Digital Media and Web Series

Write Your Next Screenplay… on the iPad

I’ll be honest, folks… for weeks, I haven’t been sure what the big deal about the iPad is.  But having seen it and played with a little, I gotta admit… it’s pretty freakin’ cool. Having said that, one of the drawbacks for screenwriters is that there isn’t (yet) any professional screenwriting software for the...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JayCut.com

Wanted to pass along a pretty cool website… For those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles (or pricetags) of Final Cut or Avid, but still want to edit home movies or online videos, check out JayCut— a simple online editing application that lets you upload and edit videos, then put...

Two and a Half Men: Giving Characters Tangible Wants & Conflicts

I often talk in my TV-writing classes about the importance of giving characters TANGIBLE wants, obstacles, conflicts, etc.  In other words, we sometimes give our characters internal objectives and obstacles– like the desire to find love, absolve guilt, give forgiveness, be at peace, etc.– but it’s important to find physical, tangible, or visual ways...

Don Draper Gets Skewered

Hey, Mad Men fans– Thought you might enjoy this great Mad Men parody, posted yesterday by the Landline sketch group… Mad Men in 60 Seconds You might also like:No Related Posts

Hitler vs. Avatar

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar, which comes out this winter, I’m posting it below.  (Not that it’s that great…) But first, and even better, comes “Hitler Learns That the Avatar Trailer Sucks” (which is pretty hilarious… maybe one of my favorites of all the “Hitler” videos…)...

More Good News for Writers…

Hey, all– Got an email from the WGA this morning– and Variety and Nikki Finke have now picked up the story– but CBS‘s Internet writers have voted unanimously to join the Writers Guild, meaning people writing CBS’s online sports, news, and promotional content will now be covered by the union!  This is a huge...

Teach Your Kid To Be A Movie Critic!

Hey, folks– This was such a fun and interesting event, I had to post it up here. On Tuesday, July 21, KidsPickFlicks.com— the movie review site for kids– presents “Popcorn, Pop and a Paycheck: How to Get the Life of a Movie Critic” at the Variety offices here in L.A. For those of you...

Got Legal Advice?

Hey, screenwriters and filmmakers– Just wanted introduce you to today’s Website of the Day… Legal Ease, an outstanding legal Q&A blog from FilmIndependent.  It’s been up and running since the beginning of the year, answering questions on everything from options and Writers Guild minimums to licensing songs and obtaining book rights.  All the questions...

A Few of My Favorite Podcasts…

Thanks to the anonymous reader who posted in response to last week’s post about Jen Grisanti’s Storywise podcast, and their question… “Which writing podcasts do you regularly download?“ To be honest, I don’t listen to a ton of writing-specific podcasts… although I always wish I did… but I like to listen to some other...

Storywise: All Your Favorite Writers… In Their Own Words!

Hey, folks– This is gonna sound like shameless promotion, and maybe it is– especially considering Jen Grisanti is a friend of mine– but this is a great new resource that you should all check out. Jen, who used to run current programming at Spelling TV and is now coaching countless of top-notch writers and...

Onion Star Trek Spoof!

If you haven’t seen the Onion “News Network”‘s hilarious Star Trek commentary— beam yourself up!… Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’ You might also like:No Related Posts

SHARLA'S QUESTION: Are web scripts useful writing samples?

Hey, folks— Today’s reader question comes from Sharla.  First of all, I have to say—Sharla, MAJOR THANKS for your super-nice comments on Small Screen, Big Picture!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it… and I’m glad you found it helpful! As for your question… here it is: “I’ve been hearing everywhere that...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Blambot

Hey, guys– Props to loyal reader Charlie for submitting today’s website of the day… which, admittedly, is kind of random and seemingly off-topic, but I thought it was so cool and interesting– and, hopefully, helpful– I wanted to pass it on to you all. So, for all you comic book writers and graphic novelists,...

A Peek into the Mind of a Movie Producer

Hey, guys– My friend Dena Hysell, one of the founders of Secret Handshake Entertainment (Drinky Crow, Baxter & MacGuire) is one of the producers on St. Vincent, director Walter Hill‘s new movie starring Mickey Rourke.  CORRECTION:  Okay, it’s not actually St. Vincent… it’s A Little Help, starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell, and written...

A Special Message from the WGA

Hey, everyone– David Young, Executive Director of the Writers Guild West, just sent this email to members.  It’s got some great updates and information on what’s happened in the months since last year’s writers strike… thought you’d find it interesting and informative (also, it copies and pastes funny, so my apologies for the weird...

A bunch of stuff… including Scott's contest question

Hey, guys– A bunch of stuff… 1)  Scott asked a good about the Spinoff Contest… “Will you allow entrants from outside the US?” The answer?… ABSOLUTELY!  Wherever you are, Scott– or anyone else– please: submit away!  Click HERE for all the details… 2)  If you’re into web video, check out a great website called...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Hollywood ASST"

I meant to post this a couple days ago and totally spaced it… sorry!… but this video has been making the rounds in Hollywood.  It’s from my friend Max Dionne and his sketch group, Back of the Class.  If you’ve ever worked as a Hollywood assistant… or wanted to… this should make you smile…...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Know Your Pilots

Hey, everyone– It’s January/February, which– in television land– means only thing: PILOT SEASON.  (I know all the networks keep crowing that they’re doing “year-round development,” and while that’s kinda true– to a certain degree– the old development/pilot/staffing seasons are still very much in effect.  Personally, I don’t think the networks will EVER escape those...

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 Kring (Heroes, Crossing...

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Benjamin Gump"

Hey, movie fans– I haven’t actually seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but thanks to this video… you won’t need to!  Props to Rick for sending this over.  Check it out… hilarious!  (I especially loved it because I find Forrest Gump one of the most over-rated movies ever… although it has a great...

Join Me for a XX Chat About TV… on the Internet

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to tune in this Sunday, when I’ll be a special guest on The XX Factor, Susan Schofield and Kim Gruenenfelder‘s political/pop cultural Internet radio show on LATalkRadio.com.  We’ll be talking about the state of television… where it’s going in the near future… and some of today’s...

Interesting Article… Enjoy!

Hey, everyone– This doesn’t have anything to do with screenwriting per se, but I loved Andrew Sullivan‘s piece, “Why I Blog,” in this month’s Atlantic magazine, so I just wanted to pass it along.  Andrew’s one of the best bloggers out there, and he does a great job of summing up the relevance and...

TV Writing Interview: Part III… Take a Listen

Hey, everyone– Here’s the third part of the 3-part podcast interview I did with Judith Parker Harris and the Alive! Authors Network.  Take a listen… we talk about the politics and logistics of being a TV writer, frequent mistakes aspiring writers make, and how to break in and launch a successful career. Click HERE...

TV Writing Interview: Part II… Take a Listen!

Hey, everyone– A couple weeks ago, the Alive! Authors Network posted the first part of Breaking In and Breaking Through the TV Business, Judith Parker Harris‘s 3-part interview with me about TV writing… how to get your foot in the door, get noticed, and excel in the world of television. Well, Judith has now...

Chatting About TV Writing… Take a Listen!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to listen to a recent podcast interview I did on the Alive! Authors Network… all about TV writing and the TV industry. This is the first of a 3-part interview I did, called Breaking In and Breaking Through the TV Business, with podcast host Judith Parker...