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SubjectDate AskedExpert
adaptation from a novel11/27/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: I really want to write a screenplay adaptation of a novel from the 1970s. It was popular in its day, ...
  A: I can steer you in the right direction. That is not an issue. The issue in this situation is that a ...
Favorite movie screenplay of 20169/13/2016John M. Lovett
  Q: What is your favorite movie screenplay of 2016 so far. Also what's your favorite movie of the year ...
  A: Truthfully, I have read none of the 2016 movie scripts. Except for "Sully" or "Hacksaw Ridge," none ...
Constructing English Songs played in Movies and Plays from Poems.7/15/2016Donald L. Vasicek
  Q: Are there English songs constructed and played in English Movies and English Plays from English ...
  A: You're welcome. Thank you for the rating. If you use this poem for a movie or music, make sure you ...
Constructing English Songs played in Movies and Plays from Poems.7/15/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: Are there English songs constructed and played in English Movies and English Plays from English ...
  A: Yes there are. But you need to be careful of copyright infringement. You can find my book "Don't Let ...
For the screen, not book6/26/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: I've had an interest in writing a novel - possibly a series of novels - for some time, although with ...
  A: Novels are punishingly hard to write. I know, because I'm finishing one. Breaking into the film and ...
Quick formatting question6/25/2016John M. Lovett
  Q: Can't find the answer to this anywhere: I have a 4/5 shot montage with VO dialogue under it. In the ...
  A: Richard, Normally, dialog follows visual. I would have to ask why the montage? This scene(s) are ...
research5/14/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: How did you do the drone research for Ciao Ciao Bang Bang your latest thriller?
  A: Previously in my writing career I relied upon books from the library, and books I bought. Then the ...
Need Cinema Updates4/27/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: Is there any simplest ways to get the most recent updated cinema news manually?
  A: The best supply of Hollywood Cinema news is The Hollywood Reporter. Check out the Hollywood ...
Formatting special situations4/5/2016John M. Lovett
  Q: I am working on a script that involves the deaf parents of the protagonist. The father is totally ...
  A: Richard, Deaf and mute. Dumb implies lack of intelligence of which I do not think you are trying ...
Points? Profit Points?2/13/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: I ran across the term "profit points" having to do with movies and can't find a clear explanation. ...
  A: "Profit points" is a slangy way of saying "percentage of the profits," and most of us who have been ...
How to write the horror-movie2/8/2016Barry Pearson
  Q: Horror is popular. Some readers complain that Steven King isn't scary etc. Since you have written a ...
  A: The horror genre, like other genres, has many sub-genres, and writers often take the liberty to ...
Submitting your novel to movie producers11/20/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: If I write a book, log line and summary, should I or is it important to also to write and have a ...
  A: You're on the right track; that is, you need a one-sentence catch-phrase to promote your book, and a ...
literary agents10/29/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: Many writers would like to know when is the time to get an agent? I have seen the Catch 22 ...
  A: Yes, the issue of agents or not agents is a conundrum. The landscape of agencies is changing. ...
Could such things still happen today?10/23/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: I remember reading about the 80's and 90's, when spec screenplays, although never easy to sell, ...
  A: I was in the movie and television business in the 80's and 90's, and I'll bet that stories of ...
Screenwriting Agent10/5/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: Is there a place to find out about the track record of agents? A Literary Agent's sales are listed ...
  A: Rick, The short answer is no. However, an agent that is listed or works with one of the agencies ...
screenplay writing, write for the audience, purpose of a screenplay, screenplay writing is special10/1/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: I am writing my first drama script and need to input a ANONYMOUS character at beginning. Revealing ...
  A: Very interesting question. The issues here are: What do you want to do with this character ...
character9/24/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: Your books tell about characters. In one of my story ideas, the main character is female. But she ...
  A: My take on this is that male warriors are a dime a dozen. So--if your warrior is a female, you have ...
selling novel to the movies8/31/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: If an ebook hasn't sold a ton of copies, or not enough, can it still be appealing to movie ...
  A: A published book, aside from how many copies it sold, has a certain gravitas over a raw script. If ...
pitching movie idea8/14/2015Donald L. Vasicek
  Q: Mr. Vasicek: Is there a good way to find out which film companies would be most interested in your ...
  A: Demetrius, The most effective way is to be in Hollywood and in the loop. If one is not in the ...
Does it mean I should give up?8/8/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: One of my screenplays is similar to a movie which is about to be released...There are differences, ...
  A: I, and almost all professional screenwriters, have experienced what you're experiencing, or ...
self published and screenwriing8/5/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: My question is that if someone has ebooks on Amazon would this in any way be of any help (or hurt) ...
  A: A good question. In general, having a book published is a plus. Producers like to follow in the ...
Black and White in Slugline7/30/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: My spec script starts in the 1964 switching back and forth between three scenes. I want these ...
  A: Greg, For the definitive answer to screenplay formatting questions, I would check out David ...
Title page question5/27/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: If a screenplay is based on actual events, is it ok to indicate so on the title page? How would you ...
  A: Dave, If your screenplay is based on actual events, you could put that information in your synopsis ...
Question about Title Page5/27/2015Anthony T. Carter
  Q: If a screenplay is based on actual events, is it proper to indicate that on the title page? How ...
  A: Sorry this so long to respond to, I had to do a bit of research on scripts and precedents. For all ...
Fade away from final shot5/5/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: In the final scene of my screenplay, Joey and Vanessa are dancing a waltz at their wedding, and the ...
  A: Dave, Formatting questions are best answered by D. Trottier's book "The Screenwriters Bible." If ...
HOW LONG TO GO NOW 34/19/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: (This is not a spam question or a homework question) I was wondering would you please explain to me ...
  A: Cameron, In motion pictures, each page of screenplay is worth one minute of screen time. In other ...
spec scripts, Amazon Studio, copyright, novels versus screenplays, marketing, submitting4/7/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: aspiring screenwriter here. I've spent years trying to sell my fiction novels, with little success. ...
  A: Your situation is the most intriguing I've received in a long while. I was a writer/producer in the ...
Where can I get technical advice for the medical dialogue/procedures side of my script? Thanks.3/6/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: Sorry to bother you. I have just finished my 1st tv drama script(big, exciting deal in my little ...
  A: First of all, the nature of the medical procedures will govern what type of specialist you will ...
How much does country of screewriter matter?2/24/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: You're Canadian (very close to my area) but would you or Canadian writers have any problem writing a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you. Your question is an interesting one. Here's how I have always viewed this ...
Formatting Question2/23/2015John M. Lovett
  Q: In my screenplay, the story begins with an old man having a nightmare in which he dreams of a WW 2 ...
  A: Dave, What you are asking about is not flashback but a dream sequence. Basically, they are ...
Format Question2/5/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: In one of my screenplays, the scene opens to a black screen. We hear the sound of bombs dropping. ...
  A: Here's the way to do it: FADE IN: TO BLACK SCREEN FLASHBACK: EXT. PEARL HARBOR, USS WEST VIRGINIA ...
Verbage in Dialog2/3/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: In my screenplays, I use words in the dialog as I would phrase them in talking to someone. For ...
  A: very good question. Whether it's the right thing to do or not hinges on how much dialect you use. ...
Formatting question2/2/2015Barry Pearson
  Q: In my screenplay, the scene shifts from a battlefield to Washington, D.C. The new scene shows a ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again. Answer to yourIf you insert the scene heading as in your question, it ...
Rephrasing12/30/2014Barry Pearson
  Q: wondering if I could have help with this small part of my screenplay: ALEX I'm starting to get the ...
  A: This is much better. The following needs amendment: Alex glances at the fireworks, then looks ...
treatment12/22/2014Barry Pearson
  Q: Pearson I once ran across something about writing and selling a short treatment rather than screen ...
  A: I'm sure this is an issue that many other writers are curious about. Unfortunately, the truth is ...
Favorite novel.12/18/2014Donald L. Vasicek
  Q: It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare ...
  A: All fiction is subjective. All human beings are different. That means that what one person ...
Favorite novel.12/18/2014Anthony T. Carter
  Q: It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare ...
  A: Honestly, it depends on what genre of Shakespeare's plays you like. And just for future reference, ...
Favorite novel.12/18/2014Barry Pearson
  Q: It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare ...
  A: First, Romeo and Juliet is not a novel, it's a stage play. As far as I'm concerned, there are a ...
Query Letter11/18/2014Roger S. H. Schulman
  Q: I am sending out a query letter for representation for two of my screenplays, a romantic comedy, and ...
  A: Dave, ordinarily I would recommend sticking to one topic, project or script per query. In my opinion ...
finaldraft software11/17/2014Roger S. H. Schulman
  Q: Is it possible with FinalDraft to write a new script without the old one being erased? Can I write ...
  A: Yes of course, that's the whole reason for Final Draft, or any word/script processing software. ...

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I`m a credited writer on nine feature films. My latest movie, IRON ROAD, which stars Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill, opened as feature, then aired as a four-hour miniseries on network television. Sun Li, the Chinese star, won the best actress award at the Roma Fiction Fest recently. www.ironroadthemovie.com) I’ve produced more than 300 episodes of television drama, including 13 episodes of Deepwater Black, and 106 episodes of Katts & Dog (Rin-Tin-Tin, K-9 Cop in the U.S.). I've answered over 1200 All Experts questions!

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I've been in the business of writing and producing feature films, television series, and MOW's for over 20 years. You can check me out at this URL http://www.createyourscreenplay.com/aboutbp.htm

Publications
You can find my books on Amazon. See DON'T LET ANYONE STEAL YOUR STORY (http://tinyurl.com/StoryStealers)which is a stripped-down readable summary of copyright, full of entertaining anecdotes and real-life examples. Read about the true horror stories that clearly show you what you need to do to avoid the misfortune of having your literary material stolen. Find out: * How to take simple inexpensive steps to protect yourself, before, during, and after you write your literary work. * How copyright law applies to writers of literary works. * How literary works enter public domain, and how you can use it to your advantage. * What aspects of literary works are protected by copyright, and what aspects are not protected. * How to create documentation that will prove your copyright entitlement in the event of an infringement on your rights. * How you can protect yourself if you are contracted to write for television. You’ll also get a FREE sample of an Option and Purchase Agreement, a contract used in the acquisition of rights in a literary property—a contract that you and your lawyer can customize for your property. Written by a writer, for writers, Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Story will help you protect yourself against plagiarists and anyone else who might infringe your right of sole ownership. ------------- Also on Amazon, my book of four short stories, THE TWENTY-BUSHEL RACER. A man’s redemption from bitterness enables him to become a loving father. A teenager discovers the importance of his attachment to the people in his life and the place where he is growing up. A man, who has for years considered himself a coward and a betrayer of his comrades, musters the courage to stand up against a pair of would-be assassins. Two young men, who grew up in the same town, meet unexpectedly, reminisce about a girl they both loved when they were boys, and unveil a truth that changes both their lives.

Education/Credentials
Master of Arts degree (Drama)

Awards and Honors
Among my awards are Best Screenplay, Best Picture, at the International Film & Television Festival of New York for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EDWIN ALONZO BOYD, Best Screenplay, Feature Film, at the 12th International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain for PLAGUE, and a Special Jury Award, Feature Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival for PLAGUE.

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