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David Henry Hwang  and FOX Entertainment Japan's Dan Smith Among Judges for 2013 72-Hour Shootout " Plus Launch of Pre-Shootout Events


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New York, NY,  March 22, 2013 --  The Asian American Film Lab - ("Film Lab"), a non-profit working to increase diversity initiatives in film and television, is pleased to announce that Dan Smith, producer for FOX Entertainment Japan, Nicole Kassell and David Henry Hwang, the American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who has risen to prominence as the preeminent Asian American dramatist in the U.S., will be among the judges of the 2013 72-Hour Shootout -  competition (the "Shootout").  Returning judge, Marci Phillips, Executive Director of Casting for ABC, will also be on the panel, among others!


The Film Lab has launched a series of events geared towards preparing registrants for successful participation in the Film Lab's annual, high-profile, global filmmaking competition (http://www.asianamericanfilmlab.org/72-Hour-Shootout.html).  The Shootout, now in its ninth year, has inspired hundreds of diverse filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career.


The Film Lab's Shootout events will kick off on Thursday, April 11, 2013, when Erik Lu, Asian American Film Lab Board member and the founder of the Philadelphia production company Descendant Films, will be leading a hands-on, interactive workshop for 72-Hour Shootout participants entitled:  " A Live Working 72-Hour Shootout Set Workshop."


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This special, intensive Shootout workshop  will include a crew member from each major department (producing, directing, cinematography, etc) conducting a mock 72-Hour Shootout with commentary from each department head. Participants will be "shooting" a scene during the workshop.


Film Lab Board member, Erik Lu, advised, "[E]xpect it to be a live set and every 5 minutes or so, we will give our suggestions, and at the very end, we will field questions. It's going to move fast, and it's going to be dense with information. We'll have a short scene prepared for a couple of actors before you arrive, and guinea pig a random person from the audience, someone who is okay with being picked on, to direct it with our crew members listed below. We are going to make it very difficult for that person, but we are going to do our best to serve the director's vision and make the scene the best we can with the zero budget resources we've got. That's the focus -- How do we work as a crew to tell the best story we can with practically no money? And everyone who attends can observe and participate, and if they'd like, also be on their feet with us."

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