January 11, 2009

"Topaz Carpenter"

I'd had the idea all worked out, and the script outline--or a draft of it, anyway--all ready for a couple of years, but my paternal grandfather Champ passed away before I was able to make the original documentary about him...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 PM

May 20, 2008

Oh Wow. Captain & Tenille & Lawrence & Welk

Unless they were on a group tour to Italy or something, my grandparents watched the Lawrence Welk show every Saturday night. When I was trying to score the second installment of The Souvenir Series, the one based on my grandfather's...
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Posted by greg at 10:04 PM

October 17, 2005

On A Complex Relationship With The Dry Cleaners

It's the kind of thing you'd expect, sadly, of a clothes horse in a bubble economy: he buys a the turquoise-est, maroon-est, and black-est striped Yohji Yamamoto shirt he can find. That it cost $675 in 1999 is no...
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Posted by greg at 9:26 AM

April 17, 2005

Gimme Sweet, Pre-War Shelter

On the occasion of his cashing out on some serious equity (3,500 sf, Dakota, all orig. woodwork, bought around the time Gimme Shelter came out), Albert Maysles tells the NYT Magazine the first things that pop into his mind:Favorite household...
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Posted by greg at 7:00 AM

May 21, 2004

My People, My Ironing People

Cue up the Neil Diamond. Like a boatload of immigrant philosophers, chasing in this Continent's divinely appointed promises, the magically aestheticized transcendance of the twin landscapes of Caspar David Friedrichian Nature and Henri Fantin Latourian Domesticity, Extreme Ironing is...
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Posted by greg at 11:44 AM

July 18, 2003

Souvenir January 2003: Euro remix

I'm off to the post office to launch a bundle of screener tapes of my second short, Souvenir January 2003, in the direction of festivals across the sea. This gives me a chance to see how my quiet meditation on...
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Posted by greg at 9:54 AM

June 21, 2003

On Music for Souvenir November 2001

It's been a while since I've posted about working on Souvenir November 2001, my first short. I decided a while ago that it really needed a proper sound edit, but my new Final Cut Pro install has had problems opening...
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Posted by greg at 1:41 AM

April 16, 2003

Locating Myself On The Ironing Spectrum

My second short film, Souvenir (January 2003), features a man who carefully irons his shirt before spending the day at a rural dry cleaners. Here are two ironing-related websites: Extreme Ironing: "April 10, 2003/ A new extreme ironing altitude record...
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Posted by greg at 7:27 AM

January 25, 2003

A Survey of Ironing Literature, or Pay No Attention To The Timestamp On This Entry

Since my most recent short film, S(J03), is about a guy who finds aesthetic pleasure and takes solace in ironing, I thought I'd surf up some relevant ironing links, to see if I'm crazy (or if I, and other people,...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 AM

January 14, 2003

Describing S(J03): "How about... The Grandson?"

This is what I sent to New Directors/New Films: Synopsis: A man carefully irons a shirt before spending the day at the rural Utah dry cleaners once owned by his grandfather. Utah Ark? It is shot in one day and...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

January 13, 2003

S(J03) In The Can, In The Mail (Pix at 11)

Clocking in at a not-dragging 11'16"; with balanced sound; a few sound effects, even (you'd never notice if I didn't mention it); a dramatically pared down soundtrack (just one song, with LP3 vinyl effects I wrote about Friday); some actually...
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Posted by greg at 12:24 PM

S(J03) Stills

Finally, some screen grabs from Souvenir (January 2003). Want to see more? click here...
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Posted by greg at 10:47 AM

January 10, 2003

An Old-Time Music Workaround I'm calling LP3

The clock radio's out of the script, but music's still going in. In a piece about memory and attempting to connect with the past in a self-aware way, I want to use old-time music, my square-dancing-every-saturday, stack-of-78's-on-the-shelf, singin-cowboy, a-one-and-a-two kind...
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Posted by greg at 11:51 AM

A: Yes, Reviews of Chekhov Have Been A Great Influence On My Work

"I had a professor once who said that as Chekhov got older he lopped off the eventful beginnings and twist endings of his early works and that quivering middle was the mature short story." -David Edelstein, SlateHere's to you, David...
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Posted by greg at 10:28 AM

Apple, Final Cut Pro Back On My Good Side

Sound editing tip: Keyframes are your best friend. Actually, The LA Final Cut Pro Users Group website is your best friend. Where'd you hear that? 2-pop discussion boards, you know you're my best friend. Of course, using keyframes to...
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Posted by greg at 1:21 AM

January 8, 2003

Producer's Job: Tells You What To Cut

Cinema Paradiso was better shorter, even if Giuseppe Tornatore sleeps better at night knowing his version was finally released last year. (I wrote about this when I saw the Director's Cut last May.) According to David Edelstein's closing post to...
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Posted by greg at 6:18 AM

Don Quixote? I Feel More Like William Tell's Son

Apple is certainly on my mind, if not on my head. While Jobs is off announcing the next great toy, I'm here newly switched, on deadline, and the damn Powerbook keeps freezing up and opening in recovery mode-OS9.2. How many...
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Posted by greg at 4:39 AM

ugh. rough cut done

S(J03) is done. at least the first cut is. 12'30" is a little long. I watched it all the way through once, and there's definitely a minute I can trim. The rest, though, it'll be tougher. Maybe 10 minutes isn't...
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Posted by greg at 3:37 AM

January 7, 2003

S(J03) Editing, Day 1.5

Day 1.5 is complete, and the first cut is about half done. Never mind that it's five minutes long, which is about what I'd imagined the finished cut to be. I got the first act laid down and that was...
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Posted by greg at 1:53 AM

January 5, 2003

Editing, or Not

Editing, here I come. I finished logging and capturing all the footage I'll use in S(J03); it seems like it'll be tough to get it down to 5-6 minutes. The last tape I captured was all the ironing (three white...
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Posted by greg at 12:33 PM

January 3, 2003

S(J03) Update

I'm logging and capturing footage for Souvenir (January 2003). So far, I've completed two of three tapes, for a subtotal of about 25 minutes, which takes about 10 Gigs. Oblique Strategy: Just carry on....
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Posted by greg at 8:39 AM

December 28, 2002

S(J03): Tape Logging Complete

Just finished logging in the third and final tape for S(J03), and I'm pretty relieved/excited. At first, three hours of footage for a 5-minute film seemed daunting, like we'd never be able to cull it down, but after watching...
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Posted by greg at 4:08 AM

December 27, 2002

The Best Boxing Day, EVER

New New Yorker Jason Kottke made my Boxing Day by including greg.org on his weblog's "not recommended at all" list. It's right under Gawker (who I'd come to imagine as a top, so that's unsurprising). Thanks, Jason! (And unless you're...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 AM

Just One. Last. Shot

This morning, I ran off to shoot one more pre-sunrise shot of the mountains and highway for S(J03), a cold, dark 2.5 hour round trip from SLC. With the sweet Powerbook that Santa brought me, I'll get some stills...
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Posted by greg at 4:06 AM

December 26, 2002

S(J03) Logging, Story Structure Notes, and J-Lo

What a way to spend Boxing Day. I logged two of the three hours of footage we shot Monday for S(J03), which took most of the afternoon. Now that I know what we have to edit, the question is, how...
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Posted by greg at 11:02 AM

December 24, 2002

S(J03) Shooting, Day 1/1

Synopsis: A man travels to Springville, Utah to hang out in a dry cleaners owned by Joe, a Korean immigrant. Cast & Crew: I directed. Artist/photographer Patrick Barth starred as cinematographer. Producer/assistant camera/astrophysicist Jean Cottam did everything else. Joe (presumably)...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 AM

December 23, 2002

New Short Film: Souvenir (January 2003) Location Shooting

I haven't posted much about it at all, but I wrote a new short script, S(J03), which I'm going to do a rough shoot of Monday in Springville, Utah. If it goes well, we'll come back and shoot it in...
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Posted by greg at 1:40 AM