2013 Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab Season Finale with Dylan McDermott

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    (C) 2013 Ringling College of Art and Design | Ferenc Beleznay '15, Photography & Digital Imaging
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    (C) 2013 Ringling College of Art and Design | Ferenc Beleznay '15, Photography & Digital Imaging

    Actor Dylan McDermott Provides Grand Finale to Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab 2013 Season

    April 25, 2013 - Actor Dylan McDermott was the featured final guest for the 2013 Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab season, which included fellow actors Sam Rockwell, Andie MacDowell, and Aubrey Plaza. The Studio Lab was founded in 2010 as a collaborative project in association with Future of Films, LLC, and is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and Sarasota Magazine. 
    During his April 18-19 trip to Sarasota and Ringling College, Dylan was taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of campus, visiting both freshman traditional animation and senior computer animation classrooms, and the Digital Filmmaking department. The actor's main attraction was an evening Q&A session attended by College supporters, students, faculty, and staff, which was hosted by WWSB ABC-7 Anchor Haley Wielgus. Dylan also welcomed supporters and sponsors at a private reception and luncheon, and joined a senior Digital Filmmaking class to critique a senior thesis project. 
     His advice to aspiring filmmakers?  
    "Learn to write … and write well," he emphasized. "The people who have the power (in filmmaking) are the people with the pen," he said. For McDermott, a good script is fundamental to bringing life to a concept. "If its not on the page, it's not on the stage," he explained.
    Dylan will debut his first solo photography exhibition on May 10 at Avenue Art Gallery in Montreal, Canada. 

    About Dylan McDermott
    A Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, Dylan McDermott has proved his talent in film, television and theater. 
    Upcoming, McDermott will star in Jason Blum’s “Mercy”, based on the novel by Stephen King, as well as David Buelow and Shane Weisfeld’s “Freezer”. Currently, he can be seen in “Olympus Has Fallen” with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, for director Antoine Fuqua. The film follows a former Secret Service agent who becomes America’s only hope when the President is taken hostage by terrorists. 
    McDermott recently starred in season’s 1 and 2 of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX drama "American Horror Story" opposite Connie Britton and Jessica Lange. Following this, he appeared in Jay Roach’s comedy The Campaign, opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. McDermott played Tim Wattley, a political consultant who runs the campaign of a candidate from North Carolina. Next up, he appeared in the indie coming-of-age drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman. Produced by John Malkovich and his team at Mr.Mudd, the film was released by Summit Entertainment.
    In 2008, McDermott starred in Nicky Silver's "Three Changes" at Playwrights Horizons.  Starring opposite Maura Tierney, the play follows an uncomfortably married Upper West Side couple.  Additionally, in September 2006, McDermott was on stage in Eve Ensler's new play "The Treatment." Ensler's play explored the relationship between a traumatized former military interrogator (McDermott) and his psychologist Colonel who is assigned to give him routine treatment. The play opened the Impact Festival 2006, a New York City-wide arts festival as part of the Culture Project. McDermott was nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance.
    Additional film credits include “Nobody Walks” The Pang Brother's "The Messengers;" "Wonderland;" "Home for the Holidays;" "Steel Magnolias;" "Hamburger Hill;" "Miracle on 34th Street;" "In The Line of Fire" and "Burning Palms." 
    McDermott's television credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer produced TNT drama "Dark Blue;" ABC's "Big Shots;" TNT's dramatic limited series "The Grid" opposite Julianna Margulies; and David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning series "The Practice," earning him a Golden Globe in 1999 and nominations in 2000 and 2001 as well as an Emmy nomination in 1999.
    Other theatre credits include Neil Simon's production of "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway and "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival.  
    Follow Dylan on Twitter at: @DylanMcDermott

    Media Coverage

    Sarasota Magazine
    Sarasota Observer


    Other 2013 Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab Guests

    Sam Rockwell - view full release


    Andie MacDowell - view full release


    Aubrey Plaza - view full release


    About the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab

    The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab has brought many Hollywood luminaries to Sarasota to work directly with Ringling Digital Filmmaking students during the past three seasons. The 2013 season featured Sam Rockwell, Andie MacDowell, Aubrey Plaza and Dylan McDermott (above) while 2012 featured Elijah Wood, Forest Whitaker, Edward Burns, James Woods and Whit Stillman. During the 2012 season Ringling students also worked on feature film productions including Anna Paquin’s film "Free Ride" and "Spring Breakers" directed by Harmony Korine and starring Selena Gomez. Guests prior to 2012 have included master classes taught by Werner Herzog and Paul Schiff, as well as events featuring Bill Paxton, Martha Stewart, Andy Garcia, Oren Moverman, Ben Foster, Ed Carroll, among others.

    Combined with the strength of Ringling College’s Digital Film Program, students are not only learning the art and mechanics of visual storytelling but they are also getting guidance and encouragement from leaders in the entertainment industry as part of their core curriculum. 

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