Let’s Be Ernest

Let’s Be Ernest

He was a man of many guises, a globe-trotter, a hedonist who loved women and wine and a man who involved himself in violent activities such as boxing, bullfighting and big game hunting.  His ambition for such measures stemmed from being brought up by a stern...
The Groundhog Give

The Groundhog Give

Has anyone here seen the film Groundhog Day? Remember, that film from the 90’s about a man who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again? He is the only person in his world who knows this is happening and after going though periods of dismay and...
Let’s talk Chutzpah

Let’s talk Chutzpah

Chutzpah is a Yiddish term that comes from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ, which means ‘insolence’, ‘cheek’ or ‘audacity’. The modern English usage of the word has taken on a broader meaning, having been popularised through the vernacular used in film, literature and...
Producing Comedy

Producing Comedy

Having read Jon Plowman’s book on How to Produce Comedy Bronze I thought I’d share with you some of his advice on how to get your humorous project on the big or little screen. After all, he did produce such noteworthy shows including Absolutely Fabulous, The Office,...
Writers behold!

Writers behold!

David Mamet shares some writing tips with his writing team from the Unit TV show: TO THE WRITERS OF THE UNIT GREETINGS.  AS WE LEARN HOW TO WRITE THIS SHOW, A RECURRING PROBLEM BECOMES CLEAR.  THE PROBLEM IS THIS: TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DRAMA AND NON-...
The Herzog Way

The Herzog Way

This is taken from a chapter in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic which I encourage you to read if you haven’t already done so. And in this particular chapter Elizabeth relays a moment when her friend, who was living in Italy as an independent filmmaker, was annoyed...