Local Indie Film Starts Production: “Hope Dances”

Hope Dances Filming in Santa Cruz
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It’s very exciting to see this feature film I consulted on getting into production!

I did some dialog and character development and a little story consulting… now it’s finally in front of the camera! Congratulations to writer/director Andrew and all the crew!

More info: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

From Screenplay to Novel – How One Short Scene Became A Whole Chapter

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Here’s the story behind what turned a simple cutaway scene in the screenplay’s third act into a whole *new* chapter in the novel – and why I think it works.

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Casting the perfect stars for Grampa Was A Superhero

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Wherein our producer asks us to create a dream cast… and who we chose.

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Why your screenplay is not what defines the movie

fat-roseHere’s one example of how the best stuff that appears on screen can have nothing to do with what’s in your screenplay… and why that’s great.

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Devolver Digital Enters Indie Film Releasing

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Does a company with deep success in distributing indie game titles have something unique to offer to indie filmmakers?

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Evil Party Clown Terrifies Children – For a Fee

Agency offers evil clowns for kids birthday parties

Since I’ve been art directing a zombie clown flick, this kind of caught my attention…

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Color me prescient: More momentum for Western / genre mashups

Is the Western/Genre mashup gaining momentum? I hope so.

First a little self-congratulatory pimping:

Back in 2009 I wrote about the forthcoming Cowboys and Aliens movie, and discussed its potential to launch a new genre.

So the Science Fiction Western, while not new, may be welling toward a resurgence as a genre. God knows it deserves a reboot in the theaters after the horrific Wild Wild West (one of only one or two truly unwatchable Will Smith joints), and TV could use another crack at it too post the failure of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (an underrated show that never got its due, which also dipped a toe into SteamPunk, and got Bruce Campbell in front of an audience that wasn’t simply a gaggle of B-horror movie fanboys much like Burn Notice has done).

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Documentary Chronicles Efforts to Bring World War II Vets to DC Memorials

honor flight brings world war two vets to DC memorialsHonor Flight documents the effort to fly as many WWII Veterans to visit Washington DC Memorials as possible – and breaks a world record in the process.

Honor Flight is an uplifting, feature-length documentary about an American community joining together to honor World War II veterans one last time. The film follows a devoted team of volunteers as they race against the clock to send every WWII veteran on an Honor Flight to see the war memorials in Washington, DC. The more they do, the more their cause takes on a life of its own.

Throughout the day, these WWII veterans share their wisdom and war stories — sometimes for the first time ever. After the trip, the veterans often say it was one of the greatest days of their lives. For many veterans, Honor Flight represents their first visit to Washington, DC, and the last trip of their remarkable lives. Continue reading Documentary Chronicles Efforts to Bring World War II Vets to DC Memorials

Amazon Studios’ New (Old) Screenplay Option Model Part 2

If you’ve been following my previous post on Amazon Studios’ option model and consider list, you know I’ve chosen not to accept their offer to post my screenplay to their shortlist. The post was featured on John August’s website, and mentioned on Bleeding Cool.

But I still hold out hope that Amazon can straighten out all the confusion among screenwriters, and find some way for the writers to take advantage of the offer without compromising rights to their own screenplays.

I did get a follow up email from Amazon Studios that promised to clarify things. It didn’t. Continue reading Amazon Studios’ New (Old) Screenplay Option Model Part 2