August 18, 2011

Great Minds Think Alike, But Only Some Of Us Write For The New Yorker

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I didn't read it earlier, and I have to read it now, obviously, now that it's finally been published in the US. But I wonder if my first short film may be an inadvertent...
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Posted by greg at 12:06 AM

August 5, 2009

In Memory Of

Harry Patch had a bustling career as one of the last living British WWI veterans. He was the last soldier to fight in the trenches. He died on July 25 at 111, just a couple of weeks after fellow veteran...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 PM

May 25, 2009

On Memorial Day, Remembering

David Kurtz, writing on Talking Points Memo about finding the grave of Corporal Pearl B. Wilkerson, who was killed in action in April 1945, just before the European war ended:But what lingers for me about Wilkerson is how Memorial Day...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 PM

January 30, 2007

Hugh Harman's Peace On Earth (1939)

MGM Cartoon 1939 Peace On EarthUploaded by shawshawshaw In retrospect, 1939 was a rough year to be a diehard pacifist. But that's when Hugh Harman's Peace On Earth anti-war cartoon was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mahatma Gandhi was...
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Posted by greg at 2:46 PM

October 4, 2006

Alberto Burri's Cretto

Like Pompeii in reverse, Gibellina has been remembered by its ghost-like burial instead of an unearthing. In 1968, an earthquake devastated villages throughout the Belice Valley of western Sicily. The Italian government's incompetent response to the disaster and the...
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Posted by greg at 12:38 AM

August 20, 2005

London's Train Station Memorials

In the London Review of Books, writer Iain Sinclair sets out to visit the now-nearly invisible WWI memorials in some of London's train stations:The panels advertising the war dead are invisible to through-shuffling station users, clients of apathy. The false...
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Posted by greg at 12:04 PM

April 10, 2005

Restoring Canada's WWI Memorial

The Canadian Government has begun restoring the WWI-era Vimy Memorial in northern France:It was 88 years ago today [apr. 9] 20,000 Canadians stormed out of the trenches and into the history books, but the scene of Canada's most famous battle...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 AM

March 14, 2005

"shaped by their directors' experiences with grief"

The lingering after-effects of tragic loss are figuring into American feature films now. Some films are specifically--if obliquely--related to the September 11th attacks, but others can be attributed to a post-9/11 heightened sensitivity to the nuances of experiencing a loved...
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Posted by greg at 12:54 PM

January 2, 2005

Bill T. Jones on New York's Golden Age

It's too bad it's not online, becauseThe NY Times City section's feature, asking 14 prominent New Yorkers when the city's "Golden Age" was, makes for interesting reading. Counting the two who said, "Always," five people said "Now": John Leguizamo, Robert...
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Posted by greg at 8:12 AM

September 22, 2004

Wong Kar Wai talks about 2046

2046 barely screened at Cannes, after the director hand-carried the not-quite-finished print to the rebooked theatre. Now it's being released in the UK, and it turns out Wong has actually re-edited it since May. Read Howard Feinstein's interview with WKW...
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Posted by greg at 12:25 PM

July 16, 2004

Looking at Tall Buildings

A correction: Reading Herbert Muschamp's review of MoMA's "Tall Buildings" show, which includes the United Architects proposal for the WTC site. [The 'Dream Team' proposal is in there, too, but I've said all I'll say about that.] Coming after...
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Posted by greg at 7:27 AM

July 10, 2004

On the dislocation of airports

Like the road, the airport is a nonplace, something encountered on the way to going somewhere else, better measured in time - always too long - than in square feet. Now that it is unsafe to hitchhike, and affordable to...
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Posted by greg at 12:15 PM

November 30, 2003

On Cinema and a Sense of Place

In an excellent Times Arts & Leisure article, James Sanders looks at the way computer animated walk- and fly-throughs are changing the way architecture is anticipated and understood. Sanders looks specifically at visitor experiences depicted for each of the WTC...
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Posted by greg at 10:09 AM

November 11, 2003

Memorial to the Missing War

This morning I was in DC, so I thought I'd go to the WWI Memorial. [Veterans Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day. It was expanded two wars-to-end-all-wars later, in 1953.] Nice plan, except that there is no national...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

October 23, 2003

On Transit and Memory

Santiago Calatrava talks about his vision for the transit hub he's designing for the World Trade Center site. I'm a fan, although there doesn't seem to be a lot of design meat here. And the New Yorker's Jane Kramer gets...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

April 1, 2003

Disturbingly, It Keeps Coming Back to WWI

From a BBC report: Protestors spray painted anti-war grafitti at Etaples in Northern France, the largest British WWI memorial cemetery in the country. What it said (in order of increasing shock and awe) "Sadaam will win and spill your blood,"...
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Posted by greg at 8:03 AM

March 18, 2003

On The French And WWII (and WWI)

When Maciej started French Week ("fighting francophobia since wednesday"), Jason linked to the first installment, "Ten Reasons to Love France," which was a breezy response to the frivolous tone of the fries/toast/kiss gag. It's not funny anymore. From day two,...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 AM

March 12, 2003

On Remembering Or Repeating History

History shows that a war which follows on the heels of a Serbian assassination doesn't go well for anyone involved. As I've written before, one reason I chose a WWI battlefield as an object of my first film, Souvenir (November...
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Posted by greg at 12:47 PM

December 21, 2002

Souvenir (November 2001) Screening Recap

I'm quite behind, obviously. Thursday went very well, as I wrote earlier. Souvenir (November 2001) screened last in a program of four short films which, in the words of Festival Director (and MoMA curator) Sally Berger, were "different from...
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Posted by greg at 1:49 AM

December 20, 2002

Wellwishers Multiplying Like Rabbits

Thanks to all y'all (as we'd say in NC, at least when our parents weren't around) who've sent your kind wishes and congratulations re Souvenir. Since 1) You mailed from work, 2) you mailed from outside New York, and 3)...
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Posted by greg at 1:13 AM

December 19, 2002

Souvenir Screening: (Too Much) Like A Dream (Team)

I'm beat, but I have to mention one experience from the premiere that caught me totally offguard. My film, Souvenir was shown with three other short films, including Etienne Sauret and David Carrara's haunting WTC: The First 24 Hours. Sauret...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

Souvenir (November 2001) World PREMIERED

Three-line synopsis: It went amazingly well; about 60 strangers(!); a couple of media, and interest from one critic; three very interesting companion films in the program; chuckles in the right places; thoughtful questions afterward; and supportive friends, crew, and family....
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Posted by greg at 7:34 AM

December 16, 2002

Documentary Fortnight, Last Night

Last night was the filmmakers' reception for Documentary Fortnight, which followed a screening of Family, by Sami Saif and (So)Phie Ambo (see below). The film was pretty good; the nervous Sami's emotionally high-pitched quest to find his Yemeni father....
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Posted by greg at 7:26 AM

December 14, 2002

On Short Films, Mine and Others

Documentary Fortnight at MoMA is underway. The first event I'll be attending is tomorrow (sun.) night, a screening of Family by Sami Martin Saif and Phie Ambo. After the deaths of his mother and brother, Saif travels from Denmark...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

October 24, 2002

Tilting at Windmills: Script Annotation and PR for Souvenir Premiere

Have spent most of yesterday and today writing, researching, annotating the AM script. As discussed before, it's based partly on a real-life crime story, so it's critical from a CYA standpoint to document the sources of characters, facts, events,...
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Posted by greg at 3:26 AM

October 17, 2002

Souvenir (November 2001) to premier at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight

Just got formal notification, although I was contacted a couple of weeks ago. The Documentary Fortnight runs from Dec 13-23, and Souvenir will screen December 19th. From what I understand, they have put together a program of three WTC/September 11-themed...
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Posted by greg at 9:10 AM

October 12, 2002

On Invention learning who his mother is the hard way

from to Finished the MemeFeeder project on time. The scene I thought I'd do turned out not to be the scene I'd actually been asked to do, although I only saw the email with the actual scene assignment yesterday. So,...
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Posted by greg at 5:58 AM

October 10, 2002

On Arches, Now and Then

Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, Renzo Piano, 1991-2004 [image via] The architect Renzo Piano is conspicuously absent from both the discussion and the process of rebuilding New York City. Conspicuous because he has already designed Manhattan's next important skyscraper, the...
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Posted by greg at 12:34 PM

October 4, 2002

"If I am lonely in a foreign country, I search for ruins."

Albert, Somme, France 1920 [image via] The quote is from Christopher Woodward's book, In Ruins, which was sensitively reviewed in the New York Times. Cited near the end of the review, the line resonated with both the story in...
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Posted by greg at 7:13 AM

October 1, 2002

a void with no building in it, a building with a void in it, a quiet place with some statues in it

A NY Times account of "Monument and Memory," a panel discussion presented by the Columbia Seminar. Jewish Museum architect Daniel Libeskind cited his own powerfully programmatic work in arguing architecture's ability to deal with trauma and memory. TheNew Republic's...
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Posted by greg at 1:06 AM

September 30, 2002

Souvenir got accepted into its first festival!

But I can't tell anyone yet, until I get the confirmation letter and screening agreement. Stay tuned, though. Hint: It's in December....
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Posted by greg at 6:07 AM

arguing over nothing, or the lack of nothing

On Artforum's discussion boards, I had posted some criticism of Nico Israel's article about visiting (but not finding) Robert Smithson's earthwork sculpture Spiral Jetty. He responded, and I responded back. Other Smithson-related posts: one from after visiting the Jetty, and...
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Posted by greg at 6:06 AM

September 17, 2002

Jonah Freeman, Artist. Cinematographer. Geeenius. Tonight. On "In the Artist's Studio"

Jonah Freeman, Making the Nature Scene, 2000, c-print, images: edw mitt For a while, Ive been meaning to post some information and images of Jonah Freeman's work. He was the DP and editor for my short film, Souvenir November 2001,...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

September 2, 2002

On not knowing what's in it when you open something

This witty, informative page [via Anil Dash] about the miracle of 40-foot shipping containers reminded me of this great piece by Darren Almond in September 2000 at Matthew Marks, a shipping container with a giant digital clock in its side,...
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Posted by greg at 2:57 AM

August 18, 2002

On Souvenir; On encountering one's past and being just fine, thanks

Souvenir updates from the road: Spoke with some folks in Austin, and submitted Souvenir (November 2001) to the festival. As you can discover by surfing through the Souvenir-related links at left, the film is a sytnhesis of scripted narrative and...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 PM

August 7, 2002

On only seeing in retrospect the obvious influence of Agnes Varda on my short film

Writing and music rights: Agnes Varda's Gleaners and I is on Sundance again. [It's been released on DVD now, too.] While I've mentioned the, video-to-film transfer pleasure aspect of seeing it on TV, it's weird to see how similar some...
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Posted by greg at 1:15 AM

July 23, 2002

As if the Prelinger Collection

As if the Prelinger Collection isnít remarkable enough, it turns out almost the whole thing is available online. Itís a collection of educational, industrial, military and propaganda films, as well as newsreels and commercials. (via boingboing) Truly transfixing. I wasted...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 AM

Souvenir (November 2001), Bruegel, Houstonization, The WTC

Rewatching Souvenir (November 2001) a dozen+ times in the last 24 hours, I'd begun to wonder what it can actually contribute to the increasing volume of the WTC memorial/rebuilding debate. There was 4,000-participant offsite Saturday (with a 200-participant makeup session...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 AM

Whew!: After a few weeks

Whew!: After a few weeks of fits and starts, a full day of editing followed by a full week of output-to-video frustration, I finally got the "finished" version of Souvenir (November 2001) on tape tonight. It's not drastically different; in...
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Posted by greg at 1:19 AM

July 17, 2002

Music: Spent most of the

Music: Spent most of the morning following up on clearing music for Souvenir (November 2001). The process is moving along well. One thing I realized, though: I pointed a couple of the record company folks to this site to find...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 AM

July 13, 2002

Here's a link about rights

Here's a link about rights and a song that I'm thinking of using, a possible replacement for Zabriskie Point. http://www.loc.gov/folklife/cg.html I've collated all Documenta 11-related entries in one page, which I'll keep updated. There's been a steady/increasing number of Google...
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Posted by greg at 4:20 AM

Rights, On: I've been digging

Rights, On: I've been digging into rights issues for both the new project (which will get a highlights list soon) and for Souvenir, getting ready to meet with a lawyer referred by a good friend at Universal (until he just...
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Posted by greg at 3:07 AM

July 11, 2002

Not only did I finish

Not only did I finish all the tweak editing I mentioned earlier, the momentum picked up. I worked on the pacing of some dialogue scenes, changing some breaths/gaps and taking out a few tiny lines here and there. It makes...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 AM

July 9, 2002

Editing: After a couple of

Editing: After a couple of false starts, we're finally set to make the editing tweaks on Souvenir November 2001 this week. (Since I only have FCP 1.0 loaded, and the project got saved in 3.0, I couldn't open it without...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 PM

July 2, 2002

How my film is(not) like a busload of Chinese tourists looking at a famous war memorial

This morning, I did a driveby at the Iwo Jima Memorial (there had been a big formation of Marines there earlier in the day). Whatever Americans know of Iwo Jima today, it's almost certain they recognize the statue. It was...
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Posted by greg at 4:11 AM

May 23, 2002

Director's Headshot

One of the reasons I'd delayed submitting to some festivals was (of all things) my lack of a "director's photo (B/W)," which some festivals require. Last week, Roe Ethridge, a friend and artist whose work I've collected for three-plus years,...
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Posted by greg at 1:06 AM

May 22, 2002

Private screening has been set

Private screening has been set for Monday, June 3rd, in NYC. For those who expressed interest, look for email in a day or two as details gel. Stay tuned....
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Posted by greg at 6:14 AM

May 13, 2002

Submitted Souvenir November 2001 to

Submitted Souvenir November 2001 to the following festivals today: Locarno Int'l Film Festival Short Cuts Cologne Siena Int'l Short Film Festival...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 AM

April 28, 2002

Now that the movie's finally

Now that the movie's finally done, I have a little breathing room, so I went to one of the websites we shot really quickly for insert shots in the wife's Google search scene. Of the dozens of sites we shot,...
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Posted by greg at 7:27 AM

April 25, 2002

First the good news: I

First the good news: I got my keyboard replaced, and now I have my beloved Trackpoint back. Things are looking up. Bad news: Here is the list of picks for International Critics Week at Cannes. One short, The Day I...
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Posted by greg at 11:37 AM

April 16, 2002

Editing: Final tweaks over the

Editing: Final tweaks over the weekend to get a distortion-free output version has now deteriorated into a major structural problem with Final Cut Pro. If I didn't have so much other stuff to occupy my mind, I'd be worried sick....
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Posted by greg at 10:04 AM

April 13, 2002

I ended up making screening

I ended up making screening tapes from the DV master, since I have been having the same problems with output that we had before (ie., skipping, frozen frames). The movie may have found the maximum processing capacity of the G4...
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Posted by greg at 11:29 AM

April 11, 2002

Making screening tapes: Groundhog Day

Making screening tapes: Groundhog Day all over again (which may be redundant, I know). I've been working to swap out the shot that annoyed Jonah and me (shooting into the sun=super-blown out exposure), finding one that (except for some coke...
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Posted by greg at 8:55 AM

April 10, 2002

Been working on my schtick

Been working on my schtick for tonight, where I am introducing David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin at a MoMA film benefit. MoMA is acquiring Russell's films for its permanent collection, and the fundraising group I co-chair is hosting the...
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Posted by greg at 8:30 AM

April 7, 2002

Details, details. Worked on the

Details, details. Worked on the dialogue transcript, which will morph into subtitles, which I assume I'll be able to put on after some book reading. Need to add another screen of credits and acknowledgements. Right now, we just have one...
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Posted by greg at 10:22 AM

April 3, 2002

Paris, lqnd of screzed up

Paris, lqnd of screzed up typezriters qnd keyboqrds% zell, qfter eight missed/rescheduled flights (including three yesterday, Tuesday), I got here with the finished version of the film, now officially titled, Souvenir November 2001. Dropped the screening copies off at Cannes...
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Posted by greg at 11:49 AM

March 30, 2002

Editing, Last Day 3: Well,

Editing, Last Day 3: Well, we go on, editing through the Friday 9PM shipping deadline. (There go my 80K miles. And because of the Easter holiday, I have to fly through London to deliver the tape by Tuesday.) Thursday night,...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 AM

March 28, 2002

Editing, Last Day: Synched the

Editing, Last Day: Synched the sound, mostly. Almost halfway through cleaning up stray dialogue and sound (voices in the backseat of the car, feeding lines to the person onscreen, etc.), and always trimming down where it's obviously needed. The movie...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 AM

March 27, 2002

Editing, Day ??: I've lost

Editing, Day ??: I've lost count. Is it as tedious to read about editing day-to-day as it is to experience editing day-to-day? Since it consumes every one of my 20 waking hours/day, I'm left with little else to write about,...
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Posted by greg at 3:34 AM

March 25, 2002

Editing: Finished the (second?) rough

Editing: Finished the (second?) rough cut, re-editing the middle scenes and editing the final ones (the crater and the memorial), which had previously been only barely sketched out. Learned how to do dissolves. Picked up the Mini-Disc audio, now transferred...
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Posted by greg at 11:27 AM

March 20, 2002

Editing: Jonah got about one

Editing: Jonah got about one third through the rough cut. That puts us in good standing for the LA Film Festival deadline Friday. Sound won't be done by then, obviously, but LA's down widdat. One thing we're sure of, though,...
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Posted by greg at 1:11 AM

March 18, 2002

!!! LOSE 6 LBS IN

!!! LOSE 6 LBS IN *30 MINUTES** !! Guaranteed* *Note: those 30 minutes are the duration of your movie, spread out across 10 days of editing. Also, if you were to position a mini-fridge near your editing station, you are...
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Posted by greg at 12:15 PM

March 17, 2002

Editing: When I went to

Editing: When I went to bed last night, I thought the village montage was nearly done. But watching it this morning, I wasn't satisfied at all, so I recut the whole thing. Now, at least the raw material for a...
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Posted by greg at 12:46 PM

March 15, 2002

Editing: Met with Jonah today

Editing: Met with Jonah today to review the rough cut. As it stands, there are really only the two last scenes remaining to do, and I'm going to finish them tonight and Saturday (repeat after me: "loooozah"). Sure enough, Jonah...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM

March 14, 2002

Editing: Finished the gas station

Editing: Finished the gas station scene and the third conversation in the car. that means I've got it blocked out to scene 35, which is more than halfway through. Three major scenes remain: the village of Albert; the crater at...
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Posted by greg at 10:24 AM

March 13, 2002

Editing: Finished the third sequence

Editing: Finished the third sequence this afternoon, the 2nd conversation between the couple. It went much faster than the other one. Rewatched the first one, which I know now is at least 1 min. too long. That's good, because while...
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Posted by greg at 7:16 AM

March 12, 2002

Editing: Finished a second sequence,

Editing: Finished a second sequence, the first conversation 1:41 in the car and in NYC. The dialogue scene has roughly four times as many cuts, with four layered video/audio tracks as the airport scene, even though it's less than half...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 AM

Editing: Built my first sequence

Editing: Built my first sequence in Final Cut Pro today, 3:45 at the airport (the opening scenes of the movie). I must say, it's too long, and there are some cheats in it, but I kind of like it. If...
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Posted by greg at 6:21 AM

March 11, 2002

"Please join me in a

"Please join me in a moment of silence. The second plane has just struck the second tower." -NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is remembering reliving?...
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Posted by greg at 9:05 AM

Is it inspiration or masochism

Is it inspiration or masochism to watch a movie like Robert Altman's brilliantly acted (and interwoven) Short Cuts while editing your first short? Whichever, it's a little late now, since the credits are running. Problems getting the firewire hub to...
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Posted by greg at 2:58 AM

March 8, 2002

Log log log log. It's

Log log log log. It's not making for much weblog weblog weblog weblog, though. After 1) a powerbook, 2) an external drive, 3) a new charger/AC cable for the camera, 4) a new Firewire connector for same, 5) a Firewire...
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Posted by greg at 6:21 AM

March 7, 2002

FINALLY. It's taken almost all

FINALLY. It's taken almost all week to get the system set up properly, but I started capturing and digitizing the tapes into Final Cut Pro. One thing after another: firewire 4- vs 6-pin, extensions for firewire hubs, replacement AC cable...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 AM

March 5, 2002

Has it been that long?

Has it been that long? Jet lag's lasted longer than normal. Fall asleep during The Daily Show, up before NPR Morning Edition. Jonah came back Sunday; picked him up at JFK (a very non-NYC thing to do, I know. Getting...
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Posted by greg at 8:03 AM

Did I mention that Dodge,

Did I mention that Dodge, the main actor in the movie, was not, in fact, the main actor? I was at the airport in NYC, preparing to leave, and to meet Dodge the next morning at CDG, when he called...
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Posted by greg at 6:59 AM

March 1, 2002

I'm home and damn tired.

I'm home and damn tired. And I carried this sculpture back on the plane; it's been at the gallery in Paris for almost two years. It's six feet tall. Good night....
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Posted by greg at 8:35 AM

February 28, 2002

France Location Day 5: Fred

France Location Day 5: Fred and Thomas went back to Paris Wednesday night. The rest of us stayed until Thursday morning. We got up at 7:00, checked out of our Twin Peaks castle, and rushed off to reshoot the approach...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 AM

February 27, 2002

France Location Day 4: The

France Location Day 4: The big day, by default. We still have to shoot the major locations: the Crater at La Boisselle and the Thiepval Memorial itself. In addition, we need to pick up more montage dialogue in town. Iíd...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM

February 26, 2002

France Location Day 3: Weíd

France Location Day 3: Weíd planned to shoot driving scenes and dialogue in the car in the morning, when we expected clouds and rain. Of course, it turned freakishly sunny, pumping the contrast between interior and exterior light too high....
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Posted by greg at 8:22 AM

France Location Day 2: We

France Location Day 2: We wove our way back to the gas station, the first place the main character stops for directions. Got lost on the way several times. No rain at all; a glorious sky, with deep, textured clouds...
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Posted by greg at 2:46 AM

Location Day 2 (actually; Day

Location Day 2 (actually; Day 1 in France): Things are off to a good start. NYC crew arrived a bit early, as did I, so we began shooting in Charles deGaulle immediately. The French crew (prod. exec. and sound engineer)...
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Posted by greg at 2:34 AM

February 23, 2002

France Location Day 1: Iím

France Location Day 1: Iím not in France. Crewís not in France. (Granted, Jonah and Alice are scheduled to leave Saturday night. I left for JFK Friday night, intent on getting to our production companyís office in Paris Saturday, to...
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Posted by greg at 3:26 AM

February 21, 2002

... I just got home

... I just got home from our first night of locations, here in NYC. First, thanks to everyone. It went extremely well, even if it took over twice as long as I'd originally planned. Some headaches/highlights: I reserved the sound...
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Posted by greg at 2:46 AM

February 19, 2002

This morning I was researching

This morning I was researching changes we may need to make to consent/release forms to enable us to shoot in France. I was reading through the WIPO site, when I searched across a memo written by an old friend and...
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Posted by greg at 9:40 AM

February 18, 2002

Yesterday's B&H Photo haul (Total

Yesterday's B&H Photo haul (Total cost: around $400): Sony MDR-7506 headphones 40 - DV tapes (added to the 20 on hand) 20 - 74-minute mini-discs for audio recording After asking and studying both DAT and MD options, we've decided to...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 AM

Another way things have changed:

Another way things have changed: I made the bed. Pulled the long, blonde hair off the charcoal wool blanket. It's just like the one on the floor. On that Jil Sander coat over there. On the seat belt strap when...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

February 17, 2002

Spent the last few days

Spent the last few days reworking the script, adding New York scenes. As Jonah suggested, it would be stronger to show the wife's own search as well, so we set out to find an actress who would do well on...
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Posted by greg at 1:27 AM

February 14, 2002

Last night I went to

Last night I went to the opening of German painter Gerhard Richter's retrospective at MoMA. Over 500 people shoehorned into dinner, while another 1500 or so poured into the galleries. It's the last major exhibition before the museum closes for...
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Posted by greg at 8:16 AM

February 12, 2002

Had the first reading of

Had the first reading of the script with the main actors (more about them later) to see how they fit/relate to the parts. It was unexpectedly nervewracking to hear the words I wrote being read by someone else as their...
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Posted by greg at 2:12 AM

February 7, 2002

Update: Met with DP two

Update: Met with DP two nights in a row, discussing casting, scheduling, the script (which may go through another revision very soon), and some ideas for adding a shoot day in NYC. We're also going to do some readings/camera tests...
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Posted by greg at 2:20 AM

February 4, 2002

YIKES. Within five minutes of

YIKES. Within five minutes of posting the script, I see the opening scene of IFC's With the Filmmaker: Martin Scorcese by Albert Maysles, where The Man says: The worst thing when you're preparing a film, is the endless stream of...
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Posted by greg at 8:08 AM

Considerations made in posting the

Considerations made in posting the script for this short, called (for the moment) Souvenir: Adequately guarding intellectual property (Joe Eszterhas' Souvenir, rated NC-17, opening May 15") Having to deal with a wave of comments and suggestions ("Loved your script. I've...
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Posted by greg at 7:55 AM

January 25, 2002

Making this film means keeping

Making this film means keeping "artist hours," means watching the Australian Open semis live on ESPN2 while storyboarding. Updating the storyboard means ftp'ing on the site, means checking my logs. it's been a while. Favorite search engine query bringing me...
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Posted by greg at 2:23 AM

January 24, 2002

I've found a DP (director

I've found a DP (director of photography, or cinematographer, variously), Jonah Freeman, a brilliant artist who works in video and installation. Very excited. The last week has been spent rewriting and looking for a lead actor, who'll have to carry...
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Posted by greg at 1:03 AM

January 18, 2002

Details about the short: Cast:

Details about the short: Cast: New Yorker, 30, m His Wife, 16 (just kidding. 30), f [phone voice only] Mechanic, 22, m [french] Cafe Owner, 50, f [french] Farmer, 85, m [french] Locations: CDG/Roissy Albert, France & surrounding region...
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Posted by greg at 9:49 AM

January 13, 2002

The last two weeks, I

The last two weeks, I have been consumed by the task of writing a screenplay for a short film that has been percolating/eating at me/distracting me since the late fall. ( You do the math.) I'm thinking of posting either...
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Posted by greg at 5:31 AM

January 3, 2002

How NOT to screen video

How NOT to screen video of farmers baling hay that you shot on your first day of your first location: 1) Watch Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, in which nearly every scene looks like a Vermeer, a Hopper, shot at...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 PM

December 23, 2001

This morning on NPR, there

This morning on NPR, there was a commentary about the Christmas Truce, a moment in the first year of WWI when British and German troops left their trenches, met in No Man's Land, and exchanged cigarettes and jam, sang Christmas...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

September 22, 2001

The script: Some people have

The script: Some people have asked if Iíll post the script here, and I feel a little odd to tell them there really isnít one at this point. Itís not really a matter of saying, ìItís a documentary; there IS...
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Posted by greg at 3:15 AM