Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lancelot Link: HATEFUL SIX

Lancelot Link Thursday! Here are this week's links to some great screenwriting and film articles, plus some fun stuff that may be of interest to you. Brought to you by that suave and sophisticated secret agent...




Here are six links plus this week's car chase...


1) The Untold Story Of ZULU.

2) Where Do Hit Screenplays Come From?

3) Leo In Haunted House Flick.

4) One Less Oscar Nomination.

5) QT Sues Over Leaked Script.

6) Screenwriting Lesson From Oscar Nominees.

Car Chase Of The Week:



DEATH PROOF.

Bill

Monday, January 20, 2014

Free Book! (Starts Wednesday)

After a false start or two, here is another free short story, FOLLOWED HOME, that was *supposed* to be only 4 pages but ended up 22 pages. That's fine, because what increased was the suspense. This is not a Mitch Robertson story, but a stand alone. I plan to write a few of these, just fooling around with story ideas I've had that aren't right for screenplays.



This story will be FREE for five days (Jan 22 through Jan 26), and I'd like to ask you a favor: Tell all of your friends about it, so that they can get it free, too! If you want to read it first, that's fine (it's only 23 pages, a quick read).

There are a couple of reasons for giving a way a story:

1) This was written for fun, and you guys are all my friends. If I could figure out a way to make it *always* free at Amazon, I would do that. But they limit the give aways to five days. After that, the lowest price I can charge is 99 cents. I only make about a quarter of that, so it's obviously not about the money!

2) If I give away a lot of books, it climbs the Amazon sales chart and becomes visible to people who have never heard of me. Then, *they* get the book for free... and the book continues climbing. When the free deal is over, some stranger may actually pay 99 cents for it, and I'll be able to afford a pizza. And maybe someone will discover the Hitchcock Book or the Blue Books in the process. Every short story I write will be free for the five days Amazon allows, so that you don't have to pay. It's good publicity and a thank you to everyone who paid for one of the Blue Books or Secrets Of Action.

One more favor...

Could you go to Amazon and GoodReads and write reviews? I'd love it if each of the books I have out managed to get an additional 10 reviews each on Amazon. That helps people who have no idea who I am decide to buy (or not) the books. An interesting thing I've noticed with the Blue Books is the number of reviews from *novelists*... those folks don't know me and are discovering the books by word of mouth. I'd love to have more reviews!

Thank you!



Bowden knew the best place to find a victim is somewhere they feel safe. And the best place to find a rich victim is someplace where rich people feel safe. He’d learned the hard way about country clubs; those rich people are all armed with golf clubs and tennis rackets and shit and beat the hell out of you before calling the cops. End up punch ugly and busted up at your arraignment... and the jury applauds every damned yuppy who beat on you when they testify at trial. No more country clubs for Bowden. But a nice, upscale supermarket like Archstone with a parking lot filled with Beemers and Mercies and massive Cadillac SUVs? No shortage of rich people who feel safe. Now all Bowden had to do was pick one.

Diane Taylor put the final bag of groceries into the Range Rover, pushing it back to give herself room for the huge 40 pound bag of dog food on the bottom of the cart. That’s when the strange man came from the shadows between cars and smiled at her, “Hey, pretty lady, let me help you with that.”


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Bill

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lancelot Link: Oscar Nominations!

Lancelot Link Thursday! This morning the nominations for the Academy Awards were read on TV... I was asleep, so you'll have to find that information somewhere else (maybe here tomorrow). Instead of the Oscars, we have the Razzie Nominations and more! So, here are this week's Oscar Nominated links to some great screenwriting and film articles, plus some fun stuff that may be of interest to you. Brought to you by that suave and sophisticated secret agent...




Here are over ten links plus this week's car chase...


1) Razzie Nominations! What do you think was the worst picture of last year?



2) The Golden Globe Winners.

3) Fox TV goes rogue! No seasons! Shows start any time they want!

4) TV Executive Round Table.

5) The Scrapped STAR WARS Script... you know, for kids!

6) STAR WARS Photos!

7) Next Year: Battle Of The Franchises!

8) 24 Returns To Television!

9) Nicholl Fellowship Winners!

10) And TV Show Runners Have Tips For Success.

11) Your 2014 Calendar Of Screenwriting Events.

And the Car Chase Of The Week...



From FOUL PLAY.

Bill



Mitch Robertson was a Hollywood screenwriter with a problem...

"When his cell phone rang, Mitch Robertson was in Penny’s Coffee Shop in Toluca Lake trying to figure out what to do with the chopped up body parts. Gone were the days when you could just scatter the severed limbs and torso all over the city, now with DNA the body would be reassembled almost immediately. And after 9-11 you couldn’t just get the neighbor kid to do a “penmanship exercise” making address labels, get some other kid to lick the stamps, box up the parts and drop them in a bunch of random blue mail boxes all over town to ship them to the far corners of the world - now packages had to be under sixteen ounces or you had to mail them from the post office... where they asked you all kinds of questions about the contents. You take your, what, about 190 pound man... that means you’d need to cut him into at least 200 pieces to keep it under the weight limits, and not only would that require a lot of work and weighing, think of all of the stamps and labels! Just too much trouble. If Mitch couldn't figure out how to dispose of the body parts he would be in big trouble. And that damned cell phone continued ringing."


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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Lancelot Link: Linked To Kill!

Lancelot Link Thursday! People's Choice Awards are over, and SHARKNADO was snubbed! What are you thinking America? Here are this week's New Year's links to some great screenwriting and film articles, plus some fun stuff that may be of interest to you. Brought to you by that suave and sophisticated secret agent...




Here are a baker's dozen links plus this week's car chase...


1) Year In Review: Spec Market Heats Up! Why?

2) Writing A Screenplay Is Easy!

3) The Neuro Science Of Cinema... your brain likes movies.

4) How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood... and became successful.

5) Breaking In To Hollywood Is Easy!

6) Highest Grossing Movie Franchises... A Graph.

7) Movies That Never Got Made... and never will be made.

8) Eli Roth's 10 Rules Of Filmmaking.

9) Abel Ferrara (MS. 45) On Artistic Freedom And Indie Filmmaking.

10) Boba Fett Will Be Played By Ben Affleck.

And this week's car chase...



Because you probably need a laugh.

Bill

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Lancelot Link: Happy New Year!

Lancelot Link Thursday! Happy New Year everyone! This week we're going to look at the nasty old year, and the hot young year ahead! Here are this week's New Year's links to some great screenwriting and film articles, plus some fun stuff that may be of interest to you. Brought to you by that suave and sophisticated secret agent...




Here are a baker's dozen links plus this week's car chase...


1) What are the most anticipated films of 2014?

2) Okay, but what is Tarantino doing next?

3) Last Year's Screenwriters Discuss Their (old) Films.

4) 2013: A Great Year For Box Office *and* Great Movies?

5) Box Office? But What About Ticket Sales? Hey, didn't everyone say this was a terrible year for movies? One bomb after another? Hollywood was doomed? People were NOT going to see movies?

6) Which *Studios* Were Hot In 2013?

7) The Fifteen Biggest Film Stories Of 2013.

8) Advice From Cinematographers.

9) Terrence Malick (DEADHEAD MILES) movies have *great* cinematography... I was in one, but ended up on the cutting room floor!

10) The GREAT Scott Frank talks screenwriting.

11) The Movie Title In Dialogue!

12) Popular Mechanics (not the guy who fixes my car) Asks Scientists What Films *They* Like.

13) NEW Streaming This Month On Netflix...

And the Car Chase Of The Week!



From my favorite Chuck Norris movie...

Bill

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