So what did I love in 2016?
Below are the films that resonated with me. That touched me. That I have watched over and over again. "A Monster Calls"
Don’t dismiss this magnificent film as a kid’s film. It’s...read more
Posted at 10 Jan, 2017 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
So what if there are a few typos in your script?
Why get so anal about it? I will tell you why. Number one, it interrupts your story. Number two, it makes you look unprofessional.
Imagine you're walking along a verdant hik...read more
You're telling you're friends you're a screenwriter. But can you really call yourself one?
A guy I know who was struggling with this very thing was asked the pointed question by Beau Willimon, the creator of the American "Ho...read more
As a development executive & producer, I am often asked by writers: What kind of projects are you looking for? A valid query.
Usually my reply is a phrase I borrowed from a wise producer I used to intern for: “Good...read more
They’re called “generals.” Essentially, it means you piqued someone’s interest as a writer. Whether it’s a network, studio or production exec, they’re a fan of yours and they want to meet y...read more
Writing a script (or a book, a comic, etc.) takes a lot of time. Professional writers have the advantage of being paid for the hours they spend at the keyboard every day, meaning they can dedicate their working hours to their...read more
For the screenwriter, a hot spec script featuring a killer premise or an innovative writing style can be a great calling card into the industry.
But what does a great spec really look like?
Below are five professional specs...read more
I had my Hollywood moment recently, or at least what I shall continue to think of as my Hollywood moment until a better one comes along.
The Writers Guild screened “Rules Don’t Apply,” and Warren Beatty, wh...read more
“Annie, will you…”
The words just seemed to glue themselves to the back of my throat.
Annie sat across from me at the Caribou Coffee Shop we used to frequent. Her eyes were not only bright and big, but th...read more
If you're making a wishlist for friends and family, and you're a writer, I have some suggestions for you.
Most of these books are not about writing, although one at the very end is, and I highly recommend it. What follows ar...read more
Posted at 02 Dec, 2016 |
By: Steve Trautmann | Categories: The Biz
Mel Gibson. There, I’ve said it. For years now, if you said “He Who Shall Not Be Named” in this town, you’d have to turn around three times, spit in all four directions, throw salt over you left shou...read more
Hard not to think about guns these days.
As police shootings of black men mount, city by city; as the other daily crime news involves shooting after shooting, the gun - and who’s got one and what they’re doing wi...read more
Call me old fashion, but I just don’t see why there are movies with the same title as a previous movie that is completely different. I’m not talking about remakes or sequels.
This is not about Clark Gable and M...read more
Posted at 13 Sep, 2016 |
By: Mitch Paradise | Categories: The Biz
A double feature is always a great chance for a rich and varied movie experience, and there are days at the Writers Guild when you can even double your pleasure and go for four movies in a row, if your back can take it and yo...read more
So you’ve finished that umpteenth draft of your screenplay and you feel like it’s finally ready to show to the rest of the world. Not so fast, Frank Darabont.
Before you begin querying managers, agents, producers...read more
It's my opinion that the way and reason projects get financed is evolving rapidly and perhaps mysteriously. We are all distinctly aware that all of the burgeoning new outlets for distribution have seemingly become mainstream...read more
Like much of the rest of the world, I am mourning the loss of quite possibly the greatest musician, songwriter and performer my generation will ever know - Prince Rogers Nelson.
Say or think what you want about him. Ask the ...read more
When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup.
I like al...read more
I didn’t cry when Superman died at the end of “Batman v Superman."
I did cry several times watching the old Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated "Superman." I even got sniffly at Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel&...read more
Posted at 12 Apr, 2016 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
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