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Last Saturday night I had the opportunity to see and take some photos of something I’ve only seen one other time in my life—the night-blooming cereus. And in this case it was the Selenicereus grandiflorus which only bloom once a year. And only at night.

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”I’m a fast typer but I’m slow at ideas. Most of my scripts have taken probably about seven years between writing and getting made.”—Oscar winning screenwriter Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit)

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”The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”—Mark Twain This past weekend I went to a movie in a movie theater for the first time in over 14 months. I saw A Quiet Place II—and so did a lot of other people. The movie pulled in over $57 million to top a healthy Memorial Day […]

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“I just stay away from anything that feels too popular. Too common. Too forgettable. . . . Use your environment and see things that no one else sees. That’s really where you want to be. Bringing only what you can bring to a project, because nobody has your background, your upbringing, your parents, your whole […]

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“My biggest lesson is simply this: be prepared.”—Robert Galbraith When I met photographer Robert Galbraith around the time I was graduating from film school. He was a transplant from West Virginia where he’d been a newspaper photojournalist, and I was a transplant from Florida who’d worked a photojournalist with a small newspaper. We found ourselves […]

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I failed. They say that it’s better to have a goal that you fail to meet, rather than not have a goal at all. I think that’s because in taking steps toward your goal you’ve made progress. My goal was to get the first episode of my podcast uploaded yesterday. That didn’t happen—but I’m just […]

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“I was rejected from the Sundance labs maybe four times with Sound of Metal. . . . There wasn’t a lot of encouragement from anybody in the industry.”—Writer/director Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith The movie Sound of Metal picked up two Oscars last night for Best Sound and Best Achievement in […]

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“I was rejected from the Sundance labs maybe four times with Sound of Metal. . . . There wasn’t a lot of encouragement from anybody in the industry.”—Writer/director Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith The movie Sound of Metal picked up two Oscars last night for Best Sound and Best Achievement in […]

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“They say fifty per cent of the resturants in New York won’t reopen. Well, I think that’s certainly true also of the movie theatres.”—Screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver)The New Yorker, April 22, 2021 As I finished my book Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles toward the end of last year it was obvious that the film industry […]

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“It just takes a long time for your skills to catch up with your ideas.”—Advice to young filmmakers from writer/director Richard Linklater (Boyhood)Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast with Alex Ferrari Soon after I finished writing my book Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles, Alex Ferrari asked me to be on his Bulletproof Screenwriting podcast. That opportunity was a little […]

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