Mitch Paradise

What's in a Name?

Call me old fashion, but I just don’t see why there are movies with the same title as a previous movie that is completely different. I’m not talking about remakes or sequels. This is not about Clark Gable and M...read more

Posted at 13 Sep, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Colin Costello

Summer Lessons

Going to the movies this summer was the equivalent of waiting for the A-Train on a urine-drenched NYC subway platform in July. For every “Civil War” there was a “Ben-Hur” and “Warcraft.” ...read more

Posted at 08 Sep, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Enjoying Movies

A double feature is always a great chance for a rich and varied movie experience, and there are days at the Writers Guild when you can even double your pleasure and go for four movies in a row, if your back can take it and yo...read more

Posted at 25 Aug, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Colin Costello

Let's Table It

So you’ve finished that umpteenth draft of your screenplay and you feel like it’s finally ready to show to the rest of the world. Not so fast, Frank Darabont. Before you begin querying managers, agents, producers...read more

Posted at 13 Jul, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Steven Nash

Going to Market

It's my opinion that the way and reason projects get financed is evolving rapidly and perhaps mysteriously. We are all distinctly aware that all of the burgeoning new outlets for distribution have seemingly become mainstream...read more

Posted at 05 May, 2016 | By: Steven Nash | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Prince of Persuasian

Like much of the rest of the world, I am mourning the loss of quite possibly the greatest musician, songwriter and performer my generation will ever know - Prince Rogers Nelson. Say or think what you want about him. Ask the ...read more

Posted at 03 May, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Class or No Class

When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup. I like al...read more

Posted at 22 Apr, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Pitching, Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

A Super Cry

I didn’t cry when Superman died at the end of “Batman v Superman." I did cry several times watching the old Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated "Superman." I even got sniffly at Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel&...read more

Posted at 12 Apr, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Lessons From The Bard

In college I was a playwright before I was a film student, and I studied every playwriting manual I could find. Yes, I'm an analysis geek, which was proven when I dug in and starting creating screenwriting software based on m...read more

Posted at 18 Mar, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Oscar Lessons

By the time this is published, two screenplays will have won the coveted golden man. One will be anointed the best screenplay in the “Best Adapted” category and the other in the “Best Original.” And mo...read more

Posted at 29 Feb, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Worst of 2015

I say it over and over again – No one sets out to make a bad movie. Well, I don’t know what Adam Sandler is thinking, but for the most part everyone WANTS to make a good film. So the films on my list don’t a...read more

Posted at 21 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

The Best of 2015

Last year was an amazing one for films, making this the most difficult list I have ever compiled. I based my Top 10 on the sheer movie going enjoyment each film provided me. Make me cry, yank me to the edge of my seat or stay...read more

Posted at 13 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

John Weidner

Walking with a Legend

I hardly knew him. Couldn’t be counted among his friends or acquaintances. But even so, one thing was for certain: In the span of three short months, he’d impacted my soul. We rarely get the opportunity to walk...read more

Posted at 30 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner

John Weidner

Be a Partner

A co-writer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you have a fresh set of eyes, someone else to bounce ideas off of, someone to do half the heavy lifting. On the other hand, you have all the responsibilities inher...read more

Posted at 22 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  The Biz

John Weidner

Foot in the Door

Virtual Pitch Fest has turned out to be a godsend. Once I joined, my screenwriting career blew up. It opened doors I never thought I'd have the opportunity to pass through. It led to a couple options where, yes, I got paid...read more

Posted at 18 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Pitching, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

A Writer's Creed

As I sobbed and sniffled my way like a baby through Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s tear-inducing slugfest “Creed” last week, it dawned on me that choosing a screenwriting career is very much like...read more

Posted at 10 Dec, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

John Weidner

The Screenwriting Secret

There's something they're not telling you. Because it's a secret. Heard repeated over the years, time and time again. From several sources, friends in the industry, writers who swear on a stack of scripts that it works.&nbs...read more

Posted at 02 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Theaters Are Waiting

Soon, we will be inundated with jingling Target commercials. Oh, that already happened. And Ralph’s will surround us with turkeys and squash set in woven whicker horns. Oh, that happened, too. So the holidays ARE here....read more

Posted at 12 Nov, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

John Weidner

Movies To Save

If - like Matt Damon in "The Martian" - I found myself marooned on some distant planet, these are the top 10 life-sustaining movies I'd have to have to survive until a rescue mission could come save my ass. 1. "ORDET"  ...read more

Posted at 03 Nov, 2015 | By: John Weidner

Colin Costello

How To Scare

I love Halloween. It’s truly my favorite holiday next to Chrismukkah. For countless October, neighbors were able to feast their eyeballs upon the “scareriffic” decorations in our yard, making me the Clark &l...read more

Posted at 22 Oct, 2015 | By: Colin Costello

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