Tech Talk

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 […]

Think Different


How Technology is Making Your Creative Job Harder – And Why That’s a Good Thing I remember when I directed my first play in Los Angeles in the spring of 1999. It was called “Golden Elliot,” and it was produced by a small theater in Hollywood called (unfortunately) “The Professional Actors’ Counsel.” We had no […]

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 […]

10 Apps That Will Make You a Better (or more effective) Director


Here I Go Again… Recently I blogged about Hollywood Shot Designer app, a product I’ve come to know and love. And use – on every shoot. I went the next step, geekdom-wise, and even joined their beta team so now I’m one of the people testing new versions before the public gets them. It’s an […]

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 […]