Luck is an integral part of success in Hollywood, or often anywhere in life. But we don’t have to be a slave to it. We don’t have to sit by the phone, waiting for it to call.
People often ask me what I do and when I tell them that I make horror films they laugh at me. In my face. It’s really upsetting.
Theories abound but none are without major problems. The mysterious death of William Desmond Taylor continues to fascinate.
As screenwriters venture deeper and deeper into the waters of movie studio development offices, agencies, and management companies — after years of trying to break through and finally seeing some attention — it’s imperative that they are prepared for the meetings, the conversations, the emails, and more important, the terminology.
In a career that has lasted for over 60 years, I have acted, punched, swashbuckled, and shot my way through an absurdly masculine profession.
Screenwriters are always being told what they should say in Hollywood pitch meetings, meet and greets, and query letters. While there is a plethora of excellent advice in that respect, it’s what screenwriters shouldn’t say that really makes or breaks those first impressions.
“You found it offensive? I found it funny. That’s why I’m happier than you.”
I need your help.
“Love does not appear with any warning signs. You fall into it as if pushed from a high diving board. No time to think about what’s happening. It’s inevitable.”
“I was rooting for you Matt Damon. We were all rooting for you!”