How the crazy lady at CVS can help write character and dialogue

People watching may be the best way to hone those sub-textual writing skills. So I was standing in CVS looking for a father’s day card for my son (note to self: There are no father’s day cards from dad to son-who-is-a-dad) and of course I wasn’t the only person who’d put it off perilously late. […]

Yet Another “Regular Guy” Wants To Be A Superhero

Another “regular guy” wants to be a superhero. Will this trend ever end? Somebody’s Hero “In this heart-warming family comedy, average accountant, Dennis Sullivan, is assigned to the account of a young widow and her son, a boy fascinated with a TV hero known as “Man America”. Taking an instant shine to the kid, Dennis […]

Dying To Do Letterman Premieres at Cinequest

Liver cancer and comedy prove a perfect match. **UPDATE** Dying To Do Letterman invited to qualify for Academy Award – raising funds at Kickstarter. Live Your Dream Or Die Trying At 35, comedian Steve Mazan learned he was dying of liver cancer. So he did what any sane person would do: he dedicated the next […]

How social media (almost) ruined my screenwriting career

Or “Why Social Media is like a bad tattoo”. Okay, that’s hyperbole. But I relearned a lesson recently. If you’re a budding screenwriter, an indie filmmaker, an aspiring or established anything, social media should oughtta be part of your life. It’s where we make professional connections, build our brand, spread the word and mebbe, just […]

Writing screenplay description with personal style

Finding your descriptive voice in screenwriting Screenplays aren’t Literature. If there’s one core screenwriting truth you’re supposed to learn as soon as possible, that’s it. All the stuff that made your fiction writing awesome, all the flowery language, the detailed descriptions, and lengthy internal dialogues are anathema to the script. That two page treatise on your […]