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Thank you to Select Service Films who now has the options on the screenplays based on my YA novels for: "One Frosty Christmas", "The Great Pumpkin Ride" and "A Filly Called Easter".
Thank you to Magic Elevator Productions who optioned the last screenplay based on the Holiday Series of novels: "Independence" which is based on the novel, "Two Independents".
Rod Thompson's monster short film, "Gimme Shelter", has been optioned by Zone 7 Films and is currently in pre-production for a mid-February shoot. The story follows divorcees James and Moira as they seek shelter in an old Cuban Missile Crisis Era bomb shelter. The five-page short was optioned after being featured on SimplyScripts.com, then expanded to 30 pages after the option agreement was reached. "Shelter" is slated for a Summer 2015 festival release while his second short film, "Friendly" was also optioned via SimplyScripts.com. "Friendly" is slated for a Summer 2015 release as well.
Thompson's intense, emotional thriller, "A Memory In Winter", recently wrapped UK production (December 2014) after being optioned - also through SimplyScripts.com - last summer. The short script was highlighted on SimplyScripts and optioned the same day.
Kent Williams' period World War II drama, "Again, Spring" made the 2015 Nicholl quarterfinals, one of 375 out of 7,400. Equally exciting is that Andrew Hilton a.k.a the Screenplay Mechanic included it in his "Lugnut List" of the ten best screenplays he covered in 2014 (Drew is a politely brutal, highly-regarded script consultant).
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Interview with Director / Writer Afonso Poyart, Two Rabbits
Funny man, and screenwriter (Saving Silverman and Bride Wars) Greg DePaul.
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Director / Screenwriter Afonso Poyart talks about his film Two Rabbits.Commfest Global Community Film Festival A dialog of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film. Deadline Deadline Hollywood is regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields track Deadline many times a day Formation Films Formation Films is an award-winning film production company located in Los Angeles, California. American Sniper: Is Your Adaptation Running Toward The Truth?
On this podcast, instead of thinking about movies in terms of two thumbs up or two thumbs down we like to think about movies in terms of what we can learn about them as screenwriters.
So we’re going to look at all kinds of movies. We’re going to look at good movies, we’re going to look at bad movies. We’re going to look at movies that we love and movies that we hate. But we’re going to look at them in a way that helps us to better our own writing.
Today’s movie is certainly one of the more controversial movies that are out right now: American Sniper by Jason Dean Hall. Let me just start off by saying that my politics are certainly not Clint Eastwood’s politics and that made American Sniper a hard movie for me. I think it made American Sniper a hard movie for a lot of people.
I’m not the kind of person who believes, as Chris Kyle says at the beginning of the movie, that there are three types of people in the world: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. I’m not a person like Chris Kyle who believes that things are purely black and white, and that there’s very little grey. Watching a movie that cuts directly from planes crashing into the World Trade Center to the war of Iraq and makes that argument all over again, linking Iraq to the September 11th attacks, politically – that’s hard for me to watch.
That said, those are the politics of the main character, Chris Kyle. Those are the politics of a lot of people like him who went into this war, believing they are the heroes. Believing that the people they are fighting are savages, and as Americans, they are purely a force of good in the world.
There is something to be said about directing and writing a movie that looks at the world through the eyes of your protagonist. The hope of course, as you work on such an adaptation, is that even as you’re looking at the world through their eyes, you’re also maybe revealing something to the audience, and to yourself, that is even more complicated than the main character can see.Chicago Filmmakers Chicago Filmmakers began in 1937 with a group of experimental filmmakers looking for the freedom and space to showcase their works and the works of other new and emerging filmmakers. The Indie Gathering The Alternative for Independent, Underground and Experimental Film and Video. The "Indie" Gathering Film Festival exists to showcase the independent filmmaker. Our mission is to inspire Auteur International Film Festival 6 years running from sunny California, Auteur International Film Festival puts unique films on screen and invites industry guest speakers to panel discussions. Opportunity to network. Austin Comedy Short Film Festival The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their creative works in Austin, Texas. New Hampshire Film Festival Our mission is to support the art of filmmaking and to present the best in recent independent cinema from the region, nation and world. NHFF unites professional filmmakers and screenwr Shapiro-Lichtman Inc 1010 Lexington Rd Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 859-8877 Glendon Extended Learning Center Romina is an experience comedy writer, script reader and consultant. She has written, worked and produced shows at The Second City in both Hollywood and Toronto, Canada. Chelsea Film Festival FanFilm Awards The FanFilm Awards is a nonprofit international indie film and screenplay festival. Circle of Confusion Production and management for some of Hollywood's hottest properties and brightest talent. Burbank International Film Festival Celebrating diversity in cinema from filmmakers of all kinds from around the world. Adams and Reese LLP Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys and advisors strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. Writers Guild of America East Before you start sending your work to agents, producers and actors, make sure you protect your material. The Royal Film Festival Taking place at the historic Royal Theater in downtown Benton, AR, the Royal Film Festival features award winning shorts and feature films from around the US.