Hello. Welcome to Seven Thoughts, and welcome to what has [somehow] become one of the most widely read articles on film financing on the planet. It’s nice to see you here. My name is Lee Rudnicki, I’m an entertainment lawyer and producer based in LA, and sometimes, Italy. First things first — thank you for attending. […]
This is Fleur, a US/Japanese/Italian short sci-fi film that took one pop star, three countries, three years, seven film festivals, and one major international incident to produce. The film was shot at different frame rates, got stolen in the Midwest, was edited, re-re-edited in Hollywood, re-edited, and then was completely re-envisioned in Italy from square […]
I just randomly watched three episodes of the television program Under Arrest on Netflix. What the fuck just happened … a phrase that keeps coming to mind as the credits role. Hmmmmm. This surreal and violent show is apparently from Canada, circa 1980s or 90s … I should look it up with a few keystrokes, but I’m […]
Filmmaker Michael Moore is openly predicting that Donald Trump will win re-election as President of the United States. Unless things change drastically, and very soon, Michael is 100% correct. For the record, I’m a loyal American, but I’m not on either side of the political spectrum. I did not vote for Donald Trump. But I […]
There are a precious few handful of times in my life where I’ve had my breath taken away by art, rendered speechless. Today, that happened in Florence, when I saw the Duomo for the first time…. I am still stunned.
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We had a great meeting with my talent agency and a few producers today … it was an amazing learning experience, a master class. We spoke for nearly an hour about how they prep actors and materials for auditions and casting, network series and films etc. I had no idea that much planning went into […]
A headline on NBC news caught my eye today — “Oklahoma City news anchor apologizes for saying black co-anchor looked like a gorilla.” When I first saw that ugly headline, my response was the same as most of you — shock. And disgust. I thought … “Fuck, here we go again. Every time we turn […]
I just signed with a talent agency. Let’s do this!