DRIVE

Two filmmakers on that too-familiar stretch of prairie highway between Edmonton and Calgary. Driving north. It is early afternoon, not late enough for the setting sun to be caught in your peripheral vision like you’re used to, coming home from camping trips in the mountains as a kid. It is not an unattractive day. The […]

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IN CALGARY

Drove a bunch of sexy film gear down to Calgary where some friends are making a movie. The sprawl of this city usually depresses me, but driving in this evening, it was kind of beautiful to see all the lights from the endless stream of houses creeping out towards the mountains. Just here for the […]

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FOCUSED INTENT

Time seems to be increasingly scarce. How does anyone manage to cram everything they want to do into a life. I wish I could work until two and wake up at seven-thirty feeling refreshed and satisfied every day, but it’s impossible. I have tried, and by Wednesday I’m incapable of anything short of staring into […]

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CLEAN MANUSCRIPTS

I have been reading this massive 1000 page biography of John Steinbeck (written by Jackson J. Benson, who is a¬†hell of writer in his own right). Steinbeck is my favourite writer. It seems very presumptuous to say, but perhaps you have felt this way as well: there is a comfort in reading an artist’s biography, […]

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WHAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT

their possessions other people’s possessions things they would like to possess TV shows places they’ve been broad sweeping sociological forecasts about those places based on a handful of micro-interactions their romantic relationships (partners discussed as possessions) current renovations desired renovations cosmic-level political forecasts based on 10 second soundbites they heard on the radio on their […]

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HOARFROST

The hoarfrost was perched beautifully on the trees the other day as Tom and I drove to Red Deer. Everything was crystalline and precious in the delicate cold of the encroaching winter. We were sent to film a construction site. As usual, we set about finding the beauty in its quotidian brutality. This is not […]

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WESTERING

“‘It wasn’t Indians that were important, nor adventures, nor even getting out here. It was a whole bunch of people made into one big crawling beast. And I was the head. It was westering and westering. Every man wanted something for himself, but the big beast that was of them wanted only westering. I was […]

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