Billy Wilder’s Ten Rules of Filmmaking

In Conversations with Wilder, Cameron Crowe lays out Billy Wilder’s ten rules of Filmmaking: The audience is fickle. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. Know where you’re going. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better Read MoreRead More

Script Consultants, Good or Bad?

Entertainment Attorney Christopher Schiller discusses some of the legal implications when bringing in a script consultant on your screenplay. Script Consultants Defined The first problem we face is that there is no strict definition of what a script consultant actually is. There is set definition, list of parameters, assets, offerings or options. There are no tests Read MoreRead More

Ian Fleming interviews Screenwriter and Novelist Raymond Chandler (1958)

In July of 1958, to mark the publication of Chandler’s last book, Playback, BBC brought Chandler and Ian Fleming together on the air. Fleming and the BBC broadcaster producing the program picked up Chandler at 11 A.M. on the day of the interview and even though they “found his voice slurred with whisky,” the broadcast went quite Read MoreRead More

How to Make Your Screenplay Look Like it was Written by an Amateur

Barri Evans details the tricks used by green screenwriters around the world to ensure that no reader could possibly take their script seriously. If your goal is to be seen as green, I can tell you how to write a screenplay that shouts “amateur!” from the very first page. With a little help from an enthusiastic frog, Read MoreRead More

Screenwriter Doug Richardson on Why He Can’t Accept Unsolicited Scripts

Doug Richardson writes about the experience he had when he broke the “No Unsolicited Scripts” rule and why he can’t read your lousy script. I have a policy. It pretty much goes as follows: Thank you for asking but I can’t read your script. Such is the nature of having a public profile and the Read MoreRead More

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