Monday, May 31, 2010
Community, "Introduction to Film" S01E03
Community, "The Science of Illusion" S01E20
Labels: community transcripts
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Don't just survive Sundance, make the most of it with the help of this excellent guide from independent stalwart Jacques Thelmaque: Tip Sheet for Sundance Filmmakers.
Most of the tips apply to any major film festival. Let's not forget that film festivals can be a great place to make connections, and find representation.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
E. W. Sargent's The Technique of the Photoplay, an early classic of the screenwriting instruction genre circa 1913, is available as a googlebook and downloadable PDF. Apparently film storytelling works pretty much the way it did a century ago. Thanks to Alex Epstein for the tip.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I discovered Bernard Grebanier's Playwriting in the best possible way, at a thriftshop. Just two quarters bought me an introduction to some great insights on dramatic writing.
The Grumpy Old Bookman digs Grebanier too, and he gives us a nice thumbnail history of dramatic writing gurus. McKee ain't the first one, not by a long shot.
If you're looking to write killer loglines, and pitch perfectly, Grebanier's Proposition is worth studying at length.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
In short, keep your day job.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Great post over at Chad Gervich's Script Notes on the job progression for entry level TV writers.
I know there are other ways in besides the ones that Chad describes. Fellowships like Disney. Workshops like WB. Playwriting. Comics. Gaming. Crossovers from features.
Still, every working TV writer I've met has broken in via the PA - writer's assistant route. It's tried and true, but it's tougher than ever in these lean times.
It's been years since I've worked in production, and the prospect of living in a closet sized apartment isn't nearly as appealing as it was in my twenties. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I do sort of like living someplace without regular gun play and rampant vermin.
I'm keeping the day job. Not just that, I'm thrilled to have a half way decent job with halfway decent pay and halfway decent benefits and half way decent working conditions when so many people are losing theirs.
I'll just have to figure out what I can do to network nights and weekends. That and working the phones. Maybe Shonda Rhimes needs a pool boy.