Paranormal Activity 2 – the sequel

Paranormal Activity is particularly tricky to sequel, I think, because it used a narrative trope that’s especially troublesome for character development, and challenges basic film vocabularies. Yet it succeeded — for me, it’s the film that squeezed the most storytelling success out of the auto-chronicled narrative conceit.

My hope is that the producers of Paranormal Activity 2 spent some time thinking about why Paranormal Activity worked so well, what they did right in their use of the auto-chronicled narrative conceit, and how they can creatively and artistically build on the original to make this sequel as compelling, if not more so, than the original.

Until we get a chance to judge for ourselves, we’ll have to guess from the trailer…

Carmel The Movie – Lauren Bacall, Josh Hutcherson film gets new lease on life

Lauren Bacall / Josh Hutcherson film gets a new lease on life Last year I was fortunate to do a little work on a film for a friend. Brian Sharp is an amazing art director (taught me everything I know – about art direction) and hired me to build him some props for Carmel By The Sea, […]

I'll be a guest panelist on @scriptchat February 28

W00t! I’ve been invited to guest on a panel of writers for @ScriptChat on Twitter next Sunday, February 28th. We are thrilled to announce our first panel of guests at scriptchat!  We’ve comprised two different panels of talented indie filmmakers/producers to guest at both our EURO chat and our American chat.  Check them out and […]

11 more things to think about when negotiating your screenplay option

Got an offer to option your screenplay? Here are eleven terms you should know when talking to your attorney. [See PART I – 10 things to think about when optioning your screenplay] Okay, so you’ve gotten an option offer, you’ve thought about the 10 things, and you still want to do it. Now it’s time […]

10 things to think about when you option your screenplay

What does it mean to have your screenplay optioned? A producer wants to option your script. Should you do it? What are the considerations? Here’s one guy’s opinion. Part I of II [Click for Part II: Eleven More Things To Think About When Negotiating Your Screenplay Option] Now that I’ve been through the option gauntlet […]