"I'm half British (father) and half American (mother) and I grew up in London. My father is a writer and director of theatre, opera and pretty much anything else that can be staged. My mother also worked in theatre through which she met my father in New York."
The truth is, coming from a wee country like Scotland, I never really thought having a career in "Hollywood" was realistically attainable. I've always been ambitious, but that career path still seemed a bit fantastical.
The job of most indie filmmakers is truly a labor of love, devoted to creating and producing films that very few people ever see. But the industry is finally seeing some push back from indie filmmakers Emily Best and Erica Anderson.
What little girl doesn't dream of being a princess, especially a DISNEY princess? Ever since I watched The Little Mermaid as a child, I've been singing to lobsters, and calling forks and spoons, "gizmos and gadgets."
Remember, you are not the only one who wants a career in film. The line behind you is long with people only too happy to step into your position should you falter. And remember the expression, "time is money." It is alive and well in the film business.
A great character involves us in a way that most plots can't. Even the greatest of plots with a thin character doesn't involve us, but a great character with a thin plot does. It's all about character.
"We wanted Daniel Craig to be the ultimate wedding crasher, with his sexy body and his speedo, and the two guys would be incredibly threatened by him. He was like the next generation terminator of wedding crashing."
When students come to see me, they're interested in telling me what they would like to get from me, what they would like me to teach them or what they didn't like from other teachers they've have worked with before.
Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.
There is a lot of discussion about the future of the film industry. Jeffrey Katzenberg predicted recently at the Milken Conference that movie distribution will be completely reinvented in 10 years from now.
Jennifer Lawrence, in red this time, fell (sigh) on the red carpet, how perfect. Maybe she thought she would blend with it? This girl was either drunk or has two left feet. I hope she gets the videos of every year she takes a tumble.
In some small ways, too, these films seemed to help women better understand our interactions with one another, as well as provide a brief introspective peek at our own psyches. Back then, however, it seemed that people were more outwardly cohesive.