Friday, August 13, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Thursday, August 5, 2021
I always thought of my encounters with acting icon Steve McQueen as 'Ferrari' anecdotes but looking back on them from the perspective of a filmmaker who instructs technique and branding to actors, it's impossible to remember them and not come away with interesting observations about the screen legend and insight as to how it was he maintained his star status at the box office for most of his career.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
knew Tom Meade over the course of four decades meeting him in Costa
Mesa when my friend John Andrews pretended he wanted me to look at a
Ferrari he found for sale and wanted my opinion as to what it might me.
When we arrived, the seller led me to the garage and pulled off the car
cover to reveal the Thomassima III (!!) and we all had a good laugh and
went out for dinner thus beginning a long friendship. I spent a lot of
time with Tom in Costa Mesa doing car things and eating lobster on
Balboa Island. I also accompanied him to Dan Gurney's AAR where Tom
tried to persuade Dan to sell him one of his Formula 1 Gurney-Weslake
V12 engines for use in a planned Thomassima creation.
Finally, we realized we should move it along and go look at the Maseratis before the dealership closed for the day. I test drove them both and decided they belonged in Los Angeles and that was that. The transporter put them back onto the truck and off they went to the shipper's garage in Milan. Tom and I returned for a dinner at Il Rigolo and an evening at the Nepenthe.
When Tom returned to Los Angeles, we had other memorable times together but that lunch in Parma was one of the best...
Friday, June 18, 2021
It was never my intention to become an acting coach but, as a filmmaker, I delved into the complexities of an actor’s performance as a quality control measure to ensure that the films and television shows I produced would be salable and effective in engaging the audience. The result of my studies and observations is the Action/ReAction technique. It is designed to develop an actor quickly to the point where he or she can perform like a seasoned professional. It also enables the actor to express his or her personal brand signature and to create a fan base by resonating and connecting with all of the constituent groups in the audience instead of just one or two.
For years, I only taught the technique personally to actors in my repertory company. More recently, I teach Action/ReAction to actors on Skype anywhere in the world in private sessions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
(Illustration by Tom Gurnee)