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[THREE CENTS] What Now?

If there ever was a point where a question felt most appropriate, it’s today. What now? Not where are you going to find toilet paper, or how best to hide from your children, or whether you’re more of a “summer” … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Tech vs. Spec

In the never-ending war of tech vs. spec, tech wins almost every time. Not too long ago, a production company liked a script Rhonda Smiley and I wrote, but the scale was a little too small for them. They asked … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] Thanks for “Nothing”

Pursuing a career as a working screenwriter is challenging at best. And maintaining an existing one is no walk in the park either. More like a walk through broken glass (while also eating it). There can be days – years … Continue reading

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[ETCETERA] The Wilhelm Scream

Most audiences are onto the fact that much of the sound they hear in movies and television isn’t made on set while the cameras are rolling. The gunshot wasn’t actually recorded live. The song at the High School dance wasn’t … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] That First Gig

I think the primary question for most impending college graduates is: What now? That was in the forefront of my mind as a senior in the film and television department at NYU. I had a couple of thoughts. There was … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Turn Up The AC (AC Bradley, That Is)

3Below, the second chapter in Guillermo del Toro’s animated Tales of Arcadia, dropped on Netflix this December 21st, to glowing reviews (pun intended). AC Bradley, 3Below’s Head Writer, is no stranger to accolades. In addition to her work on the … Continue reading

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[ETCETERA] Screener Season

Checked the mail a couple of weeks ago and there it was – a glorious padded envelope just the right size and thickness. Screener Season had arrived. If you’re lucky enough to get into an industry guild, or academy, or … Continue reading

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[ETCETERA] Comic-Con is a Lot

It’s already been a couple of months, but I still haven’t quite recovered. Sure, the San Diego Comic-Con is a cool place.  A fascinating place. But it’s a lot. A lot of people, a lot of walking, and a hell … Continue reading

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[THREE CENTS] Responsibility to Your Audience

As writers, most of us work to create scripts with compelling stories, three-dimensional characters, and authentic-sounding dialogue.  But what else should be on our checklist? After all, screenplays – and the resulting movies, television, and web content – aren’t designed … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] The Ensemble: Divide and Conquer

Like the rest of the industrialized world, I caught a showing of Avengers: Infinity War over the weekend.  It was pretty great, actually.  More or less lived up to the impossible expectations. (No pressure, Solo). In addition to a sizable … Continue reading

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