Category: filmmaking

Every Frame a Painting

I want to be clear: I love the art and the craft of cinema. I’m fascinated by the social and political dynamics that surround it – how films are created and consumed – but at the heart of all that, because of it or in spite of it, a well-made, beautiful film is still a precious thing to me. This…

The Archetype of the Prodigy

“Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” -advice from Merlin to Arthur, “The Once and Future King,” by T.H. White This piece in the NY Times Magazine features interviews with various highly successful…

Surviving Hollywood

Fourth in the “life after film school” series (here are episodes 1, 2 and 3), Aris talks about the dysfunctional dynamics of the movie business in LA. In spite of the overt hostility of this creative environment, Aris co-wrote and produced an independent feature film in 2005/6 which is currently at an advanced stage of post-production. The story of that…

TV and Heroin

An excerpt from an interview with my good friend Hillel, presented in three acts, the chemical dependency element neatly framed by his experiences working in and living with television. De Lorenzo would be proud, Hillel. Other episodes in the Life After Film School series are here and here. Filmed in Los Angeles in May of 2006. Eight minutes long, another…

Hockey Movie

Bryan (director) and Ashley (producer) tell the story of an independent feature film gone awry. I want to be clear – the purpose of posting this is not to take pleasure in the misfortunes of fellow filmmakers. Everyone in the film industry shares production horror stories, for catharsis I guess; the more horrific, the better. This is one of the…