Life is busy – you’re mourning a summer you never really had, doing your best to avoid the unhealthy air quality of an entire coast, and watching the news like it’s a horror movie. 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 (September 2020)

Ventilation, the 10-Hour Day, and No Day Players: 14 Takeaways from the PGA’s New COVID Safety Protocols (via Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker Magazine)
Breaking down the Producers Guild’s new production safety guidelines.

Why Virtual Screenings Should Be a Permanent Fixture of the Film Festival Experience (via Mike D’Angelo for The A.V. Club)
Is there a future for “at home” festival screenings in a non-pandemic future?

How Hollywood Killed the Director (via Drew Magary for GEN)
You either die an indie hero or live long enough to become a franchise villain.

Little Has Changed When It Comes To Who Is Making — And Starring — In Hollywood Films (via John Horn for LAist)
Analyzing the newest stats from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

The Birth of Jack (via Noah Gittell for The Ringer)
Celebrating 50 years of Five Easy Pieces and Jack Nicholson: Movie Star™.

Why Hollywood Is Facing a COVID-19 Insurance Crisis (via Gene Maddaus for Variety)
Who is stepping up to protect productions during the pandemic?

In Memoriam: Michael Chapman, ASC (1935-2020) (via American Cinematographer)
Memorializing the incredible career of camera operator (The Godfather, Jaws) and DP (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) Michael Chapman.

Worrying Hollywood Consolidation as Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and All Their Subsidiaries Merge into One Company with Many Awards Shows (via Roger Friedman for Showbiz411)
The monopolization of the trades.

I’m an On-Set ‘COVID Person,’ Whatever That Means (via Kelsey Miller for Vulture)
Tales from the uncertain world of on-set safety.

Who Can Be President? According to the Movies, It’s Still White Men (via Shelly Tan for The Washington Post)
Even in the fictional world, we’re lacking diversity in the Oval Office.


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

Filmmaker Interview: John Leguizamo, director/star of Critical Thinking
The prolif actor/writer/producer takes on directing with this true story of a Miami high school champion chess team.


A video worth watching

Analyzing Black & White cinematography at three different budget levels (h/t Backstage)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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