Yeah, the world is shrinking, and yeah you can use Skype or Google Hangouts, to communicate across the globe (or ICQ, or AIM, or HAM radio while you’re at it), but if you’re serious about screenwriting, you straight up need to move … Read More
My friend Lena made a snide comment about script reading yesterday over coffee. “Any monkey can be a script reader.” So I slung poo at her. Not really. But what I did do was to immediately step up into the … Read More
Nietzsche deserves the opportunity to rattle our cages, here, a century later. Harness the spirit of his life and intentions and his words to tell a good story; don’t get bogged down in the historical accuracy of his life.
I’m in good hands I can tell, because the writer uses the term “micro beer.” A minor thing for me to say, perhaps, but when I know the writer cares enough to use details like that, it tells me a lot about the character in one phrase: “He takes a pull of his micro beer.”
Keep your chaos and your craziness. That’s what makes the story interesting and the writer’s voice shine. But speak the language of the idiot script reader, or idiot producer’s assistant. Try to make it make sense to them. Ease us into it, or this is a dead project.
It’s the age-old question every screenwriter asks herself: “To cover my script, or not to cover my script?” Well, not really, but it’s still a valid question. Does screenplay coverage help a screenwriter to improve her script? Like any notes … Read More
I recently ran into screenwriter and script consultant Steven Darancette at a local awesome coffee shop. Steve and I had worked together on several features in the past, but hadn’t hung out for a while. In the interim, Steve had … Read More
“Jingoist” is a sci-fi concept that suffers from a lack of clarity and tends to raise a lot of questions. Because of the opening voice-over, which sometimes doesn’t match what is being shown, the audience is likely to get lost rather than hooked.
A friend I’ve known for 30 years stopped in for a few days, visiting from the UK. We’ve always been close, so he knew I ran a company that did something with screenplays, but didn’t know exactly what that meant. … Read More
Classifying the myriad types of screenwriters out there has been a task that’s eluded science since the dawn of cinema. But me and my team from the University of Screenplay Readers has been able to compile and catalog, at long … Read More