‘Whiplash’: Fear and trembling

What is the most effective way for a teacher to motivate a student? Some may advocate nurture and encouragement, while others adopt fear and trembling. Whiplash is the bracing flip-side to Mr. Holland’s Opus, an exploration of how cruel and […]

Crazy Heart

‘Crazy Heart’ and second chances

Crazy Heart is the story of Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges), a fifty-seven-year-old chain-smoking alcoholic, country music singer trying to overcome his personal demons and find some sort of redemption in his life. On the surface, this plot sounds like a cliche country music song […]


The expansion of conscious media film festivals

In 2014, two new conscious media film festivals launched: the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ, and the Awakened World Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. There are dozens more, including the recent Awareness Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA, […]


Do you hear colors?

Things I find endlessly fascinating: Bubble wrap. Pictures of baby sloths. Justin Bieber’s tabloid antics. Harry Potter analysis theories. The human brain. Lucky for you, I’ll be talking about the last one. Or maybe not lucky for you, if you […]

Long road

The myth of overnight success

After 20+ years in the mainstream entertainment industry, most of it as a hiring executive, and 5 years as the writer of an entertainment career website, Your Industry Insider, I released a book called Breaking Into the Biz: The Insider’s […]

Hell on Wheels

Tales from the trenches: Tony Gayton pitches ‘Hell on Wheels’

In August of 2013 we published our book about pitching, The Hollywood Pitching Bible. While the book was intended to offer solid advice about selling projects for film and television, along the way we also discovered how the pitching process […]

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