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Virtual reality is headed for its tipping point, and an industry that seemed to belong to the future is suddenly on the front burners of Hollywood’s content creators. As the world readies for immersive storytelling, the College of Motion Picture Arts is training the next generation of immersive storytellers.
This May, the College won its 40th Student Emmy when “Isa and the Frog Prince,” an MFA thesis film, won First Place in the Children’s Program. The film, about a young girl who believes her best friend, a frog, can change into an enchanted prince, was produced by Erica Chan directed and co-written by Yingxiang Huang, and co-written by Nic Sridej, all graduates of the 2015 MFA class.
This year, the winner of the Drama Fellowship was Adrienne Rush (MFA 2015), who won for her pilot “Homecoming,” a psychological thriller about a woman’s return to the cult she escaped when she was eighteen. The award includes a $10,000 prize and the opportunity for a freelance script assignment on a Fox TV show. Rush is an ideal recipient of this award, because her goal in film school was to write for television.
Wes Ball, director of Fox’s YA franchise The Maze Runner, will now call the studio his home.
The filmmaker has signed a three-year first-look deal with Fox and will set up his newly launched company OddBall Entertainment at the studio’s Century City headquarters. Ball will run the shingle with partner Joe Hartwick, Jr.
Daughter still proud of family's 'Star Wars' sound legacy
Papabeis served as co-producer on the film and also organized projections of endangered species onto the Empire State Building in August to promote the September release of the film.
The feature film The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, directed by FSU Film School alum Wes Ball (BFA ’02), and written by T.S. Nowlin (BFA ’05), led the North American box office its opening weekend, after premiering domestically September 18.
Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson join a star-studded list of directors, including Ruben Ostlund, Ava DuVernay, and Dan Gilroy.
This past November, the 4th year of the Annual Student Veteran Film Festival (SVFF), Florida State University students welcomed award-winning documentarian Rory Kennedy and her critically acclaimed documentary film “Last Days In Vietnam” to be honored with the FSU Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, accompanied with a $25,000 dollar honorarium.
Sony Pictures is agreeing to fund a top secret project which JJ Abrams will produce through his company Bad Robot. And Alender has been chosen to direct the film, which will be his first feature.