How I sold the very first screenplay I ever wrote – and how you can avoid the same fate

They say you’ll never sell your very first screenplay. Hear how I sold mine, step by step and learn why you probably shouldn’t do exactly what I did.

Wizard of Oz is public domain

So I was recently reading an article Hollywood Reporter about the new Oz the Great and Powerful, and learned that the source material is in the public domain. Now, I should have known this… if I was a responsible screenwriter, I’d be doing that kind of research to find more sources of inspiration with cultural […]

Faeries screenplay optioned

Well, we spent the past few months negotiating a new option deal on our horror creature feature “Faeries”. Now the deal’s done, and the producers are in LA putting together a biz plan, some previz materials, and other assets to round out the investor’s package. What’s extra cool is that they’re positioning the property as […]

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 […]

Screenplay to Novel: Rocket Summer. The Conversation.

This is a passage that’s been rewritten SO many times in the screenplay it isn’t even funny. It’s a turning point for Lacey, a glimpse for her into her father’s process, and the beginnings of her realization that he’s human and hurting. I’m hoping this is finally doing what it needs to do. Of course, […]