For questions:

First, a word from our sponsors: My short film 8 Conversations in 15 Minutes 58 Seconds will premiere at STUFF, the South Texas Underground Film Festival on January 27th, 2019

Check out my Script Consultation Services at I offer several types of service. Testimonials can be found at the blog entry.

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out the second edition of my screenwriting book, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader published on Amazon at

Finally, I have published two collections of short stories, The Starving Artists and other stories, and The Five Corporations and the One True Church and other stories,

    This is the second in a series of articles on various screenwriting topics. Further entries will include exposition, voice overs and passive central characters. The previous entry was on diversity in film.

On facebook and a myriad of other places, people put forth various requisites or must haves, do’s and do nots, they claim are needed to write, if not a great screenplay, at least a perfectly serviceable one.

One of the most popular ones is subtext. Now, I prefer writers not worry about things like this, at least at first. I’m on the side of the angels who say, concentrate on writing a good story that is successful on its own terms and if it has subtext, good, if not, good. I mean why tamper when you’ve got a good thing going?

I prefer elements like subtext to grow organically out of the writing, not be foisted upon it. Still, if you are receiving constant feedback that your dialog is too on point, or that the reader feels as if they are being told how to feel, rather than being allowed to feel, you may need subtext, taken four times a day on an empty stomach.

One problem with subtext is that everyone seems to know what it is, but have difficulty coming up with a clear, concise and satisfactory definition that everyone agrees with. It’s like art: no one can define it, but they all know it when they see it. Continue reading


This is a list of podcasts I have participated in:

Forgotten Films Podcast

The Silent Partner

The Ritz


Ticklish Business Podcasts

Miracle on 34th Street



Little Women

Humphrey Bogart

The Devils



2019 Oscar Predictions

The Haunting

A Star is Born

Out of the Past

Shawshank Redemption

Deadpool 2

Top Movies of 2017

The Dark Tower

Roll Your Own Top 5: South Korean movies.

What Have You Been Watching Lately: Frenzy

The Dirty Harry franchise

Bring a Topic

The best of 2016

What We’ve Been Watching Lately (I talk about The Big Sleep)

The Western Draft

George Romero and the Dead films

What We’ve Been Watching Lately, Horror Special (I talk about Suspiria)

On the 400th Anniversary Podcast for the LAMB, I discuss Murder on the Orient Express

The Musical Draft

The Justice League

2018 Oscar Predictions