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 …

Night o’ Globes…

The sun is just starting to rise over the #GoldenGlobes Red Carpet. Gonna be a big day…. Less than 10 hours until we’re live on @nbc… Less than 8 hours until Globes Red Carpet Live on the GoldenGlobes Facebook page… Get hyped. #Globes75 A post shared by Golden Globes (@goldenglobes) on Jan 7, 2018 at Read More …

MAAA: 525,600 Minutes

Happy 525,600 minutes, 2017!! https://t.co/Xx8JnkskPj — Bess Kalb (@bessbell) December 29, 2017 The bizarre insanity that makes up the mind of our current dotard in what is left of 2017 is… unique, to put it mildly. In some ways, it reminds me of the spoof commentary promos that I would make in college for assignment, Read More …

Ode to the Music Video, Pt. 2

One of the pieces I find quite enthralling about the filmmaking process is how enriching and influential incorporating music into the storytelling process is. Whether it’s a vivid score or a vocal tune, these can complement a scene, a character, even a color. When filmmakers get to spend time working entirely on pieces devoted to Read More …

Call Me “Mudbound-Tonya Lady Bird Project 2049” in the Shape of Dunkirk, Missouri

National Board of Review 2017 Acting Winners: https://t.co/az4dcefD6S Tom Hanks, "The Post"Meryl Streep, "The Post"Willem Dafoe, "Florida Project"Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird" pic.twitter.com/mnWVhMmzwZ — IndieWire (@IndieWire) November 28, 2017 OK, folks, our awards season bash has kicked off, and we’re at least three festivals into it so far: The National Board of Review, the New York 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 …