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GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part Two

Hey, screenwriters— We’ve been chatting with Ellen Besen, an accomplished animator and author of the great new book, Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know. Last time, we talked about creative principles of animation.  Today, we’ll learn the rules of breaking...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Ellen Besen, Animator – Part One

Hey, folks— We have a special guest with us for a couple days, animator and National Film Board of Canada director Ellen Besen, author of the recently released Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writers, Filmmakers, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know.  I had read Ellen’s book and...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Write Environment

Hey, guys– Props to Andrew, who steered me toward an interesting website: The Write Environment.  Founded by screenwriter Jeffrey Berman, The Write Environment is actually a series of interviews, conducted by Berman, with some of today’s top TV and film writers, including Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim...

BOOK REVIEW: Master Shots

Hey, guys— Wanted to take a few moments today to recommend a really interesting book I’ve been perusing over the past few days… Christopher Kenworthy’s “Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie.”  It’s brand-new… just hit shelves at the beginning of this month…...

READER QUESTION: I'm looking for a specific movie script…

Today’s reader question comes from Safeena, who writes: “Do you by any chance have the full script of Under the Same Moon? I wanted to perform an interpretation for a speech competition, but I can’t find it anywhere.” Unfortunately, Safeena, I don’t have that particular script (although I loved the movie),...

TV Interview… and a Book Excerpt

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point you to an interview I did last week with Mediabistro… we talked about everything from breaking into television and producing your first show to how the Internet is changing TV and what the economy has in store. They also printed an excerpt from my TV...

READER QUESTION: How Can A Writer Protect A Book Idea?

Hey, writers– Today’s reader question was emailed from Brian, who writes… “Chad, I have a fantastic idea for a book and I want to protect my idea from someone else copying it.  Whats steps should a person take in order to protect an idea until it comes into print?“ Well, Brian,...

Havin' a Party… and You're Invited!

Hey, everyone– Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are at least half as stuffed as I am… I am literally writing this with the computer on the bed and me on my knees next because I’m too top-heavy to lift myself up any further.  Having said that… Wanted to give...

Hit Your Local Bookstores! (Please!)

Hey, everyone– I know I mentioned this a couple weeks ago… but today my TV book, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business, hits shelves from Random House and Mediabistro— so please don’t be afraid to go check it out! If you’re an aspiring TV writer, this...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ChadGervich.com

Hey, everyone– My website, ChadGervich.com, is finally up and running… so please swing by and check it out!  You’ll find info about me (news, upcoming events and classes, etc.)… but you’ll also find some amazing resources for aspiring TV writers… •  Job-hunting links and websites•  Network, studio, and agency info•  The...

Best Book Recommendation EVER!

Hey, everyone– I’m super-psyched to announce that my new (and first) book, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business (which officially comes out November 25), is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Noble! The book is a user-friendly “business guide” for aspiring TV...

BOOK REVIEW: The Sound Effects Bible

A friend of mine, Biagio Messina, who’s a super-talented TV producer and filmmaker, once told me: “The easiest way to make something LOOK good… is to make something SOUND good.”  (I may be paraphrasing, but that’s how I remember it.) And he’s right. A few weeks ago at work, we shot...

READER QUESTION: How Should I Protect or Copyright My Writing?

Hey, everyone– Today’s reader question comes from Joseph, who writes… “I have recently finished my first spec script and am about to start the revision process. I am planning to give the first draft to some writer friends of mine, one is a professional screenwriter, in order to get some feedback....

BOOK REVIEW: Animation Unleashed

Hey, everyone— A few years ago, I wrote a screenplay which (unfortunately) never sold, but got me a bunch of meetings around town… including a meeting with the Disney animation department.  It wasn’t an animated movie, but it had some elements that were very animation-ish, so they asked me if I’d...

READER QUESTION: Where Can I Find Good Script Contests?

Today’s reader question comes from a new reader, Wendy, who writes… “Hi Chad, I just found your blog. IT’S GREAT. Where can I find a list of reputable script contests?” First of all, Wendy—thanks so much for finding the blog and enjoying it!  I hope you stick around! As for a...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer

Props to my friend Charlie for turning me on to this site, but I wanted to let you all know about a pretty great blog… from Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer.  I don’t know Amanda personally, but if you’re interested in television writing… or how to break in… this is a...

BOOK REVIEW: The Citizen Kane Crash Course in Cinematography

Hey, screenwriters and filmmakers— Wanted to take a few moments to give you a fun book recommendation… a new book from cinematographer David Worth (Any Which Way You Can, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Bronco Billy, etc.) called: The Citizen Kane Crash Course in Cinematography: A Wildly Fictional Account of How Orson Welles Learned...

GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How NOT to Write a Screenplay

Hey, screenwriters– I’m excited to present a special guest today… William M. Akers, author of the new screenwriting book, Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great, from Michael Wiese Productions, and… my former screenwriting teacher at Vanderbilt University! Will was not only a great teacher (and my first screenwriting...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ScriptCity.com

Hey, everyone– Special thanks to Jen Grisanti, of Jen Grisanti Consultancy, for pointing me to this week’s great website.  But if you’re looking for particular movie scripts or scripts of produced TV episodes, check out Script City at www.scriptcity.com.  Unlike Drew’s Script-O-Rama or Daily Script, Script City is a pay site…...

COOL FILMMAKING SITE OF THE WEEK: Moviecues.com

Hey, filmmakers (and musicians)– This is a pretty cool new service and website– MovieCues.com… it not only provides filmmakers with pre-cleared music that can be licensed over the Internet, it connects local and regional musicians to local and regional filmmakers.  In other words, it helps local musicians get their work out...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TVbytheNumbers.com

Hey, TV fans– Wanted to introduce you to my new favorite website/blog, TVbytheNumbers.com.  Here’s what’s awesome about this site… first of all, it’s dedicated only to TV ratings, so unlike Variety or The Reporter or Mediaweek, you don’t have to wade through a bunch of other news and information in order...