I have written a bit about the 5 Hollywood directors who went to the front lines both in the Pacific and ETO for WW2.
And I reviewed the work of one of them, William Wyler, with the brilliant restoration of his unused film in making his Memphis Belle. There is more to write about these 5 fascinating directors, but suffice it to say there is a nice Netflix documentary, with commentary by 5 contemporary famous directors, on them.
That has to be a future post for me.
In the meantime on the F/B page, Hogday posted a fascinating video from George Stevens on Germany right after the war.
Computer Backup and Recovery
That was drilled into us from the time I went to a computer programming school in San Diego 37 years ago.
You will have a failure on your computer – either hardware or software – that renders all of the work you’ve done – sometimes for decades – gone.
It happened to me on my old Hewlett-Packard HP 3000 mini computer at work years ago once or twice.
It’s happened on my desktops at home maybe three times in 20 years.
Awhile back, I was writing about a well-regarded series I saw on Amazon Prime, Dead Like Me. I learned that the creator left after only a few episodes, over differences with MGM.
I was thinking a screenwriter’s life could sometimes be rather frustrating, with revisions sought by the studio and even actors. Like trying to write a book with a lot of fingers on the pie – “No, don’t make the character like that….this is how it should end…why do you have the character doing…this?”
One would think that if a studio is sold on the pilot, then let the writers keep doing what they want with a minimum of interference.
Judge them by their own creativity.