The Right Name
They’re the reasons Luke and Darth felt right ... So where do you find these potentially script-worthy names?
S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun
When was the last time you had fun—real fun—at the movies? Beginning-to-end, clapping at the screen, whooping along with the audience, goosebump-raising FUN.
When Endings Go Bad
Sticking the landing of a script is tricky. It can’t be too predictable, yet it needs to feel wholly appropriate, justifiable, and even inevitable in its way.
Making More of Metaphors
One has to hand it to a show like Severance as it’s not only chock full of metaphors about the dumbing down of America and the corruption of information sharing, but it's doing so on a platform run by those they are critiquing.
Friendship and an Accidental Obsession with Jane Austen
Without me even realizing, Emma Thompson had been guiding my ship the moment I put pen to paper. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.
What You Should Know Before You "Write What You Know"
An excess of emotions can also mean that your ability to think clearly and logically about your script is impaired.
Making a Meal of It
So much of what you adore when you read or watch is the result of an author, screenwriter, actor, director, stepping out onto a limb and offering you more.
Things I Wish I Knew
Clearly there is a knowledge gap out there … there’s something that a hell of a lot of writers out there need to know, and they don’t know it right now.
Is it a Play? A Show? A Movie? A Musical?
But for our other mediums we must travel to what some cynics describe as the least truthful place of all—Hollywood.
Fundamentals of Genre: Culture, Credibility and Horror
If cultural connection, curiosity, and interrogation is some bedrock to our interest in, and fondness for the genre, what else draws audiences so endlessly to these films?
Whose Story is it, Anyway? POV in Storytelling
If a writer is going to present his POV in those big, neon letters, becoming almost strident in his or her moral clarity, then one should hope to be as clever as Sorkin.
Let Women Fight
Let women be women, let mothers be badass. Let us fight! You won’t be disappointed.
It's All Fun and Games Until a Character Dies ... and Then It's More Fun
It’s almost like I’ve got a blank page on which to write this new entity from scratch. Similar to creating a character for a screenplay.
Stop Being Defensive About Feedback
It's more valuable that you know how people answer their own questions without your input, since you won't always be in the room when audiences experience your work.
Simp for the Reader
Unless you’re writing only for you, you need to keep the audience in mind. Especially if that audience is the gatekeeper to all your hopes and dreams.