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Chicago: The Musical. No, not that one.

I spent a few days in Chicago to see the workshop of my friends’ new musical, Asphalt Beach. And then I wrote a play.

Depression on film

You rarely see clinical depression in movies and TV, despite being much more common in real life than, say, retrograde amnesia.

What if my movie is too much like another?

In all likelihood, it’s not — you just think it is.

Can Dracula’s son get a book deal?

The vast majority of memoirs are written by vain, delusional nutjobs, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be entitled to your six-figure advance.

Vampires are the imaginary numbers of modern literature

You’ve never met an undead blood-sucker, and neither have I. Yet we can both agree on quite a few characteristics of these non-existent beings.

Making the geek movie

There is definitely room in the film universe for a uber-geek movie, be it a thriller, a drama, a comedy or whatever.

How many drafts does it take?

This “knowing when it’s done” sense only develops with experience.

Inciting Incident: Koo Koo Roo edition

I want to know that no one’s hurt, but even more, I want to know what the hell I saw.

No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!

A useful guide to super-villainy.

To Do: Destroy the world

It’s surprisingly difficult for any villain — even a powerful alien race — to actually destroy the planet.

Blind man’s point of view

Welcome to the world of experimental film, where you invite mocking simply based on hubris.

Getting stuck in a genre

The right genre is the one that will actually get you to fire up your word processor, rather than surf the internet.

Genres and structures

Nail down characters, tone and action come before plot and structure.

Western’s out?

Yes. So write one.