Aisha Tyler can now add “director” to her already versatile resume. The talk-show host/actress/author/producer (see?) has made her feature directing debut with Axis, a film that takes place entirely inside a car.
According to Deadline, Axis is the story of an Irish actor who, on the morning he’s to star in a “career-changing blockbuster film,” encounters “a series of devastating events threaten to challenge his sobriety.”
“This is a movie about a guy driving through Los Angeles, and it unfolds in real time,” Tyler said at Deadline Hollywood’s Sundance Studio to discuss the film.
Axis was funded through Kickstarter and was filmed over the course of seven days. How did Tyler manage to achieve such a feat? By shooting 65 pages of script per day.
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An interesting article on Deadline Hollywood focused on Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum‘s advice to young producers, given during a keynote speech at the Sundance Film Festival’s Producers Brunch.
Using examples from such hit films as Get Out, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice’s Creep, and the Purge franchise, Blum offered up these morsels of wisdom:
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As many of you know, I am a writer, with a view toward a career in screenwriting. Now, there are dozens of writers out there who have written innumerable books on the craft of screenwriting: formatting, structure, those sorts of things. But where are the books that actually guide a budding scribe toward a realistically sustainable career?
Sadly, I hadn’t found one before I came across Mark Sanderson‘s A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood. And, kids, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
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Over the weekend, I saw Taraji P. Henson‘s Blaxploitation-tinged action flick Proud Mary, and I gotta say, I genuinely liked it. I may be in the minority — it currently has a rating of 24% Rotten — but I found it to be entertaining, surprisingly funny, and thrilling enough. Sure, it’s not a great film (more on that later), but it was definitely a nice way to pass 90 minutes.
For those who ain’t up on the film: Henson plays Mary, an assassin in the employ of Danny Glover‘s crime lord Benny. When Mary performs a hit that leaves a young kid, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), an orphan, she’s overcome with guilt and begins keeping tabs on the kid. Some time passes, and when Mary discovers that Danny is in the employ of a sadistic and abusive gangster named Uncle, she kills Uncle, setting off a chain of events that threaten to unravel the city’s criminal underworld.
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