In Their Words – Wednesday, July 31, 2013

“I think it’s accumulated. If it’s trained, it’s trained from my own films. You can imagine the tension in a scene, or the warmth, or the humor. I think I know the size of the frame, and I think I know when to cut – and when not to. Somehow that comes out of the story, and the actors who are playing the parts. They determine, sometimes, whether you should move the camera or not, whether you should be in close-up, whether it should be a medium close-up. I try to translate all of that into visual terms-the feeling I’d … Continue reading In Their Words – Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In Their Words – Tuesday, July 30, 2013

“Directing is really creating an atmosphere, a particular kind of atmosphere and usually one that is very peculiar to the director. It doesn’t necessarily have to be. Some directors have no personality and it shows. But one way or another, what the actors are doing or the crews are doing, they’re trying to please the director.” –Peter Bogdanovich Continue reading In Their Words – Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Movie Beat – 07.26.13

Blue Jasmine – It’s Woody Allen’s latest. Those words are enough. There are few filmmakers who have earned that right, but way up at the top of the heap is the great and prolific Mr. Allen. Set in San Francisco, a housewife struggles with her life after her scamming husband destroyed it all. Lots of insight, lots of jokes, and lots of acidic observations about people with First World Problems. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, among others great acting talent. In limited release from Sony Pictures Classics. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.26.13

In Their Words – Friday, July 26, 2013

“I can’t honestly say what led me to make any of my films. The best I can do is to say I just fell in love with the stories. Going beyond that is a bit like trying to explain why you fell in love with your wife: she’s intelligent, has brown eyes, a good figure. Have you really said anything? Since I am currently going through the process of trying to decide what film to make next, I realize just how uncontrollable is the business of finding a story, and how much it depends on chance and spontaneous reaction. You … Continue reading In Their Words – Friday, July 26, 2013

In Their Words – Wednesday, July 24, 2013

“Different filmmakers do it different ways. My way was to make something for cheap. It’s a good deal for people to give me $3 million for a movie. So they don’t have a lot of requirements. If I was looking for $30 million, then they need more requirements. They need movie stars, and they need backup for their money. The drawback is, when they spend small amounts of money, the studios don’t tend to release the movie very wide since they don’t have that much at stake. Which is O.K. because the films can fend for themselves and be seen … Continue reading In Their Words – Wednesday, July 24, 2013