The rule of threes is a part of many artistic endeavors. In a joke, the punchline always comes with the third example. In popular music, like a Beatles tune, it’s the hook sung by Paul, the “middle eight” bars of the chorus sung by John,…
Little Miss Sunshine — A Golden Fleece
Went to the movies last weekend. I really have not been seeing enough. I used to regularly have “Movie Day” when I would buy four tickets at the cineplex and see four movies in an afternoon — even if I didn’t stay for the whole…
You, Me and Dupree… and Act Three
While taking a break this weekend from the strenuosity of an amazingly busy work schedule (sorry to all whom I have not emailed), I caught You, Me and Dupree at the Sag Harbor Multiplex. Cute movie, boosted (IMO) by the last five minutes, which made…
I have just finished the one-week structure seminar here at Rockport College, and may I say: wow. Great writers. Strangers to each other when they met, and who by using the Cat! method of solid logline, solid structure and solid presentation came up with brilliant,…
How Can I Be of Service?
“How can I be of service?” This is the question I asked myself years ago — and it was the turning point in in my screenwriting career. I stopped trying to please myself in my writing, and started thinking about pleasing others. The question: “What…
What Makes a Great Logline?
I am starting to see a lot more spec sales in the trades!! This makes me very happy. Maybe… FINALLY… Hollywood is looking outside the studio gates for their movie ideas. ’bout time! One recent sale I cited in my seminar last weekend was one…
Do or Die time in Hollywood?
This summer promises to be a turning point according to Variety editor Peter Bart. In a recent column, Bart points out that the studios will be forcing their will — and their advertising budgets — on the American viewing public with yet another season of…
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