Life is busy – we’re all doing what we can to wrap up this hell of a year (figuratively? Literally? You decide). It can be tough to stay up-to-date on the latest film industry news, profiles, analysis, and advice. That’s why we’ve curated some essential reads you may have missed over the past month. So take some time to catch up with this month’s good reads.
This Month’s Good Reads (December 2020)
Let’s Talk About Simulated Sex: Intimacy Coordinators Two Years On (via Emily Hilton for The Hollywood Reporter)
Now that intimacy coordinators are becoming an industry norm, how’s it going?
Indie Films Are Catching Up to Major Studios’ Sustainability Standards (via Jesse Klein for GreenBiz)
You too can afford to have a green film set.
How Do Composers Score Music During a Pandemic? One Single Instrument At a Time (via Ethan Millman for Rolling Stone)
The COVID era of movie music.
Virtual Screenings: A Step-By-Step Guide (via Ward Serrill for The Distribution Bulletin)
Best practices for screening your film online.
The Movie Theater as We Know It Is Dying. We Can Make Something Better (via Gita Jackson for Vice)
How theaters can stay relevant by thinking small.
I Got High and Made Croissants Like Meryl Streep (via Rachel Handler for Vulture)
Look, we all celebrate Nancy Meyers movies in different ways.
Movie Theaters to Receive Billions in Relief Funds as Part of the Save Our Stages Act (via Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker Magazine)
Only nine months for the government to come through with a bailout!
Acting Naturally (via Pat Mullen for POV Magazine)
Nomadland and the hybrid films mixing pros and non-actors.
Ava DuVernay and Peter Roth Have a Plan to Diversify Crews. And Hollywood Is On Board (via Yvonne Villarreal for Los Angeles Times)
A new crew database from ARRAY.
An Earth-Shattering Year: Entertainment Industry Leaders Reflect on 2020 (via Cynthia Littleton and Claudia Eller for Variety)
Why, was there something weird about this year?
In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)
A Conversation With the Cast: The Forty-Year-Old Version
We brought together actor/filmmaker Radha Blank and her cast for a conversation/reunion.
Filmmaker Interview: Ekwa Msangi, writer/director/producer of Farewell Amor
The artist behind this family immigration drama talked to us about her writing and production process.
Notice: New Micro-Budget Project Agreement
Get the details on a new streamlined signatory contract.
SAGindie’s Favorite Films of 2020
See what movies from this year made our staff’s best-of lists.
A video worth watching
A Very A.I. Christmas (via Netflix is a Joke)
We asked @KeatonPatti to force a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of holiday movies and then asked it to write a holiday movie of its own. Then we animated it. Here it is: pic.twitter.com/fwgeQtItck
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) December 18, 2020
How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?
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