Thursday, December 12, 2013
And I did just that Tuesday night, but it was with more than friends – it was two of my frat brothers. Flanked to my left and right are Buzzy and Scott. Buzzy was in town for a big new business venture, so we got together and had a fancy reunion at Nobu in Malibu. A few highlights:
- Also joining us were Buzzy’s new business partners, a couple named Dave and Randi Zabriskie. Dave is a pro cyclist with an incredible résumé: he was on the 2008 US Olympic team and won a stage of the 2005 Tour de France, beating his teammate Lance Armstrong by two seconds.
- At Nobu, you can’t throw a punch without hitting a famous person, including John C. McGinley, with whom I talked baseball for a minute. He and I are huge Yankee fans.
- Nobu’s menu is phenomenal. Their two signature dishes – black cod with miso, and rock shrimp tempura – were the best I’ve had this year. Meanwhile the McRib gets all the press, but who wouldn’t get excited about the return of unidentifiable meats.
- When it comes to post-graduate success, I’d put my fraternity up against any other in the country. All of my brothers have achieved monumental success: surgeons, hedge fund managers, a U.S. military weapons designer. My pledge brother Stephen Nitkin has launched CYC Fitness, a huge new health club/social studio chain thriving in big college towns. We even claim Larry David, who was member of our house in the 60s. (If I ever audition for Larry, I’ll greet him with the secret handshake.)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I prefer to use my laptop for good – not evil – which is why I’m in the process of learning how to edit using Final Cut Pro X. My friend Rainy gave me my first lesson yesterday, and feel like I’ll be able to take my first solo flight soon.
I want to know how to edit so that I can have the autonomy to make films without hitting up friends for favors, or relying on the schedules of others. Plus I can see my vision all the through from concept to post-production.
Or, this a veiled cry for help as I transform into a fulltime hermit. Eh – a little from column A, a little from column B.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
You’ll find out what I mean in the new year, when a short I was in called Permission makes its debut. It’s one of several I shot a few months back that were written by a talented young couple, and were produced by and star my friend Katie Von Till. I’ve seen some early cuts and I can’t tell you how great they’re turning out.
This is just the tip of what’s coming up in 2014; not just things in the can, but several in pre-production. So make sure you’re not wearing socks or else they might just get blown off, okay?
Monday, December 9, 2013
this gem at the Marshall/Rice game on Saturday… While watching the Jets game at Sharkeez with my friend Jeff, his friend Kurt Williams, visual effects supervisor on dozens of huge films, wandered over to us and I began pummeling him with questions. He confirmed what many fans hoped was true: Hugh Jackman is the nicest guy ever. Every Friday during a shoot, Hugh hands out lottery tickets to everyone in the crew. That’s first class… It was an especially frigid weekend in LA, and today’s low will be 37°. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: this was not in the brochure.