[Video]: The ‘Vomit Draft’ – Dustin Lance Black

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Are you plagued with a deluge of ideas, clustered around a series of themes? How do you whittle down a thousand magical ideas into a lean, powerful screenplay without killing the spirit of the idea? Charismatic screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J Edgar, Pedro) talks passionately about his methodology for visualizing a screenplay from top to bottom. If you liked …

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How to Pitch in One Sentence

I’ve heard thousands of pitches in my thirty years as a screenwriter. What I’ve found is that the majority of pitches were too long, unfocused and boring. by Steve Kaire First of all, you should pitch what your story is about, not what happens in your story. Pitching what happens in your story is a recipe for disaster. It becomes …

[Video]: Vince Gilligan’s Island

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Adam Savage sits down with legendary showrunner Vince Gilligan for a gloriously rambling discussion. Why does TV allow you to get to know your characters better than film? Why is it so critical for an ending to be satisfying, rather than happy or clever? And how long did the seven Breaking Bad writers need to break a story? If you …