8 Keys to Writing a Marketable Script
By: Martin Gomez
1. ONE GENRE TO RULE THEM ALL I recently sat through a webinar where writers were given the opportunity to pitch their concepts. One lady stuck out to me because she described her project as a suspense, thriller, and comedy, with horror elements....
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 7 Tips for Great Dialogue
By: Jacob N. Stuart
Jacob Stuart's advice on writing dialogue for screenplays.Hollywood has a short attention span. Unlike writers, who may have all day to sit and ponder, plotting out their next script, or revising and revising a screenplay until their fingers are...
7 Ways to Make Sure Your Screenwriting Career Never Takes Off
How to Write Action Description
By: Alex Southey
Alex Southey explores five different kinds of action description, and how they dictate tone in a script. Many people tend to assume that because it doesn’t affect the final film, action description doesn’t matter very much. But this couldn’t...
Vince Gilligan on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
By: Ramona Zacharias
Showrunner Vince Gilligan discusses structuring an episode, pacing a season, character development, and Easter eggs for fans.It’s not every day one has their work referred to as quite possibly the greatest television series of all time. And...
How to Write a Logline Producers Won’t Pass On [with Logline Examples]
Don’t Ruin a Good Read! Screenwriting Mistakes to Avoid
ISA Names Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019
Each year, the International Screenwriters’ Association puts out its elite list of screenwriters to watch and 2019 is packed with twenty-five diverse talents who have gone above and beyond to grow, improve, and get noticed, smashing their...
Breaking In: Representation – GETTING SIGNED
Model NDA: Nondisclosure Agreement
By: Douglas Robbins
This Guide provides a simple Model Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), controlled by California law and venued, for any action, in San Francisco. This is a fairly broad NDA for parties seeking to collaborate, partner, or buy or sell interests in...
Interview with ISA Fellowship Winner Sean Collins-Smith
Ever since graduating from film school in 2010, Sean Collins-Smith has wanted to move to Los Angeles to pursue a TV writing career. His goal seemed unobtainable, though, until he won an ISA Fast Track Fellowship on the basis of his...
Have a Horrible Holiday
Why The Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl Ad Made An Impact
Screenwriting Within The Parameters of a Film Budget
Interview with Bestselling Author and Screenwriter Dougie Brimson
By: Camille Kleinman
"I never actually set out to be a writer at all, it just kind of happened. Indeed, it's fair to say that even after three award winning feature films and 750,000 book sales, I spend most days waiting for the literary police to bang on my door and...