New Storytelling Projects

This has been a busy past few months for SEAM. We are preparing two books for publication. The first one – as you can see by the cover image is called, “Endangered Species” – and is the first novel in a series. It’s an action-adventure, comedy-thriller – full of outlandish characters and bizarre circumstances. If… Read More»

Creative Brilliance from the Hive Mind

There’s been a lot of buzz this week on Steven Johnson’s book, “Where do Good Ideas Come From?” In an interview he gave to the FT (click here for the podcast), he answers his own question: good ideas come from crowds; from networks. When people are around other minds in different fields with colliding ideas,… Read More»

Don’t Direct in the script

The Scriptlab offers this useful tidbit - You’re the Writer, Not the Director – and I felt compelled to elaborate on it… Generally, it’s wise to stay away from inserting camera moves and framing notes, unless there’s a good reason to do so. This insults the reader, especially if they are a director. I also get… Read More»

Value of Creative Friction

Friction. Some avoid it at all costs, while others embrace it at all levels. Avoiding conflict in film making is about as successful as avoiding conflict in storytelling – it’s boring and pointless. Luckily, film making is fraught with all sorts of drama both on and off screen. The trick is to use friction in… Read More»

Screenwriting @ Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz is working the markets and promising a comeback, after the company experienced a toxic shock to their share price at the end of 2007. At that point in time, they had 15,000+ stores around the world and were opening at a rate of 6 per day. Pundits began to wonder if… Read More»

Iterate or Die

In the three years since I started workshop-ping screenwriters, I have met with over 250 emerging writers in the UK and Western Europe. Sometimes, the meeting was only for a couple of hours and, at other times, we spent several days together on workshops, or pitches, or even working on scripts together. This has been… Read More»

5 Storytelling Tips from the World’s Greatest Conman – Sgarbi’s Rules

I came across this article in Details magazine about aptly titled, ‘The World’s Greatest Con Man Helg Sgarbi‘. Not only is it a fascinating read but it tells us something about storytelling. Sgarbi is a reprehensible character who swindled roughly $38 million throughout his career, preying on lonely, wealthy women. Apparently, he spoke six languages… Read More»

High Concept means “Show Me the Money”

There’s an interesting piece on Nikki Fink’s Deadline.com entitled ‘Drama is Dead’. Read the comments too, because they’re very entertaining. In the article, a British screenwriter by the name of Andy Briggs reports back from his visit to Hollywood with the prophetic statement that ‘Drama is Dead’. Sobering words. But isn’t this misleading? Isn’t entertainment all… Read More»