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Breaking down the Script of “Whiplash”

Scott Meyers breaks down the script from Whiplash from Scene-By-Scene Breakdown, Major Plot Points, Sequences, Psychological Journey, and Takeaways p.1-3: We meet ANDREW NEIMAN, first year student, who sits honing his drum skills in the practice room. FLETCHER enters and states that he’s looking for players. He asks Neiman to play a few specific beats for him. Neiman struggles with Read MoreRead More

Newsflash – No One Wants to Read Your Script

Script readers all suffer from reading burn-oit. Lisa Alden offers a few tips on how to get past the defenses and write a decent readable script. A few years ago, a screenwriter named Josh Olsen wrote a piece for the Village Voice called “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script.” I wouldn’t say it broke the Read MoreRead More

The Toughest Scene I Wrote: How The Lego Movie’s Startling Surprise Twist Worked

Vulture talks to Phil Lord, one of the creators of The Lego Movie about the hardest scene he had to write for the film – and this one will contain SPOILERS. The whole movie got rewritten, thrown out, rewritten again, thrown out in production, rewritten again … so many scenes felt tough to write. That’s definitely the Read MoreRead More

IMPROVISING SCREENPLAYS: The Secret to Finding Your Voice

In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. If you’re like most aspiring writers, chances are that “finding your voice” is way up there on your “becoming a writer” To-Do list. (Come on, we all have Read MoreRead More

A Legal Explanation of “Defamation” for Screenwriters

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explains what defamation is and the types of legal defenses used in defamation cases. Writers draw from life to make up stories. And I’m not just talking about bio-pics or stories ripped from the headlines. That quirky character in your latest script that has the same interesting quirk as your Uncle Ralph? That’s what Read MoreRead More

7 Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems

Dig through Edgar Allan Poe’s 1846 essay “The Philosophy of Composition” for seven tips for writing the macabre. 1. Know the ending in advance, before you begin writing. “Nothing is more clear,” writes Poe, “than that every plot, worth the name, must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen.” Read MoreRead More

Major Character Types – “Protagonist”

Michael Tabb outlines the role of the hero of a story – the Protagonist. Whenever agents, producers and executives are asked what they are looking for (regardless of genre or budgetary scope preferences), the answer always includes the phrase “character-driven.” Everything else changes with trends and taste. Therefore, since the one constant everyone is always Read MoreRead More

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