Category Archives: Sara McDermott Jain

July 30th DFA Student Screening!

August 7, 2014

July 30th turned out another series of exciting, diverse short films from DFA students at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives! First up was The Dawn, a film written and directed by yours truly. Despite his very sheltered point of view, the five-year-old protagonist pieces together the fact that his beloved mother has killed his […]

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Student Focus July 2014: Danesha Holmes

July 18, 2014

Before coming to the Digital Film Academy, Danesha Holmes tried many different career paths. She always knew she wanted to work in entertainment, but didn’t know in what capacity. As a result, in addition to trying acting and stand-up comedy, Holmes spent time in retail, in customer service, as a personal trainer, and even as […]

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Opening this Weekend: Boyhood

July 11, 2014

Rarely is an indie movie’s premiere considered an ‘event’; at least, not compared to premieres of major studio blockbusters released amidst massive marketing campaigns and publicity. But Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, opening this weekend, is an exception to this rule. The film has received rave reviews since showing at Sundance this year and is currently 100% […]

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations!

July 10, 2014

It’s Emmy Season, and this morning’s announcement of the 2014 nominees got everyone talking! Several factors combined to make the 66th Primetime Emmy race one of the most exciting in recent history. For starters, we’re seeing more and more shows from ‘alternative’ platforms snag nominations, such as Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and House […]

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Digital vs. Celluloid: Tarantino, Nolan, Abrams, and DiRenna Weigh In!

June 18, 2014

If you’re a fan of indie filmmaking, you’ve probably heard about the digital vs. celluloid debate. Digital cameras have made filmmaking accessible to everyone; now anyone who wants to can be a filmmaker. However, purists – and most notably great directors from the previous generation – still believe the only true way to make a […]

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The Iconic Ruby Dee Dies at 91

June 14, 2014

For many, the allure of a life in the arts stems from the possibility of becoming a legend. The right role and the right story can permanently catapult an actor into the public consciousness. For Ruby Dee, the iconic actress and civil rights activist, her legend stemmed not just from her break-through roles and wonderful […]

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DFA Grad Writing Screenplay for Ridley Scott!

June 11, 2014

Alexander Felix took a long road to Hollywood, but on the way, he kept his focus on his end goal: to write amazing screenplays. He credits his writing success to his real-life experiences and his filmmaking background. A graduate of the Digital Film Academy, he recalls his time there as extremely important because it taught […]

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Actor Advice, Part Two: 4 Tips for Nailing an Audition

June 9, 2014

Hopefully you’ve read Part One of ‘Actor’s Advice’ – and maybe it even helped you get an audition. Now, here are a few tips for nailing your audition once you’re in the door. 1. Go back and re-read the breakdown. Wherever you applied, there must have been at least a basic description of the character. Chances […]

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Actor Advice, Part One: 3 Tips for Getting the Audition

May 30, 2014

Acting is probably the hardest field to break into in the already very hard world of film. This really hit home for me when I posted a casting call for just two characters (unpaid) and got over 450 applicants. With numbers like those, anything you can do to get (and improve) an audition is well […]

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4 Things Screenwriters Should Know About Selling Their Screenplays

May 15, 2014

I recently sold a screenplay. I’d previously done paid writing assignments, been hired to write scripts based off other people’s ideas … but this was the first time I sold one of my absolutely original, written-for-myself, feature-length scripts. So I want to impart some words of wisdom to other screenwriters about making a deal. PRICE […]

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