Final Draft crashes or stopped working? Here’s what you do.

Final Draft 9, 10, or 11 stop working, wont load, or crashes on your Mac or Windows PC? Easy fix right here…

This morning I clicked on the “F”, it loaded up, and then as soon as I touched a key to type, boom. “Final Draft has quit”. Restarted, cleared cache, the whole nine, nothing worked. The solution was super easy.

Like most final solutions, this one requires you to reinstall the program, but dont worry, it’s simple and takes a sec.

Download your version of Final Draft Here:

(You can find your version by hovering over the icon. Mine is 10)

Install the downloaded zip file. No reboot is necessary.

IMPORTANT: When you launch Final Draft again a message will pop up if you want to “reopen the previous windows”. SAY NO. This bug was caused by a frame issue, so don’t fall into the trap again.

Once it’s open you’re good to go. No reentering of serial numbers or nothing. Much love to Daniel Kabblesmith who posted this solution on Twitter

What I Did in 2021 – Roberto Serrini Year In Review.

Quite a year last year … amid a pandemic with an uncertain future I found myself having perhaps the most interesting and meaningful year of my life. Everything has been deconstructed and has us all a bit more focused on what is our own personal reality. Looking back all I can say is thank you, because each day is a gift. Thank you to everyone that made last year so special, and here is to this year, where hopefully more magic continues to find it’s way into all our lives.

What did i do last year. oh boy. Well, my pandemic project of launching kept me busy, having 30 projects in the can so far. Some literally.

To save time I made the short All The Pretty Things which featured a dozen brands all in one action packed 5 minute festival film. I call it advertising multitasking. I mean all those episodes of Workaholics aren’t going to watch themselves.

One of the products was an ultra rare quarter of a million dollar bike which we I did a separate doc on.

I got up to do a tiktok tricky piece for buzzfeed which was fun.

Then got freaky with freakmount by hanging babies, filming strippers, Juggalo scientists and armchair jet dudes. its a quality product.

There was of course things with wheels, Like this launch I did for Indians new FTR bike,

A quick edit for my Honda friends with their new line of ATVs

and a quick piece for Wolverine cinema digitizer. I mean it’s kinda a wheel, deal with it.

I got into the real-estate game with AirBnB, one of which was Conde Nast’s best Airbnb in LA … there goes my friends and family rate.

And got very coochie coochie coo as I helped launch the new Ray-Ban stories with Facebook.

and if we’re dropping names I did a big project with Netflix which I’d love to tell you about but I’m under NDA so yeah.

Last year I think we all nurtured an unhealthy relationship with food and booze, so I starting off with a new series about home bars. Shelter in place never looked so good.

I did a quick jam for Absolute where COVID was just a dream.

Then developed a show for the History Channel that explored the fascinating history about booze in America. It had it all … stop motion, fanciful animation, hardcore gotcha journalism, and this guy who’s been training to be the Bourdain of booze his whole life. I knew all that drinking in college would pay off mom.

non alcoholic but just as addictive I did a romantic branded doc for La Colombe coffee featuring chef Tim Hollingworth of Otium and his signature blend he crafted with them. They gave me a crate of coffee and I had the edit done in 23 minutes. #lifehack #roastandrender #caffinecutting

Crashing hard I did a few tasty films for Tasty, like this brie and butter … oh …. oh man. This got flagged a few times on the tok no cap.

I put my laughing cap on for Sweetfin, getting very serious about their new bento box like it was a BMW commercial circa 2004. All tuna interior. mmm.

I brought it back to the boot with a few Italian inspired films for Butter Pat Cast Iron. This is one job I didn’t mind retakes.

finally my torrid romance with Allen Brothers boiled over as we completed 13 heritage recipes with chef Olivier Rassinoux. No one told me in college that I’d have to rib eye, roasted bone marrow tordelli, and wagyu beef cheek risotto for work. I would have gotten better grades.

Putting on my dancing shoes I did a very surreal music video for Chris Sullivan of Joseph the Spouse and got smoke in my eyes with French rap group Kame House out in the desert

quick rando break. I was accepted into the Explorers Club, which is like Soho House for nerds, I bought this red 80’s looker, and started to learn blender. I made a bench. I know it’s not going to win any awards.

But what did win awards are some of my films (now that’s a segway) With 88 official selections and 26 wins my IMDB page is getting downright respectable. I think. I have no idea what any of this means. I did get this dope poster, LADbible shared one of my films which put me over the 10k mark, and I won not one, not two, but THREE Taste Awards which is like the Oscars for food and travel, their words not mine. I knew high cholesterol would pay off.

Alright lets talk travel. Somehow I found myself exploring Utah for Get Lost Magazine which launched their new digital platform, and DC discovering amazing nightlife and whatever the hell this is and with the smokiest and most fire steak I’ve ever had. Over to the Twin Cities to Fargo it up for 3M, and then down to Guatemala for Jet Blue to do a story on their maiden direct flight from NYC, where I explore the colorful sanatoria depths of Atitlan, the vibrant explosion of life in Chichicastenagno, and of course get my Zacapa rum hat on in Antigua.

My last destination was good ol Italy where I did a series of films for The Gold Hotel in on the Ligurian coast. The papers claimed I was seducing American to come visit. Well I do declare. Then Felini’d down to Rome to win at the Motorcycle Film Festival at Cinecita. While I had my best friends there we thought we should film episode 2 of Italy in Bocca.

So first we rented a 500 year old apartment on the Tiber and planned the ultimate roman meal from the cookbook series.

From there we went to the birthplace of the most roman pasta, Amatrice, which was sadly destroyed by an earthquake in 2016. The mayor took us around to the absolute best purveyor of guanciale and roman pecorino cheese needed to make this ambrosia, and somehow got the local nonnas to share her secrets with us.

Then we jumped over to Arricia which is the home of the por por por porchetta, where we learned the secrets behind this mouth gift from the gods.

Back in Rome I met with epicurean royalty like the only female Roman Michelin star chef Christina Bowerman , the vanguard behind the carciofi judiche at Nonna Betta, the oldest restaurant in Rome la Campana to learn carciofi romani, and the charming Michela Di Maria of my favorite restaurant Due Ladroni to learn the impossible truths of real roman cooking .

Overloaded with this profound knowledge we hit up the best specialty shops and fresh markets in Rome before returning to our ancient apartment to cook. Lemme tell you cooking in a 500 year old wood burning hearth is not like my Brevel toaster oven back in queens. Somehow we had the courage to invite my Roman family to dinner who actually know how to cook, and one very special guest. Rodo, who was the original illustrator of the cookbooks, who not only came, but gifted us two new illustrations which are so special to me I don’t even know what to say.

The entire night was magic. The fact that Me and my friends, who are complete nobodies, could reach out to all these people that share this common love for food, family and culture and bring it together just with our own passion is amazing. In fact, it was so special, such a perfect example of what life should be, that I ended up proposing to my girlfriend Jackie. I never thought 2021 would be such an amazing year, and all I can say is thank you, you all mean everything to me. Here’s to us all in 2022, no matter what comes at us.

Ray-Ban’s Stories Video Glasses by Facebook. Review and Unboxing.

Ray-Ban partnered with Facebook to create these wearable tech glasses that come in 3 different frames with 20 color combinations. The packaging and case are extremely high quality and low profile which I love, and the glasses look just like my regular Ray-Ban Wayfarers which is amazing. Setup is as easy as just turning them on.

The glasses come with dual 5 megapixel cameras. The left one records high quality photos, or 1:1 video perfect for social media. The right camera is used for depth perception for post effects in the app. Behind that lens you’ll find the on off switch and on the other side a status indicator light. There is stereo sound, and a 3-mic 360 audio pickup and an invisible touch bar that controls the camera, phone and music. The battery will last a solid 6 hours on one charge, and the case will hold 3 additional full charges to keep you juiced all day long.

Internal memory can store 500 photos or 35 30 second video clips. To take a shot It’s either voice activated or you can push the button at the top of the frame like you’re scratching your temple.

Using the glasses is second nature. I found the quality to be amazing for these seemingly no profile tech, and found some extremely useful applications like when cooking. I especially liked how no one seemed to care I had them on because they look just like regular glasses, especially if you have the clear variety. The app, which I’m sure will expand, has some cool features, like turning photographs into different 3D images, or to quickly create montage stories with music for sharing on social media. While not waterproof, they are definitely well built and lightweight so that you forget you even have them on.

Downloading the footage couldn’t be easier. In the time it took me to put the glasses down the clip was already transferred automatically to my phone to the dedicated View app. The app is super easy to use and comes with a lot of features that help you create stories quickly and simply. Once you’re happy with your creation you can save it to your device, or, very simply share it in a multitude of ways. Since it’s Facebook tech, sharing to Instagram is completely seamless.

So overall what do I think about the Ray-Ban Stories? I think they’re pretty great. Most wearable tech tends to make life more complicated, or tries to solve for something no one asked for. In this case, the glasses do a fantastic job of recording and sharing life’s moments without getting in the way. I do a lot of documentary work, and one thing that I always battle with is what happens to people when you take a camera or phone out … they change, it is inevitable. With these glasses you can minimize your influence on recording a situation, which results in a much more authentic experience. They’re light weight, great looking, and frankly kinda amazing.

The Stats and Specs:

dual 5mp camera
photos 2592×1944
video 1184 square 30fps
invisible touch bar on the side controls the camera, phone, and music
360 audio
voice recognition
clear UV and blue light blockers, transition lenses or classic shades
6 hours battery, three charges in case
500 photos 35 30 second clips
cost: $299 and up

Filmmaker Roberto Serrini talks COVID production with Marketing Champions Daily Ad Brief.

So COVID, Omnicom, the pandemic, whatever you want to call it, has completely changed the way we do … well … everything … but this is how I survived, and dare I say thrived, as a commercial director in advertising during that time.

First, I got my hands dirty. That sounds more romantic then it actually was. If you were like me coming up in the business, you pretty much did everything at one time; you shot, you edited, you wrote your own content. At some point I was able to just focus on directing, which is the skill you have when you know what needs to happen by who to make a successful production. When crews dried up with the work, it was time to go back to the old ways and do it yourself.

So what are the two things I did?

  1. I rebranded. If we’re talking career path I wanted to continue to focus on directing, however, I had all these other skills that allowed me to produce content without needing a crew or producers and that is what brands needed. So I rebranded. Instead of putting only my director hat on I put on my protean hat, and showed off my full scale 360 turnkey production skills. I built a simple little website, threw some self produced work on there and got down to business.
  2. I reached out. I started with brands and products I had a personal desire to work with. Everyone was cooking so I reached out to Ooni because I really wanted to make pizza’s on my balcony. I reached out to Allen Brothers because I really love their meat. I said hey to MAX ID cause their glassware is stunning. The first jobs I traded product for concept and had the best time of my life creating unique, authentic content for these truly remarkable brands. Then, once they were out in the world, and the name one man one camera was with them others came knocking like Dosist, Indian Motorcycles and Aegis.

The end result is that perhaps I’m not making my director day rate, but I’m working more then I ever had, and whats more, on projects I am in love with working closely with brands to deliver content that would never get past the first round of an agency. The shoots are fast and fun, a fraction of the budget of an industry shoot, and perform well beyond and above what brands are expecting.

I’m not saying I don’t miss big budget commercial production, with big crews and working with advertising elites, after all that’s exactly what taught me everything I know to to pour into these hand crafted projects. What I am saying is that like anything if you want to not just succeed but be fulfilled, you have to adapt constantly. Sometimes like now with something like a pandemic you’re forced to transform yourself a bit faster then normal, but for me, a kid that grew up in a basement in Long Island with dreams of travelling the world, the best thing to happen is sometimes the worse thing. That might just be a Long Islandism but I’m telling you, it’s true.

The bloodhounds over at Daily Ad Brief caught wind of my goings-ons and we did a little skype interview where I break it down a bit more… check it out … if I can do it you can too.

Is the Autel Evo 2 pro 6k better than the DJI Mavic 2? (yes)

As a seasoned drone op for nearly 10 years, I love drones in my filmmaking toolbox. Having travelled around the world with my Mavic 2 pro has been great, sometimes it’s been very frustrating getting LAANC and FAA approval only not to be able to unlock the drone to fly. The Autel Evo 2 Pro 6k comes without any geofencing restrictions, which means the onus is on the pilot to fly safely and within the law, but also ensures you’ll be able to take off if you have permission to do so.

My first impression is that this is a very capable drone, controls are solid and even more fluid then a Mavic, even if the build is a bit more bulky and not as solid. Camera quality out of the box is pretty solid, looking forward to finding the best capture settings for her. You can see some of my drone adventures at and here is a link to the Autel

#autel #drone #geofencing

Earned: Keith Hale’s Ducati 750ss, the most beautiful bike ever built.

Motorcycles are and have been inherently cool since their conception, even elevated to works of art. They kind of have to be. They are horrible machines. Extremely uncomfortable, requiring constant maintenance, and not so much a question of if you are going to die on one, but when. They are extremely dangerous, and considering the fact that this is the only vehicle where you become the fuselage and ride the engine, they have earned the title “death trap”.

That all said they are extremely cool. What is cool exactly? It can be hard to define but to me cool is something that exists for the pure pleasure of existing. A little Greek philosopher having a wee too much to drink perhaps, but it is an illusive term and that I suppose is what makes cool, cool. It’s hard to put your finger on it. Well, when I heard about Keith Hale and his 1974 Ducati 750ss only one word came to mind. Cool.

Let’s wind it back. Ducati wins 1st and 2nd place at Imola in 1972. This is the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500 of moto racing you see, and it’s a huge deal. The bike they won on, a 750ss, has amazing engineering and is clearly technologically superior to it’s competitors. What it is also, is the most strikingly beautiful bike ever built. A sunset green frame supporting a warm, silver tank in the shape of a bullet you can ride. It is sublime and is known as the most beautiful bike, if not machine, ever produced.

1974: Ducati makes 401 of these stunners and sells them to the public with almost no modification from their race specs. It is the first time a real race bike is available to the public and it causes a sensation. Only 88 make their way overseas, and only one enchanted a very young Keith Hale in northern California.

She’s a looker. The Ducati 750ss. Most beautiful bike ever built.

Keith heard the bike before he saw it and fell in love on sound. If you’ve ever heard one in the wild you would understand why. A mechanical symphony, the 750ss is run by a desmodromic valve system. What that means is the motor’s motion drives the valves instead of springs which is how most motors actuate. The way this is done is with a tower of precision machined gears and bevels that when running at 9000 RPM spinning faster then the earth rotates it makes a heavenly sound.

But then you see it and you’re done for.

Keith had to have it. He was just a kid from a big family that moved a lot and worked in a factory. So he scraped together as much money as he could, and begged the unwilling old man who purchased the bike from the factory to sell it to him for 3,200 bucks. He promised the old man he would race it and ride it everyday. Keith kept his promise in a most unusual way.

On a bike that was meant to do a 1/4 mile at a time, Keith did something that no one had ever, or has ever since, done. He put a ridiculous 100k+ miles on a track bike, riding it not just in a loop, but around the country, to work, to weddings and funerals, to the beach and the mountains. This race bike became an extension of Keith and their personalities merged over the 50 years he owned and maintained his machine.

And maintained is the key word.

Every bike needs constant attention. Some less than others. A Ducati, especially a desmodromic 750ss needs perhaps the most attention. It is the persian cat of bikes, and no ordinary diet will do. Keith had to learn this bike as if he were the engineer who built it and perhaps the physicist that defined relativity as well. These bikes were not meant to do a fraction of the milage that he put on this machine, but here it is, with so many miles on it that the speedometer eventually just gave up. It was the only part that Keith neglected to fix.

This story to me is cool because here is a person that does one thing and learns to do it perfect for the sake of knowing how to do something perfect. It wasn’t his career to be a racer, or mechanic, or engineer; Keith is a teacher, humble and lovely, soft spoken and artistic. His drive to maintain this bike came out of love, pure love of an object. He gave it value beyond it’s worth with a lifetime of memories marinating this aged piece of automotive history. He has also done the impossible; proven that these bike have been engineered to perfection, perhaps the only tested example that a bike’s engine simply will not fail, ever.

While this is a story about a machine, it has a very human center to it. Keith, after a lifetime of being defined by his bike, has to face the harsh reality of his mortality. There is no simple way to say this, Keith is getting old. A race bike is hard to ride for someone in their physical prime, and while Keith has maintained his body as well as his machine, and somehow eluded death which comes on tap with motorcycle riding, realizes that the bike he loves isn’t fitting in his life like it used to. Not that he loves it less, but realizes that it’s not being used in the same glory as it used to. Perhaps it is time to part ways with her, to pass her story onto the next keeper, who will love her in a different but same intense way.

Keith was an educator. He taught children most of his life, dedicated to making young people better at who they are and giving them purpose and direction in life. Now, when most people retire, Keith finds himself unable to stop working; there is no pension for school teachers in his district and requires a steady stream of income even living a humble life as he does. It would seem that he would have to spend his last days expiring in some random job that would have him, just to keep money coming in for increasing medical bills and daily living.

Here comes the twist.

What’s truly cool about this story is the because Keith has taken such exceptional care of his machine, has dedicated his life to keeping it not just in perfect condition but to proving its engineering superiority through miles of testing, he is now able to sell his beloved machine for a sweet little nest egg that will keep him comfortably retired well into his later life.

The machine he took care of his entire life now takes care of him for the rest of his life.

If you needed a more Disney ending for adults I don’t know where you would find it. It’s a lovely story, only made more unbelievable because it is in fact real. Keith is really a nice guy, a teacher with a heart of gold, and his motorcycle really is one of a kind and perhaps the most beautiful machine I’ve ever seen. It’s the kind of story that transcends motorcycle culture and enters the kingdom of human existence, illustrating the beautiful ballance that happens when we dedicate our life to something for the sheer pleasure of the act of doing it. It’s a beautiful mix between wabi-sabi and Kaisen, and just knowing about it puts a smile on my face a mile wide.

Which is exactly what happened when Keith heard his bike start up for the very first time.

For me, my Ducati 750ss is documentary. It’s these stories that I get to share, and these amazing people I get to meet. I don’t make them because someone pays me, the payment is in the process, and if you asked me honestly I would tell you that becoming a filmmaker was my hack to life. I get to be part of these amazing people’s lives simply because I know how to put together a film. It’s an honor to tell these stories, and hope you enjoy them too.

I think you do, because the story without any impetus seemed to find its way to the top of the news cycle. I love hearing what other’s think about not just my films, but the subjects of my films. Some of my favorites were here on the Vintagent, here on Iron and Air, and on … but this interview I did for Taylor Brown over on Bike Bound is a special look a little deeper in what this film actually means to me.

Of course we must not forget that while this is a truly beautiful story, it is afterall, just a motorcycle. It’s something that I think Keith mitigates exceptionally well in his life, the balance between putting improtance on an object, and always remembering it is just a thing. But what a beautiful thing it is, and in so … well, we had to have a little fun with it. May I introduce you to All The Pretty Things:

This was a little fun film we put together to celebrate, well, all the pretty things we love. In it you’ll find a dozen cherished items, from handcrafted Hedon helmets, to museum worthy glassware and even our favorite recipe for the perfect Negroni. Add in a dash of star studded cast of our favorite people and you can get a sense of how easy it is to fall in love with this bike, how inspirational it can be.

This was a divine experience for me, to meet Keith, explore his world, and even get to play in it for a while in my own way. The older I get the more I feel burdened by things, the more I realize how materialistic we are, and don’t get me wrong, I love my pretty things, but it’s nice to see someone truly own something, rather then just having something, you know what I mean?

You can find out more about this amazing machine and amazing person at


Oh, because you asked … here are all the pretty things;)

All The Pretty Things:

Helmets: Hedon Bespoke Helmets
Motorcycle: Ducati 750ss
Mamiya 23:
Pink Whip: James Marsh
Eyewear: Tom Ford
Sandwitch: Canter’s Deli
Cellphone: Samsung Ultra s21
Menswear: Michael Andrews Bespoke
Timepiece: Rolex of Grey and Patina
Switchblade: AGA Campolin
Coin: The Explorer’s Club
Camera Holster: Hold Fast
Gloves: Shinola
Motorcycle: Royal Enfield Himalayan
Boots: Justin Leather
Case: Vintage Stanley
Hat: Goorin Bros
Glassware: Maximillian Elcke
Future Gin
Tempis Fugit:

Produced by: One Man One Camera

How to export XML from Davinci Resolve 17 linked to original media (for After Effects / Premiere etc.) no plugins super easy.

So you want to export a simple XML or EDL from Davinci Resolve that links to the original source media to edit in another program like Premiere or After Effects with no plugins in 5 easy steps? Here is how you do it.

In Davinci Resolve, in the Edit tab, mark your in and out points.

Go to File > Export > Timeline… (THIS IS THE STEP NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW)

From the drop down screen that opens choose FCP7 XML

In After Effects right click in the project window and choose “Pro Import”
Select your XML
Footage is linked to the original source media. Enjoy.

12th Annual Taste Award WINNERS!

Well … we did it;)

Jazzed to announce that out of 6 nominations we took home 3 winners!

Italy in Bocca – Best Short Documentary

Sobrino de Botin – Best Travel Series

Sobrino de Botin – Best Short Documentary

I am so happy that these two films not only won, but just got to be seen and recognized by a larger audience … I’ve already seen such an uptick in views it’s amazing. They are amazing stories, and it means everything to me as a documentary filmmaker, and a fellow human, to share them. Andrew Zimmern was a key part of the awards last night, for good reason as he’s amazing and an idol to me, and he said he was thankful for being able to tell other people’s amazing stories. I couldn’t agree more.

Wow. What now? Well, working on a documentary called “Bring Back the Dish” (it’s really formatted for a series) where I find interesting recipes that have been overlooked and dig up their seedy past … first installment is about Penne Alla Vodka. Yeah, didn’t see that coming did you?

Also working on a documentary about a very special teacher and his very special motorcycle. Can’t say much but it will make you cry. In a good way.

But right now I’m going to cook up a celebratory carbonara … I mean it is 8am and I did have 3 Negroni’s last night;)

Congrats everyone, so glad you dug the films!


The 12th annual Taste Awards, oh my.

Well, tonight is the 12th annual International Taste awards in Hollywood, California, and I have not one, but TWO films up for 6 possible awards. I have no words other then wow. I am so excited to have these films be part of such an amazing event, one that has showcased the works of most of my idols.

Here’s the two films that have risen to the top…

Italy in Bocca – A journey of two friends to reconnect through four amazing dishes from the worlds funkiest cookbook collection.

  • Best Short Film or Documentary (10-40 Minutes)
  • Best Filmed at Home Episodes or Film

Sobrino De Botin – an intimate look at the worlds oldest restaurant and how it’s still making magical dishes after 300 years of continual operation.

  • Best Food Program – Online and Streaming
  • Best Food Travel Series – Online and Streaming
  • Best New Series
  • Best Mini Film or Documentary (5-10 Minutes)

Here is a livestream of the event tonight, 5:30PM PST:

Or join me on Facebook or Instagram where I will attempt to livestream me watching and quickly getting intoxicated off imported capocolla and Jura wine. 

Much love to everyone that made these films possible including Get Lost Magazine  Peter Boggia of Moto Borgotaro  Pete Crimi of Sound Lounge  Brad Stuart & Jackie Farris, and of course, my mother, who I promised I would thank first if I ever won an Oscar, and this might be the closest I will come;)

Fingers Crossed!


Roberto Serrini’s 2020 Year in Review

It’s March which means it’s Year In Review time cause I literally can’t even get it together these days and I’m a good 2 months late, not that anyone is really asking for these ridiculous recaps of what I did last year. I’m not even sure how I started these back in 2013, I’m sure it was a way to flex-without-flexing too hard but now I really cherish having them. Each year I watch the subsequent years and get a nice snapshot of my trajectory as a filmmaker and human. Spoiler alert: I’m nosediving.

This year is obviously a little different in some ways; lots less travel lots more at home creation, but overall you would hardly know that I spent most of it crying in front of the TV eating Trader Joes Potstickers watching RuPaul Drag Race. Hardly. There’s some highlights, like a new music video for Chris Sullivan (NBC’s Toby on “This is Us”) band Joseph the Spouse, the launching of One Man One Camera where I proved you can have it fast, cheap and good, and of course Italy In Bocca, the saving grace in this whole pandemic, which helped a few people get through this hard time through their stomachs.

Anywayz, what a year, and some really beautiful new projects and friends came out of the insanity which I am ever greatful for. Really just happy we got another 365 round the sun to play with.

Looking forward to ’21 now that we are all legal to drink. I have a feeling this will be a big year for booze;)