ASU hosts filmmakers for an insider look at movie making

The film buzz at ASU continues, as students now have a unique opportunity to hear firsthand about the making of 2008 indie darling "Juno" from the director, screenwriter, studio officials and other key filmmakers in a face-to-face daylong discussion – all part of the Anatomy of a Feature Film series.

The film's director, Jason Reitman, and screenwriter Diablo Cody, among a host of film professionals, will be on hand Saturday, Jan. 26, to talk with students studying the art and craft of filmmaking at the School of Theatre and Film in ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts about the business of making movies.

"Juno" is a low-budget independent film that went on to win multiple accolades, including Best Screenplay at the 2008 Academy Awards.


Due to a limited number of seating, the event will be livestreamed online, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (MST), and is free to anyone who wants to watch.

"The program is a unique opportunity for students to hear how a film was conceptualized, produced, marketed and distributed – from the people who actually made it happen, complete with the hindsight of a successful release," said Adam Collis, professor of practice at the ASU School of Theatre and Film, who helped create the program.

Interviews with guests lined up for the event will be broadcast to ASU via video conference provided by Cisco Systems. The ASU School of Theatre and Film is expanding the interactive teleconference program to include students at Duke University, the University of California Los Angeles Anderson, the University of Montana, and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and the San Francisco Film Society.

A limited number of seats will be available to ASU students and the general public but only students enrolled in the daylong class are able to direct questions to the participants. Film producer Judd Payne ("As Cool as I Am," 2013; "Bernie," 2011) will host at the UCLA site.

“This program is just one of the ways in which we are bringing both a first-rate education and an understanding of the realities of film and media production to film students at the ASU School of Theatre and Film,’’ said F. Miguel Valenti, founder and director of the film and media production programs, and Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts at the school.

“We are a young program, founded on principles of narrative storytelling and ethical decision-making. We are pleased to bring this special Anatomy of a Feature Film event to our colleagues in film programs across the country and we hope to expand the program in the near future," Valenti said.

The events are set to take place all day at the Marston Exploration Theater in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4); 850 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe, Ariz.

There is a screening of "Juno" at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24 (come at 7 p.m. for pizza) that is also free and open to the public at the Marston Exploration Theater. The screening is part of the ASU School of Theatre and Film's Hollywood Invades Tempe series.