Enjoy the latest from our blog, member happenings, and industry news below.
The Temps May Be Cooling But Our Writers Are Hot!
Welcome to Smashcut! A PSA Newsletter dedicated to giving you all the industry news in an entertaining and informative way. Fall is finally here – temps are falling but our newsletter is just as hot as ever. Our writers are writing…placing high in contests and Arizonians are starting to see the great things that PSA can offer. If that weren’t enough, we recently obtained two grants (one for City of Tempe and another from AZ Commission on the Arts) that have helped us continue our educational offerings. The future is definitely looking bright.
Our guest columnist this month, Bill True (screenwriter and Faulty-in-Residence for Dramatic Writing and Department Chair at the esteemed Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre), will be discussing the truth behind needing an agent as a new writer. Beverly Nault (PSA member and screenwriter) will review the book The Total Filmmaker by Jerry Lewis. Looking for good books on screenwriting? Beverly will give you the real deal on what books make the grade what ones don’t.
Want to know what’s happening in Hollywood? The deals, the dealmakers, and dealbreakers? Look no further than Smashcut. We do the work, so you don’t have to. From membership happenings to box-office numbers, Smashcut has what you need. So, sit back, pull up your smartphone or tablet and be prepared to spend all day enjoying the wealth of information we have obtained. If you are so inclined, please drop us a line – have any news to share, would like to contribute to the newsletter? We’d love to hear from you.
Carlo Dall’Olmo (Screenwriter/Board Member): Working hard to finish the year off with a big bang. Unfortunately have put my own writing on the backburner but making a commitment to continue in October.
Suzanne Paschall (writer/PSA member): She is excited to be a new member of the community. Suzanne is a recent fully-converted snowbird from Seattle & Canada, and is pivoting in her career from a long career of writing and publishing books and music to screenwriting. She has five project in progress, and is also acting as a communications consultant for Realm Pictures International on its first feature project, https://www.stealawaymovie.com.
Anne Gentry (filmmaker/PSA member): Screenwriting class started at Scottsdale Community College with the fabulous working writer, Jeff Howard. Yesterday, she acted a role in a feature "12 Steps" by Ryan Watson and attended writing class via Zoom. Modern life is great if you embrace technology and stay current!
Fond regards to her fellow writers with a reminder to seize the day!
Judith Eisenberg (filmmaker/PSA member): “42 Seconds “ is Headed into post production after a successful shoot mid July in Superior, Arizona 42seconds.org
Clint Williams (writer/PSA Member): ENEMY, an unconventional Western written by Clint Williams, advanced from the quarterfinals of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition to finish in the top 50 in a contest that drew more than 5,500 entries.
Chuck Crawford (screenwriter/PSA Board Member): He’s very happy to be on the board and am here to serve the membership. If anyone has an idea, problem or some other suggestion that may be of benefit to the membership feel free to contact Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will pass it on to the board for full consideration.
If you think Hollywood works fast hummm well, think again. A screenplay “The Haunted Lighthouse” is finally getting recognized. It happens to be Chuck’s very first written ten years ago when he lived in Oregon and visited the lighthouse in Newport. Very eerie to be in it all alone he might add. But then he’s been known to go where angels fear to tread back then. Was intrigued by the myth and the soaked in blood ?? in the wooden floor plus heavily locked basement door. So question remains is it a myth or a true story to this day?
Might Chuck suggest you look into membership in the International Screenwriters Association. For $10 a month you can place all your scripts on there and they send out notifications of producers looking for specific genres which, if you have a fit, you can activate yours to that person. Of course, you won’t know the name of the producer but it beats joining contests for a ton of money and thousands of other entrants. Another site to look into is Virtual Pitch where you can actually see who the producer, manager, agent or studio is and pitch to him or her. Of course, you have to buy pitches but you can know upfront whom your contacting and what they have done in the industry. And you can save your unused pitches for later use. Best to all!
Phoenix Screenwriters Association would like to welcome our new members in 2022, we are excited to have you as a member and look forward to watching you grow as writer: Suzanne Paschall, Jessica True, Shyam Avvari, Zlatica Smekal and Robert Bond
Would like to send a special shout out to our PSA writers for their wonderful accomplishments. All these writers placed high in AFF Screenplay Competition: John McCarney, Patricia Camden, Lori Dreessen and Walter R. Long . John McCarney has 5 screenplays currently under consideration. Way to go writers!! When talent meets support – great things happen.
You Don’t Need a Manager or Agent…Yet
by Bill True
When was asked to contribute to this month’s Smash Cut, I reached out to friends to ask what might be the most helpful topic I could address. My pal, Gina DeAngelis, said “the most common question I hear at conferences and online generally is how to get a rep.” So let me tackle that one.
The Total FilmMaker by Jerry Lewis, Foreword by Leonard Maltin Review by Beverly Nault
Originally released in 1971, the 2021 50 Year Anniversary edition of The Total FilmMaker is a compilation of Jerry Lewis’ lectures to his classes at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s. The book was used as a textbook for film students for decades. Lewis knew what it meant to be in front of and behind the camera because he starred in over 60 films, wrote 23 screenplays, and directed 25.