Are you considering getting into the film biz as a producer? If your answer is yes, then you’re probably crazy. But if you’re OK with that assessment, you might want to check out the upcoming Pre-Production Management for Television & Digital Media class from Film Apprenticeship Programs Inc. The class meets February 20, 21, 27 and 28—that’s Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class fee is a none-too-cheap $450, but you’re gonna be a producer, so what do you care? Class will take place at Spirit Productions in Santa Fe. John Muir, educator and owner of The Muir Studio, will lead this four-day seminar. After successfully completing all four sessions and projects, each student should have acquired “a basic understanding of script breakdown, budget development and the use of selected industry tools.” For information, log on to filmapprentice.org.
Off-kilter parable asks, Can you make a road movie without actually going anywhere?
Out here in the Western half of the United States, the concept of the open road has always stood for freedom. From Horace Greeley’s stolen exhortation to “Go West, young man” to Steppenwolf’s rebel yell to “Head out on the highway, looking for adventure,” the ability to pull up stakes and move unfettered toward an ever-shifting horizon has been seen as a resolutely American right. From the dusty, rolling rut of the covered wagon to the rubber-stamped tarmac of some sweet Detroit steel, roads have served as both escape and promise.
Why Nobody Cares
“The XXI Winter Olympic Games” on NBC
Two weeks ago, CBS racked up the biggest TV ratings in history thanks to Super Bowl XLIV. You can bet dollars to doughnuts NBC won’t be following in its crosstown rival’s footsteps with its 17-day broadcast of the XXI Winter Olympics. Why? Well, lots of reasons.
The Week in Sloth
“Cast of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Where Are They Now?” (TV Guide 7 p.m.) Sitting in their one-bedroom walkups in North Hollywood and quietly seething with jealousy over Will Smith’s career, I’m guessing. ... Just kidding. In 2003, Alfonso Ribeiro appeared in a commercial for McDonald’s McGriddle breakfast sandwiches. So, you know, it’s all good.
“HowStuffWorks” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Tonight’s topic: beer. Not much of a mystery there, really. You drink it, you get drunk, you say inappropriate things to people of the opposite sex who are clearly outside of your league and then it’s nap time.