17 Phrases That Make You Sound Like A Hollywood Rookie

Stephanie Palmer identifies a few cliches that pretty much demonstrate you don’t know what you’re doing. 1.  “High concept” If your idea is high concept, it’s obvious. If it’s not, saying it is won’t help. 2.  “Very unique” If it’s “unique” or even “very unique” it usually means that you haven’t done enough research to Read MoreRead More

Why a Failed Pilot Actually Means Success

Noah Hawley, creator of “My Generation,” reveals the open secret of pilot season for writers: “In TV, there’s no stigma to failure.” The pilot writer in January, like Schrodinger’s cat, is alive and dead at the same time. As Feb. 1 approaches, sleep becomes fitful, your mind split between equally likely scenarios. Either 1) the Read MoreRead More

What is a Story: Plot – What Happens Next?

Jerry Flattum sketches out and defines the meaning of “Plot” Something happens. What happens launches the film (or story). It could be an explosion, a murder, a bet, an accident, an invasion, a strange occurrence, a mystery, two people meet, getting fired, getting hired, divorce, marriage, declaration of war, press conference, award ceremony, a race, Read MoreRead More

Fight or Flight: Doug Richardson’s Battle over WGA Credits for the Film “Hostage”

Screenwriter Doug Richardson provides a candid look at the ugly battle for credit on a movie (which means money) and the WGA arbitration process. Ring ring. “Hi. It’s Doug Richardson. You’ve reached my voicemail. Please leave a message.” Beep. “Hi, Doug. It’s Susie from credits over at the Writer’s Guild. We have a decision on Read MoreRead More

The Two Types of TV Stories

EriK Bork distinguishes between two types of TV tomes: the workplace procedural and the personal story. I used to lament the fact that so many network series focus on cops, lawyers, and/or doctors. I tried pitching and developing multiple series about other kinds of workplaces. I felt, like many aspiring television writers do, that there Read MoreRead More

What is a Story?: Conflict – The Foundation of Storytelling

Jerry Flattum discusses conflict as a central element of story. Storytelling is based on conflict. Without conflict there’s no drama. Drama is conflict. By no means is this a new definition but a confirmation of the very foundation of storytelling. What is needed is to understand the role conflict plays, and in the process of Read MoreRead More

Five Steps To Pitching Success

Jacob Krueger presents 5 steps to getting your script off the ground and into producers’ hands. Step 1:  Target The Right Producers It’s astounding how many writers disregard this vital principal—and I’m not just talking about emerging writers.  I’m talking about professional writers, with fancy agents and big mortgages. In fact, Hollywood is clogged like Read MoreRead More

How to Succeed in Screenwriting Without Even Trying

Susan Kouguell explains how to increase the chances getting your screenplay actually read. Now that I’ve caught your attention with a spin on this infamous Broadway musical title — I must make a confession.  This title is wishful thinking.   How to succeed in the screenwriting world is not all about trying. It’s so much more Read MoreRead More

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