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In this week's Academy Originals we asked several filmmakers to tell us what is inspiring them in art, music, and/or film.David O. Russell, Steve McQueen, Hans Zimmer, and Matthew McConaughey, among others, gave us answers like Kanye West, black-and-white still photography and "The Book of Mormon on Broadway".Let us know in the comments below what's inspiring you right now.If you'd like to see more of our series where we ask moviemakers Questions, be sure to check out what the responses were when we asked them  their advice to aspiring filmmakers. And don't miss the video where we...
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In this week's episode of Academy Originals we ask a variety of actors, writers and directors who supported them on their path to moviemaking success. Who deserves their thanks?While many noted their family, mentors, and friends,  Jennifer Garner picked a refreshing member of her support group, her ballet teacher."She just expected a lot, so we gave a lot. And I think that's really important to do," Garner explained.Now a question for you: have you seen all of our Questions series? We've asked some of your silver screen faves for their advice to aspiring filmmakers. We have also them...
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In this week's Academy Originals we sat down with successful actors, screenwriters, cinematographers and composers and asked them to share some insights for the benefit of would-be moviemakers.Spanning from screenwriter John Ridley to actors Daniel Brühl and Melissa Leo to composer Hans Zimmer, most of the advice was rooted in the age-old prescription to believe in oneself."Dig deep inside yourself and face all of your inner demons," actor Terrence Howard suggests, "and make friends with them."Make sure to check out an earlier edition of Questions, when we asked filmakers "What Was The First...
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In this week's Academy Original go into the home of screenwriter Stephen Schiff  (Lolita, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and learn about his creative process and find out where his ideas come from. "Creating is important to me because I kind of have to do it," Schiff said. "Because I feel driven to do it - because I feel unhappy if I don't do it."To compare Schiff’s approach to that of another successful screenwriter who also has unique views on creativity, check out this episode featuring School of Rock writer Mike White.
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In this week's Academy Original, experts and filmmakers discuss the rapidly changing way that people watch and consume movies. Whereas in the early 20th century the average American would spend a few hours a week in a movie palace, nowadays most people visit the cinema just a few times a year. However we watch movies in a variety of other locations nowadays and through a multitude of devices. Meanwhile, we are talking about films far more often than we used to. "Sharing in digital is the same as word-of-mouth in film or the watercooler conversation in television," producer Michael...
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In this week's episode of Academy Originals we spoke with Visual Effects Supervisor Nick Davis as he breaks down an effects heavy scene from the 2014 blockbuster "Edge of Tomorrow." "The thing with visual effects is it does let your imagination to run rampant and for you to dream up bigger, better worlds, and for you to create them," Davis, who has worked on other eye-popping movies like "The Dark Knight" and two Harry Potter films, said.Speaking of special effects, click here to learn from Oscar-winning Special Effects Supervisor George Gibbs who provided insights about one of the...
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In today's episode of Academy Originals,  some of the best filmmakers in the business share memories of the first film that moved them to tears.  Watch Terrence Howard, Daniel Radcliffe, Lupita Nyong'o and more share their stories. Pay close attention.  You'll never guess who still has a soft spot for Bambi. Be sure to subscribe to our Academy Originals YouTube channel and get each week's episode delivered straight to your inbox. 
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In this week’s Academy Originals episode, we share the story of Vidiots, a unique Los Angeles video rental store that has survived on the strength of its community for more than 30 years. “You are never going to see some of the titles we have anywhere,” co-founder Patty Polinger said, adding that their large treasure trove of VHS tapes contain films that never made it to DVD.Click here to learn about another entrepreneur who turned his love of movies into a successful business, IMDb founder Col Needham.
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In this week's Academy Originals episode, Casting Director Marci Liroff ("E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Mean Girls," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom") takes viewers inside her creative process in an exploration of where her ideas come from."I've always said casting is like the perfect dinner party and not only do you have to have the right people at the table, you have to have the right people sitting next to each other," Liroff said. "For me, as the casting director, I have to know what fits together and who fits together and what makes sense in an ensemble."Click here to learn about...
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In 2014 we were very happy to roll out our new video series, Academy Originals, in which we take a closer look at the world of movies from artists in front of and behind the camera, as well as several famous film fans. Here are a few things we found out along the way... and be sure to subscribe to see new videos every Monday in 2015!1. You should set aside a year to research your script if you want to be a screenwriter -- and have lots of index cards stockpiled at home. 2. If you're a kid auditioning for a Steven Spielberg film, inspiration can strike in the most unlikely moments.3. "...
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