The Sophomore Jinx – Part One

Note: this article originally appeared in MovieMaker Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. It used to be that there were two contradictory old saws about Hollywood: (1) “You’re only as good as your last picture.” (2) “Once you get a key to the club, you’re in.” The first suggested you […] Read more »

Interviewing and Casting Actors

Note: this article orignally appeared in MovieMaker Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. Interviewing and Casting Actors Most film directors will tell you that the single most important interaction they have with actors is during the casting process. Unlike in theatre, movie actors usually have little time to prepare for […] Read more »

THE SECRETS OF SCREENWRITING – PART TWO

This article originally appeared in MovieMaker magazine, and is reprinted with permission. 3. DON’T BE A SLAVE TO STRUCTURE. Aristotle and his successors prescribed an exact form for drama, but there are countless successful examples otherwise, providing that each film can be judged unto itself before it is judged according […] Read more »