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[IN THE TRENCHES] Merch

We all love merch.  Stuff.  It’s hard to leave a concert or game without picking up a t-shirt or cap, maybe a giant foam finger. How else will everyone know you were there? We’re even compelled to bring home water … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Two Heads

Collaboration.  Not an easy thing to accomplish effectively, but the entire entertainment business is built around the concept, so it’s better to embrace the notion than to fight it. Seriously, you can’t fight it.  I’ve tried. Sure, some other art … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Great Minds

I was at a pitching event a few years back, and at one of the tables the pitch for my script was met with enthusiasm…  and then quickly followed by a caveat that made that positive experience turn dark, gray, … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] The Most Important Thing

A few weeks ago I found out that a guy I went to high school with had taken his own life.  Needless to say, it’s horrible.  I feel terrible for him, his family, everyone in his life. I wasn’t friends with … Continue reading

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[THE MAKING OF] Sight & Sound Film and “Nightmare Mosaic”

Ah, film school.  I imagine it’s a lot different today than when I went through it.  For one – we shot and edited with actual film. Not quite chiseling on stone tablets, thankfully, but an entirely different experience than capturing on … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] I’ll Get Around To This

Let me open by saying I was initially hoping to have this ready to post last week. Well, I may not be on time, but at least I’m on theme. Procrastination.  It’s quite the beast, really.  It can easily eat … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Dan & Kevin Hageman: Write Brothers

If you haven’t heard of the Brothers Hageman yet, you’ve almost definitely seen their work.  Dan and Kevin Hageman are the creative minds behind some of the most successful animated features and series of the last few years. Their writing credits … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] Strange Brew

I’ll be writing this post under the assumption that you’ve seen Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  If you haven’t, well, SPOILER ALERT: I’ll be spoiling it. (and maybe spoiling watching movies in general) After many years in a lifetime of film, television, … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Talking Shop with Harry Elfont

As an aspiring Hollywood hyphenate, the first network you have coming out of college (provided you even went to college), is your fellow alumni. Screenwriter and director Harry Elfont was part of that NYU network for me, and we spent … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Do You Really Want to do This?

Everybody and their cousin has an idea for a movie or television show.  Some of them have a lot (of ideas, that is, not cousins). Well, sure they do, ideas are the easy part (a dime a dozen used to … Continue reading

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