‘Situation comedy writing… you sit in a room with a bunch of other comedy writers and you pitch jokes. The first job I got, I didn’t say a word for six weeks and every day I, I would go home and think I was going to get fired that day… I was so scared, and […]
Earlier this month, Seth Godin published a blog post that resonated with me. A piece so sharp and pertinent, I decided to translate it to screenwriting. (It was originally about Harper Lee) “[Screenwriting Genius X] is a legend and a genius. She’s also the exception that proves the rule, twice. Rule 1 – Screenplay Hope Rule 1: Your […]
I find there is one really easy way to tell whether someone understands story or not. Can they write a logline? I am not saying that writing a logline gives you the ability to write great scripts, but at least you will be able to tell whether a concept works — or sucks. A good […]
Some claim the 70’s was the best decade for film. I agree. The decade of Jaws and Star Wars was also that of Chinatown, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Alien. It was the time of the smart thrillers: political, conspiracy, spy thrillers. A director who mastered all three, was Alan J. Pakula. He […]
How to create a great character. The holy grail for the beginning screenwriter. Yet, when you listen to the gurus, it sounds so simple. Once you have a few scripts under your belt, you will realise how difficult it can be. Great characters are essential to an engaging sellable story. This is true for the movies, and even more for TV. Now, the […]
While you’re stuck, it may be an idea to just do a writing exercise, without the pressure of having to come up with new material. This is all about honing your skills, and creating the right habits for when the creative juices explode again.
‘What if we could somehow take these feelings – fear, sadness, disgust, joy… and make them into characters? If we do this right, it could be like our version of the Seven Dwarves… Each of them has a very distinct, definite, and very caricatured way of approaching the world…‘ Pixar’s Pete Docter discusses Pixar and […]