Friday, August 14, 2009
If you're a young Penn alum in LA, interested in TV writing, add your name, class year and contact info to the boards HERE.
Occasionally I get requests for TV PA positions and I want to know who'd be interested. It's usually a good foot in the door if you want a career in Television or writing or both...
Indicate if you're interested in drama, comedy or both.
Some recent juicy Penn Hollywood alumni tidbits for y'all...
Click HERE for the scoop!
...Actually, Jon will be working on this project with Mike Karz (C'89, W'89), another Penn alum who will be in part producing the film.
My past "Hollywood Bits and Pieces" posts HERE
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A bit of Penn campus news for everyone..
This week, a fire broke out in the apartments above University Pinball (no one was harmed).
More coverage at the DP HERE.
Check out the video above. Kind of surreal to watch...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Last year, I did a post about how Jake Avnet (C'05, Co-Chairman of Undergraduate Film Advisory Board, Founder of the Lecture Series, "Talking Film") won two prestigious grants for one of his films. Since then, Jake has co-founded his own production company called ENEMY Incorporated with director David Green whose focus is on commercials, music videos, and viral content, as well as film and television production.
As mentioned above, Jake sent me two great films his company has produced. And they're really creative and well done!
Click HERE to watch them!
Trojan2Go Commercial -"Sri Lanka": Watch this guy travel the globe in the name of love! (reminds me of my undergrad film). I'm sure our Penn alum sexologist and Trojan spokesperson would approve!
A semi-NSFW cover of the Talking Heads Song "This Must Be the Place" laid over shot-by-shot re-enactments from American Psycho. ...Tell me that the star of this video, Miles Fisher (Harvard alum), doesn't look like Tom Cruise?!
Monday, August 10, 2009
If you're an aspiring musician, you'll want to tune into this post...
What happens when you're in a band at Penn and graduate ...and now only 2 of the members want to embark on a music career full-time? You embark on your journey in front of all of Penn to watch and learn from in a new exclusive DT monthly video series called "Real Jobs Aren't My Forte".
First, to give you some background, at Penn, Ben Naecker (C'09, Water Polo) (guitars, cowbells) and Blake West (W'09, Jazz Combos) (keyboards, pyrotechnics) were part of the band Satellite Heights which was composed of four Penn musicians, and a non-Penn singer who lived in the area. It was a progressive, modern rock outfit that recorded one album in Brooklyn in the fall of '08. That album was called Launch Sequence, and was released on iTunes in March of '09. All have graduated and the band is now defunct. Ben and Blake now prepare for their move into Austin's music scene.
This new DT Vlog will document the life of Penn graduates who go on to become musicians, so that others can learn from their experiences. Ben and Blake will be getting into all the gory details that they can once a month on DT in a 3 minute post.
- Where is the money to live coming from?
- Teaching lessons? Gigging? Working at starbucks?
- And how did they acquire the students, or the gig, or the job?
- Are they taking showers in the dark just to save on the electricity bill?
- Are they eating cereal sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner cause they can't afford real food?
- Is the myth that rock musicians end up with a lot of girls really true?
- And any other things they wish they would have known before they started.
Other compelling Penn Vlogs HERE
Other Penn musicians HERE
More DT stories about alumni working together HERE
During this year, I've done posts about Allison Winn Scotch's (C'95) book The Time of My Life and how it was optioned by the Weinstein Brothers, was reviewed in People Magazine, made The Today Show's top 10 books for the fall, and made the New York Times Best Seller List! (#31).
Now news that last week, her book came out in paperback!
The Time of My Life (per Allison) is about an unhappy housewife who has been “whisked seven years back, back to her old life, her old self, back to the moments in which she made decisions that charted her future course. And now that she’s back, she’s faced with the same roadblocks and obstacles, only this time, armed with hindsight, she can choose a different path and finally lay to rest all of her "what ifs.”
Read a full synopsis of The Time of My Life here...+/-
Get The Time of My Life (paperback)
Get Allison’s The Department of Lost and Found
Other Penn authors!