Screenwriting

Formatting, editing, pitching, executing, formatting–oh, and writing. Tips and tells from those that write for the screen.

John Fugelsang on Pyragraph LIVE - Pyragraph

Pyragraph LIVE: John Fugelsang

John Fugelsang is in Albuquerque to perform “Unpresidented: The true story of a comedian trying to raise a toddler while his country was electing one” and we were lucky enough to get him into the Pyragraph LIVE studio (a.k.a. my office) to talk about comedy, politics, religion, and how he’s pulled all those elements and more into his unique creative career. 

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The Cisco Kid Public Domain Shootout - Pyragraph

Dear Rich: Pancho’s Copyright Status, and Contract Questions

Rich Stim

Beware that the Cisco Kid’s sidekick Pancho’s copyright status is not as clear. Pancho did not appear in the O Henry story and was reportedly inspired by Don Quixote’s sidekick, Pancho Sanza. His first appearance was in the 1945 film, The Cisco Kid Returns (not to be confused with the 1939 film, Return of the Cisco Kid).

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Dear Rich: Can I Make ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Action Figures?

Rich Stim

Normally you would need two permissions to sell movie action figures: permission from the copyright owner of the movie, and permission from the actor (referred to as publicity rights). Because Night of the Living Dead is public domain, there is no copyright owner from whom you’ll need permission. However, you would need permission from the actors.

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