Every now and then you run across a piece of filmmaking that inspires, and stuns, and leaves you saying “holy crap.”
Image: Roland Dobbins, Flickr
Wow. Jerry Pournelle passed away.
What a character… I’ve got a few Jerry stories from back in the day…
I’ve already shared the Jerry/Ringworld story that his sometime writing partner Larry Niven shared with me about a million years ago, over here Continue reading R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories
Indie filmmaker? Limited resources?
Don’t forget that what’s outside the frame doesn’t matter. Particularly with tightly framed shots, and shallow depth of field.
Being an art director for no-budget shoots, I’ve had to get creative with zero money, and with zero time, more times that I like to remember. But there’s nothing like solving a problem, and seeing the result on the screen… knowing just what kind of shoestring magic is happening outside the frame.
This set of images might just inspire you to get a little creative with your framing and your atmosphere… they’re for still photographers, but no reason you can’t steal the ideas for your movie.
Why Filmmakers and Marketers Both Need To Study Loglines
All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”
While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.
First, a recap:
I don’t generally dedicate a whole post to a single testimonial. But this project has been special.
I love rewriting as much (more?) than I love writing… working off someone’s existing story, troubleshooting and refining and improving, that’s just so satisfying for me.
This latest project turned out especially great, and the writer was so kind and generous with his feedback that I just had to share.
Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.
Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.
Why The Curiosity Gap Isn’t New, and What That Has To Do With My Art School Experience
Here’s a kind of meandering stream of consciousness.
A while back I had a conversation with my good friend Jennifer Cario (author of Pinterest Marketing An Hour A Day, and President of Sugar Spun Marketing.)
We were talking about The Curiosity Gap, and how it works in art and marketing (and the art of marketing. And probably the marketing of art.)
And I made this connection.
A few years ago, I made some unsolicited suggestions to RedBox about upselling.
The suggestions were pretty well received.
Now, I’ve got a suggestion for NetFlix… it’s not about upselling, but it’s about ease of use, and a feature that I’d personally really appreciate.
Here’s a couple of sneak peeks at the upcoming book.
What do you think?