Life Post Parkland Slash Columbine

So… Is anybody else amazed that it’s essentially been 20 years since “Medieval Air” was released in ’98?? Well, not entirely — that would officially come this fall — however, this middle school video by Garett Thomas started off so many things, you really have no idea if you’re just reading your first blog post Read More …

Another Golden Night at the Roxie

Where will you be to view the 90th Academy Awards, live this Sunday, March 4th? I know where I’ll be: The Roxie on 16th! They have a good gig there, in which their live projection on the movie screen of the show also includes other humorous clips and music videos *INSTEAD* of the commercials — Read More …

One Degree of Kevin Bacon

These CSU Monterey Bay connections, very much in notes/draft format, show just a few of the colleagues I attended and graduated from my university with, on their path to the limelight: Ram Paul Silbey ==> 2nd Assistant Director, “Get Out” ==> Jordan Peele DGA Nomination! https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-directors-guild-awards-20180203-story.html Jordan Peele with his DGA award. https://t.co/eWnWotGBBU pic.twitter.com/bImxrc9Zzi — Read More …

Give Them What They Want – Talking Movies in 4K – 107 for 90th Academy Awards

So, ever heard of Patreon? It’s a platform to contribute to online videographers like myself! We can start there: https://patreon.com/directorG Now, onto the better stuff — it’s our latest Talking Movies episode, the first ever in 4K, also the first episode to air on PenTV ever filmed in 4K, all of which was filmed using Read More …

NGNG 17: Haddish Stulbarg Baker

It’s a last minute rush until the super-duper-early nominations are official on Tuesday! Here are my no-guts-no-glory nominations, plus a few extras: 3. Sean Baker, Director – THE FLORIDA PROJECT This indie director may have certain unconventional methods to his construction, but have you seen Tangerine? I still can’t get over how that was shot Read More …

Six Dames, Seven Knights

Some actors seem to get very lucky in terms of winning, like a constant lottery. Others may seem to almost get there, again and again, as if only reaching the Silver Medal instead of the Gold for more fingers than a single hand. Looking back at the history of Academy Award nominations, there are three Read More …

Five Smashing Performances Plus Truman 20 Years Later

While “award-season” is now on, just know that whether or not an actor or crew member “ultimately wins” an Academy Award still may not mean jack. Knowing which performances and techniques were most effective is all part of the craft, and this is surely one of the most subjective arts in technological performance history. “The Read More …

Kickoff Trailer Bash to the 90th Golden Night

Cinebuffs like me and [maybe?] you are elated it is finally officially the so-called “awards season,” past that typical summer blockbuster moment that, with few exceptions, is the lame excuse for Hollywood to continue wasting more money on endless sequels and remakes, all unnecessary. It is finally time again for their movies that can matter! Read More …

From Winesburg, Ohio: Mother!

Yeaaah, so high school and college were my biggest creative movie outlets, even extracurricularly. If only I’d known how little free time would exist as an adult… One day, along came the Sherwood Anderson novel filled with grotesque characters, Winesburg, Ohio. My high school class group was assigned to satirically recreate a chapter out of Read More …

The Power of No Dialogue

Long sequences, even short films, can truly benefit when left to rely on fewer devices. In this instance, little-to-no dialogue grants filmmakers the opportunity to make other elements of their storytelling that much tighter, whether it be via the performances, the music, the quick editing, the creativity, or something else for you to discover below. Read More …