Category Archives: IN THE TRENCHES

[THE MAKING OF] Bookish

So I started writing my first novel. It won’t be part of any future school curriculum. Well, probably not, anyway.  It’s not that kind of novel. It’s a fun novel.  An adventure novel. You know, for kids. While I’m on … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] A Recipe for Creativity

As writers, we’re all fueled by creativity.  We need it to fill in that foreboding blank page, to wow those executives in that pitch meeting, to finish the outline for that new idea, and so on and so on and … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Rhonda Smiley: Novel Screenwriter

My frequent collaborator, Rhonda Smiley, has been a working screenwriter for years, both as a solo scribe and in partnerships. As one of the many little-known, but prolific, creatives in the business, she’s written dozen of hours of television, including shows like High … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] I.P. Or Do I?

What the hell is I.P., you may ask? Well, to start with, there’s no need for that kind of salty language.  There are kids all over the internet. Intellectual Property is the literal meaning behind it, but in essence, it’s … Continue reading

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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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[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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[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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