Cal Barnes

Your Christmas List

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 more

Posted at 12 Dec, 2016 | By: Cal Barnes

Mitch Paradise

My Moment With Warren

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, more

Posted at 07 Dec, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  Networking, The Biz

Colin Costello


“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 more

Posted at 06 Dec, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Holiday Reading

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 more

Posted at 02 Dec, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Do We Have Gibson's Back?

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 more

Posted at 25 Oct, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Mitch Paradise

Movie Mayhem

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 more

Posted at 03 Oct, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Mitch Paradise

What's in a Name?

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 more

Posted at 13 Sep, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Colin Costello

Summer Lessons

Going to the movies this summer was the equivalent of waiting for the A-Train on a urine-drenched NYC subway platform in July. For every “Civil War” there was a “Ben-Hur” and “Warcraft.” more

Posted at 08 Sep, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Enjoying Movies

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 more

Posted at 25 Aug, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Colin Costello

Let's Table It

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, more

Posted at 13 Jul, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Steven Nash

Going to Market

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 more

Posted at 05 May, 2016 | By: Steven Nash | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Prince of Persuasian

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 more

Posted at 03 May, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Class or No Class

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 more

Posted at 22 Apr, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Pitching, Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

A Super Cry

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& more

Posted at 12 Apr, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Lessons From The Bard

In college I was a playwright before I was a film student, and I studied every playwriting manual I could find. Yes, I'm an analysis geek, which was proven when I dug in and starting creating screenwriting software based on more

Posted at 18 Mar, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Oscar Lessons

By the time this is published, two screenplays will have won the coveted golden man. One will be anointed the best screenplay in the “Best Adapted” category and the other in the “Best Original.” And more

Posted at 29 Feb, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Worst of 2015

I say it over and over again – No one sets out to make a bad movie. Well, I don’t know what Adam Sandler is thinking, but for the most part everyone WANTS to make a good film. So the films on my list don’t more

Posted at 21 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

The Best of 2015

Last year was an amazing one for films, making this the most difficult list I have ever compiled. I based my Top 10 on the sheer movie going enjoyment each film provided me. Make me cry, yank me to the edge of my seat or more

Posted at 13 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

John Weidner

Walking with a Legend

I hardly knew him. Couldn’t be counted among his friends or acquaintances. But even so, one thing was for certain: In the span of three short months, he’d impacted my soul. We rarely get the opportunity to more

Posted at 30 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner

John Weidner

Be a Partner

A co-writer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you have a fresh set of eyes, someone else to bounce ideas off of, someone to do half the heavy lifting. On the other hand, you have all the responsibilities more

Posted at 22 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  The Biz

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