<![CDATA[ Poiesis Studio - Blog]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:27:26 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The Hearth of the Matter - Miranda Aisling]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:13:42 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/the-hearth-of-the-matter-miranda-aisling
I recently met Miranda Aisling at a event called Maker's Monday at the Artist's Asylum in Somerville, MA. The event itself is sponsored by Miranda's Hearth, an Organization founded by Miranda with the mission of bringing people together around doing creative work and building relationships.  Maker's Monday is one of a number of recurring, monthly event's run by Miranda's Hearth members (aka. Embers). Other monthly events include a potluck dinner, a waltz night (often with live music), book club gatherings, a creative writing night, and more.. Talking with Miranda that night I became intrigued by her philosophy on art and making, and sensed a potential connection with what she is  doing and my own explorations around the concept of Poiesis.  Miranda studied fine art painting during her undergrad years and went on to earn a masters in Community Art Education from Lesley University.  In this episode Miranda shares many useful insights on a range of topics including:

  • the creative process
  • the notion of Art vs. making
  • how to build relationships 
  • entrepreneurship for artists and makers
  • and much more.

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​Show notes:
  • Origins of the name Miranda’s Hearth. [4:09]
  • A community based on creative exploration and authentic relationship. [6:42]
  • One of the most common forms of creating common shared experiences is creativity. [8:06] 
  • Miranda talks about viewing Art as a vehicle for creating community. [8:35]
  • Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. [9:53]
  • Because I couldn’t draw realistically with a Pencil,  thought I couldn’t be an artist. [12:16] 
  • Abstract Expressionism and Miranda’s thought’s where her paintings might go. [16:34]
  • How Miranda is able to be attentive to the many varied projects of the ‘Hearth’. [19:32]
  • Why most entrepreneurial ventures fail. [20:54]
  • An introverted extrovert. [24:12]
  • Inviting to participate vs. asking people for help. [26:08]   
  • Making a business out of confronting your flaws and working your growth edge. [27:22]
  • Miranda talks about finding a healthy relationship between business and Art. [30:43]
  • ‘…just make something…’  [33:51]
<![CDATA[Catching Up With Actor, News Anchor, Storyteller - Josh Brogadir]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:53:29 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/catching-up-with-actor-news-anchor-storyteller-josh-brogadirPicture
Josh Brogadir is a storyteller on the go. When he's not anchoring the early morning news, or filling in on the sports desk at WCVB Channel 5 in Boston, he is likely acting in a locally shot movie or commercial. He also co-hosts the Framingham Access tv show, Novel Ideas, reviewing books and interviewing authors. Josh is also an in demand voice over artist.  Talking with him it becomes clear that he thrives on being involved in a variety of different projects.  In this interview we explore the ins and outs of what goes into making a decision to follow a dream, and how to assess the risks involved. Josh shares great stories about his journey from being a school teacher in Framingham, to moving across the country with his wife, to becoming a news anchor, and then an actor in film, television and commercials. 

Listen to podcast here:

Show notes:
  • A passion for storytelling. [4:48]
  • Josh’s thoughts on good reporting. [6:12]
  • Finding balance between one’s own interests and the bigger story. [7:09]
  • Josh does not want Chicken Parmesan every Thursday night at Consiglios. [10:14]
  • We could all definitely get better and smoother and more polished... [12:28] 
  • On always wanting to be a sports guy and live a multi-tiered existence. [14:58]
  • Josh on being a school teacher, and making a choice to pivot careers. [16:48]
  • On assessing risk with regard to career stability. [23:02]
  • How freelance news reporting allows Josh freedom to audition for acting roles. [27:15]
  • In search of stories with more depth. [29:49] 
  • That time Josh’s sister goes on a job interview, and finds Josh a wife. [33:15]
  • The benefits of a supportive spouse. [35:40]
  • Playing the trumpet. [38:17]
  • Using voice to develop characters. [45:06]
  • What Josh’s 'news' tone isn’t. [48:25]
  • Josh’s mentors. [50:00]
  • Josh's unique approach to reading books. [53:50]
  • On staying fit and being a competitor. [58:32]
  • Thoughts on good acting. [61:01]
  • Tips for actors in the city of Boston. [68:08]
<![CDATA[Skipping the Small Talk with Ashley Kirsner]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:21:48 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/skipping-the-small-talk-with-ashley-kirsnerPicture
Ashley Kirsner is a rising star in the resurgent field of authentic communication and relating. I have had the good fortune to connect with her at the Work Your Dreams, and Grown Up Study Hall events that she organizes at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. My impression from talking with her at these events and on this podcast is that she is a powerful combination of totally laid back, mixed with, knows her shit inside and out. She has social skill super powers, and she is most well known, these days, for organizing local Skip the Small Talk events in and around the Boston area. She also recently started a blog, to provide continued support and information to people and organizations who are interested in learning about having more fulfilling experiences in relationship to others.

Ashley studied psychology at Cornell University, and has worked as a researcher at Harvard University on numerous projects.  This episode is spilling over with tons of great tips for letting go of b.s. and getting real with people about what is going on with, and what matters to, you.

Listen to podcast here:

People mentioned:
Devin Karbowicz
Daniel Gilbert
Susan Campbell
Brené Brown
Don Kirshner
Julia Lee
Miranda July
Tim Ferriss
Show notes:
  • Co-working events that Ashley organizes at the Democracy Center. [4:12]  
  • The irony of asking Ashley what she does. [6:02]
  • The CommuniT origins of Skip the Small Talk events. [7:20] 
  • How Ashley brings people to tears at MBTA stations by questioning what is possible. [8:18] 
  • Honing the process and using social media to create extended events. [10:30]
  • Late night hours as potentially optimal time for inspiration and connection. [13:07]
  • Just show up…and do weird stuff with people. [15:00]
  • You had me at… proscuitto. [16:20]
  • Friends vs. people you know. [17:41]
  • How Ashley prepares for a customized Skip the Small Talk event. [19:24]
  • Ashley’s background in psychology. [22:05]
  • The childhood roots of Ashley’s psycho/social proclivities. [23:49]
  • Planned and spontaneous are not necessarily mutually exclusive. [26:28]
  • Ashley’s blog as a resource to help event goers stay connected. [27:56]
  • Getting ‘buy in’. [29:50]
  • Diversifying your supportfolio. [30:48]
  • Rob tries to ask a question; followed by a knock on the door; followed by a flurry of swearing. [32:11]
  • Vulnerability. It’s gonna suck before it feels good. [34:43]
  • Tips on asking for support. [38:45]
  • The difference between simply relating a feeling, and vomiting your feelings all over someone. [42:21]
  • Pitfalls of confusing emotional vomiting with authenticity, and other dangers. [44:47]
  • Common problems Ashley sees among people she counsels on a suicide hotline. [45:52]
  • Stategies for handling rejection. [48:57]
  • Ashley’s best failure. [54:37]
  • “It’s hard to open up…and it’s so natural, when you’re feeling low, to not want to take that risk...” [59:33]
  • Ashley shares a brilliant question to ask if you’re feeling stuck and holding on to something. [63:08]
<![CDATA[Nicole Mazzeo - on Being Sex Positive]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:54:45 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/nicole-mazzeo-on-being-sex-positivePicture
The first incarnation of this blog/ podcast, Poiesis Studio, was actually a meetup practice group for actors and filmmakers. We used to meet at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge. It was there that I first met, Nicole Mazzeo. At the time, her educational organization Pleasure Pie was sponsoring an ongoing discussion group called Sex Positive Boston. Curious to see what they were about, I eventually ventured into one of the meetings. A bit nervous, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself welcomed into a meeting space of very diverse, friendly folks talking with one another openly and honestly about their sexuality. I was struck by how genuine and sincere people were, and how much they seemed to get out of having this space to share their thoughts and feelings on sex and relationships. As someone who leads therapy groups, I felt keenly aware of the presence and skill with which the facilitator, Nicole, led this group. Nicole thinks outside of the box, and brings a boon of wisdom in this episode. Enjoy!

Play episode here:

click here to listen on iTunes
People mentioned
Megan Andelloux
Nina Hartley
Show notes 
  • Nicole talks about sex eduction and what the term Sex Positive means [4:39]
  • The beginnings of Nicole’s journey toward becoming a sex educator. [7:37]
  • Feminism, Bitch Magazine, and Sex positivity. [11:58  ]
  • Zine making and the origins of Pleasure Pie. [14:51]
  • The ups and downs of teaching teenagers about consent. [16:53]
  • Slut and prude shaming. [23:08  ]   
  • Nicole’s approach to leading discussion groups. [27:54]
  • Some of Nicole’s inspirations. [32:38]
  • Responses to some random questions. [35:20 ]
  • Nicole’s final provocative question for listeners. [43:07]
<![CDATA[The Getting Real Coach - Susan Campbell]]>Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:44:02 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/the-getting-real-coach-susan-campbellPicture
Susan Campbell's writing on communication and personal coaching consultations have helped me greatly. She is a psychologist, a prolific writer, and a life coach in Sebastopol, California. Her latest book is 5 Minute Relationship Repair. I also highly recommend her other books Getting Real, and Truth in DatingShe has a passion for inspiring and fostering progressive change in the world, and channels this through her writing, work with clients, and training of other coaches in her Getting Real approach. I’m excited that she is on this podcast. Her wisdom flows with such ease, it could be easily missed if you’re not paying attention. I recommend listening closely and/or repeatedly, as she relates profound and practical thoughts, ideas and perspectives on such thing as:  

  • Exponential change
  • Getting real
  • Coaching organizations
  • Communication during conflict
  • The current political climate 
  • and more...

People mentioned:
Virginia Satir
Fritz Perls
Rollo May
Jim Bugental
John Grey
George Leonard
Marilyn Rosanna Barrett 
Show notes:
  • The big picture - culture change, conflict, and adaptation. [4:25]
  • Exponential change - population, animal species extinction, climate. [5:44]
  • Susan’s early skills in high school leading to a career in helping. [8:57]
  • Susan’s mentors. [9:50]
  • In love with the Gestalt Therapy and Human Potential point of view. [11:35]
  • The Getting Real Work. [14:02]
  • Noticing the difference between reality and fear stories. [15:50]
  • Thoughts on coaching for organizations of people. [18:13]
  • Developing the witness. [22:10]
  • Communication in times of political conflict. [23:22]
  • The recent election and developmental tasks. [26:24]
  • Taking the blame out of it. [28:58]
  • A new world view. [31:28] 
  • A bridge from a new world to us as individuals. [33:39] 
  • Susan’s passion for training and mentoring coaches. [37:16]
  • 5 Minute Relationship Repair - Susan’s most recent book. [39:07]
  • Mindfulness [42:09]
<![CDATA[Menon Sudheep: Film Composer, Songwriter, Business Starter.]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:33:37 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/menon-sudheep-film-composer-songwriter-business-starter
I had a chance meeting with Menon Sudheep about a year ago, and quickly found myself in a conversation about trance music, Brian Eno, and Indian micro-tonal composition. I had a feeling I would be talking with him again. I recently caught up with Menon via Skype in Bangalore, India. He was kind enough to take some time and share of his thoughts on music composition for film.  In the conversation we touch on among other things:

  • Menon’s current film project in India
  • How to approach scoring an Indian Film.
  • Contrasting song structures between western pop and Indian musicals.
  • Harmonic music vs. tonal and microtonal music.
  • Bach. Aaahhh, Bach...

Show notes:
  •  Menon’s travels in India. [3:02]
  •  Menon’s latest film scoring project. [4:05] 
  •  Over one hundred languages spoken across India. [4:39 ] 
  •  Karnataka not Canada. [7:39]
  •  A family friend's serendipitous encounter with a film crew. [10:01]  
  •  Menon’s thoughts on how to approach creating the music for films produced in India. [12:07]
  •  Contrasting song structures Western Pop and Indian for scoring film. [13:50]
  •  Different instrumentation. [18:25] 
  •  Menon describes the differences between western harmonic music and traditional Indian music.[19:05]
  •  Bringing electronic music into scoring Indian film. [23:06]
  •  Menon schools Rob on Boiler Room sessions. [23:45 ]
  •  Menon stresses the importance of counterpoint and orchestration. [26:11] 
  • “The essence of being a good film scorer is to accentuate the movie” [27:11] 
  •  Menon talks technical tools of the trade. [33:33]  
  •  Rob finally learns what MIDI means. [39:16]
  •  Menon discusses his startup plans for online music education in India and Dubai. [42:17]
  •  RBK Productions website should be up in a month or so. [45:36 ]
  •  Menon reflects on his main creative influences. [47:38 ]
  •  Menon and Rob discuss the sacred and healing aspects of music. [51:35 ]
  •  Keep watch for an upcoming album from Menon as well. [59:49]
<![CDATA[Stephen K. Levine]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:28:04 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/stephen-levine The Poietic Life Picture
I first encountered Stephen Levine through his writing - in particular his book, Poiesis: The  Language of Psychology and The Speech of the Soul, which I began reading in the summer of 2004, before I started the Expressive Therapies graduate program at Lesley University. If you have noticed the name of my blog and my podcast, you can see that this book, along with Steve's chapters in the book, Principles and Practices of Expressive Therapies, made just a wee bit of an impression on me. While I was at Lesley, Steve was not faculty there, and I only encountered him once in a brief workshop on creative process. I remember thinking at the time, that the way he talked reminded me of Christopher Walken. I now know Steve is a Brooklyn boy. Is that the connection? A quick google search reveals that Christopher Walken grew up in Queens (maybe around the same time ?).

In any case, Steve has accomplished a lot. Briefly, he is the Paul Celan Chair of Philosopy and Poetics in the Arts, Health, and Society Division at The European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is also the Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts there. Along with his wife, Ellen Levine, he founded THE CREATE INSTITUTE in Toronto. He holds two Ph.D.s, one in philosophy, and another in anthropology. He is a trained psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist. He has authored numerous books. He is a poet, a performing clown, and a passionate social/political activist. I was both thrilled and terrified when he agreed to be on my podcast. I felt as though I had wandered into the dragon’s den. As it turned out, the dragon was exceptionally kind hearted and down to earth.

In this episode Steve shares stories on everything from:
    -  his involvement with Students for a Democratic Society, to
    -  his thoughts on social political critique
    -  the meaning and practice of poiesis
    -  therapeutic presence
    -  approaching art-making
    -  the history of philosophy and Heidegger



Show notes:
  • Who wrote Steve’s books? [3:46]  
  • Starting out as a poet, and staying in school to avoid the draft. [5:45]   
  • From poetry, to philosophy of art, to tenure, to kids. [6:50]
  • When Brooklyn was Brooklyn. [9:04]
  • Steve’s political activism starting with the 1950’s Ban the Bomb movement. [10:40]
  • Rob, embarrassingly does not know what SDS is. [12:27]
  • As the 60’s come to a close, Steve does post doc in Anthropology. [14:37]
  • Steve gets arrested by his dissertation advisor. [15:15]
  • Jonas’ journey from Germany, and relationship to Heidegger. [16:30]
  • Steve’s relationship to Heidegger and the concept of Poiesis. [19:34]
  • Mass society vs. authentic existence. [20:02]
  • The Greeks, Heidegger and meanings of Poiesis. [21:45]
  • The creative impulse at the center of human existence. [22:50]
  • What is living and what is dead in Heidegger - Poiesis vs. Nazism? [23:16]
  • The time philosophy and poetry became good friends (no thanks to Plato). [26:40]
  • Developing the receptive/social quality of Poiesis - shaping and being shaped. [27:29]
  • Situating yourself in reality by taking account of the actual possibilities. [29:00 ] 
  • Conscious vs. cognitive. [30:34]
  • Social movements and people taking responsibility for themselves..  [31:44]
  • A poietic approach to therapy - responding to what is given, and seeing the possibilities. [33:16]
  • Western plans vs. zeinlassen (letting be). [34:36]
  • Poiesis Anonymous, anyone? [36:15]
  • The mystery of creativity, and the gap between what was before and what’s coming. [38:06]
  • The American political system as a cultural conserve - opportunities and dangers of transitioning to change. [40:14]
  • Steve defines success as, seeing things as they are, and finding a creative response. [47:01]
  • Steve’s daily practice of wasting time and practicing butoh. [48:57]
  • Dinner and a butoh performance on Martha’s Vineyard. [50:51]
  • The role of cinema and of all art in the world. [59:26]
  • Max and Sadie Come to Saas Fee Looking for the Nazi Gold. [1:03:22]
  • Steve’s thoughts on living in the ‘chaos’. [1:08:11]
  • Parting words of wisdom Steve got from one of his sons. [1:12:00]

<![CDATA[Joanne Q., Occupational Therapist Extraordinaire]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:03:18 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/joanne-q-occupational-therapist-extraordinairePicture
Here is episode 3 of this experiment in podcasting, in which my friend and colleague, Joanne Q, and I, have a rollicking conversation on everything from friend crushes to weighted blankets. Joanne, who I've had the pleasure of working along side, at a psychiatric hospital, in the Boston area, for the past year, is an Occupational Therapist. I've learned a lot from Joanne on everyday practical applications of Occupational Therapy, and you will too! Hopefully, when I become better at interviewing people, Joanne will come back for another round.

In this episode we discuss among other things:
-Practical applications for OT
-Sensory tools to stimulate and relax
-Friend crushes on famous people

-Overcoming depression, and more...

"An occupation is anything you find meaningful."  

Listen to podcast here!

or click here to listen on  iTunes 
Show notes:
  • Joanne’s super cliche answer to Rob's super cliche question. [3:31]
  • Joanne’s various friend crushes. [5;50]
  • Why Joanne chose occupational therapy over clinical psych. [7:20 ]
  • Full-on sensory integration. [10:29] 
  • The magic of weighted blankets. [13:34]
  • Back to the friend crushes. [16:42]
  • This is My Brave. [20:07]
  • Suicide Prevention. [22:28]
  • Joanne and I attempt to explain axis 2 disorders. [24:49]
  • Defining Depression. [27:19]
  • Occupational therapy applications for treating depression. [28:27]
  • Getting rained on. [30:02]
  • Jenga as therapy?! [31:08]
  • Rob tries to impress Joanne by using the word ‘proprioceptive’. [33:17]
  • Free puppies for all, and advocating for ground up, community based programs. [33:40]
  • Books Joanne has gifted. [36:27]
  • Planning OT groups in acute inpatient psych hospitals. [38:32]
  • Joanne’s morning routine. [40:12]
  • A visit from future Joanne. [42:20]
  • The best laid plans.
  • How Joanne got through her own bout with depression. [47:18]
  • Rapid fire questions (more theft from Tim Ferriss). [48:47] 
  • Joanne’s nuanced belief’s about forensic patients, et. al.. [50:42]
<![CDATA[From MIT Phd to Award winning Actor, Filmmaker: episode 2 with Albert M. Chan.]]>Sat, 10 Sep 2016 13:20:03 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/from-mit-phd-to-award-winning-actor-filmmaker-episode-2-with-albert-m-chanPicture
In this episode, Canadian born filmmaker, Albert M. Chan, known for his films, The Commitment, and, Ancestors of the Future, Descendants of the Past, talks about success, and how he balances his various careers as an actor, a filmmaker and an electrical engineer who holds a Ph.D. from MIT…not to mention being a Dad, and a husband.

Also in this episode Albert talks about:
- how he was able to cast Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama
  Desk nominated actress, Tina Chen for one of his films.
- How he got his first breaks as an actor in Boston.
- His approach as a filmmaker.
- How his background as an engineer informs his acting and filmmaking.
- And the current  screenplay he is working on.

Listen to Poiesis Podcast here! 

or click here to listen to  episode 2 on iTunes

Show notes:
  • While getting Phd in Electrical Engineering, Albert discovers MIT’s offerings in tennis, basketball, and photography. [4:04]
  • Working as an engineer for a start up, enables Albert to be selective about his acting. [8:21]
  • How Albert uses his engineering skills in acting and filmmaking. [10:00]
  • How Albert was able to cast Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen, for his film Descendents of the Past, Ancestors of the Future. [12:50 ]
  • The 180 rule. [14:21]
  • Albert’s advice on camera movement for independent filmmaking. [16:25]
  • Immigration story from China. [18:37]
  • Directing while you’re acting, and how it’s about the team. [21:31]
  • Albert’s film, The Commitment, and the power of Storytelling to make sense of things. [27:43]
  • What sets Albert apart as an actor? [29:33]
  • Albert’s frequency of training classes. [33:25}
  • Adventures in coaching. [35:09]
  • Rob goes on a 5 minute rant about the expense of acting classes. [36:36]
  • Albert deftly and gracefully extolls the virtue’s of being coached and doing scene work.[40:48]
  • Albert’s current feature film project, Incarnations. [48:42] 
  • Working on screenplay Incarnations, and submitting it to Sundance Screen Labs. [50:49]
  • Rob becomes concerned he ‘may be missing things’. [55:38]
  • Pause for albert to greet the babysitter. [56:59]
  • Albert’s near term, non-bucket list. [58:47]
  • Knowing your type as an actor. [1:00:02]
  • Vanu Inc. the startup Albert works with designs cellular infrastructure. [1:03:32]
  • Albert’s views on success. [1:08:09]
<![CDATA[Poiesis Podcast, episode 1: Deep diving with filmmaker Emily Sheehan.]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:36:04 GMThttp://poiesisstudio.com/blog/poiesis-podcast-episode-1-deep-diving-with-filmmaker-emily-sheehanPicture
Emily Sheehan is an upcoming, award winning, filmmaker fresh out of the Boston University Graduate Filmmaking program, who has been featured in Variety Magazine as a filmmaker to watch. 

Her short film, After, won 3rd place in the Boston Redstone Film Festival in 2015. In the same year, she was awarded the $5000 Adrienne Shelley Production Grant  for young female filmmakers, to make her film, Skipping Stones. Her documentary, Adaptation, also won 3rd place in the best film category for the 2016 Boston Redstone Film Festival.

She is currently in post-production with her film Borderline, which explores the devastating effects of addiction.

Emily is well spoken, charming, and funny. Whether you are brand new, or a seasoned veteran with the process of making film, this episode covers a lot of ground, and provides some great nuggets of practical information for filmmakers.

In this conversation we delve into Emily's creative process, discussing: 
  • Emily’s journey from theater to filmmaking
  • Developing a story idea into a screenplay
  • As a director, exploring themes and questions
  • Thoughts on vulnerability, nudity, addiction
  • Short film form vs. longer narrative formats
  • How to communicate with actors
  • Pros and Cons of various cameras
  • Being stranded on a desert island

Listen to podcast here!

Links from the show:
Emily's website
Her director's reel
Emily's film, After
Boston University
The Golden Compass
Wheel of Time series
Pan’s Labyrinth 
Canon c100 camera Emily used for After. Great camera, but not the best for low-light.
Sony f3   camera used for Skipping Stones - higher dynamic range 
Shogun External Recorder
Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera  very high resolution, and versatility with the lenses
DaVinci  for color correcting and color grading
5d mark III  has a full frame sensor

People mentioned:
Bryan Sih
Jan Egleson
Guillermo del Toro
Philip Pullman
Tim Ferriss

Show notes:
  • How Emily goes from theater in High School to Filmmaking at Boston University  [4:15]
  • The art of making a short film vs. a longer/ feature length film. [9:05]
  • Exploring the feeling of a fragile reality breaking in Emily’s film, After. [11:07 ]
  • In short film, having one theme, and asking the audience a definitive question/s. [16:31]
  • Emily’s latest film Borderline, exploring the impact of addiction. [18:55]
  • Art/ filmmaking as therapy. [20:18]  
  • To be or not to be, vulnerable? [24:32]
  • Emily’s friend, Bryan Sih, suggests interviewing people. [26:20]
  • Trauma, body image, nudity, self acceptance. [28:13]
  • Emily reflects on words of her mentor - filmmaker, and BU professor, Jan Egelson. [34:45]
  • The development of Borderline’s screenplay [35:46]
  • Breaking the story down into clear beats - Emily (and Jan’s) approach to screenwriting. [37:03 ]
  • Emily sense of freedom while shooting her documentary, Adaptation, in China. [44.24] 
  • On directors working with, and communicating with, actors. [46 :54]
  • Cameras, Emily’s thoughts on. [56:40]
  • The difference between color grading, color correcting, and the Black Magic Pocket [1:00:16]
  • Emily says, full frame is the way to go. [1:07:22]
  • The one tv series Emily would choose were she stranded on a desert island. [1:11:05]
  • What Emily attributes her award winning success in filmmaking to. [1:15:48]
  • Emily’s morning routine. [1:19:02] 
  • Last thoughts on becoming a filmmaker: don’t be the tool. [1:30:03]