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John M. Lovett


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I answer questions regarding film production and screenwriting. I will answer questions dealing with screenwriting style, ideas, film production, format, and agents.

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Sixteen years working in the motion picture and television industries as a screenwriter, producer, and military technical advisor. Have two produced movies TWO WEEKS and CATHY MORGAN. Worked with Digital Ranch Productions, Warriors Inc, and Nichols Productions.


CSUF, BA, 1980 UCLA, Certificate in Screenwriting, 2009

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Warriors, Inc.
Dreamworks Interactive
Legacy Interactive
Silvertouch Pictures
Synergy Group
Nichols Productions

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2016-09-13 Favorite movie screenplay of 2016:

Truthfully, I have read none of the 2016 movie scripts.  Except for "Sully" or "Hacksaw Ridge," none of the current movies hold my interest in the least.  Now, some of the new cable channel programming

2016-06-25 Quick formatting question:

Richard,    Normally, dialog follows visual.    I would have to ask why the montage?  This scene(s) are nothing but exposition.  Should you not establish the sexuality of the character through his engagement

2016-04-05 Formatting special situations:

Richard,    Deaf and mute.  Dumb implies lack of intelligence of which I do not think you are trying to write.    In any case, I believe that a note in the narrative just prior to the first dialog using

2015-10-05 Screenwriting Agent:

Rick,    The short answer is no.  However, an agent that is listed or works with one of the agencies listed on the WGA-W site as guild signatory at least guarantees you that that agent or agency adheres

2015-07-30 Black and White in Slugline:

Greg,    For the definitive answer to screenplay formatting questions, I would check out David Trottier's book The Screenwriters Bible.  You can also email him at dave@keepwriting.com.    My observation


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