Onward and Upward

This weekend we finished post-production on a short film, No Time for Romance. It’s a fourteen minute short about a pregnant wife who must decide to stay with her live-in boyfriend or prepare for the end of the world. It’s really about much more than that though: the rising nuclear tensions and the effects itContinue reading “Onward and Upward”

Go back to where it all started.

When a good idea comes, I write it down. Eventually the really good ones are turned into a screenplay. But all these “good ideas” are placed into a folder on the computer. Often when I begin my outline, I copy and past the very first notes into another word document where I can continue toContinue reading “Go back to where it all started.”

New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!

Good news! The short film I produced earlier this year was selected for the 2013 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL! I blogged about it about five months ago, just after our kickstarter-funded production wrapped.  The writer, director, and editor, Gus Péwé, is just finishing up the final cut to send it off. In all honestly, we weren’tContinue reading “New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!”

Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.

Something is missing. It’s flat. It’s boring. I have had these feelings on various occasions upon finishing a 1st draft of a script. Even after all that pre-writing and outlining, the story is missing something. Perhaps it’s a bigger plot point, or action or something riveting that really makes the story original. I didn’t noticeContinue reading “Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.”

Send a friend a screenwriting book

I’m not much of person who enjoys writing with others. I honestly don’t know how partners do it. From what I’ve read, writing partnerships only work if you write separately and then send each other drafts for the other to write ALONE. This process continues until you both feel it’s complete. THIS SOUNDS GREAT. IContinue reading “Send a friend a screenwriting book”

Our Next Movie

So hopefully you guys all took the time to watch the latest film I produced called THE BIG WEST.  It was directed and written by one of the more talented people I know, Gus Péwé. We shot the film for relatively cheap, and seeing as we’re students with minimal wage jobs, I think we producedContinue reading “Our Next Movie”

Get back to Basics

When I was first started writing, I stumbled upon a great book that taught me the basics of screenwriting. Today, after three years, 12+ features later, I keep that book by desk, because I know, the secret to writing a good movie is in the basics. Watch Avatar or Titanic — both are written by JamesContinue reading “Get back to Basics”

DON’T BREAK THE CHAIN: 2013 Challenge

I have spoken about “writing everyday”. I assume very few of you actually do it. I was once in your shoes. A new year is a milestone of your life; an opportunity to change things in your favor. Some call it a “fresh start”. What do you want to accomplish in 2013? What will youContinue reading “DON’T BREAK THE CHAIN: 2013 Challenge”

THE BIG WEST. Watch it here.

Some months ago, I blogged about a short film I produced called THE BIG WEST. It was written and directed by young and upcoming filmmaker Gus Péwé. On Tuesday, at a local non-profit location, we premiered THE BIG WEST to our friends and family. The final cut was 15 minutes. With a micro-budget, friends forContinue reading “THE BIG WEST. Watch it here.”

THE BIG WEST trailer. It’s an Indie Western

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a special blog about a movie I was producing called the THE BIG WEST. Well now I’m here to present to you all — the first trailer. Watching it, it’s hard to believe it’s only a short film. As you can tell, this is no average western tale.Continue reading “THE BIG WEST trailer. It’s an Indie Western”