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For only the second time in its 28-year history, Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winners witnessed scenes from their winning screenplays come to life on stage in front of a live audience. The post Actors Breathe Life into Academy Nicholl Fellowships Winning Screenplays appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Source: Script Magazine
If you haven't found Scott Myers' blog, Go Into The Story, yet, then you need to get your writer self over there instantly! The post Screenwriting Website of the Week: Scott Myers’ Go Into the Story appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Source: Script Magazine
A producer who’s sold to all the majors, Barri Evins created Big Ideas to give aspiring screenwriters what it takes to break into the business by sharing methods she uses with professional writers. Remember the thrill of sitting in a darkened movie theatre, the film about to start, and being [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Source: Script Magazine
Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. Stewart has analyzed over 4,000 scripts for private and studio clients. Shooting vs. Spec. A conundrum. There is a lot of gnashing of teeth by a variety of well-meaning [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Source: Script Magazine
In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. There are a few general, arbitrary-sounding, scene types that actors are told to avoid when first learning improv. Specifically, novice improvisers are warned [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Source: Script Magazine
Part IMy interrogation at the hands of Scott Myers continues over on Go Into The Story. Scott really hits me with the challenging questions related to my book MICHAEL F-ING BAY: The Unheralded Genius in Michael Bay's Films.Jerry Lewis is maligned in the United States, but beloved in France. Given [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Source: Bitter Script Reader
What are the odds that fivethirtyeight.com’s statistical analysis of screenplays will make Craig angry? Always bet on umbrage. Fortunately, he just finished a script, so we talk about that, and John’s new gig writing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (which was the project he described phone-pitching the past [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Source: John August
Scott Myers is one of a kind in the screenwriting blogosphere. The man works tirelessly, putting up a half-dozen new posts a day covering everything from script analysis, spec dealmaking and famous lines of dialogue. If there's something you want to learn about screenwriting, there's a good bet you can [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Source: Bitter Script Reader
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. Before we start the show today, I want to let you know about the live show happening on December 11th in Hollywood. It’s Scriptnotes with me and Craig and Aline and special guests Jane Espenson, [...]
Mon, Nov 17, 2014
Source: John August
Continuing my press for MICHAEL F-ING BAY: The Unheralded Genius in Michael Bay's Films, I appeared last week on the excellent podcast Broken Projector. Host Scott Beegs of Film School Rejects was kind enough to ask some good questions about my book and Michael Bay's oeuvre in general.On any given [...]
Mon, Nov 17, 2014
Source: Bitter Script Reader
There's little debate that ROSEWATER's promotion has been aided in large part by the existing profile of its first-time writer-director Jon Stewart, moonlighting from his day job on The Daily Show. As I consider that, I can't help but ponder if the writing and directing might be getting even more [...]
Mon, Nov 17, 2014
Source: Bitter Script Reader
first script
If you’re just starting out writing screenplays or if you’ve been in the game for a few years, you will recognize it’s a long haul journey to reach any level of success in the film industry. One script will not launch your career and it may take five or six [...]
Sun, Nov 16, 2014
Source: My Blank Page
I did an interview with Amanda Pendolino about my book MICHAEL F-ING BAY: The Unheralded Genius in Michael Bay's Films. She asked a number of good questions about why I wrote the book, what my favorite Bay film is, and if there's any sort of sequel in the works.What's [...]
Thu, Nov 13, 2014
Source: Bitter Script Reader
John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in? We walk through a great breakdown of twist endings by Alec Worley, looking at how [...]
Tue, Nov 11, 2014
Source: John August
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Uh….my name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 169 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, it’s been far too long. Craig: Been far [...]
Tue, Nov 11, 2014
Source: John August
Emily Brewster of Merriam-Webster offers a cogent defense of “drive safe,” “take it easy” and other cases in which adverbs seem to be missing their -ly ending: It’s not simply a matter of do-what-you-want. These words really are adverbs, they just look like their related adjective forms. A good example is [...]
Tue, Nov 11, 2014
Source: John August
procrastination
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may know, I’ve been offering my screenplay tips, tricks and tactics on MY BLANK PAGE and weekly short posts and share various survival tips. I do speak about these in the various articles on this blog, but this new feature will be [...]
Wed, Nov 05, 2014
Source: My Blank Page
Screenplay consultation services
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, first of all—THANK YOU!  I truly hope you’re busy creating and forging ahead on your screenwriting journey and you’ve been able to take away a few nuggets of advice that helped. As you may know, I’ve been adding short posts (nothing is [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: My Blank Page
Saw GONE GIRL last night. Didn’t care for it. Can’t quite figure out why. It was well done, but, because I’d read the book, I can’t tell if the surprises were guessable or not. Certainly the film had solid “blows the character’s world apart” act breaks. I [...]
Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
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Speculation screenplays (specs) are a strange breed of project. As a screenwriter you should always work on your specs, but the reality is that most will not sell. But if one lands you an assignment job it will have served its purpose well. Specs are also necessary for you to [...]
Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Source: My Blank Page