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On The Making Of 8 Winds: How I Turned An Ancient Buddhist Parable Into A Contemporary No-Budget Political Thriller

A middle-aged white man with black hair wearing a white wide-brimmed hatRobert Davi in 8 Winds

How and why What started it all was the 2016 election. I was at the Napa Valley Film Festival showing my documentary The Lost City of Cecil B DeMille, and I remember sitting in my hotel room watching the results…  Read more

By Apr 21, 2022

How to Rethink the Budget Needs and Hierarchies of Traditional Film Production to Enable Creative Freedom: On the Making of This Is Not a War Story

This Is Not a War Story

I just completed my second feature film, This Is Not a War Story. It’s a narrative hybrid film, complete with combat veterans denouncing war and Tom Waits wailing on the end credits. The film went from a microbudget experiment in…  Read more

By Nov 3, 2021

“Backwards Continuity is Not a Category, Is It?”: Script Supervisor Steve Gehrke on Tenet

Tenet

In the world of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, people from the future have figured out how to reverse the entropy of people and objects, making them “time inverted.” Effect precedes cause for inverted objects and people. Inverted bullets return from bullet…  Read more

By Jan 5, 2021

Breaking Bad Habits, Making Better Calls: Director Ronni Thomas on the Pandemic Final Production of AMC’s The Broken and the Bad

The Broken and the Bad

What do you do when you’re a week away from finishing a documentary project about the world’s biggest and most renowned TV series and the world decides to end?  It all began very normally about a year ago. AMC approached…  Read more

By Nov 11, 2020


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