# Crossover

Bridging the divide between filmmaking, screenwriting, novel writing, playwriting, and other -ings.

John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could

John Pollono and the Small Engine That Could

"... the country right now is so fucking political and divided that the only safety you have is if you feel that the art is regurgitating your own opinions and political beliefs back at you. I find that incredibly boring."

# Read # The District # Interview # Mentoring # Crossover
36 min read

One Night with Kemp Powers...

One Night with Kemp Powers...

"I just want to put stuff out there that reminds people how we are not only interconnected, but we're codependent. And we won't accept that, like we actually kind of all need each other." - Kemp Powers

# Read # Q&A # Interview # Mentoring # The District # Crossover
41 min read

The Doubt of Adaptation

The Doubt of Adaptation

The first pass was—traumatic. I was re-reading every single word of my novel, dissecting where I could have written it better, second-guessing so many things. I had to stop that critic in my head just so I could get the work done.

# Read # Crossover
5 min read

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

I knew about 12 pt. Courier font, hiding exposition, keeping descriptions short ... but I had no idea how to write a middle grade memoir.

# Read # Crossover
6 min read

Palate Cleansing: The Art of Writing Novels and Screenplays

Palate Cleansing: The Art of Writing Novels and Screenplays

The death knell of a writer is to become bored, or even worse, blocked. I’ve avoided this plague by keeping myself challenged and engaged in different mediums.

# Read # Crossover
4 min read

Moving Words: An Interview with Deborah Kahan Kolb

Moving Words: An Interview with Deborah Kahan Kolb

Eight minutes of movie, zero spoken lines, and I still can barely write about it without crying.

# Read # Crossover # Interview
6 min read

The “Sunk Cost Fallacy” and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Quit

The “Sunk Cost Fallacy” and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Quit

We don’t need to pursue things we once wanted just because we once wanted them. We don’t need to hang out with assholes just because we randomly met them.

# Read # Crossover # The Creative Mind
6 min read

Play Time is Over

Play Time is Over

"It feels like a play." Of all the notes I got in the beginning of my screenwriting master’s program, this one hurt the most.

# Read # Crossover
6 min read

Indignation: Oscar-Nominated Writer James Schamus Tells It Like It Is

Indignation: Oscar-Nominated Writer James Schamus Tells It Like It Is

An interview with James Schamus, the writer of the "Indignation," on his writing process, screenplays that aren’t over-written, and the violence of adapting great books.

# Read # The Collection # LA Screenwriter # Interview # Crossover
7 min read
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