Hammer Films nabs Dodge Alum’s spec script ‘Wake’

June 3, 2010 by | News

Project is from Chris Borrelli; helmer Kasper Barfoed attached THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER By Borys Kit June 3, 2010, 11:00 PM ET Exclusive Media Group's Hammer Films has picked up "Wake," a spec script by Chris Borrelli, with Kasper Barfoed attached to direct.  Producers include Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Stephen Emery, Chris Cowles and

Creating Your Own TV Series

June 3, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

CREATING YOUR OWN TV SERIES For professional TV writers the Holy Grail is creating your own series – coming up with the concept and characters, pitching and selling it to a network, writing and producing the pilot, then making it to the fall schedule – and hopefully 10 years on the air. Here at Chapman,

Chapman Alum Realizing His Field of Dreams

June 3, 2010 by | Kudos!

Jeff Levering (TBJ, 2005) is one of alums working in sports. Jeff chose the hyper-competitive field of play-by-play, passing on easier paths with Fox Sports and the NFL Network. And in a few short years Jeff has made it to second base, landing the play-by-play gig with the Springfield Cardinals, the AA-affil of the St

TV and Getting Lucky

May 25, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

My friend Neil Landau (author of the hot new book 101 Things I Learned in Film School – check it out) says that to make it in the entertainment industry, you need luck.  BUT: Neil has a very specific definition of luck.  It’s LUCK = PREPAREDNESS + OPPORTUNITY.  You never know when opportunity might knock,

Cecil Awards 2010

May 21, 2010 by | Alumni

Dean Bassett gave a heartfelt introduction to this year's Cecil Awards, mentioning – among other things – the exciting developments coming to Dodge College, including the advent of 3D and the inclusion of a 3D production class in next year's course catalog.  Finally, he asked everyone in the theater to turn, stand, and congratulate the

Cecils Nominations

May 18, 2010 by | News

The 2010 Cecil Awards are rapidly approaching! Every year, Dodge College celebrates its most outstanding students across the many film and digital arts diciplines with a high-class ceremony affectionately named "The Cecil Awards" after the school's pre-Knott Studios namesake, Cecil B. DeMille.  The ceremony highlights exceptional graduate and undergraduate students – and student works –

The Internet and the Future of TV

May 18, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

The Internet and the Future of TV      Google has just announced technology that will allow TV viewers to flip seamlessly between traditional TV shows, YouTube videos and other Internet content.   Called Smart TV, the software will be built into Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.      How are we at Chapman keeping pace

At Dodge This Weekend

May 14, 2010 by | Events

Final Screenings and Upcoming Events: With the end of the school year looming ahead, things are winding down here at Dodge – but as every year ends, new opportunities pop up!  We had a really interesting meeting this morning with a member of the SCVNGR crew, as we explore bringing location-based social networking (ala the

What’s a Show Runner?

May 14, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

WHAT’S A SHOWRUNNER?       Most people know that in feature films, the director is the final word creatively on the project.  But on a TV series, the head honcho on all creative matters is called the showrunner.  A showrunner is a writer/executive producer – both the head writer of the show and the highest ranking