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Category Archives: screenwriting

I Hate to Respond

First it was the column in the Globe and Mail and then it was the discussion on The Current… Here’s an excerpt from the letter I sent to The Current’s producers: For those of us trying to make a living writing Canadian television, we have to serve up what our employers are buying. And they […]

I Wrote It

Beet Party is an animated interstitial series produced by Toon Box Entertainment.  It’s 3D animation and comes embedded on LG Smart TVs.  ToonBox made a ton of them and I got to write about 20. I haven’t seen many of the finished episodes so imagine my delight in discovering that a few of the ones […]

Social Media Week Story Project Update

The Social Media Week Story Project is starting to take shape.  A team is forming.  Stories and characters are developing.  And a plan for pulling the whole thing off is starting to fall into place. Yesterday, Karen Hill and Scott Albert sat down with me and we had a first go at wrestling this sucker […]

Digital Decade: The Writing Community

Technology has affected writers in the last 10 years.  In my last post, I talked about viewing habits.  Today, I’m going to look at some of the other digital developments and how they affected us. Blogs Although blogs have been around since the mid-90s, free blogging services that made it possible for anyone to blog […]

Digital Decade: How We Watch

2010 is a milestone.   As a writer, my major objection to the first decade of the century has been about naming it.  I hate the way this sounds: The first decade of the two thousands. On the hand, this rolls off the fingertips: The first decade of the nineteen hundreds But other than that, these […]

Northern Cal Screenwriters Expo

The Northern California Screenwriters & Filmmakers Expo runs March 26, 27, 28, 2010 at the Silverado Resort in Napa, CA (doesn’t that sound fantastic?!). The expo includes 2 days of classes and presentations from industry leaders such as: – Paul Walker – Oscar-winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco (“Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”) – Dave Trottier (writer of […]

WGC Awards Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the 13th Annual Writers Guild of Canada Awards are now on sale. Hosted by Geri Hall of 22 Minutes the Awards will take place on Monday April 20th, 2009 at Maro (135 Liberty St, Toronto) Cocktails: 7:30 p.m. Ceremony: 8:30 p.m. Reception: 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available online* at www.wgc.ca. WGC Members $45 […]

Milch Lecture Online

Check out the videos of David Milch on “The Idea of the Writer” here.

Digital Media

I was lucky enough to attend the nextMEDIA conference entitled Monetizing Digital Media. I was interested in what opportunities there are for screenwriters in the ongoing digital wave and the word “monetizing” sounded promising. I’ll get to the bottom line first: the money’s in advertising. Whether it’s banner ads, product placement or building a web […]

Across the River to Motor City

I meant to write about Across the River to Motor City much closer to its release, however a little rally and something suspiciously like paying work got in the way. So please forgive the lack of timeliness of this post. I was particularly interested in breaking down the first episode of this six-pack because Denis […]