A lot of writing advice will pretend to teach you how to grab an audience’s attention. Well, there’s more to writing than getting attention. There’s the reader to consider. This is an editorial essay, so we start with an introduction. In the first paragraph, I let you know the purpose, to determine whether or not […]
Some of you who read the first two parts (what makes a good mentor and who were my good mentors) may be asking, what no film mentors. No, no film mentors. Why no film mentors? Don’t you make films as a living? Isn’t Ptara a film, storytelling and history company?
Last time, we asked what makes a good mentor. Now, to show you I’m not just talking theoretically, but speaking from experience, I’ll share with you the stories of three mentors who helped me along.
What makes a good mentor? I didn’t want to ask this question before, because many of my connections – those who think of themselves as mentors – do not fit my definition of the word. Some of these are very nice, well-meaning people, and I don’t want to judge them or their work. To define […]
I previously tried to answer the question on how much artists should charge for their work. It’s a complex question really, as so many artisans and fine artists offer different services, and different projects require varying amounts of work and resources. No matter how much (or how little) you enjoy your work, you’ll have to […]
Okay, so I say a lot about pricing, but I get a lot of emails (mainly from one person) that show that some people don’t understand it. (Okay, one person doesn’t get it.) So, here we go again.
Since the following quote is so long, I won’t put it in quote format. TO MY FRIEND A.B., As you have desired it of me, I write the following hints, which have been of service to me and may if observed be so to you. REMEMBER that time is money. He that can earn ten […]
I received the following email: You’ve lost 15 of your videos. Renew Vimeo PRO now to get them back online. Hi Ptara Motion Pictures, Because your membership has expired, your account has been downgraded to Basic, and you and your viewers have lost access to 15 of your videos. Why? Your Vimeo PRO membership paid […]
2 years ago, I witnessed the re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo. Thousands of talented volunteers from around the world walked through the footsteps of Napoleon, Wellington, and Blücher, and their allies and armies. Although we didn’t have the best seats on the field, it was wonderful that so many dedicated re-enactors, or living historians, brought history to […]
When The Hollywood Reporter asked producer Janine Jackowski if she was disappointed that Toni Erdmann didn’t win the foreign language Oscar, she said no. She expected it, when she heard the news of “Trump’s travel ban.” “Two hours later I talked to Maren and we both said, ‘It’s gone.’ We knew the Academy would want […]