Oops, I Did It Again – The Model’s Going Well

So I’ve already told you about a new model I’m trying out – turning my film ideas into books first and publishing them on Amazon. My first novella, Touch was received surprisingly well. It was the first of a trilogy of novellas I was planning to write – after getting the three books out, they will then be available as a bundled, single novel.

Well, I’ve published the second one. It’s available on Amazon now. Continue reading

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Formatting Your Script – The Basics

I’ve been asked by some people how to properly format a script. Note that I mean the actual formatting, page layout, etc., as opposed to how to write or structure a script. No one I know is dumb enough to think I know how to write or structure a script.

All self-deprecation aside, formatting a script is important. It’s at least as important as just knowing how to spell and knowing proper grammar. No, screw that – it’s WAY more important. If I get a script by someone who occasionally mixes up “its” and “it’s,” I hardly notice. If I get a script from someone and it’s clearly been written in Word with no formatting, I just immediately write it off. It’s a gut reaction. It means the person who wrote the script didn’t think they had the time to get to absolute zero before trying to start their project. Continue reading

My New Model – AKA “So I Wrote A Book”

The face of film is changing. No one’s unclear about that (double negative – suck it, bitches!). Digital distribution is actually a thing now. You’ve got entire series coming out that are Netflix-exclusive or Hulu-exclusive. Redbox has funded feature films. (No good ones that I’m aware of, but it’s only a matter of time). Web distribution is actually making people money. The game is changing every day. After almost 100 years of the studio model and its stagnation we’ve all witnessed in the last couple of decades, now everyone is flailing about wildly trying to figure out what the “next big thing” is, or if there even is a new big thing.

Well, I’ve come up with an idea, and the night before last, I took the first step toward putting into action. Continue reading

Overnight Film Website

I’ve recently released the website for my “debut” short film, Overnight. The quote marks are because I’ve actually directed two short films since Overnight which are both already released, while Overnight is still in post production. The explanation for that is that the other two shorts were both 48-hour film projects, so they’re “done,” but of course, 48-hour film festival quality. (That’s not self-disparaging, that’s just reality). Continue reading

Role Responsibility

Hey, guys, long time no talk. What’s up? Oh, right, I’m the one who’s supposed to be talking here. All right.

Today’s post was spurred (as usual) by a situation I’ve seen a few times, and which as a result has been festering in the back of my mind for a while. As some of you probably know, there’s a fantastic filmmakers’ group I attend called We Make Movies. My favorite thing they do is their script workshop, where you can submit your 15-page script, they assign actors to it, and a live reading is done for the entire group. The group then gives the writer critiques on the script, either general advice or on specific issues if requested. The whole damn thing is free! Totally awesome, right? Continue reading