The Blackmagic Collective is excited to bring you three new programs and one returning success! Over the course of 2020, our Future Women of TV had a very successful year meeting with over 50 executives, as well as, working TV writers and directors. Some of the women booked management, others got invited to one on one meetings, and a few even booked their first episode of television!
In light of all the world events and a desire to build a pipeline of writers and directors that reflects the world today, Blackmagic Collective created the Breakthrough Initiative, All Access: Disabled Filmmakers on the Move, and the Future Directors of Studio Features programs.
First Frame Initiative
First Frame Initiative is designed to help new filmmakers cut years off the path to achieving their dreams. Part education on the biz, part hands on (working with actors, filming reel material), fellows in this initiative will end the 8 month program better equipped to take their careers to the next level.
Filmmakers who have directed 3 shorts or less are eligible to submit to this program.
Emerging Actors Initiative is for actors who have had several leading or strong supporting roles, but haven’t been able to break through to the next level. By working with industry mentors and our First Frame Initiative, the selectees will not only hone their craft but create connections to further their careers. During the 8 month program actors will meet and work with casting directors, filmmakers, and producers who are in the position to hire them; as well as learn what it takes to work at the highest levels of the industry.
The Breakthrough Initiative is a thoughtfully curated group of BIPOC, each with a strong body of work, highly recommended by industry professionals, poised for their first episodic credits. The BI program is designed to champion those efforts and elevate the talented group of creatives to the next level. These are the undiscovered, future TV writers and directors. The program is open to men and women.
Future Directors of Studio Features is designed to elevate and polish undiscovered and underrepresented female-identifying storytellers, poised for the next stage in feature directing. In 2021, a select and professionally recommended roster of women-identifying directors – each with a strong body of work, distinctive style, and voice, will form the year-long initiative. Selectees will learn from industry advisers, enhance their creative brand, and connect with partners and champions to prepare themselves and their work as anticipated faces of tomorrow.
All Access: Disabled Filmmakers On The Move is an initiative that helps to not only spotlight disabled filmmakers, but to connect them with the people who can hire them. Filmmakers who have the goal to work for studios in film and/or TV will meet with and learn from hiring executives and those working in high level positions within the studio system. The goal is to not only help the filmmakers who apply move to the next level of their careers, but to help break any stigmas executives may have about hiring disabled filmmakers. The program is open to all men and women, in all disciplines of film and TV, who can show their skills via previous work produced and have established enough credits to show their passion and knowledge in their chosen field.