One of the more interesting restaurants I've enjoyed over the years was located in Paris though the one I am thinking of was not any of those that 'auditioned' their specialties to my partner and me when we were preparing The French Chef, as delectable as they were.
It was at the Gare de Lyon where I found Le Train Bleu restaurant. Imagine a plush and ornate restaurant from the Belle Epoque looking as though it belonged in a world class hotel or chateau rather than a train station. It brought forth images from Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Not only did I want to shoot in this amazing restaurant, I wanted to dine there as well. So, we did.
After enjoying our late lunch, I had the leading lady order a most sumptuous dessert as only the French can make and filmed her as she ate it slowly in character as I filmed.
Though unforeseen and unplanned, the scene in Le Train Bleu was pivotal to the film I was shooting, Point of Departure, as it was the heroine's rejection of the emotion that came over her as she sat alone at her table that drove her actions for the rest of the picture. Not only did I get a good scene for my movie, I had an excellent meal in the bargain--this thanks to my saying to my actors, "Wait here while I see what's upstairs."
We made 195 half hour episodes of The Jerry Fairfax Show featuring the acting and musical talents of Michael Chanslor as Jerry surrounded by members of the Cine Paris repertory company for film and television. At the time, I was a judge for the CableAce Awards as were several others in the group. Jerry was our answer to The Larry Sanders Show starring the late, great Garry Shandling.
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Lamont Easter in a scene from Exigence. Even the wicked are not exempt from Murphy's Law...
I never want to merely film the actions of actors in a scene. When I film, I want to shoot in a way that creates a visually declarative statement about what the actors are doing and not merely show that they are doing it. Some of this is conveyed by framing and composition. Lighting also plays a part and much of what I am shooting in my new film Exigence is being shot during magic hour--the time after the sun disappears below the horizon producing a softer, more even light absent highlights and sharp contrast.
In the accompanying still, Lamont is seen in just such a light.
How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits)
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Point of Departure
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Stephen Mitchell webinar for Stage 32
A review from my new student Louella
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Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
Dispatches from a (junior) suite in Paris
Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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Exerpt from Ignorance is Bliss
"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
Elysée Wednesday: Drive!
“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
One evening, I was enjoying a John le Carré novel and a glass of Bordeaux...
L'art de l'automobile
My first Lusso prior to restoration
It was only after Sinatra was gone...
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
I came across this on a late night stroll in Paris near the Louvre.
Simone Kussatz interviews Stephen Mitchell
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Stevie Williams (Interview)
David Gritten reviews (Interview)
With Roy_M Martens at Cannes
The Film Portal
Rebel, Rebel by Marc Sonnery
Ferrari 'Breadvan' trivia
Stephen interviews Marc Sonnery
Ferrari 250GTO by Stephen Mitchell
Ferraris on Mulholland
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Ferrari GTO in Paris
Stephen Mitchell talks with General Richard Wilmot (part 1)
In 1980, Stephen founded an entertainment industry think tank in the guise of a repertory company for film and
television labeled The New Hollywood Studio System. In 1985, Stephen pioneered a unique application of product integration in branded entertainment with his cable TV series (Interview). In 2006, Stephen authored a protocol for the management and marketing of business executives. He is currently producing a documentary on the Ferrari GTO, one of which he owned for several years.