Monthly Archives: January 2017

How to Let Your Story Tell Itself

Filmmaker Magazine shares an interview with DP Sean McElwee. He recently screened his The Incredible Jessica James at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix will air the film later this year. Filmmaker asked McElwee: How did you want your cinematography to enhance the film’s storytelling and treatment of its characters? McElwee: When you’re presented with a script […]

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Your Take is Genius

Here are a couple of recent tweets that inspired me. One from actor Christopher Walken, the other from playwright John Patrick Shanley. I hope they inspire you too. “None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump […]

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Fight the Dragons

All the experts urge writers to find their voice. John Steinbeck found his voice. So did Ernest Hemingway. As did Maya Angelou. Anne Lamott discovers her voice as she writes. Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Tim O’Brian: all finding their voices in their books. They pave the way for us. And we fight the dragons and […]

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Pre-visualizing Your Shoot

Veteran camera operator Georgia Packard learned pre-visualization from Ansel Adams. When Packard was a kid, she took summer classes with Adams. “Ansel Adams was such a wonderful mentor,” Packard says, “teaching me pre-visualization in his still photography. We would go out with a pin-hole ‘camera’ shoebox with only one exposure. I knew I had to […]

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Storytelling Tools

Fast Company magazine features an article on the recent film Cameraperson, a documentary self-portrait on the 25-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Cameraperson is “an aptly visual memoir of a cinematographer, who invites us to join her behind the camera and watch as she sets up shots and listen as she interviews people and interacts with […]

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