...when it was announced that John Frankenheimer had died abruptly in the summer of 2002, it was a moment that still resonates with me to this very day.
A co-writer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you have a fresh set of eyes, someone else to bounce ideas off of, someone to do half the heavy lifting.
Virtual Pitch Fest has turned out to be a godsend. Once I joined, my screenwriting career blew up. It opened doors I never thought I'd have the opportunity to pass through. It led to a couple options where, yes, I got paid. It led to a network of industry contacts. It led to an agent. It led to a manager.
There's something they're not telling you. Because it's a secret. Heard repeated over the years, time and time again. From several sources, friends in the industry, writers who swear on a stack of scripts that it works.
If - like Matt Damon in "The Martian" - I found myself marooned on some distant planet, these are the top 10 life-sustaining movies I'd have to have to survive until a rescue mission could come save my ass.
The three times in my life a movie managed to actually scare me. Which is why I felt infinitely unqualified to write a horror movie...
I don't care how savvy you are, how jaded, or how used to rejection you claim to be. It just plain blows when your rep tells you straight up, that if he sends out your spec to twenty buyers, he guarantees twenty passes.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression - or for that matter, any impression - so, make one.
Landing a meeting in this town isn’t easy, especially when you desperately want to fit the mold - you know, the one that gets you hired. That said, perfecting the art of the meeting once you actually manage to get one is even harder.
"What are you prepared to do?" was Sean Connery's oft-repeated line to Kevin Costner in De Palma’s classic gangster pastiche, "The Untouchables.” To me, it perfectly sums up the screenwriter's dilemma, vis-à-vis sacrifice.