It’s still dark, and I’m sitting outside Genuine Joe’s Coffee House waiting for them to open.  First business of the day is checking emails to see if any changes came in overnight.    Received a few posts from actors for scenes filming next week; no word from anyone working today.

After a quick banana strawberry smoothie I’ll be out the door to pick up the few remaining props we need today and some snacks for this afternoon’s shoot.

As with my previous films, I’ve got an on-camera role in it. I intentionally schedule my scenes first so I can get them out of the way, and just be a director most of the time.  So that means that I scheduled my most dialogue intense scene today.  And, as per usual, memorizing the lines was the last thing I’ve thought about.

I’m carrying around index cards with the dialogue this morning, trying to absorb it through my pants pocket I guess.   I’m not sure why memorizing has been a challenge lately.  Last year I memorized a 90 minute script in a week.  Last month I struggled to remember five lines.

I don’t think it’s dementia, probably just too much testosterone.  😉



  1. It’s time to improvise your lines like my friend Joe Swanberg does in many of his films & I did on Nicole Elmer’s film “What’s The Use”. Yes, I realize this may not work for most of your film because you may need some lines to be specific. I posted a column from Filmmaker Magazine on Facebook about micro-budget film making which mentions “What’s The Use”. You need to read it & they need to interview you next. The original post is below.

    Please read this SUPERB Story in Filmmaker Magazine about micro-budget film making which mentions the process of making “What’s the Use?” by two friends of mine Nicole Lanell Elmer & Jorge Sermini. I was also fortunate enough to do small part in the movie. Nicole & Jorge are putting out real quality work on next to nothing budgets. You can also check out Nicole & Jorge latest trailer with Danny Trejo for “In The Shadow” at Blue Paper Film Works website: bluepaperfilm.com THANKS! Dan


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