Kickstarter: there goes the neighborhood


There’s been a lot of flack over Veronica Mars and Zach Braff using Kickstarter to fund their movies. But they’re not the first. Last year Charlie Kaufman raised over $400,000 for his animated film Anomalisa. Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi raised nearly $137,000. David Fincher raised $442,000 to start production on an animated project, The Goon. Colin Hanks raised over $50,000 for a documentary about Tower Records. The internet is a buzz with condemnation, and yet they reached their goals. Is our rage misplaced? Read More

Why Prequels Suck


Prequels are a bad idea. From a story standpoint they’re born with a set of flaws and burdens. Let’s break it down. Read More

Pan vs Tilt

I’ve heard far too many filmmakers and supposed screenwriters say things like:

“… and then it pans up and you see …”

“… the camera pans in on her face and …”

Here’s the thing: you can only pan left and right. That’s it. If you’re talking about movies, writing screenplays, or anywhere near me, please use the correct terminology.

Pretend your head is the camera. Look left. Look right. That’s panning.

Now look up. Look down. That’s tilting.

Both are from a fixed position.

The camera does not pan in on anything. If you’re describing the frame “moving in” on a subject it either zooms or physically moves (dolly/steadycam/crane/etc). But I wouldn’t bother referencing a zoom or dolly in a screenplay. It will only detract from the read. Find a creative way to paint a mental picture for the reader without need of technical specificity.


Fill your soul with art

I’ve been getting my hands into a lot of storytelling forms these days. The more I learn the more it inspires and invigorates me.

Screenwriters, take my advice, explore more mediums. Poetry, comic books, photography, music; don’t just write movies.


No, I didn't make this. But nice, right?

The Bible in screenplay format

If the Bible were in screenplay format it might look something like this.


Honest job posting

I found this job posting on craigslist. I love the blunt honesty. Let’s not waste anyone’s time here.