2013 in Review
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00
On behalf of the board of your CUE (Columbia University in Entertainment) network, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have lots of great things in store for 2014.

But first, THANK YOU for helping CUE deliver on its most ambitiously programmed year ever!

We are humbled by your enthusiasm and grateful for your continued support. Here are some highlights of the events CUE proudly hosted in 2013:


Pub Trivia Night! 3/27/2013
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 01:31
Pub Trivia Event with Northwestern, Stanford, Brown and Dartmouth!

Are you a trivia junkie? Are you always right? Want to prove that you're the best around, and nothing's ever gonna bring you down? Then join us Wednesday 3/27 for a brainy, awesome trivia showdown with fellow entertainment industry alums from Northwestern, Stanford, Brown, and Dartmouth... and your fellow Columbians, of course.

The top three teams will win prizes and/or a round of drinks!
Address: Little Bar; 757 S. La Brea Ave. (One block south of Wilshire) http://www.littlebarlounge.com/

Trivia starts at 8:00.  Arrive by 7:30 to form teams and claim seats.  Mingling and gloating to follow.
Study those factoids and let's get ready to dominate!

RSVP here: http://cuepubtrivia.eventbrite.com
2/28/2013 - Mixer with Brown University Entertainment Group
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:11

RSVP Here: http://cuebrownmixer.eventbright.com/


CUE is joining forces with the entertainment alumni of Brown and taking over Bruhaus Pub in Brentwood for a night of food, drink and mingling! upcoming events Putting a California spin on a traditional pub, Bruhaus offers over twenty beers on tap and food ranging from beet salads to five different types of sausage.

They also offer excellent Happy Hour deals for the first hour of our event. (We're talking $3 beers - you can't beat that!)

Mark your calendars: February 28th from 7PM to 10 PM for sharing a beer with your old friends and meeting some new ones over a plate of wurst.

Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee discuss Wreck-It Ralph
Written by CUE Editor   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:20

Columbia MFA graduates Phil Johnston (FILM '04) and Jennifer Lee (FILM '05) launched into the big leagues of animated feature films this fall with the release of Wreck-It Ralph, the hit they penned for Disney about an arcade-game villain who decides he's sick of being the bad guy. The movie has been successful both at the box office and with critics, garnering an Oscar nomination for best animated film. Phil and Jenn have also been nominated for an Annie award for best writing in an animated feature production. The two took time to answer some of our questions about their paths from Columbia to Hollywood, and how working in animation differs from live-action.

CUE: What was your path from graduating to writing Wreck-It Ralph? How did you decide to team up on this script?

PJ: About a year out of Columbia, I sold a movie and a TV show and had financing for a movie I was going to write and direct. The movie didn't get made, the show didn't get made and the financing fell apart. Hooray! In the following years, I finally got a movie made (Cedar Rapids) and a TV show (Ghosts/Aliens, which never aired). I came onto Wreck-It Ralph in 2009 after meeting with the director, Rich Moore. He and I worked alone for about nine months, figuring out the characters and the story. Then the rest of the story team (the artists who draw the initial story boards) was put together, led by a guy named Jim Reardon-- a crazily talented dude who knows more about comedy films than can be considered healthy.

Alumni Spotlight: Ken Kristensen (Film '08)
Written by CUE Editor   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:36

On January 16th, Image Comics (The Walking Dead) published Ken Kristensen's comic book Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth. A darkly funny story about a little boy navigating a grotesque world. The first issue sold out in 24 hours, and is now selling for ten times its cover price on eBay, and has gotten amazing reviews. The publisher is going back to press for a second printing of issue #1. Issue #2 hits stores February 13. Below Ken tells us how he teamed up with his storyboard artist from his Columbia short films, got inspired by Todd Solondz, and found his publisher at San Diego Comic Con.

It all started by finding My co-creator and artist on the series, M.K. Perker. He was and is a frequent illustrator for the New York Times Book Review and Op-Ed page, and at the same time he was partnering up with me as the storyboard artist and production designer on my Columbia short films. Our artistic collaboration on every project was so strong we decided to form a permanent creative partnership. We'd meet every week at MK's Harlem apartment to brainstorm new projects.

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