Tag: film

Children as Props

father reading bedtime story for his daughter while lying down on the bed

What happens when lead characters have children? Obviously children can be compelling lead characters in literature and film. Just look at some of the most popular, longstanding works we know: The Chronicles of Narnia Harry Potter Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Charlotte’s Web Anne… Continue Reading “Children as Props”

Getting a Script Noticed

vintage typewriter and telephone on the table

Submitting a script for production and submitting a novel for publication require different things. If you’ve read my article on making the “pitch” for a script, you already know this process can be uniquely intimidating. Impressing powerful people always is. Even so, there’s plenty… Continue Reading “Getting a Script Noticed”

The Power of the Pitch

Have you ever had to pitch an idea to someone? Of course you have. We pitch ideas to other people all the time, whether we realize it or not. Whether you get what you want out of it is a whole separate question. Authors… Continue Reading “The Power of the Pitch”

Parents aren’t that Stupid

As someone whose parents usually knew best, I have to wonder why cinema often depicts parents as stupid. In fact, this bothered my parents quite a bit. I remember many a movie that my dad paused in order to explain to six-year-old Shiloh and… Continue Reading “Parents aren’t that Stupid”

A Comedy of Subtitles

Unless you’re used to watching foreign films or you have a hearing impairment, you probably don’t find much use for subtitles. Neither do I—unless, of course, I’m watching a historical drama set in 1800s lower-class England, where everyone has a thick Cockney accent. Then… Continue Reading “A Comedy of Subtitles”