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ON VARIOUS BOOKS ABOUT DIRECTING…

June 13, 2010 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

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, MY ADVICE…

January 30, 2011 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

TO WANT AND NOT TO HAVE – AN ANALYSIS OF “A PLACE IN THE SUN”

“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,

FEAR AND ANXIETY IN “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS”

“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

FELLINI: CONSIDERING THE IDEAL

March 19, 2011 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

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PLACE

“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 November 12, 2010 There’s an idea

“PRETTY LITTLE LIARS”: HOPPER AND TEEN NOIR

  “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

ADAPTATIONS AND INSPIRATIONS

March 14, 2010 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

REFLECTIONS ON A YEAR OF GOOD WORK 2009

“It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive.” –Federico Fellini January 20, 2010 Year-end reflections give dimension and meaning to experience. It seems like

PIECES OF INFORMATION

October 25, 2009 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