The biggest downside to working on a stage is exactly the same as the upside: control. You create everything, so you don’t get the benefit of stumbling onto nice things like you would on a location.
I learn tons more on the job as a director than I ever did in film school and I went to a pretty decent film school. Lucky you, you get to learn that stuff from me –– tips, shortcuts, things they try to teach you are the right way to do things but turn out not to work.
I figure I’m saving you what? $40,000 a year?
As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to sit through an occasional story about my kids, life lesson, or recipe. Because. I mean, it’s my blog, right?
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It’s critical to evaluate a story separately from its telling. And this is a story told by someone who didn’t demonstrate that he could be trusted to deliver an important phone message.
The difference between What and Why is the difference between plot and story and by the way, is also the difference between porn and cinema.
A BAD DECISION IS BETTER THAN NO DECISION Remember George W. Bush? Yeah, those were the days, huh? I never liked him much, but there’s one thing about him that, as a director, I respect. He was the decider. When you’re a director, there’s no room for flip-flopping. Making any kind of film is an …
I like you, So I’m going to save you a ton of confusion. What I’m about to tell you, a lot of people trying to get a movie made will never understand.
I’ve done the hard work for you and figured out an almost foolproof way to manage your actors so that you can help them get to the absolute best performance when your lights are set, your background is choreographed, your camera is rolling, and everybody on the crew is standing by.
See what I did there? I completely wasted your time.
“Hello” is extraneous.
The reason for any scene to exist is to propel the story forward. Which means something happens. In order for a story to move –– and even the most languidly told stories require movement –– you need to skip the extraneous and get right to what happens.
Remember that film ‘Van Helsing’? Turd.
I was living in LA the year that film came out. And thanks to the complete worthlessness of that piece of crap, I almost threw in the towel. Gave up directing to become a cab driver. It was that bad.
I’m not an apologist for the Academy. They’ve lauded some pretty stinky work, in my humble opinion. But it’s equal-opportunity stinky, as far as I can tell.