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Screenwriting Partners: Yes or No?

You’ve heard—it’s been said—many times that film is a collaborative art form.  We in the business like to illustrate this concept by talking about working “off” our co-creators.  For example, a director should and will meet for months with the Director of Photography (DP) to plan shots or will sit in the editing suite with […]

Why I Am A Screenwriter, Part III

3.  It’s the things I encounter and the things I do.   They should not let me out of my cage.  I have no tact.                           The tactless Michelle was co-producing an insane indie short with 48 dogs involved in one scene.     There was no budget for a professional animal handler, so the dog […]

I Am A Fraud

  I hereby declare that I am a fraud.  A big, fat fake.  I might as well be telling people that I am the Secretary General of the United Federation of Planets.  Or a professional nose picker.  I’ve been on exactly one audition this year.  One.  And I had a chance to have a look-see […]

Stage Directions

Dear Screenwriter,   Don’t put line readings into your script.  The actor doesn’t need them.  The actor is not stupid.    Do you need to write, “…she said intently, picking her teeth while smiling a fake smile”?  No, you don’t need to.  If the character and plot are developed, the actor KNOWS that she has […]

Dear Ooey Gooey Person

Megan asks me, “Why is everything a struggle?  Why are you making a film about the farm workers effort to be paid fair wages?  Why can’t we just all be mellow?” Allan tells me, “There does not need to be a wrong to be righted. Just write a pitch where people do good things without […]

Your Character Has More Than One Flaw

Magnolia’s other fatal flaw is idealism.  She has a “black and white” view of the world; doesn’t understand the world in its complexity; thus, is unable to navigate.  Magnolia doesn’t quite get that wolves are connected to the plight of human kind.  We have been interconnected though out our histories.  Some wolves have been and […]

Character Flaws

  My character Magnolia does not understand strategy.  She has a strategy (to save her wolves by making $6,000,000) but does not recognize it as such.  She sees the strategy as equivalent to other tactics.  Thus, seeing each step she takes as a thing unto itself and not part of a strategy, she gets lost […]

Nutsoid Film Peeps

Today is devoted to generalized griping.   Kerry the director who, ever since I appeared in his film adaptation of Marigolds, has been emailing me inviting me to purchase legal insurance plans from him or to attend Tupperware parties at his house…endlessly   June the screenwriter who wanted product placement in my film, albeit UNPAID, […]

Struggling Screenwriter, Part Three of One Zillion

Now, we’re at the 9th draft.  It took me two years to have it click: to understand how to combine my imagination and my unique story with the rules of good visual storytelling.  I finally know, after two years of writing this, how to write a great screenplay.   Right now—well  not RIGHT now: right […]

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