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Jerry Flattum

About Jerry Flattum

Performer/Songwriter & Writer. JerryFlattum.com - Original songs and production music; ThisIsNotMyPlanet.com - Freelance Writer & Screenwriter; GlobalEntertainmentInThe21stCentury.com - eBook covering the convergence of global entertainment & technology redefining the question, "What is entertainment?" Pursuing 2nd Masters in Music Production for Visual Media (Masters Liberal Studies; BS Songwriting). Scripts: Watertown, South Dakota (young filmmaker makes an Indie film headed for the Oscars); Celestial Age, a Sci-Fi Action/Adventure about the LHC, time travel, the God Particle and the futuristic “Celestial Age.”

Actress Yvette Yates and the Depth of Character

Yvette Yates (In the Blood, Without Men) real life depth of character reveals a new way of viewing how actors and actresses in the New Millennium are sophisticated, immensely talented and exceptionally well-trained. According to grocery store fanzines, it would seem most people are only interested in the dirty laundry of...

Interview with Screenwriter Rob Edwards

In the following interview with screenwriter Rob Edwards, writers of all levels will certainly be inspired. It’s easy asking questions about the art/science of scriptwriting. But, it’s Rob’s answers that reveal the elements of storytelling.

What is a Story?: Revenge vs. Forgiveness

One of the most popular and dramatic themes underlying the movies is revenge vs. forgiveness, with a far greater favoring of revenge in the game of perpetrator vs. victim. Somewhere in between is the quest for justice. A classic way to characterize the forgiveness vs. revenge conflict is eye for an...

History of the Eagles: The Story of an American Band

At a whopping four hours, The History of the Eagles new documentary is well-filmed, well-structured and tells the whole story of one of America’s greatest bands. Intimate in the interviews, archival material and even home movies provide insight into the rise and fall of the Eagles. However, the enduring legacy and...

What is a Story?: How to Write Dialogue That’s Meaningful

Based on personal observation, I’ve noticed there is a line of dialogue heard in virtually every movie and TV show I’ve seen recently: “Are you all right?” Sure, there are variations, like, “Are you OK?” or “You alright?” or “Is everything alright?” But, such variations are hardly worth mentioning. The line...

What is a Story?: Logistics of Making a Movie

Screenwriting gurus stress one of the keys to a successful script is “write what you know.” Well, there are many examples where the screenwriter had to know or learn much about a place or how something worked as an integral part of telling the story. Movies take us places we’ve never...

What is a Story?: Psychopath – The Ultimate Antagonist

Discerning the difference between psychopath and sociopath is enough to drive you crazy. Whatever the difference, the psychopath is one of Hollywood’s most favorite antagonists. A Google search reveals the question is a popular one. Psychopath has a bit more of a personal ring to it, which makes it scarier. According...