Archive for October, 2011

Today I’m on the last leg of a road trip that has lasted 22 days and will cover more than 4,000 miles in 13 states. While there were plenty of interesting moments (my first wasp sting ever on a shoot in West Virginia—nothing a little “hillbilly medicine” couldn’t fix) , but the first night of [...]

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“I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.” John Updike  I’m not sure what the worst place I’ve stayed this year has been, but the nicest place is easy. One of my favorite all-time illustrations was written by C.S. Lewis. In may have been a section [...]

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When I was in film school we cut versions of an old Gunsmoke TV scene. It’s a great exercise. Today it’s popular for people to recut their own movie tailers. It’s a lot easier today with non-linear editing systems than on a 16mm upright Moviola, but the exercise is just as effective. And you don’t have [...]

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While many people dream of a white Christmas, you rarely here anybody pine for a white halloween. But that’s what it looks like many in the upper northeast will get this Halloween.  Thursday night this is what Maine looked like outside where I ate dinner and watched snow gently fall on the pumpkins.  Now, if [...]

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My two day streak of lobster ended today in Maine, but don’t feel bad for me, I did get to experience a personal culinary first—escargot on an oyster. From the minute we pulled up to The Tides Beach Club on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport I realized I was a long way from Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Though [...]

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Yesterday on a shoot in Maine I was subjected to eating prison food—and it was better than you think. I don’t know how many prisons today serve lobster for lunch, but many years ago in Maine the lobsters were so plentiful that they would wash up on shore. I was told by the chef that [...]

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On Monday I was in Orlando finishing up shooting a video project when I got a call about shooting another project in Maine. About 24 hours later I was in Kennebunkport and this was one of the first sites I stumbled upon— Hidden Pond.    

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Last Saturday night I was invited to and attended a play in Sanford, Florida called Touch and Go written by playwright Jules Corriere. It’s kind of a sweeping overview of the Central Florida town. Corriere crafted the play based on pulling parts of the 1,500 people who had told their own personal story of living [...]

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“Yeah, there’s a lion on Mount Perry Road and Gratiot Road.” 911 call in Zanesville, Ohio on October 18, 2011 A couple of weeks ago on my way to a location shoot I drove from Canton, Ohio to Charleston, West Virginia on Interstate 77 and made a brief stop in Cambridge, Ohio and took some [...]

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This week I finally got around to watching Tangeled and so I’ve been on a Dan Fogelman kick and just read a blurb from the New York Times last month where Fogelman tells what he’s been reading recently: I’ve read three novels by my new favorite writer, Justin Cronin. His latest, “The Passage,” is post-apocalyptic [...]

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