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LA Wrap Up

March 20, 2010 by  
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I leave Los Angeles tonight for London. It’s been a very full and action packed trip. Loads of fun, extremely productive. I worked on Bali Brothers, Sacred Sites, MWP Books and met many dear friends. One highlight – of course – was the showing of SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS at the Landmark Theater. [...]

Between London and LA

March 20, 2010 by  
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I’m in Heathrow airport – a kind of holding tank purgatory. Not quite London and certainly not yet LA. Last night I had dinner with Phil Barantini and Rebecca Grant – two of the leads for the upcoming film BALI BROTHERS. It’s very exciting to begin the process with them developing their characters. I gave [...]

What Film Students Want to Know

March 20, 2010 by  
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Melinda Burns is a film student at the University of Iowa. She had an assignment to do an industry report and interview someone. She picked me. Here are her questions and my replies. 1) What is your educational background? What did you focus on in school, and how has it helped you in your career? [...]

BALI BROTHERS – Publishing the film script as a book

February 19, 2010 by  
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If you are having trouble getting your script produced – publish it as a book!

Comedy’s Greatest Wish by Stuart Voytilla

December 22, 2009 by  
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This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) Comedy has always taken a supporting role to the more serious Hollywood genres. During this awards season, it’s easy to recognize the year’s great dramas and epics; however, 2003 was a good year for well-written comedy and romantic comedy. And the one upstart film that [...]

How The Great Story Does Its Work by James Bonnet

December 22, 2009 by  
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This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) The purpose of story, as I see it, is to guide us to our full potential and the nature of story is to conceal that purpose in an enticing sugar coat (the entertainment dimensions) that lures us into the experience. But if the purpose is [...]

Finding the Right Writing Partner by Claudia Johnson & Matt Stevens

December 22, 2009 by  
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This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) Some of the greatest movies and TV series have been written by script partners, from Billy Wilder’s legendary collaborations with Charles Brackett and I.A.L. Diamond to the Academy Award-winning work of the Coen Brothers. Each year the list of script partners and their successes grows [...]

Beyond Theme: Story’s New Unified Field by James Bonnet

December 22, 2009 by  
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What is the true source of unity in a great story and how is that unity achieved? According to the dictionary, unity is the state of being one. And today it is generally agreed that a story should be about one thing ’ but what is that one thing? Is it the subject, the theme, [...]

Beyond Theme: Story’s New Unified Field – Part II by James Bonnet

December 22, 2009 by  
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This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) In Part I of this series (read Part I here), I began an examination of the true source of unity in a great story and how that unity can be achieved. I introduced you to four of the elements that can influence that unity and [...]

The Power And Importance Of Human Connection To A Great Screenplay by Claudia Johnson

December 22, 2009 by  
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This article posted with permission from The Writers Store. (http://writersstore.com) For years I gently browbeat my students. ‘Dig deeper,’ I said. ‘The best stories are about the human heart.’ I wasn’t quite sure what I meant. I knew I didn’t mean that old Hollywood saw ’ throw in some love interest! I meant something closer [...]

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