You may have heard of Beaumarchais. He was a watchmaker, publisher of Voltaire’s works, gun runner for the rebels in the American Revolution, but most notably a playwright of works such as The Barber of Seville (which Mozart adapted into an opera.) In Beaumarchais’s time, writers were not well paid. The theatres of Paris held […]
Or, “Three Ways to Collaborate on a Screenplay.” A lot of people offer advice to screenwriters. We don’t. We write scripts in house, produce our own stories, and provide services to film production companies. So, screenwriters are not our target market. So far, apart from a few student projects where working as part of a team was […]
Are you looking to develop an original script? Ptara’s a script writing services include writing outlines, treatments, and fixing dialogue to a good first draft. By first draft we don’t mean that we just send you a rough set of words, but we work on the script until we feel it’s ready.
Usually, when people talk about “group think” they are condemning bad decisions. Yet when they talk about “consensus” they are implying that the group or crowd must be right. When good leaders make bad decisions because advisers not only fail to speak up, but fail to even consider that better options may be available, that’s […]
“Hi, I’m stupid.” We’ve seen it again and again. Workplace “scandals” that involve public spats, arguments over bad management that end in someone getting fired. Some “gurus” claim this shows a lack of “emotional intelligence.” I think it’s more to do with economic intelligence. But, if you need a primer in emotional intelligence, here you […]
Aristotle spoke of a certain number of arts, but it’s not like he invented the “muses.” To him, theatre had two main “genres”, comedy and tragedy. There were similar arts, such as “epics”, which also told stories. To summarize, a tragedy had a great man falling from a great height, and a sad ending, and […]
You may have heard by now that the Happy Birthday song is in copyright. Or is it? One of the longest copyright disputes revolves around “Happy Birthday” and whether you can use that song in your films and videos, or in live concerts and plays. “Happy Birthday to you” has been around so long that […]
I don’t open films the same way that Shakespeare opened plays. The first shots in Dara Says contain no words. It opens with a series of actions, and in the first couple of minutes there are fewer than ten words spoken. We created a draft of the opening for the crowdfunding campaign. Here’s the video […]
It started as a story on the Hokusai Manga, for the 1812 timeline, and it turned to the study of an inconvenient truth. Okay, some writers are billionaires. I’m ready for your list of best selling authors and other freaks. A lot of Hollywood’s top producers started as writers, or at least a few of […]
Winners were announced on Saturday.