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Entries from October 2010

Scoggins on specs

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

“… I’m very much looking forward to September.  After all, the combination of strong year-over-year box office results and the end of the recession can only mean the return of a vibrant spec market after Labor Day, right?  I know there are plenty more ancient toy and videogame properties to exploit, and sequels, remakes and […]

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ProSeries Writer’s screenplay early quarterfinalist

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

AF Grant’s horror/thriller “War Without End” has been named a quarterfinalist in this year’s Writers on the Storm contest. Congratulations AF!
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Denby on Victor Fleming

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

“… At one time or another, as many as fifteen writers worked on … (Gone With The Wind), until finally, in early 1939, as production stalled and hundreds of salaried people sat around idle, Selznick turned to Ben Hecht, the greatest and most cynical of Hollywood screenwriters. Hecht agreed to work on the script as […]

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Bollow on being phenomenal

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

ProSeries alum Jeff Bollow says we need to change the way we see ourselves.
“… At the moment, we don’t see ourselves as phenomenal.  And that’s a problem.  Because if we don’t see ourselves that way, then we won’t live accordingly….
“Imagine if you started treating every day as though you really were a phenomenal individual.  Wouldn’t […]

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Horberg down under

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

“… Melbourne is also the name of the second city of Australia where I have taken up residence this summer for the production of the Miramax film ‘don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’, which is being directed by talented newcomer Troy Nixey, and produced by my friends Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro. This poetic […]

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Kurosawa on Screenwriting

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Mystery Man on Film shared some excerpts earlier today from Akira Kurosawa’s memoir, “Something Like An Autobiography.”
“… I‘ve forgotten who it was that said creation is memory. My own experiences and the various things I have read remain in my memory and become the basis upon which I create something new. I couldn’t do it […]

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Gray on the changes at Gersh

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

“… If you’ve been feeling gloomy about the recession and what it may mean for your chances as an aspiring writer - take heart. Yes the market has been slow, yes the competition among writers has been quite tough, but this move by Gersh highlights the growing horizon of entertainment….”
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ProSeries Writer to adapt bestseller

July 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Fiona Ashe is adapting The Go-Giver, the best-selling book by Bob Burg and John David Mann about a guy who “learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns.” Congratulations, Fiona!
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ProSeries Writers make bloody international splash

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Jon Bonnell’s film, MATCH.DEAD, aka The Abducted, was released in Eastern Europe on July 1st. The movie, penned by ProSeries writer Alyssa Alexandria and directed by ProSeries alum Jon Bonnell, hit 118 in the IMDB rankings shortly after its release. The film, distributed by Moving Pictures Film and TV, has also been released in Thailand […]

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Levine on writing baseball

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

“… When it was announced that the MONEYBALL movie project was back on and that Aaron Sorkin had been hired to rewrite the script a number of sports websites linked to a satirical piece I wrote about three years (ago) called IF AARON SORKIN WROTE A SHOW ABOUT BASEBALL. I was spoofing his then-series, STUDIO […]

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A-List rewrites still pay

July 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Back in April, a brief report by Michael Fleming in Variety about some recent lucrative assignments –
“… Tom Cruise is narrowing the prospects for his next film, but no matter which he chooses, he has single-handedly propped up the script doctoring biz: Studios have spent millions of dollars in rewrite fees to custom-tailor projects for […]

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Walker on writing police

July 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Denis Faye interviews retired LAPD officer and writer-consultant Randy Walker at the WGA West site.
“… You know, I’ve written a television episode. I understand what it’s like to be a writer and what it’s like to work within the perimeters of your characters. I understand that a lot of characters are rough around the edges, […]

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Kinberg on process

July 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand) answered readers’ questions recently at the StoryLink site.
“… I outline like crazy. Writing would be too daunting to me without an outline. I need the blueprint before I start building. In some ways, the vast majority of the actual writing takes place in the outlining […]

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Boal on real life inspiration

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Denis Faye interviews Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) at the WGA West site.
“… I was trying to capture the daily grind of the job. It would have felt like a distasteful imposition to make it seem like there was one master terrorist and all these guys had to do was diffuse this one masterful bomb […]

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Epstein on the unintended consequence of negation

July 7th, 2009 · No Comments

“… (Brooke Gladstone) … was talking about how people don’t remember ‘not’ well. If you try to sell people on the concept that ‘Barack Obama is a Christian,’ you might convince some of them that he’s not a Muslim. But if you try to sell people on ‘Barack Obama is not a Muslim,’ it might […]

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