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Entries from October 2010

Pressfield on muzzling the voice of resistance

October 14th, 2009 · No Comments

“… Resistance is what keeps an entrepreneur from making the cold calls he knows he has to, to get his business rolling. It’s the force that keeps an aspiring painter away from her studio, or makes a writer back off from the blank page. Resistance stops us from going to the gym, from meditating, from […]

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August on pitching with video

October 13th, 2009 · No Comments

“Jordan Mechner has posted the game-footage trailer we used when we pitched the feature film version of Prince of Persia to the studios six years ago.
“Most movie pitches don’t involve video, but with PoP, most of the studio executives weren’t familiar with the game at all, so it became an important way to introduce them […]

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Ebert on 3-D

October 11th, 2009 · No Comments

“Has it really come to this? I read in Variety, the film industry journal, that ‘Mark Thomas of Elsinore Films is producing a 3-D musical Hamlet targeting the Harry Potter and High School Musical market’. I am not concerned for Hamlet, which has been kneaded into so many preposterous shapes and survived. What horrifies me […]

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Paul Schrader’s “Xtrme City” is a family-friendly “cross-cultural international thriller with a Bollywood base”

October 10th, 2009 · No Comments

“… On paper, the idea of Paul Schrader leaving Hollywood for Bollywood shouldn’t work. Schrader’s had a hand in some of the most iconic American films of the last century — he scripted Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ and directed films like American Gigolo and Affliction — and the dark themes that […]

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YouTube Shorts — Turning video piracy into revenue with digital fingerprints and Content ID

October 9th, 2009 · No Comments

“… “(S)ince last year, a growing number of media companies have stopped insisting that YouTube take down … unauthorized clips. Instead, they are choosing to claim the videos as their own, and allowing YouTube to sell advertising when people watch them. The revenue is split between YouTube and the content owners.
“YouTube says that the clips […]

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Street on making sure video is Web ready

October 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Viral video producer Tim Street lists 10 things to do before uploading an online video.
“… if you know how to produce an online video that has spectacle, story and moves two or more emotions you can get millions of views and make ‘good things’ happen but you better know what you want those good things […]

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Thompson on film critics, bloggers, junkets

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments

“… Old Media daily reporter: get wind of story, get assignment, report, confirm, write, file copy, put through system of copyeditors and editors, close, ship, print. This process can take hours if not days.
“New Media daily reporter: get wind of story, post what you’ve heard, report and make calls, repost with tweaks and updates, repeat. […]

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Palahniuk on writing

October 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) listed thirteen writing tips in a January 2008 article on his Web site.
“… Number Three: Before you sit down to write a scene, mull it over in your mind and know the purpose of that scene. What earlier set-ups will this scene pay off? What will it set up […]

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ProSeries Writer hired for adaptation

October 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Wayne McLean has been hired to write an adaptation of Carolina Jean Bertrand’s noir/private eye mystery novel, “The Knock Out Angel.”
More details at Screenwriting BUZZ …

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ProSeries Writer signs on with manager

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Evelyn Roberts Brooks has signed a management contract with Stephanie Rogers of Stephanie Rogers & Associates.

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ProSeries Writer gets assignment

October 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Rie Natalenko has signed on to write a romantic comedy script for Zar Productions, Australia.
More details at Screenwriting BUZZ …

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ProSeries Writer gets distribution

October 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Jill Maxcy has secured distribution from Ingram Entertainment for her latest film, “Black and Blue.”
More details at Screenwriting BUZZ …

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ProSeries Writer nominated for two Emmy Awards

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

The midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated Wally Zambrano for “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence” as both a director and producer.

More details at Screenwriting BUZZ …

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ProSeries Writer signs on with manager

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

A.J. Ferrara has signed a management contract with manager/producer Alexia Melocchi at Little Studio Films.
Producer’s post at Screenwriting BUZZ …

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Stack on writing for the BBC

October 1st, 2009 · No Comments

“Want to write for the Beeb? Interested in their continuing drama series (Doctors, EastEnders, Holby, Casualty)? Think it’s all a closed shop? It isn’t. You may think it is, especially if your ten pages didn’t get past go at the writers’ room, again, or you were rejected from the Writers’ Academy for the fourth year […]

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