Ground Hog Day’s Scribe Danny Rubin’s 10 Rules for Screenwriters

Screenwriter Danny Rubin shares his 10 rules for screenwriters. The comfort of rules can be very important to a writer’s motivation because telling them the truth (there are no rules and nobody knows anything) is for most people not useful and a little intimidating. Here’s my list. It’s designed for screenwriters writing screenplays, but all Read MoreRead More

Pages from the Official Star Trek Writers’ Guide, 1967

Take a look at a few pages from the original guide from 1967 explaining how each Star Trek episode was to be written: These excerpts from a 31-page photocopied writers’ guide for the original Star Trek series show how early Trek episodes were crafted. The guide, written in 1967, was meant to help writers for the year-old show—as well as Read MoreRead More

Doug Richardson on the Writer’s Nightmare

Doug Richardson details the Writer’s Nightmare and the complex relationship between a writer’s words and an actor’s delivery. I’d just typed FADE OUT for the umpteenth time in my short career. The draft was neat and a tightly wound one hundred and fifteen pages of thrills and chills. It felt bulletproof and as close to Read MoreRead More

Greg Daniels on Writing the Final Season of “The Office”

FastCo Create interviews Showrunner Greg Daniels on his approach to writing the final season of the “The Office”. Co.Create: What are you feeling now that you’re down to the last few episodes?  Greg Daniels: Well, I’m very concerned with making the cuts right. I can’t influence anything else at this point. The sets are gone Read MoreRead More

How Easy Is It To Steal a Story?

Scott Myers tackles the question of story theft in Hollywood from non established writers. Any discussion on this subject has to begin with this point: Story ideas are the lifeblood of Hollywood. Every movie, every TV series has at its very foundation a story concept. It stands to reason that if everything flows from the story idea, Read MoreRead More

You’re Fired: Doug Richardson on How He Cut The Rope On His First Agent

Doug Richardson recounts the day he had to let go of the agent that got him his start in the screenwriting business. I think I was twenty-five years old. Pretty young to have come to the conclusion that the man who’d helped me cross over the threshold into showbiz had to be shown the proverbial Read MoreRead More

Screenwriting Tip: Know who you’re writing for

Scott Myers posits an interesting tip for screenwriters – know your audience! Hollywood obsesses over target demos. The “demos” part is short for demographic group. Therefore a target demo is a specific audience a movie studio or TV network is aiming for. Think about it: 18-30 year-old males are considerably different in terms of their life Read MoreRead More

Scott Lew – Writing Without Typing or Talking

In 2004, Screenwriter Scott Lew was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease which left him without the use of his hands and voice. Using a headband with an infrared pointer, he managed to write Sexy Evil Genius with the help of an assistant. Trailer for the film: Scott is an inspiration as well as a wonderful Read MoreRead More

A Recording of Hitchcock and Screenwriter Ernest Lehman Discussing the Story of “Family Plot”

This rare audio clip of director Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ernest Lehman presented by the Harry Ransom Center in Texas finds the director and writer duo developing the details for the storyline of what would become Hitchcock’s last film: HITCHCOCK: We haven’t worked out yet what Miss Rainbird’s—whether she’s religious or not. Does she ever go Read MoreRead More

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