Yeah, what he said… Related post: Don’t Try and Complete with Hollywood—Edward Burns Shooting a Feature Film in 4 Days (Joe Swanberg) The Best Film School (Robert Rodriguez) Scott W. Smith

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”With the actors [on Lady Bird] I’d always say don’t play the comedy, play it truthful and it will be funny.” Writer/Director Greta Gerwig The Deadline Podcast P.S. This quote reminds me of one that Tina Fey said of one of the father’s of modern improv: “I remember taking workshops with Del Close, and he always used […]

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(Note: This is a reworking of a post originally written in 2008.) “Find a strong-willed character with a nothing-will-stand-in-my-way determination to reach his or her goal confronting strong opposition, add a strong action line, keep throwing obstacles (conflicts) in his or her path, and you’re well on your way to a gripping screenplay.” William Froug […]

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I’ll continue my run of posts on writer/director Greta Gerwig tomorrow but wanted share a photo I took yesterday of a nicer than average Florida sunset. As I driving east toward downtown Orlando I saw a man looking to the west with his camera pointed at the sky. “What’s that dude taking pictures of?” I […]

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The way I write is to allow myself to do things kind of unconsciously, and then I try to craft them after I’ve done it unconsciously. I have the distinct experience of tapping into something where I can just write, and write, and write, and it doesn’t feel like I’m doing the choosing of the […]

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Here’s a quote from back in 2013—a few years before Greta Gerwig made her directorial debut with Lady Bird. (A film that just won Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.) “[Directing] was never something I realized I could do for a long […]

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“Sacramento is the Midwest of California.” Lady Bird Ten years ago this month I launched this blog after seeing the movie Juno. Diablo Cody ended up winning an Oscar for writing the Juno screenplay about a pregnant high school student. Last night Lady Bird’s writer, Greta Gerwig, won a Golden Globe award for best musical or comedy. I’m […]

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“I had a wonderful teacher, Irwin Blacker, and he was feared by everyone at the school because he took a very interesting position. He gave you the screenplay form, which I hated so much, and if you made one mistake on the form, you flunked the class. His attitude was that the least you can […]

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Happy New Year Yesterday after the University of Central Florida’s football team beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl it completed UCF head coach Scott Frost’s Florida project. If  their season was a movie you’d write it off as a sports cliche. Frost took over a program that was 0-12 just two years ago and turned […]

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I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell my myself To hold on to these moments as they pass A Long December/ Counting Crows When I was 12 years old I remember thinking it odd that I had yet to know someone who died. But that would all soon change. Then back in […]

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