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#ThinkpieceThursday – Mamma Mia: We Need To Laugh!

#ThinkpieceThursday - This might be an ideal time to sell a comedy

Relativity and Human Personality

“Einstein, in the special theory of relativity, proved that different observers, in different states of motion, see different realities.” That universal statement of the laws of physics and humanity is at the essence of the Nine Character Types

Make the Strongest Choice

Always ask yourself-- What would make the situation more impossible? What would torture your character more intensely. Then make the strongest choice. Ramp up the conflict. Make it more personal. The higher the stakes for the character the more the audience cares about what happens next

#MondayMusings – Put It All Online

#MondayMusings - Internet Television needs to evolve

The Dark Knight, The Joker and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Power of Excitement

Two characters and films that explore the Dark Side of this Character Type: Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and The Joker (brilliantly played by Heath Ledger) in Dark Knight . Each is a great look at the underbelly of this fascinating Character Type.

Third Cocktail Question

Finishing up with the third cocktail question: “Would you like to hear a great idea for a movie?”  For some reason, when people know you are a screenwriter they feel compelled to tell you their story or ask your opinion on their idea. As you are ... Read more…

Three Cocktail Questions

I have a theory that every professional gets asked three annoying questions at a cocktail party. These differ by profession. If you are a screenwriter the questions are some variation of: "Where do you get your ideas?" "How do you find time to write?' and "Would you like to hear a great idea for a movie?" If we move past the irritation these questions turn out to be quite profound

Horton Hears A Who – Power of Imagination

“On the fifteenth of May, in the jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, he was splashing…enjoying the jungle’s great joys… When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.” This Dr. Seuss rhyme, narrated by Charles ... Read more…

#WritingAdviceWednesday – Ugly Betty

A Successful and Proven Format The Ugly Betty (Yo soy, Betty la Fea) telenovela has translated successfully around the world and the recent American version garnered Golden Globe, People’s Choice, and Writers Guild Awards for best new series as well as a best actress Golden Globe for ... Read more…

Casino Royale – Power of Reason

Screenwriters Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis move James Bond into the next phase of 007’s life in the excellent film, Casino Royale. It is a great example of how to transition a character

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