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.

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,...

Behind the Lines with DR: What Makes Actors Movie Stars?

So it was upon catching Skyfall that I thought it the appropriate time to share this true Hollywood tale of lust. My best pal Robert and I treated some of our still-growing children to an opening day showing what MGM originally titled Bond #23. On the way home afterwards, we fell into the usual...

Balls of Steel: Cast ‘Em

My Balls of Steel column is just over a year old. I’ve taken you on my bumpy ride from pursuing an adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name (SBAN), all the way to Sundance. While SBAN is still going strong, I now have a different, more immediate quest...

Acting Challenges

A good screenplay is a wonderful thing, but no matter how impressive a script may be, its potential will remain forever unfulfilled unless it is actually made into a movie. There are a lot of factors that influence whether or not a screenplay gets produced, but in today’s film industry, the...