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How To Write A Contained Film

Creative Screenwriting Magazine • November 26, 2020

Contained films are restrained stories that have traditionally been limited to the horror/ thriller genre. They are characterized by having few characters (often three to five, sometimes as few as one), no more than one or two main locations...

How to be Funny During a Pandemic

Steve Kaplan October 28, 2020

Mark Twain said that comedy is “tragedy plus time,” but where’s the comedy in the middle of the tragedy? And we’re all familiar with the concept of whistling past the graveyard. But how can you create comedy when you’re...

Characters Drive the Fast-Moving Story in “Ford v Ferrari”

Jeff York October 14, 2020

Ostensibly, the film Ford v Ferrari is all about the true story of how the Ford Motor Company set out to best Enzo Ferrari’s prowess at Le Mans in 1966 through the help of two racing professionals, but at the end of the day, the film...

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy Movie

Mark Sevi • October 8, 2020

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy MovieHoliday films screened during major holidays are as sure as horror films screening at Halloween. Mark Sevi spoke with mega-producer Carol Baum about how screenwriters can best position...

“Find Your Ironic Hook of an Idea” How Screenwriter Matt Lieberman Sold 9+

Brock Swinson • October 8, 2020

“Find Your Ironic Hook of an Idea” How Screenwriter Matt Lieberman Sold 9+ Screenplays Between 2018 and 2021, Matt Liberman will have nine features in the works. We spoke with Matt about the “creepy” and...

“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk

Brock Swinson • September 7, 2020

“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Blow the Man Down’: Set in East Coast fishing village replete with sea shanties and bars, Blow The Man Down tells the...

“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve”

Brock Swinson • August 29, 2020

“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve” Mattson Tomlin, Screenwriter Of ‘Project Power’ & ‘The Batman’: “For me, storytelling came during early childhood. I really loved playing in the woods with...

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

Jeff York August 20, 2020

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study:There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The...

Screenwriting Advice: Give Your Characters the Power of the VOTE

Gerald Hanks August 7, 2020

Characters drive stories. Powerful characters give writers reasons to create stories around them. Directors want to create moments around that power. Actors want to channel that power. Audiences want to take part in that power. As a writer, your job...

Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them

Caroline Grappa • March 30, 2020

For as long as the film industry has existed, so have producers. But so has the general public’s confusion about what producers actually do. It’s surprising how poorly it is understood given the importance of this high profile position....

Greta Gerwig Gives Us a Thoroughly Contemporary Take on “Little Women”

Jeff York December 29, 2019

In this overpopulated age of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings, how do you find a new path in on a property that’s already been told on the big and small screen over a dozen times? Filmmaker Greta Gerwig has managed to make something quite...

7 Ways To Check If Your Script is Done

December 15, 2019

You think your script is done? How do writers know when a script is ready for submission? This is a very important question as you might not get a second chance with the right person.If you want to know when your script is ready to submit to a...

“My Superpower is Persistence” - Gregory Allen Howard

Brock Swinson • December 8, 2019

“My Superpower is Persistence” Gregory Allen Howard Talks ‘Ali’, ‘Remember The Titans’, And ‘Harriet’ Gregory Allen Howard’s cousin introduced him to “what was underneath the...

8 Things to Avoid Writing on the First Page of Your Script

November 19, 2019

Have you looked at the first page of your script lately? Page one is the very first thing a reader will see when they open your script, and often times problems exist immediately and set the story back before it even gets started. I’ve opened...

“Dolemite Is My Name” Wears Its Heart on Its Velvet Sleeve

Jeff York November 2, 2019

Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have a soft spot for pop culture’s underdogs and their struggles to gain legitimacy. They wrote the screenplays for the movies Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon,...

“A Masterpiece Stoner Movie” Kevin Smith On ‘Jay & Silent Bob Reboot’

Brock Swinson • October 20, 2019

When indie screenwriters are asked to name their most prolific and influential filmmakers, Kevin Patrick Smith undoubtedly places on that list.Back in 1994, the iconic stoner comedy Clerks, set in the convenience store where Smith worked,...

Why Demons and Devils Make for Superior Villains

Jeff York October 14, 2019

We all know that “the devil is in the details,” but why are there so many demons in movies and on TV these days? In the past two years, there have been 26 horror movies released where the primary antagonist is some sort of supernatural...

4 Secrets To Selling Your Screenplay… And Not Your Soul!

Pen Densham • October 9, 2019

As a four-year-old, I was impressed by seeing my parents making short 35mm films for the movie theaters, even riding a live 7 ft alligator in one of them. Those experiences caused me to have a life-long desire to conjure visual and emotional magic...

Meaning and Toy Story 4

Dave Trottier September 25, 2019

Two days after putting the finishing touches on the new 7th Edition of The Screenwriters Bible, I viewed Toy Story 4 for the first time.  I loved the film, but it was too late to add my thoughts about its contributions to the latest edition of...

Your Screenplay or TV Pilot: How Long Should it Take to Write?

Lee Jessup September 22, 2019

Okay, I admit it, I’ve been in denial. I did not think that this blogpost would need writing. Which, let’s face it, is nothing short of stupid on my part because, well, I have this conversation ALL. THE. TIME.Even as I write this, I...