RIP Bill Paxton

The night I met Bill Paxton was the Dallas premier of The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), which he had directed. I was working for Michael Cain (not the actor) at the time, as an assistant editor on Michael's documentary, TV Junkie (2006), and he wanted to reward me for the extra hours I was putting in by … Continue reading RIP Bill Paxton

Birth of a conversation

More than a hundred years ago, Hollywood had its first blockbuster hit, The Birth of a Nation (1915) by groundbreaking director, D.W. Griffith. Griffith defined some of the basic grammar of cinema language, like the close up, and he realized that people in the future would be more likely to gain their knowledge of history from films than from … Continue reading Birth of a conversation