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[…]

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[…]

on strong women characters

strong_womanGiven the positive response to the female characters in Faeries, I’ve been giving some thought to the issue of writing strong women characters. As a man, I’m often told that it’s not possible for me to do so.

It is true that Lacey, the young girl in Rocket Summer, is probably the least complex character in the script (and that has been pointed out by some readers). But it’s also true that she is the glue for that group of dysfunctional friends… a caretaker, a realist, and a “person of interest” for a pair of boys with very fucked up home lives, one of whom lost his mother at a young age.

Unfortunately, to some, that makes her “stereotypical”… a character whose only job it is to fulfill the traditional “female” roles of mother, lover, nurturer. Me, I take exception to the word “only”. It’s important stuff. And she’s conflicted about it in the process, and seems to be setting aside some of her own desires to take on that role. For me, that’s a strong, flawed, and thus interesting female character.

Some people are never satisfied. […]

grampa: prodco request

Yup, it’s true. We’ve already got one script being considered by a reputable production company. Now we”ve got two irons in the fire. Grampa Was A Superhero is being looked at by a production company in the Midwest… East… Southeast… Hell, I don’t know. Where’s Tennessee? Anyway, the producer has a string of recognizable titles[…]

Faeries: prodco request

A minor new development in the ongoing story of our feature horror script “Faeries“. Thanks to a lead from InkTip, the logline and synopsis were submitted to a Canadian production company with some solid success in the creature feature genre. They’ve asked to read the script, which in our book is a success. Obviously no[…]

john august on 'making of'

John August was interviewed on Making Of, where he talks about adaptations and choosing projects. “My favorite genre of movies are movies that get made.” Something you and I have in common, JA. Full interview here.

New horror project: "faeries"

Well, that’s it! We spent a couple more hours beefing up some scenes, fixing some final typos, and tweaking the formatting in Final Draft to bring us in at a perfect 100 pages. As always, we’ll continually refine the text… we’d like to keep looking closely at the dialogue and left margin, to assure we’ve[…]

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