Just like Sheila E., Devi wants to live the glamorous life. She’s not quite there yet. In the meantime, here’s where she’s at…

Dude, Where’s My Skin?

March 1st, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

kenbigbearsm…is a cool tune that saved my world this morning (link below).  See,  I started working on the new screenplay today.  The idea was actually spawned back in September when Kenny and I were having our  Big Bear Lake Fest adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

Raising the Stakes: A Mortality Tale

February 28th, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

simpsonsAs any writer knows, “Boy meets Girl, Boy and Girl fall in love, Boy and Girl live happily ever after” does not exactly make for riveting cinema.  There must be stakes and those stakes must be high.  The protagonist needs to want something bad, and that goal or dream needs to be seriously threatened.

It’s a lesson of which I was reminded twice the past 2 weeks.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Must-See Film!

February 23rd, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

20090525174430_2The manager at our favorite liquor store offered us a nice bottle of wine for a ridiculously low price warning us that about 1 in 4 of the bottles had bad corks, so it was sort of a gamble.  He went on to explain how one must always have a back-up bottle of wine or two because you can never really know for sure how a bottle’s bound to taste even if it’s supposed to be great. The fellow said once upon a time he’d drink the bottle regardless, feeling it was wrong to waste it.  But now he realizes life is too short for bad wine and if it’s still no good after breathing for 20 minutes, he tosses it. Agustin and I were musing how this is not unlike movies…

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Spidey Sense for Screenwriters

February 22nd, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

spidey+senseDo all writers go through this, or is it just me…?   You knock out a rough draft of a script, tinker with it a bit and think , “Hey, I’m almost there!” only to return to it a week later with fresh eyes and wonder, “Egads!  Who wrote this crap anyway?!”  Sometimes, it’s hard to determine just how rough a draft truly is at first.  Fortunately, I was just reminded that we writers possess our own brand of “Spider sense.”  I was reminded, I’m delighted to report, because mine just kicked in. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Filmmakers Should Go to Fests…

February 20th, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

_MG_9818Once again, I’ve been asked by a filmmaking peer what the value of attending film fests is.  As I responded to his e-mail, it dawned on me how nearly everything going on in my life right now is directly related to my having attended festivals:  my projects, my friends, my perspective, my lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »