Your Screenplay Will NOT Pay You Millions [About Hope and Hype]

Earlier this month, Seth Godin published a blog post that resonated with me. A piece so sharp and pertinent, I decided to translate it to screenwriting. (It was originally about Harper Lee) “[Screenwriting Genius X] is a legend and a genius. She’s also the exception that proves the rule, twice. Rule 1 – Screenplay Hope Rule 1: Your screenplay will not be beautifully …

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Logline It! [The Art Of Writing Great Loglines]

I find there is one really easy way to tell whether someone understands story or not. Can they write a logline? I am not saying that writing a logline gives you the ability to write great scripts, but at least you will be able to tell whether a concept works — or sucks. A good logline is the DNA of …

Kuleshov In The Parallax View [You Don’t Really Want To Watch]

Kuleshov Effect in The Parallax View

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 made his mark with All …