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Book: LETTERS TO YOUNG FILMMAKERS

“Suber’s genuine understanding of how the film business operates makes his advice to young filmmakers sound, inspiring and, above all, useful.”

— Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival, 1990-2010;   Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises    

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THE POWER OF FILM

“Howard Suber’s understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what ‘everyone knows.’ A remarkable work.”

                                                   — Francis Ford Coppola

“Filmmakers, scholars, and anyone else with a serious interest in film can rejoice. A fascinating and thought-provoking work.”

                                                   — Alexander Payne

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26
Jun

Some attributes of creative people

ON CREATIVITY: “…Creative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see.” — from the new Atlantic article, “Secrets of the Creative Brain” at http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/06/secrets-of-the-creative-brain/372299/

20
Jun

THE ODD COUPLE

“Two legends of the UCLA family sit down together for a discussion about life and what it means to succeed and fail while working in competitive fields. Howard Suber, a professor at UCLA’s School of Film, Theater and Television for over 50 years, joins NBA All Star, UCLA alum and former Lakers forward Jamaal Wilkes for the conversation.”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCi1lLchJ3A&list=PLR00dwN45WTm2B0zbJCUv9VN7kHKMmMZ4

8
Jun

Interview

After I delivered a speech at the University of Basel, Switzerland, last month, I did what is probably the longest interview of my life. It deals with how I got into film, my observations of changes in the industry and the UCLA film program during the past 50 years, and some thoughts about the current state of filmmaking and what the future might bring. It’s probably more than you’d ever want to know about me, but I’m printing it in its entirety below. http://xecutives.net/component/content/article?id=604

Special Interview Hollywood: Howard Suber

Geschrieben von Christian Düblin

Howard Suber (c) Howard SuberHoward Suber is one of the most experienced film specialists and UCLA lecturers. He helped establish and chaired the Critical Studies and PhD programs, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA Producers Program. He has worked with thousands of film students, but also with Hollywood film industry specialists, famous screenwriters, producers and directors. Although he technically took early retirement 20 years ago, he has been invited back to teach every year since, and in the fall will begin his 50th year on the UCLA film faculty. Suber started to lecture very early on History of Film and also Film Structure and he published two books about movies and the film business. In a time when the film and movie industry was beneath the dignity of Harvard University as a field of study, Suber became an autodidact and, ran the student film club and was self-educated, mostly in European films, because among intellectuals and academics, American film was not considered worthy of serious consideration. In his interview with Christian Dueblin Howard Suber talks about his lecturer career, about his work with film students and he explains Hollywood patterns. Suber explains why American films is about film genres where the rest of the world is about film movements. Take a look behind the scenes of a big film industry, together with Howard Suber, author of the book “The Power of Film”. “Wise, kind, and direct. Howard Suber’s advice is as piercing as Don Corleone telling Michael who not to trust, and just as vital. “I LOVE this book!” that’s what David Koepp, screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, says about the living film legend Suber. Read more »

4
Jun

UCLA DICKSEN EMERITI PROFESSORSHIP AWARD

This is from the UCLA main news web site, discussing my recently being awarded a Dicksen Emeriti Professorship

Teacher, mentor and

master of making things happen

Howard Suber has played a pivotal role at the School of Theater, Film and Television, from creating an acclaimed archive to launching Hollywood careers

Noela Hueso/School of Theater, Film and Television | May 06, 2014

UCLA

When Howard Suber was 16 years old and had just been named “Top Debater in the State of Michigan,” he boarded a Greyhound Bus in his hometown of Owosso, Mich., and headed for Cambridge, Mass., with an audacious plan: To walk into the admissions office at Harvard University, uninvited, and request to be interviewed for admission as a freshman.

It was a bold move, to be sure, but not surprising for those who know the witty and outspoken professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), who has been named one of two UCLA recipients of the prestigious 2013-2014 Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a retired University of California faculty member. Read more »

28
Mar

Sad or Inspiring List of Unmade Films

The link here is to a long list of unmade or unfinished films by a good percentage of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

You can look at it as a sad commentary on how difficult the world of filmmaking is. Or you take some solace and perhaps even inspiration from the fact that even the greatest filmmakers have extreme difficulties getting their passion projects made. Read more »