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Memo to Peter Bart: Don’t Be A Dick

I was perusing the trades (that’s slang for entertainment industry trade papers) recently in an effort to live vicariously through the people who actually do what I just imagine doing for a living, and I came across an article by Peter Bart (former Editor-in-Chief at Variety) regarding The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and his foray into the world of film directing (the dickishly titled “Memo to Jon Stewart: Stick with Your Day Job Behind the Desk”).

Artist's rendering of Peter Bart, who believes that creative people should be neither seen nor heard.

Artist’s rendering of Peter Bart, who believes that creative people should be neither seen nor heard.

You can read the article if you like, but the general idea is that Peter Bart spends 600 words essentially just shitting on Stewart’s desire to sit in the director’s chair. How does Peter Bart justify his Debbie Dickhead attitude toward Jon Stewart’s project? Well, Bart points out, Bob Dyaln was a celebrity who directed a movie…and it was bad! Not convinced? Well, Bart says, Madonna was a celebrity who directed a movie…and it was also bad!

So just to recap: because Bob Dylan made a bad movie in 1978, no one should try to direct a movie ever again. Got it. And obviously this has everything to do with the fact that Dylan and Madonna were already established stars that tried to transition into directing, and nothing to do with the fact that they were just bad directors (the Dylan film’s final cut clocked in at OVER four hours long, but yeah, I’m sure it was only a flop because he was a celebrity trying to direct). Double got it.

Bart goes on to reference successful directors (Clooney, Sean Penn, Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Elia Kazan, and Francis Coppola) who didn’t release their best work until later on in their directorial careers, and whose first projects either weren’t well-received or just weren’t that good. Basically Bart’s message is if you haven’t already done something, you shouldn’t do it.

Um. What.
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Rosewood Visualization — A Photoblog

Hi chums and chumettes (that can’t be right),

As you know, the primary focus of this blog is to brag about myself and have everyone be impressed with me (is it working yet?). However, even I have to acknowledge that my extremely inflated ego wouldn’t be inflated to nearly the same extremity without the occasional help of my other friends in the creation industry. Today I’d like to highlight a couple of my good friends at Rosewood Visuals, self-described purveyors of classically styled imagery (and I must say I agree). You can find samplings of their work and contact info here, and you can find their twitter handles here (Carl) and here (Jay). And while we’re plugging things, make sure to check out the other arm of their work at The Coveted Man (dot) com. Cool stuff if you’re a man or know a man…and without giving anything away, you might even see me pop up on there at some point in the future. (That’s called foreshadowing and it’s a trick I learned at screenwriting college in exchange for $160,000).

Anyway here are some pictures they took of me and later photoshopped into something attractive:

Play on,
Dustin

Like pictures of me? Well you can find more of them on my instagram, my twitter, and a couple from the cover of a Bed, Bath & Beyond catalogue.

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