Joe Penna 🚀

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I’m curious… How many covid tests have you gotten throughout the pandemic?
I know FIVE people with my exact birthday. FIVE!! Like, no thanks. Get your own birthday.
I've been having nightmares about the #jameswebb telescope blowing up on the pad for SIX YEARS AND I'M GLAD IT'S FINALLY LAUNCHING AND IT'LL BE FINE, TOTALLY FINE 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀
And if you start looking for it, you can see little tricks like this all over the place. Tiny little details that help you forget you're watching a movie.
That’s what a great actor does. Good actors always focus on getting into the mindset of the character. Great actors go a step beyond. They consider how their choices affect the other 100 other people they’re working with.
Mr. Keaton knows from the very beginning that… if he doesn’t leave some space over his left shoulder… the camera won’t see the huge number when I’m shooting this shot with a double actor. And the joke won’t work.
That the people who built the set are gonna have to move out that back wall faster than they ever have. That the cinematographer had already put the camera on wheels (even though the other shots didn’t need it) so they can move it to the other side quickly, and set up this shot:
Usually, you shoot the wide shot first. You see how he’s holding the paper at a bit of an angle? All the way from the beginning?
He knows that I’m about to beg everyone to stay *even longer*, despite the fact that they all got there early. That the extras have been sitting in make-up all day. That I’m about to pretend I can’t find the producer, since I should always ask for permission to do overtime.
That’s because Mr. Keaton knows that after I thank him for staying a little bit later than usual… I’m going to try to squeeze *one last shot* in for the day.
I often get asked what kind of technical things actors can do to help me out as a director. Here’s a little one. Check out this bit from @MichaelKeaton in BEETLEJUICE:
My health insurance company pays me $1 dollar every time I take over 9000 steps in a day. Picture of my move day below. I would like to request a novelty-size check for $1, @OscarHealth.
Move Hour 4: “Oh, already out of boxes? I’ll drive a little farther to buy the ones that are 28 cents cheaper.” Move Hour 44: “Take all my money. Take all my stuff. Truck it to your own place. I don’t care anymore. Just make… the moving… stop…” #MovingChronicles
Then, and this is the most important part: Truly consider their reservations. After all, they’re a better [cinematographer / production designer / composer / costumer / special effects / MUA / hair / visual effects supervisor / sound mixer / etc etc…] than you’ll ever be.
If your gut is really telling you to do something a certain way: DON’T👏 STAY👏 SILENT👏 Even if it’s against the recommendation of one of the experts you hired. Tell them you need to be convinced to do it their way.
But, you… You’ve been living and breathing this project. You’ve crammed every bit of knowledge about this project into your brain. You’ve been relating every single thing to this, and only this. You’re the one fielding questions from every department, actors, producers, etc.
You’re dealing with people who sometimes have years (sometimes decades) of experience doing what you’re asking them to do. Their only job is to think about that aspect of the project. If they’re suggesting something should be done a certain way, they’re most likely right.
Today’s unsolicited directing advice: Only listen to your advisors *most* of the time.
Post #SeedRound pivot: App is now subscription service. Hooks up people with different hobbies. You mail in boxes full of hobby stuff, and get a box back with new hobby stuff. Revenue? Sell data on people’s interest so they can be served more targeted ads? 🤷‍♂️
App idea: Type in all the crap you have sitting in boxes from previous hobbies. App tells you which new hobby you can do with all the stuff you already have. Revenue? Affiliate links to the stuff you’re missing. I’m gonna go code that. Then give up.
When you've tried every other date format you can think of... Which... if it's not ISO 8601, it's the wrong date format.
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” "A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." “Fooling around with AC is just a waste of time.” — Thomas Edison “I wouldn’t be surprised if [Bitcoin] wasn’t around in the next 10-20 years.” -Warren Buffett
“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.” “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.” - Albert Einstein
These are all real quotes by supposed experts in their fields: “Rail travel at high speed is not possible.” “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” - founder of the Warner Brothers
Like, wow. It’s every time with Delta. Every. Single. Time.
Have a problem with my flight. Still have not spoken to a human being.
And here I was thinking Delta Plus is a new airline class I wouldn’t be able to afford anyway…
Followers of mine with rowing machines: Thoughts?
"I didn't say that." ~ Joe Penna, MysteryGuitarMan…
Okay, people who wear glasses (or inventors): I would overpay *so* much for a little device that you put your glasses into and they come out clean and dry. Something like an ultrasonic cleaner that drains into a reservoir, plus a little fan? Could there be something simpler?
And once again, I have wasted my entire shower on a FAKE ARGUMENT I’LL NEVER HAVE.
Like a comment below for the best one.
Okay — does anyone have a real answer why FAX MACHINES ARE STILL A THING?! Especially for law and medicine!
“Hey Jeff! Oliver here. 👋 Dude, super embarrassing, but I totally forgot that I’m picking up my cousin from the airport on Tuesday. 🤦‍♂️ Rain check? 👨‍🚀👨IgJx9Rd
Okay, maybe I shouldn't set reminders to myself at 3am.
Mads fans, like this tweet. Anna fans, retweet this. Let’s see who wins.
Love it too. So here are some pictures that would just sit on a drive if I don't tweet 'em out.…
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