“There’s no one working in television or theater today who’s not influenced by…the fountainhead of this whole thing, which is Death of a Salesman.” Mad Men creator & 9-time Primetime Emmy winner Matthew Weiner “Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman was like a mirror to the story I had written.” Asgahar Farhadi on The Salesman Empire […]

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“It took years of struggle. Years of not having anything happen, not even getting meetings, not knowing what I was really doing…Things have turned a corner.  I was really a starving artist for lot of years.  I moved to LA nine years ago, and the first five were really difficult.” Oscar-nominated screenwriter Luke Davies (Lion) […]

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“We were actually writing the screenplay at the same time as Margot [Lee Shetterly], the author, was writing the book – all we had was the book proposal. A few years ago, the producers were looking for a writer, and they read my script on Agatha Christie, actually, and they sent me the book proposal […]

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Since I’ve been writing about work this week, it seem like a fitting time to repost this one from seven years ago originally titled Stephen J. Cannell’s Work Ethic: Primetime Emmy-winning writer Stephen J. Cannell overcame severe learning disabilities (and flunking three grades) to become one of modern televisions most prolific writers. He wrote more than 400 episodes […]

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When Emmy-winner Stephen J. Cannell died in 2010 his IMDB credits were extensive. I can’t image many others who wrote 450 TV episodes or produced more than 1,500 episodes. But there’s really no secret to how he did it—it’s basic math. He began his days at 3:30 AM: “You know, when you say, ‘He created 42 primetime […]

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P.S. Just after I posted this I saw this Facebook post by my director of photography friend Mac who is doing his best to work hard & be brave: Scott W. Smith    

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“If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll find one.” Actor/Director Denzel Washington  60 Minutes interview December 18, 2016 “I’m particularly proud and happy about the young filmmakers, actors, singers, writers, producers that are coming up behind my generation. In particular Barry Jenkins. Young people, understand, this young man made 10-15-20 short films before he got […]

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I don’t know what what writer John Grogan’s dream was growing up in Michigan, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t involve two Hollywood actors eventually playing he and his wife based on an international best-selling book that he wrote. But that’s the way it went down. The Marley & Me author is a good example […]

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“I’m usually a night owl, but when I wrote Marley & Me, I forced myself to go to bed early and get up early. I wrote from 5 to 7 a.m. and then ate breakfast and went to work to write my newspaper column. I averaged a chapter a week this way. I began the […]

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“Some of the drafts I wrote, if you would have showed them to a studio executive, they would have called an emergency meeting…That’s the nature of writing. You kind of have to get lost. You go down a bunch of wrong paths and then you find the right path.” Screenwriter Robert  D. Siegel on his […]

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