Screenwriting

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Lawsuits

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

Script Analysis: “The Invitation” — Part 1: Scene By Scene Breakdown

<i>Read the script for the acclaimed indie thriller and discuss this week.</i>Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The …

Writing

SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: 'Bone Tomahawk' Producer Dallas Sonnier Discusses How Producers Find Screenplays

In this week’s episode I talk with producer Dallas Sonnier about how he’s found the screenplays for the last few movies that he has produced.<p>You can …

Filmmaking

Interview: Edgar Wright and Walter Hill

A conversation about the cult 1978 car chase thriller “The Driver”.<p>Edgar Wright’s new movie, which he wrote and directed, is <i>Baby Driver</i>. One of his …

Writing

How to Win a Screenplay Contest FREE Panel - Watch Recording Now!

Kristin began her film career as an assistant and script reader at Davis Entertainment, and since that time, she has consulted, collaborated, and …

Filmmaking

Screen Writer Zak Penn Says The New ‘Matrix’ Is NOT A Reboot

PostedFriday, March 17th, 2017 04:50 pm GMT -4by Jason Motes<p>Yes, Warner Brothers is revisiting ‘The Matrix’, the landmark sci-fi film that kicked off …

Movies

Using Conflict to Form Character

Character emerges when a clear want comes up against conflict, which is when we begin to see what the character is made of, what the character values …

Storytelling

Conversations With Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder. Cameron Crowe. Conversation and creative insight.<p>Billy Wilder is my all-time favorite filmmaker. Consider just some of his movies:</i> …

Filmmaking

34 women who changed the history of cinema: in pictures

Film (UK)

30+ Free E-Books That Will Help You Master Filmmaking

These free online resources cover many aspects of filmmaking that you need to know, from screenwriting to post. <i>[Editor's Note: No Film School asked</i> …

Filmmaking

Character Development Keys

Start with characters. End with characters. Find the story in between.One question I get asked about screenwriting theory a lot is what’s my deal …

Storytelling

BBC - Culture - Inside the mind of an Oscar-nominated screenwriter

After penning the script for Lion, Luke Davies was nominated for an Academy Award. He tells how he hones his craft.<p>“I see cinema as celluloid poetry,” says screenwriter Luke Davies in a video revealing the graft behind the polished script. “Your operating system is made up of the most elemental …

Writing

What Filmmakers Can Learn From a Steamed Pork Bun

This week on the show we answer your screenwriting questions about how to make the Second Act easier to slog through [1:50–13:10] and what to do if …

Filmmaking

'Cause you asked for it...

Okay, here it is in print -- my Oscar review (for those who even remember all the way back to Sunday). Thank you for responding and subscribing. I've …

Hollywood

Writing a Screenplay

Free downloadable Go Into The Story eBook by Scott Myers.Why am I smiling? Because today I’m making available to the public the <b>3rd in a series of</b> …

Writing

Screenwriting 101: Barry Jenkins

“Once I’m in the writing phase of something, I do try to write something every day, seven days a week, even if it’s terrible. I think it’s important …

Writing

WHY SPEC SCRIPTS FAIL: Narrative Drive

<i>Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and</i> …

Storytelling

Put Some Lovin’ In Your Screenwriting

Romance films, romantic comedies and romantic subplots have been staples on our film and TV screens since the dawn of cinema and television. We love …

Love

Indie Spirt Awards by the numbers: Every film, every nomination

<b>Andrea Arnold</b>’s “American Honey” and <b>Barry Jenkins</b>’ “Moonlight” lead with six Indie Spirit bids apiece, followed by <b>Kenneth Lonergan</b>‘s “Manchester By …

The Oscars

Daily Dialogue — February 25, 2017

Daily Dialogue — February 25, 2017<p>COLIN: Just fucking kill me. Just fucking kill…<br>BILLY: I am killing you.<p>— <i>The Departed (2006)</i>, written William …

Writing

branch studio architects renovates writer’s house in australia

branch studio architects renovate writer’s house in suburban melbourne<p><b>‘writer’s house’ is a renovation and extension project by branch studio</b> …

Architecture

Friday Questions

Gather around kids for some Friday Questions.<p><b>John E. Williams gets us started.</b><p>On the many shows on which you worked, which actors in your opinion …

TV

Zero Draft Thirty: Story Prep — Script Diary

Zero Draft Thirty: Story Prep — Script Diary<p>The last thing you should do before you type FADE IN…<p>Do you have a story you want to write? A feature …

Storytelling

NAVIGATING HOLLYWOOD: How I Blew My First Big Agency Meeting

Hi, I have been staring at it for weeks guiltily on my ipad but will read it tonight. Thanks for reminding me!<p>Nothing wrong with that, right? It …

Writing

The Business of Screenwriting: There’s a green light…

I’m attending a fundraiser for my son’s elementary school. It’s an alternative private school on the Westside, an institution that prides itself on …

Filmmaking

Top 10 Hollywood novels

As excitement rises ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, a look at novelists’ treatments of the film mecca reveals a rather darker picture<p>Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. I can say this with confidence because three of the last five winners of the Oscar for best picture were largely or entirely about …

Literature