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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 […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This week I’m recycling an article that appeared in this column several years ago. I’m an actor, screenwriter and indie filmmaker.  When I meet people not in the biz, they always ask me, “Have you been in anything I would have seen?”  I hate that one.  How shall I respond?  “Only if you’re actually educated […]

Starving Artist Writes Haiku About The Life

Off the beaten track. I share with you, dear reader, an actor’s week, revealed with haiku.   Haiku 26 Acting class.  Take five. Everyone standing outside. Stretching limbs.  Smoking.   Twitterhaiku 95 At Cirque du Soleil A small girl scared by the clown, Seared soul, white grimace.   Senryu 233 Where, in the cortex, Does […]

Balancing Act: A Working Artist’s Dilemma

Can you operate in the world using both incisive thinking and creativity?  Can you do it simultaneously?  Or must you do it serially?  Are emotion and intellect trying to crowd each other out of our poor, overburdened brains?  Is bi-hemispheric thinking possible?  Yes, I know, this is an over-simplification of the issue.  However, allow me […]

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; […]

Behind the Scenes: Does Every Actress Want to Hit the Big Time?

  Last week I wrote about some of my actor friends and how they have crafted their careers.  We learned that for some, the dream of Hollywood stardom is still compelling and that for others simply making some money as an actor is all they could desire.  This week let’s hear about some of my […]

Will I Make It to the Big Time?

Do you think most working actors are looking for that “big break” that will launch them into the A-List category, or are they more concerned with just making sure the rent gets paid and the kids get fed?” Great question!  I don’t think there’s an easy answer to this: actors are so varied in their […]

Why I Am a Screenwriter, Part 4

  Laura K writes a periodic blog about her insane twenty-something life.  She writes “Last night Eric got blitzed and puked all over the brand-new living room couch.  I got blitzed and fell and broke my arm.”   I commented on Laura’s blog, “The sex with Eric must be great because the Saturday nights sound […]

Star Trek The Next Generation: Bereft

  After 182 hours almost straight, almost without sleep, I have finished watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”  Season 7 (the last season) was particularly difficult.  Why?  Several reasons, I think.  First, the plots became repetitive.  Second, the writers stopped showing Roddenberry’s ideal new world.  Third, Bad Science.   The writers got lazy.  How many […]

Star Trek: Week Four

  Three weeks into the research for my Star Trek The Next Generation article, I am already in Season Five.  That’s 79 episodes viewed—in order, of course, to watch the development of the philosophy—and only 15 pages of notes.    My memory of the scads of script pages devoted to the exposition of our future […]

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