Screenwriting

6 Old Grammar Rules That Are Finally Going Out of Style

Writers should feel free to write stories how the stories need to be told.<p>In 2014, I composed a 15-part series called ‘So-Called Screenwriting …

Grammar

Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowships, are great and pay new screenwriters while learning. | 2-Day Film School™

<b>SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIPS, TV MENTORING PROGRAMS & SCRIPT CONTESTS…Which is Better?</b><p>Script Fellowships or TV Mentoring Programs, if truly a paying …

Writing

Reader Question: Can writing a character bio get in the way of one’s creative process?

What if the bio veers away from the writer’s conscious take on the character?<p>A question via email from Hamilton Hollands:<p>My question is do you think …

Writing

This Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Shares His Thoughts on Success and Risktaking

Go big or go home.<p>Want to make it Hollywood? In this video from our Entrepreneur Live event, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alan Wenkus sits down with Steve Lehman from Business Rockstars to discuss the importance of taking risks, rising above failures and how to get ahead.<p><i>Couldn’t make it to Los</i> …

Writing

12th year anniversary

The end of this month marks the 12 year anniversary of this blog. I still can’t believe it. Daily postings for 12 years. Over 5200 posts and over …

Writing

The Way to Last is Always to Be a Creator: Dee Rees on Screenwriting

The first thing about starting to write a movie needs to be that you love it. Don’t start with what you think is commercial or what audiences will …

Writing

Letter, we get letters

Here’s a question that went from “possible” Friday to entire post.<p><b>It’s from Glenn:</b><p>Ken, possible Friday question, regarding viewer mail: Do you have …

Writing

Why is poker night like rewrite night

Got invited to a poker game recently. A friend plays in a regular game and needed an extra body. Poker is an ingenious game. It involves both skill …

Taj Mahal

ALTERNATE ROUTES: Using Short Films to Develop Your Stories

Marty Lang shares examples of the possibilities writers and filmmakers can create for themselves by making short films.The post ALTERNATE ROUTES: …

Filmmaking

Friday Questions

Who is up for some Friday Questions? I also answer a few on my podcast this week. Just click the big gold arrow above.<p><b>Brian gets us started.</b><p>Ken, you …

Writing

Tweetstorm: Jeff Willis on Copyrights and Protecting Your Written Material

On December 18, studio executive Jeff Willis went on a tweetstorm about writers legally protecting their stories. Reprinted in its entirety by …

Copyright

Update: 2017 Award Season Screenplay Downloads — 9 New Scripts, 12 Total!

<i>Get these PDFs now before the links disappear.</i>Hollywood studios and production companies are going through their annual ritual of making the year’s …

Movies

Is it just me?

Or is it a generational thing?<p>WARNING: SPOILER ALERT for the pilot of GLOW. But I need to point out a story point for my post to make sense. And the …

Alison Brie

Are Prius owners bad drivers?

Now before you storm my house with pitchforks and torches for making such an irresponsible unfounded outrageous charge, just know that I have a Prius.<p>…

Writing

Script To Screen: “A Few Good Men”

Perhaps the most memorable scene from the 1992 drama <i>A Few Good Men</i>, screenplay by Aaron Sorkin based on his play.The movie version of the …

Writing

Misc. Takes

Yes, I’m bummed that the Dodgers didn’t win the World Series. But the Astros rose to the occasion and at least for these seven games were the better …

Gloria Allred

Conversations with Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond [Part 8]

A 10-part series with the writers of <i>The Apartment</i> and <i>Some Like It Hot</i>.<p>More excerpts from a sit-down interview with writer-director Billy Wilder and …

Writing

“How I Wrote ‘Arrival’ (and What I Learned Doing It)”

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer talks creative process in writing <i>Arrival</i>.Eric Heisserer at a screening of “Arrival”<i>NOTE: Yesterday I hosted a panel at</i> …

Writing

Switched at birth of pilot

It’s not unusual for there to be major changes during the production of a TV pilot. I’ve helped out on many, coming in to do punch up, and I’ve seen …

TV

Joe Graceffa - Co-founder of Linfield Media

Whenever I have to make a difficult decision, I try to ask myself if my ego is getting in the way.<p>Joe Graceffa is the co-founder of Linfield Media, …

Entrepreneurship

Writing and the Creative Life: Writing as Pilgrimage

<i>I am a pilgrim and a stranger</i> <i><br>Traveling through this wearisome land</i> <i><br>I’ve got a home in that yonder city, good Lord</i> <i><br>And it’s not, not made by hand</i><i>— Music</i> …

Writing

Too many cooks

Nowadays when someone goes to a major broadcast network he brings an army in with him. There is a non-writing “pod” producer attached and he …

Writing

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Plot Backward

So you’re doing prep work, breaking the story. Problem is, the story is breaking YOU! The plot is a mess, you can’t figure it out, bits and pieces …

Writing

Conversations with Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond [Part 2]

A 10-part series with the writers of <i>The Apartment</i> and <i>Some Like It Hot</i>.Billy Wilder and I.A.L “Izzy” DiamondMore excerpts from a sit-down interview …

Writing

No more calls!

In 1967 there was an announcers’ strike at ABC radio. My father was an account executive at KABC in Los Angeles, a talk station. Since management had …

Writing

What Are You Reading? 6 Books That Will Help Teach You Filmmaking

Need a great book recommendation? Here are a bunch that will teach you everything from cinematography to editing.There are books out there that cover …

Filmmaking

Conversations with Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond [Part 1]

A 10-part series with the writers of <i>The Apartment</i> and <i>Some Like It Hot</i>.I.A.L. “Izzy” Diamond and Billy WilderI stumbled on a transcript of a sit-down …

Writing

’90s Movies You Should Watch

<i>Clueless, Fight Club, Jurassic Park, The Shawshank Redemption,</i> and more.I asked Go Into The Story readers to post reflections about a favorite movie …

Writing

Remember when some thought Ezekiel Elliott had lost some of his long speed? He showed it on that 72-yard screen play for a touchdown on the Cowboys' first offensive play of the second half. That's Elliott's third touchdown of the game. Cowboys up 27-3.

Remember when some thought Ezekiel Elliott had lost some of his long speed? He showed it on that 72-yard screen play for a touchdown on the Cowboys' …

Dallas

Spec Script Deal: “Decon”

QC Entertainment and Good Universe are producing and financing the horror spec script “Decon” written by Max Landis. From Deadline:<i>Decon</i> is the story …

Writing