Here are a couple helpful videos I found online that can help you further understand lens and shot selection in relation to filmmaking. Also, glancing over at my bookshelf here are some books that can help you understand shot selection. The Five C’s of Cinematography Cinematography for Directors Cinematic Storytelling Master Shots  Film Directing Shot […]

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Every once in a while two distant and loose threads of my past cross paths. That happened last night in the playoff baseball game in Los Angeles when the L.A. Dodgers played the Washington Nationals. Nationals’ Howie Kenrick had the best moment of his career when he hit a grand slam home run in the […]

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This is a follow-up to my last post (The George Lucas Directing Class in Under 100 Words) and it’s advice that comes from three Oscar winners. And it has to do with how you as a director capture wide shots, medium shots, and close-up shots in any given scene. Director Spike Lee says you not only […]

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Ron Howard has had one of the most amazing careers in Hollywood history. He’s been a  child actor in a classic Tv show (The Andy Griffith Show), a young star actor  (Happy Days), an indie filmmaker (Grand Theft Auto), an Emmy winning producer (From Earth to the Moon), and an Oscar winning producer/director (A Beautiful […]

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Producer/director Ron Howard uses a checklist to evaluate scripts he wants to develop which includes rating them according genre fulfilment, strength of characters, emotional reaction, thematic relevance, structure (he prefers thinking in terms of sequencing), and suspense. “I do believe all pieces need to be suspense pieces in a way. It’s that question of, ‘Is […]

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“Very often something that I’m going to want to know before I begin [writing a story] is what it’s about. And I’m probably not really going to find that out until it’s over. Until I sit there and re-read it. And I go what was this about? But I need to have some kind of […]

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“A big theme for me is people in spiritual crisis. I keep coming back to this, every movie that I tend to be drawn to, that I want to spend years on, is about somebody going through a spiritual crisis. And this person—this man or this woman—is trying to make sense of their life because […]

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Unless earlier this month I hadn’t been to the Rio Pinar Golf Club since Jimmy Carter was in The White House. But on my way to a video shoot two weeks ago I drove by the classic midcentury modern building and took this photo. (All it needs is Rick Dalton’s ‘60s Coupe de Ville in from […]

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“We used to have a something called a ‘Downton argument,’ and with a Downton argument one of [the characters] voiced their opinion and the audience had to think that’s right. And then the other one said their opinion and audience thought wait a minute, that’s right. And you wanted [the audience] torn with both sides and every […]

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“Oh man, this is screwing with my whole reputation.” Craig Mazin on being an Emmy-winner On Sunday, screenwriter Craig Mazin ruined his I’m not into awards-reputation by winning an Emmy for creating the HBO/Sky production Chernobyl . (Hear his acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special here.). […]

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