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Legally Speaking, It Depends – Who Owns Script Notes?

You get notes on your script – perhaps it makes it better – but who owns the copyright on those notes? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller tries to figure it out. As you’ve likely learned fscript notesrom reading my previous articles, starting to fathom out who “owns” the notes themselves should be straight forward. The note giver, Read MoreRead More

The Edit: The Writer’s Most Unkindest Cut of All

  Kevin Delin explains that although a movie cannot exist without first being the product of a writer’s imagination and pen, the editor really makes the final decision. But somewhere after all that effort, from all those people, with all that experience, the script is finally done; no more rewrites. And therefore you might believe Read MoreRead More

A Primer on Screenwriting Contests

Christopher Schiller writes about the different kinds of screenwriting competitions out there from aspiring scribes. There are about as many different variations of screenplay contests as the screenplays that are entered in them. Each has its attractions and detriments, risks and rewards. With so much variety it is hard to make generalizations as to what Read MoreRead More

Two “No Selling Involved” Ways to Fund Your Screenwriting Career

John Wood, covers some commercial ways to make money as a writer. The definition of copywriter is “someone who writes or edits copy or written content for a living, usually of sales-generating or marketing nature.” Even so, often when people think of copywriting, they picture someone who writes hype-filled sales letters and sales-related content. If Read MoreRead More

“It’s Better to Be Somebody Negative than Nobody”: Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan on Walter White

The following interview of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series by Neil Landau. Neil Landau: The toughest thing for most screenwriters is creating original characters. People come up with ideas for what might Read MoreRead More

A Study of the “Warrior” Character Archetype

Scott Myers dissects several “Warrior” characters in order to look for patterns and assist in creating stronger characters in screenplays. Naturally the Warrior character type is about fighting, their stock-in-trade. But for whom do they fight? How? And most important… why? The answer to these questions define the very nature of the Warrior… or perhaps Read MoreRead More

Improvising Screenplays: Writing Great Movie Loglines Using the Improv Concept of ‘Game’

In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. In my last column, I introduced the concept of “game,” used by improvisational actors to provide structure to a scene. Game enables improvisers to hone in on a Read MoreRead More

Exposition: Do modern audiences want less of it in stories?

In his class on Exposition, Scott Myers discusses how modern audiences have less patience for overt exposition. Just in general, I think modern audiences need less exposition than they used to. We see this with the compression of events in what comprises a typical Act One in contemporary scripts. If you go back and watch movies from Read MoreRead More

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