Bob Gillen's Blog The Filmmaker Lifestyle Blog en-us Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT PHP Script Dead Along the Way “I was on my knees in every sense and I had some industry people telling me that I was biting off more than I could chew.” Filmmaker Maurice O’Carroll talks about bringing his first feature-length film, Dead Along the Way, to the film festival circuit. “The biggest challenge was to stand bac Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:04:35 GMT Storytelling in advertising Storytelling in business. Two examples of companies marketing themselves by telling a story in their ads: Amazon Prime and Subaru. And both involve dogs! Both are catchy little stories, and both are effective because it’s easy to remember the product being featured. Amazon Prime above, Subaru Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:16:22 GMT The Power of Storytelling The Power of Storytelling “I think… the power of all storytelling… is to change the way people think. To have them ask questions or question their way of thinking in ways they hadn’t before.” Filmmaker Sachi Cunningham co-directs the documentary Crutch, chronicling the life of Bill Sha Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:31:12 GMT The Spirit Pauses The spirit pauses. I’m sharing a Tweet I saw recently from playwright John Patrick Shanley (@johnjpshanley): When the tide goes out, the ocean pauses. The spirit is similar. Remember. The tide will resume, and recover the lost ground. Depend on it. Good advice. The spirit pauses The post The S Sat, 23 May 2015 13:20:29 GMT Writing on the Edge Logging cut: credit When changes occur in animals’ environments – roads, logging cuts, canals, fences, agricultural developments – the newly-exposed edges are referred to as edge habitats. Once-continuous landscapes become isolated patches. And the edges of those patc Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:36:19 GMT FILMMAKER NUNO SA PESSOA Nuno Sá Pessoa, film director at Skookum Films, is a true global visual storyteller. Educated in Denmark, based in Portugal, and working extensively in Brazil and the United States, Sá Pessoa knows firsthand what it means to collaborate internationally.“Cinema, as any other art,” says Sá Pess Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:52:08 GMT A Writer Shapes an Image, a Story A writer shapes an image, a story, with words. Other artists create stories that are perhaps more visual, more touchable. Here are several artists who caught my eye this past week. I hope the images inspire your writing. Sculptor Steven Whyte, based in Carmel, California, works in clay and bronze. S Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:21:54 GMT Cinema Should Have No Boundaries Nuno Sá Pessoa, film director at Skookum Films, is a true global visual storyteller. Educated in Denmark, based in Portugal, and working extensively in Brazil and the United States, Sá Pessoa knows firsthand what it means to collaborate internationally. Nuno Sá Pessoa “Cinema, as any other art, Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:28:25 GMT Feeling Moved Feeling moved this morning, thanks to two inspiring Facebook posts. Both came from Irish artists. Sinead O’Riordan One post spoke of a theatre experience moving the writer so deeply she found a way to leave her software engineering job and make a life for herself in the theatre. Sinead O&#8217 Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:22:23 GMT Photographer Trinette Reed “The unknown is where the good stuff happens,” says photographer Trinette Reed. “Not knowing what you are doing is an integral part of being a good artist.”Visual storytellers Trinette Reed and her partner Chris Gramly are commercial photographers who frequently contribute to the online Stor Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:25:55 GMT Cecilia Queiroz on Film Festivals in Brazil “Most movies we present show a Brazil that few people know.”Film festival curator and manager Cecilia Queiroz has exhibited more than 500 Brazilian films in global markets. Her responsibilities include organizing workshops, networking and pitching with professionals in the film industry at the f Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:23:47 GMT Brazilian Filmmaker Roberto Studart “For the action shots I would tie myself to a car with mountain climbing equipment, where I was, literally, one inch from the ground at 60 mph.” Brazilian filmmaker Roberto Studart shot Curvas e Ladeiras, a skateboard adventure about four girls in breathtaking downhill action in the mountain tow Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:55:19 GMT PRODUCER PONY GAYLE ON “OUTRAGEOUS” The reality show “OUTrageous” is the brainchild of veteran producer/writer/filmmaker Pony Gayle. Gayle is developing the show as an interactive web series.What kind of story is she hoping to tell with the project? “A real life story,” says Gayle. “This is a passion project for me. I feel Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:37:11 GMT “Leave out the Parts People Skip” Recently YA author Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) tweeted: Every time you skim a novel, a kitten dies in a paragraph you skipped over. Do you want kittens to die? No. No one does. READ ALL THE WORDS.READ MORE... “Leave out the Parts People Skip” Republished by Bob Gillen Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:13:08 GMT ACTION CAMERA OPERATOR ON VIEWPOINTS Action camera operator and DP Lawrence Ribeiro joins us again (See his original interview) with comments on the importance of observing and appreciating viewpoints in camera work.“Viewpoints, in my eyes, are the catalyst to collaboration. Create!“Some years ago the combination of doing Search &a Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:05:44 GMT “Apart” Available Now on Amazon When Cabe Wray, sixty-one and a business technology salesman, abruptly quits his job and his career, he feels himself drawn to intensify the search for his long-missing twin sister. On the advice of a friend, he hires a documentary filmmaker to create an Internet-based video about the search. The ho Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:52:51 GMT Playwright/Actor Andrew Lynch on Death Row Cowboy “There are so many ways of creating a story,” says actor and playwright Andrew Lynch, “and I don’t believe one way is better than another. I think it is important to know what works for you. For me, I love watching a film or piece of theatre that makes me think, ask questions and analyze cha Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:03:47 GMT Actor/Producer Sinead O’Riordan ORion Productions founder Sinéad O’Riordan: “The lack of strong female roles and the hugely competitive nature of the industry inspired me to establish my own production company.” O’Riordan, a Dublin-based actor and producer, works in both theater and film. She recently produced and acted i Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:49:45 GMT Actor/Playwright Laoisa Sexton “The whole female subject matter, female sexuality in an Irish film is untried territory… but that’s exciting to me to do something new,” says actor and playwright Laoisa Sexton of her debut play For Love. The play was staged off-Broadway by the Irish Repertory Theater in 2013. Laoisa (prono Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:13:26 GMT Filmmaker Jon Rosling’s “Five Pillars” In UK-based filmmaker Jon Rosling’s 2013 debut feature film Five Pillars, ex-soldier Darren returns from the war in Afghanistan to find himself disenfranchised by a society struggling to find its identity. Several critics commented that the societal topic is nothing new. I asked what impact he hop Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:55:41 GMT