meme winners yay!

December 5, 2012



Oh yez, we have meme winners. Yay! Go see.

Also, as of now the book is up on Barnes & Noble and Kobo and going up next on Amazon [expect that by Thursday]. We will see how long iBooks takes, word on the street is iBooks is pretty slow. But —

If you do not want to wait on Amazon and iBooks loading, if you want the book now, you can order it direct and get it email today: :::buy_the_book:::


*Confused? Don’t know what book we are talking about? Freak! We are talking about The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide.



The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide web page is up. Ooh la la. Why, you ask, does the book have a page before it is in print? Planning, my ninjas, planning. The page needs to be around long enough to get picked up by search engines and propagate so when the eBooks come out in November it has presence on the web.

Hence all this frenzy to get the art work done and the page up even though I think eBook editing and release will still take another month and a half.

Go see the :::book’s new website:::.







on visual writing

December 26, 2010


Readers are entirely dependent on you. There is no movie unless you put it on the page. So, you have, absolutely have, to give readers a visual.

This does not mean a map of the furniture layout in the protagonist’s room. This means an impression of the location.

Is the furniture out of Salvation Army or out of a French showroom? Does this location scream cash? Or last dime? What does the location tell you?

The three most important elements of location are, space, light, texture.

Consider these two examples:


The kitchen is ugly, small, cramped beyond thought, one small bare bulb overhead tries to illuminate the dirty linoleum floor and old Formica table without any help from windows.



The kitchen is huge, spacious, whoever lives here has more money than God. More than modern refrigerators with glass doors going on forever line the wall, frosty interiors illuminated by harsh artificial light….


Those are examples from yours truly just making up two very different kitchen locations on the fly. Notice how different the locations are using just three elements: Space. Light. Texture.


•Excerpted from the lecture series “On Visual Writing” by Max Adams
Academy of Film Writing | Visual Writing



I will be speaking at —

Showbiz Expo December 4.

Subject: The Art of the Pitch
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center – SOUTH HALL G
Time: 11:00AM Saturday, December 4th

For more info on upcoming appearances and classes
visit :::classes:::

Hope to see you there.


pictured above:
max adams at neon venus art theatre
“the art of the pitch”
:::photo by deborah chesher:::


hollywood vs. mama

December 2, 2010


This is pretty entertaining. It is a satirical look at the PJ McIlvaine/20th Century Fox sitch and if you have missed that [how?] you can read up on it :::here:::


max dammit adams

November 29, 2010


Hmm, it appears —

There is some confusion in the press about whom this blog belongs to. Let’s clear that up.

Celluloid Blonde is the personal blog of screenwriter Max Adams. That is why it says “the sometimes suspect musings of max adams” right up there at the top of the blog.

Also. Max Adams is female.

Jeez, whatever happened to fact checking?

Love and Kisses,

Your Max Dammit Adams Girl


*ps: bet you never knew what that d stood for did you?
*pps: go contribute to :::pj’s legal defense::: while you are here


pictured above :
max adams, aka celluloid blonde
photo by sirpa nelson

pj mcilvaine & goliath

November 27, 2010


pj mcilvaine vs. 20th century foxpj mcilvaine & goliath

— by max adams

The day PJ McIlvaine was —

Supposed to be celebrating the baptism of a child, two strangers knocked on her door and informed her, in front of her children, 20th Century Fox was suing her for 15 million dollars. Two hours later, after grilling her with questions for two solid hours, they left her stunned and crying in her living room staring at a business card that stated they were “private investigators.”

This was the first contact PJ had from 20th Century Fox regarding a Media Fire online script library she created — and was the day 20th Century Fox filed a law suit against PJ in federal court for fifteen million dollars.


PJ is a struggling screenwriter who sells flowers over the phone by day and writes scripts by night. She has two produced credits. She is a recognizable presence on internet screenwriting bulletin boards [“Limama” on Done Deal]. She collected scripts she found [already] posted online and placed them in an online library on a Media Fire web page and made those scripts available to other screenwriters. Free of charge. As an educational tool.

•She doesn’t sell advertising.
•She doesn’t charge a membership fee.
•She doesn’t sell the material.
•She makes it available to other screenwriters for free.
•She posts scripts for educational purposes only.
•She only posts scripts already available on other sites online.


PJ doesn’t have the kind of cash needed to hire an attorney. Like I said, days she works a telephone line selling flowers to make ends meet and nights she writes — fighting to bridge that artist-who-does-art vs. artist-who-gets-paid-for-art gap. In between she is caring for an elderly relative suffering from dementia. In between that she is caring for an infant. She is going to need help. If you can help, please send a small gift donation via :::PayPal::: to — people are putting together a small fund to help PJ retain an attorney.


*special thanks to everyone who has contributed to pj’s legal fund already you know who you are and you rock

•Web-script $uit
•Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation v. Patricia McIlvaine et al
•Concerning the $15 Million Script-Trading Lawsuit

*update 11.28: i am adding interesting links as they appear on the net, *note, i can only go so fast though they are piling up faster than i can put them up on a blog —

*update 11.29: note to press, celluloid blonde is the personal blog of :::screenwriter max adams:::, not pj mcilvaine, fact check already it is right up there at the top of the blog sheesh

•The Content Beast
•Corona Coming Attractions
•Torrent Freak
•Torrent Lawyer
•Links Daily
•Daily Mail
•TG Daily
•Digital Media Wire
•Tech Dirt
•Hollywood Reporter
•Screen Crave
•Cinema Blend
•Comic Book Movie
•Spin Off Online
•USA Today
•The Single Screenwriter


*other interesting and possibly related news:

•Cnet *u.s. seizes sites…
•NYTimes *u.s shuts down websites…


congratulations to julie

October 23, 2010


Big congrat’s —

To my student Julie Howe who just won best comedy screenplay at Austin Film Festival. Yay yay yay!


*pictured above, 5150 members Lauren Sheppard & Julie Howe at Austin Film Festival


max adams at neon venus art theatre july 2010

max adams, photo by deborah chesher

I am filling seats in the next two ONLINE classes:

Visual Writing which is next up and begins 11.16.10
The Art of the Pitch which begins 01.11.11
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Visual writing is about setting scenes in ways that will make readers “see” a film or scene. This is especially important for film writers — without visual impact, scripts do not feel like “movies” to readers. Using light, space and texture as scene setting elements as well as making characters visually vivid to a reader and making action visual are a few of the elements covered in Visual Writing.

The Art of the Pitch is about pitching stories in ways that allow executives and producers to “get” and buy scripts and script concepts — and sell them to the studio head upstairs who cuts the checks. There are elements a pitch must contain to make it a viable project for a studio executive. And there are ways to create premise statements that make stories more appealing to people queried which is pretty important — if you don’t get read, you can’t get sold. These are some of the elements covered in The Art of the Pitch.

More info about upcoming classes: :::classes:::
To register for a class drop me a note via the contact form: :::register:::


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*note, the art of the pitch is new, very popular, and already more than half full,
visual writing is not far behind, please do register early if you wish to attend either class, seating is limited to 12 students per class and once rosters hit the limit, well that is it no class for you.


where the art work comes from :
that is a shot of max taken by
deborah chesher

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