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Screenwriting Competition Strategies

Screenwriting Competition Strategies

Screenwriting competitions require strategies;   You’ve worked hard on your script. Plotting. Crafting. Writing. Rewriting. Reading. Rewriting. Basically, you’ve done everything you can to make your script, YOUR STORY, the absolute best it can be. Now what?  There are literally hundreds of screenwriting competitions, and while 

My Students Take 50% of the Wins!

My Students Take 50% of the Wins!

Of the ten winners from a Place Called Sacramento Screenwriting competition, half of them came from my recent screenwriting class. The winners were announced last week, and though I knew of two, I hadn’t heard about the rest. I was floored. Several students that I 

Take the Easterseals Disability 2018 Film Challenge!

Take the Easterseals Disability 2018 Film Challenge!

Ready to put your film maker and writer skills to use? Th 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is right around the corner. It’s a 3-day challenge, starting Friday, April 13. In order to participate, you’ll need to enter (minimal cost) and clear your calendar for 

Build Your Film Resume

Build Your Film Resume

A PLACE CALLED SACRAMENTO — Short Film Competition Access Sacramento hosts this awesome opportunity for film-makers. Each year, Access Sacramento accepts short screenplays (under 10 pages). The scripts are read by a panel of judges and after much consideration, ten finalists are selected to represent! 

Structure is Power

Structure is Power

Structure = Power The formula to life — wake up everyday and breathe.  Yet, I hear people talk about creative writing structure like it’s the kiss of death. Quiet the opposite. Structure is life. We live by structure. But I think the word gets a 

In A Heartbeat: Under 5

In A Heartbeat: Under 5

In A Heartbeat is a wonderful little short film, about 4 minutes long, that is both impactful and entertaining. It’s a great study in how to deliver a compelling story in a short amount of time.  Check out the full structural breakdown here. 

Free Screenplay Formatting Software

Free Screenplay Formatting Software

Free screenplay formatting software makes writing easy.  The hardest part of screenwriting is what you don’t see. However, it’s whats on the page that we all wonder about. And certainly, if you expect somebody else to read your pages, you want to make sure they’re 

UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

UCLA Offers Free Law Clinic to Doc Filmmakers

A UCLA School of Law clinic will help documentarians navigate the the legal issues of filmmaking. Awesome News! This comes from The Westwood Patch news source. LOS ANGELES, CA — “Documentary filmmakers needing assistance in understanding legal issues pertaining to their projects can soon turn 

What is the Future of Amazon’s Uninspired Prime Video Anyway?

What is the Future of Amazon’s Uninspired Prime Video Anyway?

Just when I think Amazon has something worth watching in their mostly uninspired prime video selection, I discover the show has already been axed by their short-sighted leader. It seems Bezos slashed the niche programming after the former Studio President Roy Price was removed recently. 

Aquarius TV Series; Doomed to Fail

Aquarius TV Series; Doomed to Fail

NBC’s AQUARIUS, created by John McNamara, is an interesting example of television writing and worth examining as a learning tool. The series has mixed reviews from viewers and low viewer ratings, but surprisingly it has been renewed for a second season, however, as of October 1, 

Hurt Locker – Based On Playboy Article

Hurt Locker – Based On Playboy Article

Mark Boal, HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY, found his journalism instincts on-point while following a story in Iraq. He went on to write an article about bomb expert, Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver, “The Man in the Bomb Suit”. From there, Boal wrote the original screenplay, The Hurt Locker