The Man in the White Van Picked up by Legion M!
How does a feature film get made? I think almost every film is different. Here is the story of how our film The Man in the White Van is getting made right now.
2020 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza Rotterdam!!
Hundreds of international filmmakers attended the 2020 Filmapalooza celebration in Rotterdam, March 3-7, 2020. Winning short films from cities all over the world were screened, workshops were attended and there were parties!
48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza Selling to Hollywood Workshop
Before COVID, hundreds of international filmmakers met to enjoy 48 Hour Films from all over the globe. I was invited to teach a workshop about selling scripts and projects to Hollywood. It was an amazing successful with scores of international filmmakers attending.
2020 Filmapalooza Selling to Hollywood Workshop
Welcome, 48 Hour Film Project filmmakers. If you’re looking for pdf files about what’s selling in Hollywood, here they are!
Sharon’s New E-book to be Launched at 2020 Filmapalooza in Rotterdam
DOWNLOAD FREE E-Book. Hope you enjoy!
2020 Florida Heritage Book Festival Workshops
E-Publishing and Author Blogs are two subjects I’ll be teaching at the 2020 Florida Heritage Book Festival at World Golf Village in Florida, February 20-21, 2020.
https://sharonycobb.com/2020/02/18/2020-florida-heritage-book-festival-workshops/(opens in a new tab)
Back to the Twenties!
Neighbor Leslie Kleisler hosted a spectacular Roaring Twenties party at the Ortega River Club on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The party was a smash success! There was a big crowd of guys and dolls AND gangsters. The Lost Gang of Machine Gun Kelley even showed up! Just had to post this pic!
Shine On Wins Best Film 2019 Machete Chronicles 80s Horror Film Festival
On November 2, at the 2019 Machete Chronicles 80s Horror Film Festival, our horror short, Shine On, was nominated and won for: Best Film, Best Villain (Rose Sanchez), and Best Lead (Grace H. Bryan).
Here’s what the story was about: Set in 1985 Florida, Shine On is about a family who moves from the northeast for a fresh start after Mama had a mental breakdown. But, what they don’t know is that their new home has a history of horrors and Mama becomes possessed by an ominous manifestation.
Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass Podcast
Darlyn Finch Kuhn interviewed me for her fascinating podcast Scribbler’s Corner at River of Grass, October 2, 2019. I’d forgotten I knew so much about writing! Especially the part about how I got started writing fiction. Hint: I lived in Key West and a neighbor was my inspiration.
Have a listen:
SCARE BnB NOMINATED FOR 6 AWARDS AT LOL FILM FEST
Our short film, Scare BnB, was an official selection of the 2019 LOL Film Festival presented at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History. The short was nominated in six categories:
Best Musical Score
Best Supporting Actress: Carly Barnes
Best Cast Ensemble
To read more: https://sharonycobb.com/2019/08/07/scare-bnb-nominated-for-six-awards/ ______________________________________________________________
OUR 48 HOUR FILM GARNERS 11 NOMINATIONS AND WINS 4 AWARDS!!
Twenty-five talented cast and crew members of Team Mac Attack came together the weekend of May 17-19, 2019 and made a 5-minute film called ScareBnB for the 2019 Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project competition.
Scare BnB was nominated in eleven categories for awards consideration: Best Film;Best Directing;Best Editing;Best Cinematography; Best Acting; Best Actor (Eugene Lindsey); Best Actress (Carly Barnes); Best Use Of Line; Best Costumes; Best Choreography; and Best Musical Score. ScareBnB will screen at the Best Of Awards Show on Wednesday, May 29 at the Museum of Science and History in downtown Jacksonville.
Our film, Scare BnB, received 11 nominations and won 4 awards: 1) Best Film of 2019 Third Place; 2) Best Actor, Eugene Lindsey; 3) Best Score (Paul Bathen, Damien Starkey and Shawn K. Clement); and 4) Best Costumes, (created by our talented cast—Carly Barnes, Jaclyn Miller, Eugene Lindsey and Rich Pintello).
FILMAPALOOZA 2019 FEATURE FILM FOCUS PANEL
At the 48 Hour Film Project’s Film Festival, FILMAPALOOZA, held in Orlando, FL, March 6-9, 2019, I served on a panel called Feature Film Focus. Also, on the panel were: Derk van den Berg (a prominent Dutch filmmaker) and Conrad Faraj (new film: Fighting the Sky). The panel was moderated by 48 Hour Film Project founder Mark Ruppert. Our topic: How to make the leap from short film to feature film.
APOCALYPSE NOW & THEN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF LADIES IN CINEMA FILM FEST
Apocalypse Now & Then is a scifi comedy about the Lemming family trying to survive climate chaos in 2050. When a time traveler visits will Mom accept his invitation to go back to 2020 to save the planet?
The 5-minute film stars Rich Pintello, Rebekah Wilson, Carly Barnes and Garth Gunderson.
LADIES IN CINEMA FILM FEST JAX ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Thanks to Ladies in Cinema Film Fest Jax, presented February 9, 2019 at University of North Florida, I received my first “Still Breathing” award. Actually, they called it their Achievement Award and I really was thrilled. Jill Donnellan received an Achievement Award too.
ZOMBIE ROCK WINS FIVE AWARDS!
Our short film, Zombie Rock, garnered five out of seven awards at the LOL JAX Zombie Film Festival presented at the Anheuser-Busch Haunted Brewery, October 19, 2018.
To see all our cast and crew credits, check out our page on imdb: https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt9134104/?ref_=instant_tt_1&q=zombie%20rock
Read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-rt
ZOMBIE ROCK IN LOL JAX ZOMBIE FILM FESTIVAL
We were shooting zombies on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Well, actually shooting a short film I wrote called Zombie Rock. It is featured in the LOL JAX Zombie Film Festival, Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery’s Haunted Brewery attraction in Jacksonville, FL.
The comedy is about local rock star Zach who returns from vacay in Haiti a changed man… well, ah, zombie, actually. So, when he shows up at the club for a gig with his band and everyone gets a sniff of the Zombie Love Potion powder that changed his life, it’s a zobomination.
Read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-r9
JUDGING THE 48
I love writing for the 48 Hour Film Project. But this year, 2018, I had the great pleasure and challenge of judging two 48 Hour Film Project competitions simultaneously. The Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia contests occurred on the same weekend for the first time: June 1-3. Fortunately, I had two weeks to view and recommend awards for the 44 films.
Read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-qT
A TRIP TO FRANCE INSPIRES NEW CHARACTERS
Cannes. A river cruise. Wine tastings. French cuisine. Five nights in Paris including a night at Moulin Rouge. Inspirational, right? Definitely.
It all happened September 2017 and the trip inspired characters and stories for future books, films and limited television series. And I speak zero French. No worries, most everyone in France speaks English.
Staying the first night in France at the world famous Carlton in Cannes was a thrill. Then a bus ride to the Avalon Waterways boat Affinity brought us seven nights cruising up the Rhone and Saone Rivers to our final destination: Paris!
Thanks so my friend Cherry Norris for the invitation to be a part of the “Gang of Eighteen” as we were known on the boat, a group of friends who wined and dined together, went on excursions together and inspired stories in this writer’s imagination.
Read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-od
ORTEGA RIVER RATS WRAPS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Another short I wrote, Ortega River Rats, was shot in Jacksonville, Florida, June 22-26, 2017.
It’s a Family Time Travel Adventure about four kids who search for the lost treasure of mobster Machine Gun Kelly to save the life of their beloved dog. But when they break into the house where the gangster hid out in the 1930s, they unwittingly stumble into a time warp. And yes, they find the treasure, but that’s just as Machine Gun Kelly finds them. Can their 21st Century smarts and technology help them find their way home in time to save themselves and their dog?
After editing is completed, the short film will be submitted to film festivals worldwide.
To read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-nA
DALTON CYR’S MUSIC FILM PREMIERES!
It was standing room only on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, Florida, for the exclusive premiere of Breathe, 16-year-old Dalton Cyr’s moving new music film, co-written by Sharon. The film is made up of original music videos written and performed by the young talent. All three videos were produced by Duane A. Sikes Productions and shot in Jacksonville, Florida.
To read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-mz
BREATHE MUSIC VIDEOS DEBUT ON YOUTUBE
After the theatrical premiere of Breathe, the Cyr family debuted the first music video of Breathe called “Fall into Place” on Dalton’s YouTube channel. Within hours the video was attracting thousands of views.
To read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-mN
OUR BREATHE MUSIC FILM IN HUFFINGTON POST!
On April 16, 2017, Huffington Post featured an article about a music film I co-wrote with Dalton Cyr and Cindy Panetti Cyr. The film called Breathe enjoyed a standing-room-only premiere at the Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida on April 9.
To read more: https://wp.me/p674sa-mQ
2017 DALTON CYR MUSIC VIDEO!
A big thank you to the multi-talented Dalton Cyr and his family for inviting me to write several of his new music videos featuring fresh songs written and performed by Dalton.
Read more about the production: https://sharonycobb.com/2017/01/23/new-dalton-cyr-music-videos/
OUR “FINDING CLAIRE” WINS SILVER AWARD!
Congrats to our Washington, D.C. 48 Hour Film Project team “We Have This!” for winning the 2016 Television, Internet, and Video Association, D.C. Independent Short film SILVER award with our horror film Finding Claire. This is a short I wrote in an hour and a half to kick off our competition film production. Then the film was shot on Saturday of the contest and edited Sunday with the final film submitted before the deadline on Sunday night.
Read more and watch the film here: https://wp.me/p674sa-lJ
ANOTHER WASHINGTON, D.C. 48 HOUR FILM!
Sharon wrote yet another 48 Hour Film Project short. This time is was for Team We Have This in Washington, D.C. The 2016 competition film called Finding Claire is a horror film about a boy (Johnathan Newport) who is scouting the woods looking for his sister Claire (Anna Maria Shockey). He does find her, yet she is unrecognizable. She tells her brother a secret but is interrupted by a malevolent man (Dallas White) and the boy tries to flee.
DALTON CYR’S INVISIBLE GOES LIVE DURING PREMIERE
With an audience of screaming fans, recording artist and actor Dalton Cyr’s newest music video INVISIBLE went live during the theatrical premiere Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the San Marco Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida.
Read about the premiere and how the music video was produced and released:
DALTON CYR’S MUSIC VIDEO INVISIBLE PREMIERES AT SAN MARCO THEATRE
So happy to say we’ll be premiering a new music video by Dalton Cyr called INVISIBLE on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the San Marco Theatre in Jacksonville, FL from 12 noon through 2:00 p.m. Director Justin Suttles and I wrote the story for the video.
Here’s a teaser clip from the music video:
OUR FILM JUNE PREMIERES IN THE U.K. OCTOBER 12, 2015
Here’s the cool… or is it hot new poster for the U.K. release!
JUNE RELEASED ON DVD OCTOBER, 2015
Image Entertainment will release the horror film I co-wrote with director L. Gustavo Cooper on October 6. The film was produced by Raven Banner and stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (“Mutant X”) and Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven).
To read more: https://sharonycobb.com/movies-sharon-wrote/june/
Article from Cult Horror Films: https://horrorcultfilms.co.uk/2015/08/its-carrie-on-steroids-in-new-june-trailer/
JUNE TRAILER RELEASED
Our new featured JUNE was screened at the 2014 American Film Market November 6 and 9, 2014. The new trailer was just released by Raven Banner Entertainment, so I posted it below.
June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself, her new family, and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.
June was co-written by L. Gustavo Cooper and Sharon Y. Cobb, and directed by L. Gustavo Cooper. The film stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (“Mutant X”), and Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven).
SNEAK PEAK OF JUNE (co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb) AT MONTREAL’S FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The director of our film, June, and my co-writer, L. Gustavo Cooper, attended and spoke at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 27, 2014. With Gustavo were producers Jacquie Frisco and Gregor Habsburg. James Fler of Raven Banner, distributor of June also spoke.
The Fantasia International Film Festival is a part of the Frontieres International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first market to concentrate specifically on genre film co-production between North-America, Europe and Australasia.
SUPERNATURAL HORROR PROJECT (co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb) IN POST-PRODUCTION!
June, a supernatural horror script co-written by L. Gustavo Cooper and Sharon Y. Cobb is in post- production in Los Angeles. The film features rising star Kennedy Brice of The Walking Dead. The script was written by Cooper and Cobb specifically with Brice in mind for the lead role of June.
Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) also star. The film was featured in an article that appeared in the Hollywood trade publication Variety, January 22, 2014. Read all about it!
Another Variety article March 14, 2014 announced Casper Van Dien and other cast members join June. Read more!
SHOOTING JUNE IN BATON ROUGE, APRIL 2014
Sharon and husband Robert J. Ward travelled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in April 2014 for a set visit while the horror film Sharon wrote with L. Gustavo Cooper was in production. Cooper also directed the film and the it stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) and Eddie Jemison (King of Herrings, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Thirteen, Bruce Almighty).
Check out the photo gallery!
WORLD ARTS FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS SCREENWRITING PANEL
Sharon will speak on a screenwriting panel on May 15 in Jacksonville, Florida.
For more details read: World Arts Film Festival Screenwriting Panel
3×5 CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCED BY SHARON Y. COBB
The NRP radio station located in
Jacksonville, Florida, WJCT, presented
their 3×5 Classic Film Festival,
March 28-30, 2014. Sharon Y. Cobb and
WJCT’s Melissa Ross (host of “
First Coast Connect”) introduced the
opening evening’s film Citizen Kane.
THE PRISONER SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTS & AWARDS
A short film written by Sharon Y. Cobb, directed by award-winner director Mahmoud Shoolizadeh and starring Paul Bathen and Ryan Michael Murray will be featured at many international film festivals in 2013 and 2014.
The Prisoner is short film about the pure and tender nature of humankind: “Sonny and Dub once shared a cell together. Now Sonny is a free man keeping his life as simple and carefree as possible. While Dub is on Death Row and sentenced to be executed in a matter of days, Sonny comes to visit Dub one more time. Dub has a last request – a dying request that hopes to entrust Sonny with his most precious possession.”
Read more: The Prisoner Wins Awards
48 Go Green International Film Competition announced that Best Friends Films’ film The Other Half written by Sharon Y. Cobb, won Runner Up for Best Film in their 2012 short film competition. The contest happens simultanteously worldwide during three events over a 48 hour period which includes creating the concept, writing the script, casting, shooting the film and editing.
Best Friends won $1,000 in cash and prizes. The film screened with other winners on Friday, April 19, 2013 at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Yes, this is the home of the Oscar folks in Beverly Hills. This was the second year that Best Friends, led by producer/director Marc Boese, has competed in the Go Green competition. The group’s 2011 film, Way Off the Grid, was was a top-rated films competing worldwide.
Read more: https://sharonycobb.com/2013/02/15/the-other-half-wins-48-go-green-runner-up-and-screens-at-academy-theatre/
WORLD ARTS FILM FEST FEATURES BEST FRIENDS FILMS
Short films JANE and BEING BECCA, written bySharon Y. Cobb and produced by Best Friends Films screened on opening nights at the World Arts Film Fest at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Jacksonville, FL, April 11. Both films will screen again during the festival which ends April 13.
To read more about the World Arts Film Fest and to read both short films: https://sharonycobb.com/2013/04/10/world-arts-film-fest-features-two-shorts-written-by-sharon-y-cobb/
FALSE CONFESSIONS BOOKS TRAILER
Check out the new book trailer for False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter created by Chrissy Sellers of Studio 352. Let me know what you think!
[slickr-flickr tag=BlogHop] Book trailer produced by Chrissy Sellers of Studio 352.
WHAT SCREENWRITER TERRY ROSSIO (The Lone Ranger, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, Aladdin) SAYS about False Confessions: “Started reading and read it cover to cover. Delightful, insightful, inspiring, terrifying, hilarious, informative, and touching. I have myself imagined many a time arriving at a meeting with loaded weaponry.”
What a wonderful turn out of more than 70 writers at the Florida Writers Association (FWA), Ponte Vedra Beach Chapter, for the Independent Publishing & You panel, Saturday, January 26, 2013. A big thank you to organizer, Vic DiGenti, for inviting me to serve on the panel.
(Left to right) Moderator: Victor DiGenti. Panel: Sharon Y. Cobb (novelist, screenwriter and adjunct professor, University of North Florida); Rik Feeney (author, publisher and book coach); Cheyenne Knopf (Marketing Manager with OnLine Binding); and Judith K. White (novelist).
Photo by: Jane Wood.
BOOK AUTHORS TOUR INTERVIEW
Check out this interview
with Sharon on: BookAuthorsTour.com!
THE OTHER HALF IN TOP 15 FINALISTS OF 48 GO GREEN
Best Friends’ short film placed in the Top 15 Finalists of the 2012 48 Go Green International Film Competition, Group A. The film competed with 41 other short films in the group. Filmmakers and film fans voted, pushing “The Other Half,” written by Sharon Y. Cobb, into the Top 15 Finalists.
OTHER SHORT FILMS BY SHARON Y. COBB
BARNES & NOBLE BOOK SIGNING SOLD OUT!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the folks who joined us for the book signing at the Barnes & Noble, St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2 p.m.. The store’s supply of False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter sold out within the first hour! Thank goodness we brought a reserve box of books and the signing went on through 4 p.m., as promised. I’m so grateful for the enthusiastic show of support and hope everyone enjoys the read.
FALSE CONFESSIONS OF A TRUE HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITER
In Hollywood, there are no rules and they’re strictly enforced.
That’s one of the things LIZ BRADBURY learns during her eight long torturous years in Hell-A working as a professional screenwriter. You can’t get an agent until you don’t need one. You can’t sell a script until you’ve already sold one. Paradoxes of the movie business are driving her mad, or at least she is planning to use that as her defense when arrested for kidnapping.
Liz Bradbury is a woman who is a heroine in her own life. She writes strong female protagonists because she is a strong female protagonist. She moved back to her hometown in Florida to be with her family and bakes buttermilk biscuits from her great grandma’s recipe. She plays paintball and races formula cars. Liz is a Southern belle with a rebel yell.
Liz lives with CHRISTOPHER, her ideal man and perfect marriage material. But every time she heads down the aisle, a catastrophe halts the wedding march. The Southern mansion where the wedding is being held explodes, the groom ends up in a two-day coma after a rugby tackle goes wrong and on their third attempt, their plane crash-lands on the way to the private ceremony. Christopher is certain the fates are trying to tell them to forget about making it legal. Liz isn’t so sure.
She’s a screenwriter who aspires to be on the A-List, but in reality she’s on Hollywood’s F-U List. She pays her Writers Guild of America dues. She writes high-concept comedy. She works hard for her list of movie credits. She gets dumped by her agents.
But there must be some mistake. Wasn’t it her big female-driven action comedy, Jane Blonde, that only one month earlier had garnered the attention of every producer in town? Wasn’t it Jane Blonde that her agents said they sent to KATIE PORTMAN, Hollywood’s It Girl, to convince a studio to make the movie? And now her agents are giving other clients her studio writing assignments and they won’t return her calls, dismissing her like one of the UTBFs (Used To Be Famous) roaming the streets of Beverly Hills?
It’s not until she takes on Hollywood on her own terms — in an adventure including SWAT teams, a hostage standoff, the kidnapping of an A-list actress and a nationally televised car chase through the streets of LA — that she realizes only in LA could crime run amuck have such a deliriously happy Hollywood ending.
False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter is an action-adventure comedy. The tone is similar to the madcap romps of Carl Hiaasen with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s quirky chick-power plotting. The story is about taking fate hostage, shaping your own destiny and never giving up.