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Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on October 16, 2015 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (12)

My screenplay FINAL JOURNEY was just named a Bronze Prize Winner in the Page International Screenwriting Awards! Very excited. While Googling some news about it online, I also realize the script was a Finalist in the California Women's Film Festival in July! I must've missed the announcement.


And I'm excited to be heading to the Austin Film Festival in a couple weeks because my short script TWO WRONGS made it to screenplay competition's Second Round!



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Fun Times!

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on September 30, 2015 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Fun Times!


I'm heading to the Austin Film Festival at the end of October because my short script TWO WRONGS made it to screenplay competition's Second Round! Very excited about that.


And my feature script FINAL JOURNEY is currently a Finalist in the 2015 Page International Screenwriting Awards! I find out mid-October if the script wins anything. The script has also been a semi-finalist for the Sundance Feature Film Program, Cynosure Screenwriting Awards a...

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2011: Awards and Doll Houses

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on January 21, 2011 at 2:34 AM Comments comments (0)

So 2011 starts and I'm getting ready to put a new short film on the interweb called San Generic Feast (coming real soon!).  So I's goes into my YouTube site to dust it off (YouTube.com/StrangerThanPictures),  and what do I find but the 7 second short I made with my son three years ago FIGHT CLUB DOLL HOUSE has over 10,000 hits.  And the short I made MICHAEL JACKSON DOLL HOUSE has over 6000 hits (and ...

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Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Feedback

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on December 10, 2010 at 4:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Though the finalists and winners have yet to be announced for the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition (www.fresh-voices.com), I just received my feedback/coverage from the competiton, which was quite amazing-- especially considering I did an additional rewrite of the script after some great feedback from Bob Tzudiker (screenwriter for The Lion King, Tarzan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anastasia, etc) who called the script 'A very mar...

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Inktip Pitch Summit I a Success for Mlee!

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on September 29, 2010 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What a weekend!  I got sick on Friday, 9/24/10 and didn't get a chance to rest as I prepared for going to Inktip's Pitch Summit I on Sunday 9/25/10.  I had to research all the companies I wanted to pitch, plus prepare the actual pitches for roughly six projects, plus four others I could potentially shop but was keeping in the hip pocket.  Stayed up way too late...


On Saturday, however, I had to go shoot a web short at the San Gennaro festival with n...

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Turkey Day Comes Early This Year!

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on September 22, 2010 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

I finished my latest and final (until I hear otherwise) draft of TURKEY DAY, my Thanksgiving-oriented, but universally geared, animated family adventure screenplay.  I'm very proud of it-- 90 rocking and rolling pages that should give the kiddies (and parents) exactly what they want when they go to see a fun, 3D, animation movie at the theatres.


And since there's never been a Thanksgiving animation movie released over the Thanksgiving weekend (a big one by Hollywood st...

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Turkey Day is Coming!

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on May 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM Comments comments (0)

Lucky script #12 is on it's way.  Draft 2/3 (based on how you look at it) is currently making the rounds to my colleagues and it seems to be on the right path.  The next draft should be easy and then it's ready for getting out there to industry contacts.  Looking forward to it.  More to come soon!

The New Stranger Than Pictures

Posted by Michael Lee Barlin.com on February 8, 2010 at 1:31 AM Comments comments (2)
Hey all. Michael Lee Barlin here from Stranger Than Pictures-- a website of journal entries I've had up on the internet since 1997 (before the word Blog was even invented!). That site was maintained on Geocities.com but Yahoo has folded Geocities so I've moved here to start over on webs.com. I'm about to get a 3-part webseries up and running with partner Nick Sexauer (see our website at VeryPerplexingPictures.com). It's a spoof of LOST called LOST PANTS about the survivors of Levitas fli... Read Full Post »