Melissa Maroff

The Interview: an “Act of War”

The Interview: an “Act of War”

"If all countries made satirical movies about each other, and that was the only way we all fought – what a great world we’d live in.” Dan Sterling discusses his controversial latest film, The Interview.

By Melissa Maroff. As this article is being published, Sony have decided to withdraw The Interview from release, in response to death threats. When Dennis Rodman no longer cuts it as the bridge between the United States and North Korea – what else to do but send in James Franco and Seth Rogen? The Interview, screenwriter Dan […]

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Gavin Polone, the Un-Hollywood Producer

Gavin Polone, the Un-Hollywood Producer

Controversial producer Gavin Polone tells us what he really thinks.

by Melissa Maroff According to producer/director Gavin Polone, the success of Duck Dynasty and the backwoods TV phenomenon is “a cry for something that doesn’t seem like everything else.” “People are tired of unoriginal characters; nobody on regular TV is like the cast of Duck Dynasty or the Alaskan fishermen,” says Polone, “which ultimately leads […]

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Writing Call: ScreenCraft and Celtx Team Up

Writing Call: ScreenCraft and Celtx Team Up

ScreenCraft and Celtx Aim to Cultivate Visionaries With First Annual Fellowship

by Melissa Maroff ScreenCraft, an L.A. screenwriting consultancy that only recently forayed into the contest arena and hit the ground running—is teaming up with sponsor Celtx, a leading developer of pre-production and script software—to present the First Annual 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. According to industry veteran and ScreenCraft Co-Founder John Rhodes, “This is not merely […]

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Hollywood Screenplay, Fresh Voices, ScreenCraft, American Zoetrope and the Rest

Hollywood Screenplay, Fresh Voices, ScreenCraft, American Zoetrope and the Rest

Creative Screenwriting columnist Melissa Maroff's screenwriting contest survey and commentary

by Melissa Maroff   Hollywood Screenplay Contest Deadline: 8/10 extended deadline Grand Jury Prize: $10,100 worth of post production services at Greenhouse Studios and a pitch mentoring meeting. Grand Prize Winner of the Best Short Screenplay will receive $4,800 worth of post production services at Greenhouse Studios and a pitch mentoring meeting Entry Fee: $55 […]