Archive for: October, 2011

 
The Glamorous Life of Low Budget Independent Films

The Glamorous Life of Low Budget Independent Films

After the first weekend of my stay at the Hotel St. Regis in downtown Detroit, I was pretty certain it was part of a CIA interrogation training center, designed to sleep deprive guests and either drive them
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Bethany Waldon as Script Supervisor

Bethany Waldon as Script Supervisor

Three weeks into shooting, everything is a blur. “Was she carrying the bookbag over her left shoulder or right shoulder in that shot?” “Did we show anything IN the bookbag?”… Wait, a seccond! Was she even wearing
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It’s Rivera! Not Riviera.

It’s Rivera! Not Riviera.

As you can tell from the photos above, filming in the Diego Rivera court has been one of the highlights on this film for me. These are just
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I’m not sure if it was Darren Aronofsky or Steven Soderbergh who said “Filmmaking today is 90% paperwork.” And frankly, I don’t have the time this close to wrapping Cass to track the source down….

I’ll let the
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John Keenan, Master of the Universe

John Keenan, Master of the Universe

To create the ceiling of a boy obsessed with space travel, John Keenan, our Production Designer, created a universe with mobiles, glow-in-the-dark stars and model spaceships. The result — when the lights went down and the stars
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Nine Takes, Nine Cookies

Nine Takes, Nine Cookies

One of the biggest responsibilities for any director is to ensure the safety and well-being of the actors. We’ve had stunt coordinators onset for a close quarters fight scene, a firearms expert for a scene where we
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The Wardrobe Harem of Amy Julia Cheyfitz

The Wardrobe Harem of Amy Julia Cheyfitz

Wardrobe is one of those underappreciated departments. Like many aspects of a film, it’s when you DON’T notice the wardrobe, when it works seamlessly and subtly to maintain the illusion, that it usually works the best (though
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Jordan Champine as First Assistant Director

Jordan Champine as First Assistant Director

First Assistant Director – wow, what a cool title to have on a film.

Wait. Let me revise that slightly: First Assistant Director – what a frustrating, sleep-depriving-and-hangover-inducing, chaotic role on a movie.

Why all the negative qualifiers to
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Let us now sing the praises of Bailey… and Chrissy and John and Kim and Tony

Let us now sing the praises of Bailey… and Chrissy and John and Kim and Tony

Well, and every other PA I may have forgotten at the moment I write this….

One of the reasons I like this picture of the Ninja Production Assistant Bailey is her smile. This photo was taken somewhere around
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James McDaniel as Franklin Sr.

James McDaniel as Franklin Sr.

In the title essay for her book on writing, Anne Lamott tells the story of watching her brother in grade school, the night before a paper was due. All semester he was supposed to have been doing
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