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My Time to Wear Red

I wore a red outfit the other day for the first time in my life.  To look at me, wearing red while interacting at an industry event, you wouldn’t have known it was a big deal.  But it was a

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Love vs. Fear

My husband insisted I watch the first episode of Bates Motel.  I stuck with it for the first fifteen minutes, admiring its style (directed by Tucker Gates) and hating its content.  I left the room in a huff after Vera

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That’s The Way It Is

Walter Cronkite would end his nightly broadcasts saying, “And that’s the way it is,” asserting that the CBS Evening News was telling the truth for that day. Well, the way it is for women directors in the TV and film

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Leaving episodic shackles behind

Just wrapped ABC/Shondaland “Scandal”.  OMG!!  My level of excitement felt the same as when I first began directing, in part because I was challenged to shoot the script differently, and partly because the writing was so damn good and the

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Rediscovering the craft

I’ve been talking about the craft of directing a lot lately, as people discover the book, (Directors Tell the Story) and ask me to speak on the subject.  I thought I (and Mary Lou) had covered the subject completely in

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Big questions, little moments

My script for In Plain Sight was ostensibly about a drag queen who had to go into Witness Protection after seeing his boss murdered.  And for the main characters, it was about their choices in life: getting engaged for Fred

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Life Is Good

Gratitude is everything. Every day starts with a prayer of gratitude, but on shooting days, I know I have something extra to be grateful for. “I get to shoot today, thank you, God!” I take the newspaper to work with

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Matters of the heart

I finished Private Practice and moved directly over to Revenge – both ABC Studios productions.  In one show I’m shooting a scene of a heart transplant, and in the next I’m shooting scenes of figuratively breaking hearts.  I guess what

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Icing on the cake

I just finish directing “Good Christian Belles,” formerly “Good Christian Bitches,” now known as “GCB”.  It’s a mid-season show for ABC, so it may be called something else by the time it airs.  But whatever it’s called, it’s fantastic.  It’s

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Learning by teaching

Last weekend I taught a class at the Writers’ Store entitled “Directors and Writers: Getting on the Same Page”.  It was an interesting journey through my own mind (isn’t it always?) to specify tools that assist communication in the preproduction

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