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I am not throwin’ away my shot! I am not throwin’ away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young scrappy and hungry Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) Singer/songwriter Paul Simon preceded Hamilton—the play, not the person. And I sure hope he knows it. I just learned over the weekend how […]

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There are moments that the words don’t reach There is suffering too terrible to name “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda Today I’ll start a run of posts on Hamilton that began running on Disney+ last month. I was not fortunate enough to see the Broadway or touring versions of the musical, so […]

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“I always found that the harder a place was to get the more I enjoyed going there.” —Jimmy Chin (Who lived out of his car for six years as a mountain climber on his way to being an Academy Award winning filmmaker.) Somewhere in a shoebox is a photo of me 15+ years ago in […]

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Every once in a while someone will briefly come into your life and leave a lasting impression on you. I met Gehrig Chambless on a video shoot two years ago and I knew he was special. He was only a high school senior but he could hold his own talking to college students. His attributes […]

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Ramesh Santanam on The Inside Pitch interview with OScar winning screenwriter Chris McQuarrie (at the 1:58:58 mark) asked McQuarrie a question about how he dealt with notes from studio executive in the development process and he told this great story about a writer who said he got a the “dumbest note he’d ever received” note […]

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“What I’ve learned to do, probably really in just the last couple of films is to regard music and dialogue as very much one in the same. Dialogue is just as musical as music is a language. And by thinking of dialogue in musical terms, thinking of dialogue in terms of something that  conveys an […]

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“What I’ve learned to do, probably really in just the last couple of films is to regard music and dialogue as very much one in the same. Dialogue is just as musical as music is a language. And by thinking of dialogue in musical terms, thinking of dialogue in terms of something that  conveys an […]

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Christopher Lockhart’s two hour interview with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie— that was originally shown on the private Facebook group The Inside Pitch— is now on YouTube. Here are two filmmaking lessons from the Mission: Impossible writer/director McQuarrie (the second which he said took him 25 years to articulate): LESSON 1 “I didn’t understand lens on my […]

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Christopher Lockhart’s two hour interview with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie— that was originally shown on the private Facebook group The Inside Pitch— is now on YouTube. Here are two filmmaking lessons from the Mission: Impossible writer/director McQuarrie (the second which he said took him 25 years to articulate): Lesson one “I didn’t understand lens on my […]

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“Here’s how you become a screenwriter: Get yourself a pencil and a piece of paper—you don‘t need a computer, you don’t need Final Draft— and write interior [INT] and then chose any location you want. And then decide whether it’s night or day.  You’re a screenwriter. There’s no such thing as an aspiring screenwriter or […]

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