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The Incredible(s) Sale! Jun 16

It’s finally here!

One of my favorite films of all time is THE INCREDIBLES… Not just favorite animated films — favorite films, period. I just think it’s brilliant.

In celebration of the opening week of the long-awaited sequel that was just released, I’m offering a 25% refund on any proofreading or script notes purchased through June 22nd.

Just place an order on proofreading or script notes, send me your script and tell me who your favorite INCREDIBLES character is, and I’ll issue you a 25% refund. Bam!

And when you get a chance to see the sequel, let me know what you think!

Shakes His Head Jun 13

Efficiency

Screenwriting is all about efficiency. Maximum impact with the minimum number of words.

So one of my biggest pet peeves is when I see the following in scripts:

She shakes her head no.

There are two big things wrong with that action line:

  1. Why is the word “no” there?! We already know she’s saying “no” because she’s shaking her head. If the audience can figure out what she’s indicating without her actually saying it, there’s no need to give the reader this extra piece of information.
  2. What’s a “head no”? Even though it’s completely unnecessary, if you’re going to explain what she means by shaking her head, at least put a comma between “head” and “no.” Or better yet, add quotation marks and capitalize the word: She shakes her head, “No.”

But really, this is all you need to write:

She shakes her head.

Similarly, if someone is nodding their agreement, there’s no need to write:

She nods her head, “Yes.”

Just write:

She nods her head.

Or even:

She nods.

You’re All Invited – WAKE UNTO ME Online Premiere Jun 11

Wake Unto Me

A woman alleging to be a time traveler makes a startling proposition to someone she claims will become her future spouse.

Most of you know me for my proofreading and script consulting services, but I also dabble in filmmaking.

My last short film, TRIPLE TIMe, was fortunate enough to win a number of awards at festivals this year and I was already gearing up for another project when the 2018 AT&T SHAPE Mobile Filmmaking Competition came along.

The challenge was to film a five minute short film, using only a mobile phone, tablet or drone, then edit and submit it — all within one week’s time! How do you say no to that?!

The really cool part is that Warner Bros. Studios allowed us to film at one of their sets — which was chosen at random. We were lucky enough to get the same set where the climax of DARK KNIGHT RISES was filmed.

Watch and Vote

From June 22nd to June 25th, I am cordially inviting all my clients and blog readers to watch the online world premiere of the short my team created.

It’s free, only five minutes in length, and you can watch it from any device that has an Internet connection!

Please head over to the Facebook event page for all the particulars of the online premiere and contest voting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/170240240489360/

And don’t forget, when the time comes, if you enjoy the film, please vote for us to win! Online voting accounts for 25% of the score.

Mobile Filmmaking

I sure learned A LOT from the process of making a short film using only a mobile phone camera (albeit an amazing one, with add-on lenses, etc.). Is anyone interested in reading or watching videos about my experiences? How I put it all together, etc.? Filmmaking in general?

If so, let me know!

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