The Idea: The Seven Elements Of A Viable Story

The Idea is a book that could save screenwriters weeks, months or even years of time wasted on projects that will never make it to the screen. Erik Bork points out that readers, agents and producers are “…severely underwhelmed by more than 99 percent of what they receive.” What they are looking for is “a great idea that’s well executed …

Bad Hombres, Good Homages And 2 Effective Character Intros

In this video, we look at what constitutes a film homage, and what I consider to be the criteria for a good one. As an example, we look at a sequence from FRANCES HA, where Noah Baumbach quoted director Leos Carax from his film MAUVAIS SANG. After my trip to Sweden, I watched the full-length versions of the 3 original …

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“Set Up The Goal Before The End Of Act 1” – And Other Bad Screenwriting Advice

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If anyone tells you that a screenwriter must set up the story goal before the end of Act 1, avoid their screenwriting advice. They don’t understand drama. I’ll explain in a minute. The internet is rife with advice of all kinds, and I find it increasingly difficult to locate useful gems. If you’re really critical, you could argue that even …