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.”

ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.

I landed a writing job last month, rewriting some script. Although, it didn’t exactly pay a whole lot, I realized a huge lesson… I was getting paid to do what I love to do. And as I polished the script, I was enjoying it to the full extent.  I’ve had various other small writing jobsContinue reading “ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.”

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.”

Making movies reminds me why I write Movies.

There was a time, when I aspired to be a director. But then I read a quote from Francis Ford Coppola — “If you want to direct you must know how to write.” Soon after that, I purchased my first how-to write a screenplay book. We recently wrapped on production of a short film titledContinue reading “Making movies reminds me why I write Movies.”

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”

I write with instinct. This is how I know.

When I rewrite I first go through with a red pen and make notes on a hard copy. Basic stuff. I change whatever I think I should. After I’m done, I set it aside for a week. When I’m ready to put those changes into my computer for my next draft, I place the hardContinue reading “I write with instinct. This is how I know.”

A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie

I love Chinese food. It’s the best. After a big order of General Tso’s Chicken, I immediately went for my fortune cookie. I’m not a superstitious kind of guy. I realize most of these fortunes are standard. But this one, I felt different about. I felt like this fortune was for me. “You deserve toContinue reading “A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie”

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.”