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Monthly Archives: July 2008
Today, my boss handed me a spreadsheet where one line had spilled over onto a second page. She told me to cut and paste it onto one page. It took me a moment to realize she meant using … Continue reading
Yes, I survived the earthquake. I was driving at the time, and I didn’t even realize it had happened until my sister called me to ask if I was okay.
Jesus, it was a 5.4. The only reason I … Continue reading
I tend to find film criticism either insufferably pedantic, ill informed, or both. I prefer to take my criticism with wit and irony. And possibly pedophilia jokes.
I recently found David Bordwell’s blog. His name sounded familiar, and … Continue reading
Yesterday, we had a table read (meaning the actors read the script in front of the producers and network executives). The only thing you need to bring to a table read is your script.
Guess what the director didn’t bring.
Besides his … Continue reading
If you’re sending in your resume, please keep the following in mind:
Your resume does not need to be six pages long. Steven Spielberg’s is not that long. I used to work for an agency that represented Oscar and Emmy … Continue reading
Writing yesterday about my film school pilot, I thought about our terrible professors for the first time in years. They were all pretty old, and set in their ways. They wouldn’t let us do anything unusual, like, oh, … Continue reading
In film school, I worked on a sitcom pilot for the campus TV station. It was for a class, so if you wanted to be either the director, the writer, or the producer, you had to interview with the professors. … Continue reading
Unlike most people, I didn’t go to Dark Knight this weekend. I’ve already seen it on a regular screen, and all the Imax screenings were sold out.
Instead, I went to Venice beach. (In my excitement to be outside and … Continue reading
Yesterday, the writers’ assistant asked me if I wanted to be a production coordinator.
The question puzzled me. Who actually wants to be a coordinator? I can’t imagine anyone stepping off the bus in L.A., and thinking to themselves, … Continue reading