It's not directing work question but I hope you wouldn't
mind. What do you think about Elvis Presley? :)
is the King. In 1956, '57, '58, Elvis Presly was the
most incredible thing that anyone had ever seen and
he was just a kid, 21, 22, and 23 years old. He was
the living embodiment of rock and roll, swiveling hips
and sneering lip, and just when we needed it, too, when
the HUAC and Joe McCarthy (with the help of Richard
Nixon) and the far right were seriously trying to take
over. Suddenly, there was rebellion in the air, and
a sneer on the kid's lips. Even though they drafted
Elvis, his influence had made it to England and rock
and roll lived, and came back to America to save us
from conformity and regimentation.
My favorite film is Lunatics: A Love Story. How did
you come up with the idea?
was sitting on the back stoop of a small bungalow in
Hollywood in 1988 trying to come up with a good idea
for a movie and I was listening to "Dark Side of
the Moon." When it got to "The lunatic is
on the grass," I thought to myself, "Has anyone
used 'Lunatic' as a title? So I dashed to my Maltin
book and no, no one had. Before the day was out I was
convinced it should really be Lunatics, plural, and
be a love story. Thus it began.
Cynthia E. Jones
Just thought you might like to check this out, if you
I met some people with this group when I was protesting
the war in Iraq earlier this year--that's the one good
thing about DC. For each hypocritical senator with a
wife and an intern-mistress, there's a dozen or more
angry political activists ready to take the system down.
I was alarmed at the decrease in anti-war sentiment
this year, though. It seemed as though the general populace
was fooled into thinking that Bush's actions were necessary.
It scares me when that many people think war is okay,
even when the "reasons" are so weak and obviously
wrong. Then MSNBC (or whatever corporate, government-owned
lie machine you choose to watch on TV) puts out a poll
saying: "89% of Americans support the war"
because they asked 1000 65+ year olds in a telephone
poll, and people "on the fence" say, "Oh,
well, I guess no one's against it, so there's no use
Thanks for hating Bush as much, if not more than I do.
my displeasure. Just to keep everything always going
back to movies, there was a great documentary on Sundance
this week called "Tell the Truth and Run: The George
Seldes Story," about this incredible man who was
a reporter for about sixty years, through both wars,
and was part of the whole scene in Paris in the 1920s.
It's a really terrific film because he was an amazing
man, and I'm glad I now know about him.
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recently watched 25th Hour, and I thought it was so
realistic and it really struck a raw nerve with me.
Have you seen it and what did you think, and what is
your opinion on Spike Lee as a director and what film's
of his do you like. And do you have any film's in the
works at the moment?
got a few irons in the fire, but I don't like talking
about them. I honestly can't stand Spike Lee's films.
I think he's a biggot, and he doesn't understand stories.
I'd say without question his best film -- and I haven't
seen "25th Hour" -- is "Do the Right
Thing," and I don't know what the hell he's saying
in that. Most of the rest of Spike's films are just
unwatchable. His use of music ranks up there as perhaps
the worst of any director working. In shit like "Jungle
Fever" and "Clockers" he's got Stevie
Wonder songs with lyrics on top of dialog scenes. I
think Spike should stick to doing Nike commercials.
"I see you are getting a few favorable responses
from your essay on religion and the one by Saul was
almost a novel."
Heh. Well, I'm a writer, and writers tend to blab on
a bit. :-)
Diarrhea of the mouth-er, keyboard.
Okay-this post will be a "novelette"-I promise.
I just wanted to add another thought that I forgot to
toss into my last post, regarding pedophile priests...
What I find amazing is that many of the folks who condemn
pedophile priests continue to go to Church, go to Mass,
receive the Sacraments, whatever. And I find that to
be INCREDIBLY asinine. That's like complaining that
a dog bit your right hand while you're petting it with
If the Catholic Church was capable of hiding pedophile
priests, do folks REALLY think it stops there?? If an
organization like this is capable of doing something
so horrific, what ELSE are they capable of?? You have
to question EVERYTHING about such an organization-INCLUDING
the faith they teach.
I really think that many folks are so afraid of mortality
that they are all too willing to adhere to faulty ideologies
and the people who teach them-while paying a terrible
price in the process. And pedophilia can't possibly
be limited to the Catholic Church. I bet there are FAR
worse things going on in other religious organizations
that we are blissfully unaware of.
because religion is evil. I'm not kidding and I'm not
being metaphoric. Of course the Catholic church is doing
more awful things than just pedophilia. How about being
against birth control in a world of over six billion
people? How about condeming the use of condems in Africa
which has a plague of AIDS, so in essence the Catholics
endorse the spread of the disease? How about telling
every person in their church that God is outside of
them and not within them so that they haven't got a
proper view of the world to live their lives? All of
these religions are just plain old evil, and mainly
because they promote an unquestioning attitude. I say,
Yeah, Shane's persona could be defined as punk and he
does have all the makings of what we define as punk,
so I will give you that one, however, the Pogues music
is far more reaching than punk ever was in the day.
"The Damned" started out as a punk band (the
first to release a single and the first to tour the
states before the Sex Pistols), however, they progressed
as a band and they became more than just a punk band.
The same goes for "The Clash" too.
Joe Strummer of "The Clash", may he rest in
peace, was a very intelligent individual and he had
a big heart. Maybe too big for most of the world. We
did not deserve him
I agree with you, "Uncut" is an excellent
magazine and I read it all the time for the interviews,
they are always like the Springsteen interview you refered
to long and intelligent for the most part.
skipped the key element of the punk attitude, which
Shane McCowan personifies -- not giving the slightest
shit what anyone else thinks. Although I'm not crazy
about the music, I admire the attitude.
you ever watch the canadan show sctv or second city
tv or the movie strange brew
running time is one of the best movies i ever saw
used to watch "Second City TV" all the time.
We got it here in Detroit before the rest of the U.S.
because we get Canadian TV. "Strange Brew"
was just an over-extended mix of the funny skit from
the show. SCTV was a thread at an earlier point, but
you missed it.
i gave you a list of indie. films i did not include
running time because i did not want to come off as a
ass kisser. but while im talking about it i own and
love lunitics thou shalt not kill except and running
what do you think of the indie. movies blare witch project,reservoir
dogs, and lock stock and 2 smoking barrles
i agree with you about clerks, how it has no visual
style... i think kevin smith would do alot better just
Witch" bored me and the acting was awful, "Lock,
Stock" went in one ear and out the other, and I
hated "Reservoir Dogs," it's stupid, illogical
and violent strictly for the sake of seeking attention.
Tarantino, like Kevin Smith, has no discernable directorial
I just finished reading a very good interview with Oliver
Stone in this months issue of the British magazine "Uncut".
The interview is in regards to his Fidel Castro documentary
"Comandante" which I had the chance to see
at the Tribeca Film Felstival and it was very interesting,
however, HBO was supposd to pick it up in May, but it
has been denied a US broadcast indefinitely. What a
I was also able to see the other documentary at the
festival which he did on Yasser Arafat which is called
"Persona Non Grata". This film is also very
In the interview in "Uncut" he lists the people
he would still like to interview and one of those being
George W Bush and this is what he had to say about him:
"I don't think he'd give you access and he'd be
very difficult to talk to. If you look at the famous
movie on him on HBO, it was interesting because he runs
away from confrontation. I think he lives in fear. Fear
of Drinking again. There's nothing more dangerous for
America than an ex-alcoholic president who tells you
to blieve in Jesus."
Anyhow, I will photocopy the interview and bring it
with me when I come to visit home, so you can read it.
I've read one entire issue of Uncut and I liked it.
It had the longest interview with Bruce Springsteen
that I've ever seen anywhere, and they were good questions.
Don't forget that the great Christopher Guest was also
in "Lemmings". If I'm not mistaken (correct
me if I am - you're the one who saw it), he was more
of a musician than a performer at that point. Did you
know he used to be in Arlo Guthrie's band?
Also, I agree with Scott: I don't think I'd call the
Pogues punk either. They had the attitude and, sometimes,
the aesthetic of early English (read: real) punk, but
they were more of a traditional-style band. Apparently
the Irish weren't too fond of them because they were
mostly English people doing Irish and Irish-style songs.
One more thing. I listened to the archive of that streaming
interview/round-table discussion thing you were involved
in a little while ago, and I have to say that you come
across as much more happy and warm than I would have
thought. I was expecting some gruff, angry guy, and
you were the complete opposite - you made me want to
smoke a bowl with you. (I think that was a compliment)
Just sayin', is all.
thank you, that's very nice. I think I am a pretty friendly
guy, all in all. Now, let me state up front that I'm
not much of a fan of punk, but it seems to me that Shane
McCowan's unique contribution to music was crossing
traditional Irish music with punk, and gosh darn if
it isn't an interesting combination. The songs themselves
that he's written are basically classical, traditional
Irish songs, but his delivery is always pure punk. He's
the Irish Sid Vicious, he's the Irish Jim Morrison.
Shane is Punk. He's the guy that stays wasted ALL the
time, really has no singing voice, but yells all the
lyrics as loud as he can. It just so happens in Shane's
case that he's a fine songwriter, too. But punk is an
attitude, and as Sid Vicious showed, you can be a punk
and sing Sinatra songs.
I took the handle "Lucyfer" because I'm a
fan of Lucy Lawless, in a devilish sort of way <g>.
It has nothing to do with me worshiping satan. As if
<<eyes rolling>>. In fact, I'm not religious
Anyway, I completely agree with you about Bush needing
to be impeached. They almost impeached Clinton for merely
having oral sex(!), a private matter, whereas Bush has
damn near done far more damage to America than any other
president I can think of, all because of his political
I'm an ex-patriot American who has lived in Canada for
the last 15 years and I honestly don't know what mass
delusional influence the American people are under these
days. I can still vote in American politics, so hopefully
my one small vote can help people wake up.
Excellent essay on religion, btw. Karl Marx had it right.
Religion is definitely the opiate of the masses. It
would explain why Bush keeps insisting on blurring the
lines between church and state.
the crux of the issue in my opinion, it's not that Saddam
Hussein wasn't a murderous tyrant and a bad man, it's
that the president and all of his men lied to the American
public to get us to go to war. They didn't believe that
the facts of the case would warrant a declaration of
war, so they amped up the threat to achieve the end
that they desired. That's misrepresentation, and it's
already caused the death of about 150 Americans, and
rising daily, as well as who knows how many Iraqis,
and it's already cost us over $400 billion, and that's
another $40 billion a month and emdlessly climbing.
We the taxpayers and the voters now have to pay that
bill, and we were not given a fair choice. Given the
actual facts of no WMDs, no fleet of unmanned planes
ready to bomb us, and no connection to the terrorists
that perpetrated 9/11, I think we all might well have
voted against going there. That seems like a case for
impeachment to me.
Thats amazing, you actually saw The Lampoon show Lemmings
Live? I bought it on cassette about 12 years ago and
thought it was brilliant. Its kinda hard to know exactly
whats going on with out any visuals though. Im a great
fan of John Belushi and am envious to the core that
you got to see him perform live in such a cool show.....you
saw the show with Ivan Raimi (Sam's older brother) and
his older sister Andrea. Chevy Chase had been a counselor
at Camp Tamakwa a few years earlier and Ivan had been
in his cabin (I wasn't there that year). So we showed
up early and watched them set up and talked to Chevy
and basically said hello and met the whole cast. The
biggest laughs were Chevy as a pissed-off biker drunkenly
screaming at the audience, "Some fuckin' peace
creep put his fingers all over my hawg!" and Belushi
doing Joe Cocker singing "It's Lonely at the Bottom
of the Barrel" and trying to climb the microphone
stand. I was particularly impressed, songwriting-wise,
with the Motown parody, "Papa Was a Running Dog
Lackey of the Bourgeoisie." It was a really terrific
"Catch A Fire" is a great album! And "Kinky
Reggae" is a great song. Any Bob Marley concert
film is worth checking out. From what I have seen he
gave incredible live performances. That guy felt the
music with every inch of his body. His performances
are enthralling. My older brother is a big fan as well
and he gave me the "Songs of Freedom" Bob
Marley box set for my birthday a few years ago. It is
totally worth picking up. There is an acoustic medley
of "Guava Jelly", "I'm Hurting Inside"
and "Stir It Up" that gives me chills every
time I listen to it. It's just Bob and his guitar. Fantastic
stuff! "Natty Dread"; and "Talkin' Blues"
are excellent albums as well. On "Talkin' Blues"
a bunch of the tracks were taken from a radio broadcast
so there are interview segments with Bob Marley in between
some of the songs. The album has a very unique and intimate
feel to it. I also highly recommend burning a spliff,
lighting some candles and listening to "Talkin'
On another note; I saw your buddy Ted Raimi crossing
the street in West Hollywood on my way to work this
morning. At least I'm pretty sure it was him. So when
the hell are you going to do another film with that
I'd love to. I pitch him a new idea every six months,
but I can't seem to ever spark his interest. We're in
a very funky time right now where less and less is getting
made all the time, both movies and TV. Part of the common
delusion is that we get more and more than used to be
available. It's not true. There are more channels and
avenues of delivery, but less and less product. And
part of this is due to the utter inability for low-budget
movies to find a release. If you can't get any kind
of a release, then why make them? My first film, "Thou
Shalt Not Kill . . . Except, made nearly 20 years ago
on such a low-budget it's still painful for me to look
at, and it was released theatrically in most American
cities. Luckily, there's still a lot of old movies I
haven't seen, and books are as good as ever.
do you think some of the best low budget independent
movies are...the kind of movies all new film makers
i think some of the best indie. films are slacker, clerks,
night of the living dead, and fubar
have you seen the canadan film fubar
I haven't seen "Fubar," nor does Netflix stock
it. I really and truly didn't like "Clerks,"
and in fact walked out of the theater. It showed no
filmmaking ability to me. "Slackers" is a
pretty good one-joke idea that doesn't have enough steam
to make it to the end of a 97 minutes. I'm much more
interested by "Pi," "Stranger Than Paradise,"
or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," where I feel
the director is telling me an interesting story while
still making use of visual cinematic ideas with very
little money. I might also humbly throw in my own film
"Running Time." But if you're just going to
badly cover a bunch of imbeciles discussing sex in a
convenience store, that's of no interest to me.
Glad to see you enjoyed the "If I Should Fall from
Grace With God: The Shane MacGowan (this is the correct
spelling) Story." You gotta love the guy, no teeth
The Pogues were not really a punk band and I used to
listen them a lot. They did a great many traditional
tunes and originals, but mixed it with a more contemporary
sound, but they weren't punk really.
There were a lot of people in the band and many instruments
were played including the "tin whistle". When
was the last time you heard a tin whistle used in a
They were a lot of fun to see live because you always
knew Shane would be drunk and in top form. He always
managed to get through the shows though even if he couldn't
stand up by the end of it all.
Oddly enough, he was more or less asked to leave the
band because of his drinking which became worse and
worse and the other members cleaned there act up in
that respect, but they were never the same without him
and he is indeed a truly an original, intelligent and
I enjoyed the doucumentary and the interaction he has
with his family. he is just a regular guy who drinks
a lot and has no teeth.
I too look at the teeth of actors in films al the time
and I agree with you on that subject. Maybe we should
start a cult or website or something.
is it, the Movie Geek Salon, where the truth can be
spoken. It was great when Shane was discussing The Pogues
getting rid of him and telling him that they didn't
want to do Irish music anymore. Shane says the most
disdain ever in his drunken Irish slur, "The fucking
Pogues don't want to do fucking Irish music? It's the
stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard in my life,"
then he takes a big drink, then a puff on his ever-present
cigarette, and starts to drool. At one point in the
middle of a sentence he just puts his head down on the
table and passes out. But he seemed to always have his
shit more together on stage than his spiritual compatriot,
Jim Morrison, who generally did pass out. It takes a
real man to drink a quart of gin before lunch everyday.
McGowan! What a piece of work he is... A fine singer
from a fine band, but one truly messed up dude.
I wanted to see that doc when it played up here at the
Toronto film festival, but never got the chance. Where
did you see it? Everything I've read about it says that
it portrays McGowan in a reasonably okay light, and
that it's a very well-rounded portrayal of the guy.
Would you agree?
I would agree, and I watched it twice. It was on Sundance
Channel. I'd heard the name The Pogues, but it meant
nothing to me. Now, I'm really impressed with the guy.
I think he's a very good songwriter. Certainly not a
great vocalist, but he has his own style and means it.
There wasn't one single clip of him, ranging back over
twenty-five years, where he wasn't completely shit-ass
drunk. Any actor that ever gets a part as a drunk must
watch this film and study Shane. He can't take four
steps without putting his arms straight out to his sides
to grab hold of anything solid so he won't fall down.
And he's got nothing but bad shit to say about most
everyone, like Elvis Costello, Sinead O'Conner, all
the rest of The Pogues, everyone, basically. I was highly
amused. But that boy sure needs some dental work.
E-mail: upon request
far as I know, it's not necessary to add an "ed"
or "ing" to LOL. It represents "laughing,
I see also in your repertoire now is BTW = by the way.
Like I said, you're a hip, happenin' guy.
For the edification of readers unfamiliar with net acronyms,
some other common ones are:
IIRC = if I recall correctly
OTO = on the other hand
LMAO = laughing my ass off
ROTFLMAOPIMP = rolling on the floor, laughing my ass
off, peeing in my
Okay, that one doesn't save much typing time!
Another one you may come across or have occasion to
use Josh is YAXI = "yet another Xena inconsistency".
I'm afraid Soul Possession is responsible for one or
two, first and foremost the old/new chakrum switchero.
Some have come up with the explanation though that it
was an intentional insertion in keeping with the idea
of the episode that pokes some fun at fan obsession
and nitpicking on such things. But you already stated
it was a just a mistake so you can't use that now! Hah!
Now then-- you went down WHERE?! And saw Miss Brown
had put brown sugar on her WHAT?!
believe she put the brown sugar on her "booga-wooga."
Although I've never encountered this term before or
since, I do believe I understand what Mr. Marley meant.
In your previous response to Saul about Saudi Arabia,
the Bush adminstration and terroism, I couldn't agree
with you MORE!! You read my mind word for word. I may
not agree with views on movies etc, but on that issue
I totally agree.
Keep on keeping on in speaking the Truth.
certainly hope you're not who you call yourself. But
even if you are, I'm glad you agree with me. And since
I seem to be the only voice of reason left in this country,
I say IMPEACH BUSH! He lied to the entire American public
about why we "needed" to go to war, he lied
about the "imminent threat" to our security,
has blown over $400 billion of our money, thus now needing
to cut services to us in every sector, isn't this sufficient
cause to shitcan the asshole? IMPEACH BUSH!
last! Thanks for a brilliant, 'tell it how it is' article.
Very uplifting to read. You are right, many people are
taken with the idea of being a 'writer' or 'artist'
rather than learning their apprenticeship as a craftsman.
Cath from London
glad you liked it. Read some more.
you hire me? I wanna be in pictures. Can't I visit your
set? Can you puleeze write a paper for me for my class?
OK, I'm kidding. But seriously, hello from your past.
It gives me great pleasure to know that you are still
plugging at this crazy vocation after all of these years.
I guess you must really love it. I enjoyed reading your
essay on religion very much and I actually agree with
99% of what you wrote. (naturally that 1% which I disagree
with has a lot to do with being a Jew) In any case,
if it weren't 1:26 AM and I wasn't as tired as I am,(I
just watched "About Schmidt" for the first
time...liked it a lot), I'd read more essays. In fact
I think I'll come back to your site and read some more
very soon. It is awfully fun following your career and
Bruce's and Sam's. Who'da thunk? Seeing Bruce onscreen
is the strangest though, because he's the only real
"actor" I can say I knew and watching him
is just watching Bruce. I can't quite make that leap
to believing him as a character. But I'm guessing that's
just the way it is. Kind of like me, with my dental
hygiene training,watching "Dances With Wolves"
and remarking that I thought it was quite interesting
that the Native Americans had their teeth crowned(capped).
OK, I've rambled on enough. It's fun to be able to connect
online, a place where I spend entirely too much time.
If you feel like responding, please do. All my best,
Barb Weisman (Hoffman now)
I always notice people's teeth in movies, particularly
films set in ancient days, like "Gladiator"
or "Spartacus," and they all have perfectly
straight, white, capped teeth. There are certainly ways
of yellowing or blackening them, which I used on Sam
in TSNKE, or Sam used on all of us extras in AOD, but
big stars would NEVER want to look unattractive even
if it means historical inaccuracy. Speaking of teeth,
I just saw an incredible documentary called "If
I Should Fall from Grace With God: The Shane McCowran
(sp?) Story," which is about the former lead singer
of the punk band The Pogues. This guy has the worst
teeth I've ever seen, and as he gets older they just
get worse. He's also the biggest drunk I've ever laid
eyes on. Shane drinks a quart of gin before lunch. And
he's still bright, intelligent, witty and kind of wise,
although rather difficult to look at at. Anyway, it's
very nice to hear from you, Barb, and I hope you return
to my e-lair.
Another "Filmmaking 101" question, if you
don't mind :-) : Are tripods for movie cameras universal
(the part where you actually screw the camera onto the
That Pro-8 company that some of your readers have mentioned
is selling a Bogen 3140 Fluid Head Tripod for $425,
which sounds like a good deal compared to others I've
seen. It's obviously intended for their professional
Super-8 cameras, but I was hoping I could use it for
a 16mm camera.
Regarding your "Religion is Evil" essay, I
just wanted to say: AMEN! Testify, brother Becker! ;-)
heads OUGHT to be universal, but they're not. My Bolex
fits on my tripod, but not on my buddy's nice fluid
head tripod. Super-8 cameras frequently will not fit
on professional tripods (in the business they refer
to tripods as "legs"). So you need to make
sure your camera will actually fit before purchasing
a tripod, which is undoubtedly difficult on the internet.
it, but just a small correction. The original version
of the bible doesn't say "Thou Shalt Not Kill"
(in Hebrew - "Lo Taharog"), it says "Thou
Shalt Not Murder" (in Hebrew - "Lo Tirzach").
sure you'll find this difficult to believe, but my bible
is in English and it says "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
So are you intimating that you can kill, but you can't
murder? It's okay to kill in a passion, but if you plan
it it's wrong? Is that the difference? Murder two and
three are okay, but murder one is verboten?
love that script IF I HAD A HAMMER, and I love that
script of DARK OF THE MOON. I know if I Had A Hammer
is released, but do you have any plans at the moment
of releasing, or even possibly shooting the Dark Side
of the Moon.
"Dark of the Moon," not "Dark Side of
the Moon." You don't want to go leading us back
into a Pink Floyd discussion which could take weeks
to come out of. No, I have no plans to shoot it because
I ain't got no financing. But I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I see you are getting a few favorable responses from
your essay on religion and the one by Saul was almost
I found the essay interesting and much of it has already
come to fruitation in my own mind long ago, but you
are definitely able to articulate many things to which
most people would not care to.
However, I do have to point out a false statment which
many people still believe. Even though may be inconsequential
to the point of your essay, it is indeed a myth.
Lemmings do not follow other lemmings off the edge of
cliffs to their death. As a keen lover of wildlife,
I must put this Urban myth, Urban legend (or whatever
you want to call) it to rest on your site.
The odd thing about it is it sounds so scientific that
it is believed to be true, however, there has never
been any proof of it. Ever.
Here is a fun link that explains some things about the
the link you gave points out, all we know about lemmings
is that they throw themselves off cliffs and it's not
true. Man, I guess we don't know anything about lemmings.
Does anyone remember National Lampoon's Lemmings, which
was their first live show (and album)? It was the precursor
to "Saturday Night Live." I saw it here in
Detroit in I guess 1973 or '74, and it had Chevy Chase,
John Belushi and several other member of the upcoming
SNL. It was a parody of Woodstock, except in this version
everyone was getting to gether to commit mass suicide.
As the announcer said, "If your buddy's too stoned
to off himself, drag him over to where the tractors
can run him him over." This was where Belushi first
did his Joe Cocker imitation.
recently came across this website that has numerous
quotes fromvarious "famous" people on the
subject of religion (pretty much all against it). There
are some very good quotes in there.
Also, in regards to the religion essay. Another problem
that I have come across with the extremely pious is
that they are hypocrites. They are only willing to help
when it is convenient for them and fits into their schedule.
There was a Christmas Eve service at my church, and
a homeless person walked in looking for some help (maybe
some shelter, food, whatever it was) and all that person
got was glares from the congregation. The homeless person
was shown out of the church to fend for himself. It
was Christmas Eve!!! Obviously, everyone was feeling
the spririt of the season. It's all a sham.
that's a sad little Christmas tale. So the homeless
person decides to kill himself, but an angel comes down
and stops him. Then he gets to see what life would have
been like without him, and of course it's absolutely
no different with him or without him, so then he kills
himself and the angel holds him under.
Just wanted to follow up on a flick John Hunt mentioned.
It's called "The Independent," starring Jerry
Stiller, Janine Garofalo (his son's ex-girlfriend),
and featuring a lot of great cameos. The whole flick
takes aim at the stupidity of the studio system, the
pretentiousness of the indie scene, and every bit of
inanity between them. Definitely a film for a guy like
The flick received a pretty weak limited release about
a year and a half ago or so, and it's already on basic
cable (look for it at 2 AM on Comedy Central). Typical
of most decent movies these days. If they can even find
some semblance of a distribution deal, they get overlooked
and the broadcast rights get sold for mere pennies.
As if all our spirits weren't dampened as it is.
the story of my movies, too. I daresay we've entered
the new Dark Age.
I read your piece on religion, and I couldn't agree
with you more. Unfortunately, I was one of many here
in the New York City area who got to see the horrific
truth of your essay-on 9/11/01. My mother and I were
still reeling from the death of my father nine days
before when this hideous attack happened. I live in
New Jersey, across the river from New York City.
My mother and I were getting ready to take care of some
business that morning when I got a phone call from a
friend of mine who lives a few blocks up from me. He
told me that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center.
I rushed over to his building. We ran up to the roof.
As I've told many people-it doesn't matter how many
times you've seen this disaster on TV or in photos.
It pales in comparison to seeing it happen live before
your very eyes.
The tops of both skyscrapers were enveloped in thick
black smoke. Huge tongues of flame shot from the floors
immediately below. There were three of us up there-my
friend, me, and another woman who lived in the building.
We were staring at this horror in disbelief. It didn't
seem real. My friend had binoculars. I asked him to
hand them over to me, so I could take a closer look.
The flames were easily over 150 to 200 feet high. Whole
floors were on fire-I'd say at least over a dozen floors
in the North Tower alone. The south tower had a large
hole in the north side. Smoke and flames were billowing
out of it. I looked between the buildings, and saw debris
falling out of the North Tower. One piece of debris
stuck out. It was a large section of building that had
fallen out from near the top of the tower. It was almost
the size of a football field. I am not exaggerating
when I say this. The thing just tumbled down through
the air, amidst countless other pieces of debris. The
image of this piece I will take to my grave. I suddenly
realized that some of this debris could have been people.
My friend and I ran back downstairs to watch a bit of
CNN, and to get a scanner. As we rushed back upstairs,
a fireman said something over the scanner that chilled
us to the bone...
"The South Tower has collapsed. I repeat-the South
Tower has collapsed."
My friend and I stared at each other in horror. We made
it to the roof. Sure enough-the right tower was gone.
Only a massive white cloud of smoke was left. I looked
at the other building through binoculars. The fire was
spreading down floor to floor. The flames must have
spread down a dozen floors since the last time I looked
at it. I turned to my friend and told him, "That
building will collapse too. It'll pancake straight down."
Unfortunately, I was right. The whole day was just surreal.
I remember hearing one cop on the scanner that day,
whose voice was trembling violently from emotion. He
was on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown. He
said he found two of his comrades pinned under a car.
The next day, I dropped off my father's clothes at the
Salvation Army. I drove away from there, feeling absolutely
horrible. I felt like I had just tossed away trash.
Then I looked towards where the World Trade Center was,
still seeing the smoke billowing up from the ruins.
I realized at that moment that thousands of families
would have to do the same thing I just did. I pulled
off to the side of the road and cried like a baby for
a solid 20 minutes. It was just too much to bear. I
could have easily been among the thousands of dead,
given how often I traveled through the World Trade Center.
It was the darkest moment of my life. Even now, nearly
2 years later, I'm still having difficulty dealing with
that time. It's become somewhat more bearable-but I
still have tough moments, though.
I was baptized a Roman Catholic. Like Jim below, when
I was a teen, I began to question religion quite strenuously.
Skeptical thinking is frowned upon in religion. As the
late Carl Sagan once said: "Extraordinary claims
require extraordinary evidence." Then of course
there were all those that abused folks in the name of
religion: Jim Jones, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, Marshal
Applewhite, David Koresh, Benny Hinn, pedophile priests...and
the list goes on. I grew to hate religion with a passion.
But it wasn't until 9/11 that I came to loathe religion.
I loathe it more than anything on this earth. Religion
was responsible for the greatest mass murder in American
history. 3,000 people were slaughtered because of a
religious ideology. And history has WAAAAAY too many
other examples to count.
My mother is very religious. However, she is a humble,
decent person-and doesn't force her views on anyone.
But I think she's very naive about religion. Still,
she's 74 years old, and has been through absolute hell.
Religion is a placebo-and the only thing that's keeping
her sane. My mother doesn't know about my views on religion
and doesn't need to. My feeling is that you can pray
to a rock if it gives you peace-I could care less. But
when you start forcing religion down people's throats
and using it to hurt and kill, then you've become my
We've been going through tough times lately. My mom
tells me: "God's gonna reward you for being such
a good son to your father." I smile and nod. Inside,
I think, "Bullshit." There are people who
are going through FAR worse than me, who aren't getting
help from a so-called "god". I remember reading
a news article recently about a country in Africa where
there are child soldiers who are no more than 8 to 10
years old-who go out and slaughter other children with
guns and machetes. The hell with my stupid problems-if
there REALLY is a "god", he/she/it should
be helping people like the victims HERE. And of course,
it's not happening-nor is it likely to.
There's also the mortality factor-one of the other purposes
of religion; to calm fears about death and to give hope
to folks about an afterlife. Sure-I miss my dad, and
there's a part inside me that wants to see him again.
But I think wanting such things is incredibly egotistical.
Who the hell are humans to think that we are so special??
My father more than likely has no more substance now
than Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
I don't believe in ANY of the world's religions. In
that sense, I'm an atheist. Do I believe there is an
"intelligence" behind the Cosmos? I simply
don't know. In that sense, I'm agnostic. And what I
define as "intelligence" in my limited human
terms may not be applicable at all to the reality that
What is wrong with admitting that we don't have the
answers to everything? For instance, I don't know what
happens when people die. The bottom line though is that
I have to accept whatever the reality is-not what I
WANT to be true. Because what I want doesn't mean a
goddamn thing. I'm just an insignificant speck of shit
on a tiny rock in the middle of a giant universe. I'm
along for the ride. I don't get to decide the rules
of the game called life. I have to work with what was
given to me, like it or not.
I've learned as I've grown older that I have to be BRUTALLY
honest with myself. About EVERYTHING. And I'm finding
out that this is the sensible way to go. There comes
a time in everyone's life when you have to confront
harsh realities and either deal with them-or succumb
to them. It's that cut and dry.
Before I close, I'm reminded of the rock group Fishbone,
who came out with an album that had a very interesting
title. And it's this:
"Give a monkey a brain, and he'll swear he's the
center of the universe."
Nothing could be closer to the truth. We are apes with
delusions of grandeur. We think we're all that, and
we think that "God" is in our image. Humans
are too damn full of themselves.
But sooner or later, reality ultimately will have the
last laugh-whether we like it or not.
9/11 and the recent report that came out in which Bush
had major portions censored, all having to do with Saudi
Arabia, can we all just be honest for a single moment?
The U.S. is NOT in a war against terrorism; the U.S.
actively SUPPORTS terrorism by supporting Saudi Arabia.
Al Qaida is a group of Saudis. Al Qaida blew up the
World Trade Centers, the USS Cole, two embassies in
Africa, and U.S. military bases in the east. Al Qaida
just killed eight Americans in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Instead of going after the actual terrorists, we went
and attacked Iraq who had NOTHING to do with any of
these terrorist attacks, and now Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
and the rest of these criminals keep saying that the
unistigated attack on Iraq was a "blow against
terrorism." We are living a lie, and ignorant,
uninformed Americans keep accepting it. We buy the Saudi's
oil and we openly allow them support the biggest terrorist
organization in the world, therefore we of the United
States of America support terrorism. As long as we continue
our present policies regarding Saudi Arabia, and we
continue to support the stupid, lying, hypocritcal acts
of our government, we deserve any terrorism we get.
I absolutley did not recmend to you "Spirit: Stallion
of the Cimarron". I think you are either making
a joke or you are mixing it up with me recomending you
"Spirited Away" which is anb excellent film.
I would have no desire to watch "Spirit: Stallion
of the Cimarron", and I never liked Bryan Adams
very much. Didn't he do the song in the bad re-make
of the Kevin Costner Robin Hood? Boy what a stinker,
both the film and the song.
Seriously, rent "Seabiscuit" when it comes
out on DVD. I thibk you might enjoy it.
why I posed it as a question, I wasn't sure who it was
who recommended it, so I mistakenly pinned it on you.
I really enjoyed your essay about religion and its many
weaknesses. Growing up in a very religious household,
I can appreciate many of the points you make, particularly
regarding the thoughtless way into which most people
come into their convictions. It was interesting to me
how around the age of 13 or so I started questioning
my faith and yet most of the kids that I hung out with
(in "fellowship" groups, on retreats, etc.)
often had this unquestioning attitude towards their
beliefs. On a number of occasions I brought up the idea
that I might want to explore the other religions on
philosophies of the world before I make any kind of
commitment to the church. Around this time, 13 or 14,
the kids in my group were all doing this program where
they pledge their faith to the church and there's this
whole ceremony during the service, etc. When I brought
up the fact that I wanted to spend a few more years
exploring other philosophy's of the world I really pissed
off a bunch of people, not least of which my parents.
There was this prevailing view in place that you're
not really supposed to question your faith or intellectualize
it in any way. You're told to believe a certain way
because that IS the way. Look at all these older people
at church that are so much smarter than you that believe,
that follow these teachings, that are great human beings.
Why would you not want to be like them? And then there
were problems because I didn't socialize well with alot
of the kids my age in the church, so the various activities
grew less and less comfortable. This blind acceptance
made no sense to me, but it seemed to be the only way
of living for everyone else. Not to stretch a metaphor
here, but its almost like living amongst aliens because
you're living with people that are close-minded to such
an extent that you cannot relate to them on even a basic
I was listening to Art Bell a couple years ago and a
scientist was on explaining how all the major religions
of the world seem to have originated out of the same
small area geographically, which was I think in Babylon
or Egypt. He went on to say that the religions were
created by an evil alien race in order to keep mankind
in an ever-squabbling set of affairs, to prevent a truly
global humanity from emerging. It sounds far-fetched
in its origins, but the sad fact is that it actually
makes sense that religion can be used as a tool for
keeping people apart and humanity weak.
So I've been out of "religion" for a couple
years now, although I still have faith in a higher power.
I just don't believe in the idea that a book or a person
truly knows THE answer, or that the higher power necessarily
wanted to provide us with that final answer. I believe
in morality and doing no wrong to my fellow man, except
in situations that my life or another's life is put
at risk for harm. Unfortunately, there is still a guilt
that I can't entirely get rid of, probably because I
was brought up with this belief system from such an
early age. I certainly don't feel like I'm missing out
on anything though. Interestingly, I took a part-time
job at a video store a couple of years ago. A couple
of days into my job the youth-group pastor at church
walks in and gives me a sheepish look when he sees me.
He's bs's me for a little while then curiously decides
he doesnt want to rent anything and says he'll see my
at church next week. So I decide to see what that was
all about and I bring up the guy's account. A guy that
teaches high school and middle school kids about Christ
and morality and memorizing scripture, etc. is a guy
that has been renting Cum Sluts 4 and Barely Legal gang
bang videos on numerous occasions. This happens to be
a video store that is about half hour away from the
town that the church is in. I guess he figured it was
far enough away that he would be safe. The thing is
that I don't really have any problem with most people
renting the stuff, but the irony of a kids pastor renting
Young Muff #7 just disturbed me. It also made me feel
bad for all the kids that respect this guy as a man
that can do no wrong. Anyway, that was quite a ramble
there but it felt good to get it off my chest. Appreciate
should have been renting "Young Muff #5,"
that's the good one. Or "On Golden Blonde,"
or "Romancing the Bone." I love those titles.
Regarding the youngsters joining the church early, that's
when you need to get them, when they're still malleable
and easy to mold. Evil knows its business. As for faith,
as Mark Twain said, "Faith is believing in what
you know ain't so."
I just got back from what turned out to be an "all
Bob Marley, all the time!" weekend in Santa Cruz.
I went up there to visit a friend who is a Bob Marley
fanatic. He just got a DVD player and the only DVDs
that he has so far are "Bob Marley: Rebel Music"
which is a pretty damn good documentary about Marley's
life and music. "Time Will Tell" a fantastic
doc about the man that is worth checking out and "Bob
Marley Live in Concert" which was filmed in Germany
about a year before his death. I have been listening
to Bob Marley's music for many years now but I never
really knew much about his life. What a fascinating
and out-spoken individual. He really seemed committed
to making music with a solid message. I've always admired
his lyrics but listening to him explain how and why
he wrote the songs that he did brought it to a whole
new level for me. Frankly, I'm shocked that no one has
made a bio-pic about him. But whatever, the documentaries
are probably a thousand times better then a movie about
his life would ever be. In "Bob Marley: Rebel Music"
an interviewer asks Marley about "the man"
and how he managed to overcome the system. Marley's
response was "I don't care who "the man"
is. My right is my right. Like my life, all I have is
my life". I can't seem to get that quote out of
my head. Anyway, I highly recommend burning a spliff,
watching "Time Will Tell" and then spacing
out to some "Bob" music.
I hope all is well.
p.s. To the guy who is looking for camera parts. Check
on e-bay. I know people who have found lenses, batteries
etc, for auction on the site.
sounded good to me, so I went directly to Netflix and
they don't have either of the docs. Instead I rented
"Catch a Fire," which I think is an early
concert film. I have the album and my sister was in
town and we were just singing "Kinky Reggae,"
which we were both surprised the other knew and liked.
"I went downtown/ To see Miss Brown/ She put brown
sugah/ All over her booga-wooga." I love that.
Yeah, Bob Marely was a great human and really knew which
end was up.
I reclutantly went to see "Seabiscuit" yesterday
and I am very happy that I did. The film was made in
a very classic (or anachronistic if you will) way in
which I feel did it justice and something you would
enjoy as well.
It has all the makings of a good film, however, it wasn't
a great film, but it was able to touch me and the characters
were believable and not contrived.
It was a little corny at times, but in a good way and
I found myself caring for all of the characters including
I am sure as always, the book is much better, and I
also feel the PBS documentary was better than the feature
film, however, this film deserves all the good reviews
that it is receiving and when it comes out on DVD you
might want to rent it.
probably will see it on DVD, but I must ignore it at
the theater because it's remake and I won't support
them. I still feel there should be an ordinance that
decrees that if you make a sequel or remake you must
walk up and down Hollywood Blvd. for 24 hours naked
wearing nothing but a sandwich board that says, "I
have no imagination." BTW, did you recommend "Spirit:
Stallion of the Cimarron"? The only thing that
can be said in that film's favor is that for a kid's
film it's not completely awful, but it sure comes close
in many spots. Those Bryan Adams songs are completely
drek, are entirely inappropriate, and always spark of
a meaningless montage sequence that could easily have
been handled in fifteen seconds if they didn't have
to drag them on for three minutes because of the rotten
songs. And this concept now that all caucasians are
evil and all native-Americans are really wonderful,
sweet horse-lovers makes me nauseous.
I've gotta agree with Michael on this one, Josh, you
do need to give something back to the community. Maybe
you could operate a website where you would dispense
free advice, technical and artistic, to other film makers.
You might even indulge the rest of us with your mere
insights and knowledge... Hey, wait a minute. In all
seriousness, it says on the "submit" page
"No scripts, no way, no how!" Michael, if
you're still reading this, you asked Josh if he was
interested and he said, "no." Don't be offended
because he answered your question. If indeed you want
to make films do what Jacob, Dylan and Reggie have done
(three on this page alone, countless others elsewhere)
and use this site as a resource.
Back to you Josh. Amen on Woody Allen. Apparently, he's
bucking for Patron Saint of New York, which is odd in
a Jew, I thought. I'm offended by him pairing off with
young women on two levels. First, I just don't buy it,
period. If he wants to pretend in animation, as he did
with "Antz", that's one thing, but, please.
Second, is he saying that there are no believable stories
worth telling about men of a certain age? I caught a
snippet of a movie with Jerry Stiller (not Ben) and
Janine Garofalo. I didn't see enough to tell if it was
any good, but Stiller was an active, ambitious character
(a filmmaker, I believe)and Garofalo was his daughter,
not love interest. I don't even know the movie's name
but those were marks in its favor.
Finally, what is the big deal with filming in 70mm?
"Far and Away", lousy though it most certainly
was, was advertised as having been filmed in 70mm and
I saw Howard talking about always wanting to film in
that format. Is this a clarity issue? Thanks as always,
had me going for a second there, then I LOLed (can you
do that, add an -ed). The big deal about shooting in
65mm (the prints are 70mm) is that's WAY more clear
and the six-track stereo sound is far better, if for
no other reason than it's running twice as fast. If
you ever get a chance to see "The Sound of Music"
or "Ben-Hur" in 70mm in a theater it's pretty
darn impressive. But it's ridiculously expensive.
never shot on film but I have a problem using different
lenes on my video camera and I'm getting alot of flaring,
I've been flagging off some of the light but I'm still
having problems. Is there a certain filter I could use
or am I S.O.L? I'm guessing a polarizer is the answer.
BTW as far as Michael goes I to would rather do my own
thing and fuck it up, chalking it up to experience,
than let some one else handle it and always have that
thought in my mind that I could have done better.
a polarizer would help, although it's more glare than
for flare. Keep in mind with a polarizer that as you
turn it it's effect changes. A polarizer is the perfect
filter for shooting at the water and will totally cut
found an old 1974 Canon Scoopic 16m camera. Don't know
if it works. Need Nicad batt. Do you know where I can
the problem with old Scoopics, where do you get new
batteries for them? You may have to try writing to Canon.
And that's why Bolexes and B&H Filmos are still
more in demand, even if they're not as good of cameras,
because they wind up and don't need batteries. Lloyd's
Camera in Hollywood, which is the big used camera dealer
in LA, might know.
make alot of short films should i copy write them
how do you copy write things
(loc stand for library of congress) and download the
form PA, fill it out, include a video tape of the film,
and a check for $30, then send it to the address listed
on the form. Voila!
Making movies is not what I do. Nor do I want to spend
25 years learning how to make movies. And even if I
did, I would not have the audacity and the ego to think
I should write it, produce it, direct it and (if I got
the chance) act in it as well. I was under the impression
that movie making was a collaborative effort. Although
I have worked with one director who liked to set up
the shot, direct it, and then shoot it himself. Talk
about an ego. I see no fault in one talented person
writing a great story, another writing the script, another
experienced capable person directing it, another producing
it and so on. Providing they don't loose sight of the
original story and turn it into a pissing contest. I
have one, maybe two great story idea's. I have them
written. And I am capable of writing them out in script
format. They are very unique, they are worth telling,
and with the right crew, should make above average movies.
When and if I get around to making them into movies,
I will hire or enlist experienced qualified people to
work with. Unfortunately you just happened to be the
first qualified person I contacted. I was not trying
to foist my responsibilities off on you. The main reason
I contacted you was because I read the comments you
made on your web site saying, there are NO great story
tellers anymore. (thought you might enjoy getting to
know one) There are NO great scripts around. (thought
you might enjoy shaping one up) There really are NO
decent movies being made anymore. (thought you might
like to HELP, and get paid to make one). In fact you
said you had gave up on watching new movies, and reading
scripts. But I thought if you actually read a great
story and got paid to read it, you just might get interested
and want to make movies again. I see I was wrong. This
has been a big mistake. I guess all you are interested
in any more is finishing the stuff you have carried
around for the past twenty years, flippin people like
me off, and trying to convince everybody that will listen
to you that the movie business sucks. It's a shame Hollywood
never gave you a shot, I admire your talent.
May you rest in peace, and thanks for the advice.
blah, blah. As Laurence Olivier said, "You think
you're artist? Prove it." You think you're a great
storyteller? Prove it. Just because you think you've
written "two great stories," certainly doesn't
mean you have. And in case you didn't notice, I've written
and directed all four of my feature films. I'm not interested
in your story or anyone else's. I want to make my stories.
I don't see why you have such a problem with that, and
I don't see why you think that gives me such a huge
ego. I'm not saying my stories are great, like you are,
I'm just saying those are the ones I want to make. Period.
I wish you all the luck inthe world and I really do
hope your stories are great and turn into great films.
My DVD of "Thou Shalt Not Kill ... Except"
arrived last night and I was up until dawn, watching
it, going through the extras, listening to the commentary,
etc. The movie was very funny (maybe that was the wrong
reaction), especially Sam's performance. I loved how
Bruce Campbell and you described Sam Raimi as "always
working" when he's on camera.
A question: When I watch your films, especially TSNKE,
I see similarities in the way you and Sam tell stories
in your movies. Am I crazy? Or do you think you two
bring some of the same sensibilities and techniques
to making movies? (Maybe it comes from being major Stooges
Keep up the good work,
personally don't see any similarities between Sam's
style and storytelling approach and mine. Sam's of the
more contemporary, comic book-style, where logic and
sense have no place. I've always demanded that my stories
make sense and follow the old-fashioned rules of story
structure, which have never much interested Sam. Clearly,
his view is the far more popular one now. I'm an anachronism.
And Sam's performance in TSNKE slaughters me. I had
great difficulty not laughing so hard that I shook the
It is a shame... that a man that has spent so many years
learning his craft and could easily as not choose to
share so much of it with others who are as eager and
excited as you were when you were 20 years old.... has
turned into such a bitter, angry individual. You should
be out on location with a crew of first timers that
are all pumped up and full of energy and excitement
about shooting their first movie. You should be there,
being part of life. Giving something back. You asked
if I am dissuaded yet, yes I am dissuaded, but only
from trying to rejuvenate some lost spark of excitement
and interest in what was once a vibrant excited young
man eager to make great movies. I sit here now, no doubt
feeling at least a little of the pain you must have
felt... when you so innocently approached someone you
looked up to and respected in the movie business...
when you first started out.. back in L.A. long ago.
You have now become to others what they were to you....
sad, very sad indeed. Maybe some day when you are my
age you will learn that you only get out of life what
you give to it. If you are disappointed with what it
has gave, perhaps you should look at what you have gave
got a suggestion, you make your own movies and I'll
make mine. I'm not sitting here waiting to collaborate
with you. What have you got to offer? Nothing. What
you want is for me to come in and make your movie for
you. Too bad. Make your own movie. If I should collaborate
with anyone at this late date, which is something I
don't generally do anymore, it will be with someone
I know and whose work I respect. It's your job now to
make a film that you actually finish, that comes out
and is hopefully not crap. None of this is my problem,
and making it my problem shows that you're starting
right off as a cop-out. Write your own script, prepare
your own budget, direct your own film, it's the only
way you'll learn how this craft, not by trying to foist
the responsibilties off on others. And when I was 25
I was trying to get my own films made (and did), not
trying to wrangle in others to do the work for me.
There were a couple of q's I forgot to ask during the
Omniversica radio show, one of which is what do you
think of Woody Allen's drama films? I didn't see the
titles in your fave list, but I'm referring to "Interiors"
or even "Another Woman" (which I believe to
be one of his best). Also, have you seen "The Good
Girl" (Mike White)- which remeinds me a little
of Allen's dramas.
PS- I enjoyed "Running Time" very much &
thought Anita's acting was good.
week on Bill Maher's new show, "Real Time,"
he has a section called "The Rules," where
he lays down new rules for everyone. The top one this
week was, let's all stop pretending that Woody Allen's
movies don't just completely suck, that it's anything
other than offensive to see this ugly little old man
with women like Tea Leoni, Helen Hunt or Elizabeth Shue,
and it's time for all of the stars in Hollywood to stop
pretending that it's such a big honor to be in his awful
films. After seeing "Interiors" for the first
time when it came out, my friend proclaimed, "He's
reached total heavyosity." I agree that "Another
Woman" is probably his best serious film, it's
just not every good, either. I basically can't stand
Mia Farrow in anything except "Rosemary's Baby,"
and she's certainly not funny and never was. Woody Allen
was a great talent for the first ten years of his film
career, which was 1967-77. Once his editor, Ralph Rosenblum,
bailed on him after "Annie Hall," he's been
lost. His films have gotten progressively duller and
duller, and the films of the last decade are just plain
old shit. I have not seen "The Good Girl."
I'm glad you enjoyed "Running Time."
was reading you questions page and i saw that you talked
to frank miller
is this the frank miller,the comic book writer
what did you guys talk about
it was Frank "The Dark Knight" Miller, who
is a very nice, interesting guy. His wife is interesting
and nice, too. We mainly talked about basketball, oddly.
have thing that the war in iraq happen not bacause they
have weapons , because they don´t have, and was
esy to take.I mean sadam have pay for his grimes to
see how die hes sons and i belive that and his time
is near ,(any one pay one day for his grimes). but no
one can take the low in his hands,because the UNO exist
for this.to take after the responsabiliti like G.Bus,did.
this , tells mi nothing.you kil one you ar a morder
you kil 10 you are a masemorder ,you kil 10.000 you
are a hero... GEORGE
I believe it was the old military expression, "I'm
not saying you're to blame, I'm saying I'm blaming you."
We attacked Iraq because we couldn't find Osama bin
Laden. Now we can't find Saddam Hussein. And I'm rather
skeptical that those two beat-up corpses actually were
Saddam's sons. I'd like to see some DNA tests done by
outside (the U.S.) sources.
Thank you for the card rates regarding shooting. What
about the other questions regarding co writing, budgets
guess I was trying to find a nice way to dissaude you
from pursuing this. I honestly don't want to co-write
your script or do your budget. The budget is generally
prepared by the assistant director, the production manager,
or the producer, BTW. And I don't think you can afford
me as either a writer or a director. I'm sure you're
not signatory to either the DGA or the WGA, and I don't
work without guild contracts. Are you dissuaded yet?
Alright, alright! :-) I'll look into Bell & Howell
However, I did just find another Canon Scoopic for $750.
By the way, what would you say is the widest you would
absolutely need your wide lens to be on your average
low-budget 16mm film (for shooting in relatively small
spaces and for occasionally doing hand-held and shakey-cam
types of shots)?
Is the 13mm that the Scoopic offers enough? What was
the length of the prime lenses they offer for that Bell
and Howell? What's the name of the camera shop that
sells the Bell & Howell? Do they have a website?
don't know the name of the store, I'll have to check
the next time I'm around there. I think the lenses were
the standard selection of, as they were then calibrated,
a one-inch, a two-inch, and a three-inch, meaning a
25mm, a 50mm, and a 75mm. But I'm sure B&H Filmos
are available somewhere on the internet. My favorite
lens on TSNKE was the 9mm, which is akin to an 18mm
in 35mm. The force shots in ED were done with a 7.5mm,
which is almost fish-eye. 13mm is pretty wide, like
a 26mm in 35, but not extremely so. If you get right
near the glass it won't distort, or not very much anyway.
I like wide-angle lenses, and I like the distortion