Life is busy – we’re electing a new president, electing a new vice president, and also probably other stuff. 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 (November 2020)

The Pandemic Animation Boom: How Cartoons Became King in the Time of COVID (via Nick Romano for Entertainment Weekly)
Producing with pictures instead of people.

Hollywood Turned Its Nose Up at Horror — Now Streamers Are Racing for the Next Big Scare (via Julia Alexander for The Verge)
Spooky season has become a year-round affair.

Native American Heritage Month: Director Adam Piron Asks ‘What Is an Indigenous Cinema?’ (via Adam Piron for Variety)
A look at Indigenous filmmakers bringing their individual cultures to the screen.

The AD of the Pandemic Film Don’t Fear on the COVID-19 Protocols Here to Stay (via Jon C. Scheide for MovieMaker Magazine)
From “French hours” to safety precautions, how filmmaking has changed from an Assistant Director’s perspective.

George Lucas’ Long History Of Using His Star Wars Money To Save Film History (via Matt Prigge for Uproxx)
From his efforts in saving Citizen Kane to restoring Night of the Living Dead, a look at Lucas’s non-directing film legacy.

The Technicolor Couple Who Changed the Look of Cinema (via Kristina Murkett for Little White Lies)
A history of the husband and wife who made the movies more colorful.

What’s Behind a New Streaming Service for Black Creators (via Wendy Lee for Los Angeles Times)
A new release platform for creators of color.

Pandemic Insurance Takes Step Ahead With Capitol Hill Hearing; NY Rep. Maloney Hopes For Passage In Biden’s First 100 Days (via Jill Goldsmith for Deadline)
How filmmakers could benefit from the government finally stepping in with pandemic insurance.

We Have Glimpsed Our Streaming Future, and It Sucks (via Sam Adams for Slate)
Wonder Woman 1984 follows Mulan in leaving the theaterverse for the streamiverse.

The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far) (via A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis for The New York Times)
The thespians of our time (according to film critics and film collaborators).

How to Start a Production Company: A Complete 12-Step Guide (via Kyle DeGuzman for StudioBinder)
Start your own moviemaking business with these tips.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

2020 IFP Gotham Awards Nominees
This year’s indie film nominations – including a Best Feature slate from all women directors!


A video worth watching

A lesson on what directors should not do on Zoom auditions (via @lukasgage)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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