And now comes the moment we've been waiting for my fellow mad scientists (aka screenwriters). The moment we take your horror message, messenger (the monster) & protagonist and combine them into one giant scareplay!
My ad...read more
Posted at 24 Nov, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Writing Tips
Maybe you've completed a few screenplays. Perhaps they've bounced around Hollywood, suffered criticism, notes and ultimately rejection. Congratulations! You've experienced the first rite of passage for any aspiring screenwrit...read more
Posted at 19 Nov, 2014 |
By: Mark Sanderson | Categories: Selling, The Biz
I wish writing were more romantic and I could tell you that I go to a secluded lakeside and type away effortlessly all while sipping on gourmet coffee until finishing a flawless first draft.
For some, that may be true, but n...read more
Finally the last of my posts on meaning in screenwriting. And as promised, I’m going to discuss how to bring more meaning to your writing. First with an example, maybe the highest “meaning per moment” rati...read more
Posted at 13 Nov, 2014 |
By: Chris Soth | Categories: Writing Tips
Martin Brody is terrified of open water and faces a man-eating shark. Damien Karris is a priest without faith and has to exorcise a demon. Ellen Ripley is a by-the-book engineer to a fault and must break rules in order to kil...read more
Recently I was having a conversation with John - my good friend and fellow screenwriter/novelist – to discuss a possible collaboration. At one point the conversation came around to dissecting the requirements of a memor...read more
Landing a meeting in this town isn’t easy, especially when you desperately want to fit the mold - you know, the one that gets you hired. That said, perfecting the art of the meeting once you actually manage to get one i...read more
Author Richard Wright once said, “The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.”
So too, shall your readers.
And if you scare them correctly, they won't simply bow. They’ll run for cover.
In ...read more
If you want to be a working screenwriter in Hollywood, you must learn the craft of executing a producer’s notes quickly and effectively.
You’ll usually get one crack at your second draft, and if you haven’t...read more
You’ve finished a few drafts of your script, but still feel like it needs some work. You’ve separated yourself, reread & rewritten...but something’s still missing.
I think the best way to remedy this pr...read more
Boo! It’s that time of year again - when demons and unearthly creatures emerge to scare the bejesus out of us. And, no, I’m not talking about receiving notes from a producer or agent.
I speak of my favorite genre...read more
Posted at 04 Oct, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Writing Tips
Pace is a critical part in the construction of a screenplay. A slow-paced story can be agonizing for a reader to get through and, in-turn, become an easy pass. The most common mistake I see in screenplays are including scene...read more
"What are you prepared to do?" was Sean Connery's oft-repeated line to Kevin Costner in De Palma’s classic gangster pastiche, "The Untouchables.” To me, it perfectly sums up the screenwriter's dilemma, vis-à...read more
There are lots of “How to Write a Screenplay” books. But if you’re like me, sometimes you need to see things visually. If so, I have two recommendations for you:
AMC’s "Story Notes”
This progra...read more
Posted at 16 Sep, 2014 |
By: Rickie Castaneda | Categories: The Biz
Once again I didn't listen to my girlfriend’s sage advice. It bit me in the ass. I broke her rule of not reading Internet reviews for my family film, “The Stream.”
I was feeling pretty good after seeing a f...read more
Posted at 09 Sep, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
I had a bad experience with a heavyweight producer two weeks ago. He started reading a spec of mine and called me after 40 pages to praise it. He went on to say that he never gets past page five. He then said he hoped I didn&...read more
It was a Tuesday. Who starts a class on Tuesday? This guy does, David Milch. I sort of knew who he was. Kind of. Not really. But I went anyway.
It was a long drive from Pasadena to the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. My air co...read more
The first draft is so many things wrapped into one. In many ways it’s the most important draft…but not for the reasons you may think.
I believe the first draft is for the writer more than anything. It gets you ...read more
It’s ironic that in a craft that promotes structure and formula that the industry itself has pretty much zero of both.
There is no blueprint of guaranteed success. Yes having an agent or manager is helpful, but I know...read more
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