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Instead of Cashing Shawshank Redemption Check, Stephen King Did This

Instead of Cashing Shawshank Redemption Check, Stephen King Did This
Stephen King decided that he didn't need to cash his check for the story rights to The Shawshank Redemption. The movie is based off of King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was included in 1982's Different Seasons. The story rights were purchased by director Frank Darabont in 1987, but he did not adapt it into a feature-length movie until 1994. Darabont wrote the script in an 8 week period and the movie was greenlit 2 weeks after he submitted the final script.

Frank Darabont purchased the story rights to The Shawshank Redemption from Stephen King for $5,000. In a new interview discussing the success of the movie, King admits that he never cashed the check that he received from Darabont. But, he was able to repurpose it. The article goes on to say that the author actually sent the check back to Darabont. The article explains.

"Mr. King never cashed the $5,000 check (director
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'Behind the Ballot' series delves into sound mixing and editing

'Behind the Ballot' series delves into sound mixing and editing
Oscar votes are in, so there are only a few days left to learn everything you can about this year’s nominated films before the winners are named.

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, EW’s Geoff Boucher chats with a panel of experts about Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

“The sound editor would be the person who gathers the elements and presents them to the mixer to organize, as a cinematographer would hand their shots to the editor to compile into a completed film,” said Mark Mangini, who worked on Star Trek, The Fifth Element
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The Academy and MoMA Celebrate Documentaries & “Behind The Ballot” Series Now Live On Oscar.com

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present “Oscar’s Docs, 1955–2002: American Stories” from February 2 through February 14 at MoMA in New York City. This annual collaboration highlights Oscar®–winning and nominated short and feature-length documentary films that explore the history, culture and politics of the United States. All prints are from the Academy Film Archive’s collection. The filmmakers will be present at several screenings (visit MoMA.org for details).

The schedule is as follows:

Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

American Dream (1990)

Barbara Kopple. This stirring film depicts the effects of a mid-1980s strike by the workers of a Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota. 98 min.

Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)

Freida Lee Mock. A profile of Maya Lin, the young artist who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and other politically motivated artistic creations.
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Oscars: ‘Behind the Ballot’ video series live online

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For Oscar fans that just can’t seem to win their Oscar ballot pool because of that one craft category, Oscar.com today launched “Behind The Ballot,” a six-part video series that explores how Academy members view and ultimately determine who’ll win Oscars for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design. Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary, each episode, shot in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, features a panel of experts discussing what it takes to be a strong contender in each category. A new video will debut each week for the next five weeks on www.oscar.com, as well as on the official Oscars app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Link to embeddable video file: http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55161146/_m_VD55266156 Expert
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Academy travels to Kenya and Rwanda for Cultural Exchange with filmmakers

Academy travels to Kenya and Rwanda for Cultural Exchange with filmmakers
Eight members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be traveling to Kenya and Rwanda for an educational and cultural exchange with African filmmakers, students and the local creative communities.  The delegation will arrive in Nairobi on 09 July, and travel to Kigali on 17 July to  return to the U.S. on 24 July.The delegation will include producer Stephanie Allain, cinematographer John Bailey, sound mixer Willie Burton, editor Carol Littleton; writer-director Phil Robinson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actress Alfre Woodard accompanied ...
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Academy Delegation Out to Africa

Academy Award nominated actress Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek), Passion Fish), Field of Dreams writer-director Phil Alden Robinson, and cinematographer John Bailey (The Accidental Tourist, As Good As It Gets) are among eight members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who will be traveling to Kenya and Rwanda "for an educational and cultural exchange with African filmmakers, students and the local creative communities," the Academy has announced. The AMPAS delegation will arrive in Nairobi on Saturday, July 9, and travel to Kigali on Sunday, July 17; they will return to the U.S. on Sunday, July 24. Also in the Academy delegation will be producer Stephanie Allain (Black Snake Moan, We the Peeples), sound mixer Willie Burton (The Color Purple, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), editor Carol Littleton (Places in the Heart, The Manchurian Candidate); production designer Wynn Thomas (Mars Attacks!, Wag the Dog); and Academy director of exhibitions and special events Ellen Harrington.
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Academy travels to Kenya and Rwanda

HollywoodNews.com: Eight members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be traveling to Kenya and Rwanda for an educational and cultural exchange with African filmmakers, students and the local creative communities. The delegation will arrive in Nairobi on Saturday, July 9, and travel to Kigali on Sunday, July 17; they will return to the U.S. on Sunday, July 24.

The Academy delegation will include producer Stephanie Allain, cinematographer John Bailey, sound mixer Willie Burton, editor Carol Littleton; writer-director Phil Robinson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actress Alfre Woodard. Ellen Harrington, the Academy’s director of exhibitions and special events, will accompany the group.

The itinerary in Nairobi includes numerous workshops and seminars at One Fine Day – Films (formerly known as FilmAfrica!), a training facility where more than 65 student filmmakers from nine African countries gain experience in a variety of filmmaking disciplines and collaborate on a feature-length production.

In addition,
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Academy Travels To Kenya And Rwanda For Cultural Exchange With Filmmakers

Beverly Hills, CA – Eight members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be traveling to Kenya and Rwanda for an educational and cultural exchange with African filmmakers, students and the local creative communities. The delegation will arrive in Nairobi on Saturday, July 9, and travel to Kigali on Sunday, July 17; they will return to the U.S. on Sunday, July 24.

The Academy delegation will include producer Stephanie Allain, cinematographer John Bailey, sound mixer Willie Burton, editor Carol Littleton; writer-director Phil Robinson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actress Alfre Woodard. Ellen Harrington, the Academy.s director of exhibitions and special events, will accompany the group.

The itinerary in Nairobi includes numerous workshops and seminars at One Fine Day – Films (formerly known as FilmAfrica!), a training facility where more than 65 student filmmakers from nine African countries gain experience in a variety of filmmaking disciplines and collaborate on a feature-length production.
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