Greatest Gunfight Scene in Movie History

The film Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone who co-wrote it with Sergio Donati based on a story by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leone. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain and Charles Bronson as his nemesis. After directing The Good, the […]

From Screenplay To Script

Storytelling. Scripts. Cultural Narratives. The use of screenplay techniques outside entertainment in fields like advertising, persuasion and propaganda. After all, it was tied to narrative in a major way. As literary critic Peter Brookonce said, “Narrative seems to have become accepted as the only form of knowledge and speech that regulates human affairs.”  _______________________________________ It’s […]

Hollywood Safari

An update on a manuscript I abandoned and then returned to. Somewhat like Joseph Conrad’s return to finish his novel in 1920, twenty years after he started it. Rescue after a twenty year lapse from the start of the novel. The third in a famous trilogy. Feel below MS could be very useful to a […]

The Science of Screenwriting

The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies Is a multi-disciplinary approach the way forward for a rather stagnant screenwriting industry? In effect, it seems the stagnation is most congregated at the beginning of the screenwriting process and putting an idea on paper and attempting to move it forward in a screenplay. Screenwriters congregate under various structures or […]

Floating …

_________________________________ It has been an amazing year of discovery for me. This first full year after the pandemic when there has been time for reflection on the two-year event and repercussions. I somehow managed to come across three of the most incredible books I’ve ever read this year. I wrote reviews on all three of […]

Propaganda

_____________________________________ In the important new book Propaganda 2.1: Understanding Propaganda in the Digital Age by Peter Fallon, the author attempts to bring the ideas about propaganda of Jacques Ellul into the current digital age. Ellul wrote one of the most famous books on propaganda called Propaganda published in english in 1964 and died in 1994 […]

The Best Restaurant in the World

Founder of The French Laundry Sally Schmitt Sally Schmitt / February 28, 1932 – March 5th, 2022 (Note: The song “Sorta, Kinda” by the New Life Orchestra seems to go with this blog about Sally Schmitt. The constant theme of the elegant and graceful piece of music represents a purposeful and passionate life.) “All in […]

Arrival of Owen

Nothing gives us hope as much as the arrival of a new baby. Here is the arrival of that message of hope named Owen Sanford Ullman. My wife Stephanie is now a grandmother for the first time and I am a new step-grandfather. A huge congratulations to new parents Drew and Kelly and new grandparents […]