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    plot Don't Think About It So Much

    I realize this periodically, but was reminded of it while I was putting the pots in the dishwasher this morning: when you're having a problem figuring out a plot point in your screenplay, relax and do something else. Don't focus so hard on it, and often the solution will drift into your mind...
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    watch My interview about screenwriting & producing

    I had the pleasure of being interviewed long-distance about screenwriting and producing. I learned never, ever sit in a swivel chair when being interviewed (I thought it would be audio only :)). But I hope you enjoy the content, which I'm quite pleased with.
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    "Surviving Family" streaming on Vimeo on Demand

    I'm delighted that my feature Surviving Family starring Billy Magnussen is now streaming worldwide on Vimeo on Demand. It's also available on Amazon Prime in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany but I'm delighted to break out of those borders. Here's the link...
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    Intro to Filmmaking for Screenwriters at Phil Writers Conf

    I'm excited to present an Introduction to Filmmaking for Screenwriters at the 71st Annual Philadelphia Writers Conference on Friday June 7 at 1:30 PM. Topics that I'll cover include getting your screenplay ready for production; casting, including working with agents and casting directors...
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    DETOURS Available Worldwide on Vimeo on Demand

    My 2nd feature, DETOURS, is now on Vimeo on Demand in addition to Amazon Prime. I've done this because it's tough (and expensive) to add all countries on Amazon. This way it's available everyone, although admittedly only in English. The amazing cast for our father/daughter road-trip comedy...
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    New Interview: Firing a Film Crew Member

    I recently sat down with Forris Day Jr. and Jeffrey Michael Bays as part of their ongoing series: Get Real: Indie Filmmakers - Surviving as a Filmmaker in 2018. This time we took on a subject that I've rarely seen or heard discussed: what to do when you realize you need to fire a crew member...
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    Intro to Producing for Screenwriters - June 2019 seminar

    I'm delighted to announce that I'll be giving a seminar on producing for screenwriters at the 79th annual Philadelphia Writers Conference on Friday, June 7, 2019. I'll be discussing what I've learned from producing 2 features; topics will include getting your script ready, working with casting...
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    Interview re Attaching Name Actors

    I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for the podcast Get Real: Indie Filmmakers Surviving in 2018. We had a terrific discussion about casting name actors in indie films, and how I went about casting my two features (DETOURS and Surviving Family). Check out the interview at the link...
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    Interview about DETOURS feature

    It was a pleasure to be interviewed recently for about my feature film DETOURS, working with our great cast, and my experience as an indie film producer. You can check it out here...
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    DETOURS & Surviving Family on Amazon Prime in Canada

    This took longer than I expected, but I'm delighted that both of my features are now available on Amazon Prime in Canada. DETOURS is a father/daughter road-trip comedy with a great cast that includes Richard Kind, Michael Cerveris, and Paul Sorvino. You can click HERE to watch. Surviving...
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    "Surviving Family" streaming in Germany

    My first feature, Surviving Family, is now available on Amazon Prime in Germany and Austria with sub-titles. The German title is "Im Kreis der Familie," and the link is here.. We chose this for our first foray into the foreign language market because director Laura Thies is German. I know we...
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    DETOURS now on Amazon Prime!

    My new feature, DETOURS, is now available on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK! If you're a Prime member, you can watch for free; rental starts at $2.99 for non-members. Then link to watch it is here...
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    DETOURS feature poster

    We're gearing up to release my new feature, DETOURS, very soon on Amazon Prime, and I'm thrilled to share our new poster. David Spagnolo did a great job for us on this :)
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    "Detours" to Premiere in Saint Petersburg, FL

    My new feature Detours will premiere at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Florida: The festival runs Thursday April 28 - Sunday May 1. I'll post the full details when I have them. If anyone on the board is in the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area, it...
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    "Detours" cast/crew/special guests screening

    We recently had a special screening of my new feature Detours - - for cast, crew, & special guests. My new blog post has some photos that I wanted to share. You can check it out here...
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    Script Consulting - My New Web Site

    I've been doing freelance script consulting for a few years, and am launching a web site to go along with it. Check it out at the link below, and click "Contact Me" to get started. I'd love to have the opportunity to work with some of the people on this board...
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    New blog post: "The Art of the Edit - Part 2"

    I've got a new blog post out - it looks at how we re-edited my new feature, "Detours," and includes a clip from the movie. Check it out, and please subscribe if you like it! As always, I'll do my best to answer any...
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    New Blog Post: Combining Locations

    I've got a new blog post out today - this one is about how we combined an exterior in Florida with an interior in New Jersey. Check it out!
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    Casting Name Actors

    Several people have asked me recently how I've managed to cast name actors (meaning recognizable to the general public) in my indie features. Today's blog post explains how I've done it, although I'm sure plenty of people have successfully done it differently...
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    Trailer for "Detours" feature

    I'm delighted to share the first trailer for my new feature (I wrote & produced) "Detours." IT's own Cracker Funk did a great job cutting the trailer. It's a road movie starring Tara Westwood & Carlo Fiorletta as daughter & father; the rest...