pigeon superstition!

January 6, 2015

I love this clip:

[I love the clip almost as much as I love the term “pigeon superstition.”]

That is from Mr. Nobody, which is much more interesting than I was expecting. I have been in bed a lot recovering from an injury and so am down to what I call “last dregs” on Netflix [also known as what Netflix keeps pushing at me that I have refused to watch] and I kind of avoided Mr. Nobody forever on Netflix until just recently because I hated the one shot and I hated the name and also it sounded stupid in the Netflix description — but Mr. Nobody is not stupid it is a decent film with a more than interesting complex structure.

I also just watched John Dies Last on Netlfix, which is hilarious and wonderful [who knew?] and completely owned me after a dog drove a car in it. Yay!

meanwhile, back at the ranch

December 28, 2014

Meanwhile, back at the ranch —

Seats are available in AFW January classes and going fast.  If you want one of these seats, hit us at http://theafw.com and reserve your seat now.


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nicholl awards & live read

November 10, 2014


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This is pretty cool. I’d be there if I were in L.A. It’s the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read this Thursday and tickets are free.

:::check it out:::


photo day!

October 27, 2014

 Okay I have not been good about getting photos this year [bad me] but here after a hard week festivaling, [yes, I made that word up, roll with it], Sunday night after the bars close: Max Adams, Chesher Cat, Vivi Gregg, Jennifer Mulligan, Kent Williams, and Cathy Rescher, AFF 2014




And, selfies grabbed at Driskill before people headed for their planes [yeah, I am last minute like that too, ahhh!]:  David Gardner & Max Adams;  Jennifer Mulligan & Max Adams:

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chesh touches down

October 22, 2014


Chesh and Pumpkin touched down in Austin. This means AFF is fully underway. Yay!

Chesh came in at 1 AM and she and I were not photo friendly at 1 AM so you get a 2010 photo of us instead.


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Also Pumpkin, Chesh’s traveling companion and my other house guest who is all photogenic all the time did not want to take a photo by herself so you get an old photo of her too.




[I know, it is artsy, but I like that shot.  Also Pumpkin and I have totally been cheating on Chesh too since Chesh is all jetlagged and out cold while I am keeping my regular vampire hours and Pumpkin is up with vampire hours and keeping me company so there is a lot of Pumpkin love going down right now.]

[Doggy ear scratches, pervos!  Jeez!]

Let the AFF follies begin. Yay!


screenplay contest despair

September 9, 2014



I’ve got writers flipping out over not placing in the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition.


Just stop it.






Do you need to win a competition to get a script read, a script sold, or a movie made?






this is adorable

August 23, 2014




The PushUp peeps posted a photo of everyone at PushUp waving to the AFW peeps.  That is adorable and hilarious to me.

Don’t know what I am talking about?  I will assume you have been in a monastery in Tibet under a vow of silence.  Hey, welcome back!  Go check out :::what I am talking about:::





What do you see on the screen?

Nothing until you put it on the page. And then, for someone to see something while they read that page? The writing must be Visual with a capital V.

Visual Writing begins Tuesday.

There are open seats.

:::HIT THAT:::



wtf_red_question_markMax’s Dictionary of Screenwriting Hmm Moments:  “Hmmm” = A moment reading a script when a reader stops on a dime and says, WTF?

A Few of Those Moments —

1.  The pilot of a passenger jet liner rolls down the cockpit window.  [For double credit, while flying.  For triple?  It’s not a passenger jet. It’s a submarine.]

2.  Someone whips out a cell phone.  In WWII Germany.

3.  Someone’s picking strawberries.  From a tree.  In a pine forest.

4.  INT.  DESK — DAY  [For double credit, recreate at random using INT.  TABLE — DAY || INT. WOOD BLOCK — DAY.  And your protagonists are not termites.]

5.  Someone’s doing a Google search.  In 1950.  On an iPhone.

6.  Doctors in an emergency room whip out defibrillator paddles.  To treat a concussion.  [For double credit, it’s a broken leg.  For triple?  She’s having a baby!]

7.  Intravenously shooting up marijuana leaves….

8.  Human beings without helmets or suits jump about.  In an outer space vacuum.

9.  People struggle with the safety.  On a Glock.

10.  People collect chicken eggs.  On a farm.  In a stable.


[I guarantee you the big fight here will be on chickens laying eggs in stables.  Shhh.  I will tell you why later.]




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We did the BOOK MEME. That was awesome.

We did GOING BANKSY. That was awesome.

We did TNSSG T-SHIRT PHOTOS. That was awesome.

We need to do something new and fun for the book.


One of the coolest things people used to do when the first book was out was send in photos of themselves with the book.

Here is David’s Baby Luke with the original book. Yay!

Luke The Smartest Baby In The World

Here is Ben with the original book. Yay!

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Post a photo of you with The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide to the book’s Facebook Page.


Sure sure sure, “Why Facebook” you ask. Isn’t Facebook a device of the devil?

Yes, yes it is, but less a device of the devil than me trying to single handedly play catcher in the photos in email game.

Post it to the TNSSG Facebook Page. It will be great.


The Rules: We are not big on rules around here, but let’s go with no blatant nudity.

The Prizes: There will totally be prizes for cool photos but we haven’t decided what they are, you already have the book, but we have other swag and prizes so photo up, sports fans, and let’s find out what you win yay!

The Photos: Your photo does not have to be with the paperback, take a photo with you and the book on the Kindle or iPad and that flies with us.


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