On Learning Screenplay Format

I’m not a teacher. It’s not that I’m not good at it. I’ve taught things to people before, but I don’t have the long term patience for drilling stuff into people’s heads. Put me in front of a class of thirty students and I’d start the hour teaching Calculus and end up making balloon animals. […]

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition

As of right now, there are 17 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds until time’s up for submissions to this year’s Blue Cat Screenplay Competition. I only bring it up because if you’re thinking about entering, you might want to to rethink that. Well, I mean, unless you don’t mind settling for second […]

Final Act: Revenge

As the end of the year approaches, so does Six In 2006, my big plan to complete six screenplays in one year. Here’s a quick recap. January & February: rewrite STRANGE ANGELS. Done. Though, it needs yet another pass. Can’t quite seem to crack that one. It’s difficult and rather large in scope. March & […]

How To Write An Action Scene

I’m working on the finale of BLOOD & GLASS. In fact, it’s the finale of the whole trilogy. The epic, final battle scene unfolds in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise. It’s gonna be huge, like DIE HARD in a … well, in a building. But wait,we have to break it down. What’s really going on? […]

Rejection #187

So I get a little item in the mail yesterday. It’s from the Austin Film Festival. Remember this? I sent them ELEMENT because I could really use the prize money and it’s the world’s greatest unproduced script. I won’t provide you with the entire text of the letter, just the part that counts: To summarize, […]

Late Night Editing

I’m at home. It’s past midnight. I’ve had a few glasses of Dry Creek Zin. It’s been a long day. Today, I work on Blood & Mist, I nap, I stop by the store for some fresh tomatoes, some basil and some garlic, I work on a client’s website, I walk around Hollywood with my […]

The Horse Latitudes

A stream-of-consciousness post about writing. This is where I go a little crazy. I’m on page 88 of the new script. if I reach page 110 by the 30th (certainly feasible) then I’ll have managed to catch up on the whole Six in 2006 scheme. That in itself is remarkable because I started this one […]