In the past articles, Why Spec Scripts Fail, we explored some of several reasons why spec scripts receive the “Heave Ho.” Now I want to address some more reasons why your spec is dead on arrival. Never to be resurrected and read. Number one among the reasons is also the premier sign of an amateur writer – fancy colored covers or binders. This does not create a good impression. In […]
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I was raised to believe that treating other people with kindness, respect and empathy was of supreme importance. Maybe this was partly how my mother, a child psychologist, kept her five children from getting into endless squabbles. That certainly worked. I remember when our friends across the street, a brother and sister, got into a vicious wrestling match over a pool float. I was horrified. That would never have happened in my […]
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Informative introduction to Lisa Alden’s “Power of the Pitch” workshops – learn how to pitch a script for an original TV pilot from somebody who has sold every one in the room! Even if you plan on writing it on spec, learning how to pitch it will exponentially develop your project and save you months of writing wasted drafts. Click image to play video; more details are below. Are you […]
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In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. I’m lucky enough to be in what I think is one of the world’s great screenwriting groups. We meet weekly, read each other’s work out loud, and offer notes. There’s alcohol. There are snacks. It happens to be a phenomenally talented group of […]
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This week, we picked the brain of writer-director-producer Katie Tibaldi on her web series SEEKING SUBLET, about two roommates in New York City in search of the perfect third roommate. We’ve known Katie since college and in addition to being a kickass friend and all around amazing person, Katie’s worked on shows from SNL to NURSE JACKIE and is also currently producing a documentary (STREET FIGHTING MAN) in her home […]
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I was watching In the Heat of the Night(1967) and heard Virgil say that Sam couldn't have driven two cars at the same time.
As Rod Steiger pondered this rarely-contested fact for a moment it dawned on me. It is quite easy to drive two cars at the same time as long as you have about 30 feet of PVC pipe, 100 ft of 8 gauge steel wound wire and one roll of Gorilla Tape. For ease of control the wires on the driver's end would be attached to a couple of hard-rubber handles controlling steering, gas & brakes:
WARNING: Do not attempt this on the open road. However, if you happen to live in the middle of Australia go ahead and have fun. And, just like with remote control helicopters it's best to start out with inexpensive vehicles until you dial in the controls.
Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment
In the wake of today's collision, sources close to sources close to sources close to the Lohan camp revealed that her handlers have contacted the Special Effects Department at Disney in an effort to secure several of the 'Herbie' Volkswagens that were featured in Herbie Fully Loaded (2005).
One of the heavily-reinforced cars is equipped with ground-breaking accident avoidance technology that was first used on the Mars Rover ten years ago. Both cars will also feature Google's new Blind Driving Computer. "All the cars have a limiter at 210 mph," Herbie's handlers said, "otherwise they could lose control. But they're death-proof up to 400 mph. So we're confident she'll be alright." Google could not be reached for comment.
Posted on June 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments
Considering the hundreds of eyewitness accounts in South America of a giant flightless bird and the fact that much of that country has yet to be explored with modern surveillance equipment it is practical to assume that there are still birds out there that could bite our head off. When we sit down and eat our bird this coming Thursday it's important to realize just why it tastes so good. When the hunted finally get to eat the hunter there is a sublime molecular response, a sense of total gratification. Thousands of generations were afraid to go outside without their dogs nearby. Some even had panthers and tigers to protect them from becoming Diatryma feed, though that elitist method would backfire from time to time for obvious reasons.
Today when we give our cats and dogs the giblets and the dark meat we're actually thanking them for thousands of years of protection. We pay them tributes just like in the Godfather. So Thanksgiving is a day of thanks on many levels, besides the obvious ones, which include being thankful for Law & Order on TNT and the Snuggie®.Continue
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment
For the sheer sake of seeing Schadenfreude followed by Schrödinger I present the following:
Schrödinger's Cat: A cat, along with a flask containing a poison and a radioactive source, is placed in a sealed box shielded against environmentally induced quantum decoherence. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.
Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment, usually described as a paradox, that Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger devised in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The thought experiment presents a cat that might be alive or dead, depending on an earlier…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2011 at 1:30am — 6 Comments