We’ve long had a love-affair with American television drama and the list of US shows we love to watch is long. by Hayley McKenzie Whether you were there twenty years ago with The Sopranos, E.R and Grey’s Anatomy, or ten years ago with House and Dexter, or are just discovering the joys of The Americans, […]
To be a working screenwriter, one needs to write AND sell.
So you’ve completed writing a couple of screenplays, now what do you do next? Writers constantly ask me this same question over and over again. by Steve Kaire Is it time to get an agent or manager? Should you try to get meetings with studio executives? Should you send out your scripts to production companies? […]
One Saturday I attended a fucking great series of talks sponsored by InkTip — a terrific fucking resource for screenwriters. by Trevor Mayes Why all the profanity? Because I got to listen to one of my favorite columnists — Manny Fonseca — who’s known for his foul-mouthed, yet brutally honest and insightful articles for The […]
Unmotivated. Lazy. Creatively constipated . Is this you? by Signe Olynyk After months of little progress, I tried this wondrous thing called the internet. I googled. Meat freezer. Slaughterhouse. Trapped in cooler. Words that I hoped would trigger some sort of creative anything. As I searched, I came across an abandoned, slaughterhouse near Edson, Alberta […]
Most of the screenplays I read lack dramatic conflict. Characters just talk and say empty words. Nothing’s happening. Often, the reason for this is because we don’t push ourselves to find drama in the lives of our characters. by D.B. Gilles So maybe we look into our own lives for some dramatic conflict to inspire […]
Everyone, no matter their profession, can benefit from the wisdom contained within the most-read book on the planet. by Alicia Lawrence To prove my point, here are 10 things the Bible taught me about screenwriting. We Need a Hero The need for a hero is never more evident than in the life of Christ as […]
Pitching a script on paper in a query letter and actually getting ‘in the room’ with a producer or executive and pitching your project are two very different things. by Jenny Frankfurt Let’s talk about those who are lucky enough to be doing the latter. I know many people get very nervous about actually being in […]