Steve Trautmann

Lessons From The Bard

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 more

Posted at 18 Mar, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Oscar Lessons

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 more

Posted at 29 Feb, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Worst of 2015

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 more

Posted at 21 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

The Best of 2015

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 more

Posted at 13 Jan, 2016 | By: Colin Costello

John Weidner

Walking with a Legend

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 more

Posted at 30 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner

John Weidner

Be a Partner

A co-writer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you have a fresh set of eyes, someone else to bounce ideas off of, someone to do half the heavy lifting. On the other hand, you have all the responsibilities more

Posted at 22 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  The Biz

John Weidner

Foot in the Door

Virtual Pitch Fest has turned out to be a godsend. Once I joined, my screenwriting career blew up. It opened doors I never thought I'd have the opportunity to pass through. It led to a couple options where, yes, I got more

Posted at 18 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Pitching, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

A Writer's Creed

As I sobbed and sniffled my way like a baby through Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s tear-inducing slugfest “Creed” last week, it dawned on me that choosing a screenwriting career is very much more

Posted at 10 Dec, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

John Weidner

The Screenwriting Secret

There's something they're not telling you. Because it's a secret. Heard repeated over the years, time and time again. From several sources, friends in the industry, writers who swear on a stack of scripts that it works.& more

Posted at 02 Dec, 2015 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Theaters Are Waiting

Soon, we will be inundated with jingling Target commercials. Oh, that already happened. And Ralph’s will surround us with turkeys and squash set in woven whicker horns. Oh, that happened, too. So the holidays ARE more

Posted at 12 Nov, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

John Weidner

Movies To Save

If - like Matt Damon in "The Martian" - I found myself marooned on some distant planet, these are the top 10 life-sustaining movies I'd have to have to survive until a rescue mission could come save my ass. 1. "ORDET" more

Posted at 03 Nov, 2015 | By: John Weidner

Colin Costello

How To Scare

I love Halloween. It’s truly my favorite holiday next to Chrismukkah. For countless October, neighbors were able to feast their eyeballs upon the “scareriffic” decorations in our yard, making me the Clark & more

Posted at 22 Oct, 2015 | By: Colin Costello

John Weidner

Anatomy of a Rewrite - Part 2

Let’s go back to the beginning. It started with a quote. From Plato, to be exact. "Bad men do what good men dream of." That got me thinking, wondering about the monsters among us. Which was the jumping off point more

Posted at 06 Oct, 2015 | By: John Weidner

Colin Costello

Beat Your Script

After working the Story Expo last weekend and finishing notes on my good friend’s first feature script, it got me thinking that it’s time to go over some common mistakes first-time writers make. Don’t feel more

Posted at 22 Sep, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

It's More Than a Spec

For the love of God, don’t shoot the messenger! I was inspired to write this blog after attending the wonderful Secret Door Pitch, a reward for being a finalist in The Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest. I enjoyed more

Posted at 11 Aug, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Pitching, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

One Drink or Three?

I was recently reminded to write this blog at a popular screenwriting event. A typical question while waiting for a brown drink on the rocks is, “What is your script about?” The new-ish writer will usually more

Posted at 28 Jul, 2015 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

I Won!

True story. After I received an email Thursday night that I had won Screencraft’s 2015 Comedy Screenplay contest, I zipped off my reply: ” C’mon! Is this some kind of sadistic joke?” It was not. I more

Posted at 09 Jul, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

In Defense of Character

When proponents of the Three Act Structure feel inclined to offer some justification for their faith in the System, they usually point to Aristotle. Most people are positive that Aristotle set down in stone the mandate that more

Posted at 06 Jul, 2015 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Three Acts Too Many

There are several problems with the Three Act Structure of dramatic writing. First, it's used almost exclusively by writers and development people. Most other filmmakers, especially once the filming begins, either ignore it, more

Posted at 25 Jun, 2015 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Colin Costello


It all started when I was being gobbled whole by a female producer’s very manly leather chair. I fiddled nervously with my bottled water's label, contemplating how I would respond when she said I want to make your more

Posted at 16 Jun, 2015 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

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