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Friday, July 15, 2011

Dennis Potter, you are missed...

Dennis Potter, dying of cancer, talks about his last wish: To be able to murder Rupert Murdoch.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day

My first paid job in the film industry was as a P.A. on a Larry Cohen horror movie: "Return to Salem's Lot", that just happened to star one of my heroes, the director Sam Fuller. Part of my job was to drive him to and from the set. Boy, could he tell a story. My first film job, and probably my best film job.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ratf*cking in Madison

Communication is war by other means. Clearly, there is a war going on in Madison, WI. A right-wing radio talk show named Mark WIlliams is being quite open about his willingness to engage in what are called "false flag" techniques to de-legitimize the anti-Gov Walker protests. (The term "ratf*cking" was coined by Donald Segretti, a lawyer who worked for Richard Nixon) Williams wrote, in a message to his audience:

…  (1) I signed up as an organizer (2) with any luck they will contact me and I will have an "in"  (3) in or not I will be there and am asking as many other people as can get there to come with, all of us in SEIU shirts (those who don't have them we can possibly buy some from vendors likely to be there)  (4) we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there  (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like "screw the taxpayer!"  and "you OWE me!" to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters.  (7) if I do get the 'in' I am going to do my darnedest to get podium access and take the mic to do that rant from there…with any luck and if I can manage the moments to build up to it, I can probably get a cheer out of the crowd for something extreme.

WARNING: When around these union events do NOT instigate ANY physical confrontation, walk away from anyone who tries to start one with you. These people WILL have a mob mentality and ARE dangerous. [...]

Chances are that because I am publishing this they'll catch wind, but it is worth the chance if you take it upon yourself to act…there's only one of me but there are millions of you and I know that you CAN do this!

Our goal is to make the gathering look as greedy and goonish as we know that it is, ding their credibility with the media and exploit the lazy reporters who just want dramatic shots and outrageous quotes for headlines.  Even if it becomes known that we are plants the quotes and pictures will linger as defacto truth.

Williams is also notorious for making racist blog posts, which seems to be okay with CNN, where he continues to be invited to speak.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Editing

A great blog post, about a course we all need to take. Who could teach it?

"It would be a writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.

I don't care about the topic. I care about the editing. I care about the constant refinement and compression. I care about taking three pages and turning it one page. Then from one page into three paragraphs. Then from three paragraphs into one paragraph. And finally, from one paragraph into one perfectly distilled sentence.

Along the way you'd trade detail for brevity. Hopefully adding clarity at each point. This is important because I believe editing is an essential skill that is often overlooked and under appreciated. The future belongs to the best editors."