making movies


the camera is over there

you know exactly where it is

first rule: ignore it

second rule: there are no other real rules except this:

listen to the director.

that’s you.

the lighting is not right

and the set designer does not feel something

so we all have to wait around and do nothing.

that’s life in the movies kid. Look busy but don’t busy yourself.

I don’t care what you do but try not to think while you’re doing it.

You never know when that lens will be ready; for that reason,

It’s very important to try to stay in character.

With me so far? good. now let’s try an exercise while we’re waiting

for something to happen

Throw an ice cube down on the floor

and try to pick it up with your bare feet

Steve McQueen did this on the set once….

(I forget the name of the movie)

to pass the time.

Only one other actor could do it

she was a complete failure as a human being

in real life

But she lived beautifully in film.

I can’t tell you who she was. trade secret.

We do a lot of waiting around here

for the right moment

so just wait.

that is the hardest part about making movies.



  1. have you made movies? show us some!

  2. life is a movie…at least it is for me. words are all i have, tara….just words.

  3. words are some of the most powerful things humans have, no? It’s a great poem.

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