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Why you need to avoid hyperspecificity and write at the pace of viewing.
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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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Why we rewrote a perfectly good screenplay – and why you should too

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grampa was a superhero movie posterWhy rewrite a screenplay that’s working? Because it’s not. Here’s one story about going back and fixing what we didn’t think was broken.

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

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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.

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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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Screenplay to Novel: Rocket Summer. The Conversation.

rocket summer movie posterThis 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, this isn’t the whole conversation. Continue reading Screenplay to Novel: Rocket Summer. The Conversation.

Converting a screenplay to a novel: Rocket Summer

rocket summer movie posterThis is a long one.

There’s a theme in Rocket Summer that touches on child abuse and abandonment… this is Darlene’s perspective. Continue reading Converting a screenplay to a novel: Rocket Summer