, and unworthy, explode some of our strange, illogical actor mythologies, and consider fresh ideas and practicable techniques for making auditions much more enjoyable and much more successful.

Here’s why it’s effective: Audition Psych 101 isn’t based on any sort of magical positive thinking, new-age philosophy, or spiritual beliefs. The ideas all come from solid, provable realities, professional experiences, and good old-fashioned logic. It’s the stuff you know in your gut, brought back into focus.

The atmosphere is casual and encouraging and there’s typically a lot of laughing.

WHEN:Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: 244 W. 54th St. - 12th Floor New York, NY 10019

From now until Sunday, February 14th tickets are specially priced at $10
February 15th to March 5th tickets are $13
Tickets are $15 at the door.
Tickets are available at  http://auditionpsych101.eventbrite.com
Alumni Nights with The Archive:  Seijun Suzuki Double Feature
Tomorrow Night, Saturday, February 13th

UCLA Film & Television Archive; the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Japan Foundation; and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present as part of Action, Anarchy and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective

Tattooed Life (Japan, 1965) and Carmen from Kawachi (Japan, 1965)

February 13, 2016

This double feature is part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with the Archive.”

Free admission to both films for TFT Alumni who say, “TFT ALUMNI” at the Billy Wilder Theater box office.

Saturday, Feb 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Tattooed Life (Japan, 1965)

Set in the 1930s, Tattooed Life (1965) is the story of two brothers: Kenji, an art student, and Tetsu, who is working as a yakuza to help pay for Kenji’s tuition.  When a hit job goes horribly wrong, the brothers flee.  They end up finding work in a mine—and falling in love with the owner’s wife and daughter.  But will Tetsu’s gang tattoos reveal the brothers’ secret past?  The first film to earn director Seijun Suzuki a warning about “going too far” from his Nikkatsu bosses, Tattooed Life contains one of his most iconic and audacious violations of film form: a final fight scene in which the floor suddenly and illogically disappears, and the action is filmed from below the actors’ feet.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 87 min.  Production: Nikkatsu.  Producer: Masayuki Takagi.  Director: Seijun Suzuki.  Screenwriter: Kei Hattori, Kinya Naoi.  Cinematographer: Kuratarô Takamura.  Production Design: Takeo Kimura.  Editor: Akira Suzuki.  Music: Masayoshi Ikeda.  With: Hideki Takahashi, Kotobuki Hananomoto, Akira Yomauchi, Hiroko Ito, Masako Izumi.


Carmen from Kawachi (Japan, 1965)

A 1960s riff on the opera Carmen (including a rock version of its famous aria “Habanero”), this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer.  Her journey is fraught with exploitation and abuse at the hands of nefarious men—until Carmen seeks revenge.  Mixing comedy, biting social commentary and director Seijun Suzuki’s customarily outrageous stylistic flourishes, this fast-paced gem is an overlooked classic from his creative late period at Nikkatsu Studios.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 89 min.  Production: Nikkatsu.  Producer: Shizuo Sakagami.  Director: Seijun Suzuki.  Based on a novel by Toko Kon.  Screenwriter: Katsumi Miki.  Cinematographer: Shigeyoshi Mine.   Production Design: Takeo Kimura.  Editor: Akira Suzuki.  Music: Taichiro Kosugi.  With: Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi, Michio Hino, Shoichi Kuwayama.


"Anything for Love" airs February 14th

From Jessica Yingling:

Please mark your calendars and watch the Hallmark Channel original film "Anything for Love" written by UCLA TFT alum Barbara Curry (MFA '09) and produced by UCLA TFT alum Jessica Yingling (MFA '07).

Synopsis:  Katherine, a high-powered executive who believes men are intimidated by her career, is persuaded by her friend to create an internet dating profile claiming she is an executive assistant. Meanwhile, Jack, a male nurse, creates his own internet dating profile without realizing his best friend has secretly changed his profession to be a doctor. They are matched and find themselves falling in love, but hiding their true identities proves far trickier than expected when Katherine’s ornery and controlling father ends up in the hospital under Jack’s care. 

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/anything-for-love

"Anything for Love" airs on the Hallmark Channel on February 14th at 9/8c.

Feb 5 - March 6 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Ameryka is written and directed by Nancy Keystone (BA ’85), the Founder and Artistic Director of Critical Mass Performance Group. Nancy is a recent recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and has gained national prominence as an innovative theater director. Ameryka has been in development since 2010, and we’re thrilled to announce the world premiere production at Shakespeare Center Los Angeles from February 6-March 6.  The cast includes UCLA Theater alumni Russell Edge (BA, ’90) and myself, Valerie Spencer (BA ’84).


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Job Listings and Available Services
Editor Wanted for Two Projects

I'm a director looking for an LA based editor for two projects:

The first is to work ASAP on a comedic short/s. I'd ideally like to start working with an editor the w/c 15 Feb. It's a fun script, strong DP and sound man, plus the actors involved are great (Eric Ramey - Ray Donovan, House of Lies; Nick Maccarone - Law & Order SVU). For a small fee; mainly for credits/experience.

The second project is more continuous editing work for a very new start-up agency I'm working with. We are building e-businesses for various clients, including a set of yoga videos to shoot later this month, which will involve 2-3 days of editing. The other project is taking an existing set of videos and cutting them for an online learning platform. We are also currently considering setting up a YouTube video production service for clients. There's lots of room to grow in the position.

If you are interested, please email me at annagjones@gmail.com and provide a quote for your work on either/both projects.

Film Production Company Intern Wanted

Top level TV and film production company seeks unpaid interns to serve in Hollywood office.

President/CEO is an Emmy Award Winning Producer whose credits include the hit series 24, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, FELICITY, ER, SPORTS NIGHT, the film MULHOLLAND DRIVE and many others. Company presently has TV series in various stages of development and production at NBC, UNIVERSAL, USA, ABC, FOX, SHOWTIME, CW, TNT, TBS.

Position is unpaid, but college credit is available. Looking for current students and recent graduates with a thick skin and basic knowledge of the entertainment business. Previous internship experience in an office environment is a plus.

This is fun and busy work environment with ample opportunity to learn all aspects of the entertainment business. You will be actively reading/evaluating scripts, providing feedback, brainstorming ideas, doing project-related research as well as assisting with all administrative duties: Heavy phones, scheduling, errands, lunch runs, filing/faxing. Everything and anything. A no-job-is-too-small attitude is absolutely mandatory.

Positive demeanor, strong writing skills, and good way with people will be expected.

Applicants should be able to commit to the position at least 2-3 FULL DAYS per week, for the next 2-3 months.

This is a great ''resume builder'' and foot-in-the-door for anyone looking to build a career in entertainment.

Interested applicants, please attach your resume as a .PDF in an email to Drew Kopmeier at drew.kopmeier@flameventures.com

Script Doctor Available

Having received my MFA in screenwriting in 1992 from UCLA, I've had four development deals and have consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, and HBO. Creative Screenwriting magazine rated me as a "highly recommended" script doctor, placing me in the top 8 nationally. I offer a page-by-page red-ink edit, and my doctoring fees are quite reasonable. Please check out the many success stories on my website @: ScriptDoctor911.com.

Assistant for Executive Producer Wanted

Seeking a hardworking organized assistant for an EP on a successful 3rd season cable series. Series is shot in NY, EP is in LA working in Post through May/June. Experience working in production and/or post strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include: scheduling and managing calendar (ability to coordinate with production in NY and post in LA), ability to listen and take detailed notes during meetings, understanding of story and ability to discuss cuts and scripts with the EP required. College degree required. Ideal candidate should want to be a creative producer. Knowledge of/experience working in NY a huge plus. Position is at Sunset Gower and goes through May/June. Please send resumes to coexecutiveproducerasst@gmail.com

Junior Editor/AE at Woven

Looking for a Jr Editor/Assistant Editor with excellent communication skills who can work with our production team to create short-form videos every day (Informational, witty pop culture pieces, trending topics, etc.). Ideal candidate will have research and writing skills with a sense of humor, understanding of story, and knowledge of current pop culture trends.  

Lengthy list of credits not a prerequisite, but must know Adobe Premiere and After Effects.  

Candidate must be able to handle fast pace workload while remaining self-disciplined to generate new ideas and meet deadlines to deliver a polished, mixed, tight story within extremely tight deadlines.

Please send samples of work if available. 

Tencent Online Media 
Original Content Producer Wanted
Job is located in Beijing, China

Job Title: 17761-Original Content Producer(Beijing)

Job Location: Beijing

Hours: Full Time

Available Positions: 1

Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Job Experience: 5+ years

Foreign Languages : English, Chinese

Job Requirements:

Responsible for preliminary evaluations of projects, including its viability, timescale / scheduling etc.;

Responsible for communication with project stakeholders, dealing with licensing / copyright and managing different departments according to project needs;

Ensure projects’ progress and quality, responsible for projects’ overall production, including script development, assembling team / crew /cast, production, post-production, ensure successful execution of project;

Oversee project at all stages, troubleshoot problems as they arise;

Contact clients,coordinate related tasks.

Person Specification:

5+ years producer experience,

Be able to develop a script. Be skilled in planning, organization and in selecting scripts. Applicants with understanding of web-based industries and having contacts in film / TV will be preferred;

Be familiar with each phase of production; be able to independently take responsibility for project; can independently manage all operations involved in script selection, development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution.

Salary: Well-paid (negotiable)
Apply: Please send your resumes to recruit@hwcareer.com
Inhance Digital Hiring AV Lead / Technical Support

YOU ARE a trade show and technical support guru.  You have experience working in trade shows and event production environments. You have a deep understanding of hardware, software, and have enviable troubleshooting and organizational skills. You are self-motivated, work well under pressure, and can handle tight deadlines. You thrive in an entrepreneurial culture where you can do ground-breaking work alongside the best talent in the industry.


Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:                                                             

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (Executive Producers, Producers, Technical Manager and IT Manager) to recommend and evaluate computer hardware.
  • Price hardware for bids.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to install and integrate Inhance’s custom software programs onto specific hardware platforms.
  • Work with software development, graphics production, and Q/A teams to install software, run extensive testing, and help with troubleshooting.
  • Travel to tradeshows and customer locations to install hardware and Inhance’s software.
  • Provide onsite technical support, troubleshoot hardware/software issues, install and update hardware and software drivers.
  • Manage hardware inventories and hardware logistics for client tradeshows.
  • Assist engineering staff in evaluating technical/systems development.
  • Assist management in timely deployment of new systems.
  • Act as an interface with the software development team on quality control and documentation of technical projects.


  • Demonstrated ability to work in tradeshows and event production environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to price hardware for bids.
  • Knowledge of mobile platforms (e.g., iOS, Android).
  • Knowledge of basic networking and security (including: DHCP, FTP, SSH, mail and web protocols).
  • Position requires international travel; must be available for travel up to 80% and on short notice.
  • Knowledge of projection systems, a plus.
  • Experience working in animation, film/visual effects, or multimedia companies, a plus
  • Experience working on video walls and interactive displays, a plus.
  • Must thrive in fast-paced, high pressure environments.
  • Must have excellent presentation and communication skills (written, oral, internal, and client-facing).
  • Must work well both independently and on teams.  Must be punctual, reliable, flexible, and excellent at balancing multiple detail-oriented projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and work samples to jobs@inhance.com.  Your application will not be considered without a portfolio/reel (if applicable).  Please include the name of the position in the subject line of the email.

More job listings from Inhance Digital can be found here

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Seeking Faculty Positions
in Postproduction and Cinematography
The School of Film and Television and the School of Digital Media at SCAD are seeking candidates for faculty positions in cinematography, postproduction, animation, visual effects, and game development.

Professor of Film & Television: Postproduction
Professor of Film & Television: Cinematography
This is a link to the program:
Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
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