I say it over and over again – No one sets out to make a bad movie. Well, I don’t know what Adam Sandler is thinking, but for the most part everyone WANTS to make a good film. So the films on my list don’t a...read more
Last year was an amazing one for films, making this the most difficult list I have ever compiled. I based my Top 10 on the sheer movie going enjoyment each film provided me. Make me cry, yank me to the edge of my seat or stay...read more
I hardly knew him. Couldn’t be counted among his friends or acquaintances. But even so, one thing was for certain: In the span of three short months, he’d impacted my soul. We rarely get the opportunity to walk...read more
A co-writer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you have a fresh set of eyes, someone else to bounce ideas off of, someone to do half the heavy lifting.
On the other hand, you have all the responsibilities inher...read more
Posted at 22 Dec, 2015 |
By: John Weidner | Categories: The Biz
Virtual Pitch Fest has turned out to be a godsend. Once I joined, my screenwriting career blew up. It opened doors I never thought I'd have the opportunity to pass through. It led to a couple options where, yes, I got paid...read more
As I sobbed and sniffled my way like a baby through Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s tear-inducing slugfest “Creed” last week, it dawned on me that choosing a screenwriting career is very much like...read more
There's something they're not telling you.
Because it's a secret. Heard repeated over the years, time and time again. From several sources, friends in the industry, writers who swear on a stack of scripts that it works.&nbs...read more
Posted at 02 Dec, 2015 |
By: John Weidner | Categories: Writing Tips
Soon, we will be inundated with jingling Target commercials. Oh, that already happened. And Ralph’s will surround us with turkeys and squash set in woven whicker horns. Oh, that happened, too.
So the holidays ARE here....read more
If - like Matt Damon in "The Martian" - I found myself marooned on some distant planet, these are the top 10 life-sustaining movies I'd have to have to survive until a rescue mission could come save my ass.
I love Halloween. It’s truly my favorite holiday next to Chrismukkah. For countless October, neighbors were able to feast their eyeballs upon the “scareriffic” decorations in our yard, making me the Clark &l...read more
Let’s go back to the beginning. It started with a quote. From Plato, to be exact.
"Bad men do what good men dream of."
That got me thinking, wondering about the monsters among us. Which was the jumping off point for...read more
After working the Story Expo last weekend and finishing notes on my good friend’s first feature script, it got me thinking that it’s time to go over some common mistakes first-time writers make.
Don’t feel ...read more
Posted at 22 Sep, 2015 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Writing Tips
For the love of God, don’t shoot the messenger!
I was inspired to write this blog after attending the wonderful Secret Door Pitch, a reward for being a finalist in The Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest. I enjoyed meet...read more
I was recently reminded to write this blog at a popular screenwriting event. A typical question while waiting for a brown drink on the rocks is, “What is your script about?”
The new-ish writer will usually launch...read more
True story. After I received an email Thursday night that I had won Screencraft’s 2015 Comedy Screenplay contest, I zipped off my reply: ” C’mon! Is this some kind of sadistic joke?”
It was not. I had...read more
When proponents of the Three Act Structure feel inclined to offer some justification for their faith in the System, they usually point to Aristotle.
Most people are positive that Aristotle set down in stone the mandate that ...read more
There are several problems with the Three Act Structure of dramatic writing.
First, it's used almost exclusively by writers and development people. Most other filmmakers, especially once the filming begins, either ignore it,...read more
It all started when I was being gobbled whole by a female producer’s very manly leather chair. I fiddled nervously with my bottled water's label, contemplating how I would respond when she said I want to make your film...read more
Over the past few years, the number of scripted TV shows has been steadily increasing while development and releases of features has been shrinking.
As such, many feature writers are obviously looking for ways to transition ...read more
Inspirational. Touching. Moving. Spiritual. Physical. Tears. Anger. Laughter. Drama. Comedy. Drunken Jenga.
No, I’m not describing the next Wes Anderson film, but it sure does sum up my weekend at a retreat in Lake Arr...read more
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