A Good Idea

Here’s a good idea: write emails and letters to people asking for professional advice. You might be surprised where this leads. You’re welcome.

Speaking of ideas, here’s a good one: write emails to people (friends, people you’ve fallen out of touch with, friends of friends, complete strangers, anyone, really) who work in fields you’re interested in pursuing and ask them for professional advice.

David Licata and Kyu Nakama. Working.

David Licata and Kyu Nakama. Working.

Last year I wrote a postabout an email I received from a friend’s brother asking for advice about starting…

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Ideas: The Good, The Bad, The Neutral

It’s good to have a lot of ideas, better than not having a lot of ideas. But with a lot of ideas comes the challenge of distinguishing good from bad, doable from not doable.

I recently came across this note in one of my notebooks. In my scrawl:

Go with tighter shots and more cramped framing for subjects that have less time, i.e., older subjects. Younger subjects have more time, + therefore more space.

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The A Life’s Work notebooks.

I wrote this many years ago, perhaps before we began shooting. My notebooks are full of such scribblings. Early on I was talking to an…

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The Probabilistic Universe: A Clip

Paolo Soleri, Jill Tarter, and Robert Darden talk about how chance affects our lives while visuals detail Soleri bells being made. A clip from A Life’s Work.

The Probabilistic Universe

Here’s a clip I’ve been working on. As the title of this post suggests, it’s about how chance and the unexpected can play a major role in what we find ourselves doing, the discoveries we make, and the passions that fill us.

I’ve always thought of this clip as kind of the equivalent of a sidebar in a magazine article. Will it make it into the finished film? Don’t know.…

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New Writing: 12-Bar Blues in Pilgrimage

New Writing: 12-Bar Blues in Pilgrimage

A story I wrote, 12-Bar Blues, is in this fine publication.

You’ll find a short story I wrote, 12-Bar Blues, in this fine publication.

I’m very pleased to announce that one of my short stories, 12-Bar Blues, has been published by Pilgrimage. Right now, it’s only available in print. Consider ordering a copy and showing your support for this fine literary journal. Though the Pilgrimage Press website needs updating to include this issue, you can still order…

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Falling In (and Sometimes Out of) Love, the Filmmaker Way

Some filmmakers have fickle hearts others steadfast hearts. Here’s a post about that. And about a film I made 10 years ago, and dance, and inspiration, etc.

Not that long ago I went to an event near my home, Midsummer Night Swing. It’s put on every summer by Lincoln Center. They erect a dance floor in one of the plazas, invite some amazing musicians to perform danceable music of many genres (swing, merengue, salsa disco and more), and let the paying public on the dance floor while a whole other dance scene takes place beyond the dance floor. There is…

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Me on The Unknown Zone Interviewed by Yvonne Delet

Me on The Unknown Zone Interviewed by Yvonne Delet

Last year, the brilliant and wickedly funny Yvonne Delet invited me to be a guest on her podcast, The Unknown Zone. I thought at the time that it was audio only. But noooooo! Yvonne also had a camera running. Kind of wish I had known that, I would have been better behaved.

After the show, hugs and smiles, but no $1,000,000 chocolate bar.

After the show, hugs and smiles, but no $1,000,000 chocolate bar. l. to r. Yvonne Delet, David Licata, Gerard Mignone.

The…

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A Quote About Why You’re Here

A quote about why you’re here by Louise Erdrich and a photograph by Peter LaMastro.

Here’s a quote from writer Louise Erdrich.

Photo by Peter LaMastro.

Photo by Peter LaMastro.

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or…

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Space and Pace

Space and Pace: Listening to jazz guitarist Bill Frisell inspires some thoughts on finding the right pace when editing film.

I’ve been thinking a lot about space. Not as in “outer space” but as in breadth. I’ve also been thinking a lot about breath, about the unconscious breath that occurs between sentences, and about catching one’s breath after a dramatic moment. And of course thinking about the cinematic equivalent of these things.

Part of this is jazz guitarist Bill Frisell’s fault because I’ve been kind of obsessed…

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Selling It!

10_percent_Happier_Dan_HarrisI recently finished reading a book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works : A True Story, written by television news anchor Dan Harris. It’s the tale of Harris’ spiritual journey, from a boy whose parents told him in one breath that Santa Claus and God did not exist to covering the religion beat for ABC News…

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Guess How Old I Am Today?

Guess How Old I Am Today?

I’m this many years.

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I was born in 2009. On this date there was one post, written by this Licata guy, and no comments.

Now, five years later, there are 490 posts (not including this one), post written by guest bloggers, and 1,165 comments.

Thank you stopping by, for reading, for commenting, and for sharing.

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