Director’s Blog

 
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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Theo Williamson as Q

Theo Williamson as Q

It’s a role without any speaking lines, an unsavory part that some actors would treat as a yawn, a walk-on. But as small as this part is, Q is critical to the storyline — and Theo Williamson
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The Hottest G and E Department in the Business

The Hottest G and E Department in the Business

We asked for a Grip and Electric department and got these guys ā€“ straight out of central casting….

Iā€™m mean, look at these guys! Sam, Dave, Ryan, Chad and Derek (from left to right.) These are the kind
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Loren Harper as J.T.

Loren Harper as J.T.

I wish I could think of some pithy comment for this picture of Loren Harper, taken as he was waiting to play the role of J.T. ā€“ one of the homeless people whose lean-to gets burned (see the last post)
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Fire and Rain

Fire and Rain

Hey, boys and girls! Do you want to make your own molotov cocktail from a mason jar and gasoline soaked rag? Would you like to stage the burning of a small homeless lean-to for your film? Well,
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Helen Sadler as Moira

Helen Sadler as Moira

I first saw Helen Sadler in a Sam Shepard play with David Dastmalchian in Chicago. Watching their on-stage chemistry as girlfriend and boyfriend, I asked them to play similar roles (but very different from boyfriend-and-girlfriend in the Sam Shepard cosmos)
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Night of the Producers

Night of the Producers

Thursday night/Friday morning marked the first night shoot of the production. Call time was 7 PM and we went until 6 this morning.

Of course, even after the martini shot (another term we movie-folk use for the final
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The Miracle of the 1st AC

The Miracle of the 1st AC

What I particularly like about this photo of our 1st Assistant Cameraman, Jeffrey Schultz, (he in the black shades on the far right) is the placement of his hands over Ron. Of course, the reason his hands
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David Dastmalchian as Joshua

David Dastmalchian as Joshua

I put off posting about David for a few days because frankly, I’m not quite sure what to say about him. Not because he is some enigma like Joshua, but because he’s such a large — in
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