10 Takeaways from the NYWIFT “Casting Comedy: Funny People On-Camera” Panel

10 Takeaways from the NYWIFT “Casting Comedy: Funny People On-Camera” Panel

NYWIFT member Mellini Kantayya shares the top 10 nuggets of wisdom from NYWIFT’s panel on TV comedy casting. Learn whether or not to ad-lib, button it, stalk (answer: definitely no), and self-tape. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the NYWIFT “Casting Comedy: Funny People On-Camera” Panel

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Coming Soon: PA TVee Will Teach Production Assistant 101

Coming Soon: PA TVee Will Teach Production Assistant 101

Producer and NYWIFT member Jane Applegate offers a sneak preview of PA TVee, her new online video series that teaches young people the ins and outs of being a production assistant. Inspired by a real life 16-year-old PA (who also hosts), the videos offer a humorous but educational take on paying attention, the film set chain of command, and the importance of craft services. Continue reading Coming Soon: PA TVee Will Teach Production Assistant 101

Made in NY: Comedy Makers Brings Laughs and Insight to Carolines

Made in NY: Comedy Makers Brings Laughs and Insight to Carolines

“Made in New York.” What could be better? As New York Women in Film & Television, it’s who we are and what we do. NYWIFT presented an eclectic group of talented and dynamic comedy makers who “make it all happen” in NYC – from behind the scenes to the front lines – at this year’s Women in Comedy panel at Carolines on Broadway. Member Jean Criss recounts the highlights of the evening. Continue reading Made in NY: Comedy Makers Brings Laughs and Insight to Carolines

Women’s Film Preservation Fund Recent Preservations, VISIONS Series TV Dramas, Hit the Screen in September

Women’s Film Preservation Fund Recent Preservations, VISIONS Series TV Dramas, Hit the Screen in September

NYWIFT and the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) will screen two TV movies from the PBS series Visions, which have been preserved by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF). WFPF co-chair Ann Deborah Levy tells us about the films – which touch on racism, immigration, and diversity in American culture – and the challenges and sweet success of finally bringing them to the big screen. Continue reading Women’s Film Preservation Fund Recent Preservations, VISIONS Series TV Dramas, Hit the Screen in September

There is No “Right” Way: 14 Things Directors Need to Know about Directing Actors

There is No “Right” Way: 14 Things Directors Need to Know about Directing Actors

NYWIFT member Erica Fae is an actor/director/writer who teaches acting at both Yale and The New School, and just wrapped her first feature as a writer/director, called To Keep the Light – so she knows a thing or two about the complex relationship between directors and their stars. She recently wrote a piece for Filmmaker Magazine with great tips on how to direct actors (spoiler alert: there is no “right” way). Continue reading There is No “Right” Way: 14 Things Directors Need to Know about Directing Actors