Robert Ben Garant on Writing Scripts for Studios

In this hour-long presentation at Loyola University New Orleans, Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Night at the Museum) talks about writing for a studio system and the importance of structure. Robert Ben Garant also has a book (Writing Movies for Fun and Profit) with writing partner Thomas Lennon which I can personally recommend. Writing Movies For Fun Read MoreRead More

A Coversation with Harry Potter Director David Yates

David Yateshas helmed the director’s seat for the final four Harry Potter films. In this talk at London Screenwriters’ Festival he talks about how a Lancashire lad with a solid reputation in directing acclaimed shorts and TV productions such as State of Play, Sex Traffic and the Girl in the Cafe suddenly finds himself in the Read MoreRead More

What Does “Literary Style” Mean in Terms of Writing a Screenplay?

Screenwriting requires it’s own style often depending on the whether the script is a selling script or a shooting script. Scott Myers details some of these differences and examines a few scripts for writing style. Let me preface my comments by making a distinction between a selling script and a shooting script. A shooting script is a production Read MoreRead More

Science Reveals What Makes a Catchy Movie Line

Mama always said writing memorable movies lines was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. That is until now. Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has created software that identifies memorable quotes with the same accuracy of humans. This means computers might one day help writers test Read MoreRead More

Low Budget Screenwriting Tips

Scott Myers at Go Into The Story has created a series of articles titled “The Business of Screenwriting.” In Part 1 of “Low-budget Filmmaking” he offers up some screenwriting tips to help you work within your financing constraints. Below you will find the bullet points: A 90-page script. A 4-5 week shoot. A small, but professional Read MoreRead More

Whatever you have to do to finish it, Finish It!

Scott Myers reminds us the ultimate truth in Neil Gaiman’s quote… you can’t show something unless it’s finished. “Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.” That’s a quote from author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman. I thought it an appropriate way to kick off this week’s worth of daily posts Read MoreRead More

The Business of Screenwriting: The Power of “No”

Sometimes you have to say “no” to a project. Scott Myers explains how “doing it for the money” will ultimately drain you. In the event you break into the business as a screenwriter, you need to be prepared to say this word: No. The simple fact is if you say “yes,” you can make a Read MoreRead More

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