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

How Many Scripts Do You Need to Write to “Get it”

Experience matters. There’s no getting around that. It takes time and practice to get masterful at something. How does that translate into number of scripts you have to write? Scott Myers tackles this question drawing from his own experience. K-9 was the third screenplay I wrote. The first one Stand Up I wrote solo. The second one Dream Car I Read MoreRead More

“Lost’s” Carlton Cuse Relives Dealing With the Modern Celebrity of the TV Showrunner

The Showrunner for Lost, Carlton Cuse talks about running a show and the new celebrity status that comes with it. There’s been a cultural change in television in the last few years. TV showrunners have become known entities to people who watch television in the way that movie directors have been known to filmgoers for a long Read MoreRead More

The Business of Screenwriting: Bitching about Pitching

Hollywood producer Max Millimeter rants about ineffectual pitching: Okay, shoot me. Seriously. Just got done with yet another pitch meeting where the goddammed writer screwed the pooch. What kinda pooch? Not a little wiener dog. Not a poodle. I’m talking a big-ass… what’s a big-ass dog? I don’t know dogs for shit. You figure it out, okay? This putz writer screwed that big damn Read MoreRead More

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