The following is an excerpt from a speech Wim Wenders presented at this year's PHOTO L.A.
Directors, UPMs and ADs talk about the current state of shooting stateside.
When is a visual effect not a visual effect? The answer is simple: When the audience doesn't notice it.
How appropriate that the perennial film location Vasquez Rocks gets its name from a charming ladies' man and bandit who rustled horses, robbed stagecoaches and hid from the sheriff among these breathtaking geological rock formations.
Legendary director Elia Kazan died in September, leaving behind a legacy of work that ensured his place among the greatest directors in film history. Brilliant and controversial, Kazan explored multiple facets of human nature in his films.
Just two miles northeast of Hollywood & Vine in a canyon on Griffith Park's western edge, the caves have served for almost 90 years as a set for everything from oaters to outer space serials.
Geographical stand-ins, doublings, have a winning way about them even when they get all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Robert Benton
On October 19th the DGA screened The Human Stain followed by a Q&A with Robert Benton moderated by Nora Ephron.
Directors Guild of America National Vice President Ed Sherin announced the winners of the Ninth Annual DGA East Coast Student Filmmakers Awards.
Nearly 130 DGA members on the Southern California Qualifications list recently attended a DGA Safety Passport Training Class at the Guild's National Headquarters in Los Angeles.

A committee seminar for the 2nd unit: "What you need to know to get it done."
No longer "one lone artist, you are now one of many, and you have your rights," said Donald Petrie to new DGA members who attended the New Member Orientation on October 9 in the DGA Boardroom.
George Hickenlooper
The DGA Independent Directors Committee (IDC) held its annual member gathering on September 25 for a screening of George Hickenlooper's Mayor of the Sunset Strip.
Vanity Fair and The Film Foundation announced a partnership to promote awareness and raise significant funds for film preservation at "Reel Talk," on September 18 at the DGA.
On September 17, Third Vice President Paris Barclay represented the DGA on a panel of labor leaders at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce "State of the Unions" lunch at the Renaissance Hotel.
On September 12, the Independent Directors Committee (IDC) East and more than 40 non-Guild independent filmmakers gathered at the Guild's New York headquarters for a reception and panel.
The Latino Entertainment Media Institute and DGA co-hosted a panel discussion to discuss issues affecting Latino directors.
A tribute to the life and career of John Schlesinger (1926-2003) was held at the Guild on October 19.
DGA Magazine
November 2003