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Because emotion’s why everybody comes to the table, you better deliver one whale of a satisfying meal. At every step along the way, whether it’s with your idea, beat sheet, outline, first pass, first draft, and every subsequent draft until you actually hand it to actors to memorize their lines, constantly [...]
Sat, Apr 20, 2019
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
In this month's Understanding Screenwriting, Tom Stempel dives into his analysis of the films Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Miss Bala, and The Ballad of Lester Scruggs, and also shares his tribute to screenwriter Christopher Knopf. The post UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Writers, an Involuntary Moll, and a Singing Cowboy appeared first on [...]
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, it’s John. So today’s episode was recorded on Friday when it looked very likely that writers would be leaving their agents this week. But then a twist. Just hours before the agreement was set to expire the deadline [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: John August
Listen to on-demand screenwriting webinars right now from the comfort of your home! Make learning easy. Browse our on-demand webinars today! The post Download On-Demand Screenwriting Webinars NOW! appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
Timing is everything. Bryan Young highlights the importance of withholding information until just the right time, using examples from the classic film, Casablanca. The post Casablanca and the Art of Withholding Information appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
John and Craig talk big numbers, from the latest developments in the WGA/agency situation, to the announcement of Disney+ and the final installment of the Star Wars non-ology. We also answer listener questions about writers who aren’t in the guild and how to spend your time writing. Links: Timelapse of the Entire Universe [...]
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
Source: John August
Ben Edlund discusses how he was able to get his comic book, The Tick, produced, and how that lead to several variations of it—an animated series and a live action show—which are currently airing on Amazon Prime. The post SELLING YOUR SCREENPLAY: Writer/Creator of The Tick, Ben Edlund, Explains the Journey [...]
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
Most-Hit On B2W I ran a round-up of the most popular articles on Bang2write during 2018 at Christmas last year. It was a fascinating list. There were a few surprises, but it was revealed the average Bang2writer is most likely a screenwriter (though the numbers of authors and freelance writers on the [...]
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
Supposedly you have gotten into this writing dodge because you’re a storyteller. You have something gnawing inside you, burning, chewing at your guts that you can’t wait to get out into the world. To share with others. To make people feel, strongly. Something! Anything! What story do you cease to [...]
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
As with life, the movie genre of the gangster film underwent a steady evolution from its beginnings. In many ways, that evolution continues today. The post Who’s Your Gangster?: A Quick Evolution of the Gangster Genre appeared first on Script Magazine. [...]
Fri, Apr 12, 2019
Source: Script Magazine
rewrites
I haven’t been blogging lately because I’ve been too damn busy with work. Yes, I know, be careful what you wish for, right? This has been a busy year out of the gate with three script assignments at the same time. It’s been quite an experience “stacking” projects, but I’ve [...]
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
Source: My Blank Page
John and Craig explore the challenge of creating a movie with a group of heroes and multiple points of view. They’ll discuss options for structuring competing storylines, when to check back in with characters, and managing personal versus group stakes. We also answer listener questions on a bunch of topics including [...]
Tue, Apr 09, 2019
Source: John August
What Is ‘Emotional Truth’? Industry pro or audience member, it seems everyone wants emotional truth in writing. But what is this? We hear a lot about the fabled writer’s voice, or the more vague notion of writers having ‘something to say’. But frequently this just is not enough to guide writers. [...]
Tue, Apr 09, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
quote of the day
You’ll learn the longer you pursue a screenwriting career that talk is cheap in Hollywood and many people want credit for their good intentions. Too many times the words are empty promises that end up wasting an eager and hungry screenwriter’s time. Money makes it real. Take everything as face [...]
Mon, Apr 08, 2019
Source: My Blank Page
I told a client he needed to add a set up scene well before his big climax, where the Opponent is killed. To disguise his story point, I’ll tell you there is a stake driven in the ground that is part of the machinery for the fight to the finish. [...]
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
The original post for this episode can be found here John August: Hey this is John. Today’s episode has some strong language – barely strong language, but if you’re in the car with your kids this is that warning. Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hey baseball fans, my [...]
Fri, Apr 05, 2019
Source: John August
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 393 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is off in London finishing up the sound mix for Chernobyl. So this [...]
Fri, Apr 05, 2019
Source: John August
Let’s take a look at some influential science fiction female leads and see how we can use them in our writing.  Here’s some strong, complex creations … None of them scream, faint or need rescuing. They’re the ones getting the job done. These 9 are my personal trail-blazers of female science fiction. [...]
Wed, Apr 03, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
What Is Character Motivation? Characters need a motivation for their behaviour in screenplays and novels. But what is character motivation? I like this definition from Reedsy: ‘Character motivation is the reason behind a character’s behaviours and actions in a given scene or throughout a story. Motivations are intrinsic needs: they might be [...]
Mon, Apr 01, 2019
Source: Bang2Write
PILE OF SCRIPTS
When I started out on this crazy screenwriting journey, I made the same mistake many beginning screenwriters make when they complete their first specs—believing that everything they write will sell—and sell for a million dollars. When you consider that on the average about one hundred specs a year sell at [...]
Mon, Apr 01, 2019
Source: My Blank Page