Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Shorts: Room 8


I don't want to spoil this one, but I will say it's a great example of how good dialogue can be about what your characters don't say.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Black List




So, with much fanfare, the 2014 Black List was announced this week. You can find it here. Surprisingly, my scripts were nowhere to be found. My Franklin Leonard voodoo dolls are obviously defective...

Now I was going to list all the lucky sci-fi and horror scripts that made the cut, but the good folks over at trove.com beat me to it. Seventeen scripts is a pretty good number. While there's some overlap with the 2014 Blood List,  a couple of fresh titles were also recognized. Who says you can't make a name for yourself with a good genre script?



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Shorts: NIGHT SWIM



Welcome to a special Monday edition of Sunday Shorts! (I fell asleep before posting...)

NIGHT SWIM, directed by Rod Blackhurst + Bryce James McGuire, stars Megalyn Echikunwoke -- you might remember her from The 4400 and House of Lies -- as a young woman who gets interrupted during a swim.

I like the way it plays on one of our biggest primal fears: darkness. No crazy effects or exploding heads here. Our imagination does most of the heavy lifting. The setting also adds an extra level of vulnerability.



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Shorts: 444-444-4444


This week’s installment is one of two shorts from Takashi Shimizu that inspired Ju-on and The Grudge. Love the simple set up and the creepy pay off.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Shorts: Knocking on glass


This is an adaptation of a two sentence horror story posted on Reddit by therealhatman. Highlight the text below to read.

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

It's amazing what you can convey with just two simple lines.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stephen King Interview


While I don’t keep up with Stephen King’s fiction as much as I used to, I always find time to hear what he has to say about writing. Here’s a link to a recent Rolling Stone interview:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/stephen-king-the-rolling-stone-interview-20141031

Interesting to learn that a guy with all this incredible success still has fear of failure dreams (nightmares) -- everything hinges on passing a test for a class which you totally forgot to attend! It’s amazing how much drugs and alcohol were a factor in his work. It certainly didn't slow down his output but he readily admits the results weren't always very good, like The Tommyknockers.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Shorts: Geometria

Hellboy wasn't even a twinkle in Guillermo Del Toro's eye when he wrote/directed this short in 1987, but he obviously had an interest in demons...







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