What is the Difference Between an Homage and Plagiarism?

Scott Myers gives us his take on the whole homage vs. plagiarism debate as he tackles a reader’s question. Let’s start with a definition. Per our good friends at Wikipedia: “Homage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, Read MoreRead More

Script Development for the Beginner Writer-Director

Kim Garland offers 5 steps for the beginner writer-director based on her own experience developing her first script turned film. 1) BEGIN AS A SCREENWRITER When you’re first developing your script, give yourself the freedom to think like a screenwriter and not a director. You’ll have plenty of time in later drafts to reign in the Read MoreRead More

How To Use The Formative Event Technique To Raise The Stakes In Your Story

Marilyn Horowitz When I teach my class, Writing a Screenplay in 10 Weeks, at New York University, my book, which is used in the class, begins with a series of character exercises that allow the student to do deep character work efficiently. The exercises get you directly to the information you need to begin writing. 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

Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel

In between creating the sci-fi series Terra Nova and adapting 50 Shades of Gray, Kelly Marcel wrote the screenplay of Saving Mr. Banks, a movie with neither space ships or S&M. Her screenplay has been cited by pretty much everyone who was involved with the film as their impetus for getting involved. Meet the screenwriter Read MoreRead More

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