I wish I had more to report, but it's the same old-same old. This is the movie business, unfortunately. Movies take time. It's a wonder any movies ever get made. Once we go into official pre-production on this film, the updates will come daily, and we'll also have video blogs a few times a week.
Recent movies I've seen: Being There and The Last Detail, both by Hal Ashby, the director I'm studying right now. He and I have similar style sensibilities, so I'm watching all of his films. Both were great films, although I'm not always emotionally connected to Ashby's films; I'm not quite "anti-establishment" enough, I guess.
Books I've read/am reading: the book on M. Night Shymalyan was great (did I say this already? guess I should re-read my blogs, but I'm too lazy), and I'm currently reading "Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know." It's pretty good. Always good to get a reminder of the basics.