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
Meg Cabot, the writer of “The Princess Diaries,” once said, “If you're writing a screenplay, you need to be prepared to let go. There's a good chance the words you write aren't going to be the ones that end ...read more
Posted at 13 Jan, 2015 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
This was probably the hardest list for me to make, because I did see many great films this year. How is "Boyhood" not on this list? Or "Guardians of The Galaxy?" Or even, "The Lego Movie?"
My criteria are very simple. What r...read more
Posted at 08 Jan, 2015 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
There’s no doubt that Hollywood loves holiday themed specials and movies. Christmas movies have become its own genre and the shelf life can be forever. So what makes a good Christmas film? As a writer of more than few...read more
When outlining your story, one component to keep in mind is your “ticking clock.” The “ticking clock” is used a lot in thrillers and action films to create tension for impending doom, but it's a great ...read more
Whether it’s Andrew Neiman attempting to become the next Buddy Rich in Terrence Fletcher’s torturous jazz class or Captain America chasing down The Winter Soldier, I believe all protagonists encounter five key tur...read more
Posted at 19 Dec, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Writing Tips
Writing for the protagonist is rather tricky since readers usually wants to follow them; they're after all the purpose for the story. Naturally, you want them to be likable. But what about characters like Scarlett O’Ha...read more
One of the great perks about The Writers Guild is the ability to go to their lovely theater to watch films for…FREE. Since I'm a confirmed cinephile, I love to take advantage of this. It gives me the opportunity to see...read more
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
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