Complaints that go on too long

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 […]

A Swift Kick to the Head


Why Big Stars on Raising Money on Kickstarter isn’t Hurting Smaller Projects Allow me to start by saying that I’m not a Zach Braff fanboy. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, and he seems to have things he wants to say through filmmaking. But judging based on his debut feature nine years ago as well […]

NAB Roundup 2013 – Forget 3D, Let’s Talk 4K!


Emerging Patterns Every year, if I’m able to do so, I make the 4-hour trek by car from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to attend the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB). For the uninitiated, it’s a trade show where all the manufacturers of every piece of gear involving broadcast, filmmaking, production, postproduction, you-name-it fill […]

Post-Mortem: Two Years After the Fall of FCP


What A Difference Two Years Hasn’t Made It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since the stalwart Final Cut Pro shat the bed and drove countless editors into the hinterlands. At NAB 2010 2011 (thanks to Dave Camp for pointing out my error) when Apple took over a Final Cut Pro Users Supermeet […]

Restoration Software II: Software Harder!


So I Re-Transferred “The Meeting,” a Short I Directed in 1998 I sometimes talk to filmmakers who came up in the all-digital world who say something like, “I’d like to shoot film someday.” My pat, dickish answer is always, “no you wouldn’t. You want to HAVE SHOT film. It’s not the same. As someone who’s […]

Restoration Software


Piecing Together Fragments of Our Creative Pasts – PART 1 If Malcolm Gladwell was to write a filmmaker-specific edition of his great book Outliers, I am relatively sure my generation of filmmakers would be shown to have gotten the shaft by history. In Outliers, Gladwell posits that when one is born can be a huge determining factor […]

Is the Web Series the Rebirth of Indie Filmmaking?


Spinning a New Yarn on the Web It’s become one of the most common things said by actor, writer, and director friends of mine over the last few years: Q: Hey what are you up to? A: I’m working on a new web series. Now we all know that “working on” has many, many meanings […]