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CATSAWAY movie project WOWS at Abu Dhabi festival

May 13, 2017 1 Screenwriting, Screenwriting News

CATSAWAY creates a buzz in the UAE Last year director Fadel AlMehiri at Tent Pictures Productions hired me to develop an idea for his animated feature film concept – the CATSAWAY movie project. He was thrilled with the result: “My concept for the Catsaway movie is now a perfectly constructed and very…

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Going Clear: Scientology (2015)

May 11, 2017 0 Quick Film Reviews

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief On the surface, Going Clear will appeal to those who are confounded by Scientology and how this cult manages to attract celebrities into their pseudo-church. I, too, wonder HTF uber-successful people like Tom Cruise can be suckered into a bunch of self-help…

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017) – #MOVIETRAILER

May 10, 2017 0 Movie Trailers, Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting News

War For the Planet of the Apes Does a good movie trailer usually mean it’s a good movie? Watching this trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes got me thinking about the correlation between the quality of a trailer and the quality of a movie. As a screenwriter, who…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: Casablanca (1942)

Apr 14, 2017 0 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting

CASABLANCA: WHAT I LEARNED THS TIME Last week, at my local cinema, I had the privilege of seeing a digital restoration of the classic film Casablanca. I’ve seen it a million times, but this was my first time seeing it in a theater. It was just as awesome as you’d…

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WGA strike, Spec deals and Phil in the news

Apr 2, 2017 0 Screenwriting News

WGA STRIKE LOOMS… SOME HOPE BLOOMS. The odds stacked against a screenwriter in today’s movie/ television world are pretty daunting. Beyond the everyday challenges of an outsider getting a script noticed in an ocean full of competitors, this month the Writer’s Guild of America is proposing a writer’s strike. Now,…

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ON SCREENWRITING: How to polish a draft

Mar 20, 2017 0 Screenwriting

The first three steps every screenwriter should take. Writing a draft of a screenplay is incredibly hard, yet rewarding, work for most screenwriters. After many weeks/ months/ years of toil, it’s natural to ache for an immediate reward, but unless you’re being paid for that writing, there usually isn’t one.…

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