Posts Tagged ‘kodak’

John Cleese on Creativity

September 23, 2012

Click here to watch an insightful, inspiring speech from John Cleese at Video Arts on Creativity. He reminds us of the value space, time, confidence, and humor have in our ability to tap into our full creative potential. Some of the ideas are present in Old School New School.

The Digital Dilemma

January 7, 2012

Renowned cinematographer, and Old School New School subject, John Bailey spoke strongly last year on the use of digital technology in the cinema. He references an alarming report published by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences called The Digital Dilemma.

Some very strong points made as to the dangers and weaknesses of the digital medium’s ability to preserve our cinema heritage.

Click here for video of Mr. Bailey speaking at the CineGear Expo.



June 23, 2011

Steven Fischer, producer of Old School New School the movie, will be appearing on Old School New School the podcast on Thursday, July 7 2011 at 6.30pm PST. More details to come.

CINE Announces Event for July 15

July 4, 2009

CINE announces What Makes a Winning Film seminar at Discovery Communications. Click here to learn more.

Only $15; 6-8pm, Wednesday, July 15. Panel guests: Donald Thoms, CINE President; Rita Mullin, Vice President of Development, TLC; Rick Allen, CEO, SnagFilms; Mary Frost, Managing Partner, Frank Frost Productions; and Steven Fischer, CINE Masters Series Award-winning Filmmaker.

BBC on Creative Genius

April 14, 2009

Kirstie Simson, celebrated British dance artist and subject of Old School, New School, introduced me to a very interesting study on Creative Genius BBC Radio produced in four parts.

It’s fascinating! Listen here.

Thanks, Kirstie!


February 27, 2009

Spreading the word about the June 20 OSNS screening in Los Angeles. Wendy Revel, Executive Director at CINE has agreed to help; Melanie Jones at Kodak has offered incredible support; and so many friends have pledged support. University of Maryland Baltimore County has offered to send notices/invites to alumni in Southern California. And law gal Diane Davison and I worked out a plan of attack tonight over crab cakes (we’re in Maryland, how can we not). She came up with some great ideas and will be making contact with some pretty high profile subjects in all aspects of support for the movie.

More to come… exhausted but fulfilled…

A Kodak Moment

February 8, 2009

Lunch with my friend Melanie Jones, a rep for Kodak NYC and responsible for the introduction to CCS PR and, in turn, William Fraker and John Bailey! It was an unseasonably warm, spring-like day in Galesville, Maryland, a little water town along West River with narrow streets lined with white picket fences and old oak trees.

Along the main street there is an old general’s store, weather worn and decorated with nostalgic confectionary ads. As old-time soft drink refrigerator stands on the front porch along with a swing for two. There’s an old time gas pump on the dirt-spread parking area. I wonder if it’s dry?

Such small towns hold for me a sense of peace and ease, though life for a working waterman is anything but easy. Admiring the clapboard buildings, the cape cods, and the Victorian homes with turrets and wrap around porches, I can’t help but think of this as the perfect setting for childhood’s lazy summer days. 

Melanie and I dine at a window table in Pirate’s Cove, such an alluring name that sparks the imagination! Maybe it’s sentimentalized, but the combination of pirates and a 19th century hamlet on the banks of a river surrounded by secluded coves and lus hwoodland evokes a lot of fanciful adventure.

Melanie crunches on salad as I peck away at large flakes of flounder. Her family requires a lot of her attention now and Melanie is having to travel back and forth between New York and Maryland every weekend. Finally, after months of trying to coordinate one another’s schedules, we are able to meet for a meal.

We talk about the state of the industry, the latest Vision stock from Kodak, a screening Melanie’s coordinating, various life experiences, and Old School,  New School.  Not only has Melanie been a huge help in finding me top name on-camera subjects, she has proven a generous resource for my proposals.  She is a blessing and a good friend.

Visions of Light

July 1, 2008

Watched Visions of Light in prep for the interview with, but it’s also good research for Old School. Conrad Hall really stood out as an engaging subject. I really got excited about trying to track him down. Imagine my disappointment and feelings of stupidity when, in my search to find him, discovered he was dead.

Melanie Jones at Kodak has been so wonderful in her support and encouragement. She’s connected me to a CCS, a PR firm. My new friend there is Lisa, and she’s been terrific in helping secure on-camera subjects for Old School. Top Hollywood D.P’s. A big name attached certainly couldn’t hurt.