A legal guide to screenwriting creditsOctober 1st, 2005 | Fernando Ramirez, Esq
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How (some) shorts grow longOctober 1st, 2005 | Rick Harrison
A long time ago, in a film school far, far away (from NYU), a young man with big dreams and a small bank account made a short film with a long title. His name was George. And in 1970, between graduating USC’s School of Cinema and pursuing a master’s, George made the student award-winning Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB, which he eventually expanded into a feature.
A writer/director as colorful as his charactersOctober 1st, 2005 | Rick Harrison
Ira Sachs wont let me watch him bum cigarettes.
Sometimes my friend Laura Donovan will call me out of the blue and just say these two words: Macaw! Macaw! Circa 1997, Laura told me about a small independent film called Bottle Rocket (An independent film?
A Miramax script developer busts some industry myth-conceptionsMay 1st, 2005 | Maureen A. Nolan
You have become the thing that you have mocked. Thats a paraphrase of a famous Shakespeare line, and its also a line that often popped into my head after I became a script and story analyst. By choosing to work on the development side of film, I had allied myself with the thing most screenwriters mock: the dreaded development executive.
Independents take to the roofApril 1st, 2005 | David Alm
In New York, a rooftop is not merely a rooftop. Part refuge, part observation deck, the roof is where New Yorkers go to escape, embrace, and celebrate their city. Its no surprise then, that filmmakers have long used rooftops to convey New York life: theyre ubiquitous, photogenic, and, most of all, emblematic.
Rebecca Miller’s lives out (and films) her dreamsMarch 1st, 2005 | Rick Harrison
Rebecca Miller needs to recharge. Well, her phone at least.
Stanley Crouch is one of Americas most eloquent and original social critics. In the last three decades, Crouch has published several books and his essays have appeared in numerous national publications including Harpers and The New Republic. In 1993 he was awarded the MacArthur genius grant in recognition of his work.
John Sayles’s rise from meatpacking to Silver CitySeptember 1st, 2004 | Lisa Selin Davis
When hed just sprung from the college gates in 1972, John Sayles embarked on a cross-country hitchhiking trip. It was a lot safer than it is now, he said.