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Pets in Movies – How Can a Pet Improve Your Characters and Plot?

Marilyn Horowitz explains how adding pets can flesh out the characters in your screenplay. We often find ourselves with characters that seem a bit familiar, but are hard-pressed to find a way to freshen them without losing their essence. One solution that works is to give your characters a pet. This technique can do two Read MoreRead More

Movie Industry Money Terms Explained

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller dives into common money terms in filmmaking contracts and what they mean for screenwriters. Typically studios, producers or anyone else funding movies don’t work with piles of bills lying around in a vault, ready to fund movies. There are numerous schemes that are used to shift funds when needed into the Read MoreRead More

Tips For Working With Feedback On Your Script

Scott Meyers answers a reader question about dealing with feedback on your script. This is a really good question because as you suggest, Alejandro, if a writer follows the advice of someone whose feedback is wrong, that can only hurt the story. On the other hand, what if a writer receives solid suggestions that can Read MoreRead More

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

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