I began my filmmaking career in France with Montmartre, a satirical look at an artist in Paris. In this scene, the leader of the anarchist party Hughes Dellacroix visits the Place du Tertre to deliver a scathing critique of Marcel's latest work in seemingly contradicting political terms. Marcel (played by Joël Barbouth) responds by offering Hughes a 20% discount. Sadly, I don't recall the name of the man who played Hughes but he was not an actor, merely an acquaintance to whom I gave a bit of coaching before we shot the scene. A great way to begin filmmaking!
Exigence: Sniper (extended) with Pry'ce Jaymes and Shane Lewis. Movies are all song & dance--sometimes the dance is more brutal and sometimes the song is the sound of a through-and-through hitting the pavement...
Cars are my life! This is not the first time I've conducted a one-on-one acting class on Skype with an actor from their car. Once I did a class with an actor whose wife was driving the car as they were on their way from Los Angeles to Florida.
In this video, Heather Callahan-Stevens is rehearsing the monologue I wrote for her as she applies some of the layers of Action/ReAction. This ultimately became her one-woman show, The Tempted, on Amazon Prime and Heather is one of the ensemble cast in my movie The Dearly Departed and she co-stars with Shane Lewis in my film In Captivity, which is still shooting.
The Dearly Departed: This is a partial end credit scroll test using a temp track of DC Valentine's "Burn" which is used in my film Person-to-Person--Jaymes Young is working on the music I'll be using for this scroll. Pry'ce Jaymes, Debbie Hartner, Tom Maseth, Joy White, KBaby Nate, Heather Callahan-Stevens and Robert Isom Jr are amongst the dancers...
Last night I was informed of the passing of Shaz Rishi some months ago. Shaz contributed his powerful theme "Onslaught" for our movie In Captivity and I was hoping to continue our association. Rest in peace, Shaz...
I shot Bleeder and Bates in 1988/89 when my repertory company for film and television was in full swing. Members were trained in my Action/ReAction technique which was meant for the exclusive use of our group members and was not offered publicly.
In this scene, corrupt forces are attempting to derail a murder investigation by bringing forth women to accuse our hero of sexual misconduct and rape. The two points I wanted to make in this scene, which relies on the 'Action/ReAction' of the attendees, were that not all of the panel members were accepting the allegations as truthful and that, even so, they were intimidated by the powerful though hidden force that had orchestrated the event.
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...