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The Importance of Active Verbs

The Importance of Active Verbs

Dude, aren't all verbs active? Good question, smartass! The truth is, there are passive and active forms of verbs. The active form (without the "ing") is almost always the best one to use. For example, I often see a variation of the following sentence: Jack is sitting...

MoviePass – Is It Worth It?

MoviePass – Is It Worth It?

What is it? MoviePass is a service that allows you to see as many movies as you like (but only one movie per day) for a flat monthly fee. So in a 31 day month, you could conceivably see 31 different movies... or one movie 31 times, if that's your thing. When the...

Capitalizing God, Mom and Dad

Capitalizing God, Mom and Dad

When do you capitalize god, mom and dad?  Based on the frequency with which I encounter these capitalization mistakes while proofreading scripts, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this question. Luckily, there's a really easy trick to remember when to...

PROMISES – TeaDance Film Festival Finalist

PROMISES – TeaDance Film Festival Finalist

The Finals! So, this is cool. My script PROMISES just made the finals of the 2016 TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. I'm blessed to have many female friends in the LGBTQ community. As such, we often talk about lesbian movies. Most conversations are variations on:...

Script vs. Movie: THE SHALLOWS

Script vs. Movie: THE SHALLOWS

Here's another edition of Script vs. Movie, where I take a look at an early version of a script and compare it to the resulting movie. Today’s Battle: THE SHALLOWS SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! This article only discusses the differences between the...

Are You Overusing LATER?

Are You Overusing LATER?

LATER Hater After reading a few client scripts recently where LATER is actually used more often than DAY or NIGHT in scene headings, I figured it was time to address this issue. If you're fond of using LATER in your scene headings, then what I'm about to tell...

Interruptions Revisited

The Problem In a previous post, I discussed the difference between using dashes (hyphens) and dots (ellipses) at the end of a sentence -- a common source of confusion. Recently, I've discovered a new and erroneous trend with hyphens. With increasing frequency, I'll...

Valentine’s Day Sneak Peek of TRIPLE TIMe

Time for a montage... Last year, I wrote and directed a little time travel short film called TRIPLE TIMe. It's due out in a few months, but since it was Valentine's Day, I figured I'd release a fun little "falling in love" montage from about the midpoint of the film....