Robservations

A daily (or nearly daily) video blog from Robert Meyer Burnett sharing new ideas and work from some of the most exciting new creators in genre media.

Beverly Hills Cop 4, Paramount profit and crossing the streams.

Beverly Hills Cop 4, Paramount profit and crossing the streams.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, goes retro-90s-buddy-cop on the Post-Geek Singularity as he talks about the latest news concerning BEVERLY HILLS COP 4. Plus superchat questions, letters from fans and cameo appearances by Gilbert and Talulah on Epsiode #276 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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What is the purpose and value of science fiction

What is the purpose and value of science fiction

Writer-director-producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about sci-fi and the purpose it serves in society today – and the Imagination Connoisseurs of the Post-Geek Singularity adds their 2 cents’ worth on this episode (#275) of ROBSERVATIONS.

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The fate of the great franchises.

The fate of the great franchises.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a look at the great franchises of genre entertainment and where they’re headed. What will happen with Star Trek, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and more … all on Episode #272 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Superman the Movie, James Bond and Star Wars will live forever!

Superman the Movie, James Bond and Star Wars will live forever!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deeper look into breakthroughs in physical media and how 1978’s Superman: The Movie has been stored on a crystal disk. Plus more superchats, letters and insights from fellow Imagination Connoisseurs in episode #268 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Who would even want to work on our beloved franchises?

Who would even want to work on our beloved franchises?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses how “toxic fandom” was a contributing factor to the former GOT showrunners’, (Weiss and Benioff), departure from Lucasfilms and the Star Wars franchise. This and more on episode #266 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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HBO pulls the plug on the first Game of Thrones prequel.

HBO pulls the plug on the first Game of Thrones prequel.

Writer-director-producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the business of show business in episode #263 of ROBSERVATIONS. Join Rob and the Imagination Connoisseurs of the Post-Geek Singularity as they talk horror films, home video systems, THE MANDALORIAN and much, much more.

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What can JOKER’S astonishing box office success teach the industry?

What can JOKER’S astonishing box office success teach the industry?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, re-convenes the Post-Geek Singularity for episode #261 of ROBSERVATIONS. In this episode, Rob deconstructs the lessons learned from JOKER’S phenomenal run at the box office and what that might mean for the entertainment industry; takes letters from fans and chats with others in the live stream during the broadcast.

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Can films or filmmakers go too far into unacceptability?

Can films or filmmakers go too far into unacceptability?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, and the Imagination Connoisseurs of The Post-Geek Singularity take a deep dive into filmmaking and what lines shouldn’t be crossed when it comes to storytelling (and more) on episode #213 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Is verisimilitude more important than meaning itself?

Is verisimilitude more important than meaning itself?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, returns to the microphone following a Labor Day respite and takes his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs on an adventure into the Post-Geek Singularity with this, episode #212 of ROBSERVATIONS (a show about something).

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Enough with the anger … Let’s make sweet, sweet Empire love …

Enough with the anger … Let’s make sweet, sweet Empire love …

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, and the Imagination Connoisseurs of The Post-Geek Singularity put on their rose-colored glasses and reminisce about all the good times on Hoth with Darth and the boys … plus a lot questions from fans and other pleasant memories on episode #210 of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Superman II and verisimilitude … the debate rages.

Superman II and verisimilitude … the debate rages.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, holds court with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs in episode #209 of ROBSERVATIONS. The debate about Superman continues in a fun and rollicking conversation about what makes movies seem “real.”

Get in on the fun!

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Has Star Wars lost the plot of its own story?

Has Star Wars lost the plot of its own story?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, welcomes the Imagination Connoisseurs to episode #206 of ROBSERVATIONS. On today’s episode, The Post-Geek Singularity takes a closer look at the last Star Wars trilogy of films, Superman, Spider-Man and much more.

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Newsflash! Science fiction has always been political.

Newsflash! Science fiction has always been political.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, spends time with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs to discuss what to expect with D23 this weekend and much, much more on this episode (#204) of Robeservations. Welcome to The Post-Geek Singularity …

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What’s next for James Bond, 007?

What’s next for James Bond, 007?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, holds a technologically-challenged gathering of Imagination Connoisseurs in episode #199 of ROBSERVATIONS. Covering a wide range of topics from event attendance etiquette to cultural differences in beauty – Burnett and the Post-Geek Singularity cover the gamut of issues swirling through geek culture today.

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Middle-aged Cosplay: Boba Fett!

Middle-aged Cosplay: Boba Fett!

Writer-Producer-Director, Robert Meyer Burnett, introduces us to a lifelong friend, Greg Smith, who lives in Olympia, Washington and attends Star Wars events and comic conventions dressed as Boba Fett. Smith’s costume is built from scratch and includes a lot of remarkable detail – as we see in this video.

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Middle Aged Cosplay: Resistance X-Wing Pilot!

Middle Aged Cosplay: Resistance X-Wing Pilot!

Star Wars cosplayer, Greg Smith, shares the story behind his Rebel flight suit costume he built from scratch for sci-fi conventions and other events. Greg is from Olympia, WA, and a life-long friend of Robert Meyer Burnett, host of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Are R-rated movies really necessary?

Are R-rated movies really necessary?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, reads viewer letters and shares their stories and his own insights on the entertainment business in this “super-sized” episode (#198) of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Has Disney fallen out of love with STAR WARS?

Has Disney fallen out of love with STAR WARS?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, calls together another gathering of Imagination Connoisseurs in episode #196 of ROBSERVATIONS. Today, Rob and fans discuss whether or not Disney and LucasFilm has “fallen out of love” with the STAR WARS franchise, the perils of growing up as a geek in today’s culture, how violent entertainment effects our ability to curb gun violence and much more.

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Which cinematic monsters are the very best?

Which cinematic monsters are the very best?

Join Robert Meyer Burnett and his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs as they cover a variety of topics including: the most interesting (and fearsome) monsters of film and television; how Alan Moore’s comic book stories are translated into movies and series; growing up as a geek girl (as explained by Willow Yang) and take a deep dive into the future of Disney and its various entertainment divisions – will they ever run out of material to “re-boot”?

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Will we watch THE WATCHMEN? Should we watch THE WATCHMEN?

Will we watch THE WATCHMEN? Should we watch THE WATCHMEN?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a Sunday stroll through a variety of topics involving genre entertainment, sci-fi, comics and how these things affect pop culture today on episode #194 of ROBSERVATIONS.

Rob also covers the upcoming WATCHMEN series on HBO, whether or not Hip Hop artists should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, how to get an internship with a film production and much, much more!

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THE HUNT is stopped before it begins.

THE HUNT is stopped before it begins.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, hosts an action-packed episode of Robservations (#193) where he talks a little politics, a little Hollywood and Universal Picture’s announcement they’ve shelved THE HUNT following shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy.

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Superman doesn’t need to be “fixed.”

Superman doesn’t need to be “fixed.”

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a cool cruise through the world of movies, comic books, and genre entertainment. Today, the discussion of what’s right and wrong with Superman continues – this time with thoughts from other Hollywood insiders!

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SUPERMAN RETURNS vs SUPERMAN IV: The Quest for Peace? Really?

SUPERMAN RETURNS vs SUPERMAN IV: The Quest for Peace? Really?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, hosts ROBSERVATIONS #191 – and in-depth conversation about whether or not SUPERMAN IV is a better Superman movie than SUPERMAN RETURNS. Really?

Check out the cool props, hilarious conversations, engaging insights and much more.

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The origins of geek-centric misogyny.

The origins of geek-centric misogyny.

Writer-director-producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, leads a rollicking discussion exploring the intersection of genre entertainment with many social issues facing our culture today.

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Apocalypes POW – the final cut of a classic

Apocalypes POW – the final cut of a classic

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses the classic film APOCALYPSE NOW and what sets it apart from others. Rob also shares his opinion on HOOK and THE GOONIES (he’s not a fan), avoiding buffoonery and more.

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Great characters live or die based on the quality of writing.

Great characters live or die based on the quality of writing.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deep dive into the world of geek culture and contemporary media. Topics include what makes fictional characters worth watching; if there are “Mary Sue” characters (for gals), are their also “Larry Sue” characters (for guys)?

And, of course, many other topics of utmost importance (and enjoyment).

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What makes female characters heroic?

What makes female characters heroic?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks movies, comic books and all forms of genre entertainment. Today, topics include what makes a female character a “Mary Sue” hero, the strength of Ripley as the lead character in ALIENS, the importance of having feminine voices in our genre entertainment and the historic challenges for female sci-fi writers.

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Justice for Han and a lifelong love of “B” cinema.

Justice for Han and a lifelong love of “B” cinema.

Gilbert the Gilbaarian and his sidekick, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talk about genre entertainment, dog treats, comics, dog treats, FAST & FURIOUS movies and, yes, more dog treats in this, the July 30th edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

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The storytelling advice of George Lucas.

The storytelling advice of George Lucas.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about storytelling and filmmaking and the advice that STAR WARS creator, George Lucas, recently passed on to John Favreau, who will helm the new STAR WARS series: THE MANDALORIAN.

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What Disney’s upcoming MULAN seems to get so right!

What Disney’s upcoming MULAN seems to get so right!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, charges into the breech once again as the Imagination Connoisseurs of the Post-Geek Singularity talk about the pressing issues facing today’s world of genre entertainment on the July 8th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Today, RMB discusses Disney’s new MULAN, tokenism in comics and much more. Check it out!

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Falling in love with cinema in the Summer of ’86

Falling in love with cinema in the Summer of ’86

Was the Summer of 1986 the best summer in movie history? Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the biggest blockbuster summer in recent memory, answers questions from viewers and reads letters from fans in this, the July 7th episode of ROBSERVATIONS.

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All kind of crazy love for THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS!

All kind of crazy love for THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deep dive of cool goodness that is the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the July 5th edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

Rob talks replica props, collectibles, movie news and, of course, the films of the Summer of 1989 with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs.

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Pride and prejudice and mermaids.

Pride and prejudice and mermaids.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about surviving the recent earthquake in So-Cal as well as other vital items of interest to the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the Independence Day edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Is BOND 25 an endless, on-going nightmare with no end in sight?

Is BOND 25 an endless, on-going nightmare with no end in sight?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, rolls into another discussion of genre entertainment with fans, viewers and letters from around the world in this, the July 3rd edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Today, Rob talks about one of his favorite subjects, James Bond and the 007 franchise as he shares what he knows about the current state of BOND 25, due for release in 2020.

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Criticism can be a very good thing.

Criticism can be a very good thing.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about NETFLIX’s new SANDMAN series announcement, the kindness of strangers, classic “schlock” cinema and more on a free-range edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Extreme fandom, personal criticism, fan films and AXANAR.

Extreme fandom, personal criticism, fan films and AXANAR.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a walk through the wild side of the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the June 30th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Join Rob and he talks about personal criticism, the nature of fandom and his experience on the failed Star Trek feature-length fan film, AXANAR.

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A heartfelt “thank you” from a next generation fan.

A heartfelt “thank you” from a next generation fan.

Robert Meyer Burnett takes a deep diver into the world of genre entertainment as he discusses whether CAPTAIN MARVEL benefited from an AVENGERS: ENDGAME bounce, how the movie-going experience has changed over the years and why deep conversations with friends matter.

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Amazon Studios discover making profitable movies is hard.

Amazon Studios discover making profitable movies is hard.

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, hosts another topical smorgasbord with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs on this, the June 27th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Rob talks about how difficult it is to make money in the film business – even when you’re Amazon.

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A combat veteran weighs in on THE LAST JEDI

A combat veteran weighs in on THE LAST JEDI

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares stories from the Post-Geek Singularity on the June 25th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. In addition to the usual banter, Rob explores the Star Wars film, THE LAST JEDI, through the eyes of a combat vet and active service member who is also an Imagination Connoisseur.

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Can we survive living in the Post-Geek Singularity?

Can we survive living in the Post-Geek Singularity?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the status of fandom today and how fans react when their expectations of a beloved franchise are not met. How we, as fans, deal with toxic fandom will shape the future of the Post-Geek Singularity.

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The inclusive, unifying power of franchise and genre storytelling.

The inclusive, unifying power of franchise and genre storytelling.

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares a story from a viewer about how a shared interest in movies and television (especially genre entertainment) helped bridge cultural and geographic divides between people. That’s a great example of how the power good storytelling can make a positive difference today.

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Nerd nirvana … or the age of miraculous fandom.

Nerd nirvana … or the age of miraculous fandom.

Are these good times, or what? Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his joy with all the great things that are happening in the world of genre entertainment with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs.

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Giant space amoebas and more viewer mail.

Giant space amoebas and more viewer mail.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares a scientist’s view of the giant space amoeba from STAR TREK, discusses Christopher Nolan’s relationship with Warner Bros., and covers more topics from viewers on today’s Robservation.

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Russian Troll Farms vs CAPTAIN MARVEL and bitter sadness

Russian Troll Farms vs CAPTAIN MARVEL and bitter sadness

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deep dive into fan questions and the challenges presented to creators, fans and studios by trolls and toxic fandom. Star Wars, The Vengence Trilogy, the origin of sci-fi and much more on today’s Robservation …

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Captain Marvel is your 4K fantasy.

Captain Marvel is your 4K fantasy.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses a variety of subjects including the “Bad Old Days” of STAR WARS, the upcoming sequel to THE SHINING, why the Academy Awards are so popular and much, much more.

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Subversive cinema and our free society

Subversive cinema and our free society

On this edition of Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the Stanley Kubrick classic, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and how subversive films helped drive social conversation.

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The importance of free speech to fandom.

The importance of free speech to fandom.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the importance of the free flow of ideas and the benefits and hazards that come from exercising our right of free speech.

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Fandom as a force for good in the world.

Fandom as a force for good in the world.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets a little political today and talks about the heartbreaking situation in New Zealand, the role political discourse plays in encouraging brutal acts of terrorism and what we, as members of the Post-Geek Singularity can do to help make this world a better and more tolerant place.

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Disney finally closes the Fox deal

Disney finally closes the Fox deal

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for … well, sorta. Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his thoughts on CAPTAIN MARVEL and the movie’s huge opening weekend.

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Talos IV and the making of meaning

Talos IV and the making of meaning

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets on a roll about STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and its latest episode (If Memory Serves) as well as the regular hoo-hah!

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Happy “International Women’s Day”

Happy “International Women’s Day”

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares information on a new comic project undertaken by comic creator Ashley Robinson, the challenges faced by women in entertainment as well as a variety of other topics and questions.

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Storytelling, STAR TREK and the culture of contempt

Storytelling, STAR TREK and the culture of contempt

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about how we, as viewers, can be led to believe a story is real or not. RMB explains some of the storytelling tricks and film-making methods used to create a sense of realism in movies and television.

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Modern fandom – be careful what you wish for.

Modern fandom – be careful what you wish for.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses how the “mainstream” view of Geek culture has changed and how that has not, necessarily, gone the way we wanted in the Post-Geek Singularity world.

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Depression and the “tapestry” of Star Trek

Depression and the “tapestry” of Star Trek

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the “power” of Star Trek to address important social issues. To help make his point, Rob shares a great email from a viewer who explains the role the episode “Tapestry” (from ST:TNG) played in his life.

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The Picard Series – socially inept and immature?

The Picard Series – socially inept and immature?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, breaks down preliminary character profiles for the new Captain Picard series as reported by the website Dark Horizons. How accurate are these descriptions? We’re not sure, but RMB shares some concerns about where character development seems to be headed with new iterations of Star Trek.

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Religion, tolerance and indie film making

Religion, tolerance and indie film making

It’s been a hard day, and in this latest, late-night Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett shares an update about some problems that have just cropped up with a post-production house whose owner has asked for some creative changes to TANGO SHALOM before agreeing to work on the project. 

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Fan boys and Rotten Tomatoes

Fan boys and Rotten Tomatoes

It’s a late-night Robservations … and you know what that means! Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett waxes philisophique on all sorts of subjects, first among them being the fan-boy backlash against Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL movie on review site Rotten Tomatoes. RMB rambles around on other subjects, too.

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Live from the final mix for SKY FIGHTER

Live from the final mix for SKY FIGHTER

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes us behind the scenes of a live mixing session for the recently completed short film, SKY FIGHTER. There are a few technical difficulties with the stream, but the video is still a fascinating look at what it takes to put together a soudscape behind a film or television show.

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Public perception and a viewer’s email

Public perception and a viewer’s email

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, explains what he loves about working as an independent filmmaker and shares a heart-felt viewer email that leads to a great Robservation.

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