Drafting an episode #amwriting


Over several weeks ago, the germ of an idea began to take shape and like anything else, it was keeping me excited. I’m still researching about the existing characters  and hope the guesses I’ll later make in the script won’t be too glaring enough to hinder the story. I hope it’ll make a good plausible story  to add in #AgentCarter‘s world which I could submit to ScriptapaloozaTV.

Someone gasped?

Yes, yes, tall order but I want to try again. 🙂

I would like to try my hand in writing an Agent Carter TV script.  The show is also being petitioned for Season 3 on Netflix.) The idea prompt came from the live tweeting campaigns #SaveAgentCarter rewatch Season 1 of episodes: #ASinToErr, #IronCeiling, #Blitzkriegbutton, #TimeAndTime, #BridgeAndTunnel and #NowisNotTheEnd.

This also would mean temporarily leaving my two spec projects in a holding pattern which can be a no, no thing to do in the screenwriter’s world.

I’m calling for discipline and hopefully, I’ll be able to complete the roughest draft before July ends then  let it cool off on the shelf  as I get back to my other pending projects.



The image above was also a great reminder to strive  writing as visually as I can.


Working on #Scrivener

I bought the software during Writers’ Store Christmas deals and it was only a few weeks ago, I’ve started working around the program. It was easy in some areas and not so much in others.

I’m still looking for good tutorial vids focusing on screenwriting using this program but there have been very few online. If you found a good vid, let me know on the comments. Anyway, I managed to get the index cards up.


I’m still trying to get a hang of using the program because I’ve been used to using Word Doc for my draft scripts since screenwriting programs out there are way out of my budget.

I find using Scrivener easier in writing sections of the scenes because the program has already a built-in screenwriting format. Although, it didn’t hurt knowing how to format first on Word Doc too.

I heard through Scrivener vids, (mostly from novelists), they like the notion of writing in chunks. I thought it was a helpful feature because I can move around these index cards if needed for edit or add scenes without deleting everything or in the case of using World Doc, create a separate folder as “Deleted Scenes.” Unfortunately, using that method was tiring because I wasted time scrolling through the scenes to find what I’m looking for, if I wanted to paste it back to the main draft.


Interview with Cinematographer Trent Opaloch (Captain America: Civil War)

Anything BTS about #CaptainAmericaCivilWar

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Trent Opaloch is easily the most talented and sought after cinematographers in the world today. He has DP’d for director Neil Blomkamp  on “District 9”, “Elysium”, and “Chappie”,  and director’s Anthony & Joe Russo on “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”. It was an honor to sit down with him to chat about his career and the art of cinematography.

trentopolooch.jpgMathew Toffolo: You first worked with director Neil Blomkamp on the short films “Tempbot” and “Yellow”. How did you two meet? What makes your director/DP relationship so successful?

Trent Opaloch: I met Neill shooting low budget music videos. We shot a handful of videos & short films while I was working at Clairmont (camera rental house) & he had just left a vfx house here in Vancouver.

He used to do all his own vfx work back then so it was really interesting to…

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Interview with Stunt Performer Hannah D. Scott

A nice glimpse into what world of stunt performers! Ace!

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

hannah_d_scott.jpgI really enjoyed chatting with Stunt Performer/Actor Hannah D. Scott about her profession. She was very open about everything and you can feel her passion for the industry and what she does in her answers. Enjoy!

Matthew Toffolo: What job has been your most valuable experience?

Hannah D. Scott: I think that part of the answer lies in not actually working, but watching people work. The set is such a massive machine and being able to take a step back to listen and learn is priceless. I was once asked, a long time ago, to step in as kind of intern of sorts. Understanding the camera, understanding how the director communicates with actors in order to get the right result, what cues to give to help them understand and so on was incredibly valuable. I could see how different lenses worked, how framing could make or break a shot, how…

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