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. […]
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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 […]
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. […]
I am frequently asked how to format text messages and email messages while maintaining the script’s “readability.” There are several methods depending on your dramatic purpose. All of the examples below are correctly formatted. by David Trottier In the first example, Sharon receives a text message from someone that she (Sharon) wants to show to […]
About 90% of the formatting complaints I hear from agents and producers have to do with scene headings, sometimes called slug lines. by David Trottier As a script consultant, I sometimes find myself saying while reading a script, “Where am I?” For example, here’s one of my favorites: INT. A HECTIC BREAKFAST – DAY “A […]
It’s almost summertime at the box office, which means big effects, big budgets, and even bigger stakes for the studios. Because it’s tentpole movie season. by Danny Manus You’ve probably heard the terms four-quadrant and tentpole movie, but what do they mean exactly? Should you be writing one? And what makes them work? A four-quadrant […]