Cast and Crew

A screenplay needs to be written to attract great talent, both in cast and crew. Who you work with to bring your script to life will make all the difference in terms of not only the enjoyment of the process, but also the final product. Filmmaking is a collaborative process. Choosing the cast and crew can make or break your success. Casting directors are a great resource as are references from other independent filmmakers.

Behind the Lines with DR: Managing Actors – Kiss It

I have a confession. I have a prejudice against a particular minority group. And I’m being utterly unvarnished about this embarrassing fact. Upon my introduction to any member of this group, I have an instant opinion. You are not an individual. I’ve grouped you with the rest of the subset. You...

Writers on the Web: Casting a Web Series, Part 1

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Casting is one of my favorite subjects to discuss, because I have worked professionally in casting in the past and have also been the casting director on all of my own independent projects. As a writer, your script is the blueprint,...

How Can Acting Help Your Writing?

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you look me up on the Internet Movie Database, you’ll see that I have acting credits. Some of them on things you may have heard of. But I’ve never really considered myself an actor. When I think of actors, I...

Writing for the Stars

As a screenwriting instructor, I always advise my students to take the point of view of the buyers when conceptualizing their screenplay.  How can you give yourself the best opportunity to break into the business? To do this, you have to ask yourself what the buyers are looking for.  For example,...