Nov 28

A New Website

Hello, everybody! I’d like to invite you to visit my new website, Fix My Story. It’s going to be the new home of Finding the Core of Your Story, and I’m also doing some blogging about storytelling over there. Right now, it’s the place to see the cover for the revised and expanded edition of Finding the Core of Your Story, so go check it out.

We’ll still be here on Phantom Moose blogging about our filmmaking adventures. This site isn’t closing down, not by a long shot. We’re still making movies and we can’t wait for you to see what’s next.

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Oct 11

Revised Logline Book on the Way

Ever have one of those days where you look at something you wrote and you think, “Wow, I could have done a whole lot more with this.”? That’s exactly what happened to me not too long ago. See, I was minding my own business when I suddenly thought of some things I didn’t cover in my book, Finding the Core of Your Story.

Things? Oh yeah. Like four chapters’ worth of things.

I couldn’t just let that lie. So I started writing new chapters. While I was at it, I revised a few things and expanded an existing chapter.

The long and short of this is that I will be relaunching Finding the Core of Your Story in the very near future with a fancy new revised and expanded edition. Read More »

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Sep 13

Saga of a Screenplay: Two and a Half Drafts

(Continued from part 2.)

We had a story for Nearly a Knight (still known as Smoke and Mirrors at this point) going pretty well. There was still something missing, and we didn’t yet know how everything was going to play out from start to finish, but we were pretty optimistic about it. All that was required was someone writing a first draft.

Enter Script Frenzy 2011. *sniffle* I’m sorry, I need a moment…

(Script Frenzy was discontinued after 2012, sad to say. We miss you!)

Okay, moving on. In case you don’t know what Script Frenzy was (I’m gonna cry here), it was this great little challenge, quite like NaNoWriMo, where you had to write a 100-page screenplay in one month. The month of April, to be precise.

I’d done Script Frenzy in 2009, then taken a break for 2010. I was itching to get back to screenwriting in 2011, and I challenged Rebekah to go for it, too. My script was a contemporary drama called Bellwether, which I may tell you about later. But we’re interested in Nearly a Knight, which Rebekah grabbed for her project. We were off to the races. Read More »

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Sep 06

Saga of a Screenplay: The Idea Morphs

(Continued from part 1.)

Nearly a Knight, at this point known as Smoke and Mirrors, was stuck. We weren’t sure what was wrong, but we knew we wanted to fix it. There was a great story here and we wanted to get at it.

So it shouldn’t come as too much surprise that surrounding our work on A House for Marge in November, 2010, we began once again to explore Mortimer’s adventures with Annette and Buckle.

Things happened all over the place. Rebekah got to work developing characters. She fleshed out Annette very nicely, but Mortimer was a sticking point.

Finally, we realized what was up: Mortimer was unlikeable. Read More »

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