I’m delighted to announce that the producer and screenwriter Michael Grais (Poltergeist, Cool World etc.) will be offering a master class at SF State next February 13th-14th.
On the evening of the 13th, I will be hosting Michael in the August Coppola Theater for a discussion about his work and the state of screenwriting in Hollywood. On the 14th, Michael and I will work with a small group of students for a master class on screenwriting. The workshop is for students who sign up for my CINE 324 (01) Filmmaking Master Class only, but the event in Coppola is open.
I just received the files for the Rutgers UP Screenwriting volume from the copy editor. The joys of checking text begin…
And, to make it much more fun, my landlord is noisily renovating the apartment above me. I think a rapid change of scene is in order to maintain sanity and preserve my murder virginity for another day. Onwards…
It’s been a busy few months, full of work and projects. My tenure files were due last month so I have been rather hidden away getting all of those chores squared away instead of keeping up the blog. Sorry about that, but it’s been a big year.
Amongst the highlights my most recent spec script, Cutterjunk, won awards for best science fiction screenplay in the New York, Hollywood and World Series of Screenwriting competitions. So three wins and nine finalist / placings in the cycle. I’m very pleased as the script was something of an experiment and not immediately commercial. I have been hard at work adapting Cutterjunk into a novel and now have a working first draft.
In other news, I am now co-editing the forthcoming volume on the history of Screenwriting in the new Behind the Silver Screen series from Rutgers University Press (published next summer). A mock-up of the cover, minus the series logo is linked to below and will, I am told, also be the cover image for the forthcoming Rutgers catalogue (out in December) which is a nice surprise. The book, for which I wrote the introduction and a chapter on screenwriting in the 1980s and 1990s, will be published at the same time as the volume on cinematography.
Meanwhile work progresses steadily on the second screenwriting manual, The Pleasures of Structure: Learning Screenwriting Through Case Studies, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. This one is a relatively short volume, about 60,000 words, and I hope to have a draft finished in the first half of next year. More information as I get nearer completion.
Dear esteemed reader, just a quick note to say that I know I’ve been off the blog for a while. There is a very good reason for this and I’ll be positing about it soon. Thanks for continuing to give us an eye and more will follow.
Features Nominated for Best Picture and/or Outstanding Cinematography by the AMPAS and ASC along with the Directors, DPs, and formats they employed
- Amour, Director Michael Haneke, DP Darius Khondji Camera/Format: Arri Alexa, ARRIRAW, Cooke Spherical
- Argo, Director Ben Affleck, DP Rodrigo Prieto, Camera ARRI Alexa, ARRIRAW, with some 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm mixed in
- Beasts of the Southern Wild, Director Bhen Zeitlin, DP Ben Richardson
Camera: ARRI 16SR3, S16 Kodak Film, Zeiss Lenses, Spherical
- Django Unchained, Director Quentin Tarantino, DP Robert Richardson, ASC, Camera/Format Panavision on 35mm Kodak Film, Anamorphic
- Les Misérables, Director Tom Hooper, DP Danny Cohen Camera/Format, Arricam, S35mm Kodak Film, Spherical
- Life of Pi, Director Ang Lee, DP Claudio Miranda, ASC, Head of Stereography Graham D. Clark, (DCS Member), Stereographer, Brian Gardner, Camera/Format Arri Alexa, PACE Fusion 3-D
- Lincoln, Director Steven Spielberg., DP Janusz Kaminski, Camera/Format: Panavision on S35mm Kodak Film
- Silver Linings Playbook, Director David O. Russell, DP Masanobu Takayanagi, Camera/Format, Arricam, S35mm Kodak Film, Spherical
- Zero Dark Thirty, Director Kathryn Bigelow, DP Greig Fraser, Camera/Format: Arri Alexa, ARRIRAW, Cooke Spherical
- Anna Karenina, Director Joe Wright, DP Seamus McGarvey Camera/Format Panavision on 35mm Kodak Film, Anamorphic
- Skyfall, Director Sam Mendes, DP Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, Camer/Format: ARRI Alexa, ARRIRAW, with some RED Epic REDcode RAW mixed in for 2nd Unit Action Shots.
Compiled by James Mathers with data collected from IMDBpro
Here’s the opening:
“San Francisco-based gay filmmaker Travis Mathews built his reputation as one of the leading figures in the latest new wave of gay independent cinema on the back of a series of award-winning intimate, confessional documentary films about young homosexual men: In Their Room. His first narrative feature, I Want Your Love, explored gay friends negotiating their way towards and through sexual relationships and featured unsimulated sex. His new film, Interior. Leather Bar., co-directed with the actor James Franco, is just as honest in its depictions. This film within a film begins with a re-imagining of the lost forty minutes of William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 thriller Cruising and expands to engage with wider issues of creative freedom explored in frank “behind the scenes” sequences with cast and crew.
Filmmaker spoke to Travis while he was packing for an early morning trip to the Sundance Film Festival…”
Follow the link to Filmmaker for more:
…drops once more for my little first draft science fiction screenplay ‘Cutterjunk’. I’m delighted to hear that it is a finalist for the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition. Coopy, Mousehouse, Dipper and all the gang are thrilled and many alco-lozenges will be swallowed at Charybdis Starside Station tonight.
Cheeky little Cutterjunk, my first draft screenplay that could, borrowed another genre’s clothes and apparently made them look good. I’m very pleased to report that today my script made the quarterfinals of the Eerie Horror Film Festival’s Screenwriting Competition. Note to all my characters: “Remember, you’re scary now… Boo!”
Many thanks to the hard-working, perceptive – and open minded – judges at Eerie, in Erie PA, for this very cool honor.
And the unlikely early draft of my screenplay Cutterjunk just made the semi-final of the Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition against expectation. Congratulations to Coopy Meakes, Mousehouse, Dipper and all the other characters. Per ardua ad astra and all that sort of thing!
Some nice news this morning, my first experiment in Science Fiction screenwriting, a little script called Cutterjunk, about a girl at the bottom of the galactic food chain who is determined to get out and move up made the quarterfinal of this year’s Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition. I am especially pleased as I entered a very early draft to meet their deadline and didn’t hold out that much hope.
For those of you who are interested, here’s the link.
I’m flattered that the judges saw some promise through the roughness!