A brief account of the 2016 MIddlebury New Filmmakers Festival I wrote for the Vermont Media Alliance.
One of the few remaining drive-in theaters in the country is also a motel.
Taking a moment to look at what actually transpired this past year - and what can be learned from it.
The number of projects I have not begun, have begun but not completed or have nearly finished but essentially abandoned is large. When my defenses are working properly there are many wonderful reasons for all of this unfinished work. None of them are terribly original or interesting. In nearly every case the actual reason is … Continue reading The Trap of Perfection and Being Ready
I would like to be a tech savvy person. I would like to sit down at a computer, any computer, and immediately be able to do all the tasks I wish to do and never need to touch the mouse. I would like to pick up a digital camera and effortlessly navigate the menus in … Continue reading Computers, Technology and Hoopla
In which I give a long explanation which I find riveting.
A post about enjoying the process as well as the result.
It pains me to write it but for eight years I did not have much of an appreciation for the work of Wes Anderson. Shortly after viewing The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou I felt that Mr. Anderson had begun to engage in a form of filmic navel-gazing. I was not alone in having this opinion and … Continue reading Wes Anderson – Reality and Magic
Working principles. A story, whether it is screenplay, novel or something I am whispering in your ear should satisfy one or both of the following conditions. They are listed in order of importance. 1) The story should entertain/titillate/engage the reader/listener/viewer. 2) The story should teach/inform/educate the reader/listener/viewer. I am sure I have stolen this almost directly from … Continue reading Two Rules for Storytelling
3-13-08 I would be telling a lie if I claimed to be a fan of westerns. I think I have seen my share although there are a great many classic westerns that I have not seen nor do I plan to see. Why is this? I think my expectations as to what a western should … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma