Tag Archives: directors

Shit Happens

I just saw this post on Reddit:

Christopher Nolan breaks the 180 degree rule in The Dark Knight

Can anyone explain why he did it, and also why it works?
I’m new to film making, and I’ve been told that this rule is … Continue reading

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#NotAllDirectors

There’s still time to win box seats at the Staples Center, thanks to CAPS Payroll.
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Evan G decided to respond to a six-year-old post about an asshole director. I wasn’t around at the time, but as the current keeper … Continue reading

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Don’t Move!

I have a hard time getting into the Emmys. Unlike, say, the Oscars, there are way too many nominees for me to have seen everything worth seeing, and to therefore have an informed opinion on who should or shouldn’t win.
I … Continue reading

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Experience is a Terrible Teacher

Alexandria writes in:
I emailed you a few months regarding PA’ing, and it really helped. So thank you. I have another question:
My goals as a director is to succeed within the independent circuit, and more specifically, work within the burgeoning … Continue reading

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What’s Taking So Long?

Different types of shows have their own rhythms.
Multi-camera shows build slowly, from a simple table read and maybe a rehearsal on day one, all the way up to the full-0n craziness of a 16 hour shoot night. Single-camera comedies can … Continue reading

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Conference Call

A friend of mine is working in post on a sequel to a big budget movie that you’ve heard of and probably didn’t enjoy very much.  The director has that kind of psuedo-fame that comes from being a jerk.  I … Continue reading

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Secret Origins

Green PA commented on a post from a couple weeks ago, “The Curse of the Origin Story”:
I recently got very lucky and was able to finagle my way out of the mail room and into a sweet PA job on … Continue reading

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Earning It

One of the basic tenets of the American Dream is the idea that hard work will be rewarded. This simple belief is what gets most of us out of bed in the morning. Yay, capitalism!
It’s so ingrained in us that … Continue reading

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How to Impress

A friend of mine discovered I write this blog, and is now playing a rousing game of “Guess the Roman à Clef.” She hasn’t gotten them all right, so I’m glad my attempts at obscuring my identity have had … Continue reading

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Be Prepared

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

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