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 …

Budgeting: The Finest End for The Biggest Gaffe in History

After declaring “All Hell Is Breaking Loose” at the first Academy Awards he hosted, Jimmy Kimmel could not have summed up better what was likely the biggest gaffe in Academy history: the wrong Best Picture award presented, for just under a minute, to a mistaken film from another envelope — likely a duplicate — still Read More …

Looking At Best Animated Short Noms

This scene always seems to get glossed over a bit — as would the documentaries and live-action shorts… Basically, what doesn’t typically earn big bucks directly at the box office gets ignored. Well, as an indie filmmaker currently in the works for another animated short, I present either fulls or trailers of the 2016 nominated Read More …