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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.


Finalist at 23rd Annual Woods Hole Filmfest

schedule2014Cape Cod’s oldest film festival turns 23 this week. I’m honored to be taking part.

Independent film is king and queen at Woods Hole, where the jury has selected my edgy Napoleonic drama, SCOTCH VERDICT, as a finalist in the screenwriting competition. Awards will be given Saturday, August 2 after eight days of celebrating what’s best in American cinema this year.

Check out the trailers. The films are really diverse, spanning fiction and documentary. I love the one for DESERT RUNNERS, a documentary following extreme athletes in a new adventure racing competition. And the teaser for THAT SILLY BASTARD UNDER THE BED lets us here the telephone voice of President John F. Kennedy in a hilarious White House moment captured on tape.

Here’s a great writeup of the lineup in The Boston Globe.WHFF2014_OfficialSelectionEmblem_Web_B__COL_W

Here’s the schedule of events.

Here’s the link to buy tickets.

Screenings are selling out fast. That means there’s going to be some great partying on Cape Cod in the week to come.

Join me next weekend in Woods Hole!