Q&A: Do I Have to Live in L.A.?
There’s an energy to riffing off other writers and navigating a narrative together that has the potential to produce something great.
Anatomy of a Great Pitch
You stand at the front of the room and begin talking. You lay out a brief overview, a bunch of plot points, dozens of characters, etc. You’re right in the thick of your spiel when you notice something alarming.
Publishing Part 2: A New Option and the Subtle Art of Having Fun
Was there money in it? No. But there was that other thing, possibility, which over time, can end up being worth a whole lot more.
How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Creative Partnership
If you cannot effectively or efficiently communicate, every part of the creative process will take twice as long and be ten times as frustrating as it needs to.
Q&A: What is a Strong Portfolio of Work?
You want your portfolio to be a good demonstration of your skills and overall brand as a creator.
Fund Your “Widget”: Film Financing in the Here and Now
Yes, I said it, repeat after me: you are ready for “money investors” when you can actually engage someone to invest in YOU.
Your Perception is Not Reality
Suing and IP aside, would you want to work with people who share anything outside of the privacy of the room or film set? I know I wouldn’t.
I Can’t Afford Your Sandwich, But I’ll Post It On Insta
“It’s just a quick photo shoot,” they say. “It’s just a quick script.” ... I say it’s just a quick sandwich. And you pay for sandwiches.
Beware the Temptations of Tinsel Town
Arguably, if the work isn’t its own reward, you’ve not chosen your career wisely, no matter what the profession.
How to Be About Your Business as a Creative
All those ideas you have in your head of what you want to do and how you want to accomplish them? Write a plan. A business plan, that is.
Principles of Hollywood Development
Film development is an (often) indeterminate phase of creation that is crammed in between the original spark of inspiration and getting the thing produced.
The Limited Series Isn't Just Having a Moment
The limited series really must be considered long-from filmmaking, a brilliant hybrid of the best of the big and small screens.
The Origin Story of Screenwriter Ian Shorr and His New Film, "Infinite"
"If you want to get better odds of selling a spec, write a role that could change a movie star’s life." - Ian Shorr
The Write Stuff: Taking Articles "Hollywood"
Just as one falling domino will topple another, before long I was taking part in all sorts of high-octane adventures ... when editors had a story idea that could get a journalist maimed or killed, I was the first scribe they pitched.
How Not to Go Insane as an Artist
As the screenwriter, as an artist in general, all I’ve come to do is trust the process. Trust that if I’m incredibly efficient, if I display range and depth ... this will win out in the end.