Below the Line: Makeup Artist Nicki Ledermann

Below the Line: Makeup Artist Nicki Ledermann

You can be the best makeup artist in the world, but if you don't get along with people and can't read the trailer, the room, the atmosphere, the actor … If you don't have that, then you will never make it in the film business.

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12 min read

Are Awards Shows Ruining Show Business

Are Awards Shows Ruining Show Business

I’m all for pushing envelopes, but should cringe be a part of awards show comedy?

# Read # The Business of Art
5 min read

The Fantastic Two: An Interview with Screenwriters Ian Springer & Jeff Kaplan

The Fantastic Two: An Interview with Screenwriters Ian Springer & Jeff Kaplan

... desperation can kick in—you chase “what’s popular” rather than staying true to your creative vision.

# Read # Interviews # Breaking In
18 min read

The Queue: 366 Movies I Haven’t Seen Because I’ve Been Busy Doing Other Things—Part I (January 2024)

The Queue: 366 Movies I Haven’t Seen Because I’ve Been Busy Doing Other Things—Part I (January 2024)

No joke, I think this has the most cigarettes I’ve ever seen in a movie.

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6 min read

Shoot the Moon

Shoot the Moon

... and dammit if I wasn't completely blown away. By the time I turned the final page, I'd quasi fallen in love with the freaking thing.‌

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8 min read

Tale of a Redwood Spoon

Tale of a Redwood Spoon

This is how I will heal what two years in L.A. have done to me.

# Read # The Creative Mind
6 min read

Why Creative Pursuits are Worthy Work

Why Creative Pursuits are Worthy Work

... if we’re not doing the thing that makes us tick, are we really living to our potential and sending the right message to those that might be watching and emulating?

# Read # The Creative Mind
4 min read

Raiders of the Lost Art: An Argument for Dialogue-Driven Set Pieces

Raiders of the Lost Art: An Argument for Dialogue-Driven Set Pieces

... well-rendered and delivered dialogue can surprise and turn a story on its head in ways that action scenes only very rarely can ...

# Read # Style & Substance
11 min read

The Trials of Post-Production: An Indie Filmmaker’s Dilemma, Part 1

The Trials of Post-Production: An Indie Filmmaker’s Dilemma, Part 1

"... we went this far, let's not leave anything unturned."

# Read # Independent
9 min read

The Three Things All of 2023’s Best Screenplays Have in Common

The Three Things All of 2023’s Best Screenplays Have in Common

It is a shining example of how a film can be distinguished just as much by what its script doesn’t reveal as what it does.

# tag # Style & Substance
4 min read

Respect Yourself

Respect Yourself

And there I was in the fancy office of a multi-million-dollar production house where I acted like a 10-year-old schoolboy sent to the principal’s office.

# Read # The Creative Mind # The Business of Art
4 min read

How to Know When It's Time to Quit, Part 2

How to Know When It's Time to Quit, Part 2

The more pressure you put on yourself, the less likely you are to write. Instead of setting huge daily/weekly goals, set goals that you can easily accomplish.

# Read # The Creative Mind
5 min read

A New Documentary Shows The Most Vulnerable Victims Of War: Animals

A New Documentary Shows The Most Vulnerable Victims Of War: Animals

Only after he was on the other side filming at a particular angle, he saw the thin thread he somehow missed that would have set off explosives.

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4 min read

I'll Be There For You

I'll Be There For You

You don’t have to love the ride, but accepting it is freeing.

# Read # The Business of Art
4 min read

Brown Paper Bag

Brown Paper Bag

Not wanting to turn into a bitter (or incarcerated) adult, and also a seasoned aficionado of sugar, I suffered DEEPLY from bag envy.

# Read # The Creative Mind
11 min read
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