There seems to be a big divide in the screenwriting community between those who write from character and those who write from plot. Between big budget action-types, say, and little chamber piece artistes that revel in human nature. Between wham-bam thank-you-mam 3 act, hero journey kind of guys, and those who allow their characters to…Continue Reading “Character and structure (part 1)”
As I’ve started to burrow my way into the industry, I’ve found that I’ve been spending less time writing screenplays and more time writing treatments/sell-sheets/one-pagers/proposals/series bibles. Usually, these are different labels for a very similar sort of thing. Although the different names do sort of suggest a different sort of flavour of what this sort of thing (a bible is probably…Continue Reading “Writing Treatments”
There’s nothing more exciting for writers than to sell something. And so, I thought it might be useful to write a post on the kind of things that led up to doing a recent script deal to give a view of how it might go down and a few things it might be worth looking out…Continue Reading “9 Steps to a Script Deal”
A point of view that is so unshakeable that it forms the core of their being and becomes the very thing that defines them…
… and the ability to change their mind.
This week in my downtime I’ve been mainlining the Scriptnotes Podcast by A-list Hollywood screenwriters John August (Go, Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Hangovers parts two and three, Identity Thief). I’ve spent a couple of months away for one reason or another, but am now back and am running through the episodes. Caveat emptor, Scriptnotes…Continue Reading “Scriptnotes, a great podcast for screenwriters and those interested in screenwriting”