How many books on screenwriting have you read? The sheer number of works written on the craft of screenwriting can overwhelm writers. Each of the more well-known books is authored by screenwriting teachers who market their own models for structuring a story from FADE IN to FADE OUT. Dave Trottier, author of the long-established screenwriting guide The Screenwriter’s Bible, shares his thoughts on how to decide on the value of particular screenwriting books, and thus, their formulas, and whether all are necessary to learn.   Read More
What is wrong with the following scene? MEGAN and DANIEL are shown to their table by a WAITER.   Read More
We love writers. It helps that we are writers. We’re a team of working professionals, doing this together for about 16 years. We’re not the guys who wrote “The Bourne Identity,” “The Fight Club,” or “Eagle Eye” (though we can tell you where they hang out on Monday nights if you want to hang out with them).   Read More
As a screenwriter, you may use other script consultants to critique your material, but inevitably you'll need to master the ability to analyze your own work. This can be a difficult task, somewhat akin to trying to look at your own face (without a mirror). If you are   Read More
WHAT IS A TREATMENT, AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A SYNOPSIS? Often, in selling an idea to Hollywood, circumstances require that you write a "treatment" -- an engaging synopsis of your idea or story. The difference is   Read More
It may be a cliché, but it's nonetheless true, that the mother of invention is necessity. Tight parameters sharpen the creative process and the most fundamental parameter of all   Read More
I am going to sell a high-concept spec for a million dollars next year. I am going to be a staff writer next year. I am going to win the Nicholl Fellowship next year. We've all had thoughts like these, right?   Read More
In one or two sentences, a screenwriter must create a screenplay logline that sells the story, because it will be the first thing read by a producer.   Read More
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Over the years, I've read thousands of scripts as a producer and former VP Development for companies at Sony, Universal and Disney and had to separate the wheat from the chaff.   Read More
The night before the heist - Gathered around a TV, four young men quickly go over the plan. Talkative smartass ALFIE HAWKS leads the group: immature and giggly BILLY LANG,   Read More
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