Movies are a new religion. Is that sacrilege? Bear with me. What does religion, or any heartfelt code mean to do? What do movies DO?
For that matter, what does all ART do? What should every work of art, or craft (as I prefer...read more
Once upon a time, writers could live in isolation, bang away on typewriters, drink, smoke...and then poke their heads out like groundhogs and turn in their scripts.
But as the Bob Dylan song goes, “The times, they are ...read more
Years ago while finishing my first screenplay, I happened across a quote from Terry Southern that gave me pause. In it, he describes screenwriters as “completely incompetent in any other form of writing, and, of course,...read more
Imagine you’re a producer. I’ve just entered your office, sporting a baseball cap, a superhero t-shirt and shorts. I sit down, overly excited, to tell pitch my new spec.
I call it, "The Ride.” It’s a ...read more
I believe the most significant difference between a great story and a mediocre story is the ending.
From my experience as a movie watcher and reader, I can honestly say that if a story ends on an amazing high note, then all ...read more
The road from script to screen is a long and bumpy one that requires a lot of endurance. Just because a screenplay is good enough for a sale or option doesn't mean it's production ready. In fact, every movie I’ve worked...read more
Orson Welles once said, “A poet needs a pen, a painter needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”
Hands down, filmmaking is the most collaborative art form you'll ever work in as a writer. The screenplay is o...read more
Even though it’s only the first week of July, more than half of this summer’s major blockbuster films have already been released. And looking at this season’s winners and losers thus far should make certain ...read more
Posted at 07 Jul, 2014 |
By: Danny Manus | Categories: The Biz
Emotion is wildly underrated in screenwriting. What are your favorite all time movies? "The Shawshank Redemption"? "Forrest Gump"? "Casablanca"? "Gladiator"?
Think about why you love those movies? It's not because they're hi...read more
Jen and I broke up on a Tuesday. Or was it a Wednesday? I’m not sure as it was so long ago, but I do remember we decided to call it quits at a Starbucks via email and cell. See, we had a long distance relationship. We h...read more
Having spent more than my share of time pounding my head against the wall in frustration only to end up abandoning a project that just isn’t breathing anymore, I’ll no longer sit down at my desk to type FADE IN un...read more
In my last posting I focused on the second act, which begins with the point of no return followed by complications and higher stakes. The tension begins to rise, and before entering the third act, the hero must hit a major se...read more
Congratulations – you’ve made it to the mid-point! You’ve set up your hero with an opportunity of adventure, which he has accepted and progressed to. Now he’s in the middle of the journey AKA the point...read more
As I was spending my Memorial Day cleaning my apartment (which should have required a Hazmat suit), I got to ruminating about the raunchy R-rated rewrite I just turned into my manager. I was feeling very proud that it seemed ...read more
In my last blog I wrote about the Hero’s commitment to adventure. That wraps up the first act of your screenplay and you should be moving into act two which is the action itself. Now we really get to see if our Heroine ...read more
Posted at 22 May, 2014 |
By: Rickie Castaneda | Categories: Writing Tips
Let me tell you about a buddy of mine. He’s a talented director and writer.
Why is he such a great friend? He’s hard as hell on me when I write a script. He has no problem ripping something apart. Takes glee in i...read more
In my last blog I wrote about the Hero entering a new situation. At this point, an opportunity has presented itself for our Hero to choose to leave his ordinary world established in the set-up. As we move along, the next ste...read more
Posted at 07 May, 2014 |
By: Rickie Castaneda | Categories: Writing Tips
You optioned your screenplay?! Woot! Woot! Let's party on, right? Well, not so fast. Because once you’ve gotten notes and satisfied your producer during development, prepare yourself for “Waiting Hell.”
Posted at 05 May, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Selling, The Biz
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