Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted
Do most filmmakers consider it too gauche to center a film around a monster these days?
How NOT to Make a Documentary
Any good "how to make a documentary" guidebook would tell you to hire a qualified DP and sound mixer to get the best quality picture and sound. But we didn't have money—we just had each other.
Why Do So Many Sequels Suck?
When the lights go down in the theater, I’m always hopeful that a sequel will rise to the challenge of making more out of its task than just being a quick money-grab.
The Right to Re-Write
A professor told me there is a reason why we call this a screenplay, because you are supposed to play on the screen. As a screenwriter we are supposed to play on the page.
The Sitcom for Our Times? Sorry, Ted Lasso, it’s Seinfeld
Who’d have thought that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the creators of Seinfeld in 1989, would create a series that would come to foreshadow all the worst impulses and instincts evident in “the American experiment” in 2021?
Stalled Out? Maybe You’re Stuck in a Situation When You Need a Destination
Structure will provide your protagonist with a goal or destination from day one. This goal will enable you to keep moving forward … and keep you from getting stuck in a situation.
Don't Write What You Know
If a story is a journey not only for the reader but also for the writer (and it is), why would we choose to tie our fabricated narrative to the humdrum existence of our own life?
So, Ya Got an Idea
Ideas are like assholes: everyone’s got ‘em. So, what makes your idea worthy of becoming a book, or a film, or a TV series?
30 is the New 60
As people get more of their news and information in shorter bursts, 30-minute series, be they comedies, dramas, or limited series, are becoming the rage.
Comedy vs. Dramedy - or the Illusive Dramedy
Choosing a genre can be an excruciating decision, made even more difficult if you don’t understand the difference between comedy and drama.
A Primer on Giving (and Receiving) Notes
A note is not a statement of enjoyment or dislike. A note is NOT your opinion.
After Conquering Hollywood, Gary Goldstein Had a Novel Idea
“As an author [of a book], you have to be the camera. A script gets interpreted, but in a book, the words have to do all the work.”
Tough Choices and Following Your Dreams: Experiencing Siân Heder’s CODA
A significant challenge for many writers can be to center a story within a community that they, themselves, are not a part of. Siân Heder acknowledges the challenge and how she navigated it.
Passion: The Ultimate X-Factor
If you’re super entranced with a story, if you can’t wait to get home from your day job and work on it every single day, that’s going to come through in your writing, right?
To Arc or Not to Arc? That Is the Question...
What we’re usually talking about when we say “character development” is Character Arc—it presupposes that a Character Arc is requisite to a well-rendered character … to which I say: “nay.”