Screenwriting

10 Things About Screenwriting: Vol. 4

Some observations about the craft I’ve come up with over the years.<p>Voices in your mind may say, “Your story is no good. Writing is too hard. You …

Writing

Sam & Diane in the golden age of film

Here’s a fun Friday Question. And it’s one you can participate in. I’ll give my answers. You share yours.<p><b>Justin Russo asked:</b><p>Ken, with your affinity …

Writing

Meet the Most Famous Hollywood Writer You’ve Never Heard Of

Michael Green has credits on four major movies this year.A Hollywood Reporter feature on screenwriter Michael Green who is on a hot streak with …

Movies

Why you can't let rejection dash your hopes

Our first agent wasn’t very good. When David Isaacs and I were starting out, writing spec scripts, living on Kraft macaroni, and trying to break in …

Writing

How "Game of Thrones" Uses Storytelling Basics to Stir Up All the Right Emotions According to Lessons from the Screenplay

Youtube channel, Lessons from the Screenplay, has released a new video that aims to teach aspiring filmmakers and screenplay writers how to express …

Videography

A comedy scene without a laugh track

I found this to be very interesting. Thanks to a reader for alerting me to it. This is a scene from THE BIG BANG THEORY but with the laugh track …

Writing

Are you ready for ‘New TV’?

If Jeffrey Katzenberg has his way, it’s the next new thing.Who is Jeffrey Katzenberg, you ask? If this is your question, you need to up your game …

Writing

Seven to air live esports match on 7mate’s screenPLAY

Seven’s video game and esports platform, screenPLAY, will broadcast the esports Overwatch World Cup Group Stage: Sydney event live this weekend, as …

eSports

Friday Questions

It’s Friday Question Day. <b><br>Jim starts us off.</b><p>So here's a sort of Friday question if you want an excuse to talk about old comedy. Are there any actors …

TV

Seven Things Screenplay Agents Really Want To See In A Screenplay

Seven Things Screenplay Agents Really Want To See In A Screenplay <i><br>By Stephanie Palmer</i><p>Screenplay agents are brokers who negotiate deals between …

Writing

What Are Your Protected Rights as a Screenwriter?

Hollywood is a pretty big and intimidating place for many.We’ve all heard and read the cautionary tales of Hollywood stealing the ideas of …

Filmmaking

THE CRAFT: To Hell With Story Structure

I know writers love to know the “rules” and “formulas” and “principles” of writing, but truthfully, there are no great truths about writing. A great …

Storytelling

One toke over the line

First off, my thanks to Paul Pape for alerting me to this.<p>Back in the early days of television up until the early '70a, ABC featured THE LAWRENCE …

Writing

Episode 28: The Making of WICKED

WICKED is the most successful musical in the last fifteen years. It’s had thousands of productions worldwide and is still playing on Broadway. But …

Writing

A show I once loved that didn't hold up

I’m always fascinated by how some things hold up over time and other things don’t. You’ve all had movies you remembered loving as a kid and you see …

Writing

THE SCREENWRITER ANSWER: 10 Most Common Screenwriting Questions

Dave Trottier, AKA Dr. Format, answers to ten screenwriting questions he's asked all the time. Maybe you have some of the same questions.The post THE …

Writing

Movie Screenplay Posters

For years, movie posters have given us clues as to the plot and purpose of films, with many becoming iconic in their own right. Without the …

Movies

Reader Question: Is it okay for there to be more action lines in an action script?

Once again into the breach against so-called screenwriting ‘rules’.<p>From Alan Rambaldini:<p>I’m reading the script for ‘Clash of the Titans’ and there is …

ActionScript

Servicing actors

But not in the sexual sense. Sorry. Although you gotta admit, that's great click bait.<p>Here’s a Friday Question that became an entire post.<p><b>marka</b> …

Writing

Video: “The Directors Series — The Coen Brothers”

A fantastic 7 part series covering the entire Coen brothers library of films.Joel Coen, Ethan CoenThere are a lot of video series about movies. Most …

Coen Brothers

The CHEERS intelligence graph

Compliments of Neatogama.com.<p>As someone who wrote these characters for nine years, this would be my order:<p>Lilith<br>Frasier<br>Diane<p>(now comes a big …

Writing

The Writers Store Farewell - Over 30 Years of Inspiring Screenwriters

<i>Katiedid Langrock is a Hollywood scriptwriter, TV development exec., author, internationally syndicated humor columnist and guest lecturer. She</i> …

Writing

MEET THE READER: Importance of Logical Conclusions in Storytelling

There are many important ingredients in a screenplay: premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and so on. One of the most important is logic. Ray Morton …

Storytelling

What Are Your Real Chances of Screenwriting Success?

Writers know it’s not easy to launch and sustain a writing career. The odds aren’t necessarily stacked in your favor. But, what exactly are your …

Writing

Everything You Wanted to Know About Spec Scripts

Free downloadable Go Into The Story eBook by Scott Myers.<p>Why am I smiling? Because today I’m making available to the public the <b>7th in a series of</b> …

Filmmaking

Screenwriting 101: Wes Anderson

“The project almost always begins with a character or a group of characters. Usually there’s a sort of world that’s tied in. The last film I did, <i>The</i> …

Wes Anderson

Screenwriting Lessons: “True Grit”

A five-part series exploring lessons from the Coen brothers screenplay.Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Hailee Steinfeld on the set of ‘True Grit’.<i>True …

Writing

Screenwriting Lessons: “The King’s Speech”

A five-part series exploring lessons from David Seidler’s Oscar winning script.<i>The King’s Speech</i> won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in …

Writing

Screenwriting Lessons: “The Social Network”

A five-part series exploring lessons we can glean from Aaron Sorkin’s script.Aaron Sorkin playing an executive in ‘The Social Network’.<i>The Social</i> …

Writing

Following up on today's post

Hi, it's me again.<p>This is an update to today's post (which you should read if you haven't already).<p>There is obviously a sizeable portion of the …

Writing