My new book, 21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options, is the #1 New Release on Amazon, and a Top 100 title in three categories overall!
This is a refinement and republication of the very popular blog posts I wrote up back in 2010, that have been cited or reprinted by Bluecat Screenplay Competition, ScriptTips, and SimplyScripts.
I’ve done some rearranging, a little editing, and a general cleanup.
In a handy-dandy portable ebook version just for you.
A long time ago — in the 1990s (holy crap, 20 years ago!) — I was the co-host (with my very good pal Sean Meehan) of a radio show on KSCO/KOMY called “Brave New World: The Coliseum Of Cultural Evolution.”
We interviewed lots of cool and interesting people, like Peter Bart, editor of Variety, who talked with us about the trends in Hollywood film-making; WWF wrestler Mick Foley who had just released his first book; and William Gibson, who had just released the novel “All Tomorrow’s Parties.”
For all kinds of reasons, very few recordings or text of the show survive… but I’m stoked that we did capture the Gibson interview.
I’m still looking for the audio file, but in the meantime, here’s the transcript… enjoy!
Every now and then you run across a piece of filmmaking that inspires, and stuns, and leaves you saying “holy crap.”
Image: Roland Dobbins, Flickr
Wow. Jerry Pournelle passed away.
What a character… I’ve got a few Jerry stories from back in the day…
I’ve already shared the Jerry/Ringworld story that his sometime writing partner Larry Niven shared with me about a million years ago, over here Continue reading R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories
Indie filmmaker? Limited resources?
Don’t forget that what’s outside the frame doesn’t matter. Particularly with tightly framed shots, and shallow depth of field.
Being an art director for no-budget shoots, I’ve had to get creative with zero money, and with zero time, more times that I like to remember. But there’s nothing like solving a problem, and seeing the result on the screen… knowing just what kind of shoestring magic is happening outside the frame.
This set of images might just inspire you to get a little creative with your framing and your atmosphere… they’re for still photographers, but no reason you can’t steal the ideas for your movie.
All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”
While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.
First, a recap:
I don’t generally dedicate a whole post to a single testimonial. But this project has been special.
I love rewriting as much (more?) than I love writing… working off someone’s existing story, troubleshooting and refining and improving, that’s just so satisfying for me.
This latest project turned out especially great, and the writer was so kind and generous with his feedback that I just had to share.
Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.
Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.
Why The Curiosity Gap Isn’t New, and What That Has To Do With My Art School Experience
Here’s a kind of meandering stream of consciousness.
A while back I had a conversation with my good friend Jennifer Cario (author of Pinterest Marketing An Hour A Day, and President of Sugar Spun Marketing.)
We were talking about The Curiosity Gap, and how it works in art and marketing (and the art of marketing. And probably the marketing of art.)
And I made this connection.