Screenwriting

Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling (Part 2)

Freytag’s pyramid, Cortisol, Dopamine, and you!In Part 1, we considered a Harvard Business Review article about the influence of stories on the …

Storytelling

Friday Questions

The tradition continues. Here are more Friday Questions.<p><b>John asks:</b><p>When an audience sitcom does a double-length episode - like Frasier's 'Three Dates …

TV

Narrative Imperative: The Protagonist’s Destiny

Reflections by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell invert the writing process.<p>I was introduced to the writings of Joseph Campbell as an undergraduate at …

Storytelling

Understanding The Option Agreement For Your Screenplay

Many writers dream that someday their story or script will garner interest from someone who wants to develop it into a film or TV project. Usually, …

Filmmaking

Is Your Screenwriting Career a Dream or Goal?

<i>“Is this just a dream or are you really going to make this happen?”</i><p>Someone asked me this question well before I had anything remotely close to a</i> …

Filmmaking

YOUR TV GUIDE TO Defining Your Screenwriting Brand

<i>Tawnya Bhattacharya is currently a writer/producer on Freeform’s</i> Famous in Love<i>, and formerly wrote on NBC’s</i> The Night Shift<i>, TNT’s</i> Perception, The …

TV

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Free Association

“This is a really dumb writing idea. Dumb, dumb, dumb… hey… wait… thank God, it works!”You’re stuck on a scene. You’ve tried to write it 10 different …

Writing

STORY: Creating Character Transformation Through Understanding the Void

<i>International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor</i> …

Storytelling

Structuring the emotions behind a character's obsessive desire in your novel or screenplay.

IN a recent article I wrote about how to avoid blunting the creative impulse resulting from excessive preparation of a <b>novel</b> or screenplay.<p>I suggested …

Fiction Writing

The laugh that almost cost me my career

It was our first staff job. My partner, David Isaacs and I had been hired on THE TONY RANDALL SHOW as “term writers.” That’s the lowest rung on the …

Entertainment

STORY BROADS: Want Story Ideas That Rock Your Socks Off? Use lists!

The best thing we can do for our writing is have more ideas than we can possibly write in our lifetimes. And that means trying to hit both quality …

Writing

Star Wars IX Screenwriter Is Suing His Ex Over Entourage-Related Threats

In the world’s single most heterosexual legal battle, <i>Jurassic World</i>and <i>Star Wars IX</i> screenwriter Derek Connolly is suing a woman he met on Tinder over …

Entertainment

INTERVIEW: Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions on Judging Screenplay Contests

<b>Christian Taylor</b> has spent over a decade in the entertainment industry, working in talent and literary management at Industry Entertainment and …

Filmmaking

Reader Question: How do I know if it’s too much or too little scene description?

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward think the scene description in this script is just right!Reader question via email from Anonymous:How do I know it …

Writing

WGA Contract Talks

This is the single best distillation of issues between WGA and AMPTP.<p>Amy Berg is a TV writer-producer with extensive series credits including …

Writing

“Conversations With Wilder”: Part 27

Billy Wilder. Cameron Crowe. Conversation and creative insight.Long time MGM head Louis B. MayerBilly Wilder is my all-time favorite filmmaker. …

Writing

Rewriting a Screenplay

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>4th in a series of</b> …

Writing

7 Ways You’re Treating Your Novel Like A Screenplay (And How To Stop)

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>It doesn’t take a genius to see the differences between a novel and a screenplay. They look different on the page, what with …

Filmmaking

The Very British Their Finest Shows It Took a War to Get Women Screenwriting Jobs

The comforting analog clack of typewriter keys is a leitmotif in <i>Their Finest</i>, Lone Scherfig’s slight but appealing adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel</i> …

Filmmaking

Vancouver lawyer uses daily bus commute to write prize-winning screenplay

Kate Bond is a Vancouver lawyer, the mother of a young child – and an aspiring writer. She has written eight novels, showing most of them to nobody.<p>In the winter of 2015, she decided to try her hand at screenwriting. She was busy – with a full-time job working as a litigator at the federal …

University of British Columbia

COMEDY WRITING: Every Script Deserves a Good Beating

<i>Evan Smith has written for NBC, CBS, FOX, USA, and various producers, and has worked as a programming VP responsible for developing network TV</i> …

Storytelling

Arterton plays propaganda screenwriter in Their Finest

Tom Brook interviews British actress Gemma Arterton who stars in the new film Their Finest, where Arterton plays a World War Two screenwriter in a government propaganda film unit.<p><b>Talking Movies can be seen on BBC World News.</b>

Movies

10 Writing Fillers To Cut Right Now

Whether we’re writing screenplays or novels, there are multiple filler words that take up unnecessary space. Chew on these little blighters that …

Writing

What you should know about a potential WGA strike

Cutting through all the rhetoric and bullshit, here are some facts you should know about the possible WGA strike. And this is from a longstanding WGA …

Writing

Jean Rouverol Butler, Blacklisted Screenwriter, Dies at 100

Jean Rouverol Butler, an actress turned screenwriter who was blacklisted by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s and fled to Mexico with her husband, …

Hollywood

Thinking of Writing a Short Film? Ask These Questions First

The length of a short film can range from anywhere between approximately one-minute to forty-minutes. There are less restrictive guidelines for …

Short Films

10 Ingredients for Successful Screenwriting: Create a Business Persona

Creating a business persona is another key ingredient to becoming a professional screenwriter. The reason is simple: the part of us that is a writer …

Writing

Disney vows to go to court against screenwriter suing the studio for ‘stealing’ Zootopia

A screenwriter is suing Disney for allegedly copying his idea for the 2016 animation Zootopia.<p>Mariah Carey cashes in on All I Want For Christmas Is …

Walt Disney Company

RONA’S REEL TAKE: Tips for a Successful Film Festival Experience, Part 4

In the last of Rona Edwards' four-part film festival series, the big day has arrived. You are showcasing your work and exposing it in front of a …

Festivals

How to Create a Compelling Protagonist

Workshop your story’s central character in my 1-week online course.In almost every movie, the most critical character is the Protagonist.• Typically …

Storytelling