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Story Analyst Dan Calvisi used to only reveal the inner workings of his method to his students and script consulting clients now but he’s sharing his template in his new eBook: Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, available as a download purchase directly off his on his Act Four Screenplays website. For…(Read More)

Okay, so I did my best – heartbreaking – but this is it: The Shawshank Redemption Groundhog Day The Prestige Raiders of the Lost Ark Romancing the Stone The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Big Fish A Beautiful Mind The Sixth Sense Shakespeare in Love And #11 would be the annual classic: It’s a…(Read More)

I started to make a list of my top 10 favorite films. But that was impossible. Then I thought: I’ll do my top 100. No, better make it 250. I finally had to draw the line at 281. I thought maybe I should break them down by genre classics or set apart the 80s…(Read More)

  Million Dollar Cup of Tea is the true life story of the mother-daughter kitchen table start-up that grew into a $75 million dollar business by introducing chai tea to America. The Oregon Chai C0-Founder Tedde McMillen (the “Mom”) was so happy with our collaboration that she very generously thanked me, the…(Read More)

In this, her ninth book on screenwriting, the industry’s matriarch who essentially created the job of script consultant three decades ago, Dr. Seger has gone on to clarify one of the most elusive elements of screenwriting in her latest book: WRITING SUBTEXT: what lies beneath. “Subtext is the true meaning simmering underneath the words…(Read More)

Click here to automatically download or view a Powerpoint Presentation for the most current HHP Film Slate. Please be patient: This is a very large file and could take up to a minute to load. Please feel free to contact me for complete scripts, synopses, top sheets or full budgets, schedules, day out of days…(Read More)

Director of Photography: Jim Orr Ten-time regional Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Photography and Lighting Direction, Jim Orr is just wrapping Alicia Keys’ directorial debut film Lili, part of Lifetime’s Project 5, produced by Jennifer Anniston. His hundreds of commercials, documentaries, TV episodes and 15 independent feature films include Jessica Biel‘s directorial…(Read More)

SEAN has risen to the top of the Drag Queen world with his iconic alter ego, SEANdaLEER.  Yet the nightclub performer and television host finds that fame and fortune don’t provide the happiness he had hoped as a constant battle wages between his masculine and feminine sides.  After experiencing a lifetime of prejudice, even…(Read More)

Writers are unfortunately often perceived to be at the bottom of the food chain in the feature world. But in the world of TV, it’s a very different story.  TV Writers are some of Hollywood’s best-paid and most respected professionals.  But the odds of breaking in (or back in) to that coveted…(Read More)

If you’re an aspiring television writer, trying to get staffed this season or perhaps (like me), you’ve got an original pilot (or two) you’re shopping, understanding the business cycles can be helpful in planning and executing your strategies. Staffing and Development Calendar Staffing Timeline Feb. – May: Executives read scripts and take “staffing…(Read More)