ONE 10 • Hollywood Notes – inside the gilded cage

Learn how to write a screenplay for the low price of only $299.99! — or at least that’s what the Hollywood establishment would like you to believe. As an aspiring screenwriter, my email overflows every single day with offers and claims from various ‘pros’ pitching their latest book or workshop: Learn the Syd Field Method! Experience the Robert McKee Way! You too can sell your first screenplay for $750,000! Three Act Structure, Twelve Stages of Story Development, Twenty-Two Steps to Become a Master Storyteller – and so on. Apparently, you’ll need to be in tip-top shape to mount the thousands of steps required for success, and have a superb financial plan to manage the millions of dollars that will soon be rolling in.


Hollywood Notes: inside the gilded cage
–Cheryl Compton

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ONE 9 • Hollywood Notes: Let Them Eat Cake

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–Cheryl Compton

ONE Editor Martin Belk issued me a challenge for this edition of the Hollywood Notes:
“I would love to know what’s really going on behind the scenes out there. It’s amazing that they throw zillions at bad movies while everyone else eats cake.”
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ONE 8 • Hollywood Notes: Black Lists in Beverly Hills

Hollywood Notes: Black Lists in Beverly Hills

Every year Hollywood managers, agents and executives put together an inventory known in the business as ‘The Black List.’ Unlike the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, the current Black List is a desirable and enviable place to be — the list of the hottest and most sought after screenplays in town. While the heavy dramas typically win the prestigious awards, this year’s Black List is 80 percent comedies. Is this a surprise in these economic times — that the entertainment business should actually entertain, and make us laugh?

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