Tonight I was delighted to discover that both seasons of Twin Peaks can now be viewed for free at (unfortunately, the pilot is nowhere to be seen).

Even if you aren’t a David Lynch fan, you owe it to yourself to check out Twin Peaks. It truly is a masterwork, and it’s something of a miracle that it ran for two whole seasons before being taken off the air.

Embedded below: Twin Peaks season 1 episode 2, in which Agent Cooper demonstrates an unusual deductive technique for the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department.

Here is what a movie looks like…

Here, in its most distilled form, is all of Discouraging Words. Every single frame of footage, synchronized to sound (as of last night) and waiting to be cut. Click the image below to see the full master clip bin (not for the faint of heart):

Discouraging Words: clip bin preview

That’s 1,100 takes, or 26 hours of footage, or 1.2 terabytes, depending on how you slice it. Eventually to be boiled down to under 120 minutes. Oof.

A sad passing

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the death of actor Henry Gibson this week at the age of 73. Gibson had a long and storied acting career, starting with a bit part in the original Nutty Professor (1963). Perhaps his two most well-known performances were of country music superstar Haven Hamilton in Nashville, and of course as the leader of the Illinois Nazis in The Blues Brothers.

Henry Gibson as Haven Hamilton in Nashville (1975)

Henry Gibson (not his real name, but rather his stage name; a play on ‘Henrik Ibsen’) was not as prolific as many well-known actors, but it always pleased me when he popped up in a movie from time to time, usually in a quirky bit part. Here he is singing a song he wrote himself for Nashville, in character as Haven Hamilton (set to a cheesy slideshow because I can’t find the real clip from the movie anywhere):

Discouraging Words: (mumbles)

This is an outtake. Enjoy.

Things are getting out of hand

Too many hard drives

For those keeping score, that’s 10 hard drives, totaling up to just over 6 terabytes of storage. I can’t keep this up for much longer. I’m just barely hanging on. Send help now. When can I get my high-capacity holographic storage device?

Somebody set up us The Bomb!

Well, for the second time in my 10 years of internetting, we’ve been hacked. Probably my fault for sitting on a WordPress security update for a week and a half before upgrading. The good news is that you only noticed an intrusion if you were subscribed to the RSS feed through Google Reader. The even better news is that the spam that was showing up should now be gone (if it isn’t, try unsubscribing and resubscribing). If you experience any more weird spam-related issues, please leave a comment or drop me a line.



MOS: Bagel Bounce

Everyone is clamoring for footage from Discouraging Words, so here’s some primo stuff: a full, unedited take, presented in its entirety:

It’s tough to get something to fall into frame—especially when it bounces.

Word to the wicked: “MOS” is a common film-related terminology. Means the shot was recorded without sound. The story is that there was a German director who instructed his crew that the next shot would be “mit out sound,” but the truth is much less exciting: MOS actually stands for minus optical sound. On a related note, R2-D2 from Star Wars was named after a sound editing abbreviation: Reel 2, Dialogue 2.

Found this inside a cookie this summer

You can't possibly live long enough to make all of them yourself

The teaser! The title! The awkward silence!

You know that movie that I directed this summer? The one that most of you were involved with in some way? The one you thought was called Political Justice? That’s not what it’s called. It’s called Discouraging Words, and here’s a teaser trailer:

For more viewing options (including 1080p, for the videophiles!), check out

About a week into production I made the laughable claim that we would have a teaser by the end of week 2. Obviously, that didn’t happen—although in my defense, it wasn’t for lack of material. We could have cut a teaser from only the footage we got in the first week, but by ‘we’ I mean ‘somebody who isn’t me,’ and… well… that person didn’t exist. But the past is behind us, that that is a pretty awesome teaser, if I do say so myself.

Still having trouble adjusting to that title? Discouraging Words? Say it to yourself. Discouraging Words. Let it roll around your mouth. It wasn’t my idea, but it is the perfect title, and I’ll tell you how I arrived there. Continue reading

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