Screenwriting

My Interviews with 25 Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Winners

Including every winner from 2012–2016.The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is the most important of all screenplay contests. Founded …

Writing

BREAKING & ENTERING: Want Writing Career Success? Swing Through The Ball!

Create a winning writing career: Barri Evins’ coaches you on how the power of “swinging through the ball” – not at it – to reach your target for …

Golf

WRITERS ON WRITING: Crafting the Microbudget Thriller Negative, Rocket Launchers Not Included

<i>Adam Gaines is represented by Brendan Bragg & Jordana Mollick at Haven Entertainment. Download his two collections of one-act plays: MIXTAPE and FIRE</i> …

Writing

Where Do Writers Find Day Jobs And Gigs?

“KARMIC FILMS IS LOOKING FOR SCREENWRITERS FOR NEW SUPERHERO. Attention all screenwriters. Karmic Films is looking for screenwriters to help with the …

Writers Guild of America

Oral History: “The Wire”

Deep background on stellar TV series with actors, writers, and producers.I’m reprising this post from 2012 because I was thinking about ‘The Wire’ …

TV

Friday Questions

For you Friday Question fans:<p><b>Samantha leads off:</b><p>I'm curious about the way you would go about writing a spec for a Netflix or Amazon show. I've read …

Writing

EP37: The HBO Pilot That Almost Got Me Fired--“You’re fired! Want some shrimp?”

Ken and his partner wrote a pilot for HBO that they loved but the studio hated so much they tried to fire them. It’s another crazy Hollywood story …

Writing

WHY SPEC SCRIPTS FAIL: Dialogue Dementia - Common Dialogue Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Stewart Farquhar opines how some “experienced” writers in our digital age either have never learned or have forgotten the function of dialogue. Learn …

Writing

ALTERNATE ROUTES: DIY TV - The Rise of Independent Television

Feature films aren’t the only type of independently produced content to find success. Marty Lang explains how episodic content has had just as much …

TV

Tony Romo's debut

Tony Romo made his CBS debut on Sunday, serving as the TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz as the Eye's top NFL broadcasting team. When …

Tony Romo

On Writing

“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem …

Writing

Writing for BARNEY MILLER

BARNEY MILLER is one of those forgotten gem sitcoms from the 70s. I guess because they were taped and now look like crap you rarely see them pop up …

Writing

Clooney rips Bannon for being failed screenwriter

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney took aim at former White House strategist Steve Bannon's works as a screenwriter at a film festival this week, …

Stephen Bannon

How NOT to Adapt a Novel

<b>By: Christopher Osterndorf</b><p>August is always a tough month for movies, and 2017 was no exception.<p>One of the month’s biggest releases, the adaptation of …

Movies

Hollywood’s Four Classic Narrative Types, Part I: When the Bad Guys Win

Cinematic stories give lessons on human thought and behavior.This is their most basic social purpose. The story places a certain type of person into …

Filmmaking

Writing as Jazz, Jazz as Writing: Part 9

Words of writing wisdom gleaned from some jazz greats.Because I have a musical background, I often think about writing through a variety of musical …

Jazz

The making of SURF'S UP

Okay, yesterday I posted the ten-minute play I wrote on the fly for the one-day-play event. If you haven’t read it, check it out. Today I discuss my …

Writing

Labor Day in Hollywood

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. In the entertainment business it means this:<br>The movie industry resumes after three months of vacation. …

Labor Day

Waiter-speak

Is there a language course waiters are required to take these days? Must they pass Waiter-speak before being hired? Who started this current trend …

Writing

For you Natalie Wood fans...

This week on my podcast I talk about the life of Natalie Wood (some things you didn't know) and the death of Natalie Wood. There is still a lot of …

Writing

Screenwriting 101: The Simple Thing Disney Gets Right, but Most Writers Get Wrong

<b>By: Britton Perelman</b><p>The art of film has come a long way since 1937, the year in which Disney’s first full-length feature, “Snow White and the Seven …

Walt Disney Company

Transitioning from TV writing to features

Earl Pomerantz, in his fine blog you should be reading, has an interesting theory as to why so few TV writers seem to make a successful transition to …

Writing

Film Independent Names 2017 Screenwriting Lab Fellows | Deadline

Film Independent, the group behind the Spirit Awards and L.A. Film Festival, has unveiled the six scribes chosen for its 19th annual Screenwriting …

Movies

Cliff Levine

Sad to report that my father, Cliff Levine passed away Friday night. He was 89, almost 90. He was a remarkable man who leaves behind cherished …

Writing

The CHEERS Russian Poetry Corner

This is one of my most requested blogpost. It's a scene of ours from a first season episode of CHEERS called "Any Friend of Diane's". I posted this a …

Writing

Reader Question: Would a studio allow a novice to direct a script they wrote?

A question from Matti in Finland:I had a question for you, actually. It was inspired by your “The only thing a writer controls is what they write” …

Writing

RIP Jay Thomas

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jay Thomas. He was 69. All of the articles announcing his death point to his roles on TV, notably as Eddie LeBec …

Writing

Ten second commercials

Because commercial television isn’t cluttered enough, now come :10 second spots. Oh boy! Who doesn’t want to be bombarded with ads?<br>There used to be a …

Writing

EP34: The TV Pilot from Hell

Ken shares the saga of a pilot he and his partner once did for NBC where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Spectacularly. If comedy is …

Writing

A Comprehensive Approach to Screenwriting Theory

Plot, Concept, Character, Style, Dialogue, Scene, Theme, Time.<p>When I launched ScreenwritingMasterClass.com over 7 years ago, I created the <b>Core</b> …

Writing