Trade Paper’s Red Carpet Videographer & Ex-Int’l Editor Find Selves Up
For Syndie-Quality ‘Making of’ Program on their own Speed Filmmaking Project
LOS ANGELES (Fri. Mar. 12, 2010) — “Focal Lengths: The Making of ‘Connectivity,’” an “Access Hollywood”-style feature segment produced by television producer-turned-cinematographer and onetime cameraman for The Hollywood Reporter’s cable coverage of celebrity arrivals at movie premieres Pete Brown and co-produced by former associate international editor of The Hollywood Reporter Scotty Dugan, has been nominated for Best Behind-the-Scenes documentary in the 168 Film Festival (www.168project.com), it was announced today by John David Ware, founder of the timed competition.
The “making-of”-format entry in the eight-year-old faith-based project — whereby nearly 100 teams
from around the world had one week (or 168 hours) in February to shoot, edit and score a short film based on randomly assigned Bible verses — concentrates on the actual film its DP Brown, former producer at CA/AZ/NV TV25 and a camera operator on the first film shot on the RED camera ever to win a festival (“Stained”) and journalist-turned-publicist-turned-filmmaker Dugan helped make for the 168, the marital drama “Connectivity” about a husband on the verge of his own Jesse James/Sandra Bullock moment.
“It’s rare even at the studio level that both a film and its documentary perform to equivalent effect,”
said “Connectivity” director-producer Elena Beuca, whose team scored nominations for Best Actress,
Supporting Actress and Original Score by judges including “X-Men” producer Ralph Winter and “Touched by an Angel” writer-producer Brian Bird. “But since the 168 introduced the BTS category a few years ago, guys like Pete and Scotty have upped the entertainment quotient to what the 168 offers.”
The pair’s doc, which unspools Sat. Mar. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA, was a
lark Brown pursued on the chance he might have a few days after post on “Connectivity” to package an entertaining look at the oft-painful process such competitions as the 168 and the 48-Hour Film Festival engender. Once A-list camera operator Ron Vidor (“Jaws,” “Lethal Weapon”) joined the crew with Steadicam in tow for a hospital E.R. scene Beuca and writer-actor-husband Dave Rogers incorporated into the story, Brown suspected he had as compelling a BTS as the film was an entry.
Brown, whom Beuca elevated to producer after marveling at not just the ex-Mohave Community
College film instructor’s reel but his contacts and work ethic, conscripted Dugan, who, as a former
personality at K-ORANGE radio in Orange County and TV anchor in Boston, suggested the BTS “go EPK contemporary,” Brown recalled Dugan as saying, with real in-studio interviews. The two quickly landed editor Wilson Stiner, “whose emphasis on thru-line helped the show find its narrative voice,” Brown said.
Scotty Dugan, firstname.lastname@example.org 10061 Riverside Dr. #200 North Hollywood, CA 91602 Tel. 435-901-1483
Pete Brown, 800-467-7525, email@example.com