Number 1 New Release on Amazon!

My new book, 21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options, is the #1 New Release on Amazon, and a Top 100 title in three categories overall!

This is a refinement and republication of the very popular blog posts I wrote up back in 2010, that have been cited or reprinted by Bluecat Screenplay Competition,  ScriptTips, and SimplyScripts.

In a handy-dandy portable ebook version just for you.

Very exciting!

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21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options

Thunder Road – Jim Cummings

thunder road short film jim cummings

Every now and then you run across a piece of filmmaking that inspires, and stuns, and leaves you saying “holy crap.”

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Movie Loglines: 5 Steps To Plot-driven Storytelling for Screenwriters and Marketers

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Why Filmmakers and Marketers Both Need To Study Loglines

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Are Your Characters As Complicated As You Are? The Brilliant Existential Dialog of Rick And Morty

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All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”

While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.

First, a recap:

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Screenplay Polish Goes Wildly Right

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I don’t generally dedicate a whole post to a single testimonial. But this project has been special.

I love rewriting as much (more?) than I love writing… working off someone’s existing story, troubleshooting and refining and improving, that’s just so satisfying for me.

This latest project turned out especially great, and the writer was so kind and generous with his feedback that I just had to share.

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Kong: Skull Island – How A Professional Translator Brought The Novelization To Japan

Kong Skull Island Japanese Novelization - Translated by Maniwa Arisawa

Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.

Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.

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Nice to hear positive feedback from happy clients.

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Nice to hear positive feedback from happy clients. 🙂

Round One of screenwriting for the iPad animation app is done.

“I liked your script! Thank you! …I will come back to you for more stories!”

Looking forward to doing more.

Give This Shriekfest Alum Horror Movie Some Lovin’

I read an early version of the screenplay for this film around 2011 or so, when I was a judge for Shriekfest Screenplay Competition… in my opinion, it was one of the top 3 or 4 screenplays I ever read for them. Continue reading Give This Shriekfest Alum Horror Movie Some Lovin’

Care. Do. Impact. How A Marketing Master Is Bringing Storytelling To Google Advertising

Care. Do. Impact.

It’s been my sincere pleasure to work with Avinash over the past 6 years…  Continue reading Care. Do. Impact. How A Marketing Master Is Bringing Storytelling To Google Advertising

Do you have Perfect Pitch? Watch real pitch sessions…

Do you have Perfect Pitch? Watch… Continue reading Do you have Perfect Pitch? Watch real pitch sessions…