Who doesn’t like a good origin story? Here’s one I found recently in Susan Orlean’s book The Library Book.  [Ray] Bradbury and his wife had four young daughters. When he tried to work at home, he spent more time playing with his children than writing. He couldn’t afford and office, but he knew a rook […]

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Since I was on the road more than usual this week I had the opportunity to listen to about half of Susan Olean’s bestselling book The Library Book. It’s so well written that I also bought the paperback at the Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park, Florida.  Being an independent bookstore—as well as writing a book—is, […]

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I started these “Postcard” posts many years ago when I blogged daily and was caught up on some production and didn’t have time to write a post. My last several days have included late night edits and early morning shoots, so I couldn’t fit any posts in. But here’s a photo I took from my […]

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Here are a couple helpful videos I found online that can help you further understand lens and shot selection in relation to filmmaking. Also, glancing over at my bookshelf here are some books that can help you understand shot selection. The Five C’s of Cinematography Cinematography for Directors Cinematic Storytelling Master Shots  Film Directing Shot […]

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Every once in a while two distant and loose threads of my past cross paths. That happened last night in the playoff baseball game in Los Angeles when the L.A. Dodgers played the Washington Nationals. Nationals’ Howie Kenrick had the best moment of his career when he hit a grand slam home run in the […]

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This is a follow-up to my last post (The George Lucas Directing Class in Under 100 Words) and it’s advice that comes from three Oscar winners. And it has to do with how you as a director capture wide shots, medium shots, and close-up shots in any given scene. Director Spike Lee says you not only […]

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Ron Howard has had one of the most amazing careers in Hollywood history. He’s been a  child actor in a classic Tv show (The Andy Griffith Show), a young star actor  (Happy Days), an indie filmmaker (Grand Theft Auto), an Emmy winning producer (From Earth to the Moon), and an Oscar winning producer/director (A Beautiful […]

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Producer/director Ron Howard uses a checklist to evaluate scripts he wants to develop which includes rating them according genre fulfilment, strength of characters, emotional reaction, thematic relevance, structure (he prefers thinking in terms of sequencing), and suspense. “I do believe all pieces need to be suspense pieces in a way. It’s that question of, ‘Is […]

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“Very often something that I’m going to want to know before I begin [writing a story] is what it’s about. And I’m probably not really going to find that out until it’s over. Until I sit there and re-read it. And I go what was this about? But I need to have some kind of […]

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“A big theme for me is people in spiritual crisis. I keep coming back to this, every movie that I tend to be drawn to, that I want to spend years on, is about somebody going through a spiritual crisis. And this person—this man or this woman—is trying to make sense of their life because […]

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