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I Am A Fraud

  I hereby declare that I am a fraud.  A big, fat fake.  I might as well be telling people that I am the Secretary General of the United Federation of Planets.  Or a professional nose picker.  I’ve been on exactly one audition this year.  One.  And I had a chance to have a look-see […]

Character Sketches

In our short history as independent screenwriters slash independent producers, my partner and used to write character sketches after the script was finalized. We would make them available, rather than give them, to the director and the actors.   Some directors, the ones I label “Visual Directors” were not a bit interested in the sketches.  […]


The director should know how each actor works, how to get the best out of each actor and when there’s nothing more to be gotten.  Yesterday i learned how a director can screw up an actor. Our director did take after take with most actors (6 to 12 takes for most scenes); yet with one […]


By-the-book directors yell, “Action,” even if there isn’t much action in the scene, even if it’s a contemplative scene, or a love scene, or a quiet conversation, or just an ECU of a reaction. The more sensitive directors, respectful of the actor’s instrument, say, “When you’re ready.”

Madness On Set

On the set of “Chase Me” Actress Mindea .  She’s a fabulous actor with a sensitive instrument.  She generally plays a gloomy or depressed character, or even a bitch; but today she’s playing a sarcastic, happy-go-lucky person.  She has gorgeous green eyes and long, wavy dark brown hair.   Actress Sith.  A versatile actor who […]

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