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The Ptara Christmas message

Every year, around the world, heads of state give Christmas messages.  The first time a British Monarch gave such a speech was 1932, when George V said the following.  (If you are patriotic, British, and love history, then this might bring tears to your eyes. Otherwise, it might help you sleep.) So, what do we at […]

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Mountains Out of Molehills

  Mountains out of molehills First published on Social Media: Mar 1, 2016 I had many titles for this post. The ass-u-mers, The Bore Who Cried Adolf, A Pipe is just a Pipe, but most of them were, well, a bit hyperbolic. Anyway, take a look at the image above for a few seconds, and […]

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The one reel rule

If you ask us the price of producing a one minute film, sorry, you can’t multiply that by 100 to make a hundred minute film.  As the project gets bigger, things get more complicated.  It’s like comparing a shed and a skyscraper. You have to take into account the one reel rule. So, what is […]

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Which Ghostbuster are you?

There are many great films about entrepreneurship, and the importance of a great team.   Two of my favourite are the first Ghostbusters (1984) and the first Cool Runnings (1993).  I haven’t seen the remake of Ghostbusters, I’m not a real fan of remakes. Now, here’s a little game: Which of these are you?

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The Disaster Artist (review)

At Ptara, I directed two microbudget feature films. Make that nanobudget. One had a crew of two (excluding the three actors, who also crewed, and a few kids who helped out on sound one day), the other was basically me editing a large variety of footage to make it coherent. There were challenges in both, […]

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Review: WPR rebuttal

“SenatorJPO” appeared to be going places.  He was an honours student at Wisconsin’s finest Universities, with a BA and MA to his name.  Then he graduated and appeared to be lost in the reality of underemployment. He’s now taking on the educational establishment, as well as public radio, with his own public service radio show.  For […]

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Name calling can lead to success in business

Scientists in Nevada have proven that insulting people actually makes them want to do business with you. If you accuse conservatives of being racist, or liberals of being traitors, they start to like you, says Dr. Maidup of Jusjoshing University in Southern Nemoland County.   Generalizing about people who disagree with you, or labelling people […]

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RIP Dream Repairman

There are too many books out there that tell you how to write a screenplay.  In fact, there are more books that tell you the “secret” of selling the Hollywood screenplay than there are working screenwriters.  That’s not to say that screenwriters don’t write their own: Joe Eszterhas, William Goldman, Nora Ephron, George MacDonald Fraser […]

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New flags fly on the Aberystwyth seafront

The flags were down this winter, perhaps due to budget cuts.  Well, now they’re back up again, and with some surprising changes.

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midsummer nights rearranged dream

Words taken from the start of Helena’s final speech in Scene II, rearranged: Helena: So I am, Love’s folding mind, wing’d Cupid looks not with the mind, but with the eyes; Through Athens I thought Things base and vile. But what of that? no quantity as Demetrius thinks Love so; He will not know: Because […]