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How to Apologize by Louis C.K.

Actually an amazing deleted scene from LOUIE which seems more like a PSA for Common Decency. 

7 Movies that Put Insane Work into Details You Didn't Notice: Cracked


Great list of films that put in significant detail into small components of their design, and in turn made a strong impact in the presence of certain aspects of the story.

I like this article mainly because I seem to love every one of items listed, and it may because I respect the films and filmmakers attempting to full realize the story they are trying to tell. Also because a great deal of creative thought went into something not entirely essential, but it shows how much it eventually added to the project as a whole.

via Cracked


The After Hours crew of Cracked have an interesting discussion around The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the personality traits they represent. They go into more context of the idea relating the grouping of the four characters to the concept of the four humors of Hippocratic medicine that were adopted by Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers. Definitely worth a watch, especially if you grew up with TMNT like I did.


Making Of did an interview with the great Aaron Sorkin about working as a screenwriter, what influenced him and how he works. He also gives excellent advice to aspiring screenwriters, specifically the importance of finding your voice:

"Remember, that when you are doing this, again, what you are writing isn’t meant to be read, its meant to be performed. So anytime words are spoken out loud for the sake of performance, all the same rules that apply to music apply to them. So it needs to sound like something. Thats when you are going to find your own voice. Find out what you like to sound like. Just sort of the key signature thats good for you that you like to write in. What you like the characters to sound like. Make it sound good. Make it sound like music."

I apologize that the video has been resized into 4:3 so the video may be a little cut off. But it still serves the same purpose.


Dan Harmon answers questions

Dan Harmon, creator of Community (one of the best shows on television), went to Reddit to answer two questions.

TWO whole Reddit questions answered:

I love these Reddit questions, they make me feel like Orson Welles. Unfortunately, they make me answer the questions like Todd Welles, Orson’s younger brother, who was stupid and who tried to cover it with bluster. But here goes, and I’ll answer more when I can, soon.

gladvillain asks:

“Do you have any ideas to make the show last beyond four seasons if it were to continue being renewed? Four years just seems way too low!”

I will bet my life the show can and will go beyond four seasons should it be given the opportunity, but I feel like it would subtract something irreplaceable from a viewer’s experience to expound on that now, with ideas (“they all grow beards and become teachers!”)  If you feel anxious about what’s going to happen at the end of year four, then you feel how many of our characters feel, which is a hard-won immersion in TV.  Given all we have to work AGAINST in a transitory setting like a school (as opposed to a family or work sitcom), I would never take away from the viewer one of the best things going FOR the setting, which is a distinct “time is moving, the future is uncertain but it’s coming” feeling.  

When I get this question, at least from a fan, what I choose to hear is, “please tell me you think and care about this, tell me you don’t think I’m stupid for wanting something so silly to last so long.”  You have come to the right show with this need.  The writers want the same thing from the show that you want, for the same amount of time.  I don’t expect it to cure cancer or feed Africa but I want it to live and breathe a full life.

By the way, I wonder, does anyone ever ask this question of Glee?  Don’t they have to graduate, too?  Also, THEY KEEP SINGING.  Are they going to keep singing for twelve years?  Name one show about singing that’s lasted longer than - oh, never mind. Next question.

ill_be_back asks:

“Now I understand that a series needs character development to stay fresh, but how do you toe the line between developing a character (say, Jeff becoming a better person) and keeping what we love about the original crew(i.e. Jeff being snarky and a bit of a douche) without obvious inconsistencies in personality?”

I don’t know how other TV writers do this, maybe it’s the same for all of us, but I do this by resolving, if only arbitrarily, that there is one thing at the core of a character that can never change, instead of hanging the character’s life on what is essentially a bunch of superficial nails.  If I create a character and say “she’s a vegan from the North Pole that loves porn,” that sounds really “unique” and “real” and stuff, but until I know some simpler, more fundamental things about her, I’ve got three stories  before she’s done - the one where she eats meat, the one where she lives at the SOUTH Pole and the one where she gets hit on the head with a coconut and totally hates porn.  On the other hand, if, before those three episodes are done, I come to the realization that, at her core, she’s been wounded by something, and deals with it in a certain primal way, now I’ve got 50,000 stories.  Because I’ve done 5,000 things in my life to deal with my wounds, and the writers have done 5,000 each.  Except Neil.  He watched sports.

I feel like I’m talking in vague garbage so I’ll do what I always do to clarify myself:  I’ll keep talking.  Take this example:  What if Annie Edison, instead of being born a human, was born as an elephant.  It would change many, many, many things about her.  Her taste in sweaters, her ability to walk upright and speak - it might even change her penchant for organization.  But my arbitrary decision about Annie is that there’s one thing about her that you’d recognize.  You’d say, “that elephant, compared to all the other elephants, is the most like my friend Annie.” Why? Figure that out about your characters, that’s what I say.

Fuck, I have to go to work.


Pretty insightful understanding on how to approach story. I really do hope Community can last beyond four years and still hold is clever, entertaining episodes.


Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 films in 7 minutes.

Derek Stettler says: “I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny.”

I couldn’t agree more. Filmmaking that has insight towards living a happy, peaceful, motivated life is what makes me want to be a part of the industry.


Part 2 of 4 of Kirby Ferguson’s Documentary titled, Everything is a Remix. He continues his look in pop culture productions and how they recycle material more than they develop new ideas.

Here is Part 1

I will continue to post the other parts as they become available.

Everything you always wanted to know about the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England.


INFLUENCERS: “A short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.”


Professional wonderer Robert Krulwich explores a mystery that has long stymied scientists: Why can’t blindfolded (or otherwise visually-hindered) humans walk in a straight line?


Vivian Maier was an unassuming French-born amateur photographer who worked as a nanny in Chicago during the 50s and 60s. Two years prior to her death in 2009, a young real-estate agent stumbled upon thousands of her negatives at an estate sale, and purchased them for $400. 26-year-old John Maloof soon realized what he had actually paid for: The life’s work of one of the greatest street photographers the world never knew.


To promote the launch of “Population 7 Billion” — a 7-part series on global population — National Geographic put out this short promo which aims to put the world’s ever-growing population in perspective.


The Hollywood Reporter does its yearly Roundtable discussion with the talents that made the most critically acclaimed pictures of the year. This video is for the Directors Roundtable, which includes David O. Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back), and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). 

I truly love how they get together the great minds to not only discuss their films and their experiences making them, but of their thoughts on the industry, their feelings on filmmaking and the knowledge they have that got them where they are.

David O. Russell does get a little too specific on his film at times and runs off topic with answers, but they majority of the discussion is really interesting. One of the most interesting parts was the realization that all their films were independently produced without studio affiliation. 

Also available are:

The Screenwriters Roundtable: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole)

The Actors Roundtable: James Franco (127 Hours), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right).

The Animators Roundtable: Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).


60 Minutes did a Two-part piece tonight called The Gift of Endless Memory. It was about this extremely small and select group of people who have the remarkable skill of remembering every single day of their life. They can remember what day it was, the weather, what they wore and ate and what events occurred on that day. The crazy party is, within this group is actress Marilu Henner (TV show Taxi) and TV Producer and Writer Bob Petrella

In the special, Lesley Stahl spoke with different people within the group as well as specialist who are studying their unique skill. They do tests to show their capability and discuss the significance of their talents and how it may change the science of mind as well as other things.

It’s pretty amazing story and Its crazy to me that there are people out there that are capable of such memory. The video is online in two parts. Above is the first part and below is the second part.

I posted an article a couple days ago about Guillermo Del Toro and his Q/A Session back on 9/29 in Portland. The article presented videos from that event that someone had posted. I believe out of the 11 parts, this is the best section of the Q/A.

In this section, a fan thanks Del Toro for his use of practical effects in films. He asks him whether he would consider doing an all animated feature. Guillermo Del Toro discusses his opinions on animation and his thoughts on filmmaking using CGI. He isn’t against it, and actually feels animation may be one of the purer mediums of filmmaking since the creator has full control of the world it presents. But he does say that it’s important when shooting live action to try to use as much practical effect as possible, rather than just using CGI as a way to cover up what you missed.

at 3:46 in the video:

"Whether I lose 3% physical or 50% physical, I try to keep a component, and the only thing that I try to avoid is doing it {Ed. CGI and Post Effects} because lazy filmmaking. You know when people say, ‘Too Much CG’, I say ‘No, Too Little Filmmaking.’ You know, it is people that are lazy with it, and wanna fix it in Post. That’s the real danger."

I also really like when he mentions that he is always learning:

"If you ever stop learning, you stop growing and get old. What I do is keep my self very busy and very curious. I am curious about everything. Im curious about food, people, places, and creatively, I’m curious about different mediums."

I feel I generally live my life the same way, always curious and always looking to learn and grow. I find enjoyment in new and different challenges and perspectives. I feel I am actually living when I find a new food or place to see. I really enjoy that Guillermo Del Toro lives the same way. I find him to be one of the more interesting, intelligent and entertaining directors. He is always open to new interesting things and he loves to teach and share with the world. He always has a chip on his shoulder and appreciates people that in are interested in what he does and thinks.

I know I’d love to have a chance to work with him or for him, because I’d really be able to learn and develop because he would interested in encouraging me to do so. I know there actually opening up a studio/imaginarium in Santa Monica for his production company called Mirada. From an article on Slashfilm, there was a statement that he wanted to open up a space for evolving filmmakers.

We really want to be a filmmakers’ resource… I think the future of storytelling needs to be very, very rooted in tradition but very nimble toward the future, and that’s the philosophy behind the company.

I applied through there site for a position in whatever opportunities were available. If anyone from Mirada reads this, I’d love to be considered for an opportunity, so keep me in mind.