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Bali Brothers – Publishing the script as a book

March 20, 2010 by  
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BALI BROTHERS – Publishing the film script as a book Scripts are usual secret documents that are only shared initially with actors, department heads and financiers. I took quite an opposite approach and just published the script which is now available in all bookstores and on Amazon BEFORE the film has been made. This is [...]

Step by Step

March 20, 2010 by  
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Every filmmaker or author wants to get their work out into the world and move their new work forward. These thoughts land on me every day when I get rise. A few days ago I was in London and had another screening of THE SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS for the Tibet Foundation. The [...]

Cannes? Not this year.

March 20, 2010 by  
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Cannes is going on right now. I’ve been 5 or 6 times and decided to pass this year even though my sales agent is screening THE SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS in the film market. But I’ve been to the film market screenings and its too painful to sit in a large theater with [...]

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 [...]

“SACRED SITES” is Breaking Out

March 20, 2010 by  
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I am sitting here amazed – watching this little film have a life of its own. People are coming out of the woodwork to see it and to help get it out in the world. Wherever we present it, whether its a film festival or a public screening – people are going out of their [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The economical screenwriter

June 21, 2009 by  
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Back when I used to run a touring theater company, there was only one rule regarding the amount of furniture and props for any given performance: If It Doesn’t Fit in the Car, It’s Not Going. (Fortunately, I was also penning all the plays the troupe performed so I had some control over the situation.) [...]