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The Value of Working for Free


Equating a Labor of Love with Actual Labor I’m writing this while the survival of something close to my heart – the intimate Los Angeles Theater – is being placed in jeopardy. There are many conflicting values under sincere debate and the future of a cultural scene is being brought into question. At the heart of […]

Anatomy of a 20-Year-Old Thing


Pardon my Complete Self-Indulgence… Sometimes I write these things to get big ideas out of my head, and to me, this is a big idea even if it’s nestled in something really small, something you’ve probably never seen, but something which was a huge obsession of mine for a few years. Disposable Work I grew […]

Somebody Steal This Idea (No, Really)

Somebody Steal This Idea (No, Really)


Direct Approach I’ve often trumpeted Shot Designer from the aspirationally-named, Vegas-based company “Hollywood Camera Work” as the best app I’ve ever found for directing. It runs on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC and helps me to generate really fast overheads for any scene, and plan out my shots and shotlists from there, and share them […]

So I Made a Podcast…


Lend Me Your Ears As I’ve said before, the first time I stuck earbuds in my ears and fired up a podcast (I think it was the Slate Magazine daily podcast at the time), I had a “where has this been all my life” moment. Today I barely listen to the radio – I listen to podcasts […]

What’s On Second?


My 1st Foray 2nd Unit Being a freelancer in the entertainment business in LA (as I have since 2000) can be a stressful balancing act, and after being at it a few years I began to notice certain trends – especially the times of year that work becomes more plentiful or… Less so. And as […]

An Open Letter to Spec Screenwriters


Confession time: I am the world’s worst reader. A former manager of mine used to refer to my pile of unread scripts as the “Rockpit.” It was a steadily-growing 8 1/2″ by 11″ rectangular stack that sometimes grew so tall you’d think I was trying to turn it back into a mighty oak. I’ve finally […]

New Digs


Really short one this time – Just a plea for you to check out my new website. I’ve really put the media first, enabled it for tablets and devices and such, and hopefully it’s an easier place to check out all the friggin’ media I’ve spent decades slaving away at. And in case you’re interested, […]