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“SYNCHRONICITY was painted at my house, without any memory of painting it. It was painted with enamel house paint and oils on canvas. The title was selected from my obsession with statistics and my belief that all things share a connection, no matter...
Davyd Whaley remains constantly on my mind. I’ve been going through his journals, and studying his paintings to commune with him, and in the process I’ve come to learn more about him, to understand him in a deeper way. It’s amazing how much I didn’t ...

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Today is Davyd Whaley’s birthday. He would have been 47. The sadness I feel about his loss wraps around me every day, like a cold wind barreling down the streets of Manhattan. Then it eases slightly as I take a breath.  I don’t resist the pain, but i...

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Thornton Wilder wrote, “The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” So first of all, I am deeply grateful to Davyd, for all that he gave me, for all that he taught me, for every single day of the ten years we spent together. There ...

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The PRETTY LITTLE LIARS summer finale airs tonight, wrapping up the first half of season 5. How quickly time flies. I came across an interview I did with Maria Mercedes Lara from Wetpaint.com a couple of years ago, at the beginning of season 3. I fou...

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“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”  --Soren Kierkegaard “…There is a darker side to adolescence that, until now, was poorly understood: a surge during teenage years in anxiety and fearfulness. Largely because of a quirk of brain development, ado...

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"Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see." --Rene Magritte "Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion, a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs." ...

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On our recent trip to Rome we went to the Trevi Fountain. Unlike the evocative scene in Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA, the fountain was not deserted and mysterious. It was instead surrounded by hundreds of tourists, as well as kiosks hawking plastic, minia...

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A friend used to say to me--free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it, which is nothing. However, that doesn't seem to stop people from asking and I find that I say the same things over and over. So here goes: my advice here on my blog, where ...

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"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." --Shakespeare There’s an idea that’s been kicking around in my head for some time, ever since my last po...

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"Hopper has been a huge influence on me. His work is grounded in an American sensibility that deals with ideas of beauty, theatricality, sadness, rootlessness and desire. I think it is now virtually impossible to read American, visually, without refe...

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I'm frequently asked for suggestions of books about directing--by students, and others who want to direct. Here are some of my favorites, which hopefully provide a good place to start: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT by Francois Truffaut. Francois Truffaut: "In...

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parallax |ˈparəˌlaks| noun the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g., through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera. Recently on Netflix I got sucked into a multi-part d...

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This past week I shot a series of fragrance commercials, three for women and one for men. They’re brief and, since the viewer is not able to smell anything, each spot must suggest the “idea” of fragrance through the use of light, design, and texture—...

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"It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive." --Federico Fellini Year-end reflections give dimension and meaning to experience. It seems like every paper, blog, or magazine is full of ten-best or worst lists, ten photos that define th...

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“Okay… let me say this…if I lost my wife and the next day a little bird landed on my window sill, looked me right in the eye, and in plain English said, “Sean, it’s me, Anna, I’m back”…Well, what could I say?  I guess I’d believe her.  Or I’d want to...

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Hitchcock’s films have been fundamental touchstones for my creative development--particularly the way in which he uses his films to explore modern man’s psyche in the mid-twentieth century. From my viewpoint, Hitchcock was always a little disingenuo...

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I just finished watching the season finale of MAD MEN. It was an enormously satisfying episode of television because the patient, deliberate development of the story, throughout the season, paid off in wonderful ways. Why aren’t movies this good anym...

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“Indeed her effect on him was electric—thrilling—arousing in him a curiously stinging sense of what it was to want and not to have—to wish to win and yet to feel, almost agonizingly that he was destined not even to win a glance from her.”  --Theodore...

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My primary approach to the filmmaking process is to think of it as creating pieces of information that, when cut together, create a psychological effect. Therefore, the psychological effect that I want to create must be determined beforehand or I wil...

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