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Musings on current film and television topics, slanted generously toward writing and development.

Stop Trying to Win An Oscar

Many years ago, in the quasi-rebellious suburbs of Los Angeles, I read somewhere that the first thing you should do before starting a screenplay is write your Oscar acceptance speech. It was the opening paragraph in one of the six billion books on screenwriting. I figured it had to be good advice. And you know what? I did it. […]

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When Is Your Screenplay Finished?

Rather than spur a micro-analyzed philosophical debate impossible to win, allow me to first clarify: the process of writing a screenplay does end. Because it has to. A protege of Mario Puzo isn’t locked up in some Bronx basement still writing The Godfather in an eternal, Sisyphean loop of infinite futility. It was written, it was produced, and it […]

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The Myth of “Realistic” Writing

“Just write it more realistic,” they said. Makes sense. Realism. That’s like everyday stuff, right? Easy. And then, maybe an hour later, you break down–this hollow, brink-of-tears, absurd frustration stemming neither from the sadness of failure nor the euphoria of success. Those would be concrete emotions. This is utter confusion—a special breed of creative annoyance […]

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