One afternoon the phone rings and a fellow by the name of T Bone Burnett is on the line. He says, "My girlfriend and I have been watching your interview series on cable and there's something going on you may not know about." T Bone goes on to tell me that their circle of friends are fans of the series and call each other whenever they discover that an episode is airing. They would then watch it and afterwards have a discussion about the theme of the story that was presented in the show. He was right; I did not know this sort of thing was happening.
It was usual during the years the series ran to get calls from people like Marlon Brando, Tita Cahn, Henry Jaglom, Steven Keats, June Lockhart, Adrian Lyne, Ryan O'Neal or Ron Shelton. These phone calls were always fascinating and usually lasted up to thirty minutes or more as we would discuss the show, its unusual concept and, of course, the story. Very often, such a phone call would end in a transaction to option or buy the story. In any case, these conversations conveyed that the callers had been personally moved by the show's content and it was very gratifying that artists whose work had pleased me were pleased by my own efforts.
What set T Bone Burnett's call apart from all the others was that a de facto group had formed for a time around the show. It recalled my time living in Paris when a movie would air on French television followed by a televised discussion or debate about the story--except that these discussions were taking place off-camera. What impressed me was the T Bone had taken the trouble to call and tell me about their interest. It was a very thoughtful thing for him to do.
T Bone is a twelve-time Grammy Award winner and entered my Hall of Fame with his contribution to The Big Lebowski.
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
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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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"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
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Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
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L'art de l'automobile
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
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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...