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Final Draft and Lion, friends again

With Mac OS X Lion due any moment, Final Draft has released version 8.0.2, which should allow it to launch under the new OS.

Suing to get an agent, cont’d

Justin Samuels, the aspiring screenwriter who filed a lawsuit against two agencies for not representing him, wrote in with comments on my original post about his case.

Animation scripts aren’t always short

Dan Gerson writes that more often than not, page counts are a little higher in animation than live action.

Fucking pilots, cont’d

Broadcast networks basically want their own cable-quality shows, so they consciously (or subconsciously) gravitate towards writing they perceive as edgy, even though a lot of what attracted them will have to be excised.

Sales figures for The Variant

A reader asks for an update on my first experiment with publishing on the Kindle platform.

Spring Cleaning results

Readers spotted issues with roughly one-third of our 1,440 posts, which we’ll be resolving over the next few weeks.

One sample, cont’d

Several readers questioned my advice to write a TV spec, even if feature screenwriting is your primary goal.

New dates for Anatomy of a Script

Because of a travel situation, I had to swap dates for my Anatomy of a Script session on Big Fish. I’ll be coming two weeks later.

Young vs. new

“Young” is often used in Hollywood when “new,” “green” or “inexpensive” would be better choices.

Any printer will do

For screenwriters, printers have become better, faster, cheaper — and much less important.

Amazon Studios now slightly less terrible

When it was announced in November, one of the bold new ideas of Amazon Studios was letting any user rewrite any screenplay in the competition. I thought that was a terrible idea, and users agreed.

How Less IMDb came to be

I’ve asked Ryan Nelson to give a walk-through of developing and releasing our popular browser extension.

Less IMDb, now for Chrome and Firefox

Our browser extension to de-clutter IMDb is now available for Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

Amazon Studios, round three

I honestly looked for some positive reviews, and haven’t found them.

The Amazon film thing, ctd

Drew McWeeny: “Considering one of the rules of this contest grants Amazon Studios a free 18-month option on your work the moment you upload it, the idea that they can enter you in a contest later and tell you the rules after they do so seems positively batty. “

A reminder on comments

These are all fairly standard Living Room Rules, but some people seem unfamiliar with them, so I thought it would be better to state them explicitly.

On Dogfooding, and scratching your own itch

When you make something that you yourself use, that’s called dogfooding, a contraction of “eating your own dogfood.” That’s developer-speak, but it’s something screenwriters would do well to appropriate.

Why Harry Can’t Spell

While I’m worrying about higher education as philanthropy, Samuel Arbesman dares to question the value of a Hogwarts education.

Are parentheticals overused, cont’d

An ambitious reader crunches the numbers to find how many parentheticals successful screenwriters are actually using.

Why email addresses matter

Several readers disagreed with my advice about email addresses. They’re being naive.

Election results announced

The votes have been counted in the WGAw Board election.

La historia es gratis

Story is free, now in Spanish.

Credits referendum overwhelmingly approved

The three uncontroversial proposals for amending the TV and screen credits process passed by a large margin.

Snake People for iPad

In a welcome change from the walled garden of the App Store, iBooks will happily show you any ePub file you throw it. Including last week’s short story, Snake People.

Making and releasing the micro-budget indie

Thanks to the OTMM crew, there is now video from the Q&A I hosted after Tuesday night’s screening.