Breaking into the screenwriting industry doesn’t require a zip code in Los Angeles. Armed with passion, persistence, and a bit of insider knowledge, you can make significant strides from wherever you are. Having interviewed over 200 filmmakers for The Successful Screenwriter Podcast who have made it in the film industry I have compiled their advice […]
This was my first time at “South By,” as the cool kids say, and my first time in the city of Austin. The energy during SXSW is electric and being amongst so many creative people is intoxicating. I came home feeling inspired and renewed as if I’d been at a week-long wellness retreat. I’m so
Your dialogue is the lifeblood of your screenplay. It’s what takes an average scene and turns it into something great. But when it comes to writing good dialogue, it can be helpful to know what hazards to avoid. In this article, we’ll discuss 10 common mistakes people make when writing their characters’ conversations—and how you can avoid them!
Selling a screenplay is difficult, but it’s not impossible. I’ll talk about five alternative ways to sell a screenplay and how they can help you get your work in front of the right people.
When creating a series, there’s a balancing act between how you create and how you present it.
7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ADAPTATIONS By JoAnn Hess I’m sure there’ve been many times when you’ve read that book, graphic novel, or even listened to a song and thought… that would make a great movie or TV show. The popularity and success of such works have created an obsession with IP (Intellectual
#1 Get out A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. Critic Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride. Tomato Meter 98% Audience
Growing up on Long Island, Manhattan and its legendary theatres would call out to me in my sleepy town of Massapequa. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of local culture: Billy Joel, Steve Guttenberg, the Mets. These are our local heroes and pop culture touchstones. But just an hour ride westbound on the Long
Co-writing is something that every screenwriter needs to do at least once in their career. It will improve your writing by leaps and bounds. There’s nothing wrong with being a lone wolf, but you miss out on the beauty of collaboration. The moment when youAwesoom are in sync with a writing partner is a feeling
Romance and comedy can go great together. And much like some couples, they don’t always have to “be” together. Maybe there are times you just want to laugh. Other times, you want to feel the love butterflies without jokes getting in the way of your romantic desires. Thankfully we’ve got a list of screenplays that
Eldritch Horror is a genre for weird, supernatural, ghostly, or sinister horror. The idea of this horror is to explore brands and ideologies far beyond what we can perceive and relate to. Within film, Eldritch Horror can be polarizing because of the inherent disconnect with its audience and main characters because of the notion of
1. Begin By this, I mean, go to a quiet place, think about the project you want to create and then make a decision to commit to it and begin. Once you begin, ensure nothing stops you from getting it made. Nothing can stop you if in that moment when you made the decision to
There’s no question that writing in a new genre can feel like you are starting from scratch. It can be incredibly overwhelming and super frustrating. Especially if you’re like me and have been developing your skill at this craft for a while now. But that is exactly why we must do it. In order to
I have noticed lately there has been a push against screenwriting structure within the community. Those who push against structure as non conformists boast about breaking the rules of convention and creating from the heart. They argue that structure is stifling and limits their art. They encourage other writers to shirk away from structure. That
One of the most iconic subgenres in Horror is the Slasher genre. When one thinks of Slasher Films, images of knife-wielding maniacs, gratuitous nudity, gore, and late teens partygoers come to mind. Slasher films are iconic because there is a certain audience expectation that comes with each film, but these trends were made by certain
To create a successful TV show, you must create a successful pilot episode. The pilot must hook the audience and establish the setting, the plot, the characters, the mood, and the rules of the show’s universe. Whether it’s an action-packed sci-fi series or a grounded character-based series, you must hook the audience early to keep