Tag Archives: Screenwriting

The Conversations

Today is August 4. Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of my mentor, employer and friend, Blake Snyder. In the past, I’ve marked the date with a journal entry about Blake, his influence on me, and the memories … Continue reading

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Band of Scribes

As mentioned in an earlier post, some expat Okies in LA, as well as other kindly folks, will be on hand tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, at the Great American PitchFest. We’ll be collecting items to ship to those impacted by … Continue reading

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To V.O. or Not to V.O.

“…God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.” – Adaptation Recently, a friend contacted me in … Continue reading

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If They Told You It Would be Easy, They Lied

“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood appear on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler There’s more than a measure of truth Fowler’s words. There are days when I cannot … Continue reading

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What’s Your Essay?

I am taking a wee bit of a break, to take some needed rest and to prep for a busy shoot week. Last week, through a friend, I was re-introduced to Joan Didion’s breathtaking collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. I … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Creating Content

Last week, Adelaide Screenwriter posted an article about one of his favorite filmmakers. Like me, her name is Anne. Like me, she is a web series creator. And like me, she struggles to deliver her stories to a larger audience. … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Ride

Life is a roller coaster. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email which pushed a project back. Not a horrible thing, but frustrating. Not the end of the world, as the project is alive and well. But the … Continue reading

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The Day Job

I don’t have a current day job. Not by choice; I’d gladly dive into a traditional nine-to-fiver. But this is LA; unemployment is off the charts, and for every new job opening there are 100 to 300 people applying for … Continue reading

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Stretching Your Shorts

Are you up to a challenge? Do you want to stretch yourself – and I mean really stretch yourself – as a writer? Write short content for the web. I find myself smiling when others make disparaging remarks about shorts; … Continue reading

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Finding Your Way

A script’s journey from concept to completion, and subsequent sale is a complicated one. It’s rarely a straight line from point A to Z; more often, the journey is an Odyssey, in which you, the writer, sail to and fro … Continue reading

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Pushing the Envelope

After a somewhat restless night, I dragged self from bed, drank tea, ate breakfast and engaged in my morning meditation. Shortly after, I fired up Ye Olde iMac and tuned into Al Rodriguez’s inspiring blog for Save the Cat!. Perfect … Continue reading

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This Way, There Be Dragons

First off, thanks to all who’ve hung in with my silent blog. Work, life and flu took me off the grid – not for the first time, and probably not for the last. There is a lot of news to … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Meet-Cute

For those of you who have been following my adventures in the Nigerian scam, let me assure you that all is well. The Educate a Child website has been taken down. However, McKenzie, Tony, Snr. Coordinator for Educate a Child … Continue reading

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The Magic If

As an actor, I studied The Magic “If.” As a writer, I ask “What if…?” A few months ago, I called G with an interesting proposition for a pitch. There were certain parameters we had to meet in terms of genre, demographic… … Continue reading

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Perspective

My father used to tell me “Life is ten percent event and ninety percent perspective of said event.” Yesterday, never did words ring so true. I’ve been developing a project for a few months. It’s a solo force for now, … Continue reading

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