Category Screenwriting

How to Get a Good Education as a Filmmaker

So I’ve been polishing my feature-length screenplay, which I plan to shoot this summer, and it keeps getting better. I love rewriting, because I simply just go back and read what I wrote, and immediately I know what to write. “That’s no good, this is what I want it to say…” and boom, there it […]

Filmmaking Workshops

I’ve had numerous requests for workshops, so I’m compiling a list of people interested so we can get something started. For the time being, these will be in Utah, but later there’s a definite possibility of holding workshops in other locales in the future. These workshops will focus on actually participating in the creation of […]

5 Years. 5 Novels. 5 Films.

I like setting big, stupidly crazy-ass goals. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because secretly I’m a megalomaniac? Maybe because life gets tedious and boring without them? Maybe because I’m f$%-ed up in the head? Whatever the reason is, on January 1, 2011 I declared publicly “2011 will be the year that people everywhere will see […]

What Does It Mean To Follow Your Passions? [Part 2: Five Ways To Be Courageous]

Almost a month ago, I posted an article, What Does It Mean To Follow Your Passions? Part 1 (of a three-part series). In it, I used some pretty extreme examples including sex and chocolate cake. (Why does that remind me of so-called “Better-Than-Sex Cake” and how ridiculous a name that is? Sorry, the Mind Monkeys […]

Nuts In a Blender: Creating Personal Art

I just got done with 6 hours of excruciating pain. No, I wasn’t at the dentist’s office, and there was no Iron Man triathlon today. What I was doing was much more difficult: I was turning my heart inside out for the world to see. I decided to do what I didn’t want to do: […]

Shout-Out: Steven Pressfield’s Blog and The Hero’s Journey

If you’ve read any of my former posts, chances are you noticed that I’m adamant about The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Pressfield is a prolific novelist, author, and screenwriter. Some of his bestselling novels include The Legend of Bagger Vance (later adapted into the Hollywood film starring Will Smith), Gates of Fire, and […]

The Power of Unpopular

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Steve Jobs The job of an artist is to show people what they want. Or at least to give them an option of a well thought out, finished work that […]

Using Synchronicity in Art

Discussing how Synchronicity plays a role in art… (As a side note, the term ‘synchronicity’ was actually coined by Carl Jung, Freud’s greatest student. The structural model of the id, ego, and super-ego was developed Freud. So I was experiencing a Jungian experience regarding a Freudian concept. Interesting…) Have you ever experienced synchronicity and then […]

Why Care About the Hero?

I originally entitled this post: The Best Fight Scene Ever. Part Deux.  But then I realized that this article is just as much about how movies make us actually care about the hero as opposed to just watch them go around and do things without any emotional involvement. Note: There are a few plot spoilers […]