The Ever Elusive Feature Film

Short films are fine, but they haven't really made money since the end of the era where audiences would sit in the cinema all day and watch a Newsreel, a Cartoon, a Short Film and then a Double Feature. All for less than a dollar. But that era has long gone. The B-Movie has now … Continue reading The Ever Elusive Feature Film

Great advice for screenwriters (reblog)

by Fin Wheeler Every time an award-winning screenwriter gives an interview, the reporter inevitably asks what they consider the essential elements to success in screenwriting. Just as inevitably, the successful subject responds that talent, determination, hard work, luck, and the right attitude are fundamental ingredients in gaining and maintaining a high profile as a professional… via … Continue reading Great advice for screenwriters (reblog)

Just because you have Final Draft…

Just because you have Final Draft, doesn't mean that your opus is correctly formatted. The amount of scripts I've read lately (hey, I'm a producer as well, people send them to me), that are just plain not scripts. Makes me want to send everybody back to film school (or in many cases for the first … Continue reading Just because you have Final Draft…

The 30 minutes of hell that changed my life

“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” ― Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking Life is lived forwards, but is only understood backwards. I present: A still life in forward motion I've long forgotten whether or not she said it in a personal email, a blog, or in an interview (a tribute to what a … Continue reading The 30 minutes of hell that changed my life

Writing Mixtapes

Music is such a powerful tool. In just four minutes, a song can take you from the darkest depression to the most beautiful place on earth. Just like movies have scores and soundtracks, many writers create mixtapes just for the writing process. For any non-writers, this is just like placing on your favourite baby-making record … Continue reading Writing Mixtapes