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Filmmaker admits awards are political

When The Hollywood Reporter asked producer Janine Jackowski if she was disappointed that Toni Erdmann didn’t win the foreign language Oscar, she said no. She expected it, when she heard the news of “Trump’s travel ban.” “Two hours later I talked to Maren and we both said, ‘It’s gone.’ We knew the Academy would want […]

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3 ways to work with a writing partner

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 […]

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Easter Eggs.

For most, Easter is a wonderful time of year.  Schools (and even many employers) are closed, so families of all religions can celebrate together.  Some paint boiled eggs, which are then hidden for children to find. Others use chocolates (or even toys) in the place of boiled eggs.  In any case, they are hidden in […]

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Screenplays

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.  

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Apocalypse Now Redux: review

Walter Murch, yes the Walter Murch, travelled all the way to Aberystwyth to take questions on his film, Apocalypse Now. Okay, so Murch was only the sound stylist, right? An editor, not a director, star, screenwriter or even a producer. Producers take home the best picture award, directors get to be thought of the auteur, […]

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List of movies

Love them or hate them, here’s a list of movies. It’s not a good list, or a bad list, just a list. Some have won awards and become classics. Others have been largely forgotten. Some we watched on the recommendation of friends.  Others we had to see for class. Still others just happened to be […]

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How to send a rejection

We all receive rejections from time to time.  Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them. To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters.  Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.” […]

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