Meet the Movie Producer

Once in a while the Facebook gods smile on a poor, hapless individual such as myself. I don’t have thousands of friends, I like my comfort zone. But there are times I will reach out to someone and make a friend request. I’d seen a post by a friend, and there were several replies to it. One person’s replies intrigued me, so I sent a friend request. He accepted, and little did I know, that’s how I met a movie producer and screenwriter.

Daniel Noe, of Minority Pictures, LLC, has been in the business over 30 years. He’s spent six of that running his own company and another 24 in various “ATL” and “BTL” positions (these are industry terms for budget. “Above The Line” refers to Producers, Director, and Lead talent. “Below The Line” refers to the various pre-production/production departments and post-production).

I asked him if I could interview him for both my blog and the IU blog, he readily agreed. I typed up 10 questions that I thought would-be screenwriting authors might like to know. Yes, my inquiring mind wanted to know too! Continue reading “Meet the Movie Producer”

Lessons Learned About Screen Writing

OK, I blame my best friend, Jessica, for getting me hooked on the notion that I could write a screenplay. We were kids—high-schoolers, and we liked to write.

Fast forward over 20 years and here I am, still writing. Although I changed my goals from screenplays to novels and short stories, but the thought of seeing something I wrote on the big screen still hung in the back of my mind. So I decided to adapt a novel I’d published and give it a try. Continue reading “Lessons Learned About Screen Writing”

Hollywood Dreaming by R.J. Smith

Screenwriter R. J. Smith

Stephen Hise has been after me for over a year now to pen a guest post and he’s finally gotten his way. Not because of some poetically driven hyperbole that I might telepathically transport to the keyboard; but simply because I’ve travelled the yellow brick road to Hollywood and found the gates are securely locked.

I know, I know. I’m supposed to cage my juvenile urge to crash the golden gates and bang on the door of Paramount and SCREAM, “I’m a talented screenwriter, let me in!”

LA will have none of it. They’ll dispatch the Los Angeles Police to drag my pee’s and q’s from the gates and throw me into the back of the literary bus.

No, dear reader, I haven’t been assaulted by the LA County Sheriff’s Office, not yet.

I do, however, have much to impart to those of you who are thinking of laying down your indie pens and taking a swipe at screenwriting gold, or nightmares, depending on how many Xanax you can get your hands on. Continue reading “Hollywood Dreaming by R.J. Smith

Shoreline Script’s Screenwriting Competition 2012

Shoreline Scripts aims to discover new screenwriting talent from around the world with its with its 2012 Screenwriting Competition. They hope to put the best feature scripts into the hands of the producers and companies that have the means to get them made.

Entry Fee: £25 ($38approx) Early Deadline.  The competition starts on 1st Jan 2012 and closes 18th May 2012.  There are quite a few prizes which are listed on their prize page.

Shoreline Scripts is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!  For more information, visit their FAQ page.

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