Stuff

Shoot For Blanks

It all starts here… on a blank white page. A blank white page demands your creativity. A blank white page says, “so, what do you want to do, boss?”. Many people dread facing the blank white page. I love it. I had a photography student at CalArts approach me in a panic for advice. She […]

Best Friends Movie with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero

We’ve been very, very quiet about our upcoming Feature Film, “Best Friends” (widely misquoted as ‘Best F(r)iends) starring Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Today the Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive for our movie, and it’s been picked up by other outlets, such as The Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. It is such a pleasure to work […]

I Took This Photo In Nice, A Few Weeks Ago

Nice saved me from insanity. I got an apartment in nearby Villefranche Sur Mer right after I retired from photographing weddings. I was pretty beat up. I had just spent countless hours with everybody at Pictage struggling to survive. I did that for nineteen months, and things were bad. We were nearly out of money and […]

Eating Alone In Restaurants

When I am in Los Angeles or New York I would say one out of four tables would have a solo diner. We live in a town where there is rarely a solo diner. Only lately have I even noticed it. Everything I can do for work, I can do with this little Rose Gold […]

Pricing And Perception

This painting, by Mark Rothko, sold for nearly $87 million dollars in 2012. It baffles me. I would rather like it if he sold 87 million of these, at a buck each. But such is the perception game. It’s a game! I want my eyes to “see” the magic. Mr. Rothko, what is it we’re looking […]

A Man And His Guitar

Last week I had the most exciting day in London interviewing and shooting with Scarlet Page and interviewing her about her book, “The Resonators”. It is a book of portraits of legendary guitarists with their favorite guitars. I bought a couple of originals from her that she took of her dad, Jimmy Page and Paul […]

I Forgot The Password To This Blog!

I haven’t written since December – which is an eternity for me because so much has gone on. I am writing my sixth screenplay right now. A lot has gone on with producers, directors and story development in the current ones that are making the rounds. Not much to write about there, other than it looks […]

Me and Greg Sestero

When we were all in Hawaii, I was joking to Justin about how silly I must appear to some people… guy with money decides he’s going to try to make it in Hollywood. And so he told me about Tommy Wiseau and the movie, “The Room”. In short, Tommy is a successful entrepreneur who decides […]

Finished My First Page One Rewrite!

After I had finished “For Better Or Else”, my agent suggested that I take out the “life coach”. The reason was twofold; 1) the Life Coach took too much initiative away from my very intelligent main character, and 2) It bended genres. It looks like a romantic comedy, but it’s a buddy movie. We met […]

About The Bride Who Planned A Wedding With No Groom

Last night, I wrote “THE END” to “FOR BETTER OR ELSE”, my first comedy. It’s based on a true story of a bride that wanted to book me to photograph her wedding but she didn’t have a groom yet! She had a beautiful wedding planned. She had the venue, the orchestra, the florist and was filling out […]

Second Screenplay Is Finished! (How I wrote it)

I’m on a roll. The second one is now in the hands of my agent and producer. I’m excited about it, because it is so different than the first. No news on the first one, still in the meeting with producers phase which surprisingly becomes normal quickly. My next scheduled meeting is with the producer […]

Me And The Writer Of The Terminator/Judgement Day

Tonight I had dinner with Randall Frakas, longtime writer for James Cameron movies.  He co-wrote two of the biggest grossing movies in history, Avatar and The Titanic and many more, plus one of my all-time favorites, “True Lies” with Arnold and Jamie Lee Curtis.  We got in touch through my friend Brittney Andreeson’s mom Wendy […]

Fortis B.C. Billing Controversy

We have been battling with Fortis for nine years over the size of electric bills leveled on us in our 5,500 sq ft Log Home.  They were simply too high, about $1,500-$2,000 per month.  No matter what we did to cut power consumption, use geothermal, LED lighting, even leave for a couple of months the bill […]

A Big Producer Wants To Meet Me In Person

I just received word from my script agent Matt at Original Artists that the Executive Producer for a large number of feature films (including: Fast and Furious, The Changeup, Evan Almighty, Battle Los Angeles, Green Hornet, R.I.P.D.) among others, loved my writing and wants to meet me in Los Angeles. Shelley said this is called a […]

Off To Beverly Hills/Hollywood Next Week

I’m really excited because next week I get to meet with my script agent and my entertainment attorney in person.  Up to now all of our meetings have been by phone. I am trying my best to ignore this thing entirely (until I find out somebody needs something from me, like meetings) and mostly it […]