NALIP Announces Showrunners' Master Class

NALIP Announces Showrunners' Master Class

Posted by NALIP on October 19, 2016

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This year’s Latino Lens Festival and Showcase will feature a Showrunners’ Master Class, Presented by NBCUniversal, with show runner, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show, NBC) & veteran writer and story editor Benjamin Daniel Lobato (Queen of the South, USA Network).

The Showrunners Masterclass panelists will detail what it takes to become a successful show runner and show writer and the responsibilities attached to the title. They will discuss how to run a successful writer's room and how to influence a team. Other topics of discussion will include: developing the creative vision of a show, securing a show's ratings and seasonal progression and the increasing impact of diverse voices in television.

Benjamin Lobato is currently writing for Queen of the South (USA). Previous writing credits include: ICE (AT&T Audience Network), Shades of Blue (NBC), Gang Related (Fox), Against the Wall (Lifetime), The Unit (CBS), and Justified(FX); for which he, along with the writing staff, received a Peabody Award, and WGA Nomination for Best New Series. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and degrees in Media Arts and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Before beginning his career as a screenwriter, he served as a member of the military’s elite Joint Counter-Narco-Terrorism Task Force.

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Danielle Sanchez-Witzel serves as showrunner and executive producer on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” and has also worked on shows like Fox’s “New Girl,” “The Millers” on CBS, and NBC’s “Whitney” and “My Name Is Earl.” Sanchez-Witzel is a graduate of Stanford University where she worked as a baseball play-by-play announcer for the university radio station. Additionally, Sanchez-Witzel worked in advertising for several years prior to receiving her M.F.A. from the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television.

Join the Showrunners Master Class Sunday, Oct. 30th at the Avalon Hollywood. Click here to see the full schedule lineup for the 2016 Latino Lens Festival & Showcase!

VR on the Rise as More and More Projects Are Picked Up

VR on the Rise as More and More Projects Are Picked Up

Posted by NALIP on October 19, 2016

It is no secret that virtual reality is on the rise and the new generation of Latino content creators is embracing this technology. NALIP featured Google Cardboard at this year’s Media Summit where attendees were able to test the hardware and we continually look for opportunities to explore the platform in our programming. Sports Illustrated (SI) is following in the success of their first VR feature, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit VR Experience, with “Capturing Everest.”

Fede Alvarez to Direct Comic Book Thriller 'Incognito'

Fede Alvarez to Direct Comic Book Thriller 'Incognito'

Posted by NALIP on October 19, 2016

Fede Alvarez, who directed and co-wrote this summer’s box office hit, “Don’t Breathe,” has reportedly signed with Sony Pictures to direct “Incognito,” an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ limited comic series of the same name.

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Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe' Exceeds Expectations

Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe' Exceeds Expectations

Posted by NALIP · September 23, 2016

Fede Alvarez’s ‘Don’t Breathe’ continues to horrify audiences across the board, in a good way, having exceeded expectations for a small budget film. ‘Don’t Breathe’ debuted at number one in it’s opening weekend with $26.4M surpassing ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’.

Alfonso Cuaron Sets Mexican Family Drama as Next Film

Alfonso Cuaron Sets Mexican Family Drama as Next Film

Posted by NALIP · September 09, 2016

Alfonso Cuaron has set his next film.The Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Participant Media are partnering on a new untitled movie that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Cuaron is directing and writing the drama, which is slated to begin production this fall in Mexico.

The Devil is in the Details: Why Props & Costumes Matter in Filmmaking

The Devil is in the Details: Why Props & Costumes Matter in Filmmaking

Posted by NALIP · August 27, 2016

How often do you hear people talk about a film's excellent direction, cinematography, or editing? All the time! But how often do you hear those same people talking about how effective the props, wardrobes, and set design were? Not often enough, especially considering how powerful these small details are when it comes to "world building," a concept explored in this enlightening video essay by Isabella Cuevas Pierson.