Here’s a lovely piece just recorded. I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve heard a sad Christmas song — exactly the mood this overcommercialized season of manufactured cheer always puts me in. My old friend Rick Boler, an accomplished humor writer and playwright who lives in my hometown of Erie, PA, wrote this for a play that will open in February.[ Read More → ]
Summers in Erie, PA, are like roller coaster rides. June is cool and rainy as the coaster creeps slowly toward the crest of the first hill. July 4 weekend, everything stands still for a moment. And we’re suddenly whizzing through hairpin turns, clickety-clack, up down and around. Before you know it, time for the big festivals, Roar on the Shore in mid-July and Celebrate Erie in mid-August. Then the kids go back to school right before Labor Day and everything takes on a pumpkin flavor. Summer’s over — where did it go?[ Read More → ]
John Eger, who teaches communication and public policy at San Diego State University, has posted a fantastic article about advanced technology and the survival of many cities. He’s one of a number of experts who agrees that the world is turning into a collection of powerful city/states in a global economy where nobody is in charge. Excellent reading.
Blackmagic Design rolled out some impressive new hardware at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Say what you will, this company is coming out with cost-effective innovations for all levels of filmmaking, from Hollywood movies to low-budget productions like my own.
Veteran indie producer Ted Hope, whose credits include 21 Grams by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu, talks about Five Crucial Things We Want From Movies. Short, sweet, and definitely to the point.
Ted has gone back to producing after stints with the Fandor movie streaming service and the San Francisco Film Society. Here’s his master list of distribution case studies, a useful resource for those of us looking for ways to get our films in front of wider audiences.