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ScreenwriterBones

Stories from a seasoned screenwriter. Take heart! Your creative source is infinite and un-ending. Sometimes Hollywood just rips up the roadmap back to it. The bottom line is that Hollywood is not at all as bad as it sounds. Additionally, it's worse than you can imagine. Remember to pack a sense of humor.

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I am a screenwriter living in Southern California. I've written screenplays for most of the Hollywood studios over the past 20 years. One of the uncredited writers of FANTASTIC FOUR, I wrote FIRE DOWN BELOW starring Steven Seagal, and the TV Movie 12:01 PM starring Martin Landau and MANEATER with Gary Busey. I have directed short films. I have written on numerous Hollywood studio assignments, some for big shot actors, some for small shot nobodies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Call

Every now and then a call comes in that says "you're hired", this before you know what the hell they're talking about. Okay, more to the point, it's extremely rare. And I got a call like that today. It's for a feature division of a company that does tv-movies and video on demand originals and we'll have to see exactly what they hell they're talking about. But that's a nice call. The genre is R-rated suspence thrillers, there is a book they want adapted and the job is mine if I want it. I may have to take four meetings with myself before I commit just to feel comfortable about it. Nice way to start the week! More on this as it develops.

10 Comments:

Blogger taZ said...

Yes, it's exciting to be a screenwriter...!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

taz: well, the thing of it is, it's incredibly hard work, for many years, with varying degrees of income, that always change, and has no security, and it often takes immense energy to create the work, and then to sell the work is a crap shoot, so when after all that time in you get a response like this, it is nice.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Melville said...

congratulations to have the choice, philip :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  
Blogger taZ said...

As Monty Python once said:

And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the bright side of life...
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life...
(I mean - what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life...

;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

taz:LOL

Tuesday, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Warren said...

Awesome. Congrats!!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Bill Cunningham said...

Do it...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
Blogger writergurl said...

Great news! I hope it works out veddy veddy well for you!

Oh, and skip the meeting, just send out a memo.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
Blogger ggw07 said...

Mazeltov! Go for it!

Monday, March 06, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Thanks Bill, Warren, Writergurl, ggwo7!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006  

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