My producing partner Mike Knowlan and I recently finished a short film called KNOCK KNOCK. It is a suspense/thriller about a woman who, after attending an out of town Christmas party, travels down a lonely highway road… One known for mysterious disappearances. We shot the film in one day (mostly in a friend’s garage), with […]
By now you’ve heard of crowdfunding. But the little secret that nobody is talking about is this – Not all movie projects will get fully funded by the crowd. BUT. . .
For those of you following filmmaking stuff, you know that I have been working on an awesome and comprehensive filmmaking book for quite some time. I am pleased to announce that the filmmaking book is almost complete. (Update – the book is complete and available here.) One of the biggest challenges I had was coming […]
As we enter the remaining six months of 2011, I am trying very hard to do a little less grinding, and hopefully finding time to have a lot more fun…
You don’t really want totally arbitrary events in your script, but if you need to capture their attention, put it in and then in the next draft work your way backward in the story so it has some motivation…
If you’re writing a script to be read by someone who is possibly going to buy it, you want to make it as easy and entertaining as possible. Yes, it’s easy to overdo the parentheticals, ideally your dialogue itself suggests how it will be delivered. But when it helps, go ahead. A sarcastic remark from an actress is not too high a price to pay.