We tried to keep our crew small enough [on The Florida Project] where we weren’t a big presence that would suddenly bring artifice to the scene that we were shooting…they were ready to go and improvise behind the camera, and sometimes throw the schedule away. As long as I was proving to production and my […]

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“Well, as a rule about 50% you have in your mind before you start the picture, and the rest you develop as you’re making it.” Writer/Director/Actor (and silent film comic genius)  Buster Keaton  “Going into a day we were 70% structured, 30% was left up to the film gods to give us happy accidents.” Writer/Director/Editor Sean Baker […]

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The Central Florida Project (CFP) was a success. Not to be confused with the movie The Florida Project, what I’m calling the CFP is in regard to the University of Central Florida football team. Two years ago they finished the season 0-12 and this season they finished 12-0 with an invitation to play Auburn in […]

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The past week has been crazier that most which explain the largest gap between posts in maybe a couple of years. Trying to get back in the saddle with a photo I took at  the end of November. It’s at the Vero Beach Museum of Art . They have a current exhibit of Master of […]

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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by… Sea Fever by John Masefield I have a few more days of posts related to The Florida Project movie, and today’s is semi-related.  The Magic Castle […]

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“Most of us have some old pain or hurt that we don’t think about all the time, but which is always vulnerable on some level of awareness…To humanize a hero or any character, give her a wound, a visible, physical injury or deep emotional wound.” Christopher Volger The Writer’s Journey Since it’s Thanksgiving Day and […]

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When I was 21-years-old film school student in Los Angeles I was an intern for a cable TV show called Alive & Well that was taped in Marina del Rey, California.  Once the guest on the show was Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Yeager who I knew went to high school in Dayton, Ohio. I […]

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When I was 21-years-old film school student in Los Angeles I was an intern for a cable TV show called Alive & Well that was taped in Marina del Rey, California.  Once the guest was Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Yeager who I knew went to high school in Dayton, Ohio. I asked him how […]

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“What [documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple] does is she really immerses herself— you really feel like with her films you’re on the strike line, you’re getting close to her subjects. That’s what we wanted to do [with The Florida Project]. We basically wanted to—very similar to they way I approached Tangerine—though  laughter, and through simple entertainment of […]

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In a semi-related connection to The Florida Project movie is Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida. Long before tourists started flocking to Orlando for Disney World vacations,  Busch Gardens in Tampa was one of central Florida’s major attractions. (Disney World was called The Florida Project back in the sixties as it was being developed.) When Busch […]

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