The trailer competition is nearing its end, and entries are starting to stream in. Some are quite good. If I have one general observation, it’s that many of the trailers are trying to be respectful to the (supposed) tone of the movie. That’s fine, but it’s hard to distinguish yourself when aiming for the same […]
Tomorrow, full details of the long-gestating trailer competition will be announced here (and at the lookforthenines site). You’ll have two versions of footage to choose from: DV and MPEG-4. The DV is big and beautiful. The MPEG-4 is small and nimble — and not as bad as you’d think. To get ready, Erik Beeson has […]
Matt sent me an LA Times article this morning which confirms that Google has been busy adding Street View to Los Angeles. My earlier suspicion that I’d been van-captured has proven true. So far, my mug doesn’t show up in any of the shots, but that’s likely because they seem to have only commercial streets […]
Update on New York City’s struggle with what to charge productions.
Looking through my YouTube account, I realized that I’d actually posted (and blogged about) our location scouting footage more than a year ago, shortly after we’d wrapped shooting. I thought I’d go back and grab screencaps from the movie to show you what some of these places looked like as shot. (The following are in […]
From the comment thread on the Air vents are for air post: I am an Air Conditioning Duct and I find this entire conversation incredibly ignorant and offensive. On the rare occasions that I do see my Community represented on screen, it is invariably unrealistic and below industry standard. All the Air Conditioning Ducts of […]
A reader alluded to it in the comments of an earlier post, but today we can officially announce that The Nines was chosen to play the Venice Film Festival as part of Critics’ Week. (At least, I assume we can announce it. We were sworn to double-super secrecy, which is presumably now over, since it […]
A few weeks ago, while answering the Grey’s Anatomy question which generated so much talkback, I found myself searching for a specific term I knew had to exist: the human tendency to consider only the samples presented, ignoring other relevant items. It felt like a fallacy, but it didn’t quite match up to any of […]
What exactly do you discuss at Sundance? They’re entering with completed scripts, which I assume are perfect to them at the beginning, so where to next? And if you participate in the Screenwriting Lab are you automatically given a Directors Lab spot, if that is what you so choose to do with your completed work? […]
Thanks to many readers, I think there’s a pretty clear game plan emerging for how to do The Nines Trailer Challenge. Several people have offered specific help, both advice and hosting. Bless you. Your email addresses have been duly noted for future follow-up. Here are the questions I asked, and the answers I got. 1. […]
Video links explaining how film and television writers should approach promoting themselves and their work through the media.
One benefit of leaving the comment threads open is that sometimes a long-dead post gets a surge of new activity. Over the past month, I’ve noticed a few new comments on a 2004 post featuring this photo… …which is, according to Snopes, probably real in the sense that it’s not Photoshopped — though it’s probably […]
I had a hunch there would be a lot of entries to the second Scene Challenge, but by the hammer of Thor, I never expected 162. It’s taken hours to go through them, winnowing it down from a list of 25 to ten to the winner. There were so many solid entries that I found […]
It would be nice if the general public had some sense that movies are actually written, and that the actors aren’t making up their dialogue.
I now fully regret my earlier ambivalence about MySpace. As it turns out, the site is only lame when you have 600 or 700 friends. Having crossed the magic threshold of 1,000 MySpace pals, I truly understand what all the fuss is about. The difference is MySpace Advanced, and you can only access it when […]
I’ve seen a lot of articles about the Digg Effect and what a site can expect after having a bunch of new visitors arrive to check out an article, as happened with my recent post on Warcraft. The general prediction is that readership drops to normal levels pretty quickly, and that’s borne out by the […]
Measured by the number of entries, the first-ever John August Scene Challenge was a surprising success. In terms of quality, well, there was a disappointing sameness that I’m going to blame on the limited nature of the assignment. Many entries were just a slightly-better version of the existing scene. While a lot of rewriting is […]
Josh Horowitz from MTV News wrote in to point out that The Flash business wasn’t the only thing they ran from our Sundance interview. In fact, the full version, now up on MTV Overdrive, succeeds in making both Ryan and me sound coherent, which is no small feat. Here’s what you can’t see in the […]
Update on “How to write a scene” post. Does the character drive the story or the storyteller?
2007 Screeners update.
A blog reader helps steer another reader towards his dream job.
The cavalcade of follow ups continues today with this guy, who got conflicting advice and chose to ignore all of it. And somehow still ended up okay. If anything, it’s encouraging to see that my guidance isn’t necessarily that crucial. Most people who are going to make it would make it without me. Here’s the […]
Today’s follow up comes from a reader who asked a question on my imdb column, which somehow never got copied over to this website. Yes, for the record, I’m aware that this “Follow Up” feature has become self-congratulatory. If it’s any consolation, I hate myself. (Not really.) The original Q and A went like this: […]
The first of the follow up emails came in last night. I fully anticipate that several will be, basically, “Yeah, I took your advice but nothing much happened.” This one, however, was particularly encouraging, especially considering my glib-in-retrospect reply. Here’s the original question and answer: I’m submitting a script to a screenplay competition and to […]