All posts tagged “movies

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New horror project: more feedback

Well, it’s been a while since this series has been updated. We’ve had a series of illnesses, a wake to attend, a short road trip (to attend said wake and then to forget about said wake), some storyboards for a…

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The logline affect… er, effect

Just got this lowdown in my email on a film from the upcoming New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It’s About Time When the Earth’s Atomic Clock is altered by one second, three friends must deal with the…

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DF Indie Studios – dedicated to production & distribution of indie films

Good news in tough economic times… an exciting new studio is launching in NY, with a stack o’ cash and a distribution network in place. Is this the best time to launch? Or the worst? And what does it mean…

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Why Zhura isn't perfect

(Follow up post here…) As you may recall, my writing partner and I are using the online script writing collaboration tool “Zhura.com“. We usually use Final Draft, but wanted something that was web based, would allow us both remote access…

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Yes, I know what genre it is.

Success! Acting class today. Had a scene from True Crime, in which I played Eastwood’s part, Steve Everett. Had the script for a week or more to work the lines, but only practiced with my partner Chelsea in the hallway…

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Seth Rogen and date rape

Haven’t seen the new Seth Rogen film Observe and Report, the Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel — (what? It’s not a sequel? Weird! What are the chances?). But there’s some controversey over its dark nature, including one scene in particular…

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New horror project: Day one writing

Day one is in the can (bag? hard drive?). Zhura‘s online screenplay collaboration tool is working well. It went quite smoothly… we plugged through the first half of our characters’ first day, getting all four primary’s introduced, learning a bit…

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

What a great looking movie… amazing production design, Tim Burton-esque without the curlicues… characters designed and shots framed as though they were fine illustrations. The universe of the film has a strange, surreal quality that feels as though you’re inside an illustration, as though the universe ends at the horizon. In other films that’s a quality that takes me out… particularly films that are working hard to create an alternate reality, like sci-fi. In my sci-fi I want to have a sense that the universe extends well beyond the frame (Blade Runner, Alien) and doesn’t just exist where the camera is pointing (Total Recall [which I understand is being remade]). Here, though, that’s a quality that makes perfect sense. Some of the backgrounds put me in a mind of The Wizard Of Oz (the original, not that unwatchable sci-fi channel remake with Zooey Deschanel).

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3D films, pirating, indies and writers

The current trend toward 3D films (and there are several technologies vying for supremecy – vhs v beta all over again – see a great FORTUNE article here, and a more current TIME article here) means new complications for pirates…

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Write a screenplay 140 characters at a time – on Twitter

Marilyn Horowitz (author of “How to Write a Screenplay in 10 Weeks” and creator of The Horowitz System®, award-winning university professor, producer, screenwriter, script consultant and [stops for breath] successful writing coach) has a Twitter stream dedicated to crafting a…