Categoryscreenwriting

The Rules

When you write in genre – especially Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal, it’s exciting because we get to create limitless worlds. The only limits are those in your own imagination, and you’re free to explore pretty much anything you want. As you build a world you need to keep something in mind – you’re creating a set of rules […]

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The Attack Point

Back in grad school we had discussions in every creative writing class about where to begin our stories. This is something that happens quite a bit, and I’ve seen writers at all levels have to deal with it. In this post I’ll offer my advice on how to get going. Our instructor called this the […]

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Getting Unstuck: Up the Conflict and Make a Decision

I’m deep in the throes of writing the second installment of the WITCH CITY series, WITCH CITY: VISIONARY. Being human – just like you, and yes, I mean you, I hit a plot point and got stuck. It took me a few days to find a way past this block and I think some of […]

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Support Shriekfest!

Back in 2003 I was coming back to creative pursuits after a long absence. I had a run on screenplay contests that year, beginning with being a finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival. If you’re not familiar with Shriekfest, it’s a horror/scifi/fantasy/thriller film festival – LA’s longest running festival of its kind. Since succeeding Shriekfest […]

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Delivering on Story Promises

When you write something creative – anything creative – you have a contract with your audience. In the crucial first pages you’re setting the stage for everything to come. You need to deliver on the promises you made in the opening as the work goes on, with a fair amount of met expectations and surprises. […]

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Checkin: The Trip Animated Movie, July 2017

This marks year two since I started my journey to produce an animated movie based on THE TRIP. Animation isn’t something you enter into lightly. I estimated at the start of the project it would be three or four years before the project is finished. I think I’m on track – the primary dialog has […]

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Against the Best

Everyone feels insecure when up against the best. – Kurt Belcher, zombies, props and backgrounds, THE TRIP – THE ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE. We just recorded a session for my first feature, THE TRIP – THE ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE. I cast one of the actors because his voice fit the role, and he knew about one […]

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The Power of Music

Back when I was in college, we’d occasionally have a professor come in and play classical music while we were studying. They would tell us this helped us concentrate. These little interludes never lasted long, they made made most of us think “is this person for real?” I think there’s something to it – though […]

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Throwing the Patterns Away

I’ve mentioned story patterns before – back in On Patterns and Story we dove deep into the topic. Today I’d like to take another look at the subject and talk about when and why you should throw the patterns away. Learning the Ropes Many of us have an idea how stories work when we start […]

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What’s in a Name (Character Edition)

One of the most important things in writing fiction is choosing the names for your characters. Since this comes up on a weekly basis in several writing groups I follow, I figured it’s time for a deeper dive into naming your characters. The Best Names Are Memorable – And Unmistakable The best characters inhabiting the […]

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