Happy Friday, IMAX fans!
In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, I’d like to spotlight an awesome new initiative that IMAX and the media and entertainment outlet, TheWrap, have teamed up on in support of young filmmakers.
It’s called “Breaking Into the Business Live” — a brand new initiative aimed at guiding and inspiring university students looking to start their own careers in the entertainment industry.
By teaming up with industry professionals, the initiative will help uncover real stories of how careers in Hollywood get started from the people who have done it.
The goal really is to give back by helping young filmmakers succeed, all the while aligning with the IMAX “In Focus” young filmmakers program, which aims to cultivate young filmmakers by offering unique opportunities that will educate and inspire them to pursue careers in filmmaking. It’s also part of IMAX’s “Big Picture” corporate social responsibility program. (Read more HERE.)
“We are excited to work with TheWrap to provide experiences to help talented students better navigate breaking into the entertainment industry,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. “This initiative aligns with our commitment to cultivate young filmmakers and we are proud to sponsor this collegiate effort.”
As part of the “Breaking Into the Business Live” initiative, IMAX sponsored the first event held on Dec. 7 in Southern California, where film producer Alex Noyer (808), writer/actress Katie Nehra and veteran casting director Marci Liroff spoke on a panel.
Following the panel, IMAX hosted a screening of Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience.
The initiative is slated to include five pilot events in association with university film programs across the country including ArtCenter College of Design; Layola Marymount University; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of Southern California (USC) and Savannah College of Art and Design.