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Script to Screen:
Rafael’s Silver Hammer

Here’s is a sample from Down and Dangerous, showing the written scene with the final version in the movie. This one is interesting because of how little changed, although the location of Rafael’s Office was nixed in favor for a larger space. The biggest take away here is how much the actors bring to the scene. In many cases the words are the same, but the performances emerge as their own animal — often turning what had been a statement into a question, or a question into an exclamation! And of course, the magic of Rafael’s mocking laugh was not scripted but capped the scene beautifully.

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How To Get All Your SAG New Media Questions Answered

Have questions about using the New Media agreement on a feature-length movie? Want to know what is and isn’t negotiable under this agreement? Is there a bond? Is there a minimum? What happens if I sign with a VOD or Blu-ray distributor?

It’s understandable that you may not want to attract undue attention from SAG-Aftra before you know the lay of the land. Here’s how to get all your questions answered accurately and discreetly.

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A Movie Worth Stealing

This article was originally published at Film School Rejects.

The other day I saw a discussion on Facebook about whether or not filmmakers should watermark the screeners they send to film festivals. Filmmakers generally seemed to be for it. Festival personnel seemed generally opposed, some citing it as a red flag for the filmmaker’s naiveté – like the people who ask you to sign an NDA before reading their screenplay. In the past, I never felt that obscuring the picture with some text was going to stop the sort of person who was set on pirating my movie, so I didn’t bother with it. Besides, I might argue I had yet to make a movie someone would want to pirate.

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How to Conduct Your Q&A When the Festival Doesn’t Provide a Moderator

It can be a long, anxious walk up to the front of the theater after screening your movie to a roomful of people you don’t know. The anxiety doubles for me when conducting the Q&A myself. But I’ve come up with a little game plan and some rules to follow that make it flow a little easier. Perhaps in the comments you can share some ideas of your own.

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The Marinated Meat
of Koreatown

This has nothing to do with filmmaking, but I have a tip for my carnivorous friends in Los Angeles. A little change of pace for your BBQ grill.

This is something I was turned on to a couple years ago. And anytime we’re invited to a BBQ, my wife and I try to pick some of this stuff up. It’s always a hit. Last time, we brought two pounds of marinated rib-eye and it was gone in a few minutes.

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There is a supermarket in Koreatown called Assi Super at 3525 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 that has a case of amazing marinated chicken, beef, short ribs, and pork in the back of the store. Sells for $3 to $5 per pound.

Do yourself a favor this summer, pick up a variety (the marinated rib-eye is my favorite) and throw it on the grill next weekend. You won’t know what hit you.

How about you? Got any gems around town you care to share?