Blue Mornings Available Online!

My short slice-of-life drama Blue Mornings is available to watch online for the first time! Enjoy!

Starring: Caitlin Rose Williams, Ari Frenkel
Director of Photography: Christopher James Tobias
Composer: Jeff Icuss

13 Choices Amateur Filmmakers Make

The sequel to the 12 Choices Amateur Screenwriters Make, here are 13 choices that amateur filmmakers make.

1) All the writing choices I already mentioned (duh!)

2) Stupid camera shit, like:

  • Dolly zooms

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12 Choices Amateur Screenwriters Make

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Screenwriting is hard, I know; I’m still learning how to do it right. I also know that it’s not just writing that is hard, thinking like a writer – like a professional writer – is also hard, probably harder in fact.

In the last year I’ve posted several requests for short scripts, and as a result have read over 500 amateur screenplays (or at least the first five pages, or at least the first page). In doing so, and also in looking back on my own writing and my experiences in writing classes, I started to notice certain things, certain signs that scripts and the writers writing them are not up to snuff. That they are amateur, with the same voice and experience as every other amateur out there.

Also see: 13 Choices Amateur Filmmakers Make

Note: this post is not about execution. Things like bad grammar and typos, inactive protagonists and low stakes, unnatural dialog, these are all signs of amateur writing but they are on the execution front and there are plenty of blogs that cover these topics already. This post is different. This post is about common choices amateurs make. And while technically it is possible for an novice to write a professional quality script after making these choices, it is not likely and if your writing falls into these categories, it’s very likely that you are an amateur, that you are thinking like an amateur, and that your script is the same as every other amateur script out there.

Okay, here goes:

1. Writing about writers

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Updated Reel

I updated my reel! Enjoy!

The Engaged Life

The Engaged Life is coming! My newest film, the ups and downs and craziness that is love, marriage, and being engaged. Like our Facebook page! Exciting things to come!

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Graphic Design by Hovsep Agop, www.agopproductions.com
Image Photography by Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, www.ostrovskiy.com

Goals: 2013

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2012 was a crazy year, that’s for sure. I suped up Searching for Maude, made it ready for sale/production, and wrote the second draft of my Untitled thriller (2012 goal #3); I shot two film exercises, quadrupled my script coverage clients (2012 goal #6), worked on lots of awesome films, and met lots of great filmmakers, many of whom I will work with in the future (2012 goal #5); I saw the sights in England (and visited Matt and Anmol and ran into Mikey too!), climbed a mountain in Scotland, drank the best drink in the world in Ireland, and got in touch with my Eastern European side in Poland (were I also visited Auschwitz); I went to San Diego four times, shot a film in the Mojave desert, created a new webpage and a new blog; I got rejected from tons of film festivals and screenplay competitions (it is part of the process, right?); I moved in with my girlfriend (2012 goal #1) and got lots of interesting jobs, some of which actually stuck (thanks Survival Jobs!); I updated my reel several times (and will be updating it again soon!) and uploaded Dinner for Two? on Funny or Die (84% funny!); I saw myself onscreen for the first time; I went to almost a dozen Cinematheque seminars and learned a ton about cinema and the art of filmmaking; I crossed the halfway point on the 1001 Movies To See Before You Die, completed The Artist’s Way creative workshop, read a dozen books, started cooking again, got my first Christmas tree, and saw a live lion, the Space Shuttle, and Mozart’s million dollar apartment door.

As for 2013, I will:

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