Here is a great interview with Terry Gilliam for Romanian Television. The open is all in Romanian but when the interview actually starts they speak English. Terry talks about Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and his own work. This is a great interview for all filmmakers and film fans. The Interviewer really knows his stuff and Gilliam responds appropriately. I love this.
I just found out that one of my film school instructors Ken Robinson passed away last week. Heart Attack. He was in his 70’s and had recently retired.
My first semester in film school I had an editing class with Ken Robinson. He was one of the “young” professors and we liked him but we knew he could be tough as nails. He encouraged us to bring our films in to editing class and he would critique them. We all knew what that meant. He would tear them apart in front of everyone. I brought in one of my films and when my classmates found out which film I gave to Ken they were shocked. It was absolutely my worst film. All my friends said, “Why did you give Ken that film? He’s going to tear you apart.”
I don’t remember how long I was on the hot seat but Ken totally tore my film to pieces. He showed me (and the entire class) every mistake I made. It was brutal. Then he showed me different ways and different decisions I could have made to make the film better. He ripped the film apart, but he didn’t rip me apart. And there’s a huge difference. He gave me one of the roughest critiques of my work ever, but he taught me a lot and afterwards although I was down I wasn’t devastated. Continue reading →
I stumbled across the documentary on Mel Blanc on You Tube. Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices
It’s old and certainly dated but it’s a lot of fun to watch. Mel Blanc was amazing and I forgot that he almost died in a car accident. How his doctor is able to communicate with him when he’s unconscious is pretty cool.
The Angry Filmmaker says if you’re a filmmaker or just a film watcher you need to check it out.
And if you don’t know who Mel Blanc is you should be ashamed of yourself. He was the voice of so many cartoon characters that we grew up with. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pork Pig, the list is endless.
Possibly one of the greatest Actors of all time… Not just the greatest voice actor of all time, but one of the greatest Actors of all time.
It’s always writers, directors, cinematographers and stars that seem to get all of the recognition but without great editing (and sound) your film isn’t gonna work. Here are two interesting articles on Editors that you’ve never heard of who’ve cut films you have heard of.
The 4 Unsung Pioneers of Film Editing- Dorothy Spenser, Barbara McLean, Anne Bauchens, And Margaret Booth.
5 Editors that Broke the Hollywood Studio System – I think this headline is not accurate, I don’t believe any of these Editors actually “broke” the system but it’s a great read. These 5 Editors were amazing and their work was ground breaking.
The Scofield, a wonderful literary on-line magazine has done a new issue highlighting Kay Boyle. I’m proud to say I was interviewed for it.
I’ve been too busy to promote this magazine but it’s a good one. I’d appreciate it if you all checked it out. The articles and literary pieces by and about Kay are great.
I am still editing on the documentary, Dangerous: Kay Boyle. As you all know life seems to get in the way of our best laid plans but I am moving forward a little each day.
Go to http://thescofield.com/ This link takes you to the Kay Boyle issue which you can download.
On November 24, 2015, President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Minoru Yasui. The medal was received by Min’s daughter, Laurie Yasui. The president said of Yasui, “Today Min’s legacy has never more important. It is a call to our national conscience, a reminder of our enduring obligation to be the land of the free, and the home of the brave, an America worthy of his sacrifices.”
As you all know I am one of the Producers on a film about Minoru Yasui called Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice.
We just found out that Minoru Yasui has been named as a Medal of Freedom recipient. The awards, for Min and 16 other recipients, will be presented by President Obama at the White House on November 24th.
Min Yasui’s story is the story of an American Hero. During World War Two, at great personal risk he challenged the military’s orders on a curfew imposed on Japanese Americans. He violated that curfew and insisted on being arrested to initiate a test case in court. After spending nine months in solitary confinement the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against him in 1943. But Min Yasui didn’t give up. He fought his entire life defending the human and civil rights of all people, not just Japanese Americans. He dedicated his life to helping others and to support a democracy that he cherished.
Please check out this trailer.
To learn more about this remarkable man please visit the website www.minoruyasuifilm.org Please go to the Donate Page to make a Tax-Deductible Contribution. Any amount helps!