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Jun 25

i directed this short film last fall. we premiered in Nashville this past spring to a great audience. now the film is available to view online. i’ll write more about it soon, but for now, find 15 minutes to carve out to watch “Love is Alive”, written by then-15-year-old Jessica Polk.

Love Is Alive from Bella Veritas Productions on Vimeo.

 

please share this film with someone whose life needs a little magic.

 

to see Motke Dapp’s charming drama “The Upside of Down”, click here.

to see my previous ICiT film, “Time to Pass”, as well as some interviews, click here.

to learn more about the ICiT program, visit the ICiT website or the ICiT Facebook page.


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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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Mar 08

my 2nd year directing class under the instruction of Janos Kovacsi was a life-changing experience. Janos gave a lot of wonderful instruction, a lot of which i have shared with my students over the years, and now hope to share here with my readers.

one of the best tools i learned from my time at NCSA was the director’s worksheet. in this post, i’ll explain the worksheet, give you an example, and links to some downloads.

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Feb 19

Hollywood is realizing what I’ve been saying for a while now. the success of iPad combined with the iPhone finally being available on Verizon will give iOS a huge foundation as a first arriver in even the LA film business.

[via TUAW] (thanks, Stephen & Joey)


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Mar 26

many people have long compared film to music, primarily to the symphony. i am too lazy today to research and find specific quotes and sources, so i’ll just assume you’ve heard the same and agree with it and work from there.

because of the staggering similarities in the emotional, compressed, symbolic nature of symphony and cinema, i often first approach my directorial vision as if it were a blank musical score… empty staff lines waiting for storyboards and overheads to unfold.  my script is like the poetic lyrics, and the visual music i will compose must convey the deepest intended meanings and nuances of the lyricist.

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Feb 20

man… what a week…

i’m really drained, but the good kind.  i will sleep like a baby tonight!  a baby that sleeps well… through the night for 8 hours or more… and then wakes up without crying and can fix french toast for itself.

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