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 […]

i will not read your fucking script but if i read your fucking script appreciate my fucking feedback

A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson seems kinda pissed. Apparently he gets asked to read a lot of scripts. Apparently most of them are crap. And apparently nobody really wants his honest feedback. So he wrote a scathing essay over at The Village Voice, outlining just how much this all sucks.

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 […]

making the short list in the john august scene writing challenge

A 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. […]