Saturday
Sep092017

On location with True Memories and Other Falsehoods

Associate producing Debra Tolchinsky's True Memories and Other Falsehoods. Fun and very moving shoot. If you're in Chicago, grab a ticket to hear Debra talking about this film as part of the Belief Series/Chicago Humanities Festival at the Block Museum, Oct 28 at 5 p.m.:  

https://tickets.chicagohumanities.org/shows/208%20-%20true%20memories%20and%20other%20falsehoods/info

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug312017

Planning

Cassandra the film, shot by shot today, while on location in Wisconsin.  Pictured - planning the scary attic sequence with DP Rob Stern and special effects artist Sarah Sharp.

 

 

Wednesday
Aug162017

Strange Things Brewing

Planning the "monster" transformation scene – with artist Angela Azmitia, DP Rob Stern, special effects artist Sarah Sharp, and producer Madison Jones.
http://davidetolchinsky.com/cassandra/

 

Sunday
Aug132017

Giving into a Fiction Willingly

A writer friend introduced me to this quote by Wallace Stevens:  The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.

Yes! Writing is the enactment of belief, pursuing something which may be real or which may be fiction, but even if we believe it's fiction (that is our stories are pointless or won’t have impact or are just plain stupid), we can't help ourselves. Case in point: Noah, who to me was the first screenwriter :)  - who believed it would rain, that the end of the world was coming, but at the same time must have known that was an impossibility, but still/ultimately he drove himself (and his poor family) to build that ark. So giving into a fiction willingly. Believing the impossible. Yes!  This is what it is to be a writer.

 

(pic by James Edwin Mcconnell)

Wednesday
Aug092017

congrats to former student anthony williams (et al)