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The Scoggins Report on 2012 Movie Pitch Sales

This compilation of sales and trends in the industry is very illuminating (but a little depressing) if you’re trying to pitch a movie. The bottom line: Don’t bother pitching drama … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Evolution of a Classic: Paddy Chayefsky’s Creative Path To “Network”

You may find it vaguely reassuring to know that the earliest rough drafts of even a brilliant script like “Network” were, well… rough. This great article from the NY Times … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

A-C-T-I-O-N! Action, Action, We Want Action!

Nice article in Salon: The four rules of action movies Kathryn Bigelow breaks every time (and thank goodness for that). Pick any scene at random from among Bigelow’s films and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment