Cassandra the film, shot by shot today, while on location in Wisconsin.  Pictured - planning the scary attic sequence with DP Rob Stern and special effects artist Sarah Sharp.




Strange Things Brewing

Planning the "monster" transformation scene – with artist Angela Azmitia, DP Rob Stern, special effects artist Sarah Sharp, and producer Madison Jones.



Giving into a Fiction Willingly

A writer friend introduced me to this quote by Wallace Stevens:  The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.

Yes! Writing is the enactment of belief, pursuing something which may be real or which may be fiction, but even if we believe it's fiction (that is our stories are pointless or won’t have impact or are just plain stupid), we can't help ourselves. Case in point: Noah, who to me was the first screenwriter :)  - who believed it would rain, that the end of the world was coming, but at the same time must have known that was an impossibility, but still/ultimately he drove himself (and his poor family) to build that ark. So giving into a fiction willingly. Believing the impossible. Yes!  This is what it is to be a writer.


(pic by James Edwin Mcconnell)


congrats to former student anthony williams (et al) 


Teaching Class on Movie Endings August 17

Registration is open - -


I'm teaching a class on understanding movie and tv endings and how understanding endings can jumpstart your writing process (whether you're writing short stories, novels, screenplays or whatever). Join me if you're around August 17 and check out the other offerings.