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.
Are Awards Shows Ruining Show Business
I’m all for pushing envelopes, but should cringe be a part of awards show comedy?
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.
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.
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.
Tale of a Redwood Spoon
This is how I will heal what two years in L.A. have done to me.
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?
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 ...
The Trials of Post-Production: An Indie Filmmaker’s Dilemma, Part 1
"... we went this far, let's not leave anything unturned."
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.
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.
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.
I'll Be There For You
You don’t have to love the ride, but accepting it is freeing.
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.
The Very Model of a Modern Major Musical
It may start with our mother’s heartbeat, but when we enter the brutal reality of the world, we hear the cascading rhythms of human voices, outside world noises … and, if we’re lucky … some form of musical notes.