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Life Lessons I Learned From the Movies: More Bullets…

Ok… so while this may be a given at this point in movie history, it’s good to know that all guns on earth (and apparently in space and even in parallel universes as well) have unlimited ammunition. I was almost concerned there for a minute. I could easily list a couple hundred movies here, but I’m not going to, because honestly that would be a significant waste of both my and your time (should you actually decide to read the list I’m not posting). I’m a huge fan of “realism,” and while I respect the need of movies like “Rambo” that require a certain “un-countable” number of rounds in each weapon, at some point I really start to wonder if they missed the point… or maybe just shot it so many times that it’s unrecognizable. The fact is, guns that have a limited number of bullets actually create a great edge-of-your seat experience, a certain danger that is simply not present when a hero (or villain) has unlimited rounds… you know they will have to run out eventually, and therefore it becomes more a test of skill, intellect, and sheer courage instead of irrelevant noise. Now, again, this is only my opinion, and I do tend to enjoy most movies with lots of guns, but still, it does make me wonder if we’ve gotten to the point with audiences now where people are more distracted with counting how many bullets a guy fired, instead of actually paying attention to (or even enjoying) what’s happening on screen. Food for thought.

PBS “Viewfinder” and other shenanigans…

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I’m featured this month on the PBS/CET show “Viewfinder”. So, if you live in the tri-state region make sure to check your local listings, and tune in to PBS/CET this Thursday, March 24th at 7:30pm EST. I’m honored to be on the show this week as well as with an actress, Meredith Meeks, who worked on “End of All Things” with me, and will join me later on in the show to chat about that (now award-winning) film. For those of you who haven’t seen my recent shorts “Freedomland” or “End of All Things” this is an excellent chance to get a taste of them and hear me blabber on about how many things had to fall into place to get those films made. So check that out.

Also, I want to give a shout-out to the kids at the Cincinnati Country Day School (High School) which I gave a keynote to a few weeks ago. It was great getting to chat with you, and having a chance to meet many of you. Hopefully I’ll be back again before too long to bug you some more. You guys are awesome, keep up the good work, and ignore everything I said about throwing things at people :-) .

Park City Award…

Ok, so for those of you who have been following my blog for a few months, you may remember that a film of mine “The End of All Things” screened at the 2009 Park City Film Music Festival back in January (which takes place in Park City, Utah, during Sundance). Well, I just found out yesterday that apparently my film won “Director’s Choice: GOLD MEDAL” Award which is one of that festival’s highest honors… which is pretty exciting and honestly made my day. I guess it just took them a while to get the awards out, but hey, it’s great to find out we won an award 2-months ago :). While I truly think that any Award presented to a film is really a testament to everyone in the Cast & Crew’s work on that film, this award is specifically shared with the film’s composer, Douglas Romayne, who is simply amazing, and did an incredible job on the score. You can check out the film’s website here: starcomproductions.net/theendmovie and Douglas’ website here: douglasromayne.com