Monthly Archives: April 2008

My Favorite Shot in SAVING MOM AND DAD

As other filmmakers can certainly relate, I have seen my film about 150 times. But there is one shot that always gets me and I consider it my favorite. It is near the end of the film. There is a … Continue reading

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My Black and White Favorites

As I was chatting with my color timer Jean-Louis Caplain, I realized a couple things. First, the days of shooting film are numbered.  This fact makes me want to shoot film as much as I can in the months and … Continue reading

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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Mughal-E-Azam (1960) is the greatest film that the Hindi cinema has ever produced. Massive in its size and scope, it is the life’s work of its meticulous producer/director, K. Asif, and it took ten years and millions of rupees to … Continue reading

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

In Bollywood, the most successful films are measured in number of weeks showing in a first run cinema. In 2005, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge replaced Sholay as the longest running film in history. Since then, it has crossed the 600 … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Biskind book

Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders Raging Bulls is a fascinating read, filled with lessons for young filmmakers. Here are my favorites: 1) Don’t do drugs. 2) Develop your own material. 3) Make inexpensive films and stay on budget. 4) Keep the … Continue reading

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

I thought I had seen every movie back in the years I was studying film. But a few gems eluded me, including this one. I am in a 1970’s funk right now, owing to the copy of Biskind’s Easy Riders, … Continue reading

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