This is a fascinating take on using Big Data to arrive at (or at least confirm) a result that we’ve seen demonstrated in many screenwriting books. Continue reading Data Mining Reveals the 6 Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling
Did you know: Programming the Nation is available on Amazon… Continue reading Programming the Nation is Available on Amazon
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!
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Harlan Ellison was a badass. Continue reading Harlan Ellison on Writing for Free
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.
Wherein our producer asks us to create a dream cast… and who we chose.
Here’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.
Does a company with deep success in distributing indie game titles have something unique to offer to indie filmmakers?
Since I’ve been art directing a zombie clown flick, this kind of caught my attention…
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).