Archive for the ‘Basics’ Category

True Story (for those suffering from writer’s block)

Friday, October 10th, 2008

From an email that I recently wrote to a student suffering from writer’s block:

Have I told you my story about William Stafford, the poet? He made it a habit to write a poem every day. (A great poet, he won the National Book Award, etc.) Anyway, I saw him read his poetry shortly before his death. A budding writer stood up after his reading, during the Q+A and asked, “You said you write a poem every day. What happens on the days when you’re not feeling inspired?”

Stafford replied, “I lower my standards.”

I think that about sums it up.

Rest in Peace, Paul Newman

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Paul Newman died today. He was 83.

He leaves behind an incredible body of work, as both an actor and humanitarian. He will be missed.

That Newman was one of the greatest — and best-loved — actors this country has ever produced is not a subject for debate. Here is a quintessential late-career Newman moment, a nearly four-minute long take from The Verdict. Astonishing stuff.

202 DIY Filmmaking Tutorials

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Filmmaker IQ has a fairly well-organized list of DIY filmaking tutorials.

Some of these overlap the list I’ve been keeping for two years on this page, but there’s some new stuff as well.

Matte Box and Filters – An Intro

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

It’s a few days old, but B&H Photo/Video has a nice introduction to Controlling and manipulating the light (that enters the lens of your camera). The article describes the functions of a follow focus, mattebox and filters.

If you’re convinced you need these tools after reading the article, you might check out DV Magazine’s Matte Box Roundup and Follow Focus Shootout, two fine articles by FresHDV’s Kendal Miller and Matthew Jeppsen.

Festival Advice for Filmmakers

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Just a link to a great article by AJ Schnack on some festival advice for filmmakers. Since I was in Europe, I missed linking this when it went up in early June. Still, it’s good advice to keep in mind, particularly as some major festival deadlines are on the horizon.