You really can’t sell old scripts like these. But you’d do a lot of writers a favor by giving them away.
A screenwriter colleague recently vented her frustration with always getting paid late for her studio jobs. I didn’t have any particularly good advice for her — what she describes is hardly unique. In fact, the situation is so much the norm that I asked if she would write up a post about her experiences, since I’ve never really discussed it on the blog.
George Sloan is a writers’ assistant on “How I Met Your Mother.” He graciously agreed to write up a primer for recent college grads considering making the move to Hollywood.
I’m interviewed in a new book about screenwriters’ experiences.
Yesterday, I flew up to San Francisco to watch the federal trial regarding Proposition 8.
Jonny Sommers has a job many readers want — or at least, think they want: the assistant to a successful and busy TV showrunner.
I met Jerome Schwartz during the WGA strike. Afterwards, I asked him to keep me apprised of how his career was going.
I asked Adam Davis, a young alum from Drake University, to write about his first year starting out in Hollywood. He’s back with a follow-up.
Todd Sklar, who I know from his work up at the Sundance Labs, wrote in to agree with a lot of the points I raised in my post-mortem of The Nines. His experience with the indie film he made and self-released is alternately inspiring and exhausting, but worth careful attention for anyone considering making a […]
Sage advice from a fresh transplant who took the plunge.
First person account of the glorious drudgery of starting at the bottom in Hollywood.
I arrived in Chicago yesterday for a few days’ work on the next thing I’m writing. In the cab leaving the airport, I saw a giant jet landing. Something about our relative speeds and angles created the illusion that the plane wasn’t moving forward at all. Rather, it was gracefully floating straight down. It was […]
And both the film and I were better for it.
You know how you can go months without seeing someone, then suddenly, they’re everywhere? This morning as I was getting into my little Prius, screenwriter/neighbor/inconstant blogger Josh Friedman rolled up in the Death Star Escalade to discuss our respective children’s nap schedules in anticipation of a playdate. Yeah, I said playdate. This is how we […]
About halfway through shooting The Movie, the propmaster asked, “Hey, where are your glasses?” I had taken them off to check my email, and left them sitting on the dining room table. It’s part of his job to recognize continuity issues, so it’s natural he noticed something was off. But it was only his comment […]
Barring some sort of Actual News Event, I’ll be one of the guests on Airtalk this Tuesday, July 11th at 11:30 a.m. (At least, that’s the time for Los Angeles listeners.) Host Judy Muller will be talking with Chris Brancato and me about the book Doing It for Money: The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing […]
Awkward dances with public recognition.
I’ve had a MySpace profile for a long time, but never really did anything with it. At the time I registered, I remember thinking that MySpace felt like a lame Friendster knock-off. But as we all know, MySpace is now the Google of social networking, a billion dollar eye-magnet. The difference is, I like Google, […]
Mysteries of the staffing process revealed.
Kevin Arbouet tagged me to answer 10 questions about mistakes and bad practices. Taken the wrong way, the whole exercise could be kind of negative and bleak. But one (hopefully) learns from one’s errors, so it’s in that spirit that I further the meme. 1) WHAT’S THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER WRITTEN? With hindsight being […]
A lecture to Trinity University on authorship and authority in the internet age.
Corrections to notes on my Q&A at the WGA.
As I might have mentioned, I got nominated for a Grammy Award (along with Danny Elfman) in the Best Song TV/Movie/Visual Media category for “Wonka’s Welcome Song” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The nomination came as a surprise, in that (a) I didn’t realize the Grammys were coming up, (b) I didn’t know the […]
I recently did an e-mail interview with the good folks at the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, only to realize that a significant percentage of my readership base (aspiring screenwriters, confused Christians, web-surfing office drones) lives outside of our 30th state, and therefore might not receive the newsletter. So with WSF’s kind permission, I’m reprinting it here. […]
Dear John, I am a big fan, since GO. We finally got a DVD of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and showed it at my 8/9 year old daughter’s birthday sleepover. Great movie, great time. When the time comes for your baby to have a sleepover don’t fret it. It was fully successful and not […]