Letters to the Burnettwork Bullpen

Back in the day, it was as much fun to read the Marvel Comics Bullpen (letters to Marvel’s creators and Editor-In-Chief, Stan Lee) as it was to read the action and adventure happening in each issue. We’ve decided to pay homage to that tradition and share some of the great letters and comments we receive at The Burnettwork on a daily basis. 

You can send us a letter or a video (not even Stan-the-man had that), just click on the appropriate button and either fill out a form or upload your video to our Dropbox.

Please note: Not every letter will be published, shown or read during a stream and many of the submissions will be edited for clarity and readability.

Please also note that neither The Burnettwork nor Robert Meyer Burnett can accept any kind of story pitches, drafts of scripts or evaluation copies of books, comics, videos, etc. created by users of this site or people they may represent. This is to protect both Rob, Mike and the team at The Burnettwork as well as the creators of those ideas from possible legal entanglements. Unsolicited work will not be read, watched or reviewed.

If you are interested in doing business with Rob or The Burnettwork, please contact Mike Bawden.

Thanks for all the great sci-fi memories.

Thanks for all the great sci-fi memories.

Imagination Connoisseur, John Hirose, writes in to say “thanks” to writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett for FREE ENTERPRISE and for the interview on ROBSERVATIONS #320 which featured an interview with Paul Salamoff.

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Is it time for a new take on James Bond?

Is it time for a new take on James Bond?

Imagination Connoisseur, Anthony Mathews, reminds us that it’s easy to tell under-represented people they should come up with new and original heroes of their own – but sometimes, the job calls for a character with very specialized skills.

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Do movies sometimes take over your life?

Do movies sometimes take over your life?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, recalls a time as a child when his movie memories seemed to overtake his reality for a moment – with hilarious results (or, at least everyone else seemed to think so).

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Are you looking for inspiration (or love) in the wrong places?

Are you looking for inspiration (or love) in the wrong places?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, shares how he derives creative inspiration from the Tom Selleck movie HER ALIBI and wonders if others in the Post-Geek Singularity find inspiration from a favorite book, TV show or movie that spurs them on to create something original.

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Far too many chiefs ….?

Far too many chiefs ….?

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Smith, asks a very practical question when it comes to making a TV series: How many producers is too many?

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Proof the Post-Geek Singularity exists!

Proof the Post-Geek Singularity exists!

Thanks to Imagination Connoisseur and recording artist, Tommy Mack, for proving that all genre franchises can co-exist in one universe … sure, it can be a little crowded, but that just makes the party that much more interesting.

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Yet another Enterprise.

Yet another Enterprise.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, provides some historical insights into the “ring ship” design used for early Star Fleet starships in the Star Trek universe.

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Isn’t being the best, better?

Isn’t being the best, better?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, continues to challenge the tradition of awarding Best Actor Oscars to a man and a woman every year. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the post.

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R.I.P. Terry Jones

R.I.P. Terry Jones

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, celebrates the life of Monty Python’s Terry Jones with a tribute befitting the nobel-ist of birds, The Norwegian Blue.

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Building a beautiful blu-ray collection.

Building a beautiful blu-ray collection.

Imagination Connoisseur, Evan Newman, reports back with a list of his latest Blu-Ray acquisitions. What do you think of his list? What would you add?

Leave your suggestions in the comments section, below.

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Will fans go mad for Harley Quinn this summer?

Will fans go mad for Harley Quinn this summer?

Imagination Connoisseur, Joe Fawley, is not afraid to admit he’s looking forward to DC’s BIRDS OF PREY movie. Is it possible that the new movie will pick up on a plot thread from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy?

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Do men and women act the same?

Do men and women act the same?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, asks if it makes sense to present a “genderless” Best Acting Oscar. Can acting be judged without the gender of the actor being taken into consideration? Is that even practical?

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Introducing Agent 007.1

Introducing Agent 007.1

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, expands on his proposal for setting James Bond on an alternate timeline to our own, re-writing not our own history or that of the James Bond(s) we all grew up with – but something both familiar and entirely new.

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John Gill should have known better.

John Gill should have known better.

Imagination Connoisseur, Sean McCommons, takes issue with the idea that the character John Gill (from ST:TOS’s episode, “Patterns of Force”) should have known better when he introduced Nazi ideology into a peaceful society.

Is there a lesson we’re missing here?

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Star Trek needs to go back to its future.

Star Trek needs to go back to its future.

Imagination Connoisseur, Tom Biddiscombe, thinks that director Noah Hawley seems to have an grip on what makes Star Trek unique – a return to the ethos of 60s Trek (ST:TOS).

Is he right? Let us know.

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How bright is Star Wars’ future?

How bright is Star Wars’ future?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, has questions about the future of Star Wars – a future tied more closely to who’s running the franchise more than what projects are in work at the studio.

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A brief history of horror in the USA.

A brief history of horror in the USA.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, takes a closer look at the history of horror in the United States and the classic tale by Washington Irvine, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Star Wars Episode IX was doomed to failure.

Star Wars Episode IX was doomed to failure.

Imagination Connoisseur, Logan G., thinks no one could have saved Star Wars Episode IX (and no, we don’t mean Rey, although she’s probably a Jedi-level, naturally-gifted screenwriter). And the Sith Lord responsible for all this?

Just wait until you read his letter.

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When it comes to 007, style matters.

When it comes to 007, style matters.

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, thinks he may have an idea for the next James Bond … not so much who should play him as the tone in which the character will be presented.

Who, in your opinion, should be the next James Bond?

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One director to rule them all …

One director to rule them all …

The Imagination Connoisseur who goes by the name “Django-Fett Unchained” wants to know of the original directors selected for the Star Wars sequels, which one should have been given command of the entire trilogy?

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… and they lived unhappily ever after. The end.

… and they lived unhappily ever after. The end.

Imagination Connoisseur, Emil Johansson, thinks movies are getting weirder. And he likes it.

Are you okay with movies and TV shows that show bad things happening to good people and don’t end on a positive note? Let us know.

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Surviving THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

Surviving THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

Imagination Connoisseur, Richard Aldrich, asks for more details about the leaked DUEL OF THE FATES script so he can deal with the lingering questions about the version of Star Wars: Episode IX that hit theaters.

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How to watch films to enjoy them.

How to watch films to enjoy them.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jasmine B., has watched 1917 twice in theaters. Find out what she learned about how to watch movies and seeing them in a whole new light.

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Is Alex Kurtzman leaving Star Trek?

Is Alex Kurtzman leaving Star Trek?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, wonders if producer Alex Kurtzman’s recent announcement of a Clarice Starling/SILENCE OF THE LAMBS series marks the start of his exit from the Star Trek franchise.

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How does a bad movie get made?

How does a bad movie get made?

Imagination Connoisseur, Simon Gilmore, is a film-maker and shares some insight into why so many movies fail on screen. (Hint: there’s one person ultimately responsible.)

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Star Trek fans come in all sizes.

Star Trek fans come in all sizes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, sent in a video of his son, Braxton, adventuring in a blue uniform with phaser and tricorder in hand. But check out these pics!

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Just whose side are you on?

Just whose side are you on?

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, steps up to defend the “adversaries” Captain Kirk had to face during the original STAR TREK series.

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Was Captain Janeway done wrong?

Was Captain Janeway done wrong?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, provides a breakdown of the best captains of Star Trek – and explains why Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway doesn’t make the list.

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Who mourns for …?

Who mourns for …?

Imagination Connoisseur, Darren MacKinnon, mourns the loss of Star Trek as he knew it. Have we?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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James Bond is too valuable to sell.

James Bond is too valuable to sell.

Imagination Connoisseur, Emil Johansson, doesn’t want to see the Bond franchise go the way of other venerable franchises and get purchased by a larger studio.

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If you can’t say something nice …

If you can’t say something nice …

Imagination Connoisseur, Catalin Kitt, has taken a new year’s resolution to not say anything if it’s not positive (or at least neutral) about fan-favorite franchises.

But it’s not easy to stay quiet …

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When movie stars measure up.

When movie stars measure up.

Imagination Connoisseur, Sonny Dominguez, shares a great story about meeting Chow Yun-Fat and how the Chinese action star encouraged Sonny to continue pursuing his acting career.

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Cowabunga, dude!

Cowabunga, dude!

Imagination Connoisseur, Thomas Bartholdi, loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thinks the members of the Post-Geek Singularity should too.

… and the Post-Geek Singularity explodes.

… and the Post-Geek Singularity explodes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, leaves little to the imagination with his question … what’s your favorite topless scene?

Leave your suggestion in the comments section.

Top action figure manufacturers

Top action figure manufacturers

Imagination Connoisseur, Tyler Vickrey, doesn’t have the disposable income for Hot Toys figures, but he is interested in other manufacturers.

Who else makes action figures you can build a collection around?

What’s on your “top ten” list?

What’s on your “top ten” list?

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, writes in with his top ten lists of all films and sci-fi films (so, is that his top 20)?

Share your top 10 list with us!

Why don’t more people love foreign films?

Why don’t more people love foreign films?

Imagination Connoisseur, Lewis Yu, wants to know why more people in the US don’t watch foreign films on the big screen. Is it just a problem with distribution, or is it something else?

Let us know if you do or don’t watch foreign films in the theater and why.

Where Star Trek boldly goes from here …

Where Star Trek boldly goes from here …

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, uses the lessons learned from the Star Wars and Rocky franchises to explain what’s needed to keep the Star Trek universe moving forward.

Dream it. Believe it. Do it.

Dream it. Believe it. Do it.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jere Manninen, reminds the PGS that while it’s easy to criticize the work of others, we need to be careful not to go too negative. It’s a message of positivity we all could use …

The Knight of the Living Dead? It could happen!

The Knight of the Living Dead? It could happen!

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, has a story he’d like to re-tell … who’s in on a zombie movie set in the Middle Ages?

Check out Jason’s letter for the details!

The world is a big place and a small place at the same time.

The world is a big place and a small place at the same time.

Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Baynham, lives in the UK and can’t always watch the same movies and TV programs his friends in the Post-Geek Singularity want to discuss. Is international distribution getting in the way of building a strong, multi-national community of geeks?

Everything old can be new again … or can it?

Everything old can be new again … or can it?

Imagination Connoisseur, Stubble McShave, dives deep into the practice of re-telling old stories as new ones and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

What old story would you like to see re-told with a new twist?

Do people know the real Walt Disney?

Do people know the real Walt Disney?

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, would like to see a documentary about the real Walt Disney but fears the Disney studio would exert pressure to make sure it never saw the light of day.

Remembering the brilliance of Alfred Hitchcock.

Remembering the brilliance of Alfred Hitchcock.

Imagination Connoisseur, Michael Wright, writes to us from the land down under and asks the PGS for their thoughts on the most under-rated Hitchcock films.

Share your thoughts on the post.

Are movies better the second time around?

Are movies better the second time around?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, shares his experience viewing Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD for a second time and how this movie (and others) seem to get better with a second viewing.

What’s your experience? Let us know.

Is the first film in a trilogy always the best?

Is the first film in a trilogy always the best?

Imagination Connoisseur, Tyler Vickrey, says that when he looks back at his favorite film franchises, he almost always likes the third film in the series and not the first. But are we pre-disposed to like the first one better?

Is A24 re-defining what it means to be a studio?

Is A24 re-defining what it means to be a studio?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jordan Williams, is a big fan of the studio, A24 and their vast portfolio of groundbreaking films.

Do you have a A24 fave? Let us know in the comments section.

Does Star Wars need a “fresh start”?

Does Star Wars need a “fresh start”?

Imagination Connoisseur, Gaaron Gilham, wants to talk about Star Wars (why not, everyone else is) and why he thinks the franchise needs a “fresh start.”

Bad News can be a funny thing …

Bad News can be a funny thing …

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, shares some Bad News with members of the Post-Geek Singularity … and we’re all better of because of it.

The struggle is (and always has been) real.

The struggle is (and always has been) real.

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, shares his admiration of James Joyce’s ULYSSES and how the epic struggle of Ulysses, the hero, has influenced storytelling for the past 3,000 years.

What were your favorite films of the 90s?

What were your favorite films of the 90s?

Imagination Connoisseur, Thomas Bartholdi, pens a love letter to the movies of the 1990s.

Let us know what your favorite movies of the 90s were in the comments section, below.

Domo arigoto, MR. ROBOT-o!

Domo arigoto, MR. ROBOT-o!

Imagination Connoisseur, Jishan Kader, opines on the TV goodness that is MR. ROBOT.

Are you a fan of the show? What about the show appeals to you? Let us know in the comments section, below.

Is the “JJ-Cut” a real thing? It’s doubtful.

Is the “JJ-Cut” a real thing? It’s doubtful.

Imagination Connoisseur, Keith O’Neil, has his doubts about the validity of claims that there is a “JJ-Cut” of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER that Disney doesn’t want released.

Find out why …

What is “Cli-Fi”?

What is “Cli-Fi”?

Imagination Connoisseur, Kathryn M., has recently discovered “cli-fi” (climate-focused fiction). She wants book and movie recommendations, so we’ve provided a list.

Let us know if we’ve missed anything …

Was the latest Star Wars trilogy a psyche job?

Was the latest Star Wars trilogy a psyche job?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, feels his expectations were subverted by the makers of the latest Star Wars trilogy – but was it the right approach to take with a venerable franchise?

Why TLJ Luke is a better character than ROTJ Luke.

Why TLJ Luke is a better character than ROTJ Luke.

Imagination Connoisseur, Tommy Mårtensson, really likes the way Luke Skywalker is portrayed in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – especially when you compare that character to the Luke Skywalker seen in the original Star Wars trilogy.

The problems with playing for “the binge.”

The problems with playing for “the binge.”

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, questions the wisdom of streaming shows dropping entire seasons at once. Could this strategy actually hurt the long-term potential of genre franchises?

Did Disney spike the Star Wars cannon on purpose?

Did Disney spike the Star Wars cannon on purpose?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dallas Lemons, questions whether the decisions to broaden the appeal of the Star Wars franchise was a major reason why so many fans are disappointed with the sequel trilogy.

Best wishes from a fellow Imagination Connoisseur.

Best wishes from a fellow Imagination Connoisseur.

Imagination Connoisseur, Paul Gilmore, sends his best wishes for 2020 to the Post-Geek Singularity. Paul is a former industry insider and now reviews physical media releases on his own YouTube channel, “Twin Flicks.”

Storytelling comes in all shapes and sizes.

Storytelling comes in all shapes and sizes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Eghosa Osula, is a huge fan of films of all types and shares his love of the media and his fear that fellow fans may ruin things by forcing their opinions on others.

Are CGI and big budgets ruining movies today?

Are CGI and big budgets ruining movies today?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, thinks he may have figured out why he doesn’t have a “favorite movie” from the past 15 years.

His reasons might surprise you.

The fight over Superman continues …

The fight over Superman continues …

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, responds to Willow Yang’s defense of MAN OF STEEL with an in-depth essay of his own.

Highly entertaining and worth the read …

Why doesn’t the “golden rule” apply to film quality?

Why doesn’t the “golden rule” apply to film quality?

Imagination Connoisseur, Xrosstalk, doesn’t see a direct connection between a film’s “quality” and its take at the box office. So, when it comes to talking about how good a film is, what should be the standard?

A tribute to Neil Innes.

A tribute to Neil Innes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, pens a little tribute to the “Urban Spaceman”, Neil Innes, who helped shape the sound of Monty Python’s TV show and movies as well as the parody band, The Ruttles. Innes passed away on 12/30/19.

What were your favorite films of the past decade?

What were your favorite films of the past decade?

Imagination Connoisseur, Thomas Bartholdi, shares some of his favorite movies of the past decade with the members of the Post-Geek Singularity.

Share your list in the comments section of this post.

Just what did you expect?

Just what did you expect?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Stanfirs, asks what people were expecting from the final trilogy of Star Wars films. Maybe fans’ dissatisfaction with how the franchise wrapped up is based on their unmet expectations?

A toxic fan’s review of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

A toxic fan’s review of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

The Post-Geek Singularity’s favorite curmudgeon, Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, writes in with his appropriately negative review of THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. (Spoilers, duh.)

So, what’s your favorite film?

So, what’s your favorite film?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, publicly ponders the question: “What’s your favorite film?” – and his answer might surprise you.

Boldly going into Star Trek with Kevin Pollak.

Boldly going into Star Trek with Kevin Pollak.

Imagination Connoisseur, Charles Hermosilla, shares a video of comedian Kevin Pollak as he presents a new take on classic Star Trek featuring a cast of well known characters from 80s television.

The truth will set us free. Honestly.

The truth will set us free. Honestly.

Imagination Connoisseur, Christopher Collins, thinks he’s figured out why J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars and Star Trek films ring hollow with long-time fans.

They’re not honest.

Did JJ try too hard with THE RISE OF SKYWALKER?

Did JJ try too hard with THE RISE OF SKYWALKER?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, writes in with his observation that JJ Abrams may have let his desire to please fans get in the way of the story for THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

Is this the next “hot” idea for Hot Toys?

Is this the next “hot” idea for Hot Toys?

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, has a new venture idea for Hot Toys that would allow fans to build-a-bootleg version of their favorite character.

What do you think?

Are two heads always better than one?

Are two heads always better than one?

Imagination Connoisseur, Sonny Dominguez, wonders if the singular vision of an auteur isn’t superior to the “committee” of a writing team when it comes to wrapping up epic stories for our favorite franchises.

Do fans really want Star Wars to fail?

Do fans really want Star Wars to fail?

Imagination Connoisseur, Phil Anastacio, has a hard time believing Star Wars fans want their beloved franchise to fail. Why? Could it be they just love Star Wars too much?

Enjoying “Life” in 4K.

Enjoying “Life” in 4K.

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, our favorite “Irishman in Somerset” shares his experience of watching his new QLED TV with his fellow connoisseurs. A must read for physical media fans and videophiles.

Fond memories of Bill Paxton

Fond memories of Bill Paxton

Imagination Connoisseur, Anthony Gonzalez, takes a look at the life and career of “Wild” Bill Paxton and shares his memories with members of the Post-Geek Singularity.

In defense of “The Cage.”

In defense of “The Cage.”

Imagination Connoisseur, Jan Schliecker, is an author and expert on the subject of original Star Trek and has a comment or two about Willow Yang’s recent review of the un-aired pilot episode: The Cage.

Here’s a Wonka joke …

Here’s a Wonka joke …

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, posits a rather disturbing connection between Willy Wonka and the Joker …

I guess it depends how the message gets massaged.

I guess it depends how the message gets massaged.

With apologies to Marshall McLuhan … Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, asks for examples of “bad stories, well told” and “good stories, poorly told.”

Leave your suggestions on the post.

Are comic books dying?

Are comic books dying?

Imagination Connoisseur, David Miller, is afraid the monthly comic book is an endangered species. What do we stand to lose if young readers don’t discover fiction and the out-of-this-world concepts and premises they present through an accessible medium like comics?

Challenge accepted!

Challenge accepted!

Imagination Connoisseur, Evan Newman, wants to let the Post-Geek Singularity know that he’s up to the challenge posted by host Robert Meyer Burnett.

From flights of fantasy to a new career, all thanks to D&D

From flights of fantasy to a new career, all thanks to D&D

Imagination Connoisseur, Jere Manninen, was injured in a bad auto accident six years ago and was bedridden for months. He shares his story of how playing Dungeons & Dragons with his children during his recovery led to a new writing career.

The ABCs of DIY 4K …

The ABCs of DIY 4K …

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, writes in to give us a review of how he set up his 4K viewing system at home. Be sure to take notes while there’s still time before the holidays.

Is there a “life after final draft”?

Is there a “life after final draft”?

Imagination Connoisseur, Douglas Root, wants to know about the lifecycle of a screenplay after it’s been submitted to a producer or studio and the financial options available to writers and rights-holders.