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I spent the morning on IRC instead of reading my RSS feeds and thinking of something to blog. The most interesting thing that happened today was Eric Haller, who was a 2nd AD on Indian Runner dropped into IRC. Eric and I probably worked harder than many of the people on the movie. If I remember correctly, it was Eric's job to make the call sheets and put sheets under people's doors every night or something. I just remember working late and seeing him around a lot with a bunch of papers. I haven't seen him since 1991 or whenever it was that I was in Omaha working on Indian Runner. The movie was directed by Sean Penn. The executive producer, Thom Mount raised the money for the film from NHK the Japanese broadcast company. He hired me to work for him so that I could manage the relationship with the Japanese investors (keep them off his back) in exchange for "teaching me the rope." This basically meant that I got no sleep and had to do everything from ordering helicoptors taking care of the carpets for Thom's apartment. I was "Associate to Mr. Mount" in the credits. I show up in a tiny font at the end of the movie and can be seen for the first time at home now that I have a big display and Indian Runner is out on DVD.

The interesting thing about movies is that people get together for a few months and work intensely. Then it's a wrap and everyone's off doing other things. It's like a compressed year in school together. I've kept in touch with many people that I worked with on Indian Runner. Thom's over at RKO, Mark Bisgeier has an entertainment law practice, Eric's got a blog and an art gallery, Jay Koiwai just sent me email. Hmm... Maybe I should make a movie crew reunion site. ;-p

Another random Indian Runnerism is that John Valenti, Jack Valenti's son, worked with me briefly. John is a cool guy who I kept in touch with for awhile, but have lost touch with recently. I wonder what John thinks of his father's position on DMCA...


There are well over 100 staff listed for "Indian Runner" at, up to and including the uncredited dialect coach, but you are not among them. I was disappointed, since I wanted to run you through the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, which uses the IMDB for its data. Why don't you submit yourself?

Thanks for the tip Lloyd. I just added myself to cast on imdb.

"I spent the morning on IRC instead of reading my RSS feeds and thinking of something to blog."

Why don't you get off your arse and go out into the outside world and do something! instead of sitting around on the internet 'thinking of stuff to blog' ie scouring the net (or maybe just for internet crap to rehash in a tired & boring blog scene whore linkfest? weblogs are interesting when the person actually does interesting stuff and has interesting stories to tell that aren't just culled from friends weblogs or media news site. get a life!

I'm not going to waste too much time defending my "life" but a great deal of what I write is my opinion of what others have written. I think this is an important function of blogs and is the nature of conversations. Also, I don't do it enough, but the "read before you write" ethic is a good ethic. A lot of what happens in my life has happened to or is happening at this moment to others and linking to them and conversing with them is a lot of fun.

And I would like to reiterate my now standard disclaimer: This is my blog. This is a conversation. If you're not enjoying it, why are you here?

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joi ito from eric's site
June 2, 2003 9:30 AM

i was surfing around today and ran into joi ito's website, blog , etc. joi and i worked on the indian runner years ago, and i remember he had the latest gadgets, including some kind of video over telephone handheld... Read More