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Most people assume that character arcs always follow the same path. But in comedy, they often take a wrong turn along the way. The post COMEDY WRITING: Funny Character Arcs Follow a Different Path appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Fri, Mar 22, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio spoke with Andrew Bloomenthal of Script magazine about directing Gloria Bell and putting a fresh spin on his cherished original. The post INTERVIEW: Sebastián Lelio, Director of Gloria Bell appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Thu, Mar 21, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
Previously On B2W … Comedy is super-popular amongst us Bang2writers. So Dave Cohen aka @davecohencomedy is back, this time with 5 MORE Mistakes Comedy Writers Make. Dave really knows his stuff, so is well worth a follow on Twitter and Miss the last one on this topic? Then CLICK HERE. Enjoy, comedy [...]
Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
For the past few months, the WGA West and East have been negotiating with talent agencies over a successor to our 43-year-old agreement. I’m on the negotiating committee and it’s been fascinating. Soon we’ll be holding membership meetings to discuss what’s going on and what’s in store: WGA West members in Los [...]
Tue, Mar 19, 2019
Source: John August
Screenwriter and director Mark Steven Johnson discusses his crime feature, Finding Steve McQueen and how he was able to break into the business with his spec for Grumpy Old Men. The post SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Mark Steven Johnson Discusses His Spec Sale of Grumpy Old Men and Latest Crime Film, Finding [...]
Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
John and Craig examine the final moment in movies, what they do and why they change so often. We also take on vaccines, corruption, and extreme weather in another installment of ‘How Would This be a Movie’ and follow up on important upcoming meetings for the WGA. Links: Aladdin in theaters May 24th! Chernobyl [...]
Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Source: John August
Writing Challenges We all have challenges to our writing. In today’s world we all live busy, hectic lives and sometimes it can feel impossible to finish writing what we started. But what about those of us who face extra obstacles or challenges that can make writing a page feel like [...]
Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 391 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we welcome back Aline [...]
Fri, Mar 15, 2019
Source: John August
With the pursuit of a career in film, it's always important to evaluate when it might be time to throw in the towel. Or can you? Christopher Schiller examines the when and how to call it quits... or if you even should. The post IT DEPENDS: When to throw in the [...]
Thu, Mar 14, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
Writer/Director Chris von Hoffmann talks about the writing Monster Party and how he was able to get the film funded and produced. The film is currently available on VOD and DVD. The post SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Writer/Director Chris von Hoffmann On His New Horror / Mystery / Thriller, Monster Party appeared [...]
Wed, Mar 13, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
John and Craig welcome back Aline Brosh McKenna to talk about what she learned producing four seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Aline shares the importance of trusting your gut, building school spirit, and empowering the voices around you. We’ll also talk about Emma Thompson, agency-affiliated producers, and more. Links: Emma Thompson’s open letter to [...]
Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Source: John August
Structure Is A Journey NEWSFLASH: we don’t watch movies or TV or read books ‘about characters’. We watch movies and TV and read books about characters who do something for SOME REASON. Lots of new writers will say structure is a ‘formula’. Nope. It’s a FRAMEWORK. The most obvious is ‘beginning – [...]
Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 390 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we welcome back former [...]
Sat, Mar 09, 2019
Source: John August
A Sober Thought If you are a writer, you have inevitably heard the ‘Write drunk, edit sober’ advice (allegedly) given by Ernest Hemingway. Even though this advice is always attributed to him, it’s not sure if he actually ever said it … Or even if he did, whether he even practiced [...]
Wed, Mar 06, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
All About Vinay Patel Vinay Patel is a BAFTA Breakthrough-winning Brit screenwriter and director. I’ve interviewed him several times now, both for his TV breakthrough Murdered by My Father and for my latest writing book, Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction, TV or Film. I always find Vinay’s points about writing and [...]
Mon, Mar 04, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
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It’s important how a screenplay “reads” on the page, but you must first remember that nobody likes to actually read. It’s a sad fact that I’ve come to accept. Strange in a business of words, right? It’s probably the volume of screenplays out there all competing for attention. I’ve read [...]
Fri, Mar 01, 2019
Source: My Blank Page
There are a few resources I consider indispensable for aspiring writers. One of them is Jeffrey Lieber's Showrunner Rules, which offers a window into just how massive the job of running a TV show is. Another is the podcast Children of Tendu, created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina, who [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
Source: Bitter Script Reader
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The longer you chase your dream of being a professional screenwriter and slug it out in Hollywood’s trenches, the more you’ll realize just how difficult it is to sell a screenplay and if you do, to sustain a career. The years pass by fast, and Hollywood definitely works on its [...]
Fri, Feb 01, 2019
Source: My Blank Page
Ten years, man! TEN YEARS!If you told me when I started this that I'd still be making (irregular) updates to this blog ten years later, I'd have thought you were nuts.I'm trying to think how much I'd have believed if you told me this blog would eventually lead to some [...]
Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Source: Bitter Script Reader
While I was working on a new TV pilot, I did something that really should be required for anyone doing the same - I reviewed the pilots of some of my favorite shows, as well as some shows with similar genres as the one I was writing.You shouldn't just passively [...]
Wed, Jan 30, 2019
Source: Bitter Script Reader