Download The Modern Moviemaking Movement

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If you are looking for filmmaking information, make sure you download your free copy of the Modern Moviemaking Movement. In this guide, ten of Hollywood's most innovative filmmakers provide insight on how to navigate the ever changing world of Independent filmmaking. Topics covered in this book, include how to write your script, how to raise the money and also, how to … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: Why Kim Cattrall got mad at me

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I just saw Kim Cattrall mentioned in the news and it took me back to a long time ago when I did a rewrite of one of her early movies, "Mannequin." It was my first script doctoring job and I was in a hotel in Philadelphia, every night faxing the new pages to the studio in LA. where the head of the studio read them the next morning. I wanted to make it as easy for him to … [Read more...]

Are screenplay contests worth entering?

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I'm pretty skeptical about script contests as a way to further your career. There are success stories but I think they're the exception. So I was interested to read the view of Chad Gervich on the Script website. He says that winning a script rarely gives you the edge. He's been a judge in script contests and says winning only shows your script was the best, but that the … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: is your story novel?

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One more question that helps you figure out if you're onto a "monster" idea instead of just a goodish one is, "Is it novel?" That's what Stefan Mumaw says in his book, "Chasing the Monster Idea." Of course nothing is totally new. Even the Bible says there's nothing new under the sun, and that was quite a while ago. Generally creativity means the combination of existing … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: what experience do you want the audience to have?

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According to Stefan Mumaw's book, "Chasing the Monster Idea," one of the key questions to ask if you want to find out whether your idea is a "monster" rather than just good (or bad) is, "Does it create an experience?" Which movies you've seen would you call an experience? I'd say "Alien," which made me jump out of my seat when that thing exploded out of poor John Hurt's … [Read more...]