Tuesday, August 28, 2007


On a location scout in Las Vegas, we came across this unique "archeological site" for some of the symbology of the Vegas of Dino, Sammy, and The Chairman. The Neon Museum, located in the less than flashy region of North Vegas, a repository of three acres of pre-LCD signage and logo art dating from the 40s and 50s.

Our team was in Nevada to meet with members of the Las Vegas Screenwriters group, an active and well organized resource for a surprisingly lively and prolific group of writers there.

For a picture or in-person tour of this one-of-a-kind Las Vegas attraction, go to http://www.neonmuseum.org/. Or on your next trip to Las Vegas, somewhere between the I-Bar and Flamingo Quick Collateral Loans, schedule a visit to "the boneyard" and consider a donation to support this truly unique attraction.


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Justin DiPego knows that sometimes life can be a perfect balance -- between his work with horses and bringing his visions to the page in his other life as a screenwriter. Justin is a second generation screenwriter. His dad, Gerald DiPego, is probably best known for the sweetly memorable '96 hit, "Phenomenon".
Justin, like so many of the writers who have shared their stories with us, seems to have found the key to keeping life in perspective while he takes on each new writing project, holding onto the hope that this is the one that is going to push him over the top. And what's Justin's idea of hitting it big? Probably not a whole lot different than he has it now -- feed the horses first thing in the morning, write, then back for the late afternoon feed. Except that Star and Sundance would get to enjoy a few more creature comforts. Like maybe riding around in a plusher horse trailer.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


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Raynold Gideon and Bruce Evans, writer and director of the recent “Mr. Brooks,” walk the tracks, recalling memories of their ’86 classic, “Stand By Me.” With Director of Photography James Khanlarian shouldering the camera work, this specially rigged dolly tracks with Ray and Bruce as they recall the fortunate set of circumstances that brought their script for “Stand by Me” to the screen. Producer/Director Edmond Stevens provides questions for the writing duo.

Key Grip and Associate Producer
Justin Falahi, right, brings just the right amount of light to an interior shoot. Josh Weinstock, left, visits the Westwood office of Dr. Michael Zola, making a sales call as part of his daytime job meeting with dentists and M.D.s to support his familyand screenwriting side-gig.

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