(L to R) DGA Latino Commitee Co-Chair Regina Ainsworth (speaking), DGA LC Events Committee Member Javier Soto,  DGA LC Co-Chair Alejandro Trevino

(L to R all Director Members) Latino Committee Co-Chairs Alejandro Trevino and Regina Ainsworth, Academy Award Winner Guillermo del Toro (center) 

Special Projects Chair Jeremy Kagan, and DGA President Thomas Schlamme

May 01, 2018

Regina Introduces Guillermo del Toro at the DGA Event "Fables and Parables"

The Craft of the Director: Guillermo del Toro “Fables and Parables”

 

May 1, 2018 A DGA Latino Committee and Special Projects Committee Event (Article and Photos Courtesy DGA Staff)

 

On May 1, DGA members gathered in the Guild’s Los Angeles Theater for the special event, The Craft of the Director: Guillermo del Toro “Fables and Parables.” Hosted jointly by the Guild’s Latino Committee and Special Projects Committee, the evening was the third in this series of conversations with master filmmakers that feature an in-depth discussion about the directing process, illustrated by clips from their work. The Craft of the Director event was inaugurated in 2015 with an evening with Christopher Nolan and continued in 2016 with an evening dedicated to David O. Russell.

 

After a VIP reception in the Atrium, the evening moved to the Theater where DGA President Thomas Schlamme welcomed the attendees to the event with the 2017 winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.  “We are all familiar with Guillermo del Toro’s body of work – his Spanish-language films Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and the ethereal Pan’s Labyrinth; as well as his blockbuster Hellboy films and Pacific Rim, and his recent DGA and Oscar-winning masterpiece The Shape of Water,” said Schlamme. “This evening is a collaboration between the Special Projects Committee and Latino Committee. Together the committees have invited Guillermo to talk tonight about his directing process and provide insights on his approach to the craft.”

Schlamme then turned the podium over to DGA Latino Committee Co-Chair Regina Ainsworth, who spoke about the work of the Committee before welcoming del Toro to the stage. She was joined on-stage by Co-Chair Alejandro Treviño and committee member Javier Soto.  “The Latino Committee is thrilled to co-partner this discussion on fables and parables,” said Ainsworth speaking on behalf of her co-chairs. “Tonight, we get to do just that by recognizing the work of Guillermo del Toro, a person whose vision, leadership and directorial style has moved us all. His visionary monsters, examination of the other, and authentic storytelling style has had an indelible impact on cinema.”

In an in-depth conversation moderated by Special Projects Committee Chair Jeremy Kagan (SHOT) and illustrated by clips from del Toro's features Crimson PeakThe Devil’s BackboneHellboy II: The Golden ArmyPan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, the master director reveals his insights on subjects such as script, camera, performance and editing.

Asked about about his love of the craft, del Toro said, “Movies are an audio-visual experience. Some of the most sacred, intimate moments we have with movies are moments that are not possible to put in words. If you don’t analyze and deconstruct them into audio-visual elements… A turn of an actor that is hit with the light, and the dolly pushes just so, and the music swells… It’s magic.”

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro studied at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, at the University of Guadalajara. His first feature, Cronos, debuted at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and won the Mercedes-Benz Award as well as nine Ariel Awards (the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars). In addition to the previously mentioned features, del Toro’s filmography includes the features Mimic and Blade II, the pilot for the series The Strain, and episodes of the series Hora Marcada. For his most recent feature, The Shape of Water, del Toro won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film and the film went on to garner four Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Motion Picture of the Year. He has been a DGA member since 1996.

May 08, 2018

New Hollywood

Author Keith Makenas Date May 8, 2018

It’s an unfortunate broken record hearing the annual statistics reporting the lack of women in Hollywood. The main problem with the lopsided numbers is that there are many women in the industry that deserve the same opportunities as men.  The demand for equality is not to simply hire more women and throw qualified men out on the street, but rather give the same opportunities to women since they are equally and even more qualified than their male counterparts.

There are typically more hurdles for a woman to prove she’s right for the job.  Those hurdles are even more difficult to get over when for example she is Indian, Muslim, Latina, Asian, and even disabled.  Which is why these three women deserve credit for overcoming the critics telling them they can’t do it. They all come highly qualified and their personal life experiences are an inspiration to all.   

 

“Don’t wait for permission, give yourself permission, to learn, to fail, to do and it will all serve you”
 

Director Regina Ainsworth is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Alliance of Women Directors (AWD), Women in Film, Women in Media, Cinnefemme, and NALIP.  She was elected to Co-Chair the DGA’s Latino Committee and appointed to serve the Women’s Steering Committee Proposal’s Committee. Recently Regina spoke on stage to DGA members for a special event hosted by the DGA Latino Committee and Special Projects Committee, The Craft of the Director: Guillermo del Toro “Fables and Parables.” Regina talked about the committee’s work and introduced del Toro, “The Latino Committee is thrilled to co-partner this discussion on fables and parables.  Tonight, we get to do just that by recognizing the work of Guillermo del Toro, a person whose vision, leadership and directorial style has moved us all. His visionary monsters, examination of the other, and authentic storytelling style has had an indelible impact on cinema.”

She has worked with over 120 episodic TV series, shorts, and films. With the strong ambition to visually tell stories, she committed herself full time to filmmaking.  Her experiences in the film and TV industry are extensive, her resume is remarkable, but yet the odds are still against her. “It’s extremely challenging being a female director, and a Latina director.  But it is a misconception that we aren’t out there….while we are unicorns, there are whole villages of unicorns that are easily found….they are just not plucked out and propped up the same way men are,” shares Ainsworth.

Regina says she’s a valuable and nimble director because she works very well with others, she’s decisive, and is quick at trouble shooting to avert major issues.  “Leadership, collaboration, communication, and enabling people to do their best work are all key to bringing your artistic vision to life on screen. Being prepared and having a clear vision is also extremely important.  I prep like nobody’s business,” shares Regina. She got her start in the industry as an actress and said that gives her an edge as a director on getting the best from her cast and that she knows how to speak that language fluently and sees each actor’s part being extremely critical to telling the story.

Networking, being open to taking advice, and learning from those before her, along with guidance from mentors are all crucial to her success.  She is constantly on the rise as a director, she won’t go away, and refuses to give up. “Have I had to be more assertive, more tenacious, more bold, less apologetic – absolutely. I speak up and out, and for me, I was more rough and tumble as a girl growing up, so I never really learned to be meek in a way; I guess my upbringing has served me…I’ve never thought about it before really, I just did it.”

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February 03, 2018

Regina represents at the 70th Annual DGA Awards

In honor of #timesup, Regina embodied the spirit of the movement by wearing black, and joining her Women's Steering Committee director crew at the Director's Guild of America red carpet event.  Enjoy these photos which also made the DGA Monthly and DGA website.

June 27, 2017

Director's Guild of America Latino Committee Co-Chairs Elected

Regina Ainsworth was elected to serve as a Co-Chair for the DGA Latino Committee.  Prior to this honor, she was appointed to serve as the DGA Women's Steering Committee Proposals Coordinator and the DGA Latino Committee Events Coordinator.  Regina is thrilled to be a voice for the Latinx community.

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(L to R)  DGA Women's Steering Committee Co-Chair Maria Buron, DGA National Executive Director Russ Hollander, DGA Women's Steering Committee Co-Chair A. Laura James (LJ) Photos courtesy of DGA Staff