This is the poster for my my newest feature film project The Dearly Departed, a Woody
Allen-esque ensemble comedy dealing with the aftermath of the passing of
a family matriarch and the proliferation of schemes and conniving plots
on the part of family members as well as a ragtag group of total
Dealing with the ensemble of disparate characters reminds me of shooting Clip Joint back in the day...
An excerpt from another episode of my Clip Joint TV series featuring J.T. Grimm, Sir Arthur, Eva, Sean Mitchell, Kevin Courtright, Teddy Carey, Wesley Harris, Kathi Carey, Duke Maltin, Chris & The Clip Joint Players.
An excerpt from another episode of my TV series Clip Joint featuring: Duke Maltin, Sean Mitchell, Morgan Mitchell, J.T.Grimm, Eva, Teddy Carey, Kevin Courtright, Wandah Kay, Ben Domino, Kathi Carey, Wesley Harris, Tanya, Lea Lashaway & The Clip Joint Players.
Excerpts from another episode of Clip Joint featuring Duke Maltin, Sean Mitchell, Eric Kritlow, Morgan Mitchell, Kathi Carey, Eva, Larry Butler, J.T. Grimm, Tim Schoenberg & The Clip Joint Players. Sadly, I've lost track of some cast member names who were part of my rep company at the time some 15 years ago...
Thanks to Kathi Carey who unearthed eight Clip Joint episode masters and digitized them, they can now be seen--I'd forgotten about so many of these segments!
This segment came about because J.T. lost his voice one evening--I'll
let him tell it. I regret to say I can't recall the name of the actress
in the scene.
"Stephen taught us to take whatever situations that
others might label 'big problems' or 'disasters' and work them into the
narrative so that the project would ALWAYS finish on time and with
One of my favorite moments occurred on a
cold January afternoon. A mild throat irritation escalated to a SEVERE
case of laryngitis on my way to the studio. I arrived on set without a
voice. Stephen was directing the show and took my condition in stride.
'This is not a problem,' he said and promptly adjusted the scene so that
whispered dialogue became the new and essential ingredient of our
action. No one seeing that scene today would suspect that I couldn't
We who had the privilege of being a part of the New
Hollywood System left with invaluable tools for use in film and
television as well as the consummate professional's attitude and
capability. We could put a finished film together in a week or a full
half-hour for television in a day. It was exhilarating, enriching,
enlightening and ennobling."
How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits)
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Examples of Responsive Reactions
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Action/ReAction at Stella Adler
Point of Departure
A Series of ONE...
Stephen and Dragonuk
Stephen Mitchell webinar for Stage 32
Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
Dispatches from a (junior) suite in Paris
Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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Exerpt from Ignorance is Bliss
"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
Elysée Wednesday: Drive!
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“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
One evening, I was enjoying a John le Carré novel and a glass of Bordeaux...
L'art de l'automobile
My first Lusso prior to restoration
It was only after Sinatra was gone...
Once upon a time...
Meeting Enzo Ferrari
I came across this on a late night stroll in Paris near the Louvre.
I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...