Archive | Producing

Book Review: Producing by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart

  “Producing” by Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart is a book without an audience.  It gave the impression of a series of surface, quickie interviews done for an industry publication and then later tossed together into a book to allow the reporters to re-sell their material.   This book has very pretty pictures.  Nicely reproduced […]

Book Review: Boscutti’s Don Simpson

  I love films about the industry.  I’m obsessed with them: movies about movies, movies about making movies, movies about movie-makers, movies about actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, movies about people who are obsessed with movies, films poking fun at Hollywood, serious films about Hollywood, films about the film industry in other countries.  I collect them; […]

Producing for Indie is Tragedy and Comedy All at Once

Craigslist …or Craig’s Silt, as regards film production.  My professional film friends tell me they occasionally get paid film work from Craigslist.  I didn’t believe it, but, I decided to try it out.  I saw an ad saying, “Seeking all crew for a murder mystery documentary.”  No company name was provided, not a web site, […]

Nutsoid Film Peeps

Today is devoted to generalized griping.   Kerry the director who, ever since I appeared in his film adaptation of Marigolds, has been emailing me inviting me to purchase legal insurance plans from him or to attend Tupperware parties at his house…endlessly   June the screenwriter who wanted product placement in my film, albeit UNPAID, […]

Shooting The Trailer: Day 5

Wednesday was my day to be an actor. My writing partner played producer and PA today. Michelle Actor speaking: I gave three transcendent performances in two separate scenes.   Michelle Producer speaking: Good, all you need is one good take of each scene. I attribute my ability to give great performances partially to relinquishing producer […]

Tit Girl on TV

I was hired to produce a bad, bad television show. It was so bad that my client was going to PAY the local station to broadcast it. Ya, that’s called an infomercial, not a television show, dude. How bad was it? Well, to start, this guy’s definition of “actress” is: any woman with large breasts, […]

Producing, Oy Vey

A series of phone conversations with two friends.   Druid is producing her first independent short (a 3-minute teaser with a $3000 budget) in a small city and Anil is producing a celebrity benefit concert extravaganza (probably will cost $800,000 to produce) with Hollywood folks.   Druid is two weeks away from her shoot date.  […]

Where Did You Get That Toy? Part Eight

Today’s column is the last in a series (thank the muses for that small relief from teeth-gnashing frustration) about the adventures of a certain Michelle, hired to shoot a training video in the Tokyo offices of a certain client whose point person shall be known here as Crazy Boss Man, or CBM for short.   […]

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