Archive for the ‘Postcards’ Category

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I took this photo earlier in the week at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs. They’ve had a festival all week full of Celtic music and dancing. With bands playing inside and outside at Raglan Road it was one of the best Disney experiences I’ve ever had.


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There really are bridges in Madison County located in central Iowa. I took this photo back in 2008 on my way back from watching the College World Series in Omaha. Every city, town, region that’s a little off the radar dreams of getting a Hollywood close-up because it has a positive economic impact on the area. People are still traveling to Madison County to see those bridges more than 20 years after The Bridges of Madison County first hit the theaters.

Robert Waller, Author of  ‘The Bridge of Madison County,’ Dies at 77
NY Times 

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I’m holding to my post-Super Bowl promise to stop writing football-related posts on a screenwriting blog. But spring training for Major League Baseball is just around the corner so let me sneak in one baseball post.

Here’s a photo I took of Tim Raines when I was a 19-year-old photojournalist for the Sanford Herald. It was his rookie year during the MLB strike in 1981. Last month the Sanford, Florida native was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s the best high school athlete I ever saw play. And he’s on the short list of the greatest athletes to come out of Central Florida.

Highlights to his pro baseball career include being a seven time all star, a three time World Series champ (Yankees, White Sox), NL batting champ in ’86, and #5 on the all-time list of stolen bases (just behind Ty Cobb).

Congrats Tim Raines on finally getting into the Hall of Fame. Hope the wait make the trip to Cooperstown all the sweeter.

P.S. Something clicked for me last October/November that made me turn back toward my jouranalism roots. I’ll unpack that down the road, but there’s no doubt in my mind that there are some great opportunities there for content creators. (That includes some of you who have film and TV backgrounds, but aren’t currently working in film and Tv.)

Check out the New York Times multimedia story Snow Fall, The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek by John Branch to get a taste of where journalism is heading. And you don’t have to look back any further than last year when Spotlight won two Oscars (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay) to see how journalism and movies can work in tandem.

And since this is a screenplay-centered blog, I’ll mention that Scriptnotes #287 gives a nice shout-out to journalism.  Screenwriter Craig Mazin’s one cool thing was “the resurgence of journalism.” He encouraged people to subscribe to a reputable periodical like the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. I’ve had a couple of conversations about that this year, so I second that motion.

Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #118 (Mike Evans)

“The only way to tell if a play is truly spectacular is if it makes the fans jump up and say ‘O, damn, did you see that!”
Actress Taragi P. Henson (Hidden Figures)
Introducing the Play of the Year at NFL Honors ceremony


Let me sneak in one more football post on this screenwriting blog. This isn’t a great photo, but it is a great catch. I knew the one-handed grab by Tampa Bay Buc Mike Evans was special when it happened. So much so that I took the above photo of the reply on the scoreboard.

Apparently some other people thought it was special because a few days ago it was named the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year.

It was an Thursday night nationally broadcast game. I hadn’t been to an NFL game in over a decade but drove over to Tampa from Orlando last November to see the game. They were playing the Atlanta Falcons who were winning the game 33-14 just before the end of the third quarter.

Since I knew it’d take me two hours to get home I decided I was going to leave after the third quarter. I’m glad I stuck around long enough to see Evans’ catch. I’ll have that tucked away in my good memory bank for as long as I have a memory bank.

And speaking of great catches here’s the only clip I could find of Julian Edelman’s remarkable catch at the Super Bowl Sunday. (Def a play that made fans say ‘O, damn, did you see that!”)

Scott W. Smith


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Postcard #117 (Dez Bryant)

They are playing the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando tonight and I went out to the ESPN Wide World Wide of Sports at Disney yesterday to see the last practices of the AFC & NFC teams and other events. Got to see wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. be covered by cornerback Richard Sherman—two of the best in the league.  And I saw Dez Bryant (#88 of the Dallas Cowboys) play John Madden Football and took this shot:


©2017 Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #28 (Prime Time)

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Postcard #116 (Space Coast Sunrise)

I’ve been fortunate to see my share of space launches and sunrises in Florida, and I never get tired of either.  But last weekend before I headed home after my week long adventure I stopped in Satellite Beach and was looking for something different that a typical sunrise photo. I came across this bird hunting for claims and liked the colors and texture of the water.


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Postcard #115 (Sebastian Inlet)

 “You know, there’s always been that hype about people fighting for waves at Sebastian, but when I was a kid, it seemed super aggressive. There were always a bunch of older guys out there taking any wave they wanted. I remember being about 10 years old and trying to get a wave from this guy who was way down on the totem pole, and he was just like, ‘Beat it, kid!’ [Laughs].”
Surfing great Kelly Slater
Surfline interview


Florida Summer Surfing in January (1.14.17)

As I drove up from Miami after my shoot I stopped in a place I’ve been visiting since I was 12 years old. It’s one of the most best and well-known surf spots on the east coast—Sebastian Inlet State Park, located between Melbourne Beach and Vero Beach. I didn’t have much time, and only a 200mm lens, but this photo captures the spirit of Sebastian pretty well. (Except on the pier, just to the right of where I took this shot, are about 100 people fishing which can make for tricky waters.)

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Kelly Slater Statue
Kelly Slater on the Digital Revolution
Off Screen Quote #12 (Kelly Slater)

Scott W. Smith

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