Emonome Weekly: January 12, 2014

by Emon Hassan on January 12, 2014

1. The Amazing History Of The To-Do List–And How To Make One That Actually Works By Belle Beth Cooper. via FastCompany

The to-do list in particular is one that we spend a lot of time and energy on perfecting. Somehow, we don’t seem to struggle when it comes to making a shopping list and buying everything on it, but getting the tasks on our to-do list done is a whole other ball game.

2. Must read piece by Thom Powers, Distribution Advice for 2014.

When push comes to shove, a filmmaker’s rights come down to what’s guaranteed in the contract, and whether a filmmaker has the power to hold the distributor accountable. On the flip side, filmmakers have their own obligations to fulfill for the distributor to be effective. One key obligation is to be the chief public advocate for their film. When filmmakers can’t give the time to do press or public appearances or social media, they’re putting a great handicap on the distributor.

3. DP/30 Interviews Thelma Schoonmaker & Martin Scorsese. It gets deep into their process and workflow. Loved them. Hat tip: Thibaut Oskian.



4. John McPhee on Structure (New Yorker Jan 14, 2013) is one of the best reads on writing and, yes, structure.

 The approach to structure in factual writing is like returning from a grocery store with materials you intend to cook for dinner. You set them out on the kitchen counter, and what’s there is what you deal with, and all you deal with. If something is red and globular, you don’t call it a tomato if it’s a bell pepper. To some extent, the structure of a composition dictates itself, and to some extent it does not. Where you have a free hand, you can make interesting choices.

5. Started reading “My Lunches with Orson” recently and I haven’t laughed so hard reading a book in a while. Here’s an NPR interview with the book’s author & filmmaker, Henry Jaglom.

6. Producers Guild of America introduces Member Exclusive Videos.

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