1. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Starz! unscripted TV series, The Chair, is ”all about the creative process in action.”
The series was created by Chris Moore, who produced Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in 2001. Greenlight followed a young filmmaker and documented the process of making their first feature film. 
The Chair puts a reality TV spin on Greenlight's idea. “It’s a 10-part documentary series about the making of a new movie – but it’s a competitive situation, with two different young directors trying to make their own distinct films from the same source material.”  At the end of the series, Starz! will air both final products. 
Bianculli says, “I’ll have to wait until I see them to render a verdict on the final product. But the filmmaker’s journey in The Chair —that’s a reality TV show I can actually, and heartily, endorse.” View in High-Res

    TV critic David Bianculli says the new Starz! unscripted TV series, The Chair, is ”all about the creative process in action.”

    The series was created by Chris Moore, who produced Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in 2001. Greenlight followed a young filmmaker and documented the process of making their first feature film. 

    The Chair puts a reality TV spin on Greenlight's idea. “It’s a 10-part documentary series about the making of a new movie – but it’s a competitive situation, with two different young directors trying to make their own distinct films from the same source material.”  At the end of the series, Starz! will air both final products. 

    Bianculli says, “I’ll have to wait until I see them to render a verdict on the final product. But the filmmaker’s journey in The Chair that’s a reality TV show I can actually, and heartily, endorse.”

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  1. I’ve observed that actors and directors envy each other. I think a director envies an actor’s ready access to emotion and how beautiful that is, and I think actors can envy directors’ dealing more clinically with emotions, ordering them about dispassionately.

    — Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning director talks to Fresh Air about the technical and emotional aspects of filmmaking

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  1. Woody Allen: The Fresh Air Interview: "In the problems of movie making, if you don’t solve your problem, all  that happens to you is that your movie bombs. So the movie is  terrible. So people don’t come to see it … This is hardly a terrible  punishment compared to what you’re given out in the real world of human  existence." View in High-Res

    Woody Allen: The Fresh Air Interview: "In the problems of movie making, if you don’t solve your problem, all that happens to you is that your movie bombs. So the movie is terrible. So people don’t come to see it … This is hardly a terrible punishment compared to what you’re given out in the real world of human existence."

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  1. I would take anyone who was available — my sister, my mother, any friends — and I would kill them in crazy ways. We would do makeup effects. … I would make blood and ask my mom if I could borrow her makeup — which didn’t trouble her because she knew I was going to basically just kill someone with it. It was all ridiculous.

    — JJ Abrams, on his early teenage filmmaking efforts.

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