EDUCATION 

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“I always look at the new cohort in the Half Initiative each year as the future of this business. I want mentees to not only learn from masters at their craft but also build a long-lasting bond they can use as a resource for their career. The future was always bright and it has been exciting to watch as they hone their skills thru the program and become leaders in the industry.”

- Tanase Popa, Co-Founder of Half Initiative

Executive Producer, Ryan Murphy Productions

THE MENTEES BECOME THE MENTORS...

Many Half mentees that have established a successful career in episodic continue to mentor the next crop of mentees through our shadowing program, educational workshops and creating networking opportunities.

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"I was honored to teach a workshop for the alumni of Half. We talked a lot about prepping an episode along with my journey into directing. Could not be more grateful to [Half] for launching my career in television"

- Maggie Kiley, 2016 Half mentee, currently has an overall

deal with Warner Bros. She also hosted a workshop for

Half mentees on Director's Prep in Episodic.

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"My path from Half Initiative mentee to television director to
Half Initiative mentor is a journey I could have never imagined for myself. It is incredibly gratifying to come
full circle and have the opportunity to positively impact
someone else's directing career"


-Brenna Malloy, Half mentee, director, 9-1-1, Lone Star
Since Half, Brenna has had Half mentees shadow her on
9-1-1, Lone Star, and also taught a workshop for Half
mentees on The Art of Collaborating with Crew.

 
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EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Workshops, masterclasses, panels and networking opportunities are produced for
Half mentees to further their education in the episodic industry. 

PAST WORKSHOPS HAVE INCLUDED:

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Tina Mabry: Prep for Taking Meetings as a Director & Working With Actors in Episodic
Maggie Kiley: Directors Prep for Episodic: "I wish someone would have told me this..."
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Danielle Wang: Everything a Guest Director Needs to Know About Working with Editors
Steven Canals and Crystal Liu: Collaborating with Writers and Producers in Episodic Television
Joaquin Sedillo: Collaborating with Your DP in Television
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Gloria Fan: General Meetings and Pitching Yourself as a Director
Alexis Ostrander: The Visual Art of Directing
Jennifer Arnold: The Half Hour World: Directing Episodic Comedy
Brenna Malloy: The Art of Collaborating with Crew: Effective Communication and Arriving Organized
Brian Michael Smith and Oliver Stark: Directing Actors in Episodic (as the Guest Director)
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Marcus Stokes: Blocking Masterclass and Tips on Getting Hired
SJ Munoz and Tara Meile: Booking Your First Directing Job and Getting Asked Back: The Pursuit
"Half may not promise an episode, but they do promise a family." 
Rippin Sinder, Half mentee, Director Shadowing Program
COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

The Half Initiative family is proud to collaborate with like-minded organizations who foster education and mentorship for traditionally underrepresented artists and filmmakers.


FILM INDEPENDENT
GHETTO FILM SCHOOL
GROUP EFFORT INITIATIVE
THE LA LGBT CENTER
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
OUTSET
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
THE TRANSGENDER FILM CENTER