I have recently come across this interesting article by Carson Reeves on Scriptshadow where he discusses Militia (which is a Black List script I enjoyed reading) and if you want to make a low or micro-budget film the best thing is to come up with a compelling SITUATION – a life-changing moment set in one location. Ok, what are some … Continue reading To write a low budget film think SITUATION!
Theme is something many writers struggle with, but the truth is it rarely emerges at the beginning of the beginning of the script development process, more often than not it's something that is REVEALED to the writer after a few drafts. At least that's my experience with my own writing but also what I've observed … Continue reading Find your theme… but don’t worry if you have no clue what are you are trying to say (yet)
Tom Flynn wrote 28 scripts, sold 12 comedies but had to wait until he switched genre and wrote GIFTED to see one of his stories finally see the day of light after decades of writing scripts that were never made into movies. Now that's persistence for you. http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/how-gifted-screenwriter-tom-flynn-switched-genres-and-got-disney-interested/
Protagonists who have it too easy make for a boring read, which is why Carson @Scriptshadow suggests you learn how to say NO to your characters: http://scriptshadow.net/just-say-no-to-your-main-character/
Boileau, a French poet and critic, said, “An idea well conceived presents itself clearly, and words to express it come readily”. The same applies to the art of pitching your story. Learn how to pitch your idea and capture your friends' attention before you commit weeks, months (sometimes years!) to developing your story further. The task might … Continue reading Hone your pitch before you write.
I have read many scripts and at some point most of them feel the same because they all follow the same rules popularized by screenwriting gurus. By the same token, scripts that push boundaries can be a hit-and-miss affair because there is a fine line between scribes who break the rules because they have no … Continue reading On Defying Conventions
New writers often dive into writing their scripts too early and then when it doesn't work try to fix their drafts over and over... This approach is very time consuming and tends to lead to the writer (and the script) hitting a wall. Instead, outline and re-outline. And when a script doesn't work re-outline as well. … Continue reading On the Importance of Outlining
On Tuesday we had a live reading with professional actors of Sean's script for our upcoming production THE LAST MOON. It went great and we feel excited about our next movie. Stage readings are an invaluable part of the script development process as it's when dialogue and characters come to life. This time around we … Continue reading Live reading of The Last Moon
We are big fans of Hitchcock's work at Frenzy Films (we recently watched "The Rope" and "Lifeboat" again, oh boy do they stand the test of time...) so we absolutely loved this vide-essay which heightens three key elements of the films of the Master of Suspense: Pure Cinema (remember the opening of Rear Window?) Suspense … Continue reading 3 things we can learn from the Master of Suspense
Not sure how your end your script? Deep down you know your third act is a mess and you have absolutely no idea how to fix it? Here are a few pearls of wisdom by Carson @scriptshadow. http://scriptshadow.net/screenwriting-article-how-to-conquer-your-third-act/