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March 25, 2007

Lily Vs. David

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Actors: You can push 'em only so far ...

Directors: You can push them only so far too ...



posted by Michael at March 25, 2007


Can anyone honestly blame David Russell for having such a psychotic reaction to that woman? Poor, poor man.

Posted by: Cody on March 25, 2007 2:13 AM

Gee, I don't know, I think its kinda incumbent on directors to communicate about what they want their actors to do. These two clips seem to raise questions about how clear the director is on what he's going for.

So who posts these things? What are they, video feeds from the eyepiece of the camera?

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on March 25, 2007 9:05 AM

I dunno, to me the director looks like a spoiled asshole. Besides, as Freidrich notes, being unprofessional.
I tend to subscribe to an old-fashioned theory that it is terribly rude and a sign of bad upbringing, when a younger person opens his dirty mouth on a older one, especially if the older one is a woman. I have a feeling if Ms.Tomlin wasn't in the in the position of an inferior employee, I expect she would be totally justified if she smack the nasty bastard upside the head and kicked him silly.
It looks like he used to be one of those public-nuisance yuppie kids that throw tantrums in restaurants and everybody act absent instead of teaching the kids manners...

Posted by: Tatyana on March 25, 2007 1:05 PM

Sorry, Cody, but word on Russell being a lunatic is well-established. Who knows who was dishing the dirty talk first, but I know enough about Ms. Tomlin (a patron of friends of mine) to know if she blew, things had to be egregious.

And yes, FvB--that is, in fact, the director's job on a set (in addition to establishing tone).

The footage is from the video assist, which gets a feed from the camera. That way, on a film shoot, the director (or studio flunkies, or whomever) can review takes on the set, and decide what needs to be printed, what can be tossed, what needs another take.

Posted by: communicatrix on March 25, 2007 7:56 PM

I kind of like the remix.

Posted by: David Fleck on March 27, 2007 6:37 PM

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