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Reel Story: How ‘Breaking Bad’ Almost Wasn’t

I find this article supremely important to read for any writer. We all think up ideas and then the doubt in us says, "Meh, must've already been done." And we move on while that idea, even if not totally original, had ignited our passion enough to move us to write in the first place. Well… Continue reading Reel Story: How ‘Breaking Bad’ Almost Wasn’t

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Balls of Steel: How to Get Your Screenplay Read Without Asking

Many of you have posted or written to me asking how to get your screenplay read. Here's a good article from Jeanne Veillette Bowerman's Balls of Steel column about how she  did it. Though it sounds too simple to be true, she makes a great point.  Gain their respect. And it doesn't have to be… Continue reading Balls of Steel: How to Get Your Screenplay Read Without Asking

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Specs & The City: Action Scenes and ‘Die Hard’

Here's a great article from Brad Johnson's Specs & the City column that's all about the action. So many writer's fail to understand the importance of depth in an action scene.  Die Hard got it.  To me, it's the perfect action film.  The editing, revered.  And the writing, legendary.  Pick a scene and you can… Continue reading Specs & The City: Action Scenes and ‘Die Hard’

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Legitimacy Pending: The Forest For The Trees – Breaking Into Television Writing

Great article from a writer in the fray of LA right now inching toward her goal as a writer in entertainment.  Honestly, her story could be any one of your stories. And she says things I know you've heard if not from me already, from others for sure.  But the point of her article is… Continue reading Legitimacy Pending: The Forest For The Trees – Breaking Into Television Writing

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Specs & The City: Writing Scenes – In Late / Out Early and ‘The Dark Knight’

Here's another short but sweet article by Brad Johnson from his Specs & The City column. This time he examines the need to arrive late and leave early in scenes.  Or as I call it: The LA Sports Fan technique. You might have even seen this technique put into effect on tv if you used… Continue reading Specs & The City: Writing Scenes – In Late / Out Early and ‘The Dark Knight’