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Programming The Nation: The Alleged History of Subliminal Advertising

click to enlarge Programming The Nation is a documentary film on subliminal advertising in America, from cinema to advertising to politics. I was lucky enough to be the Art Director on this film, responsible for designing and managing the recreation…

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Faeries Horror Screenplay Gets More Strong Reader Feedback

“Compelling, terrifying, disturbing, beautifully written.”

We’ve recently submitted the as-yet-unproduced Faeries horror screenplay to a few competitions, and just got the first set of coverage notes back. We think we did pretty well, and it only makes us more confident about the script.

Faeries horror screenplayThis is from the WildSound Screenplay Competition. We appreciate their kind words!

**** SPOILERS ****

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Recipe for Skyline: 3 easy ingredients

Recipe for a science fiction movie Take 11 lines of dialogue and 3 core concepts from Independence Day. Add the squids from The Matrix. Fold in some War Of The Worlds remake, stir. Accidently knock over the Mars Attacks and…

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Western Genre Mashup Movies Revisited

If you haven’t read the blog post Birth Of A Genre: Cowboys and Aliens, read it now.

Since that posting, we’ve seen Jonah Hex:

jonah hexThe U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Followed by Priest:

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Do affordable special effects open the door for indie spectacles with story?

Have special effects finally gotten so accessible that indie spectacle filmmakers can focus on story?

Red Giant Software Magic Bullet 11

The short film Plot Device was put together to showcase the new Magic Bullet Suite 11 from Red Giant. So yeah, it’s a “gee whiz look at the affordable but awesome FX extravaganza” whose primary aim is to highlight the software.

But it goes a step beyond that, and includes some great acting, a fun story, something of an arc, and a truckload of homages that are lovingly included (my favorite: The simple fact that he’s barefoot throughout the story).

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My Script Magazine Mention Thanks To King Is A Fink and JeanneVB

Chip Street gets small (but very much appreciated) mention in Script Magazine

Script MagazineJeanne Veillette Bowerman wrote an article on the Script Magazine website, profiling two of my very favorite Twitter buddies, Julie Keck and Jessica King, a writing team collectively known as King is a Fink.

King Is A Fink FilmmakersJulie and Jessica have been incredibly successful building a social media presence, and it’s led to some real successes that otherwise may never have been available to them.

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition Newsletter Highlights This Blog

Color me incredibly appreciative. The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Newsletter featured a synopsis and link to my 10 Things To Think About When You Option Your Screenplay blog posting. Can’t thank BlueCat enough … for the extra traffic, and for the…

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Did this producer steal this screenplay?

On one of the many screenwriting forums I frequent, a screenwriter posed the question “Did this producer steal my screenplay?”

Good question. Here’s the story.

Did the producer steal the screenplay?Making the sale

It seems the writer was approached by a producer who was interested in one of her screenplays. They swapped a series of emails, exchanged several versions of a sales contract, and arrived at a purchase agreement. Yay for her.

The screenwright delivered her screenplay via email, the producer delivered the agreed upon sum. Again, Yay for her.

But the final contract didn’t arrive with the payment. In fact, neither the screenwriter or the producer signed a hard copy.

Time passed.

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Platinum Hit Finds A New Twist On Music Reality Shows

It’s true, I like me some reality TV.

Platinum Hit Bravo SeriesIf you’ve known me long enough, you know how unlikely that statement is. I was one of the (many? few?) decrying reality TV as the launch of the apocalypse 10 years ago, the first of the 4 horsemen. But its siren song called to even me, and as a consequence I’ve just finished watching my 10th season of American Idol (the show that, yes, brought my lovely wife and I together) and am hunkering down for my annual fix of So You Think You Can Dance.

I do have my standards, though. My preference is for reality TV that rewards some kind of creativity and talent, extra points for illuminating a little known process or industry, double points for maybe inspiring others. And I don’t have much patience for behind-the-scenes cat-fighting (not too much, anyway … I’ll still DVR my Project Runway … I think mostly it’s because of Tim Gunn, who I think is hilarious and awesome and classy and I would love to have a beer with).

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What Screenplay Readers Really Want: The Interview

If you want to sell a screenplay, or win a screenwriting contest, you have to get past the gatekeepers: The Readers.

49th Films screenwriting and filmmaking blogThe Readers hold the keys to the kingdom … The Readers are the ones tasked with slogging through the “slush pile”, that unfiltered stack of screenplay submissions, and decide if any of them are good enough to pass up the food chain to the people who sign the checks. It’s The Readers who decide if the screenplay gets a “consider” (rare), a “recommend” (essentially a unicorn), or simply tossed out after failing to keep them engaged past page 15 (the fate of 99.9% of submissions).

The Readers are charged with reading stacks of scripts … dozens, hundreds of scripts … and they are, mostly, terrible scripts. Sad, but true. Anyone can press keys on a keyboard. Few can turn it into art. So The Readers get jaded, maybe discouraged, maybe even angry.

So how do you get your brilliant new screenplay past The Readers?