ucla film video interview series on youtube

Very cool series of vids on YouTube from UCLA’s film school. Interviews with producers, directors, agents on how to pitch, what you get out of film school, and more… all good stuff, and always great to get it form the horse’s mouth. Here’s their YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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[…]

New horror project: the polish

We’ve spent the past few days polishing the script… folded in much (but not all) of the feedback we got, fixed the typos, found some new words that sounded more better.

Still very pleased with the first draft, the structure overall. The polishing is putting that final sheen on it, but it really isn’t getting what I’d call a “second draft”. Don’t think it needed it. Is that hubris? Could be… time will tell. It is after all a genre movie, and it was pretty carefully outlined as such before we set to writing, so we had a clear structural target from the get-go.

Important changes: […]

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 music video to get done, and on and on. But now we’re back at it.[…]

write or die!

Just found this cool little writing tool… (thanks, Toni Andrews! – she’s my Twitter friend…) Write Or Die! “Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but once you stop typing, you have[…]

New horror project: feedback

Well, we’ve gotten feedback from two of our first-draft readers so far.

It was great!! Wow. You guys really put some work into this piece and it shows. Excellent job on many levels … I was intrigued, involved and enjoyed the ride. Felt like a mash-up between Gremlins and The Descent. I don’t think you’ll have any problems getting the right people behind this script!

Of course I lead with the most positive points, and leave out the dumb things he said like “make it better” and whatnot. :) Seriously, he gave us some great feedback, pointed out the weak spots, gave us direction for the second draft but overall, the review was pretty positive.

Then came:

I think it’s a great first draft. No real notes on structure, some scenes need to be a little more kinetic though.

Somewhat more reserved, as you can see. This reader is an asshole, obviously, and doesn’t realize just how groundbreaking this script is. […]

WGA: Sundance screenwriters on writing for indies

Thanks to my good friend Jeff Palmer for this link: WGA’s Angle On series features a video interview of several screenwriters at Sundance, discussing the constraints and advantages of writing for indie film, and some of the best advice they’ve gotten in their careers.

New horror project: day twelve writing

Excellent progress today. Knocked out 5.5 pages. We’ve really turned a corner with our main female lead… she started out as damaged goods with an asshole husband, and is now in charge of that relationship and really seems to see him for what he is. We’ve stitched up the gaping head wound, gathered supplies in[…]

We're in the Nicholl…

Well, I’ve submitted two screenplays to the Nicholl Fellowship competition. Grampa Was A Superhero, written with Sean Meehan, and Rocket Summer, my first feature. Grampa is our first feature collaboration, and it’s received very positive feeback from readers. It’s a strong story with a heartwarming family appeal. Rocket Summer was tied up in an option[…]

New horror project: day nine writing

Another story meeting. We’ve completed the story up to the point where the creatures are to be revealed, and our characters have to take off on a dangerous journey through the mountains while being pursued. Today, we wanted to review the outline, and add more clear roadblocks to their juggernaut trip (is that redundant?) to[…]

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