Friday, October 31, 2008
Jeff Goldstein responds to my notes during Thursday's Finish Your Script class.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
One way to gain a sharp insight into your characters is to assign them a Halloween role, specifically that of a monster who would be their alter ego. Many times, the best way to learn something about your characters is to ask yourself a question, and then "ask them."
For example, my assistant said he would be the Wolfman because he loves the night, is only a monster once in a blue moon, and always has easy access to food.
Then he said I would be The Wicked Witch of The West. I was offended until he explained it was because I "like to look into that metaphoric crystal ball and see what others are doing." I'm not really sure that's better.
Anyway, take a moment to decide who you would be and why, and who the main character of your story would choose to be. You might be "scared" to discover just how much you learn about yourself and your character with this Halloween exercise.
Good Luck and Happy Writing!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
One of my favorite seminars to teach is "Writing the Treatment" because this rarely taught skill is invaluable for the creation of new material, to analyze and improve current scripts and a compelling way of getting your ideas read. Many times, the treatment can be more difficult than writing the script, so it's important to learn a foolproof method for writing a strong treatment every time.
If you feel you're at a point where a treatment will be helpful, I recommend picking up a copy of Ken Atchity's Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I didn't want to post this link too soon but when I saw the Christmas decorations already up in the store, I thought I better get a move on.
My only question is:
Marilyn O'Lantern or Jack O'Horowitz?
Send me your own and I'll post my faves.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
WIFV 3rd Annual Screenwriters Conference
October 17 – 19, 2008
George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Marilyn Horowitz will present How to Write a Screenplay in 10 Weeks and How to Write a Logline.
Laura Scheer, Media Consultant will present Master Your Pitch and How to Pitch for Feature Films and Reality.
Ligiah Villalobos featured Screenwriter/Producer of UNDER THE SAME MOON will present The Structure of the Television Script and Keeping Your Eye on the Ball.
James Grady novelist/screenwriter (Three Days of the Condor) will present
Carole Dean, From the Heart Productions, will moderate Financing Alternatives.
Sponsors include The Documentary Center at GWU, Producers Jean Beallor, Diane English, Nikki Allyn Grosso, Actress Elizabeth Perkins, and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. In-kind support from Final Draft.
Schedules and registration form available at www.wifv.org and upcoming WIFV events.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-429-9438 for more info.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I wrote about the wonderful film Lioness in an earlier post. If you didn't have a chance to see it then, I recommend you take advantage of two events being offered by NYWIFT (an organization I love) this month:
Screening: Thursday, October 16th @ 6:30PM
Price: $10 for NYWIFT members, $20 for non-members
Discussion: Wednesday, October 22 @6:30PM (includes refreshments)
Price: Free for NYWIFT members, $10 for non-members
Both events will take place at the Eastman Kodak Company, 360 West 31st Street, 2nd Floor.
Hope to see you all there.