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Entries from October 2010

Rogers on breaking the bonds of traditional storytelling

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

“… Time to go creator-owned, and digitally distributed. Because that’s the only solution that makes sense for our side of the equation.
There’s a reason I like comic books so much, and plan on working quite a bit on digital distribution in the upcoming year….”
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Espenson on finding your niche

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

“… I’m fascinated by all the parts of the television writing world that don’t generally communicate with each other. Even sitcoms and dramas often seem to live in very different worlds. Get farther out and it’s a different galaxy: game shows, daytime dramas, late-night comedy… it’s all TV writing, but it can follow totally different […]

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Martell on getting back to basics with old friends and new media

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

“… I long for those old days when I was making movies with my buddies on 8mm and Super 8mm and 16mm (whenever I could afford it). We all used to crew on each other’s films, and it was kind of a party with a movie as the outcome. In fact, at one point we […]

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ProSeries Alum finishing one Web series, starting another

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

“Jon Bonnell is at it again. He is working on another web series. It is a fantasy based web series with lots of humor and action like Xena the Warrior Princess and Hercules the Legendary Journeys. His current web series, the Evil Dead Breakfast Club, is in post production and should release later this fall.”
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Reindl on TeeVee life after politics

November 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Now that elections are mostly over, writer-producer Kay Reindl ( “Millennium,” “Haunted,” “Moonlight” ) says it would be easier to leave the political shows behind if there were better scripted entertainments this season. She details why “The Ex List” was doomed, why a goofy actioner like “Knight Rider” might be good for TeeVee, exactly why […]

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ProSeries Writer teams up on bible for children’s 3D animated TV series

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments

In addition to collaborating on the series bible, Caz Adams has been hired to write the first episode and five storylines for a children’s 3D animated TV series. Way to go, Caz! Details in the members forum.
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Simens on grasping the financials

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments

It can be helpful to understand some of the concerns of the producer when responding to a script request or when writing on assignment. After outlining the steps needed to produce a feature, Dov S-S Simens (2-Day Film School) gets into the buiness of managing line item budget details for Indies ranging from five to […]

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Sandler on idea process, and realizing the vision

November 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Writer-producer Ellen Sandler details the document development of one of her Everybody Loves Raymond episodes, “No Fat,” showing the evolution of this Thanksgiving Day tale from Story Notes through Synopsis, Early Treatment, Final Treatment, and Table Draft.
“… You’ll see that many ideas were pitched, but almost none made it into the final script. What’s important […]

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ProSeries Writer’s screenplay reaches semi-finals

November 7th, 2008 · No Comments

“The Pirate Queen of Connemara” by Suzanne Doherty was named a semi-finalist in this year’s Writers on the Storm contest. Congratulations Suzanne!
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Rossio on the most important thing there is to know about writing screenplays, in 2,000 words or less

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments

“… The first and foremost task your screenplay needs to accomplish is … create interest.
“That’s the coin of the realm.
“Because only if your reader is interested can you move them, make them laugh and cry, reveal a great truth, or do anything else.
Interest is everything….”

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Kratter on dealing with notes

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Mark Kratter’s fine article about handling development suggestions, “Taking Note,” appears in the November/December 2008 issue of Script magazine (Vol.14, No. 2).  At newsstands now.  (h/t — Bill Martell)
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The Next Step to Selling Screenplays…

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Quality is the most important factor in selling screenplays.
Hal has just introduced a quick and easy way to elevate the quality of your writing to a professional level.  The testing with our PS development team showed major improvement in their writing.  Now, we’re going to do this for the entire PS Alumni. 
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Barron on working with a good producer

November 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

UK script writer Phillip Barron wonders why they all can’t be like his current project.
“… We batted vague ideas back and forth until we hit on one we both liked and I knocked up a one-pager. It took five attempts over a couple of days to get that logline and synopsis to a point where […]

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Myers on writer alliances

November 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Commenting on a recent article in the Toronto Star, writer-producer Scott Myers says the Cody-Scafaria-Fox collaboration reported there reminds him of a similar group, back in the 80s, in Los Angeles.

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