The Web Series is Dead, Long Live the Indie Series
Someone, eventually, is going to take a risk on a show they don’t have to invest heavily into. Maybe one that’s already made?
The Emmy for Best Comedy Goes to ... "Succession"
To paraphrase Logan Roy, we are not serious people.
Do You Read the Whole Thing?
Every single script I recommended my bosses read officially had my stamp of approval on it. And how bad do you think it would make me look if I wasted some of their precious time with a mediocre piece of material?
The Importance of Emotional Cause and Effect
... character decisions are rooted in their emotions. Those emotions, in turn, are rooted in the character’s core beliefs and their perspective on the world, in their backstory.
A Simple Guide to Writing the Dreaded Synopsis
It’s also important to not forget about the voice and tone of the story when creating your synopsis.
Best Practices for Writing "Conferencing"
There are a lot of reasons, of course, but let’s just boil this down to the punchline—you have to meet people to sell your work.
Ways to Be Productive During a Strike (Without Risk of Scabbing)
The strike back in 2007/2008 lasted one hundred days. I don't know if this one will end up being quite so lengthy, but if it does, what do you do?
What Readers Really Think
Everything that follows is what they actually said, whether you like it or not.
Q&A: Filmmaker Allison Norlian
I remember the intense emotionality of that day—there wasn't a dry eye in the room.
Profits are good. Greed is not.
The Age of A.I.nlightenment: How the Artificial Intelligence Boom is Changing the Arts
If everything around AI feels unsettling and sketchy, that’s because the market hasn’t decided what exactly to do with it yet and businesses are taking wild swings.
Writers Shouldn’t Have to Sell Our Souls
Writer’s lives are not clickbait, and they are not a work of fiction to be dramatized for effect.
The Queue: 365 Movies I Never Saw Because I've Spent Too Much Time on Twitter - Part 4 (April 2023)
I'm still convinced this doesn't actually exist and was a nightmare I had after watching too many movies set in New York.
The Challenges of Second Seasons, Sequels, and Finales
... one of the most worrisome fears for writers is that they could end up penning something that damages ‘the brand.’
The All-Purpose Guide to Hollywood Assistant-ing- Part 1
I was a Hollywood assistant for almost ten years ... let’s go ahead and get the basic stuff out of the way.