Faeries makes semi-finals at Shriekfest

Our horror script “Faeries” has made the semi-finals in the Shriekfest Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival screenplay competition. Chip and Sean, Your screenplay has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Shriekfest Screenplay competition.  Congratulations on making it this far.  The judges are currently in the process of selecting the finalists for the festival.  We[…]

hyperion: the movie?

Holy Crap. I guess this isn’t news… this project has been in the works for years, it turns out. But somehow it wasn’t on my radar. The Hyperion Cantos, one of the most amazing, brilliant, Literary works of science fiction known to mankind, is being adapted to film by Warner Brothers. Hyperion Hyperbole, you say?[…]

write club screenplay challenge

There’s a new blog in town… Write Club Screenplay Challenge is a simple little blog that sets up mini-challenges for screenwriters. It’s like one of those 48-hour filmmaker’s challenges, but you don’t have to make a whole movie. You just have to write it. The site is designed to offer motivation to get writers to[…]

no nicholl for you!

Did I mention? Both scripts were turned down by the Nicholl. I was heartbroken. Well, no, not really. But a little disappointed. It does feel good to be in the majority, though. From the Nicholl: With a record number of entries and a readily apparent increase in quality, this year’s Nicholl Fellowships was more competitive[…]

diary of a studio reader

Liz Maccie, studio reader, has a nice list of professional insights over at the BOSI site… About two and a half years ago, I got the wonderful opportunity to become a “reader” for a studio, think mouse house. I continue to work for them under a freelance status and absolutely love my job. Being a[…]

coen brothers "a serious man" trailer and script

The trailer for the Coen Brothers new film “A Serious Man” has been released… …and the script is available at their site (pdf). God I love these guys. Big, sloppy fawning unmitigated man-love these guys. When you look at a list of their projects — Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, The[…]

selling a screenplay? make a trailer first.

Opinions vary on the value of shooting a trailer for your unsold screenplay. I’ve heard some folks (John Brown) state that it can’t hurt, and might help, the sale. I’ve heard other folks say it’s a waste of time. If you fall in the first camp and think a trailer might be the thing for[…]

making the short list in the john august scene writing challenge

scene_challengeA few days ago, John August announced his latest scene writing challenge. It’s kind of like one of those 24-hour filmmaking challenges, except you don’t have to actually make a movie… just write one. And not even a whole movie… just a scene or sequence. Simple, right?

John has done these a few times before. Each one garners more and more responses, from more and more good writers.

There were 145 entries for the Superheroic Scene Challenge, and some of them were looooong. Printed out, they totaled 406 pages. Going side-by-side shrunk it to a still-ridiculous 203. […]

tweet the meat

Yup, the Tweet The Meat submission I sold ran today. I promised I’d let ya know. It’s right here. Or here: The kettle screamed. “Tea time,” she chirped, steaming pot in gloved hand. “Sugar?” He couldn’t answer with the funnel taped in his mouth. Lemme know what ya think.

how do you get an agent?

This is a great read, particularly as I’m just undertaking this next step myself (trying to find an agent or manager). Part of the question I’m struggling with is whether it’s better at this point in my (nascent) career to go for agency or management… I haven’t quite decided on that yet. But nevertheless, good[…]

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