Sunday, October 16, 2016

Exigence: The point of no return

Shane Lewis and Pry'ce Jaymes play characters in my new movie Exigence who have blown past the point of no return and are contemplating the consequences in this scene that we shot yesterday...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Point of Departure: Le Train Bleu

One of the more interesting restaurants I've enjoyed over the years was located in Paris though the one I am thinking of was not any of those that 'auditioned' their specialties to my partner and me when we were preparing The French Chef, as delectable as they were.

It was at the Gare de Lyon where I found Le Train Bleu restaurant. Imagine a plush and ornate restaurant from the Belle Epoque looking as though it belonged in a world class hotel or chateau rather than a train station. It brought forth images from Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Not only did I want to shoot in this amazing restaurant, I wanted to dine there as well. So, we did.

After enjoying our late lunch, I had the leading lady order a most sumptuous dessert as only the French can make and filmed her as she ate it slowly in character as I filmed.

Though unforeseen and unplanned, the scene in Le Train Bleu was pivotal to the film I was shooting, Point of Departure, as it was the heroine's rejection of the emotion that came over her as she sat alone at her table that drove her actions for the rest of the picture. Not only did I get a good scene for my movie, I had an excellent meal in the bargain--this thanks to my saying to my actors, "Wait here while I see what's upstairs."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Exigence: Pry'ce Jaymes & Salwa Khan 2 shot

Exigence: An Uber ride gone wrong with Pry'ce Jaymes and Salwa Khan...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Exigence: Tom Maseth and Pry'ce Jaymes

Tom Maseth and Pry'ce Jaymes as Niko and the Uber driver in Exigence--two realities worlds apart...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Exigence: Salwa in the car

An unedited take from Exigence with Salwa Khan and Pry'ce Jaymes. I'm loving her responsive reactions...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Exigence: KBaby Nate as Jimmy J

KBaby Nate as Jimmy J in my movie Exigence--every character in this movie has an agenda...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shooting a scene for Exigence with Salwa

Shooting a scene for Exigence with Salwa Khan whose character has figured out how to navigate Washington, D.C.--a case of unlikely ships passing in the night, you could say...

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Jerry Fairfax Show on Amazon Video

We made 195 half hour episodes of The Jerry Fairfax Show featuring the acting and musical talents of Michael Chanslor as Jerry surrounded by members of the Cine Paris repertory company for film and television. At the time, I was a judge for the CableAce Awards as were several others in the group. Jerry was our answer to The Larry Sanders Show starring the late, great Garry Shandling.
The Jerry Fairfax Show on Amazon Streaming video.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Lamont Easter in a scene from Exigence. Even the wicked are not exempt from Murphy's Law...

I never want to merely film the actions of actors in a scene. When I film, I want to shoot in a way that creates a visually declarative statement about what the actors are doing and not merely show that they are doing it. Some of this is conveyed by framing and composition. Lighting also plays a part and much of what I am shooting in my new film Exigence is being shot during magic hour--the time after the sun disappears below the horizon producing a softer, more even light absent highlights and sharp contrast.

In the accompanying still, Lamont is seen in just such a light.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

GTOs at Willow...


Helping Mario Tosi say goodbye to his GTO at Willow Springs Raceway with Peter Helm, Chris Cord and other Ferrari guys back in the day...