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“Notice when you’re talking to people, notice what people laugh at. If you tell a story and somebody laughs, then they sort of ask you some follow-up questions, that’s a pretty good indication that that might be a good thing to write about. Carry a notebook— make note of those times. I do.” Humorist David […]

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“We didn’t do any color filtration….” Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael on shooting Ford v Ferrari Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron once said that the problem with filmmaking is there is “never enough time or money.” While I was reading this morning about the making of Ford v Ferrari that Cameron quote popped into my mind. When […]

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Following yesterday’s post Writing is Work …, I thought it would be a good time to revisit a post from 2012. It’s based on the phrase/book Art is Work that I first heard about from artist Gary Kelley when I lived in Iowa: “If graphic design has a grand master, then Milton Glaser is Michelangelo.” […]

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“I know for myself, it’s important to write every single day. I meet a lot of young writers and I say do you write everyday, and they say, no, I write when it strikes me. I don’t know, I suppose that might work for some people—I’m not really the one to say—but it never would […]

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This is part of the answer Lulu Wang gave when asked what her takeaway was from the success of her film The Farewell.  “People don’t have to go to the movie to see plot. It’s about connection. And the question that I ask myself for most of The Farewell was not about plot—like what are […]

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My go to movie at Thanksgiving is Pieces of April (2003), written and directed by Peter Hedges  Here are some post I’ve written about it over the years: Thanksgiving with ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘Pieces of April’ Pieces of April (Part 1) Pieces of April (Part 2)  Pieces of April (Part 3)  Pieces of April […]

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Before writer/director Lulu Wang made an international splash this year for her movie The Farewell,  one of her day jobs was producing videos for lawyers to be used in legal cases. “I was basically going to people’s homes – you know, people who had been severely injured, people who, oftentimes, their injuries weren’t visible to the eye, […]

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My go to movie at Thanksgiving is Pieces of April (2003), written and directed by Peter Hedges  Here are some post I’ve written about it over the years: Thanksgiving with ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘Pieces of April’ Pieces of April (Part 1) Pieces of April (Part 2)  Pieces of April (Part 3)  Pieces of April […]

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Last night my wife and I went to the Toledo restaurant at Walt Disney World to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The restaurant is on the top floor of the recently opened Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. If you’re ever at Disney World in Orlando and want an ideal place to eat and […]

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This fountain was about 100 yards away when I turned a corner while driving this morning and something told me it had potential for a nice photograph. All the layering componets there. You have a fountain with water giving movement in the foreground, some trees in the middle area, sun in the background, and lots […]

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