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Carroll O’Connor Once told Norman Lear he would ’Never go Near’ this one “All in the Family” scene

Norman Lear tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Carroll O’Connor, the actor who played Archie Bunker, was not a fan of a scene that ended up being one of Lear’s favorite moments from “All in the Family”. Via Go Into The StoryRead More

25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery

Novelist and screenwriter Chuck Wendig covers a few things to keep in mind when writing a mystery. 1. YOUR STORY MUST BE AN INCOMPLETE EQUATION A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. It’s simple. Clean. And it’s already resolved. Stories are not simple. They are not clean. And we most certainly don’t want Read MoreRead More

5 Low Budget Feature Writing Tips

Joshua Caldwell is an MTV Movie Award winning director, writer, and producer. Here he breaks into 5 tips for writing a low budget feature film. Here are some things I’ve learned about writing a no-budget film: 1. Utilize modular storytelling. The easiest way to understand modular storytelling is to think of a movie camera (film Read MoreRead More

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

Karina Wilson explains 10 major reasons why your script just isn’t good enough Despite the hundreds of seminars, books and DVDs Field (along with McKee, Knopf, Voegler, Seger, Truby, Snyder et al) has contributed to teaching the science of screenwriting over the past four decades, it’s still a form that very few people manage to Read MoreRead More

The Psychology of Cryptomnesia: How We Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas

Maria Papova covers cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg’s theory on writing and originality. “Any experience the writer has ever suffered,”William Faulkner told a university audience in 1958, “is going to influence what he does, and that is not only what he’s read, but the music he’s heard, the pictures he’s seen.” This notion — that “our” ideas are the combinatorial product Read MoreRead More

Why Your Pitch Matters Almost as much as Your Screenplay

Ty Budde interviews MGM executive Stephanie Palmer on the importance of a good pitch. 1. When should writers start thinking about the pitch? Should it be before they even start writing? Thinking about the pitch is really thinking about how you can express the core idea clearly and concisely. I think writers should be pitching Read MoreRead More

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

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