Best school for film? the film set!

The film set is the best school for film… because you learn all the things to do and not do! And how to respond when things don’t go to planned. Which happens a lot! Transcription: Don’t run around with the energy of like your head cut of. Not good. Centered. Breathe. Pay attention. Listen do your best job and if you make a mistake it’s okay we make mistakes all the time. For instance, I recently worked with Oscar award winning Damien Chazelle, the director of La La Land. I am the head of the sound department. My job is a sound mixer. And this was the last day of the shoot… and it involved music playback that the talent was dancing. The AD yelled, “Play back!” So I’m playing…

Tips for writers

What did famous William Zinsser say about how to write? Why did everyone love and buy and emulate the principles in his book. You decide. Here is some of his top advice: GET RID OF CLUTTER “Look for the clutter in your writing and prune it ruthlessly. Be grateful for everything you can throw away. Re-examine each sentence you put on paper. Is every word doing new work? Can any thought be expressed with more economy? Is anything pompous or pretentious or faddish? Are you hanging on to something useless just because you think it’s beautiful? Simplify, simplify.” WRITE FOR YOURSELF, NOT OTHERS “You are writing primarily to please yourself, and if you go about it with enjoyment you will also entertain the readers who are worth writing for.” STUDY…

What the film industry loves

Jessica H. Not many people responded but those that did are previous co-workers/current friends in the industry and extended family. I have insecurities like everyone. This list shows me that I am stronger then they are and that I will always overcome if I maintain these qualities. My Strengths Tenacious Persistent Polite Organized Determined Open to exploring options and pursuing paths that seem promising Resourceful Very Hardworking Honest Excellent Communicator Confident Direct and Focused on the end result You don’t let your feelings get in the way Attention to detail Born Leader/Leadership Smart Always Smiling/positive Creative Funny Consistently have a pleasant personality Janet Wow. Use polite. organized. resourceful. very hardworking. honest. excellent communicator. confident. don’t let feelings get in the way. Always smiling/positive. consistently have a pleasant personality. These are…

Making 6 figures

How do you go from no work, no connections, and no money to making 6 figures? Sounds too good to be true?   Well, I hear that all the time, but the fact is, this kind of success is something you can do. You don't go from almost homeless to this kind of success, without major guidance.    Working with AJ was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life.Because he took each step, did it, and then saw the results.   Did the next step, and more results until he could not believe what happened. Anyway, the point in posting this video is for you to see that a regular person, with the DRIVE to succeed, can move very fast.   And I hope that is…

Useful links

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Gisele shoot

Where would you find Gisele Bundchen these days? Probably in a mansion that hangs off the cliff in Malibu. If you saw the other video I did about a shoot in malibu, well, this isn’t it.   That one is // This one, I take you inside the mansion while we’re doing the 5 day shoot.   OK, for 5 days, I can hang here. ;-)

5 o’clock fries

So, when you work at McDonalds, you work in the City of Industry. That’s about 1 hour east from LA. They have a McDonalds that looks like a real McDonalds, but the whole thing is only for shooting commercials. They have an entire working kitchen, rooms for production, and some offices in there. At 5 o’clock, they make everyone french fries. It’s called “5 o’clock fries”. Believe me, I don’t eat french fries. But these french fries are not in that category… because they are fresh oil, fresh potatoes, done perfectly, and they are amazing. So, yes, we all eat them as we work and it’s so fun! Watch the video!

Hollywood center studios

OMG, I love Hollywood Center Studios.   It's so quaint!   They filmed The Player, When Harry Met Sally, Karate Kid and a bunch of old time shows like Adams Family, I love Lucy, The Cosby Show, Beverly Hillbillies.   It's the cutest little studio in the heart of Hollywood.  We shoot there a few times a year, every year.  You got to let me know when you shoot there.   For a little heads up, watch this video!