Monday, December 6, 2010


“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery -- celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘Its not where you take things from -- its where you take them to.'”

Sunday, December 5, 2010

from the book

for Alexander Hernandez "...Like Truffaut, Cassavetes was interested not so much in his plots as in capturing privileged moments of emotional poignance between the characters-their comic absurdities, their garrulousness  [excessively talkative], their fears and anxieties.  As with such people in real life, a little can go a long way, for they can be exasperating and warying in their intensity.  But despite their kamikaze tendencies, their humanity always comes through-especially their dogged love, which somehow manages to bind them together, however precariously.  As critic Myron Meisel has pointed out, 'Cassavetes demonstrates that people do try to love the very best they can and that while it may never be enought, it has to go a long way, because it may be all they've got.' "


"Young man, you can be grateful that my invention is not for sel, for it would undoubtedly ruin you.  It can be exploited for a certain time as scientific curiosity, but apart from that, it has no commercial value whatsoever." Auguste Lumiere, 1895