Taxes have been paid, Dennis Quaid’s on-set rant has been contextualized, Forces have been Awakened, and writers all over the internet have created insightful and interesting essays, blogs, and articles about the film industry for you to read at your weekend leisure. We’ve kindly gathered a few of them here…

Good Reads for the week of April 13, 2015

Film School: for Profit or Not (via Brooks Barnes for The New York Times)
In the world of easily-accessible cameras and editing equipment, is film school still necessary?

Roar: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made (via Jen Yamato for The Daily Beast)
A fascinating and terrifying look at how to almost murder your cast and crew with exotic animals.

The Seven Arts of Working in Film: A Necessary Guide to On-Set Protocol
(via Brandon Tonner-Connolly and Alicia van Couvering for Filmmaker Magazine)
Some best practices on how to behave on a film set (so Dennis Quaid doesn’t yell at you).

The Man Who Makes the World’s Funniest People Even Funnier
(via Jonah Weiner for The New York Times Magazine)
Inside the process of one of comedy’s top film editors (and how he copes with actor improv).

A Lunch with Glenn Berggoetz, the Most “Unsuccessful” Film Director of All Time
(via Jim Vorel for Paste Magazine)
A glimpse into the world of the filmmaker who holds the record for lowest-grossing opening weekend of all time.

Roy Price on How to Write Screenplays for Amazon (via Sean Hood for MovieMaker Magazine)
As Amazon becomes a haven for indie auteurs, what type of stories are they looking for?


A video worth watching

Sundance breakout (and a favorite of Darrien’s and Amanda’s) Dope releases a new trailer:

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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