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Courses, Books & Consults Won’t Cut It.

In addition to working with writers, producers and agencies everywhere, I teach screenwriting courses at film schools in Australia, Europe and online. The school gigs largely consist of lecturing about screenwriting theory, and consulting on the students’ screenplays. I love teaching, I adore my students, and I’m fortunate enough to see some good results, as some of my students go … Read More

Bad Hombres, Good Homages And 2 Effective Character Intros

In this video, we look at what constitutes a film homage, and what I consider to be the criteria for a good one. As an example, we look at a sequence from FRANCES HA, where Noah Baumbach quoted director Leos Carax from his film MAUVAIS SANG. After my trip to Sweden, I watched the full-length versions of the 3 original … Read More

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FORMATTING TIP: Superimposed Text + Over Black

So we’ve started a YouTube channel! Steven Miao created the opening video sting and Mukul Kandara helped with setting it all up. Thanks, guys! The channel had been in the making for a long time, but I just have been too busy with clients, teaching and workshopping awesome projects. What I was planning on doing in January 2017 has finally … Read More