11 Ways to Take A NEW Look At Your Story

As a writer, I'm always looking for techniques to help me hone my prose and improve my output. I know, I know, it's called, 'find a good editor'! But even before that you really need to transform each version into a better version—whether you do it chapter by chapter (or scene by scene) or from start to finish. One of my resource sit...
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How To Write A Screenplay: 7 Things Agents Want To See In Your Script - Part 2

LAST TIME we left off with the first three things Screenplay Agents want to see in your script...ONE terrific role for a movie star ("actor bait")The project fits easily in ONE genreSuper short pitch...that's "Super-short"...and as we continue,  remember ALL AGENTS ARE BROKERS.  This means that when an agent encounters a new pro...
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How To Write A Screenplay: 7 Things Agents Want To See In Your Script - Part 1

Before I get to the list of seven things, I want to make sure we're on the same page about this: all agents are brokers.In the same way stockbrokers buy and sell stock and are paid on commission, agents in Hollywood arrange transactions between buyers and sellers and are paid only when the deals go through.This means that when an agent encounters a...
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Convergence is so ...BOOMER

...as in Baby Boomer! Remember that old buzzword, Convergence? What was it, the 90's when the industry was agog with change? Probably before that…But today it's old news. It's here, fait accompli, done deal, it's soup, es ist neue Welt.In the context of our digital age when theaters are projecting features in 4K and directors have to actually ...
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Spotlight On John Coleman

This article first appeared in SOCALshowbiz.com.  OCS: Why did you create Twin Oaks Communications? John W. Coleman: I wanted to bring my three businesses, corporate communications, TV program production and my personal services, together to be able to offer clients a broader range of services under one roof. It made more sense f...
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Colin Kiernan
" First, do what you love. Second, never quit—don't ever give up on your dreams. Third, plan on being an expert at something, stri... Read More
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Spotlight On Art Kirsch

This article first appeared in SOCALshowbiz.com.  Editor's Note: A number of people have told me that I do a pretty good job of interviewing other people so I should interview myself as well. Here goes.The entertainment industry is the second career for this Brooklyn, NY native after a quarter century in sales and management in t...
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Spotlight On Grace McKay

This article first appeared in SOCALshowbiz.com.  Editor's Note: Anyone who knows Grace McKay knows her as one of the hardest working, can-do people in our industry. If you need something to work, bring it to Grace and she'll figure it out. Grace is also extremely generous with her time, serving on many industry association boar...
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23 Meeting Questions You Should Expect

By Stephanie Palmer, author of "Good In A Room" Many people think of "the pitch" as the part of the meeting where you explain your idea to the decision-makers. But that's only the first part. Your pitch has a second part as well–and that's the secret.The first part is where you deliver the prepared component of your pitch. The second part is t...
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Producing A Commercial: When The Inevitable Bump In The Road Happens

No two productions are exactly the same but similarities are common. Here's a case study you may find interesting, with lessons which may apply to your next production. Producing commercials (documentaries, events, shorts, and feature length films) almost always have a crisis that needs to be addressed, no matter how well it is pl...
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John W. Coleman
Art, great explanation to the unanswerable question,"What does a Producer do?" My answer has always been, "Whatever is needed!" an... Read More
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Predicting TV Success

Do you read the Roundtable.Headlines page? We created it to give you an easy way to stay on top of our extremely dynamic industry. EVERY DAY Roundtable aggregates the top stories from over a dozen of the top trade rags—close to 150 stories a day covering a wide variety of industry topics. So, today I was scanning the headlines and came across an ar...
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