You can now watch the ever-anticipated movie of the year, Love in the Time of Monsters! Available streaming, on DVD, or video-on-demand (VOD) through your cable provider.




Check out the movie and let us know what you think in the review sections of the sites or right here.

Gasp!  I've been going non-stop since before the holidays and realized that I've been a bit off the grid because of it.  Well, I'm still here.  Busier than ever but coming up for a breath of air before the next round of productions.  So what have I been doing?  

November started with a video job for Prolacta BioScience, a company who takes breast milk donations from mothers with excess, processes and fortifies the milk and then provides it to hospitals and doctors for premature babies.  The videos I produced are "How To" videos for donor mothers to walk them through the steps of becoming a milk donor.  We had a great two day shoot and a quick post schedule.  Our cast was awesome: Chenoa Mitsui and Tanya Ihnen.  Also, huge props to our team including Maura Concannon (Director), Jorge Urbina (DP), Eli Benavidez (Script Supervisor), and Moira Taylor (Hair & Make Up)! 

In December, we went into production on the drama, "Cost of Capital," a new webseries created by Brian DeCherase, produced by Goldie Chan and myself, Allison Vanore, and directed by Jorge Urbina.  We had an ambitious 9 day shoot and rocked it out just before the holidays.  We're now well into post-production.  I can't wait to get these episodes online for you all and especially for Brian's investment banker audience!  

Literally within 24 hours of landing in LA after the holidays on the East Coast I was back on set.  This time for a feature horror film by Todd Johnson and Mike Campbell, The Rental.  We shot for 3 weeks with a small but very talented cast: Kimberly Browning, Mike Campbell, Ashley Love, Leah Verrill and Tiffany Walker.  Our crew was amazing and included some who I've worked with before: Frederick Snyder (1st AD), Erin LeBre (Make Up, SFX, Hair), Moira Taylor (Make Up SFX, Hair), Mike Halper (Sound), etc. And I met some new people: Rick Greenwood (DP), Mohnish Sawaswat (Gaffer) and their teams.  Now Todd is going to hybernate for a few months editing and creating the VFX for the film.  At some point he's going to emerge to hand over the edit to music composer, Rob Gokee.  For more updates about the film check out the Facebook Page and follow on Twitter!

Now there's more to do so I'll be updating you about that soon.  Happy New Year!

Events this week:

All Week

The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) is currently offering open enrollment for prospective new members.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Hosts: Michael McCarthy Presents

Event: Web Series Unplugged

Dinner & Drinks at 8pm.  Films start rolling at 9pm.  Two screens! 21 yrs and up only.

El Cid

4212 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Cost: $8 cover


Thursday, December 9, 2010

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Hosts: Digital LA

Event: Holiday Party

W Hollywood

6250 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Cost: $10 plus other fees / Registration Required


7:30pm - 10:00pm

Hosts: @AsylumSeries

Event: Asylum World Premiere Screening


6356 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Cost: FREE / Tickets (click here)

If you know of an event, are hosting an event or would like to submit information for next week, please email us here.  Thank you for contributing to the event list!  If there are mistakes above, please contact us here and provide the revised information.  Thank you!

With so many events, shoots, screenings and parties all the time, it's easy to miss out on events that would be truly beneficial to attend.  I propose that we try to compile events in one place.  I'm willing to do it as long as I have your help... when you see info about an event that's industry related and open on some level to people in the web, tv and film industries, please pass the info along to me either by txt, email, DM or FB message.  This way we can keep track of important dates.

Events this week:

Monday, November 1

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Host: Cornbread Films

Event: "Hopelessly in June" Test Screening

By Invitation Only (click to request an invitation)

Theatre in Burbank, CA

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, November 3

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Host: Digital LA

Event: Latino Marketing Panel @ Spanish Kitchen (click for more info)

826 N La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

Cost: FREE

8:00pm - 11:30pm

Host: Stay Tuned TV-net

Event: Manipulation: World Premiere Screening (click for more info)

El Cid

4212 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA

Cost: unknown

Thursday, November 4

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Event: AFM Cocktails (click for more info)

Host: Digital LA

Casa Del Mar

1910 Ocean Way

Santa Monica, CA

Cost: FREE

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Event: Girls! Girls! Girls! The Film - Special Event (click for more info)

Host: April Wade, Jenn Fee, America Young

Private Residence - RSVP for info

Cost: $75

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Event: ShowBiz Labor Guide VIP Launch Party (click for more info)

Host: ShowBiz

Capitol City Hollywood

1615 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: FREE (click to RSVP)

If you know of an event, are hosting and event or would like to submit information for next week, please email us here.  Thank you for contributing to the event list!  If there are mistakes above, please contact us here and provide the revised information.  Thank you!

Writers are a breed unlike any other.  They are usually the first glimmer of light, the first spark of imagination, the first stroke of a pen, the first click of a key in any project.


I don't feel like there is a specific type of personality for a writer - they come from all backgrounds and with varying imaginations.  I know writers who are very big on research and technical information while I also know writers who are about discovering something completely odd or something unimaginable.  A writer must be dedicated to their craft and must find the way writing works for them.  I know for me, when I write, it's not until I've worked out the story and the ideas and the characters all in my head before I even put pen to paper.  Yes, a pen.  I write everything free-hand.  It's only for the second draft that I'll type it onto my computer.  Transcribing allows me to edit while I type.  For other writers, it's all about outlines, character background, timelines, and research before writing anything in script format.


Once the script is handed over to a Producer, Director, or Executive Producer, the writer needs to be open to suggestions, changes and additions.  A writer is usually just thinking about the story and the characters and the world that is created can be anything on paper. However, as a producer I see a script differently.  The first things I think when I read a script are...

  • Is it innovative and well written?
  • How many characters?
  • How many locations?
  • Are there special effects required?
  • Are there visual effects required?
  • Is it set in present time or is it a period piece or future/sci-fi?
  • Is it marketable?

All of these items, except for the first, are a big deal when you talk in terms of money and logistics.  If you come to me with a script that takes place in one apartment with two characters and no effects then it's going to be much easier and faster to pull off then a vampire period piece with 10 main characters and 100s of extras.  That said, a two character drama might not be as marketable as a vampire movie (at least now, in 2010)... so it all depends on what your abilities, goals and resources are.


Once production starts, changes to the script need to remain minimal however as the actors get into the script with the director, this is the time that the writer needs to be willing to see, hear and adjust.  One thing I recommend is having a table read as production starts so everyone, including all key production personnel can hear the script read out loud.  We recently did this for a project I'm in pre-production on.  We had our Director, Writer, Executive Producer and Art Director all in attendance to hear the script.  What this does is make it real for everyone.  It allows you to imagine it on a different level - it's the words coming to life.  A sentence that is genius on the page may not read the way you intended or a line you deemed serious could come off extremely funny.  It is that moment that a writer needs to recognize that changes will happen and you can either be a part of it or not - we hope you are.

Tips for a Screen Writer

If you are making edits, let your film crew and cast know.

The worst thing to do as a writer is to constantly make changes without letting anyone know.  I have worked on a handful of films where the writer is making changes up until the day of the shoot.  This becomes a problem for everyone if they aren't aware that changes are coming.  Actors need time to prepare their lines (at least 48 hours) as well as all other key crew are affected by changes.  If you change: INT. OFFICE DAY to EXT. PARK BENCH DAY because it shows more of a bond between the characters that they spend time together outside of the office, this affects Art Department, Grip and Electric, Location, Transportation, and other set logistics.

Stay involved in the production.

Don't consider your job is over when you hand a script over to a production team.  You should be a part of the process - it will only make the film better.  Even in the editing process, if you are able, you should be in the loop.

Listen and watch your team.

Whether it's a table read or a rehearsal, listen to the words and watch the body language and choices of the actors.  If something isn't working and the Director is having a hard time making a section work, make suggestions and adjustments.  Keep that communication open.

Recent Writers I've Worked With

Elias Benavidez writer of A Note to Etienne

Jonathan Nail writer of "S.O.L.O. The Series"

Boris Kievsky & Konstantin Lavysh writers of "Purgatory, Inc."

Marty Blackshear & Vincent Brantley writers of Hopelessly in June