ALIX TAYLOR is a film producer living in Venice, CA with her daughter Daisy. She was born and raised in Los Angeles in the film business growing up on sets with her father Jud Taylor, who was an award winning television director. Most recently she produced Solo, a thriller set on an island in Malaysia. She made her first Western, In a Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta and directed/written by Ti West which premiered at SXSW last year. Both The Resurrection of Gavin Stone for WWE and Amityville: The Awakening for Blumhouse and Dimension films opened in January 2017. Her credits also include the #1 2013 Horror movie Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, which was chosen for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, Piranha 3D, and The Hills Have Eyes, which she made with French horror director Alex Aja. She has made two other movies with director Franck Khalfoun, P2 and i-LIVED. She produced Feast for Wes Craven/Project Greenlight and Hell Ride (the cult Quentin Tarantino biker movie with Dennis Hopper & David Carradine & Michael Madsen) for Dimension Films. Prior to producing, Alix was a development executive for director Wes Craven, producer Doug Wick and at Universal Studios. Her on set experience began working as an assistant for Mike Nichols (Primary Colors with John Travolta & Emma Thompson) and Ulu Grosbard (The Deep End of the Ocean with Michelle Pfeiffer) respectively. For four years, Alix was the Executive Director of the The International Film Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
Passion, patience and perseverance are the keys to making your film reflect who you are as a filmmaker. This workshop will be a hands on, real world view into how movies actually get made. We will start with the most important part of any creative filmmaking project: the idea and the script. You will pitch your ideas to the class and with feedback rework your pitch until it is a home run. Producers need to know how to sell their projects!
Then we will delve into the best ways to work with writers & directors to get the script into shooting shape. Important creative decisions are made by filmmakers every step of the way and we will explore how to get the most out of casting and working with actors, hiring and communicating with your crew, conveying your vision visually to your team, understanding why preproduction is so vitally important and learning how to put your budget on the screen. We will explore all aspects of the filmmaking process that take place up until your first day of shooting.
Students may request a transcipt be sent to their high school for possible credit.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty.
All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
We recommned that students have access to $75 for incidentals, field trips, movies, snacks, etc
Tuition Note: includes room and board