Up and Coming Actress – Kate Lyn Sheil

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This is Kate Lyn Sheil.

You might have seen her in movies such as Queen of Earth and You’re Next. But you will definitely be seeing more of her. She is starring in Kate Plays Christine which will premiere at Sundance. The movie is sort of a documovie, where Kate prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter from Florida who killed herself live on air. Chills, man.

Kate has appeared in several other roles, mostly supporting roles, and in some short films as well such as the ones below:

Credit: T.J. Misny, writer/director & Kate Lyn Sheil as lead actress

I first noticed Sheil in Helberger In Paradise where she attends her first love’s funeral. And she kind of plays a hot mess.

Kate has upcoming projects to get psyched about including The Girlfriend Experience, Buster’s Mal Heart, and Equals, where she stars alongside Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Holt.

I like her look, I dig her style, and I look forward to her blossoming career.

SMC

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Diversity within the Oscars and the Movie Industry

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“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”  – Jada Pinkett Smith

“I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.”  – Lupita Nyong’o

“If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African-Americans were nominated.”  – George Clooney

Let me start off by stating there’s not only a lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, but a lack of diversity in the media everywhere. To go along with that, yes, racism, white privilege, sexism, etc. are still very prominent in our society.

And it sucks we’re still having this conversation, but honestly we’ll be having this convo for the next 100 years, unless we change it.

I’m ashamed to admit I’m guilty of not including more diversity into my scripts. I’ve written about 6 or 7 full length features and of those, only 2 (scripts) include diverse characters (from African-Americans to Hispanics). It’s an unconscious thing, but nevertheless it’s there. Of course, casting directors (and directors) are the ones who cast the actors, and they may choose whatever actor they see fit, but it’s my responsibility as a writer, to consciously describe a character as having more diverse features. And we should be creating scripts and roles that cater to these actors and audiences. We also shouldn’t be writing movies that solely portray races in a  stereotypical manner. For example: black people being cast as gangsters, or “from the Hood,” Mexicans as cholo’s, etc.

So allow us to take one step forward and diligently create that sine qua non the entertainment industry needs.

From now on, I vow, as a Mexican, Woman, and a Lesbian, I will conscientiously create screenplays that are more diverse. They will be filled with more openly diverse characters and content. This is where my contribution starts.

Let’s all take this vow.

And if you’re in the industry, vote on the actual best, regardless of race/age/gender. Amen.

SMC

Why is ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ considered J.J. Abrams’ movie?

The Cloverfield sequel finally has a trailer and it looks super creepy awesome, but every article about the movie has one name attached to it: J.J. Abrams. We’ve all seen his name constantly attached to sci-fi films. So if he didn’t write or direct the movie, why does J.J. Abrams get all the glory only serving as a producer? It’s strange, isn’t it? That his name will be the one everyone remembers. And I’m wondering why that is, and if it’s fair. But this is Hollywood after all and NOTHING IS FAIR in Hollywood.

Obviously for marketing purposes it’s the smart approach to showcase Abrams‘ name everywhere you possibly can. In the trailer, on the poster, visibly in the credits, etc. Because at the end of the day the producer is the one who is going to promote this film to audiences and important people in Hollywood. Let’s break it down to see what a producer actually does.

The job description of a producer is: Producers play an integral role in the television, film and video industries. A producer will oversee each project from conception to completion and may also be involved in the marketing and distribution processes. Producers work closely with the directors and other production staff on a shoot.

So it does actually sound like they have a lot to do with the actual movie during pre-production, production, and post-production. But at the same time (no offense to producers) they didn’t put the hard work of directing or writing the movie, they’re merely an overseer. But if you’re one of the big guys in Hollywood like J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, George Lucas, etc. your name will most certainly be overly used and marketed. And I mean it completely makes sense to me. If I were to write or direct a movie and Quentin Tarantino was attached, you know everything would be done to let the public know it’s Tarantino’s film. It’s a marketing tactic that works all too well. But do you think it’s right that producers end up getting all the credit and praise? I personally don’t, but what do I know? I’m just a teenage dirt bag baby. (hehe).

Here’s the trailer:

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New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s officially 2016. One more year of your life is officially over. Or for you optimistic people out there, it’s the beginning of a new year to prosper, learn, and grow. That is what I will be indulging in…hopefully.

I, like most people, have a few problems that tend to set me back when trying to get work done: I get lazy, which can consist of me not getting enough work done. I have ADD/ADHD (I’m sure), which results in getting distracted easily. And I live my life going through different phases which results in me going from one thing to another. One month I’ll be obsessed with Youtube, the next writing, the next filmmaking, then photography, etc. The list goes on and on.

That’s why this year, I hope to GET MORE SHIT DONE. I will do this by having more structure in my life and creating less distractions. This year is my year, I can feel it. Instead of wasting the valuable time I have, I will be doing something that is PRODUCTIVE. This is the year of productivity.

I will do more. I will create more. I will write more. I will experience more.

I can be a pretty boring person. I rung in the new year completing a short script, about 35 pages, but for me, that was a kick ass way to start my new year. Accomplishing more. Doing more. Focusing more. That will be me.

So down below, I’ll name a few goals I have for this new year:

  1. WRITE MORE

I hope to write, and COMPLETE more screenplays. I have so many scripts that I have started but haven’t finished. I strive to accomplish more by putting pen to paper…or hand to keyboard I should say.

2. READ MORE

I hope to read more in general, whether it’s news, novels, stories, but mostly I’d like to read more screenwriting books. I have read a lot, but I have so many that are collecting dust.

3.  EDIT MORE

I hope to do a lot more editing of my scripts so I can get them sent off to Hollywood or in competitions.

4.  WATCH MORE MOVIES

This includes new movies along with classics.

5.  BE MORE PRODUCTIVE ALL AROUND

In all facets of my life.

Those are my New Year’s resolutions and I hope to stick to them. Good luck with all your New Year’s rezzies. May you have a productive year!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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My Top 5 Kirsten Dunst Movies

I am currently obsessed with Kirsten Dunst. Actually, I don’t think my obsession ever subsided. I’m on season 2 of Fargo and I’m in love with both the show and Kirsten herself. So I thought I’d list my top 5 Kirsten Dunst movies in order starting with my favorite.

  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  3. Fargo
  4. Bring It On
  5. Jumanji

I know Fargo is a TV show, but y’all gotta agree she is great in it. (I totes ship her and Jesse Plemons in real life by the way).


It was nearly impossible to choose between Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous as the number 2 spot, but the hilarity that Amber Atkins is, trumps all!

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Best Movies I Watched in 2015

I’m going to do something a little different. In 2015, I was pretty busy with work, life, and school so I wasn’t able to watch a lot of new movies that came out. (Pretty shitty for a screenwriter, I know). So instead of naming my favorite movies of 2015, I will name the best movies I watched in 2015. Some will be newer and some older.

Best of 2015:

  • Wolfpack
  • Jurassic World
  • Queen of Earth
  • The Road Within
  • The Foxy Merkins
  • Stand By Me
  • Welcome to Me
  • The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby
  • Housebound
  • Young Ones
  • Fort Bliss
  • Frank

I’m sure there are many more I’ve seen that have been the best of 2015, but my mind’s drawing a blank. realistically, who actually remembers all the movies they’ve watched in a year?

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