Posts in category "Notes from the Director"

Influences: Comedy and Ken Levine

A little over a year ago I decided that I wanted to begin making comedies. I had tried making experimental films, artistic films, mumblecore films, absurdist/surreal films and even a straight-up dramatic film. All of these projects were interesting and valuable experiences, but the resulting films weren’t exactly the kind of thing I would want... Read more »

Filmmaker Challenge: Comedy in one Take

We were discussing the concept of the “long take”- a scene in a movie in which the action plays out in a scene without any cuts. The effect of this is one of realism: the scene has to take place in real time and the camera follows the character through an emotional arc without interruption.... Read more »

Pros and Comic Cons

It was ten thirty on Thursday night. I had just gotten home from a preview screening of “Blackfish”. I was checking my phone for the last time before going to bed and I noticed a text from my sister: “R u free tomorrow? Wanna go to Comic Con? Free tickets just fell in mah lap.”... Read more »
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How To Tell Someone Where To Stick Their Opinions

Recently I posted an opinion that Babies Do Not Belong In Movie Theatres after experiencing the disruption of having a baby cry throughout a movie.  Now I should clarify that I don’t hate kids and I don’t hate parents- in fact I think that well behaved kids and responsible parents should be praised with a... Read more »

Babies Do NOT Belong In Movie Theatres!!!

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Monsters University” as a birthday outing with my husband who is not, in general, fond of animated movies. We decided to catch a matinee hoping that it would be cheaper and less crowded than an evening showing. It still wasn’t cheap, but at least the crowd... Read more »

Do Americans Like Watching The White House Explode?

Do Americans Like Watching The White House Explode?
In the town where I live fireworks are not only legal but are easily accessible thanks to a fireworks stand on every corner. As soon as it was dark out the neighborhood erupted in a cacophony of explosions. A brief walk to the end of the block revealed that dozens of our neighbors were out... Read more »
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10 Things Never To Say To A Filmmaker

So you’ve just met a filmmaker for the first time and you want to make a good impression. You want to ask thoughtful and relevant questions- how hard could it be? Right? You like movies and they make movies. Conversation should flow like the smooth jazz of Kenny G. Right? Well, it’s possible if you... Read more »

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That
Lately there has been an article from the Hollywood Reporter making the rounds entitled “Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry”. The gist of the article is this: Hollywood is having an increasingly difficult time luring audiences into movie theatres. Studios are committing more and more money to a few extravagantly big budget films to... Read more »

What's Wrong With This Picturehouse?

Yesterday I went to see “The Great Gatsby” in the theatre. As a filmmaker I am always a little bit ashamed to admit how rarely I go to the movie theatre. Actually, I should amend that: I rarely pay to see a movie in the movie theatre: I went to a movie theatre in March for a... Read more »
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Why Other Peoples' Success Makes Me Feel Bad About Myself

Here’s one: did you hear about the student film that just won the Cinefondation short film award at Cannes? The film is called “The Needle”. The filmmaker is called Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Institute. (No? Here is the article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/talkingpictures/chi-cannes-chicago-film-student-20130524,0,1986199.column) The green-eyed monster in the corner preparing to indulge in... Read more »