Life of the Mind: An Interview with Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman

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A bit player since 1993, Cliff Dorfman was instantly drawn to the movie business. “I started out scamming my way into whatever premieres were happening in NYC however I could,” he said. “I just wanted to be around it and…  Read more


Lost in Translation: Public Hearing

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If you want to make a movie, you need a good script. Or, at least that’s what they tell you. A script gets the talent, which gets the financing (the two are really synonymous). The other thing you’ll need, of…  Read more


How Filmmaker Magazine Helped Me Launch My First Feature, the SXSW-Bound The Heart Machine

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Zach Wigon has written a number of provocative, discursive and highly original film essays for Filmmaker over the last couple of years, and now he is making his first feature. In this guest essay, appearing alongside the SXSW-bound film’s Kickstarter…  Read more


John August Launches iPhone Screenplay Reader, Weekend Read

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Screenwriter and director John August and his colleagues at Quote-Unquote Apps have launched Weekend Read, a full-featured screenplay reader for the iPhone. The app imports scripts in Final Draft, PDF, Fountain, Markdown and text formats and then creates an “optimized…  Read more