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Oh Captain My Captain

Oh Captain My Captain

Today begun as a normal day. Woke up early, worked on the website, checked e-mail, have breakfast, got kids ready. Same daily routine. I posted about our new Guest Blogging Series – What Do Stories Mean to You that will begin in September, and made a few phone calls. And then around 3:30pm/3:45pm on the West Coast, it all changed when I walked into the gym’s locker room and CNN was on.

Breaking…

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What Do Stories Mean to You? A Guest Blogging Series

What Do Stories Mean to You? A Guest Blogging Series

On September 5th, 2014 we are launching a new weekly series of guest posts on our blog titled “What Do Stories Mean to You?”

We are looking for amazing posts about how stories have affected and continue to affect you all in some way. It could be a movie reminding you of your childhood or how a song brings back memories of your first kiss or how a particular book has inspired you or made you…

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Is Enough Ever Enough - Part III

Is Enough Ever Enough – Part III

The beauty of doing a documentary, especially one about someone who is currently alive, is the unexpected. The beauty is to have to be on the alert at all times for new and surprising things to develop.

Usually these things occur either when filming, in post production when you are putting the film together, or when a new event/development occurs and you have to decide if it is important to cover…

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Is Enough Ever Enough - Part II

Is Enough Ever Enough – Part II

One of my favorite times in the production of a film, occurs before filming begins: pre-production. I love the magic of prepping a project. Everything and anything can happen. You start to mold the film, and you have not even shot a single frame. It is starting to form in your head. You start talking to your production designer, cinematographer, your editor, your sound designer, your composer,…

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Is Enough Ever Enough - Part I

Is Enough Ever Enough – Part I

Enough is enough. Or is it?

As Brad Pitt would say in the 2001 film The Mexican, if you love someone it is never enough. Well making a film is not that different. Is there a time you say “I am done, no more,” when a project has become more trouble that it is worth? Where it is better to cut the chord and move on to something else? The answer: It is not that simple.

There is so much that goes into…

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Filed under Chesapeake Films Creative Process Denie Hiestand Dino Costa Dino Costa: Truth Unscripted filmmaking process Joel Franco One Man&039;s Journey to Truth

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Finding Neverland…

Finding Neverland…

I recently viewed the film Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, directed by Marc Forster. The film tells the story of J.M. Barrie’s friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. I have seen this film a dozen times at least, and loved it every single time. I know the story behind J.M. Barrie is controversial, and a lot of books have come out to…

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