David Mamet’s “The Unit” ran on CBS from 2006 to 2009 and covered the lives of secret military operatives. Prior to airing, Mamet wrote this memo to the writing staff chock full of useful writing tips.
The Script Lab takes a look at Five Iconic Movies (Edward Scissorhands, Cool Hand Luke, The Big Lebowski, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and 500 Days of Summer) and how they cover the five essential elements in the first 10 pages for an attention grabbing script.Read More
The new Celtx ecosystem is designed to let you create and write anywhere. This short walkthrough gives a high-level overview of some of the benefits for creators upon creating a free account at celtx.com. Read More
“Show it, don’t say it” is a good mantra to follow. But sometimes, for economic or timing sake, you have to get the audience up to speed and the only way to do that is to just have a character say it. That’s called exposition and it can be bad filmmaking if its overused. Here are five techniques to deliver exposition while making it not look like exposition.Read More
Found footage films give the viewer the impression that they are watching 1st hand footage of an event happening. This style has been implemented in films like “Blair Witch Project”, “Cloverfield”, and “Paranormal Activity”. But even this style of gonzo storytelling has it’s own emerging set of rules:
Ideas are the seeds of great project. But sometimes you find yourself unable to pluck them from the create-o-sphere. Adam Campbell uncovers weird places where those little nuggets may lie dormant.Read More
James Strzelinski explores what he calls the “Mirror Moment” – the turning point of a character arc which has the lead metaphorically (or literally) looking in the mirror and reevaluating everything.