Whenever you feel like you are working on a project which is overly familiar and get despondent about your lack of originality it's good to remind yourself that we are all standing on the shoulders of giants and the best filmmakers borrow from the great and master the art of: COPYING TRANSFORMING COMBINING. https://screencraft.org/2016/06/01/3-ways-screenwriters-can-master-the-art-of-remixing/
There is a clear trend towards more and more visual pitches in the film and TV world. Sizzle-reel, mood reels, proof-of-concept short films have become the new normal to pitch a concept. Another trend might be graphic novels or comics, an affordable way of developing a big-scale idea and finding out whether an idea has … Continue reading Test your ideas with comic books
Here is an article I often recommend on how you should, as per the Ancient Greek aphorism, "Know Thyself" and define the type of stories and genre you are drawn to before you develop your own stories. Furthermore, once you have identified these stories that resonate with you you should learn how how to dissect films … Continue reading “Know Thyself” and find your genre
"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best." Henry van Dyke, poet (10 Nov 1852-1933) So don't wait and get started with the screenwriting project you've had in mind for a long time...
Great screenwriting article on what we can learn from Stranger Things, in particular with regard to not explaining everything and playing with our expectations by using tropes in a fresh way. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/lessons-writers-can-learn-netflix-stranger-things
Insightful article about the three structures that can keep your audience engaged regardless of whether you are writing a genre film, a comedy or a drama. Good to be reminded of the power of: Suspense Surprise Curiosity https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/series/first-draft/first-draft-psychological-states/
The worst thing you can do as a writer is to endeavour to write a "great" script as achieving greatness is a daunting thought, and for some paralyzing. Try instead to make each draft BETTER. Your next draft doesn't have to be great, just better. Identify an area you need to work on, for example … Continue reading Forget “great”, just make it “better”
I've just read a great article by Scott Myers ("Going into the Story") which made me realize how profoundly engrained our biases as storytellers can be. Indeed, I myself as a writer, have been guilty of describing female protagonists as "beautiful" or something to that effect - in addition to be strong and well-rounded of course. … Continue reading Introducing female characters
Here is a popular script development article I wrote a while ago where I recommend screenwriting tools which have proved helpful for the writers I work with as well as ourselves at Frenzy Films as we develop our own projects and put them through the ringer. So I thought I'd republish it here. 1. Remember: … Continue reading 6 Tips to Re-Build Your Story From the Ground Up
TO MINIMIZE TALKING HEADS SCENARIOS! If you're thinking of writing your own screenplay for a film, Dov S-S Simens in From Reel to Deal" recommends that you create a story with minimal characters and locations; i.e. something that is like a filmed play. It's a great piece of advice because it means you'll be writing a script that … Continue reading How to make your dialogue heavy scene more compelling….