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Sep
03

To Oaxaca!

photo 2Many thanks to the jury and the cool cats at Oaxaca Filmfest for selecting SCOTCH VERDICT in competition for best screenplay.

The worth competition includes THEODORE by my pal screenwriter Robert Cole.

Here are the all the scribblers. A handsome bunch.

My new Mexican chick flick, ELLA, set in D.F. and Oaxaca, will participate in a seminar called “Destroy My Project,” guaranteed to be a barrel of laughs! (Not.)

Looking forward to participating in the 5th edition of this really well organized festival. Stay tuned for more news.

 

 

 

Aug
18

Writing Screenplays that Sell

imagesStarting a new project, and it’s going well, thank you.

Now’s the time to shout HAL ACKERMAN to the four corners of the earth, because it’s at the beginning of every new screenplay when I’m so grateful for using this writing method.

Why at the beginning? Because with the Ackerman method, you’ll never start writing without knowing the ending.

images-1You’ll never have no third act.

You’ll always have your model screenplay seared into the fiber of your being, because you retyped it word for word before you ever wrote FADE IN on your new story.

And a whole bunch of other reasons.

 

 

 

Hal Ackerman, scribbling genius at work.

Hal Ackerman, scribbling genius at work.

Here’s a YouTube interview with my friend Hal, the UCLA screenwriting professor who’s hit it out of the park.

It’s not just me. The Ackerman Way is how Hollywood development executives talk about screenplays. Got it?

Buy this book. Try this method. And you’ll never again find yourself not knowing what you’re doing on a deadline when a producer needs your screenplay.