INDUSTRY IMPRESSIONS

Elmore Leonard

Soul to sole with Elmore Leonard

It was my freshman year at the University of Michigan and Elmore Leonard arrived to speak to my English class. It’s been three decades and I still remember his round face and grandfatherly air. I also remember feeling we were […]

Good Night and Good Luck

4 creative lessons from the set of ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’

I’ve been producing behind the scenes (aka “EPK”) on studio films for the better part of 10 years. I’ve watched dozens of directors closely, and studied how they worked with their creative team and their actors. Besides my own films […]

Three

What’s so enticing about the Rule of Three?

My current manuscript opens with my protagonist on the run. It’s been a long night, and he battles his exhaustion by counting the rhythm of his steps – in threes. I remember writing that opening scene like it was yesterday, […]

Spoiler

Spoiler Alert

It used to be when you didn’t want someone to spoil something for you that you took your phone off the hook. Nowadays, you have to stay off-line, plug your eyes, turn off your phone, avoid television, read no blogs, […]

Broke actress

Ten rules for being a broke actress in the city

1. Wake up at 5 am in order to put your name on a “cattle call” audition list by 6 am, in the hopes of getting seen earlier than the majority of the 400 other people auditioning. Crawl down 8th […]

Movies

Story: Is there fiction in all truth?

I felt inspired to write this blog about the tenuous relationship between truth and fiction because many of this year’s Oscar contenders, as well as recent releases, are biopics (The Imitation Game, Selma, Foxcatcher, Big Eyes, to name a few). Each […]

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