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Entries from October 2010

Levine on another good place to write

December 12th, 2008 · No Comments

“… Nick Schenk … was a construction worker and fruit truck driver who dabbled in writing on the side. He contributed some of the better comedy sketches for the prestigious DVD, FACTORY ACCIDENT SEX.
“A couple of years ago Nick spent his nights in a local bar banging out a screenplay. He scribbled everything down on […]

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Golden Globe nominees announced

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for its Golden Globe Awards today.
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The 2008 Black List

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments

LA Weekly’s Nikki Finke reported earlier today on the “Black List” of well-liked but unproduced screenplays that made the rounds this year.
“Universal film executive Franklin Leonard’s THE BLACK LIST 2008 ‘was compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that […]

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Scripts available for download

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

A pile of screenplays for recent films (e.g., Rachel Getting Married, Revolutionary Road, Milk, Burn After Reading, Synecdoche, Doubt, The Visitor) is available these days over at Simply Scripts.  (h/t — Mystery Man on Film)
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WGA names television, radio award nominees

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments

“LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK — The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East today announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and […]

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Characters and mental health

December 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Denis Faye interviews Dr. Glen Gabbard ( “Psychology of the Sopranos,” “Psychiatry and the Cinema” ) at the Writers Guild of America, West site.
“As much as Dr. Glen Gabbard would like to see Hollywood portray psychiatric disorders more realistically, he’s the first to explain why they can’t. ‘Psychotherapy ain’t showbiz,’ he explains. ‘You could do […]

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Hansen on distribution

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Texas filmmaker Chris Hansen posted some tips yesterday aimed at growing your audience.
“… I can’t say this enough: the more people are aware of your film, the more of an audience you’re likely to get. Be your own publicist. Be creative in finding an angle for getting coverage of your film in the press. Since […]

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Klink on superheroes and villains, killing off characters, and dodging the slush pile

December 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

“I spent part of my holiday weekend at LosCon, which is short for Los Angeles Science Fantasy Convention.  It’s like ComicCon, but with more focus on sci-fi novels and short stories….
“… I attended several interesting panels…. Everyone cited the recent Batman films, Spiderman 1&2 and Iron Man as among the best adaptations.  They discussed the […]

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Martell on taking too long

December 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

“You would think that after doing a stack of treatments for this sucker, writing the script would be a breeze… that’s what I thought, and I’m fairly sure that’s what the producer thought, too. But this thing has taken me much longer than usual. Here’s why:
“That stack of treatments. Each one different than the one […]

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August on how long it should take

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

“… I’m hesitant to give a firm number for how many weeks it should take to write a script. Every project is different. Big Fish took me the better part of four months, while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was three weeks. But part of the reason Charlie was only three weeks was because that’s […]

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