Ominous clouds gathered over Burbank last weekend and the Dell Sisters descended into fear as they filmed their new horror short, ‘HELEN’. Written and directed by Emily and produced by Elizabeth, the film follows Helen through the longest night of her life as she confronts her anxiety, manifested as The Fury, the night before a major work presentation.
As with any Dell Sisters production, the film features its fair share of breathtaking fight scenes choreographed by one of the best stunt teams in the business.
The film is heading into post-production now. Expect to see a lot of stills, teasers, and other cool behind the scenes footage from Helen’s nightmare soon!
Happy Chinese New Year! It is now the Year of the Monkey and we’re excited for the prosperity and hi-jinks that come with it. Elizabeth kicked off the exciting year with another appearance on World Insight, this time to talk Pandas! The Kung-Fu Panda, that is, who high-kicked his way into China’s hearts with a record-breaking opening at the box office.
Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with $57 million in China over its opening weekend. That’s the best debut for an animated feature in the history of Chinese cinema. The success of the film is due in large part to the way it was tailored to Chinese audiences. The Mandarin version of the film included new animation not seen in the US release. Watch Elizabeth discuss the film’s triumph and the implications it bears for future Chinese-American co-productions! And a Happy New Year!!
Everybody’s talking about #OscarsSoWhite, including China! And to further their knowledge of the issue, they called on Elizabeth. Elizabeth was back on CCTV last week to discuss the controversy and give an insider’s take on the issue. Questions of diversity and access are making headlines and sparking change around the globe, and the expanding film industry is in the thick of it. Watch Elizabeth discuss the diversity problem on World Insight.
How did you celebrate Christmas morning? Elizabeth got up, walked past her Christmas tree, and onto Chinese TV! That’s right, while everyone was busy unwrapping presents Elizabeth was on CCTV’s World Insight sharing her thoughts on the tech industry’s move into film.
Joined by Teng Jimeng, Professor of American Studies at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, Elizabeth discussed the internet giants Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent (collectively known as BAT) new efforts in the film industry both in the US and China.
The enlightening discussion can be seen HERE, and while you’re there check out her previous CCTV appearance regarding China’s record setting domestic box office of 2015!
Elizabeth was out and about at the American Film Market this past week! The weeklong event turns the beaches of Santa Monica into the hub of the entertainment industry and Elizabeth was all over it. Thursday night saw her hosting the rocking PGA China Hollywood Party, sponsored by the PGA and China Lion. It was a friendly and festive atmosphere as executives, producers, writers and directors from both sides of the Pacific converged on Wokcano Restaurant for a night celebrating collaboration.
Elizabeth was just as busy Saturday evening when she presented at the Chinese American Film Fest. Looking stunning as always, she presented the Golden Angel for Best Live Action Short. The Chinese American film fest honors the year’s best and demonstrates the ability of the Chinese and American cultures to create outstanding work together.
A great week in Santa Monica, bring on next year!!
Following the experience of being named an IVY Innovator Award in Film Finalist, Elizabeth published a piece on innovation for the female-penned entertainment website Ms. in the Biz. In the article, titled “The New, New Thing in Film: Innovation”, Elizabeth offers insights on the changing marketplace of entertainment, and shares lessons learned from her fellow trailblazing nominees.
“The old definitions of our industry have broken down…” she writes, “[but] we innovators will continue to reinvent formats, technologies and delivery systems…[because] the world loves content, loves great stories, and we love them too.”
For her work in producing female-driven action films for both Western and Chinese audiences, Elizabeth was one of five people in the industry selected by IVY for her potential to impact the field and the uniqueness of her innovative endeavors.
Head on over to Ms. in the Biz to read all the insights offered in the article, and a big congrats to Elizabeth for the recognition of her cutting-edge work!!
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: (L-R) IVY Film Innovator Award finalist Sean Carey, IVY Film Innovator Award winner Emily Best, IVY Film Innovator Award finalist Don Napoleon, Host Josh Radnor, IVY Film Innovator Award finalists Elizabeth Dell, Scott Glosserman, and Luke Kelly-Clyne attend the IVY Film Innovator Awards, presented by Cadillac on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for IVY)
Elizabeth pulled from Emily’s bag of tricks and lent her writing talents to the latest issue of Produced by Magazine, the official publication of the Producer’s Guild of America. Calling on her expertise in the Asian film marketplace, Elizabeth outlined four important tips for producers to keep in mind when working on Sino-American collaborations. It’s easy to get tripped up when there’s an ocean and cultural differences between us, so Elizabeth urges patience and an understanding of basic Chinese business customs in these endeavors. And as for what is quickly becoming recognizable as her mantra, Elizabeth added that great content is a must!! Without a story that strikes people on both sides of the sea, there is no movie worth making. Check out all the vital tips at the PGA’s website.
The article comes on the heels of the Produced by Conference, a signature PGA event here in Los Angeles, where Elizabeth helped organize the panel, “A Producer’s Guide to Opportunities in China,” and threw a fabulous after party sponsored by China Lion Entertainment.