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Apr 30

“the more you noodle this over, the more meaningless this seemingly thoughtful gesture becomes.”

Jeff Jensen, EW.com

 

(h/t Kevin Mathis and Plugged-In)


Feb 26

2020 Vision

since there are way too many things to say about this film to fit into the five-and-a-half minute runtime, i thought a written commentary would be better. the following goes through the entire sunday morning film scene by scene and gives some insight into each aspect of the story being told and the production itself.

it’s extremely comprehensive, and you may not want to read it all at one sitting. i’ve divided it up according to the timer on the Vimeo video, in case there’s a specific shot you’re wondering about. if you have any other questions, feel free to contact me or ask in the comments below.

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Feb 15

for two months, i devoted most of my waking hours to thinking about, shooting, writing, planning, editing, or watching the following project, commissioned of me by the church i attend, North Boulevard church of Christ.

our family at North Boulevard is embarking upon a new journey. though it may seem big or vague or different, it is in reality just another day within a long history of a moving, growing, breathing, alive Church.

our hope with the 2020 Vision at North Boulevard is that we may spark a spiritual awakening in our community, region, nation, and world. we hope the things we pray about today will bless generations long after our evening has come.

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Mar 21

if you love film or if you are a Christian, you’ve got to read this post by Blue Like Jazz filmmaker — musician-turned-director Steve Taylor:

The Christian Movie Establishment vs. Blue Like Jazz

“One of the most consistent criticisms I got as a recording artist came from fellow Christians saying, “Why do you do these songs criticizing the church? Why would you go airing our dirty laundry for the public to see?” And, of course, that same criticism had been leveled at Blue Like Jazz.

This perspective has always amused me, as if the public thinks we’ve got our act together perfectly, as if they don’t already see the hypocrisy in our midst. They just think we’re too dumb to see it ourselves.

Which is why the image of a guy in a confession booth finally confessing the truth started my six-year-long quest to make Blue Like Jazz.

When we tell the truth – even the uncomfortable truth – the truth sets people free.”

the whole article is totally on point.

if you haven’t seen Taylor’s first feature The Second Chance, you should check it out; i really enjoyed it. i’m really looking forward to Blue Like Jazz (and not just for the Bear on a Bicycle scene).

i hope that there are a lot of angry patrons. if the film stirs the pot, people will become disappointed and angry with their anger and disappointment in life and seek something higher.

encouraging that search should be the aim of every filmmaker who proclaims the name of Christ.

 

UPDATE:  interesting update to this story as director Steve Taylor receives an unexpected phone call from Alex Kendrick of Sherwood Pictures.


Feb 28

many of you are aware that i often write articles for Macgasm. for many of my app reviews, features on Apple hardware and software, and thoughts on the future of tech, i often post on Joshua Schnell’s respected blog instead of here, since his readership is basically more in a day than i get in a year. Josh is kind to indulge. plus, it leaves me free to use this space to think purely about film technique and process.

if you’re at all interested in Apple stuff, and you’d like to hear our snarky opinions on everything (WHO WOULDN’T?!), give macgasm.net a few clicks.  the comments are often where it’s at, so read and participate.

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you can find any of my Macgasm articles at macgasm.net/author/skidmore.


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Jul 31

great article by John Gruber over at Daring Fireball:

“Put another way, the obvious structure for a post-Jobs Apple is simply Apple as we know it, without Steve Jobs.”

i think he’s totally en pointe with regard to Apple’s CEO situation. if you’re at all interested in the future of technology, i highly recommend reading this article.

also in the news this week (here’s another DF link, sourced from The BBC) is the insane amount of cash Apple has on hand:

“Apple’s most recent financial results put its reserves at $76.4bn”

many have speculated what Apple might use this cash for, but most suggestions involve laughably small portions of this immense amount of corporate wealth. stock holders have wondered why they aren’t seeing any of it.

my theory combines these two articles.

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Apr 10

just posted one of the longest articles I’ve ever written over at macgasm. while you’re waiting on info about the new Final Cut to trickle in this week, give it a read and let me know your thoughts.

big thanks to Joshua Schnell, editor-in-chief of macgasm.net for giving my article a spot in front of his readers.


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