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Coop is teaching a screenwriting workshop at the Crossroads Film Fest…

Coop is teaching a screenwriting workshop at the Crossroads Film Fest…

Posted on March 29th, 2011

This Saturday, April 2nd, I will teach a “Screenwriting Workshop” at the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson Mississippi.

Theater:  Malco Grandview in Madison, MS (Screen “C”)

Time:  9:00am

Duration:  2 hours

Price:  $8 (or $6 for members/students/65+ seniors)

Here’s the official site’s info on the workshop, but unfortunately the personal information they posted about me there is a bit out of date.  Looks like it was culled from a bunch of info on my website that I have since updated.  For a more up-to-date bio, go HERE.

CONTENT:  To be more specific, I will talk about the differences between writing a “Spec. Script” for Hollywood and an “Indie Script” for independent productions.  I will include a lot of helpful information and resources for seasoned veterans as well as those new to the process.

Topics covered:

  • Honest opinions on the latest screenwriting/support software
  • Where to find examples of good scripts
  • Ironclad resources to help you perfect proper screenplay format
  • Effective exercises for beginners and veterans
  • The difference between “Hollywood” and “Indie” screenplay structure
  • Strategic screenplay outlining
  • Pitfalls of writing your first script (spec. or indie)
  • Crafting a rich story mythology
  • Creating memorable characters
  • Solid plot construction
  • Insider secrets of the spec. script
  • Critical tips for indie screenwriters
  • Why “writer’s groups” will help you succeed
  • Why rewriting IS writing
  • What to do when you THINK you’ve completed a final draft
  • Things pro screenwriters NEVER do
  • Why making your own film makes you a better screenwriter
  • Why living in a “small town” gives you an advantage in writing and making films

Plus, you get…

  • Additional resources reviewed and approved by me (many of them are FREE)
  • Online access to my supplemental materials just for attending

Hope to see you there!

– C

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Alien invasion flicks battle it out in the theatre, DVD

Alien invasion flicks battle it out in the theatre, DVD

Posted on March 29th, 2011

The military battles swarms of merciless aliens in Los Angeles while a group of civilians caught in the middle try to survive the onslaught. So goes the basic plot line for two separate movies, one of which arrived on DVD this week (“Skyline”) while the other has played in theaters since March 11 (“Battle Los Angeles”).

“Skyline” offers no major Hollywood stars but it does give us an old-fashioned monster movie with new-fashioned effects. It follows a group of vapid, spoiled tinseltown 20-somethings who party a bit too hard and sleep through the opening moments of the alien invasion. When they eventually come to, they witness a flying hoard of techno-organic machines/vacuum cleaners sucking humans up into the air. The military responds and their morning hangover becomes a fight for survival as… READ THE REST OF THE STORY ON THE CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER WEBSITE

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How You Will Watch Movies at Home This Decade…

How You Will Watch Movies at Home This Decade…

Posted on March 21st, 2011

There once was a time when the next level of home video entertainment rested upon the invention of the next generation of physical media (Betamax, VHS, Laserdiscs, DVDs, etc…). If we were to follow that model, the next logical format should have been Sony/Pioneer Blu-ray disks which won the market after a very short and bloody battle with the now extinct Toshiba HD DVD. Given the overwhelming success of the DVD format, it would make sense to adopt this format but most people underestimated a little invention called “the internet” which has broken the venerable cycle…. for now.

For those of you who… CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT THE CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER WEBSITE

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How Hollywood is tricking you into renting really bad movies

How Hollywood is tricking you into renting really bad movies

Posted on March 12th, 2011

Checking out my new release choices on Netflix, I came across a promising title. “S.W.A.T.: Firefight” was not only a sequel to a fun action film, but it also carries the franchise torch of a hit TV show. I put it at the top of my queue without thinking much about it and watched it the same day it arrived.

What a lousy film… and I should have known better. Hollywood perfected this trick decades ago but it gained momentum when the video rental market emerged in the 1980’s. Using a brand name to market a substandard film for DVD release not only earns the studios a fast and easy cash-out, but it also serves other functions… CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT THE CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER

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Academy Award Nominated Films Available on DVD This Month by COOP

Academy Award Nominated Films Available on DVD This Month by COOP

Posted on March 8th, 2011

The 2011 Academy Awards have passed and now it is time for most of the public to finally see the darned movies that won. The majority of the films projected to receive Oscar nominations release in theaters at the very end of the year as to remain fresh in the mind of the voters. Much of the general public completely miss the films in theaters either due to lack of buzz or by the fact that many people (especially in rural areas) rarely make it to the movies anymore. Luckily the DVD, internet and pay-per-view movie market is there to pick up the slack and now you can see many of the current Academy Award winners and nominees on video. No matter your preferred method of movie-viewing (Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Online, etc…), you should be able to find nearly all of the below films… READ ARTICLE AT THE CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER WEBSITE

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