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An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas

In a 5-part series of essays, Scott Myers goes into detail on why screenplay formulas are really formulas for disasters. There is a burgeoning cottage industry of ‘screenwriting gurus’ selling what some call The Hope Machine. The Hollywood mansion. Tesla Roadster. Movie premieres. Write a script… strike it rich! How to get there? If you’ve Read MoreRead More

Tips For Working With Feedback On Your Script

Scott Meyers answers a reader question about dealing with feedback on your script. This is a really good question because as you suggest, Alejandro, if a writer follows the advice of someone whose feedback is wrong, that can only hurt the story. On the other hand, what if a writer receives solid suggestions that can Read MoreRead More

A Study of the “Warrior” Character Archetype

Scott Myers dissects several “Warrior” characters in order to look for patterns and assist in creating stronger characters in screenplays. Naturally the Warrior character type is about fighting, their stock-in-trade. But for whom do they fight? How? And most important… why? The answer to these questions define the very nature of the Warrior… or perhaps Read MoreRead More

Exposition: Do modern audiences want less of it in stories?

In his class on Exposition, Scott Myers discusses how modern audiences have less patience for overt exposition. Just in general, I think modern audiences need less exposition than they used to. We see this with the compression of events in what comprises a typical Act One in contemporary scripts. If you go back and watch movies from Read MoreRead More

Screenwriting Advice – People forget Years and Remember Moments

Here’s an intriguing idea from Scott Myers of Go Into The Story - about focusing on the small moments rather than the large brush strokes. “People forget years and remember moments.” These words of wisdom from author Ann Beattie are profound in their simplicity and nowhere more true than movies. Think about a favorite film of yours. Read MoreRead More

Break Your Story in Prep

Scott Myers reinstates the importance of proper prep work before diving in and writing aimlessly. Let me begin with this acknowledgement: There is no right way to write. Each writer is different. Each story is different. There is no single universal approach that works for everyone. However in my view, it is impossible to overstate the Read MoreRead More

Writing and the Creative Life: Routine or Ritual?

Scott Myers explores the varied approach to creation in his interviews with professional working screenwriters. I am fascinated by creativity, in particular how creativity manifests itself in the wide variety of people I meet or learn about. That has been one of the more intriguing aspects of the many interviews with writers I’ve been fortunate Read MoreRead More

How to Best use a Whiteboard as Part of the Plotting Process?

Scott Myers answers a reader question about how to use a whiteboard in the plotting of your film. A whiteboard can be quite a helpful tool, but we have to frame this discussion with an obvious point: It’s not the whiteboard itself, but what goes on the whiteboard that is critical. And that means we have to Read MoreRead More

The Business of Screenwriting: Selling Scripts and Shooting Scripts

Scott Myers breakes down the difference between “Selling Scripts” (or Spec Scripts) and “Shooting Scripts” So the first takeaway is this: As you read scripts, which is something you should be doing, you will inevitably run across shooting scripts (also known asproduction drafts). Do not look to them for style tips. At that stage, style Read MoreRead More

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