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Author Archives: Michelle Shyman

Michelle Shyman is an actor, comic, screenwriter, filmmaker, corporate video producer and film journalist. She's appeared in 35 films and stage plays and has won regional acting awards. One of her screenplays placed in American Gem Screenplay Competition and Script Nurse Screenplay Competition, and she's produced or assistant-produced a number of independent films, three of which won festival awards. Michelle executive-directed the Lake2Sound Youth Film Festival and serves as a judge for several student film festivals nationwide. She coaches actors, teaches directors how to work with actors, and presents seminars on directing actors. She’s a former Board member of Women in Film Seattle chapter. Michelle also consults on product strategy for entertainment startups. In addition to her Reel Life With Jane column, Michelle writes “Balancing Act,” a weekly column for Reel Grok, named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top sites for working filmmakers. Follow her on Twitter @michelleshy.

Book Review: ‘Producing’ by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart

Book Review: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab

Michelle Shyman reviews the book "Producing," by Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart. While it lacks clarity, the book features nice images and a delightful chapter about Peter Aalbaek Jensen.

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Film Financing Diary, Day 2: A San Francisco Party, a Posh Screening Room & People With Money

Film Financing Diary

This installment of Michelle Shyman's "Film Financing Diary" finds the filmmaker at a San Francisco party with a posh screening room and people with money.

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A Screenwriter Reveals Where She Gets Her Ideas

Screenwriting Tips

Michelle Shyman answers the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" The result is a mashup of David Lynch, Rod Serling and her day job.

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International Wildlife Film Festival Celebrates All Things Wild

Wings of Life

Michelle Shyman reports in from the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Films include "Wings of Life," "The Moor," and "The Elephant: Life After Death."

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Haiku and Limericks: An Actor Writes About The Life

Melanie Votaw Photo

Michelle Shyman shares her life as an actor through beautiful haiku and limericks.

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Creativity vs. Incisive Thinking: A Working Artist’s Balancing Act


Michelle Shyman examines the balance between incisive thinking and creativity. Can you do it simultaneously? Or are they battling it out in our overburdened brains?

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Screenwriting Partners: Yes or No?

Coen Brothers

Michelle Shyman explores the idea of writing partners in the film business. Should you collaborate with another writer?

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An Actor’s Diary: Sci-Fi Dragon Films, Fantasy Lives & Casting Agents

Michelle Shyman

Michelle Shyman recounts a disappointing day involving a thoughtless actor friend, a woman with a thrilling fantasy life, and a sad meeting with a big-time casting agent.

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Book Review: Boscutti’s Don Simpson

Don Simpson and Tom Cruise

Michelle Shyman LOVES books about the film industry, and she fills us in on Boscutti's Don Simpson, about the maniacal producer who hated everyone in Hollywood.

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In Memory of an Honest Actor: Mr. Ed

Mr. Ed

Michelle Shyman delves behind the scenes to celebrate one of the most honest, thoughtful and heartfelt actors of all time: Mr. Ed. Darn shiny, too.

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Behind the Scenes: How Do Life Events Affect an Acting Career?

Behind the Scenes

This week, Michelle Shyman examines how major life events affected the career paths of some of her friends, including marriage, money and the death of a spouse.

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Behind the Scenes: Does Every Actress Want to Hit the Big Time?

Audrey Hepburn: Breakfast at Tiffanys

This week, Michelle Shyman discusses some of her actress friends and the choices they've made about their art, craft and career.

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