Introductions

I keep editing the brief introduction to my main character in the comedy feature I’m working on.  I can’t stop making changes.  I’ve got to pull it together, really.  I must make a final decision.  I just feel like I’m introducing her to the world in that first scene, and I want to get it […]

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Shut up, Shut up, Shut up

SPOILER ALERT for Breaking Bad, Season 5! So I am often a few days late catching up on Breaking Bad, but I know some people are a season or two behind, so I don’t want to spoil it for any one.  But on the “Hazard Pay” (episode 3) of Season 5, the scene that stayed […]

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Staying Ahead

Ted Tally (of Silence of the Lambs) has some interesting things to say during the 7/21/12 episode of KLRU’s On Story.  He concludes that today’s audiences are very savvy and sophisticated when it comes to storytelling, and that it is difficult but necessary to stay a little ahead of them.  This is especially true, I […]

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A Light Touch

I was at the park on a recent morning with my toddler.  Always ready for a challenge, she climbed up onto some raised stepping stone play equipment and reached for my hand. Cradling her hand gently in mine, I could feel the surge of power in her small body, as she managed adept little leaps […]

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At the Table

I had the opportunity to participate in another table read this past weekend.  I am amazed how much there is to learn from hearing a script read aloud, even when it’s someone else’s script.  Seeing how the characters come to life (or don’t), hearing whether the dialogue rings true, watching the reactions from others in […]

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The Heart of a Film

I was recently moved by the discussion on the 7-14-12 episode of the KLRU PBS show “On Story.”  Caroline Thompson (of Edward Scissorhands) spoke of how powerful the experience of seeing a movie can be.  She still recalls a film experience from when she was three years old.  I have my own strong memories of […]

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Beginnings

This morning, in between making cheese balls (yum) and playing “Cicada Girl” outside with my 2 1/2-year-old (Man, you had to be there for the cicada close-encounter thing we had!), I squeezed in some snippets of yesterday’s Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin.  Part of their discussion was timely for me, as I was […]

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Endings

Well, I’m working on the second draft of my comedy feature.  I decided to print the whole sheboodle out and take a gander at it. It’s a good feeling to actually hold your writing in your hand and feel the weight of it!  Makes it all feel real. Reading it through the print-out gave me […]

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Save the Cat

I saw an interesting blog post today about the well-known Blake Snyder Save the Cat screenwriting books.  Save the Cat was the very first book on screenwriting I ever read.  I have a soft spot in my heart for it.  Even if it does sum up perhaps too tidily the craft of screenwriting, it was […]

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Emily’s Top 10 “Write Your Ass Off” Rules

1) Write what you don’t know, because who really knows shit?  How about write what you wish you knew, because if you want to know it, maybe so does someone else. 2) Do write about people you know.  Craft characters you either love or love to hate. 3)If you start to worry about your characters […]

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