The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship

The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship

What happens after you win a screenwriting contest? For far too many writers, not a whole lot. Winners and finalists of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest have a very good track record for success, but the company wanted to do more to empower the winners...
Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

You all know the trailer voice over cliché “In a world … ” which was kind of the trademark of the late Don Lafontaine, who even used it in a couple of trailers for movies I wrote. There’s even a great little indie film by Lake Bell called In A World about the...
How I Broke In: Brian Duffield

How I Broke In: Brian Duffield

It’s been said that a new door opens into Hollywood every day, you just need to figure out how to get to be in front of the door that opens. There is no set path to success in the film industry. Writers break into Hollywood in countless different ways —...
Echo Lake Entertainment’s Zadoc Angell

Echo Lake Entertainment’s Zadoc Angell

Zadoc Angell is one of those names. Not only does it sounds like it belongs to a super hero, in reality it is the moniker of one of the hardest working guys in the industry, who comes from simple beginnings and has built one of the most stellar reputations for an...
Myth of the Likeable Lead

Myth of the Likeable Lead

The one note you always get from producers is that your lead character – your protagonist – needs to be likeable. I swear, it’s as if it’s on the checklist. You have your first meeting on the script and they insist you make the protagonist more likeable....