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From January 16th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone’s holidays were wonderful. Our December anniversary social meeting at Tra’li was great; we had 18 people in attendance including current and past Screenline members and several others who we hope to see at future meetings.  A grand time was had by all.

Our next meeting is Monday, January 22, at Starbucks on Lake Boone Trail just off the I-440 Raleigh Beltline at Exit 5.  The time is 7-9 pm; we’ll be in the glassed-in meeting room just to the right of the main entrance.  Please utilize this map to find the place.

I have had a heads-up that a sci-fi TV pilot in-progress will be brought to Monday’s meeting, so we’ll look forward to reading this new work.  Please let me know if you have other work to bring this time; reply to instead of the Hotmail account so that I will see it more readily.


I’m going to try to book space for February 19, and if that doesn’t work I’ll look at February 26.  Maybe I can book February 19 in time to announce it at the January 22 meeting.  Otherwise, watch this Screenline web site for the latest information.  LATE UPDATE - February 19 will be the date for the February meeting.


Unfortunately there are no screenwriting classes scheduled by Wake Tech for the spring semester.  I’m continuing the relationship with Wake Tech but am also exploring the possibility of other venues; nothing has become available yet but maybe by the fall either Wake Tech or something else may materialize.

In the meantime, I may present some craft topics at Screenline meetings.  Let’s talk about what you’d like to see, at the Monday meeting.


Well… I really don’t have one this time, even though I’ve seen several current movies.  Among them:
  • “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been rumored to be the last Star Wars film, but it leaves more unanswered story questions than any final film should.  I can’t see this being the end of the saga; Disney has too much in it.  In my opinion, this one is most likely a bridge to several more.  It doesn’t have a great plot (if you ask me) and more time is invested in action sequences at the expense of plot or character development.  (Of course, there will be no more Han Solo, Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker in future films….Yoda is still around, and who’s the dude in the silver Darth Vader-style costume…?)
  • “Darkest Hour,” about Winston Churchill’s rise to power during the deep World War II crisis in the spring of 1940, is long and mainly dialogue driven.  There isn’t much opportunity for action in the confined spaces where most of the film is set.  I didn’t enjoy this one very much because the heavily- British accented dialogue was difficult to understand much of the time. 
  • “Pitch Perfect 3” was far from perfect; not much of a plot, thin characters, etc.  If you want to see it, wait till it comes to Blue Ridge Cinemas or better still, TV.
  • I plan to see “The Post” this weekend and have high hopes for this one!
That’s a wrap for now.  See you at Screenline!


P.S. If you have news or information you’d like to share, send it to me at and I will get it posted to the web site. 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Starbucks off Lake Boone Trail.

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