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 […]
Improve your format & style and get ready to write ‘FADE IN’.
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.
It seems that the Gilroys can’t do much wrong in Hollywood. Both Dan and Tony have a riveting and diverse list of credits to their name. They’ve also written enough box office green to keep them going for quite a little while. Tony wrote The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, and Michael Clayton, which he also directed. […]
In Falling Down (1993), recently retrenched defence worker William “D-Fens” (Michael Douglas) goes out of control on a sweltering day in L.A.
There is a moment in every screenplay, where the main character moves from Act One into Act Two. ‘Moves’, because in successful films, this is a moment where we travel from A to B. In screenwriting jargon, we call this the First Threshold. Sometimes, it happens in the blink of an eye, in other movies […]
Working on a rewrite? At a loss as to how to go about it? Successful Hollywood screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, The Nines) shows us how to write stronger dialogue by examining what belongs in conversation versus what belongs in the action, how to create authentic relationships, and dozens of other little tips and […]
It was the most beautiful chocolate cake I had ever seen. The college professor laid it gently on the table. My salivary glands were already anticipating a most excellent sensory experience. by David Trottier “Would you like a piece?” she asked the class. Sitting on the front row, I was sure my chances were good. […]