Book Review: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart

  “Producing” by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart is a book without an audience.  It gave the impression of a series of surface, quickie interviews done for an industry publication and then later tossed together into a book to allow the reporters to re-sell their material.   This book has very pretty pictures.  Nicely reproduced […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This week I’m recycling an article that appeared in this column several years ago. I’m an actor, screenwriter and indie filmmaker.  When I meet people not in the biz, they always ask me, “Have you been in anything I would have seen?”  I hate that one.  How shall I respond?  “Only if you’re actually educated […]

International Wildlife Film Festival 2013

  March, April and May are the months in which South by Southwest, Tribeca Film Fest, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Festival de Cannes get a lot of play.  Red carpets, stars, cleavage, over-the-top accommodations, huge production budgets.  Are these elements important or interesting?  More relevant?  Or do these movies, these production companies and these […]

Starving Artist Writes Haiku About The Life

Off the beaten track. I share with you, dear reader, an actor’s week, revealed with haiku.   Haiku 26 Acting class.  Take five. Everyone standing outside. Stretching limbs.  Smoking.   Twitterhaiku 95 At Cirque du Soleil A small girl scared by the clown, Seared soul, white grimace.   Senryu 233 Where, in the cortex, Does […]

Balancing Act: A Working Artist’s Dilemma

Can you operate in the world using both incisive thinking and creativity?  Can you do it simultaneously?  Or must you do it serially?  Are emotion and intellect trying to crowd each other out of our poor, overburdened brains?  Is bi-hemispheric thinking possible?  Yes, I know, this is an over-simplification of the issue.  However, allow me […]

Screenwriting Partners: Yes or No?

You’ve heard—it’s been said—many times that film is a collaborative art form.  We in the business like to illustrate this concept by talking about working “off” our co-creators.  For example, a director should and will meet for months with the Director of Photography (DP) to plan shots or will sit in the editing suite with […]

An Actor’s Diary

  Today was a day to shake my sweaty grip on the conviction that my chosen path is my right path.  I have known forever and long ago that I am an artist, yet it has not been my fortune to be in that small percentage of actors who work solely in their craft.  I […]

Book Review: Boscutti’s Don Simpson

  I love films about the industry.  I’m obsessed with them: movies about movies, movies about making movies, movies about movie-makers, movies about actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, movies about people who are obsessed with movies, films poking fun at Hollywood, serious films about Hollywood, films about the film industry in other countries.  I collect them; […]

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