• Gary Winick’s Birthday

    Gary Winick’s birthday is today. He died in 2011.  Gary was the reason I returned to film making. I had decided to write fiction, because I couldn’t get any money for my films and I didn’t want to make the kind of films that I could get money for. I couldn’t stand to wait for [...]

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  • Greta Gerwig, Maggie’s Plan

    The funny thing about the article in “Deadline Hollywood” announcing my upcoming collaboration with Greta Gerwig is, the description of the plot is entirely wrong. I was asked to talk about the film, and, not wanting to give the story away, I made something up in a bumbling sort of way, then saw it reprinted [...]

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  • Blue is the Warmest Color

    I saw “Blue is the Warmest Color”. Leah Sedoux and Adele Exarchopoulos are sublime. Totally true and transparent. Beautifully realized script. But the director should have hired a lesbian to direct his love scenes. The actresses looked exhausted and confused, like they were in a fake orgasm marathon. The expert Kechiche seems to have had [...]

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  • The art of casting

    I just watched a film called “Casting By”, about the legendary casting director Marion Dougherty and her influence on the next generation of casting directors, as well as the history of the art. It’s true that casting is a kind of art– without the right casting, a part is ruined, the story is derailed, and [...]

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  • directing/conversation/sex scenes

    I have been thinking about how much not to say. Explaining to my students that directing is different from conversation. A friend said the other day, “Just framing and casting is already a lot of directing.” That is a brilliant thought. That casting the actor, and then framing them, you have already made huge decisions [...]

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