So the Oscars…

Who would’ve thought the most exciting moment of the Academy Awards show in years would be a mix-up with the card announcing a winner? So concluded the 2017 Oscars when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented Best Picture to the wrong movie (through no fault of their own, it turns out). I imagine if I … More So the Oscars…

Fun at Sony

For several years, I had teamed up with Lee Shapiro to co-write screenplays with him. We wrote three together and each of us also had our own individual ones. We took many trips from Central Florida to Los Angeles to meet with various studios and production companies to pitch our scripts and met virtually every … More Fun at Sony

Fan Films and Copyright

When I was eleven, my friends and I made a Super-8 knock-off of Star Wars that we creatively entitled “Galactic Wars”. It had a “cantina” scene, aliens made with papier-mâché masks, spaceships, and a light saber duel that looked surprisingly good. We entered it into a film contest hosted by CineMagic magazine and received honorable … More Fan Films and Copyright

Cinematic Universes

The biggest trend in film these days is the desire to build “cinematic universes”. What does that mean exactly? Simply put, it’s where a number of stand-alone movies are somehow linked together and take place in the same existence, so a character in one movie can appear in another that would otherwise be unrelated, or … More Cinematic Universes

The All-Important Opening

One bit of advice that is often given to writers is to “grab the audience” right away with a “hook”. That’s great, but what does it mean? Essentially, it’s saying to give your reader something interesting right from the start—do not bore your audience. This doesn’t mean that you have to start in the middle … More The All-Important Opening