Clear Storytelling is Professional Writing

Clear Storytelling is Professional Writing

Whatever you’re writing — essay, love letter, television pilot, etc… — clarity is your roadmap. I’m one of those people who has a challenging relationship with driving directions (and now that I think about it, with a lot of directions) and because I know this, 

In With a Bang, Out With a Whimper

In With a Bang, Out With a Whimper

SMASHED started with the proverbial bang in April. I had no idea what I was in for, and now, as we approach the final weeks of post, I finally have some time to reflect upon the process. I’ll share more about the experience of writing, 

SMASHED – THE MOVIE

SMASHED – THE MOVIE

Why me? Based on the results many of my writing students earned with their short scripts, and the results of the films I’d directed, my name became the ‘go to’ for writing and directing. So, when several projects fell out with an LA based women’s 

Confidence is Key to Survival in Filmmaking – But it ain’t easy

Confidence is Key to Survival in Filmmaking – But it ain’t easy

SMASHED started with a bang back in April. I had no idea what I was in for, and now, as we approach the final weeks of post, I finally have some time to reflect upon the process. I’ll share more about the experience of writing, 

Smashed Poster – First Look

Smashed Poster – First Look

Hello Friends! I’m so excited to share a first look with you! Uptown Studios in Sacramento did a fabulous job of creating a poster that we couldn’t be more proud of. All the main characters pop out of the television. They are hosts who work 

Sprinting to Home Base

Sprinting to Home Base

We are still here! Behind the scenes!  Working on SMASHED and I want to give you a little insider update. Production was a whirlwind. We faced numerous challenges starting on Day 1 of production when we were shut down at lunch due to a Covid 

You Won’t Believe This Casting

You Won’t Believe This Casting

Hey SMASHED Friends — I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — THANK YOU! You have helped us kick some major bootie and smash this campaign. On day 9, we exceeded our 100% funding, reaching $16,200. But we’re not done. We have a 

Surprise Casting Changes Script

Surprise Casting Changes Script

SMASHED CASTING UPDATE Just in: Ermine, a grandmotherly figure who has worked at SIA for years has been cast. Ermine sees so much of herself in Lana, and yet, being a mother isn’t easy and Ermine has strong opinions on that topic. But who’s playing 

4 Weeks Until Production

4 Weeks Until Production

Hello Friends — We are just 4 weeks out from shooting. 4 weeks. It sounds like a long time, but it will be here in a blink. We’ve toured the location — one of the sound stages at Television City in Hollywood. It’s pretty freaking 

GLARING SCREENPLAY PROBLEM #3: ESCALATION ISSUES

GLARING SCREENPLAY PROBLEM #3: ESCALATION ISSUES

This issue seems so obvious. I think it’s a challenge because, in part, we avoid escalation of problems in our personal lives, but in the make believe fantasy worlds we spend so much time in, escalation is the backbone of intrigue.  I’ve been teaching for 

Show Don’t Tell

Show Don’t Tell

In my recent short-form screenwriting class, a student asked about the ‘show don’t tell’ technique/rule/commandment. I think the easiest way to explain it, isn’t. Instead, let me show you. First pass: There is a knock on the door. Louise answers, Mr. Harbinger has returned. He 

Most Glaring Screenplay Problem: Lesson 1

Most Glaring Screenplay Problem: Lesson 1

LESSON 1: UNDERDEVELOPED PLOTS   I love this visual. In fact, I love it so much I thought I would spend 10 articles writing about each category. I came across this image in an email recently (you may have gotten too). Maybe it was the