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    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I'm sorry I...

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I'm sorry I don't do well with acronyms. This is for anyone else who took 5 minutes to decipher :)



    insanely, monumentally jealous!

    Thank you for all the...
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    RIP: Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

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    In high school, while my friends were listening to U2 or Pearl Jam, I was usually listening to James Horner, John Barry, and Ennio Morricone. All three are gone, now that Ennio passed away...
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    Black and white looks looks best with high...

    Black and white looks looks best with high contrast. If you light it normally, it becomes a disagreeable gray mush. I think that's why it worked so well in film noir. Besides lighting, photographers...
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    Sorry, that website story was a red herring. My...

    Sorry, that website story was a red herring. My real example was about the accounting. The Space Jam website was a segue, because it was the Space Jam webmaster who told the story about the...
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    Corporations are like ocean liners. They don't...

    Corporations are like ocean liners. They don't exactly stop on a dime.

    Yesterday I read a story about the website for Space Jam, which is still up (https://www.spacejam.com/) but that's not the...
  6. Well, that sounds a lot better! It is common...

    Well, that sounds a lot better!

    It is common for a director to feel more comfortable with camerawork than acting, or vice versa. The good news is, it's okay to be a quiet director.

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  7. ahalpert makes a very good point. It's okay to...

    ahalpert makes a very good point. It's okay to ask for suggestions, to gather ideas from the cast, and I can totally see Spielberg doing that, at the beginning of the scene. But I also bet he swiftly...
  8. Directors have described their jobs as making a...

    Directors have described their jobs as making a ton of decisions a day. If you usually second-guess yourself and have to take a poll every time that you're called to make a decision, then you will...
  9. Confidence is just another word for belief. In...

    Confidence is just another word for belief. In general, try to line up your beliefs with the truth. You should not try to "develop confidence" that spending all your savings on a feature will "turn...
  10. You're absolutely right, and I wish more artists...

    You're absolutely right, and I wish more artists would be themselves.

    At the same time, even these quirky artists prove our point, which is to gradually build upon successes. Let's take a look at...
  11. Thanks for telling us a little bit more about...

    Thanks for telling us a little bit more about yourself. That helps.

    Do you live in one of the major film hubs in Canada: Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver?
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  13. Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford...

    Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford (Saturday Night Live)
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    That's right, get a copy of The Elements of...

    That's right, get a copy of The Elements of Style, one of my favorite books.

    There is something to be said for visual appearance, and large blocks of text look daunting. But I'm talking 10-15...
  15. Agreed. I believe this comes from the stage,...

    Agreed. I believe this comes from the stage, where blocking is one of the director's main responsibilities. There is it is a studied, refined craft --- partly because after all you don't have camera...
  16. You missed what I said (and what others have...

    You missed what I said (and what others have said). You don't need to go "find actors and DP willing to work unpaid, that are really good". You need to become a better director, so that, in spite of...
  17. It is true, but you need to make do with what you...

    It is true, but you need to make do with what you got. You need to make a decent film in spite of having unpaid actors and a volunteer DP. Then you use that to attract investors to your next project,...
  18. The responsible thing would be to build upon...

    The responsible thing would be to build upon small successes, one at a time. First, you make a $0 movie. And if that turns out good, make a $100 movie. And if that turns out good, maybe make a $1,000...
  19. Dear Jim of a Thousand Questions, Maybe it...

    Dear Jim of a Thousand Questions,

    Maybe it would be best if you introduced yourself a bit more. Don't say more than you're comfortable, but over the last few days you have asked quite a few...
  20. Most filmmakers get money from investors, which...

    Most filmmakers get money from investors, which could be a movie studio or just a random bunch of rich people who are friends of friends who are up for a little fun venture. But it's the investors...
  21. Oh yes, of course . . . What? I would not advise...

    Oh yes, of course . . . What? I would not advise doing this, especially if you are still scrounging for confidence. Even if you were super-confident (i.e., crazy) about your film, I would advise...
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    Haha, I get a Pavlovian response too, but it's...

    Haha, I get a Pavlovian response too, but it's more like dread :) Too many technical glitches through the years, too many stupid mistakes on my own part.
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    Yup, leaning in that direction now.

    Yup, leaning in that direction now.
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    You are in a much better position, it sound like!

    You are in a much better position, it sound like!
  25. Blocking and acting go hand in hand Directing...

    Blocking and acting go hand in hand Directing Actors 101: How Tasks & Blocking Bring Out Emotions | Director Thomas Barnes (5:36)

    Blocking and camerawork go hand in hand: Directing - The Fine Arts...
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