Archive for August, 2009

Hucksters and Conformists

August 28, 2009

Double bill tonight, The Hucksters (1947) with Clark Gable and The Conformist (1970) by Bertolucci.

The Conformist I needed to see because Vittorio Storaro rocks and the photography of this movie still takes my breath away! It always inspires. The time screening it though I developed more appreciation for the set designs. Pretty outstanding.

My friend Richard Kline sent me a DVD burn of Hucksters. He’s a retired cinematographer who’s turned to writing scripts. We talk often about cinematography, acting, and the craft of storytelling. For him, The Hucksters features quintessential acting. He challenged me to see if I could imagine any of todays leading actors pulling off what Gable, Kerr and Greenstreet did. I developed a new found respect for Clark Gable. There are some nice subtleties. Ava Gardner’s in it too, I think. Cute as ever. I didn’t care about the advertising game, but the love story between Gable and Kerr was great! Very touching.


OSNS on CineMaryland

August 19, 2009

Diane Leigh Davison and I taped an interview for CineMaryland today talking about Old School New School. The episode we appear in will air sometime in October.

Details to come. Many thanks to Karen Hinds Vadnais for the invite!

OSNS to Real Screen

August 10, 2009

Submitted Old School New School clip to Real Screen for entry into next year’s summit. The search for exposure and support is ever in motion. :0)

10 Great Mistakes Writers Make

August 1, 2009

“A writer writes, always.” A memorable line from Throw Momma from the Train.

Indeed, a writer is always writing, but what and how are they writing? John Truby, author of The Anatomy of Story, has a list of the 10 biggest mistakes that separate the amateur from the professional.

Check it out here! And when you do, watch the accompanying short, Omar, The Short … it’s great!