Screenwriting

2018 Oscars: Will the screenplay award dictate Best Picture again?

Best Original Screenplay is one of the most stacked Oscar categories this year (sorry, Best Adapted Screenplay). And whichever film wins it might not …

Entertainment

This $26 foldable Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad is so compact it’ll fit in your pocket

Using a smartphone or a tablet for real work is impossible unless you use a real keyboard along with it. Tapping out text on a glass panel is fine in …

Gear & Gadgets

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI -- My review

Okay, first of all I’m not a STAR WARS fanboy. I couldn’t recite the legend. I don’t remember if Chewbacca is really Princess Leia’s nephew or R2D2 …

Star Wars

How STAR WARS was saved in the edit

You got eighteen minutes to watch something very cool? This video really illustrates the value of film editing. It's how the original STAR WARS was …

Star Wars

Tips for winter travelers

Traveling is a nightmare anyway, but during the winter it gets even worse. And this is one of the coldest on record. (But there's no Global Warming.) …

Airlines

New Support for Cultural Innovation and Screen Writing Development

Government announced two new funding programs today, Jan. 12, to help strengthen communities and the economy and generate more local content in the …

Halifax

Screenplay for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ written on dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air to prevent leaks

Rian Johnson, writer and director of <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, has revealed the steps he took to guard against the risk of the screenplay being leaked online.<p>To protect against hackers, Johnson said that he wrote the screenplay on a dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air …<p>He revealed the approach in an …

Apple

YOUR TV GUIDE to New Year's Writing Resolutions

Script Anatomy founder and instructor Tawnya Bhattacharya shares tips for setting new year’s writing resolutions worth keeping.<p><i>Tawnya Bhattacharya is</i> …

Shonda Rhimes

INTERVIEW: Stephen Chbosky on Wonder

Director, screenwriter and author, Stephen Chbosky (<i>Perks of a Wallflower</i>), talks with <i>Script</i> about the making of his new family film, <i>Wonder</i>.<p><i>Career</i> …

Jacob Tremblay

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD -- My review

There’s a great old joke in Hollywood. “Who do I have to fuck to get <i>off</i> this picture?” Well, the joke actually applies to Kevin Spacey and ALL THE …

J. Paul Getty

Win up to $500 for writing a poem or short story!

<b>The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest</b> is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art …

Writing

THE PHANTOM THREAD -- My review

Is there a more perfect analogy for THE PHANTOM THREAD than the <i>Emperor’s New Clothes</i>?<p>Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed one of my all-time …

Daniel Day-Lewis

THE POST -- My review

THE POST takes us back to a time when Americans were smart enough to realize the “Fake News” came from the government, not the media. Steven …

Alison Brie

BLOG: Coffee & Content - Sean Baker on Screenwriting and Directing & Cinematography Composition and Framing

Happy first Sunday of 2018, everyone. Excited to bring you the first Coffee & Content of the new year.<p>If you're not familiar with Coffee & Content, …

Writing

How to memorize scripts -- part 2

Here’ the final installment in how actors memorize scripts. Part one was yesterday. These come from actors you know. As you’ll see, no two methods …

Writing

How to memorize scripts

Based on a reader’s question I surveyed a number of very successful actors and actresses to learn how they memorize scripts. Their answers were all …

Writing

Kirk Douglass, 101, Gets Standing Ovation at Golden Globes

<b>Kirk Douglas</b> received a standing ovation at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, January 7. The legendary filmmaker, 101, was honored during the awards …

Entertainment

Friday Questions

First FQ’s of the year. I've been doing this feature for ten years now. So I’ve answered about 2,000 of them. Let me answer <i>yours</i>. Just leave it in …

TV

Get Out, Logan and The Shape of Water land major screenwriting nominations

The Writers Guild of America has announced its official nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, and some of the year's best genre movies are in …

Vanessa Taylor

I, TONYA -- My review

I, TONYA was about a winter Olympic hopeful who starts a poker game. Oh wait, that was yesterday. I, TONYA was about a winter Olympic hopeful who …

Allison Janney

The Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling

My one-week online class begins Monday, January 8th.I have two favorite contemporary filmmakers. In terms of mainstream commercial films, there is …

Coen Brothers

MOLLY'S GAME -- my review

If you love Aaron Sorkin – and I do – you should really be pleased with MOLLY’S GAME. If you don’t, see what else is playing.<p>But if you’re a fan, it …

Aaron Sorkin

SCRIPT GODS MUST DIE: Character Arcs - Order, Chaos, Reorder

Paul Peditto examines famous movies with great character arcs to explore where the character arc begins, where does the character change, and where …

Writing

You are invited to Raindance London Taster Day

Join us for Raindance London Taster Day on Saturday 13 January 2018 to experience a real taste of our world-renowned evening & weekend film training …

Filmmaking

Complications, Reversals, and Roadblocks

In a story, a reader wants to see the Protagonist overcome obstacles along the way. Here are three ways for you to approach writing those …

Writing

My New Years resolutions

Happy New Year! <br>Here are my New Year’s resolutions:<p>Throw out my Miramax DVD's.<p>Finally watch THIS IS US.<p>Get ALMOST PERFECT on Netflix or Hulu.<p>Go to …

Writing

8 Somewhat Unusual New Year's Screenwriting Resolutions for 2018

It's hours before 2018. Where is YOUR screenplay?<p>I don't know about you guys, but I definitely made good on my New Year's resolution from last year …

Filmmaking

Tweetstorm: Monica Beletsky on Writing a One-Hour TV Drama Script

“This is NOT a how-to. This is just what works for me.”Twitter can be a gold mine for writers. Case in point, when pro writers generate a tweetstorm …

Writing

Now I know what it's like to have a song written about me

I always thought girls named "Laura" were lucky. There's a gorgeous song named after "Laura." Same with Roseanna, Wendy, Nancy, Georgia, Mandy, …

Katy Perry

SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Screenwriting Career Coach Carole Kirschner Discusses Breaking Into Television

This week I talk with Screenwriting Career Coach and founder of the CBS Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program, Carole Kirschner, about …

Writing