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ALTERNATE ROUTES: Building an Army

Marty Lang launches his new column, Alternate Routes, with advice to folks who want to work in film (as a writer or anything else), but who don’t have access to the industry’s traditional power centers.

Behind the Lines with DR: Ego Management – Chicken or the Egg?

Doug Richardson’s first produced feature was the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder. Visit Doug’s site for more Hollywood war stories and information on his popular novels. It’s no secret the entertainment biz is rife with personalities. Big ones. Fast-talking. Recalcitrant. And quite a significant number that could best be described...

From The Lens: Writing Action Lines

When a screenplay lands on my desk, I spend a lot of my time breaking it down, analyzing it as a whole, and analyzing the individual characters. As you may assume, a major part of my focus is on the action lines, because they give me visual cues I need in order...

From The Lens: Choosing A Camera for Filmmaking

On a frosty winter day in Central Park, I reached into my backpack, to pull out a little silver camera– the Canon AutoZoom 814. It’s a consumer super 8mm film camera, designed to capture home movies in the late 60’s. Of course this wasn’t the 60’s, nor was it a home...

Balls of Steel: Unexpected Emotion

This past weekend, I became not only a producer, but also a produced writer with the short film, Impasse. When you produce your first film, everyone says, “Expect the unexpected.” I thought I was prepared for anything… until the cameras started rolling. Sure, we had sound issues and some miscommunications in...