Archive for the 'Movie Talk' Category
Jan O'Hara on Jun 16 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Movie Talk
You know how certain types of feedback get under your skin like road rash, so that months or years later the grit is still working its way to the surface? Well, eons ago, as she contemplated a novel I’d set in my province, a critique partner sent me metaphorically skidding on the asphalt in a pair of Daisy Dukes.
The comment she dropped which I found so distressing? “I think this would appeal to readers outside of Canada.” (Meaning, as I [...]
Lydia Sharp on Feb 03 2013 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Inspirations, Movie Talk
“It’s called picking up the game, people. So from now on, every. Single. Story that we do is gonna have to be sensational. We’re gonna me more aggressive. We’re gonna work harder. And we’re gonna do it right now.”
When Rachel McAdams’ character said the above quote in Morning Glory, her crew behind the scenes of Daybreak were in a desperate situation. They had two choices–either pick up their game or the morning show would be canceled.
As a new author in [...]
Chuck Sambuchino on Nov 26 2012 | Filed under: CRAFT, Movie Talk
image credit: 20th Century Fox
GIVEAWAY: I am so very excited to announce the Nov. 2012 release of my newest book: CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM. It’s a book all about how to build your visibility, brand, network and discoverability so you can better market yourself and your books. I’m giving away 2 copies to random commenters based in the U.S. and Canada; comment within one week to win. Good luck! (UPDATE: C.L. and Staci Troilo won.)
My columns usually discuss the [...]
Juliet Marillier on Sep 06 2012 | Filed under: CRAFT, Movie Talk, Uncategorized
Here in Australia, season one of the ABC fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time recently came to an end. The series concept is this: in the magical world of fairy tales, the evil queen lays a curse that transports everyone to Storybrooke, Maine. The evil queen does this to punish Snow White who, as a child, did something that blighted the queen’s future. In Storybrooke, Snow is mild-mannered teacher Mary Margaret. Also in town are Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood, [...]
Carleen Brice on Aug 28 2012 | Filed under: Book Talk, Interviews, Movie Talk
Typically we hear about books being turned into movies. Occasionally, it happens the other way; a movie gets “novelized.” My friend Denene Millner recently turned the screenplay for the movie “Sparkle” into a book, and I asked her to share with Writer Unboxed what that experience was like. Following is our Q&A:
How did the project come to you?
My brilliant agent, Victoria Sanders, conjured it up after several conversations with me about my love for Whitney Houston and the impact she [...]
Lydia Sharp on May 06 2012 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, Movie Talk
Aside from the immediate benefit of getting yourself away from the computer screen and the blackhole of the Internet, studying movies and TV shows is a great way to enhance your storytelling skills. No, writing a script is not the same as writing a novel. But if you look beyond the differences in written format you’ll find some amazing similarities.
Because a story is a story is a story.
Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Any novelist will pinpoint [...]
Therese Walsh on Feb 21 2010 | Filed under: Book Talk, Inspirations, Movie Talk, REAL WORLD
Tonight is the night! Carleen Brice’s lauded debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey, was purchased by Lifetime Movie Network and has been transformed into a made-for-TV movie for the network called Sins of the Mother. [Read our interview with Carleen here.] Check out the trailer here, and be sure to tune in to the Lifetime Movie Network tonight, 2/21, at 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, & 5 pm Pacific. (Click here to check local listings.)
Kathleen Bolton on Jan 11 2010 | Filed under: Movie Talk
I’m a late adopter when it comes to entertainment. I don’t usually go to movies or buy books or music until I’ve read reviews or talked to trusted individuals that I’m not going to waste my money. Such as it was with the wildly popular new scifi movie Avatar. To be honest, I did not want to see this. I’d read that the plot was connect the dots, probably writer/director James Cameron got out the Hero’s Journey and plugged in [...]
Kathleen Bolton on Jun 15 2009 | Filed under: Movie Talk
Last week, you heard me whine about how fried I was after finishing the draft of my MS. In reward, I’ve taken a week off to detox, ventured outside my cave to go to a movie. Since it was hubby’s turn to pick, I found myself jostling in a packed theater to see The Hangover.
I’ll get it right out there. I did not have high hopes for this movie. It was a cross between two dissecated genres in comedy: the [...]
Therese Walsh on Jan 27 2009 | Filed under: Linktopia, Movie Talk, REAL WORLD
First, my happy news: The Last Will of Moira Leahy was involved in a four-way book auction in Germany, and sold to the highest bidder! Foreign sales can be important because the advance that foreign publishers pay to your US publisher goes against your US advance (unless you retained foreign rights, which we didn’t). Put another way, it’s that much less you have to sell here in the US to “earn out” your advance. And in any case, cool.
Therese Walsh on Dec 02 2008 | Filed under: Movie Talk
I turned in my final draft the day before Thanksgiving.
It. Is. Done.
I’ve been enjoying some R&R over the last few days and even went to see two new movies: Twilight and Australia. Maybe I was just full up on being critical of story because of my own work, but I really enjoyed both flicks. I’ll share some of my thoughts about them here–then let you in on some exciting novel-adaptation news.
My daughter has long been a Twilight fan and finally [...]
Kathleen Bolton on Nov 03 2008 | Filed under: Movie Talk
Right now I’m in a bit of a movie glom. Books are my first love, always, but for some reason I’m slavering over watching a few good movies. This holiday season has got some toothsome choices to pick over.
Tops on my must-see list is Baz Luhrmann’s Australia. I’m a sucker for WWII movies. Throw in a corny love story, bombs, desperate choices, horses, and I’m there. I’m really in the mood to see an old-fashioned [...]