Steve Trautmann

Three Acts Too Many

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

Posted at 25 Jun, 2015 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Colin Costello

Females!

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

Posted at 16 Jun, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

My Sitcom feels Like a Feature

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

Posted at 09 Jun, 2015 | By: Steve Trautmann

Colin Costello

Community

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

Posted at 04 Jun, 2015 | By: Colin Costello

John Weidner

Anatomy of a Rewrite

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

Posted at 26 May, 2015 | By: John Weidner

Colin Costello

It's Not What You Say, It's What You Don't

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

Posted at 19 May, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling

Colin Costello

Going Up?

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

Posted at 05 May, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Learning From Failure

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

Posted at 21 Apr, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Pitching, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Randall Silvis

The Big 3 for Screenwriters

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

Posted at 14 Apr, 2015 | By: Randall Silvis | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Alone vs. Lonely

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

Posted at 07 Apr, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Colin Costello

Kickstart It

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

Posted at 17 Mar, 2015 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

Unmask

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

Jenny Frankfurt

Ever Expanding Opportunity

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

Posted at 18 Feb, 2015 | By: Jenny Frankfurt | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Don't Be Clueless

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

Posted at 10 Feb, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

John Weidner

Occupy Oz

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

Randall Silvis

The Script Chef

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

Posted at 20 Jan, 2015 | By: Randall Silvis

Colin Costello

The Worst of the Year

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

Colin Costello

The Best Films of the Year

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

Rickie Castaneda

How to Write the Holidays

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

Posted at 30 Dec, 2014 | By: Rickie Castaneda

Colin Costello

Ain't that the Dickens

Is there a more perfect story than Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol?” There’s a reason it transcends radio, stage, film and even the “Huh-Huh-Humbug,” episode on “Beavis a...read more

Posted at 24 Dec, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

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