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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
Nobody likes to hear their manager tell them their new spec sucks.
I don't care how savvy you are, how jaded, or how used to rejection you claim to be. It just plain blows when your rep tells you straight up, that if he sen...read more
I’m currently rewriting a screenplay that's scheduled to shoot in July for two months. As I was sprinting through the second act over the past week (the fastest I have ever completed any act), one of the fears that came...read more
If you should be so lucky as to be hired by a producer or a production company to write their film, I say, “Congratulations, friend.” I also offer a Costco-sized jar of Advil.
Writing for a company comes with its...read more
As promised, I’m back with the results of our Kickstarter campaign for our film “Immurement.”
In short, we failed. Was it an epic flop? You betcha. We only raised 30% of our $18,000 goal.
So what went wron...read more
Lots of young writers who've grown up in this MFA-hyped era believe the only way to become a successful screenwriter - or any kind of writer - is to acquire a degree in creative writing.
But I’ve been teaching in under...read more
Ernest Hemingway once said: “Writing at its best, is a lonely life.”
Of course, Hemingway was a miserable drunk who blew his brains out! Probably not the best example for newer writers.
By definition, writing fo...read more
If we were to pin a Hollywood exec down and serve him a Sodium Pentothal cocktail or threaten him with a “Bill Cosby” Cappuccino, he may tell you the truth about the studio writer system – that there really ...read more
I avoided my performance review for weeks.
When the part-time runway model, part-time CEO slinked through the halls of my old ad agency, I avoided him like the plague. It’s not that I believed I was doing a bad job run...read more
Posted at 03 Mar, 2015 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
The entertainment business has become an open book. It didn’t used to be that way. Movies were king, TV was for the less fortunate and there was nothing in between. Today things have changed and it’s worth your ti...read more
As much as I enjoy writing horror and raunchy comedy, much of my produced success has come in another genre – the family film.
“The Stream” (2013) was targeted at tweens and their parents. And my TV series ...read more
Quick post-script to my article in the most recent “MovieMaker” mag. In an attempt to offer helpful tips and tricks to new Virtual Pitch Fest, InkTip and Black List users, I forgot to mention something that really...read more
Posted at 29 Jan, 2015 |
By: John Weidner | Categories: Selling, The Biz
Like many writers, over the years I've worked at numerous jobs that had no apparent connection to writing. As a teacher, however, I’ve discovered that my best writers come from outside academia. They come with a deeper ...read more
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