Top 10 Things We Learned from Academy Originals

The Story of Casting Elliott in E.T.
Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:30

In 2014 we were very happy to roll out our new video series, Academy Originals, in which we take a closer look at the world of movies from artists in front of and behind the camera, as well as several famous film fans. Here are a few things we found out along the way... and be sure to subscribe to see new videos every Monday in 2015!

1. You should set aside a year to research your script if you want to be a screenwriter -- and have lots of index cards stockpiled at home.

2. If you're a kid auditioning for a Steven Spielberg film, inspiration can strike in the most unlikely moments.

3. "When you watch a movie, you are in the hands of whoever made that movie."

4. Creativity can come from anything around you.

5. Nothing beats seeing a movie on Sundays in a theater with a family member.

6. Friendship can be the springboard for a really good story.

7. With the right folks, you can make a movie in two days.

8. Sometimes procrastination can be a good thing.

9. You can create your masterpiece at any point in your life.

10. It's really, really hard bringing dinosaurs to life.