Writing a script (or a book, a comic, etc.) takes a lot of time. Professional writers have the advantage of being paid for the hours they spend at the keyboard every day, meaning they can dedicate their working hours to their...read more
For the screenwriter, a hot spec script featuring a killer premise or an innovative writing style can be a great calling card into the industry.
But what does a great spec really look like?
Below are five professional specs...read more
I had my Hollywood moment recently, or at least what I shall continue to think of as my Hollywood moment until a better one comes along.
The Writers Guild screened “Rules Don’t Apply,” and Warren Beatty, wh...read more
“Annie, will you…”
The words just seemed to glue themselves to the back of my throat.
Annie sat across from me at the Caribou Coffee Shop we used to frequent. Her eyes were not only bright and big, but th...read more
If you're making a wishlist for friends and family, and you're a writer, I have some suggestions for you.
Most of these books are not about writing, although one at the very end is, and I highly recommend it. What follows ar...read more
Posted at 02 Dec, 2016 |
By: Steve Trautmann | Categories: The Biz
Mel Gibson. There, I’ve said it. For years now, if you said “He Who Shall Not Be Named” in this town, you’d have to turn around three times, spit in all four directions, throw salt over you left shou...read more
Hard not to think about guns these days.
As police shootings of black men mount, city by city; as the other daily crime news involves shooting after shooting, the gun - and who’s got one and what they’re doing wi...read more
Call me old fashion, but I just don’t see why there are movies with the same title as a previous movie that is completely different. I’m not talking about remakes or sequels.
This is not about Clark Gable and M...read more
Posted at 13 Sep, 2016 |
By: Mitch Paradise | Categories: The Biz
A double feature is always a great chance for a rich and varied movie experience, and there are days at the Writers Guild when you can even double your pleasure and go for four movies in a row, if your back can take it and yo...read more
So you’ve finished that umpteenth draft of your screenplay and you feel like it’s finally ready to show to the rest of the world. Not so fast, Frank Darabont.
Before you begin querying managers, agents, producers...read more
It's my opinion that the way and reason projects get financed is evolving rapidly and perhaps mysteriously. We are all distinctly aware that all of the burgeoning new outlets for distribution have seemingly become mainstream...read more
Like much of the rest of the world, I am mourning the loss of quite possibly the greatest musician, songwriter and performer my generation will ever know - Prince Rogers Nelson.
Say or think what you want about him. Ask the ...read more
When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup.
I like al...read more
I didn’t cry when Superman died at the end of “Batman v Superman."
I did cry several times watching the old Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated "Superman." I even got sniffly at Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel&...read more
Posted at 12 Apr, 2016 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
In college I was a playwright before I was a film student, and I studied every playwriting manual I could find. Yes, I'm an analysis geek, which was proven when I dug in and starting creating screenwriting software based on m...read more
Posted at 18 Mar, 2016 |
By: Steve Trautmann | Categories: Writing Tips
By the time this is published, two screenplays will have won the coveted golden man. One will be anointed the best screenplay in the “Best Adapted” category and the other in the “Best Original.” And mo...read more
I say it over and over again – No one sets out to make a bad movie. Well, I don’t know what Adam Sandler is thinking, but for the most part everyone WANTS to make a good film. So the films on my list don’t a...read more
Last year was an amazing one for films, making this the most difficult list I have ever compiled. I based my Top 10 on the sheer movie going enjoyment each film provided me. Make me cry, yank me to the edge of my seat or stay...read more
I hardly knew him. Couldn’t be counted among his friends or acquaintances. But even so, one thing was for certain: In the span of three short months, he’d impacted my soul. We rarely get the opportunity to walk...read more
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