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Give Everybody, Not Just Actors, Something to Chew On

Of course I don't mean physically hand out chew toys for all the crew members of your film...unless that's just how you roll and everybody's cool with it, no judgement. But we hear so much advice about giving every one of your future actors something interesting to do, a meaty part they can sink their teeth into, etc. What about the other 200 people on set, though?

Make no mistake: you absolutely want to make every part in your script amazing. Even someone delivering a pizza or arresting your main character can have something that makes them stand out in some small way.

***WARNING: NAME DROPPING AHEAD***

Stephen Tobolowsky, who my writing partners and I contacted about our latest film Detriment, gave the script a great review. He said "there are a lot of colorful parts for me to play" in the film which was very nice of him to say. That exemplifies what I mean about making every role a good one, too; not only did he like the story, each individual parts were good enough for him to possibly be interested in coming on.

I waged war on a giant huntsman spider last night. I won.

On Project Copperhead

Yes, that's right. I was in the bathroom and this giant eight-legged monster decides to say hello. First instinct for me was that it was gonna get a broom to the face. I feel bad. I like animals. I just don't like when the crawly ones decide to sneak up on you late at night, when you're at your most vulnerable.

My blog today, I'm planning on sharing one of my favourite short stories that I've written. Hopefully it makes sense to you when you read it. I'd love to know what you think. I'm not a writer by trade, I just love doing it.

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The Business Man (A Short Story):

The weight of the world is visible on the lines of his forehead. His life is a rush. Deadlines, schedules and peak-hour traffic. His shined leather shoes carry him quickly across town; his eyes focused on the watch on his wrist, rather than where he is going. He trips on the sidewalk and quickly tries to recover his speedy composure. The ruffles of paper and clicking of keys flood his head whilst in the office, with no time to think about the family he's left at home. Wife and daughter frequently wait for Daddy to come home for dinner, however he just has to finish his work for the night. Overtime; hours overtime...

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