Ryan Nelson is a designer who works for screenwriter John August. Ryan and his wife Amy produced a short that I just found on the John August blog that, according to August, played at Slamdance last year. It is the epitome of working with you’ve got available to you like a sailboat and a blowup sex doll. Oh, and a Panasonic AF100, a friend who can act well, and a good idea. Directed by Dee Austin Robertson, it’s a fabulous short and well worth nine minutes of your day. Eric Goes West makes it into the PCN Screening Room.
Maybe you, like me, have a tendency to get stressed by all the top-ten lists that emerge at the end of the year. The lists are usually filled with books you must read, dishes you must try, restaurants you must visit, movies you must see. Rather than inciting enthusiasm for the possibility of adventure or entertainment, the lists often impart feelings of regret for all that that you could have experienced, but didn’t. Soon anxiety replaces your sense of loss because somewhere between number seven and three you decided you must pack it all in before the list writer deems you unworthy. If you’ve read all the way to number two you eventually toss the whole thing aside. “Fuck the list.” … Continue Reading
Since Sarah started the day with a writing piece, I thought I’d keep the pen rolling.
Chris Terrio, the writer of one of my top three favorite movies of the year, talks about the toughest scene to write in Argo. Surprisingly it wasn’t one of the action sequences. It was a scene with a room full of men. … Continue Reading